Hello Dek, I think that the ragged school in the photo was the one in Balden Road, Harborne which moved from Gem Street to there in 1902. Our relative was born and brought up in Selly Park and we think he may have been the little boy in the photo. I still can't work out how the villa team came to be visiting there but having looked at the villa history site the cup definitely looks like the league cup. best wishes moboO.K.Bob no probs I,m leaning towards Whitton Hall as I read in Wendy,s post that the boys were relocated to here from Penn St in 1902 and Penn St closed in 1905 it would also fit with Villa Park being in the same area although I am guessing a bit on that as I have not found the position of Whitton Hall.Dek
Here you are PollyI was just looking at the photo and wondered if it is "Happy" Harry Hampton sitting in the middle.
Born Joseph Harry Hampton in in 1885 (Shropshire) he played centre forward for Aston Villa 1904-1920. He also played for England. After serving in WW1 he played for Birmingham City.
Take a look and see what you think????
They beat Bristol 1-0 and the goalscorer was Gray after 30 mins, they were the better side in first half but Bristol were strong in the second, the home defense holding out.