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Cross Country Team from Britannia Road

By rob taylor  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Athletic types in the Sixties.

Athletic types in the Sixties.

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HERE is another sporting group of young Blackheathens from the Sixties era, to add to another sent in by the same reader, David. E. Reynolds, of Oakham, Dudley.

We published a football team picture sent in by David a couple of weeks ago (issue 1048).

David writes.....

“I enclose this photo featuring the Cross Country team from Rowley Regis Secondary Modern Boys’ School, or Britannia Road as it was better known as.

“This is of the Cross Country team season 1963/1964 displaying the Oldbury Harriers Schools Cross Country Trophy. What is a little bit unusual about this team photo is that it shows all the age groups from the 1st year to the 5th year pupils. The Oldbury Harriers Trophy was won on the aggregate results of all age groups.

“I can recall some but not all of the names as follows; Back Row left to right. Colin Booth, (?), (?.), Robert Plant, (?), (?).

Middle Row left to right. Daniel ?, (?), Brian Connell, Brian Cole, Peter Greatbach, Alan Nash, Paul Mason, (?), Elwyn Thomas ( PE Teacher).

Front Row left to right. Richard Harris, Roy Faulkner (who was Head Boy), Mr Greville (Headmaster), Stuart Williams, David Reynolds. Roger Hackett.

“The Cross Country training sessions were essentially running from the school up towards Rowley Church via Newhall Road to what was known as the “Quack”, which was basically open land with earth banks and a rubbish dumping site, a scattering of pools with “Bate’s Pool” being the most noticeable.

“The “Quack” is now a housing estate”.

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