Dean could bang in over 50 goals per season
REGARDING the photograph of the Hope Tavern football team who appeared in the December 12 edition of the Bugle.
They joined the Dudley and Cradley Heath League in 1990 and in their first season as Division Three champions, Dean Seymour finished as the league’s leading goalscorer, with 53 goals. Paul O’neil finished with 37.
The secretary was Fred Whitehouse, and the team played on Dudley Wood playing fields, pitch number 3.
In 1991-92 they finished as runners-up in Division 2. They lost in the Dudley Guest Hospital Cup final to Dudley Labour, they won the Senior Cup by beating Malt Shovel 2-1.
Dean Seymour was again the league’s leading goalscorer, this time with 59 goals. Again they played on Dudley Wood, but changed at the Woodman pub.
Then in the 1992-93 season they changed their name to Netherton Old Boys. Therefore the photograph [reproduced on the right] must dated from between 1990 and 1992.