In the shade


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!

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3 Responses to In the shade

  1. Pedro says:

    The 1924/5 Ashes out in Australia did not go well for England as they lost 4-1.

    The ball used in the First Test at Sydney helped the Aussies win by 193 runs.

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe had opening partnerships of 157 and 110, both making a century. Tate took 6 wickets in the Aussie first innings and 5 in the second, but not enough!

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