Baggies hero Bryan Robson pops into Cradley Heath glazing firm

Halesowen News: Walter Howells, of Howells Glazing, with Albion hero Bryan Robson in Cradley Heath. Walter Howells, of Howells Glazing, with Albion hero Bryan Robson in Cradley Heath.

ALBION legend Bryan Robson stunned staff at a Cradley Heath firm when he popped in to purchase one if its top end skylights.

Mr Robson heard of Howells Glazing, of Woods Lane, through word of mouth after the company supplied its products to some of his famous friends living in the lavish footballer belt Alderley Edge, near Manchester.

Director Walter Howells, an avid Baggies fan, was amazed and delighted to see his hero.

Mr Howells said: “He was very unassuming.

“His wife was with him and she did all the talking!

“When I saw him I thought - I know him.

“I’ve watched him in that many matches it’s unbelievable.”

Mr Howells said the firm is going from strength to strength with a full order book for its skylights.

He said: “We sell a lot to the footballer belt in Alderley Edge, near Manchester. Our products are top of the range.

“They want the best and we have it.

“A lot of it is supply only because they won’t let us on the property because of security.”

Mr Howells would not name any other footballers he had supplied to and wouldn’t say how much the skylights cost, saying: “How long is a piece of string?

“They can cost from £100 to a million.”

Bryan Robson, who has recently beaten throat cancer, started his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981.

He won 90 caps for England, 65 as captain, and was dubbed Captain Marvel by Sir Bobby Robson.

The 55-year-old also managed Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich and Sheffield United.

Alderley Edge is one of the most expensive places to live in the UK outside central London, it has attracted numerous Premier League footballers, including Mario Balotelli, Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick as well as actors and multi-millionaire business people.

David Beckham and his family lived in the area until he was transferred to Real Madrid football club.

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