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On 27 December 1915, a charity football match was held at the Molineux Grounds, in aid of the General Hospital, the Express & Star Tobaco Fund, the Express & Star and Mr J. B. Dumbell’s Soldiers and Prisoners Comforts Fund, and the Mayor’s War Charities Fund.

The match was held between A. Bishop’s XI (captained by Wolves’ Wing Half Albert Bishop) and A. Groves’s XI (captained by Wolves’ Centre Half Albert Groves). The majority of the former team were in the Wolverhampton Wanderers squad 1914-15, whereas the Groves XI was made up of professional players from other clubs (with the exception of Groves himself). The teams were as follows:

A. Bishop’s XI: Peers; Garratly; Collins; Price; Hunt; Bishop; Harrison; Dunn; Curtis; Needham; and Richards

A. Groves’s XI: Moorwood (Albion); J. Smith (Albion); T. Lyons (Aston Villa); Waterhouse (Albion); Groves (Wolves); McNeal (Albion); Garbutt (Stourbridge); Crossley (Sunderland); Stevens (Hull City); Halligan (Manchester United); and Wootton (Walsall).

One of the Groves players (Whittingham of Stoke) was unable to play, due to missing his train, so he was replaced by Garbutt of Stourbridge. The match was refereed by Councillor A. Oakley.

Prior to the game, a group of Scouts procession through the centre of town, collecting money for the benefit of prisoners of war, and there was a further collection for the same cause at Half Time. In front of a crowd of 15,000, the Bishop’s XI won 3-1, and the match raised £469 1s. 2d. for the respective charities.

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