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When John turned out for the Villa and the Liberals

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

By Gavin Jones

  • Codsall Villa of Cradley Heath

  • Old Hill Liberals, pictured in the sixties

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FOOTBALL in the 1960s was a very different animal to 2014. England were officially the champions of the world, and this really felt like the game's spiritual home.

Our thanks go to John Willetts of Wychbury Road in Quarry Bank for supplying us with these two photographs from that golden era, which show two teams who plied their trade within a goal kick of where the Bugle's office now stands.

The lads in stripes were Codsall Villa, from the Codsall estate in Cradley Heath, and John, who played for the side, has recalled most of the names. They are, from left in the back row T Jackson, J Jones, ?, ?, R Crow, ?, J Willetts, ?. Front row: R Cox, Jack ___ (trainer), ?, J Garbett, ?, ?.

The second picture shows another team for whom John Willetts turned out in those days; Old Hill Liberals. One or two of the same faces are evident in this picture. The names we have are, again from left in the back row:

R Crow (manager), J Jones, R Whitehouse, R Bagley, ?, R Yardley, ?, ?.

Front row: J Willetts, ?, ?, ?, C Robinson.

If you can fill in any of the blanks, or if you have photographs of other amateur football teams you played for that you'd like to see in the Bugle, write in, give us a call, or send an email to gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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