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We put lemonade in FA Cup to toast Baggies' win

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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THE recent articles in The Bugle on West Bromwich Albion winning the FA Cup in 1952 brought back happy memories for me.

We were living in London then, so we missed out on the excitement there must have been in West Bromwich at that time.

However, my husband Harry and my mother Jesse had tickets for the match and they came back from Wembley jubilant.

A little time later I was visiting my housebound grandfather, Walter Orbell, when family friends Ephraim Smith (secretary at the Albion) and his wife Amy also came visiting.

Much to our surprise and delight they had brought along the FA Cup for my grandfather to see.

My Aunt Jenny, who lived with my grandfather, was almost speechless as she had supported Albion for years, attending most matches when younger.

I was sent off to fetch a young cousin, John Collins, who lived nearby, to join in our celebration.

We toasted the Albion with Green's Lemonade, duly poured into the cup.

As strict Methodists there was never anything stronger to drink in the house, even for medicinal purposes. That 'pop' tasted as good as champagne to us!

Years later I met John, now married with a family, who asked me to confirm that he had indeed handled the cup as friends wouldn't believe him.

What a pity we had no camera handy to record the occasion.

Well, carry on the good work at The Bugle and a toast to happy days and a great Albion team of 60 years ago.

Elsie Cartwright,




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