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Ambitious plans as historic club celebrates 50 not out

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

By David Edge

  • The three founding members - Trevor Pearce (left) with Bill Andrews and Ray Cresswell

  • Jim Dowd (left) with Trevor Pearce

  • Children of club members enjoys a Christmas party in 1975

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AN historic Black Country club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

Tipton Sports and Social Club with 500 members will reach its half century on May 20. The anniversary is set to be the start of a new era for the area's first independent social club with ambitious projects in the pipeline.

The committee are looking to extend indoor sports there.

The club began life in 1964 following the news that Palethorpes was on the verge of closing, taking with it a much-needed and well-known social club from the town.

Officials realised that moving out of town would make it difficult to continue in the Birmingham Works League, and decided different arrangements were necessary.

They established a new name, Tipton Sports and Social Club, before managing to secure a place in the West Bromwich League.

The three founding members were footballers Ray Cresswell and Bill Andrews, the club chairman, and Trevor Pearce who was secretary and treasurer and who still remains in that role today. Trevor said: "It's quite an achievement reaching this anniversary, considering the situation with pubs and clubs closing down.

"We had no money in the early days."

He said there were no special plans to mark the anniversary, just the normal show on the weekend of May 24/25.

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