Local football reunion at Walsall Wood FC this Friday!


Brian is a community dynamo – his boundless energy and dedication to Brownhills is legendary.

Last week I noted that the wonderful Brian Stringer had a new book out about his times being involved with community football with local teams Clayhanger Colts Under 12s and Walsall Wood FC.

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Friday 16th October 2015, Brian is holding a Clayhanger Colts reunion at Walsall Wood FC’s clubhouse at Oak Park, Walsall Wood, starting at 8pm.

You can meet old team mates, shoot the breeze, share old photos and recall fondly the days when Brian had hair.

‘Who’s Putting the Nets Up’ has been warmly received and I’m so pleased to see  The Clayhanger Kid has been writing again – and from messages I’ve received, this latest book is a cracker – and it’s available now for a pocket-pleasing £6 from Brownhills Library at the Parkview Centre, Brownhills.

Brian’s book is long overdue – there is a rich sporting history locally, from the Woodmen up at Oak Park to the old teams of Brownhills; while I’ve done my best to document and collate the fragments, what has been missing really is the voice of someone directly involved.

Brian wrote:

Hi Bob

John Sadler, my next door neighbour when I lived at Clayhanger, and myself formed Clayhanger Colts Under 12’s football team way back in 1975 and are holding a reunion on Friday Oct 16th at Walsall Wood Football Club 8pm onwards.

We’d love to meet up again with the faces, some of which we haven’t seen for 40 years, that played a part in our lives all those years ago. Even if they weren’t in the original 75 team, any one who played for either John or myself in the subsequent years are all welcome including parents and supporters who helped us along the way.

Come and see some old photo’s of yourselves when you were good looking, and we may let you buy us a pint. Look forward to seeing you lads.

Anyway I would be grateful if you could give me a plug on the blog.

In your debt as ever.

Best of luck, and thanks to Brian for yet again adding to our communal and community history.

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Love the cover cartoon – available right now from Brownhills Library at the Parkview Centre.

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