Cradley Links is always pleased to receive information and photographs of past times. We have been given a number of wonderful photos by Thelma Parsons (née Hay), John Deeley, Terry Cartwright and Phil Bradley, and we are sure that many of you will recognise relatives, friends and neighbours.
They have named quite a few of the people on the photos, but many names no longer come to mind.
We look forward to hearing from you about anyone you think you know amongst the assembled football teams, school, bible and sunday school classes, and in one case a pub room full of football fans.
We will try to verify any names you tell us and include them alongside the photographs in due course. Please contact us.
John thinks the player on the back row at the right hand end is Norman Garratt whose brother Benjamin was licensee of the Vine in Lyde Green in the 1940s and 1950s. Next to him is his father Les Deeley, who, he adds, looks a lot younger than he ever saw him, which dates the team to probably the late 1920s or early 1930s.
John thinks this photo was taken in the mid-1930s in the field behind the vicarage, which his mother told him was used as a cricket pitch by the village team, for which his dad played. He remembers the field being used for cows by Netherend Farm in the early 1950's. On the photo, John's father Les Deeley is on the back row at the left hand end and on the back row right hand end is Bill Higgs who he didn't meet until 1958 and didn't realise he ever lived in Netherend until he saw this photo. Reverend Heale is obvious from his attire but John can't identify anyone else.