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Wednesfield dad bought first TV with football pools winnings

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

By Dan Shaw

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IN recent weeks we have had a number of winning football pools cheques feature in the Bugle.

Our first was a 1950 Vernons Pools cheque found in a local charity shop, which featured in our 27th February edition. Then last week we told the story of Joseph Groom of the Yew Tree Estate, whose syndicate won with Littlewoods Pools in 1971.

Pat Jordan of Coseley brought along another pools winning cheque to our Cradley Heath offices that her father won in 1950.

The framed cheque is still in the box in came through the post in and the accompanying letter reads:

"Dear Client, at the personal suggestion of Mr Vernon Sangster I have pleasure in sending you your cheque which you received in payment of your dividend on Vernons Lucky 'V' Coupon.

"Your original cheque (returned from the Bank) has been mounted and framed to enable you to keep it as a souvenir and it has also been personally inscribed by Mr Sangster with his good wishes.

"I am sure you will be pleased to have this unique souvenir and an acknowledgement to me of its safe arrival would be appreciated. Wishing you continued success with Vernons. Your sincerely, T.H. Grenfell, Publicity Controller."

Pat's father, Alfred Roberts, of Lawfred Avenue, Wednesfield, shared the prize money with their lodger. £708.13s.5d was the amount, enough to buy a house 60 years ago.

Pat, only a girl at the time, doesn't remember what her father did with the money but she does remember that he bought the family's first television set and, three years later, with the Queen's coronation, their house was filled with family and neighbours as they crowded around the set to watch the great event.

Vernons Pools was established in 1925 by Liverpool businessman Vernon Sangster as a competitor to Littlewoods. The two companies merged in 2009.

Have you the story of a football pools win to share? Contact dshaw@blackcountrybugle.co.uk or write to 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL.

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