Sun shone when Billy Gra­ham spoke

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

ABOUT the photo of Coney­gre FC that was in Bu­gle 1370, Novem­ber 28, I used to ref­eree in the West Bromwich League and I re­mem­ber ref­er­ee­ing Den­nis Mayo, who sent the photo in.

Den­nis also played for other teams in the Satur­day and Sun­day leagues. I re­mem­ber he was a char­ac­ter.

His brother Joe Mayo signed for West Bromwich Al­bion and after a cou­ple of sea­sons he was trans­ferred to one of the Lon­don teams – I think it could have been Ley­ton Ori­ent. He was an­other Black Coun­try boy done well.

In Bu­gle 1372 you printed a team photo of Hope Tav­ern, of which you had no in­for­ma­tion. One player I recog­nised at the ex­treme left of the bot­tom row, if I am right, was named Bur­rows. He played for some top teams in the Sandwell Sun­day League, which I ref­er­eed and I think his son was Dave Bur­rows, who played for Liver­pool FC and later signed for As­ton Villa and maybe West Bromwich Al­bion. An­other Black Coun­try boy done well at foot­ball.

In 1987 I stopped ref­er­ee­ing after 25 years, most of the time en­joy­ing it and also keep­ing me fit. Roy Paskin Bewd­ley FOR many years in the ’50s and early ’60s, Cop­pice Street Methodist Mis­sion or­gan­ised coaches to take us to Cliff Col­lege, near Sh­effield, on Whit Mon­day. The col­lege spe­cialised in train­ing min­is­ters for the Methodist church.

In the Whit­sun­tide of 1954, Billy Gra­ham was the guest speaker and through­out the day the weather was atro­cious, rain and wind from morn un­til night and yet when Billy Gra­ham be­gan to speak the rain stopped, the sun shone and the weather be­came quite warm. He spoke for about an hour and then when he stopped speak­ing and sat down, the sun dis­ap­peared and the heav­ens opened again. It was un­be­liev­able, some­thing that had to be seen to be be­lieved.

Cop­pice Street Mis­sion wel­comed evan­ge­lists from Cliff Col­lege to lead spe­cial ser­vices, Sun­day School An­niver­saries, Har­vest Fes­ti­vals and Evan­gelic Week­ends. Joe Dou­glas, Her­bert Sil­ver­man, Tom But­ler and Richard Ba­gley vis­ited Tip­ton and were very pop­pu­lar. Barry R. White­house MBE Tip­ton

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