It would surely never happen these days, but time was when an FA Cup winning football side would be more than happy to spend a day off in whites and pads, taking on a local cricket side.
And when the victorious Wolves turned up at Wombourne Cricket Club on Monday 1st August, 1949, they even took the FA Cup along with them, which they had won by beating Leicester City at Wembley a few months before.
The picture above, mounted on card and with the names of all the players printed beneath it, comes from the Wolves’ own collection, and our thanks go to club historian Graham Hughes for putting it our way.
Six of the cup winning side were there along with a few first team regulars who hadn’t played in the final, and for the photo the Wolves and Wombourne men mixed themselves up. Even the ‘Iron Manager’ himself Stan Cullis was in the side, and director Jim Marshall, at far left in white coat, looks to have taken on the role of umpire. Johnny Hancocks you may notice (far left in the front row) had suffered an injury either during or prior to the match, and has white sticking plaster all over his chin. Perhaps one of the Wombourne men bowled him a bouncer?
The full Line up is as follows, with the Wolves men highlighted in bold.
From left in the back row:
Jimmy Mullen, A. Day, D. Clarke, C.E. Kirkham, Angus McClean, R. Hewitt.
Jim Marshall, Wolves Director, E.J.Bannister, A.P. Wilkes, Sammy Smyth,A.Palk, J.V.Harrison, J. Paxton, Terry Springthorpe,J.Nelson, B. Guest.
Johnny Hancocks,H. Trott, Stan Cullis,G. Bayliss, Billy Wright, J.A.Spark, Billy Crook,and T. Corns.