Coleshill v Boldmere St Michaels in the 1919/1920 Season
During my research into the History of Coleshill Town Football Club I came across the games against Boldmere St Michaels in the 1919/1920 season.
This was the first season after the Great War 1914-1918 and teams were full of young ex-servicemen returning from the conflict.
Coleshill and Boldmere were in the Sutton and District Amatuer Football League, just one Division of 12 teams including Sutton St Peters, Bromford Rovers, Walmley, Erdington Lydhurst, Marton Green, Castle Bromwich, Sutton St Josephs, Aston Goods and Boldmere Old Boys Brotherhood.
Boldmere St Michaels won the league without losing a game and also won the League Cup without conceding a single goal, quite an achievement!
Coleshill, on the otherhand, struggled at first but slowly improved as the season went on, finally finishing in 7th place with nine wins from their 21 games. NB. A strict deadline for the end of the season was in force then and if you didn't complete your fixtures, tough!
10th January 1920
Boldmere St Michaels 8 v 0 Coleshill
Sutton Coldfield News Wrote
Coleshill, on Saturday, arrived short and commenced with eight men but they played pluckily and kept the home team out for 20 minutes when Price scored. Just before the interval Gay added another from a good centre by Stratford. With the wind in their favour St Michaels had matters much their own way and further goals were added by Price (3), Potter (2), and Harding. The game resulting in a win for St Michaels by 8 goals to nil.
20th March 1920
Coleshill 0 v 2 Boldmere St Michaels
A very enjoyable afternoon was spent by Boldmere St Michaels on their visit to Coleshill last saturday and they maintained their position as league leaders by a victory of 2-0. A good crowd witnessed the game and the result was a fitting one on the run of play. The home team took advantage of the slope (NB Coleshill played at the Memorial Park (Swan Field) for many years with it's famous slope) in the first half and pressed the visiting defence continually but they were kept out and when the Boldmere players settled down they had a good share of the play and Baugh eventually scored, the interval arriving with the score in favour of Boldmere by one goal to nil. The game was very even, both sides trying hard and the football was well worth seeing. Ten minutes before time Price scored a second goal from a centre from the right and this put the issue beyond doubt.
Sutton & District League Roundup
With Bromford resting Boldmere St Michaels made further headway in the league table but only after a strenuous encounter with Coleshill at Coleshill, the home team making every effort to stop the unchecked career of the Boldmere team. Boldmere won by two goals to none, scored by Price and Baugh. Morris and Barron were splendid for the losers, whilst Baugh played a grand game for the winners.
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