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Boing Boing! From spring worker to Baggies player

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

  • The cup-winning side of 1888

  • George Salter's Spring Works

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AFTER reading Mike Fenton's interesting article on George Salter & Co (March 6 edition) I hereby list 35 'spring' workers who were engaged at the company and later went on to play football for West Bromwich Albion.

Those marked with an asterisk (*) played for the Baggies' in Football League and/or FA Cup games and the dates given appertain to the years the player worked for George Salter.

Amos Adams* 1892-95

Harry Aston* 1870-79

George Bell* 1875-78

Harry Bell* 1876-79

George Bennett 1878-82

Sam Biddlestone* 1871-79

Bob Biddulph 1880-82

Billy Bisseker 1877-78

Abraham Bunn 1879-83

Fred Bunn* 1875-79

Arthur Eld 1879-81

Charlie Green 1879-81

Harry Green* 1874-81

Fred Hazelwood 1876-79

Ezra Horton* 1875-80

Jack Horton* 1877-82

Jack Johnstone 1877-79

Sid Jones 1877-78

Walter Jones 1876-78

Tom Lavender 1880-85

Albert Loach 1881-83

Arthur Loach* 1877-82

Walter Neale 1883-85

Charlie Perry* 1880-83

Tom Perry* 1884-86

Walter Perry* 1885-86

Bob Roberts* 1878-79

Jack Siddons 1876-78

Tom Smith 1876-78

Jim Stanton* 1875-78

John Stokes 1876-78

George Timmins* 1872-79

Ted Turner 1877-79

Tom Waterfield 1876-78

John While 1875-80

• Albion's 1888 FA Cup winning team was: R. Roberts; A. Aldridge, H. Green; E. Horton, C. Perry, G. Timmins; G. Woodhall, W. Bassett, J. Bayliss, T. Pearson, J. Wilson.

• H. Bell and A. Loach played in the 1886 losing Cup final, and R. Roberts, H. Green, E. Horton, C. Perry and G. Timmins gained runner's-up medals in 1887.

• C. Perry was also an FA Cup winner in 1892 but in 1895 was a Cup final loser along with his brother T. Perry.

• John While was Albion's captain when they won their first-ever trophy – the Staffordshire Cup in 1883

• Tom Smith was an Albion reserve who later became club secretary (1884-90)

• And for the record, an Albion XI beat George Salter's football team 13-2 in a friendly (to celebrate Salter's works bi-centennial) at Springfield Road sports ground, West Bromwich in May 1960.

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