Sun shone when Billy Graham spoke
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