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Birmingham Amateur Football Teams

COLINSTARK

knowlegable brummie
Finest footballers known to mankind. Champions of Yardley and the Universe (Division 7) 1960. Marlborough FC.

Back Row L/R Lewis, Roger Pratty, Tony Pollard , Dennis Williams , Barry Gamble, Rob Pedlingham
Front L/R Some little feller, Frankie Treacy, Clive Smith, Johnny Williams, Reggie Phipps.

Some of us went on to bigger and better clubs such as the Brookhill sides, run by a very odd chap whose name escapes me. Does any one remember those Brookhill sides by any chance? Phil Kelly the Wolves keeper was involved. Bordesley Green/Alum rock/Stechford areas. Training at Albert Road school. I think the owner and manager was locked up eventually for fiddling with younger team members....he was a well known meat trader (no pun intended) in the Town I think..


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His name was Bill Wilcox. I played for Brookhill back in 1961-62. Bunny Larkin and Bert Linnecor(both Blues) used to help Bill with the training,even though the had moved to Norwich and Lincoln.Bill Wilcox hzd a good relationship sith Wolves and one or two of us got to go there for trials et . COLIN STARK
 

jonnybrowne

master brummie
I know they re-fomed a few few years back, but does anyone have any memories of the original Paget Rangers in the 1940s? my mum used to go and watch them as a teenager, and before she met my dad went out for a while with Dougie Lishman who later played for Arsenal.

Mum, then Gladys Ray, went to Paget Road school with some of the lads who formed the club.
 

Arnold Mason

master brummie
I know they re-fomed a few few years back, but does anyone have any memories of the original Paget Rangers in the 1940s? my mum used to go and watch them as a teenager, and before she met my dad went out for a while with Dougie Lishman who later played for Arsenal.

Mum, then Gladys Ray, went to Paget Road school with some of the lads who formed the club.
Did Paget Rangers play at Pipe Hayes park? My father-in-law played there but I don't know which team he played for. He played for many teams over the years.

Regards from Redruth

Arnold
 

jonnybrowne

master brummie
Did Paget Rangers play at Pipe Hayes park? My father-in-law played there but I don't know which team he played for. He played for many teams over the years.

Regards from Redruth

Arnold
I think they did play in Pype Hayes Park when they first started - I believe they moved to a pitch in Walmley a bit later.
 

barester

proper brummie kid
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His name was Bill Wilcox. I played for Brookhill back in 1961-62. Bunny Larkin and Bert Linnecor(both Blues) used to help Bill with the training,even though the had moved to Norwich and Lincoln.Bill Wilcox hzd a good relationship sith Wolves and one or two of us got to go there for trials et . COLIN STARK
Iplayed forBrookhill youth committee team that won the League and Youth committee cup back in 1959, final played at Cadburys and we beat Erdington Abbey 9/1, Wilcox took us to Pattisons restaurant after for a meal, home games always played at Glebe Farm. Bunny Larkin held the club record for most goals in a match(9) until our centre forward Dennis Millard(?) scored 11!!!
 

jonnybrowne

master brummie
Training ground perhaps?

Arnold
Nice thought, but wouldn't think they'd train on a Sunday afer a match, and certainly not in a public park! Most likely local lads who'd adopted the colours for their team, or, bit more of a stretch, one of Villa's youth teams....certainly got the very young me excited though.
 
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Gwynfor

knowlegable brummie
Good ole Harborne Lynwood Football Club pictured around 1923/4. It was founded in 1894 and produced players for Villa, BC & West Brom from the hallowed turf in Lordswood Road. I wonder what their nickname was? There is a modern road Lynwood Walk named after them https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&...2.455094,-1.954837&spn=0.014567,0.027595&z=15
I used to play for Kenwick Dynamo in the early to middle sixties, we were managed by Mr Jones who was a teacher at Harborne Hill School, we were Harborne Lynwoods biggest rivals but we were in different leagues, we played in the South Birmingham Sunday Premier League, some of the players who were playing then were Jeff Ballard, David Knowles, Robert Nicholas & Joey Stone, it would be interesting if anyone remembered us.
Good ole Harborne Lynwood Football Club pictured around 1923/4. It was founded in 1894 and produced players for Villa, BC & West Brom from the hallowed turf in Lordswood Road. I wonder what their nickname was? There is a modern road Lynwood Walk named after them https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&...2.455094,-1.954837&spn=0.014567,0.027595&z=15
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Birmingham had there own Shamrock Rovers in the late forties and fifties,there headquarters was "The benyon " Hockley,they played at Lightwoods park mostly,but did once make a tour of Ireland.
The team sheet as I recall was Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,Kelly,O'Shay,Baglin and Beard.
Here is a photo of the Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock rovers.Carl chinns Old Brum no2.jpg
 

Shinkwin

New Member
Here is a photo of the Shamrock Rovers

Here is a photo of the Shamrock Rovers

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My Father is in this picture ,he is in the shamrock rovers kit front row first left ,Eugene McCarthy ,also know as Janeboy and was a good friend of Paddy Hogan when he was living in Birmingham. For many of years i have been trying to find pictures and write ups that was in the Argus Paper back then on him and his team mates but with no success ,and when i saw this write up and picture i wanted to ask if anyone could advise me on how to get hold of a copy of these for him please or have any that you could please put on this Forum so i could show him ,i would really appreciate it ,He is now almost 87 years old a still loves to read and see pictures of those days he loved so much .
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
The picture was from an Evening Mail supplement series from 1998 called Old Brum , and it was no 2.in the series. The supplement was compiled and alrgely written by Carl Chinn. Possibly he has a copy of the original, or can perhaps put you in touch with Ned Grogan, who originally supplied the picture.
 

Shinkwin

New Member
The picture was from an Evening Mail supplement series from 1998 called Old Brum , and it was no 2.in the series. The supplement was compiled and alrgely written by Carl Chinn. Possibly he has a copy of the original, or can perhaps put you in touch with Ned Grogan, who originally supplied the picture.
Thankyou so much i am very grateful for your reply
 

onetakemike

Brummie babby
A long shot since this club folded about 1937, but does anyone have any info on Aston Victoria FC, founded in 1880, and became Birmingham's top amateur/ semi-pro team, winning the first two Birmingham Junior Cups around 1890. They fell down the ladder from heady days of sharing the still unfinished Villa Park in 1892, into youth Sunday football, but made it through until almost 1940. They were a general sports club, who had water polo, pigeon racing, cycling and rifle shooting in their range of activities. Did anyone's granddad play for them, or does anyone have a photo of the football team,better still their colours?
 

Jeepwolf

master brummie
I used to play for Kenwick Dynamo in the early to middle sixties, we were managed by Mr Jones who was a teacher at Harborne Hill School, we were Harborne Lynwoods biggest rivals but we were in different leagues, we played in the South Birmingham Sunday Premier League, some of the players who were playing then were Jeff Ballard, David Knowles, Robert Nicholas & Joey Stone, it would be interesting if anyone remembered us.
I remember Joey Stone Gwynfor, he worked with me at Cadburys. We played together a couple of times for the works team. By then he was by far the oldest player in the team, but he still had the ability. We both shared a love of the Wolves. He got married late in life and moved over to Kidderminster, and i havent seen him since. He was well respected in the football world, and a really nice guy.
 

Tinpot

master brummie
Small Heath Champions 1932-33.
Some of the same faces appear in Jack Moulds Athletic 1934-35
My Dad was goalie Norman(Jack or Lew) Lewis.
Les Bishop and Bert Powles are names I heard him talk about.
 

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John Keogh

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I used to play for Kenwick Dynamo in the early to middle sixties, we were managed by Mr Jones who was a teacher at Harborne Hill School, we were Harborne Lynwoods biggest rivals but we were in different leagues, we played in the South Birmingham Sunday Premier League, some of the players who were playing then were Jeff Ballard, David Knowles, Robert Nicholas & Joey Stone, it would be interesting if anyone remembered us.
Hi, I played for Kenwick Dynamo from 1976-1986, the manager at that time was Ken Mitchell, we trained at Harborne school just down from the Green Man pub, I remember in my early days, I was 15/16,and Kenwick were getting started again after a year or two off the scene, so with an influx of us younger lads and several of the "older" players we would rebuild Kenwick Dynamo into the top Birmingham amateur Sunday league team. I remember starting to train with these "older" players thinking I was so fit and Energetic that I'd run rings around them... No chance!! You could hardly get near the ball! With their body positioning, awareness and skill. Most of these guys would have been about 7/8 years older than me, Steve Cattier was the goalkeeper, Extremely good, Ray Webb defender, had played for Aston Villa youth team, fast and tenacious in the tackle, Dave Gubbins defender, Roy Paine midfielder, Keith Crowd midfielder, played semi-pro, Brian Mcgetrick midfielder also semi-pro, Geoff Ballard midfielder played professional in Belgium, Mick Ballard striker (Geoff's brother), and Mickey Lillis the best striker I have had the pleasure to play alongside, don't know why he never played professionally. We played for a year or two in the Birmingham Works League (1977-1980?) Teams like Dunlop, Willmott Breadon, Co -op, West Midlands travel etc, pitches and facilities on a professional standard, in those 2 or 3 years we won the silver Palethorpe Ball (in a glass"box") and the massive Bass Cup (I'm sure you can view these on Google). After this we joined the South Birmingham Premier Division, many of the "older" players retired or moved on. It took a year or two to get our footing but we went on to win the Premier League 2/3 times and appear in two cup finals. In the summer of 1986 I myself moved on and played for many clubs and then veterans football before "retiring" in 2010. Would be great to hear from any ex team mates and enjoy recalling our days of Glory, thank you. John Keogh.
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
My younger brother Gordon Gibson was an avid footballer from about five years old, played for many teams including for his school and works, he was signed as a junior for Aston Villa then Walsall but I've never had a team photo of him.
There must surely be one somewhere, anyone ever come across one?
 
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