Black Country Bugle
To say nothing of the dog...
WE thank Jill Corfield of Gains Park, Shrewsbury for sending in this 119-yearold photograph of a football team.
Sadly, but understandably after more than a century, Jill is unable to tell us anything about the team.
However, there are a couple of clues from which we may glean something. Obviously, the ball has been inscribed BBFC 1900. The lad sat behind the ball is wearing a cap and his cap badge appears to be an anchor – the symbol of the Boys’ Brigade.
Could this be the Boys’ Brigade Football Club of 1900? But which local Boys’ Brigade is it? Does anyone recognise a grandfather, or even great-grandfather, among these 11 players and their two companions.
The man on the right, displaying a fine watch chain with a couple of pendants, appears to be the same age as the players, while the moustached man on the left is older. And how many times have we seen a terrier run onto the pitch during a match and chase after the ball? The gentleman seems to be just about hanging on to his little dog.
1900 saw Aston Villa win their fifth league title, with Wolves in fourth place and Albion thirteenth in the 18-team First Division, while Bury carried off the FA Cup, beating Southampton 4-0 in the final at the Crystal Palace.
Top scorer in the league for the 18991900 season, with 23 goals, was Black Country-born Steve Bloomer of Derby County (see below). ■ If you have any information on this 1900 picture please email dshaw@black countrybugle.co.uk, or contact the Black Country Bugle, Dudley Archives Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.