Last week Eddie Stone provided us with his memories of the old Billiard Hall in West Bromwich, and this week he recalls playing for George Salter FC back in the 1960s.
Eddie writes, “I’ve managed to find out an old photograph of the George Salter 2nd XI when I was a member of the team that played in the Birmingham Works AFA.
“In the 1962/63 we played at the Kenrick and Jefferson ground at Salisbury Road in West Bromwich and won the Lord Howard de Waldon Cup.
“The chap with his arm wrapped around the trophy is John Flemming, and he very generously gave up his place in the team for the cup final, but had played in every round up till then.
“The others in the team were, back row L/R:- Geoff Hollyhead, Bob (?), Brian Percival. Middle row:- Peter Morris, Terry (?), myself, John Fleming and Cyril Gutteridge.
Front row:- Hughie Baker, Neil Lewis, Micky Oliver and Tony Bailey.
“We were very unlucky not to win the league that season and could have ended up with the double. A team called Post Office Stores had to drop out three-quarters of the way through the fixture list, by which time we had played them both home and away.
The rules stated that any points gained from matches with a team that dropped out the league were null and void, and we were therefore deducted four points through no fault of our own. The team that eventually won the league had only played the PO once and were deducted just two points, and beat us in the end by two points.
“I reckon we should have had a play-off decider, but it wasn’t to be.”