Since the sad passing of Bill Shaw, old friend of the blog, champion of local football and Clayhanger lad, the tributes have been fullsome, and so richly deserved – but it’s also wonderful to hear the memories and see photos emerge of this wonderful man.
Bill sadly passed away following serious illness on 4th March as reported here previously, and the accolades to this wonderful man have been copious and wide ranging. All our hearts go out to Bill’s wife Lynn, his family and all at the local football clubs he so diligently supported.
Lynn, Bill’s wife has written to me to ask about the image above, sent to her by David Evans. It shows Bill as goalie for this team – photo from the 1960s judging by the hair and kit.
David Evans has kindly sent me the photo below, I’ve never seen it and I don’t know if Bill knew of its existence. I recognise Bill he was goalkeeper. David told me there are 2 more on photo that I know, John Clayton 3rd from right in back row and David Greenwood 2nd from right in front row.
I have no idea what BDE stands for though, can any of your readers help with players names or the team name please it’s sometime in the 60’s, long before I met Bill.
So, the burning question is who were the BDE team (obviously local, or near local) and who else is pictured? Please help if you can – comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
Meanwhile, for the Wood faithful, it’s game on tonight for the Under 18s who I know Bill loved (Friday, 13th April 2018):
FNF: It’s Friday Football tonight @ Walsall Wood FC. Game will be played on 3G. Drinks and Hot Food available from clubhouse. On the 3G it’s Wood18s vs Solihull Moors 18s @sy968 @BrownhillsBob @WalsallWoodFC— Walsall Wood U'18s (@Wood18s) April 13, 2018