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Anyone remember the Black Mambas team in Warley?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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I AM writing to ask if anyone remembers the small grey tickets that were on sale in the early 1950s? These tickets were perforated around the edge and had to be opened to reveal two football teams who were playing that week. If you had purchased the winning ticket, a prize was provided. I am interested to see if anyone remembers their name, the price they cost and any other information about them.

I am interested in this information because in 1950 myself and some friends formed a local football team and social club in the Warley area. We called ourselves The Black Mambas and I am now writing the history of this club. The importance of this grey ticket to us, at the time, is that we sold them and these sales gave us our only source of income as a club.

I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has memories of The Black Mambas team.

On another point, I was interested to read your article on trolley buses. This article reminded me of the time I was riding on the top deck of the 5.15am bus from Wolverhampton to Sedgley in 1952. I boarded the bus at The Fighting Cocks and climbing the stairs I was met with the heaviest pall of smoke I had ever seen, provided by the Baggeridge Colliery miners! I am still coughing!

Thanking you in anticipation.

John T. Whitehouse,

94 Church View Gardens,


Near Stourbridge.

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