Madeley Local History: Madeley Miscellany – Madeley Sports

Late International Sports News!

In case you don’t recognise this football ground, it’s in Casablanca, North Africa and the goalkeeper is none other than Madeley Local Studies Group’s very own RAF Corporal Jack Smart, photographed in November 1943.

Jack was playing for the RAF Select Eleven against the Moroccan national side, in a charity match which raised £835 for the Free French.


Madeley has a long tradition of pub and club sports teams – darts, dominoes, football, cricket and at one time, quoits – to find out more about Madeley’s pubs past and present.

The annual Madeley Carnival always attracted large crowds to the procession and organised sports and games (see other photos on the page).

This photo shows a winning Tug-of-War team from 1909.

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This photo of the All Nations Darts Team from 1951-2 shows:

Back row (l to r): Eddy Richards, Fred Edwards, Jack Bradley, Terry Dodd, Desi Vaughan

Middle row: Harry Newbrook, Wilf Perks, Hubert Welch, Micky Groves, Tom Daley, Billy Lewis (Licensee)

Front: Sid Burgess, Dennis Bradburn, Mrs Lewis (Landlady), Teddy Fletcher (Captain), Dennis Welch, Brad Burgess.

The Lea Dingle tramway bridge connecting the Meadow Colliery with Blists Hill works can be seen in the background

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The Beacon Hotel darts team of (we think) 1948:

Back row: Reg Scott (landlord), F. Owen, L. Aldred, Billy Edwards, Tom Daley

Front row: George Stokes, Jim Baugh, Wilf Welch, Frank Heighway, Dennis Welch

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Not all just fun & games – in 1948 or ’49 regulars at the Beacon Hotel raised money via a charity darts league to buy the first electric blanket for their nearest local hospital – the Lady Forrester in nearby Broseley.

Our photo shows:

Back row: ?, ?, Mrs Scott (Beacon), Jim Welch, Reg Scott (Landlord).

Front row: T Daley, Dennis Welch, Wilf Welch. The young lad at the front was Malcolm Scott from the Beacon.

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The Ironbridge Youth Club Football Team circa 1950 (despite the name many of the players were Madeley lads).

Back row (l to r): George Harris, Ken Potts, Richard Weston, Billy Burgess, Frank Smout, ?

Middle: Dennis Welch, John Watkiss, Ron Jones

Front: Jeff Lloyd, Ron James, Walter Higginson, Tom Garbett, Charlie Shepherd

This team once played against the Wolverhampton Wanderers Youth side

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Madeley Wesleyan School Old Boys Football Team 1921—22 photographed on the bowling green at the old Three Horseshoes pub

Back row (l to r): Frank Jackson, Percy ?, Dennis Miller, Bob Evans, Fred Jenks, W. Gregory, Harry Jones

Fourth row: George Richards, Tom Cookson, Laurie Jones, Norman Smith, Harry Bennett, George Corfield, Mr Pountney

Third row: W. Ecclestone, Harry Ward, Albert Gough

Second row: Mr Thomas (Headmaster), Bert Jenks, Fred Harrison, Joe Richards, Arthur Ward, Rev. G. White

Front row: Harry Whale, Harry Gainham, Joe Guy, Albert Gough, Arthur Pemberton

The two looking over the wall at the rear are Mr Fred Jones and Harry Harrison

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