I WOULD like to add Tony Matthews to the Bugle's list of influential people from West Bromwich.
Tony, born on Tantany Estate, is now the world's most prolific writer of football books with more than 130 published: 1974 to 2014.
He's been associated with West Bromwich Albion Football Club for almost 50 years, as a junior player, programme contributor, historian and statistician, museum curator and The Hawthorns tour guide. In 1995 he founded and opened the Albion museum, which is now regarded as one of the best in the country and is situated inside The Hawthorns.
He's served on the testimonial committee of 12 different players - Baggies' stars Ronnie Allen, John Osborne, Tony Brown, Brendon Batson, Stuart Naylor,Tony Godden, Len Cantello, John Wile, Ally Robertson and Ray Wilson, and the Wolves duo of Robbie Dennison and George Berry. Between 1979 and 1989 he helped raise thousands of pounds for charity as player/manager of the Albion All Stars football team. He has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records and for the last five years has been campaigning against illegal rubbish dumping while also organising quizzes to raise money for various organisations.