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Stranger sold me Albion Cup Final ticket for the cost price

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

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RE the 1954 FA Cup Final between West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End and the article in The Bugle (July 17 edition).

On my return home to Smethwick from Berlin demobbed after two years' National Service, I had a casual conversation with a young man who said at some point that he was going to the FA Cup Final.

When I said the Albion was my home team, he offered me a 15 shillings ticket because he had no real commitment to the game.

He insisted that he wanted only the face value of the ticket.

Wembley seemed to me huge, unlike the Hawthorns that I had walked to so often from Warley Road - now Thimblemill Road -to see Allen, Barlow, Nicholls and others play the type of football praised by Ferenc Puskas as being in the Hungarian style.

Remember how Hungary thrashed England 7-1 in 1954.

He would not have been impressed by the game I saw in a stadium that lacked atmosphere.

Bill McGowran's account in The Bugle 'rings true' to me, but details of the notable incidents he records do not remain in my memory bank.

Doubtless Kenneth Wolstenholme provided an exciting commentary.

Perhaps I was too tired after a long journey to appreciate the Baggies' 3-2 win.

Information obtained via Google, especially Dave Bowler's account, generate personal enjoyment.

My trip down memory lane has helped me relive a happy event that I read and talked about the next day, May 2, my birthday.

I decided not to make any comments on the size of the Wembley pitch and the distance of the crowd from the action.

But I am sure these are relevant to my sad recollections of such an important game.

Reg Price,

15 Oxenden Wood Road,

Chelsfield Park,

Orpington, Kent, BR6 6HR.


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