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Flaming Pie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:22 pm 
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Has anyone got any idea who this is? The photographer is Birmingham based. It is dated 31 Jan 1907. Could it be a pre-season Birmingham City , or even an Aston Villa training session with youth players present ( not the kids in the front!) ? Is it athletics and not football? The players do look in good shape, so donít think they are amateurs. Thanks for any help.
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Peteís Picture Palace
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:08 pm 
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Looks like an athletics club to me.

What's the stuff in front of the 4 boys?
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Flaming Pie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Looks like straw. I did think it might be athletics. The seller thought it was a football team from the Birmingham area. Those committee people on it with the beards looked very similar to the committee on an 1892 -93 Small Heath FC ( later re-named Birmingham City ) photo on Wikipedia.When l received the photo and saw the 1907 date , l had my doubts. Thanks Pete.
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atletico



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:38 pm 
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31st January was a Thursday.
Did they have works matches midweek.
Just a thought.

Birmingham played a friendly at Reading the day before.
There was also Wednesday League matches played in the afternoon.
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Flaming Pie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:05 pm 
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Thanks athletico.The date is just what the poster wrote on the back to accompany his get well message to someone in Wandsworth , 31 Jan 1907. The actual photo was probably taken at an earlier date. I tried to display the back of the postcard but didnít succeed.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:33 pm 
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This is Liverpool in 1905. Note their boots & strapping go above their ankles.

To me the Birmingham men aren't wearing football boots, more like plimsolls.

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Flaming Pie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:54 pm 
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True Pete, thatís why l thought it might have been a pre-season training session in lightweight footware? When you look at the older men in the photo and compare it to your Liverpool photo, the Birmingham squad still look a bit too fresh faced . They donít look hard/ mature enough to be pro- footballers from that era, which was pretty rough. It has got an athletics club feel to it. Would have been nice if it was an early Birmingham City. Only cost a couple of quid!
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