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Headmaster had to plead with dad to let son play in cup

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

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THE DUDLEY Guest Hospital Cup dates back to the earliest days of organised football, and is one of our region's proudest and most cherished competitions.

Regular contributor Terry Church of Wall Heath, has put our way a couple of mementoes of that contest dating from over forty years ago, with quite an amusing tale attached. Terry writes:

"For many years an annual knock out competition was organised for local football clubs to compete for the Dudley Guest Hospital Cup. The competition was first formed in 1885 and existed as far as I am aware for over one hundred years. During that time many thousands of pounds were raised and donated to the hospital.

"The attached programme features Brierley Hill Alliance and Kingswinford United when they competed in the 73rd cup final on Easter Monday, April 15th 1968, played at Dudley Sports Centre.

"I am indebted to Glyn Jones who has been able to tell me from his meticulously maintained personal diary and records of the club that the score was 2-1 in favour of Kingswinford United, who had also won the cup the previous season.

"The scorers for the winners were Bev Pagett and John Bayliss.

"Appearing for Kingswinford was Bryn Millward who had also previously played for Wall Heath United. An outstanding and skilful footballer it seems that in Bryn's early years his father, Joe, was very protective and on one occasion did not want Bryn to play for his school, Wall Heath Church of Ascension, who were travelling to play a game at Pensnett.

"Mr Holmshaw, Headmaster of the school, wrote a letter to Mr Millward asking him to change his mind. The letter is undated but after discussing it with Bryn's brother, Alan, we think that it was probably about 1948, although we do not know if Bryn was allowed to play in the game. The letter has been loaned to me by Bryn's widow, June."

Do you have stories to share from playing in the Dudley Guest Hospital Cup? Write in, phone us, or email gjones@blackcoun try bugle.co.uk

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