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Old Hill footballer finds picture of his old team

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

Derek Billingham (second from right in the back row) with the Macefield football team, 1952/53

Derek Billingham (second from right in the back row) with the Macefield football team, 1952/53

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MACEFIELDS School is an old name which thousands of Old Hill youngsters will recall with pride and fondness, and former pupils of a certain age may well have some happy memories awakened by this photograph.

Tracey Billingham of Kingswinford brought this photograph to us on behalf of his father John Billingham (better known as Derek) who found the picture out recently and has remembered most of the names of his fellow footballers. They were pictured during the 1952/53 season.

The line-up is as follows:

Back row, from left: Mr Parkes, Frank Priest, ?, Doug Southall, John Wakeman, Derek Billingham, John Johnson.

Front row: John Dimmock, Brian Weston, ?, ?, and Harold ___.

Tracey told us:

"My father is now 76 years old and lives in Oldbury, but he likes to reminisce about the pubs he used in Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and the characters who drank in them in the 1960s and 1970s.

"His mother, my grandmother, worked at the Plaza in Old Hill during the 1960s. Her name was Martha Stevens (she had remarried following the death of my grandfather Lomey Billingham whilst at work as a chainmaker in 1947.

"She was a barmaid at the Plaza and was known more commonly as Pat. I have numerous pictures of her at work there and believe she was there when The Beatles appeared there in the early '60s. My father seems to remember her getting their autographs on a beermat but that item is sadly nowhere to be found!"

Do you have old school sports team photographs you'd like to see in the Bugle? Bring them in to us, pop them in the post, give us a call to arrange collection or email them to gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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