THREE weeks ago we had a special souvenir tie sent in by life-long Baggies fan Peter Hill of West Bromwich. Our pictures of the 60-year-old tie have prompted Wolves fan Colin Corbett to write in about his own football tie of similar vintage, this one celebrating Wolverhampton Wanderers' FA Cup victory of 1949.
Colin writes, "Having seen in the Bugle an Albion 1954 FA Cup final tie, I could not let the moment pass without sending you my Wolves tie story!
"It is from the victorious 1949 final and belonged to my dear departed dad, Reg Corbett. Reg was once Postmaster of Brierley Hill and his story is told in the book that is stocked at the Bugle shop, Crumpled Bits of Paper, from the desk of a Black Countryman.
"Although the tie was my dad's, he could not get a ticket for 1949, and it was his dad, also named Reg, who attended. Reg senior had also watched the 1939 defeat of red-hot favourites Wolves by Portsmouth.
"However, one of my most treasured possessions remains my dad's scrapbook of the glorious 1949 campaign. Its yellowed press cuttings chart the route to Wembley through matches against Chesterfield, Sheffield United, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, and the two epic semi-final encounters with Manchester United. It seemed propitious that it was on dad's 16th birthday that Wolves beat Leicester City, and family synchronicity was secured when my son Tom and I witnessed the 1974 League Cup and 2003 play-off triumphs in our respective 16th years. In scant consolation, Dad did attend the Liverpool-Arsenal final in 1950.
"At Wembley in 1974 Wolves beat Manchester City to win the League Cup, and when John Richards scored the winner my enduring vision is of my granddad, last at Wembley with Wolves in 1949, hardly able to believe that we were back in the big time. It is a continuing regret that he went to his grave in 1986 more in expectation of Wolves being a Conference team than a top-flight outfit ever again.
"With his wife, Pat, my granddad Reg ran local pubs such as the Mitre, the Old Commercial and then the New Commercial in Brockmoor (now Il Michelangelo's) before finishing in 1966 to become superintendent of the new Brierley Hill flats at Chapel Court.
"Having spent my early months in Norwood Road, I am proud to report that my daughter, Emily, her partner Matt and recently born Ella, are maintaining the Brockmoor link.
"Putting old rivalries aside, let us hope that a Black Country FA Cup triumph eventually comes our way – 1960 and 1968, respectively, are far too long ago!"