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Why was Cliff Richard's Jensen at West Bromwich Church?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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FOLLOWING my letter regarding my childhood experience about Dartmouth Park, I started to think what else we did.

My nan and grandad lived in Roebuck Lane, West Bromwich. Their back garden was close to Salters playing field and Kenrick and Jefferson, which we used a lot for football and cricket.

I recall being told that W.G. Grace, the famous cricketer, once played at K&J, I don't know when.

I also remember a charity football match being played at Salters football pitch, having been moved from K&J because of crowd numbers. In the line-up was Tommy Steele and Dave King, plus others whom I can't recall. The match unfortunately had to be abandoned because of a pitch invasion.

Across Roebuck Lane was Cronehills sports ground, now consumed by the motorway. When I played there I used to nip through the fence at half-time to see my nan and grandad.

Does anyone remember the old Tangyes sports ground, opposite the Dartmouth Cricket Club. A good six used to clear a double decker bus before landing on the sports ground.

After the Albion night match I used to go to Salters Club on the corner of Roebuck Lane. My grandad had always got three pints lined up on the counter.

A regular attender was the great Jeff Astle who always enjoyed a pint and a game of dominoes with my uncle Jack.

The one comment I would make is that the sports grounds I mentioned will soon be no more. What a pity as I have many happy memories from my childhood in the 50s and 60s.

One thing I need to mention, on the Sunday morning, as a child, I used to go to my nan's and at lunch time I used to go over to the Vine pub to get a jug of beer. I don't think this would be allowed today.

By the way, I understand Cliff Richard's Jensen car was parked by Trinity Church.

I am not sure of the connection, was it the church or the charity match? Perhaps a reader would enlighten me.

Robert Fessey,

207 Northway,



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