An institution

Brownhils FC 1922-3

This looks like a fun team… and that’s one hell of a cap. A real period piece. Image courtesy of Clive Roberts.

In my request for more information about Brownhills footy teams of yore, local history buff and author Clive Roberts has emailed me this image of the Brownhills Institute F.C. lineup from 1922-23. And what a great photo it is…

Clive said:

Hello Bob,

I was sorting a few bit and bobs out this afternoon, and came across this photo of a Brownhills Football Team, back in 1922-3.

I bet readers of the Blog would like to see this gem.

Best Wishes Clive

Thanks to Clive for that – some familiar names in this one.

Back row, left to right J. Brewe, A.C. Statham, J. Gregory (Captain), W. Brown, I. James, G. Pountney (Chairman), C.E. Denning

Middle row, left to right: W. Lewis, E.E. Pritchard (Hon. Secretary), E. Holyman, H. Keene. H. Bladon, A. Turner, N. Blakemore

Front row, left to right: G. Boulton, H. Taylor, S. Biggins, J.W. Whordley, H.C. Woodfield.

The name list concludes, ‘Walsall Parks League and Junior Cups’.

Is the institute the early memorial hall, near Woodbine Terace, or something different? Anyone got any more information?

Thanks to Clive for the image. Clive’s book, ‘Snippets of Local History in and around Shire Oak’ is still available but selling out fast, so grab a copy while you can.

Comment here, or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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2 Responses to An institution

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    what a super photo! Many thanks to Clive.. A Mr and Mrs Biggins (sadly no initial noted ) were employed as caretakers in the new Memorial Institute, from its opening in 1926.

  2. Clive says:

    Hello Bob and readers. I have found a news headline in the Lichfield Mercury; The Brownhills War Memorial Institute. Dated April 1925, which talks about the opening of the Memo in Brownhills.
    so this could be there Football Team!
    It also states the old Institute was by the Council House in Brownhills. There is also a newspaper report that states there cricket club ground was by the railway station.
    Cheers Clive

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