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Centenary commemoration for Coseley Victoria Cross hero 

25 May 17

THE NUMBER 839 is an inauspicious one.


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May Day is still marked 

24 May 17

Just read the article by Vanessa Scott in Bugle 1289 about the celebrating of May Day.


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Eva was able to identify herself in photograph 

24 May 17

As outlined in my previous letter (on page 9 of last week’s edition) on Easter Sunday 2017, Eva Wixon (nee Cox) returned to her childhood church, All Saints’ in Sedgley, to attend Evensong.


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Music video was filmed in Blackheath 

24 May 17

Regarding Bugle 1288, May 3rd, 2017, on page 13 you have two photos of the ongoing demolition of Terrace Street in Blackheath.


Sport
Dudley Dorothy’s Wimbledon magic secured two ladies titles 

24 May 17

NINETY years ago, tennis fans at a small tournament in Pwllheli, Wales, saw a 15-year-old Dudley girl play an experienced Wimbledon player.


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Books, Baggies, and Pelé – Tony looks back over four… 

24 May 17

TONY MATTHEWS, our resident football expert and long-time compiler of our weekly A-Z of West Midlands Football column, was no slouch himself when it came to football, and he signed for the Albion as a striker, on the same day as Tony Brown…


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I signed for the Albion on the same day as Bomber Brown 

24 May 17

THE BUGLE’S Tony Matthews, author of our weekly A-Z of West Midlands Football column, is almost certainly the most prolific author on the Beautiful Game.


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Billy’s greatest assignment was to beat fears after ankle… 

24 May 17

ONLY the biggest stars in football got to put out their own books and only the luckiest youngsters woke on Christmas morning to find one in their stocking.


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Sketches discovered of lost Tipton grand houses 

24 May 17

AMONG the landmark buildings that have become lost to the Black Country are many of the grand houses that wealthy industrialists of old had built for themselves.


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Black Country boys who helped humble Puskas’ Honved outfit 

24 May 17

THREE Black Country lads played key roles in the most famous game in Wolves history.


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‘My hero Billy should have been first knight of football’ 

24 May 17

HE MAY have been gone very nearly twenty years now, but Wolves fans’ affection for Billy Wright remains, undimmed by the passage of time.


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Saints marched on to play second match in one day 

24 May 17

MEMBERS of a Wolverhampton church youth club turned their football passion into reality in the late 1960s by forming their own team.


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The number 5 shirt mystery – was it Wright or Russell? 

24 May 17

FOLLOWING on from Gavin Jones’ article on Billy Wright, I want to seek the help of Bugle readers to solve a long standing mystery.


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When Peter’s lads went to Germany 

24 May 17

WE SAW some ‘Old Boys in Wolves’ Clothing’ thanks to reader Colin Pritchard’s photographs of Bushbury Old Boys Foootball Club.


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Old Boys in Wolves’ clothing 

24 May 17

WE’VE seen plenty of pictures of players dressed in Old Gold and Black being presented with trophies in the Bugle’s sports pages, but all is not what it seems with the picture the right-hand page.


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Soccer in the ’70s with the guys from Guy’s 

24 May 17

GUY MOTORS, the Wolverhampton lorry and bus makers who passed into legend late last century when the works was finally wound up, were one of those firms who had a thriving sports and social side.


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The whole family at the speedway for 13 shillings 

24 May 17

CRADLEY HEATHENS are never far from the Bugle’s sports pages, and it’s only fair that we give a share of the spotlight to their Wolverhampton rivals.


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League, shield and a few cups 

24 May 17

wSOMETIMES a team finds that everything just comes together, and they hit a run of form which leaves all comers trailing in their wake.


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When Dudley Wood was the new home of the Heathens 

24 May 17

THE WOES of Cradley Heathens seem to have no end, at least as finding a permanent home is concerned.


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Fresh-faced footballers of 1910s 

24 May 17

WE turn the clock back over a hundred years with these football photographs that come to us from the Woodside History and Memory Group.


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England cricketer pulled his dad from wrecked GPO van 

24 May 17

OVER the years we’ve featured more than a few traffic scrapes in our pages, but it’s not very often a road prang leads to a meeting with a sporting celebrity.


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Cricketers who rubbed shoulders with the stars 

24 May 17

FOLLOWING our pubication of a photograph of Halesowen Cricket Club members in our January 22 edition (2015), we had plenty of responses, many pointing out that England stars Peter May, Mike Smith and Eric Hollies were present among the group…


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We got to away games on back of a lorry with plank for a seat 

24 May 17

RICHARD Thomas and Baldwin’s were one of those employers whose works were so large that they were almost the hub of the local community big plants at Swindon and Brockmoor employed at least one member of most families in their heyday.


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Harry and the Handy Angle girls 

24 May 17

THE HANDY Angle women’s football team, based at the Brierley Hill works of the same name during the 1950s and ’60s, made such an impact that we’re still talking about them a couple of generations on.


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From his local team to West Bromwich Albion 

24 May 17

A FOOTBALLER’S place of birth has very little bearing on where he plays in this day and age, but the further back in time you go, the more local lads a team would feature.


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24 May 17

THE Black Country has a long and proud tradition when it comes to athletics, with cross country running, ironically given our urban status, being something we’ve been particularly noted for down the decades.


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Club with two names and two league titles! 

24 May 17

IN autumn 2014 we took a look at local amateur team Albion Haden/Cradley Town, and featured some photographs taken back in the 1970s.


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Albion’s unique double that led to historic football achievement 

24 May 17

1930-31 was a record-breaking year in English football.


Sport
When snow denied Wilshaw the chance to captain his country 

24 May 17

WOLVES in the 1950s could boast players who had captained England at both professional and amateur level, namely Billy Wright and Bill Slater.


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Sixties speedway with the men of Monmore Green 

24 May 17

WE THOUGHT it was time we gave the Black Country’s oldest speedway side, Wolves, a share of the Bugle limelight, having had plenty coverage of their Heathen rivals.


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Ben between the sticks for Wolves and brewery 

24 May 17

EARLY in the season, with the minnows battling it out in the initial stages of the FA Cup and hoping for a draw against a Premier league side, fans of every stripe get swept up in the romance of the cup and eagerly await a spot of giant-killing…


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When Wolves had three different managers and a change of shorts 

24 May 17

THERE seems to be no escaping football, many a soccer widow or widower will tell you.


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24 May 17

THE 1970s don’t seem that far distant to many of us, and in Bugle terms those days are barely history, but however uncomfortable in might be, it’s a fact that at least some of these photographs are more than 40 years old.


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Coffee and whisky on a cold day at the Molineux 

24 May 17

MY FIRST visit to the grand old ground of Molineux was in March 1965 and from a seat below the old clock in the Molineux Street Stand, I witnessed Wolves secure a 3 – 1 victory over Stoke City.


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Heathens were raring to go for the first season 

24 May 17

CRADLEY Heathens were one of the most famous teams in the Black Country, drawing fans in their thousands to their Dudley Wood speedway stadium.


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When young John turned out for the Villa and the Liberals 

24 May 17

FOOTBALL in the 1960s was a very different animal to 2014.


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Two cup wins in two days made for a perfect silver jubilee year 

24 May 17

THE whole country was celebrating in 1977, as Queen Elizabeth II marked her 25th year on the throne.


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Footballing juniors in 1938-39 

24 May 17

THE sun was shining, and these Wolverhampton boys were no doubt proud of their place in the school team, and looking forward to the upcoming season.


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Black Country side who took on Essex and Worcestershire 

24 May 17

WHEN there is just the merest hint of spring in the air, it only takes the sight of a snowdrop or a crocus to remind the cricket fans among us that the new season is within touching distance.


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St Andrews side of the 1960s…Are you on this photo? 

24 May 17

THIS picture of a schoolboy football team has been emailed to us by Geoff Alford of Merry Hill, Wolverhampton.


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A good year for the Early Morning School men 

24 May 17

THIS is a fine old snap of more than a hundred years’ vintage, but one which comes with very little information.


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The sweet taste of success 

24 May 17

THIS picture, kindly loaned to us by Valerie Bailey of Coseley, takes us back to the 1950s.


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Cuppa glory for West Bromwich 

24 May 17

WE’RE all familiar with the highly collectible cigarette cards of sports stars but do you remember when tea manufacturers gave away cards as well?This picture of West Bromwich Albion was produced for the 1965-66 season by Typhoo, the famous…


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Remembering the days my son captained Bully at Bustleholme 

24 May 17

IN 2015 we marked the fiftieth birthday of Wolves and England legend Steve Bull, and recalled his England debut in a memorable game against Scotland.


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Same day … but different strips 

24 May 17

THESE two rare old postcards offer a bit of a poser at first glance.


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I’ll never forget the streets paved with gold and black 

24 May 17

BACK IN spring 2014 we dedicated several pages to readers’ recollections of Wolves’ last big day at Wembley.


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Brand new musical staged at Stourbridge Town Hall 

23 May 17

POPULAR musicals and the light operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan have long been the staple fare of amateur operatic groups but occasionally they have staged new and original productions.


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Archie Hill remembered: Black Country tale of childhood is… 

22 May 17

IN 1973, Archie Hill’s first book was published and was acclaimed in The Sunday Times as ‘a work that throbs with vitality, colour and meaning’.


Sport
Moving on up – Wolves in the Summer of Love 

22 May 17

THE HOME game against Hull City in 1967 when Derek Dougan marked his Molineux debut with a hat-trick, was the first in a ten match run-in of seven wins and a draw that were to sweep Wolves back to the promised land of Division 1.


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Bowls cup was founded by record-breaking swimmer 

21 May 17

BLOXWICH Probus Bowling Club was formed in 1976, the year of perpetual sunshine.







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