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Birmingham Schools Football History / & photos

Bill Groove

proper brummie kid
View attachment 75311I have started this thread, as there is no notable history on this subject.Who was in your school team. Whom won the Villa Cup and in what year? Who played in the districted school Representative sides such as B'ham Boys, Erdington Boys, South B'ham Boys, Aston and District Boys. Whom went on to become a pro footballer?

If we don't post this knowledge it will be lost forever, as there is very little or no history on line, there is some detail from the old Mail, Dispatch and Argus kept in the central library but it takes hours to research and find.

I will kick off with my mates school Queensbridge Road who had a great team in 1962 and 1963 when they won the Victoria Shield & South B'ham league 1 in 1962.
Just as a contribution.

I went to Pheasey County Secondary Modern which , in fact, iis n Staffordshire. Back in the day as we were (and still is) border landers - we never knew whether to speak Black Country or Brummie - we played in the Aston Schools League. This made complete sense as we were 2 miles or so from the many North Bham schools in (now) Kinsgstanding Birchfield, Beeches etc, while an away fixture in Staffs would have taken us to Aldridge, Walsall, Pelsall etc, a day trip in those days. I cannot recall any honours for the team or individual players, 1959-64.

I was a left half (No 6 for the unknowing) with a Dick Neal (BCFC) attitude to defence and attack. I am sure I still carry life time injuries from those times! I went on to play for some Sunday Festival League youth teams but was never a regular selection despite my exquisite skills as a 'caggy' footer!

So, I took up refereeing and have the honour of sending off a player on 30 seconds of a game for foul and abusive language. Birmingham parks - Aldridge Road, Perry Hall, Perry Barr, Kingstanding etc and no doubt all Birmingham Parks recs., had a strict ruling about bad language in public parks that may influence children to swear and adults to be upset. I officiated in BHam Works (Sat) and Festival League (a.m. and p.m.). Crickey! I must have been fit. Occasionally refereed Wednesday afternoons - markets and showmen teams league. I reached Level 2 but in moving away was unable to tread the path to Wembley or the World Cup and retired gracefully at 24. I did once line at Villa Park back in the day when Villa took on Blues in a City Cup friendly pre-season. No, not lining in this match but a short game of 15 yr olds before the big match. as we finished our game there was 30,000 in the ground. Great experience!

My cousin, however John Ostins - Cardinal Wiseman, the kind of dominating centre half that was around in those days, played for Aston Schools and later played for Aston Villa Amateurs but declined and offer to join Walsall as a pro as he and family felt that the security of a 9-5 job was paramount. John went on to play for clubs in the Festival Sunday
League.

Now, wheres my Thunderer whistle!! (made in Birmingham)
 

pauljon

knowlegable brummie
I have just found this interesting thread My brother Brian Brittle played football and cricket for St. Chad's Boys school in the early 50's. He was chosen to play with Aston Boys. There were two large photographs of him in football and cricket kit on display in the school hall. He also stayed on at school for 6 months extra so that he could play in cup matches. The one I remember him going to play against Blythe Boys in Northumberland. He was also offered a trial with Aston Villa, unfortunately he got injured whilst playing football and suffered a dislocated patella. In those days not much could be done for him so that was the end of his football career.( I was pleased, and too young to understand) It meant that I no longer had to be his goal keeper, being a girl and 6.12 years younger I could now play my own games. I will admit that I became a great goal keeper as I got shouted at if I let the ball past me. He was sports mad, he then had to go into the R.A.F for his National Service. When he was discharged he started playing football and cricket again for pleasure with local parks teams. I was older I used to go with his girl friend to watch him play cricket. Much quieter in those days.
I remember seeing photographs of him in the sporting pink , when he was a boy. We never had any photographs of him at home. Couldn't afford such things as a camera.
 

Quinton

Brummie babby
I went to Worlds End Lane junior school. Our team of 1962/3 won the league and beat Blakesley Hall (I think) in the Birmingham final at Henry Road. We had an outstanding team. Others in our league were Welsh House Farm, Woodgate, Woodhouse, Quinton, Station Road, St Barnabas. My name is Steve Gregory.
 

pauljon

knowlegable brummie
I forgot to mention that Brian Brittle also played against Duncan Edwards he used to say that this was his claim to fame.
 

Merritt

proper brummie kid
View attachment 75311I have started this thread, as there is no notable history on this subject.Who was in your school team. Whom won the Villa Cup and in what year? Who played in the districted school Representative sides such as B'ham Boys, Erdington Boys, South B'ham Boys, Aston and District Boys. Whom went on to become a pro footballer?

If we don't post this knowledge it will be lost forever, as there is very little or no history on line, there is some detail from the old Mail, Dispatch and Argus kept in the central library but it takes hours to research and find.

I will kick off with my mates school Queensbridge Road who had a great team in 1962 and 1963 when they won the Victoria Shield & South B'ham league 1 in 1962.
Try Dave Dugdale (centre half went to Wolves
 

Merritt

proper brummie kid
Marsh Hill Tech School 1961 Champions, unbeaten for 2 years I think
 

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Merritt

proper brummie kid
Can I post my school bit of fame, the clip comes from the Tiger comic and my school was Marsh Hill Tech, Erdington, and dated 1961. We won everything that we entered including the Federation Cup Final played at the Villa training ground, prior to Bodymoor heath I am having trouble attaching the clip so any help would be appreciatedMarsh Hill Footy Scan-1.pdf.jpg
 
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