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More Marsh and Baxter response

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: July 30, 2009

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More response to the Marsh and Baxter football team photograph of two weeks ago has come in since our last issue.

Bob Hill of 12 Maygrove Road, Kingswinford, was first out of the blocks with a few more names for the 1954 team. He has also supplied a later photograph (reproduced on the right).

In the 1954 team he names Back Row: Bert Simpson (far left), and cousin Ron Hill, second from right.

Middle Row: Albert Bagley (far left), John Powell (second left), Harry Wesson (second right). Front Row: Reg Fradgley (far left), Eli Postins (second right).

The photograph supplied by Bob (right) shows the Marsh and Baxter team on 1965.

Names as follows: Back Row: Joe Fereday (Manager), Cyril Durden (coach driver), Alan Bishop, Ron Price, Percy Oakley, Harry Wesson, Alan Hill (Bob’s brother), Dennis Hemmings, Tony Seager, Eli Postins, Mr Wood? Front Row: Tony Pearson, Norman Homer, Billy Whale, Alan Homer, Bob Hill (sender), Fred Light.

“This team, with a few additions and subtractions, went on, as they say, to wipe the board and won many trophies and honours into the 1970s, until the old firm closed down”, adds Bob.

*** Now to the second response to the 1954 photograph, from Geoff Barratt of Stourbridge.

He can name the strapping fellow who stood at the centre of the middle row (fifth from left). He was Lewis S. Harper, from Wordsley, who was a real sporting all-rounder.

Geoff tells us that he was a fine cricketer, playing with his brother (Geoff Harper), for Stourbridge in the Birmingham League. Lewis also rose through the ranks off the field, but sadly died in the 1970s just before he was to serve as President of the Birmingham League.

Lewis also had a relative (possibly cousin), Bob Harper, who was vice captain of the England Schoolboys cricket side, the captain being David Brown who went on to play for Warwickshire and England.

Bob played for Stourbridge and Old Hill cricket clubs.

Geoff Barratt knew Lewis when they both worked for Jospeh Billingham’s, Providence Street, Cradley Heath, in the late 50s and 60s. Lewis was the Company Secretary, and he recalls him as a lovely chap.

“We had a cricket team at Billingham’s that played night matches midweek,” recalls Geoff, “and the only way they could get L.

S. Harper out was when he gave his wicket away!”

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  • Black Country Bugle User  |  August 25 2009, 11:02AM

    It is great interset to me this article,it brings back so many fond memories of Marsh and Baxters most of the people in the photo are my former workmates,who thankfully joined myself at devis great bridge after th closure of Marsh and Baxter. I would be interssted to know if any of the former eployees has any recolection ,of recipes used in the making of Marsh and Baxter sausages.I have promised my grandchildren the taste of real sausage as we used to know, not the supermarket product we are subjected to here in Australia Blessings Colin White