Cecil Poynton is third from left, back row in this Spurs team lineup from the 1934-35 season. Image from ‘My Eyes Have Seen The Glory’ football history site.
Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler has come upon an interesting football related query after finding something unexpected whilst looking for articles of Brownhills soccer teams as I requested in my post last Sunday.
I’ll let Peter explain:
Photos of Cecil are very scarce it seems. This one from the Football Archive.
When looking in the Lichfield Mercury archives for information concerning the football photo in the article ‘An Institution’, I came across this little snippet in the District News for September 1925 (1926 is not on the archives):
Presentation… on Monday Mr. Cecil Pointon, son of Mr Alec Pointon, High Street, Brownhills, a player in the Totenham Hotspur Football Club, who has recently returned from Australia with the team that has been representing England out there, presented the boys of Ogley Hay School Football Club with the ball used in the first test match out in Australia. Mr Pointon was once a scholar at the above school.
Cecil seems to have had quite a career, including being the first player for Spurs to be sent off!
I think most of us know about the Dorsett familiarly, and Dickie’s remarkable career. But I’ve never heard of Cecil Poynton, and he sounds like a notable chap. If you know anything, please do get in touch – it would be interesting to find out more about this footballing son of Brownhills.
Comment here or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Goolglemail dot com. Thanks to Peter for another mystery!
Ravens Court? We're stuck with it and Tesco couldn't give a toss
I will elaborate on this later, but in case you haven't noticed, the Express & Star is reporting an announcement from Tesco that the plans for a new store in Brownhills are officially dead.
This is exactly what I've been saying here for nearly two years. As soon as the plan was downgraded, the writing was on the wall.
The message from Tesco is loud and clear: 'Up yours, Brownhills. We've destroyed any hope for regeneration or growth in your town, because you're simply not worth it. But do keep spending your money in our existing store.'
This is disgraceful, but utterly predictable. With Tesco falling on hard commercial times, the cost of a rebuilt store would clearly not justify the gains.
Perhaps those in the community who bent over backwards to destroy what we had for a handful of beans might reflect on their legacy.
Would the last business to leave town please switch of the lights? Cheers.
Busy most of the day, I managed to slip out late afternoon for a ride. It was glorious; Chasewater was busy, yet there were deer on the dam. The countryside was alive, and bursting into leaf and bloom everywhere I looked. Then I cycled down to Wall and got there just as the sun hit it’s final, golden hour. The atmosphere was magical.
A cracking ride on a lovely day. For more, do check out my 365daysofbiking journal.
Wall church itself is impressive and unusual in style
Three red dear were browsing on the dam at Chasewater
That copper beech at Pipehill is gorgeous
Wall itself was as beautiful as ever
Wall is very leafy
The bluebells in Wall churchyard were gorgeous
The oilseed rape isn’t yet fully in bloom at Wall
Thornyhurst Lane: only a few weeks ago this was impassible due to drifting snow
Hammerwich from Newton, on the canal
In the golden hour, the shadows were long and the air cool
Chesterfield in the golden hour is always magical
Such beautiful colours
The Roman remains always look best on a sunny evening
I loved the interplay of sun and shade
They looked like yearlings to me. I see the moult has set in…
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Here’s a few clips of passing interest spotted on YouTube. I keep an eye out for these, and I thought I’d bundle these together as they’re relevant to recent topics discussed here on the blog.
First up, Karting at the Chasewater track before it was demolished for the M6 Toll. Judging by the excellent quality of the film, but still extant stadium occasionally visible, I’d say this was mid 1990s. It looks like it’s great fun.
The clip was posted by Alex Pirozek.
Next, a clip from Anthony Barrett of motocross scrambling at Wharf Lane, near Chasewater, a well loved facility also sacrificed for the new motorway. Some great shots here of the track and countryside. The video se
I’ve covered the Wharf Lane track before, and welcome further comments or recollections.
Finally, in the wee small hours of this morning, I spotted these two odd little clips. Amazing what people capture. A remarkable little film which connects beautifully with my post from yesterday. I find it oddly evocative. It was uploaded by user Fleetline119.
The same user has lots of similar clips – including this curious one of busses in Walsall town centre in 1976. Do pop along to Fleetline119′s channel and check them out.