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ALBION’S FIRST ENCLOSED GROUND WAS AT BUNN’S FIELD IN WALSALL STREET NOW ALFRED STREET WHICH IS NEAR TO THE POLICE STATION IN WEST BROMWICH.THE MOVE HERE WAS MADE IN AUGUST 1881 WHEN A NINE MONTH LEASE WAS TAKEN OUT AND THE PLAYERS AGAIN EQUIPPED THE FIELD THEMSELVES LEVELING AND ROLLING IT AND THEN ERECTING GOAL POSTS SOMETHING BY NOW THEY MUST HAVE BEEN EXPERTS IN. THE POSTS AGAIN LINKED BY TAPE FOR A CROSSBAR. THE ENTRANCE TO THE FIELD WAS OPPOSITE CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL WHERE SO MANY OF THE ALBION PLAYERS WERE EDUCATED.

AS FOR THE GROUND IT SELF IT WAS SO MUDDY AT TIMES THAT THE SUPPORTERS USED TO BRING THERE OWN PLANKS TO STAND ON IN WET WEATHER. ( CAN YOU IMAGINE THE STEWARDS TODAY “SORRY MATE YOU CAN’T TAKE THAT IN THERE HEALTH AND SAFETY”). THE GROUND WAS SO BAD THERE WAS NO COVERED STANDS AND ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS OF THE CLUB JIMMY STANTON TOLD THE FOUNDER OF THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE WILLIAM MCGREGOR THAT THE ONLY THING RESEMBLING A GRANDSTAND WAS A MANURE HEAP.

DRESSING ROOMS WERE FOUND AT THE ROEBUCK INN , AT THE CORNER OF NEW STREET.

THE ROEBUCK INN NOW THE CAR PARK OF THE POLICE STATION

THE NAME OF BUNN’S FIELD WAS CHANGED TO THE BIRCHES AND DUE TO THE FIELD BEING ENCLOSED ALBION COULD CHARGE ADMISSION TO THERE MATCHES FOR THE FIRST TIME.THE FIRST MATCH AT THE BIRCHES IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN AGAINST OLDBURY IN A 5- 1 VICTORY.

PART OF WHAT IS LEFT OF BUNNS FIELD TODAY.

 

BUNNS FIELD

 

 

10/09/1881 FRIENDLY OLDBURY TOWN H ? 5 1
01/10/1881 FRIENDLY THE GROVE A ? 2 3
08/10/1881 FRIENDLY MILTON H ? 12 0
05/11/1881 FRIENDLY ABANDONED 35MINS BURST BALL MILTON A ? 3 0
12/11/1881 BIRMINGHAM CUP 1ST ROUND CALTHORPE A 1,000 3 2
19/11/1881 FRIENDLY WALSALL UNITY A ? * *
26/11/1881 FRIENDLY THE GROVE H ? 2 4
03/12/1881 FRIENDLY NECHELLS H ? 9 1
10/12/1881 BIRMINGHAM CUP 2ND ROUND ELWELLS A 800 2 1
17/12/1881 FRIENDLY WALSALL ALMA ATHLETIC H ? * *
24/12/1881 FRIENDLY WEDNESBURY ROVERS H ? * *
07/01/1882 FRIENDLY BRUNSWICK WHEEL WORKS A ? 2 1
14/01/1882 FRIENDLY FALLINGS HEATH RANGERS H ? * *
21/01/1882 BIRMINGHAM CUP 3RD ROUND FALLINGS HEATH ROVERS A 1,200 3 1
28/01/1882 FRIENDLY STOURBRIDGE H ? * *
04/02/1882 FRIENDLY WEST BROMWICH ROVERS H ? 6 1
18/02/1882 BIRMINGHAM CUP 4TH ROUND NOTTS RANGERS A 500 5 2
25/02/1882 FRIENDLY FALLINGS HEATH RANGERS H ? 5 0
04/03/1882 FRIENDLY ST LUKES H ? 10 0
11/03/1882 FRIENDLY NECHELLS A ? * *
18/03/1882 FRIENDLY SMETHWICK WINDMILL A ? * *
25/03/1882 BIRMINGHAM CUP SEMI FINAL (AT ASTON ) WEDNESBURY OLD ATHLETIC A 1,000 2 3
01/04/1882 FRIENDLY WALSALL ALMA ATHLETIC A ? 1 2
07/04/1882 FRIENDLY SANDWELL ROAD A ? * *
08/04/1882 FRIENDLY ASTON UNITY A ? 2 3

 

 

1881 – 1882 FIRST TEAM COLOURS

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