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Birmingham Factory Football Teams

AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Apologies if this is already answered.

I noticed that Ron Atkinson once played for the BSA Tools team. Does anyone know any good web sites that list the history of "Works" teams in the West Midlands?
 

AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Cheers Alf , this has given me a good starting point. I know a guy who worked at Ford Dagenham and said the blokes in the works football team never worked a day on the line when he was there.

Fancy a book being written by a City fan and a Villa man - wonder if there were any arguments in the drafts !!!!!!

It's a pity HP were never a shirt sponsor for the Villa - Rover looked good on their shirts , being based at Longbridge.
 

paulyx

master brummie
there were a number of ex professional footballers, i had the good fortune to play in the same team with, DEREK KEVAN, (ALBION), JIMMY MCEWAN, (VILLA),KENNY BURNS,
BOBBY MCDONALD, TOMMY GRAHAM, BROTHER OF GEORGE, MALCOLM BEARD, ROGER DAVIES, (derby), to name a few. PETER ALDIS, the former villa full back played for M&B
and two ROBERTS'ES, KENNY & K.O. played for KYNOCHS.
 

AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Cheers paulx

What happened to these teams when these businesses closed ?

Did they become new identities / teams like Armstrong Siddley >>>>> Airbus UK ?
 
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Wendy

Guest
I have had a look through some of Michael's Dad's football stuff. I found amongst other things a book entitled Birmingham County Football Association founded 1875. Season 1935-36. It is packed with information on fixtures and clubs including works clubs with names and addresses of all club secreteries.
 

AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Thanks Wendy, what are some of the companies that fielded teams ?

A bloke I worked with at Rackhams 20 years ago was telling me how when he did his national service in the British Army in the 50's because he was a good footballer he got out of a lot of the "army stuff" his pals had to do, especially when it came time to play the RAF / Navy.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Dunlop, Chance &Hunt, Austin Motor Works, Bellis & Morcom Inter Dept Competition, Kynoch's, Adie Bros, Ansells, Arcadians c/o Wilkinson and Riddell, Aston Road Tube Works, Atkinsons Brewery, Bakelite, Barker & Allen Ltd, Baxters Screw Works, Berry's Electric, Birmingham City Police, Birmingham Co Op, Birmingham Corporation Tramway & Tramway, Bloor & Pillar, Brades Steel Works, Bromford Tube Co, Chamberlain & Hookman Ltd, City Gas, City Meat Market, Salvage Dept, Water Dept, City Rolling Mills. There are pages and pages will post more later.
 

AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Wow!!!! Thanks so much Wendy. What a fantastic cross section of Brummie groups / industry. Thanks so much for posting.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
AustinLancer, Holy Souls would be a church team youth club they would put teams of different ages into to leagues, many teams played on Saturday & Sunday, kick off time depended on how the light it would after 90 mins+ 15mins for a half time slice of orange if you were lucky!, a lot of the pitch`s were almost devoid of grass, the players swilled down i bucket of cold water after the game, the Sports Argus would phoned given the score and it would be in when the Sports Argus was on sale at 5pm. Len.
 
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AustinLancer

knowlegable brummie
Cheers lencops for reply. It is easy to forget in today's times what a big part different community groups eg Boys Brigade played in the lives of many. It's a pity some of today's "stars" didn't start off in such teams.
 

A.Willoughby

master brummie
My late father in law left me a book "The Birmingham and District Works Amateur Football Association, Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book, covering from its inception in 1905 (by its founder John H. Webster) until 1955. Understand my father in law played for Gaskell and Chambers in the early fifties. Will.
 

daverock

master brummie
Hi Any chance of any scans off the book please, I played in the works league for Linreads, GKN Screws & fasteners & GEC Blackheath & would welcome any info about them. I also refereed for a couple of seasons in the league.
Cheers
Dave
 

sistersue61

master brummie
Daverock, when did you referee? The reason I ask is that my hubbys grandad used to ref, he died in 1965, so would have been in 50's/early 60's, his name was Jim (James) Meredith and wonder if you or anyone else remembers him.
Sue
 

A.Willoughby

master brummie
Dave,
Would be happy to assist but the book lists the winners of the various competitions from 1906 to 1954. It lists the competitions into numerous cups and shields. There are so many it is like looking for the proverbial needle. Do you know the sheild/cup the various teams played for and I can but check if they ever won during the period. It also list the officers and council members of the association from 1905 to 1955. In 1955 it lists: New life members E. Martin and S.Penniall The new Vice Presidents as being B.H. Edwards and W.S. Smith. There is also 'Valued Service Awards' listed for the various years.
Have found dates for the following as having entered the association: Linread - 1942....No GKN listed.... GEC Witton - 1906.... GEC Ileene Works 1913...GEC Magnet Works 1938.
The print is very small to put on the site but if you can send me more info to narrow the search, by way of pm, I will see what I can do for you. Will.
 

Dave89

master brummie
I seem to remember Parkinson Cowan Appliances had a team who used to play
at Bachelor's Farm Rec Stechford in the 1950's

Kind regards

Dave
 
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