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By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

Arthur and Mary Hackett hold the FA Cup in 1968

Arthur and Mary Hackett hold the FA Cup in 1968

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YOU asked in a recent Bugle for our memories of West Bromwich Albion and the FA Cup final in May 1968.

My husband Arthur and I were there – we were season ticket holders.

My daughter Christine was also at Wembley.

She was a pupil at the Rowley Regis Grammar School and sold programmes (inside the ground) at the Hawthorns on match days.

They gave her a lovely blue and white outfit.

She also went to Wembley with us. My next door neighbours booked the coach (Jack and Nellie Jones), so it came right to our gate that morning.

What a day when Jeff Astle scored that goal – I am now 88 years old and my husband Arthur died four years ago. Christine's friends' mother was a waitress at the Regis Hall in Old Hill.

One evening a dinner was arranged. The Albion players were there as was the FA Cup with its blue and white ribbons.

So she asked her daughter and my daughter to help. They were given black and white waitress outfits and how proud they were.

During the meal my daughter came to me (she was all of a dooh-dah), saying: "Mom, Jeff Astle has just asked me for some more gravy."

So I said: "Well, you'd better hurry up and get it before his dinner goes cold."

We both remember that memory as if it was last night.

Mary Hackett,

11 St Giles Close, Rowley Regis.

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