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Dudley billiards team on cue in 1926

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Gavin Jones

Dudley Junior Conservatives' Billiards team

Dudley Junior Conservatives' Billiards team

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OUR thanks go to Dudley reader Julia Bullock for loaning us this lovely old photograph.

You wouldn't think it to look at them, but according to the printed caption on the picture's mounting board, these were the men of Dudley Junior Conservative Club. And the trophy they are shown with was won when they topped the Wolverhampton and District Conservative Clubs Billiards League Division I, in 1925/26.

The men lined up as follows. Starting from left in the back row:

H.W. Hughes (president); W.G. Darby; G.W. Goodreds (secretary); J.E. Timmins; D.W. Jones; R.L. Goodreds.

Front row: W. Howles; J. Johnson; S.E. Wooldridge; A.J. Raybould (captain); A. Whale.

Julia tells us that her father James William Johnson, and his father before him, with the same name, were both members of the Dudley club. Given the date of 1926, it seems most likely that the J. Johnson in the picture, second from left in the front row, was Julia's grandfather.

Can you tell us anything more about the Dudley Junior Conservative Club, or its billiards players? Write in, give us a call on 01384 567678, or email gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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