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Fifties footballers who got their gear on at the pub

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

By Gavin Jones

Malt Mill FC, fresh from changing at the Anchor

Malt Mill FC, fresh from changing at the Anchor

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THOSE high, swept-back hairstyles place this picture firmly in the middle of the 1950s, but do you recognise the team?

They were Malt Mill United, pictured in 1955, based in Blackheath and named after the Malt Mill pub. The photograph was brought to us by Martin Payne of Rowley Regis, though it belongs to his brother Colin Payne, who played for the side about a year after the picture was taken. Martin explained:

"Malt Mill played in the Warwickshire and West Midlands Alliance League. They originated at the Malt Mill pub, but at the time of this photo they changed into their strip in the Anchor pub down Gorsty Hill Road in Halesowen, which is now known as The Lighthouse.

"The pitch they played on was down Lodgefield Road, alongside the railway line.

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"In 1958 the club became Blackheath Town, playing at the back of Blackheath churchyard. They were run by Joe Mather, the club secretary."

Martin has supplied the names for the team, who lined up as follows:

Back row, from left: R Andrews, J Clift, R Unitt, Sam ___, trainer, W Edge, K Jackson, A Page.

Front row: C Postins, R Connop, R Grosvenor, R Parkes, B Westwood.

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