School­boy soc­cer hot­shots from 1960

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

THESE four pho­to­graphs are taken from the Bri­er­ley Hill, Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Schools Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Hand book for 1961-62 and show some of the best play­ers from the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

A copy of the book­let has been loaned to us by David Cook­son of Am­ble­cote.

As well as list­ing all the fix­tures for the up­com­ing sea­son the book­let had pro­files of some of the local foot­ball stars – Derek Ke­van of West Bromwich Al­bion, Stan Lynn and Alan Baker of As­ton Villa and Wal­sall’s cap­tain Jimmy Dud­ley – but the ma­jor­ity of the book is given to re­port­ing the 1960-61 sea­son.

Our first pic­ture is of the BHST As­so­ci­a­tion’s se­nior boys team. Their re­port reads:

“In the first round of the English Schools Tro­phy we were drawn away to very re­doubtable op­po­nents, Coven­try. Although hand­i­capped by last minute in­juries which caused a much changed side to be fielded, the lads rose to the oc­ca­sion and earned a hard fought draw. In the re­play at Round Oak the teams were again well matched, and the game went to ex­tra time, in which Coven­try scored the de­cider to win by 3–2. An early de­par­ture from the com­pe­ti­tion for us, but cer­tainly no dis­grace.


“Our progress to the semi­fi­nal of the Birm­ing­ham and District Se­nior Shield was fairly easy as the three games were won with the goal av­er­age of 22–2. In the semi-fi­nal we had an­other of the marathons which seem to be oc­cur­ring each sea­son, this time v. Old­bury and this tie took three games to de­cide the win­ner. In the first match we were very lucky in­deed to sur­vive as we were trail­ing 2–0 with only eight min­utes to go, but then came a goal di­rect from a cor­ner, and the equaliser with the last kick (ac­tu­ally a header) of the game. In the re­play at Old­bury we were just as un­lucky to draw as we had been lucky to do so in the first en­counter. In the third game nei­ther side played the qual­ity of foot­ball served up pre­vi­ously but nev­er­the­less we emerged win­ners by 2–0.

“The fi­nal saw us away at Coven­try, a good sign this, as we had never been de­feated there in any com­pe­ti­tion game. Once again we made ‘his­tory’ as Coven­try very de­servedly won a fine game by 2–0. An in­ter­est­ing point here is that Bri­er­ley Hill has al­ways been a happy hunt­ing ground for Coven­try, as only once have we beaten them on our own ground. Now that the scores are equal will the ‘bo­gies’ once more as­sert them­selves?

“The Leckie Shield com­pe­ti­tion saw the side give its two best per­for­mances. Round 1 was against S.E. Staffs who two weeks ear­lier in the English Schools Tro­phy, had de­feated our own con­querors Coven­try, and af­ter a hard, fast game, we emerged win­ners by 3–1. The semi-fi­nal was again at home, with Stoke Cen­tral as our op­po­nents. De­spite a con­tin­u­ous down­pour both teams gave a thrilling dis­play, and af­ter be­ing a goal down we fought back to a well-earned 2–1 vic­tory.


“The fi­nal was against old ri­vals – West Bromwich. This As­so­ci­a­tion had the dis­tinc­tion of vic­tory over the all con­quer­ing 1958/9 team, whom they beat in the Leckie fi­nal of that sea­son, scor­ing the win­ning goal with the last kick of the match. His­tory re­peated it­self once more, they de­feated us, the win­ning goal again be­ing reg­is­tered with the last kick. Our boys had only them­selves to blame as they had dom­i­nated for most of the 70 min­utes but had failed to turn ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage into goals. West Bromwich are cer­tainly our bo­gey team, we have never de­feated them in a se­nior team com­pe­ti­tion game.”

The boys that played in the team were: J. Bradley (Aud­nam); H. Stir­ling, R. Evans, J. Flav­ill (Dorm­ston); C. Stan­ley (Kingswin­ford); J. Rat­cliffe (Mt Pleas­ant); D. Jones, D. Em­manuel (Ouns­dale); C. Brooks (Park Lane); J. Gil­bert, A. Marsh (Roberts); K. Dunn, M. Web­ster (Round Oak); D. Hadley, D. Pow­ell (Tip­ton Gram­mar), J. Avey, M. But­ler, P. Kelly (Willingsworth).


The un­der 14 team also reached a fi­nal:

“This side in all its games gave bright hopes for the fu­ture, play­ing quite skil­ful foot­ball at all times. Its great draw­back was lack of size since the for­wards were all rather on the small side, a hand­i­cap which largely contributed to their down­fall in the Tib­bitts Fi­nal when they were de­feated by a good S.E. Staffs team 3–1.”

The un­der 14s also played two friendlies against S.E. Staffs, win­ning 6–1 at home and 0–1 away. They also beat Brown­hills and Dud­ley in friendlies.

That sea­son the as­so­ci­a­tion put to­gether a team for a tour of the south coast and played six games in seven days, win­ning three, draw­ing one and los­ing two. Their re­sults were: Sal­is­bury, 2–1; Brighton 0–2; Alder­shot 0–2; Bournemouth 1–1; Southamp­ton 3–1; and Read­ing 4–1.

Our last pic­ture is of the team from Queen Vic­to­ria CP School in Sed­g­ley. Their re­port reads:

“This has un­doubt­edly been the school’s ‘best ever’ sea­son. We wrested the Sed­g­ley League Championship from our neighbours Red Hall CP School, and then went on to win the Camp­bell Cup and the Amer­i­can Tour­na­ment.”

Star player was Ge­of­frey Wake­lam who scored 25 goals. ■ Please share your school foot­ball mem­o­ries and pho­to­graphs – email [email protected] coun­try­bu­ or con­tact the team at the Dud­ley Ar­chives Cen­tre.

Queen Vic­to­ria County Ju­nior School, Sed­g­ley 1960-61

Bri­er­ley Hill Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Se­nior Boys team 1960-61

Bri­er­ley Hill Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton South Coast Tour team 1960-61

Bri­er­ley Hill Sed­g­ley and Tip­ton Un­der 14 team 1960-61

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