The Black Country has produced many top footballers over the years, and two that readily spring to mind are Duncan Edwards and Norman Deeley.
'Big Dunc' of Manchester United and England, is considered by many to be at the top of the pile, even though his career was cruelly cut short before it reached its peak, by the Munich Air Disaster. This former Dudley schoolboy was reckoned to have had the potential to have become one of the best England players of all time.
Norman Deeley may not have been of quite such high calibre, but he nevertheless enjoyed a long and highly productive career with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was capped twice by his country. Sadly Norman died in 2007 aged 73.
He and Duncan were of the same footballing generation, attending schools in the Black Country in the post war era (Norman in Wednesbury and Duncan as noted above, in Dudley).
The two photographs coincidentally arrived in Bugle hands around the same time.
The one was taken at Priory School, Dudley in 1948. It shows the school football team which included Duncan Edwards. Duncan is on the back row, third from the right next to the diminutive goalie Mick Jones.
The other photograph was taken around 1947 and it shows South East Staffordshire schoolboy side, including Norman Deeley (far right standing).