Men’s over 65’s season review Spring 2023 – by Simon Jaggs
The men’s over 65’s team finished 3rd of the 5 teams in the TVWFL Division 2 season.
In a league disrupted by teams not turning up, for which all opponents were awarded 1-0 wins, they began the season with a 1-0 win over Woodley B [Steve Weitzel goal] and 2 nil nil draws, against Cove and Bracknell, and an awarded win v Abingdon, they lost the first game in April, 2 nil to Abingdon and drew the other 3, again all 0-0.
Into May and revenge on Abingdon as Don Ramage scored in a 1-0 win, 2 more 0-0 draws followed, against Cove and Abingdon before they were beaten 0-1 by Bracknell.
Woodley pulled out of the final round of fixtures in June and after beating Abingdon 2-0 the common score of 0-0 was again the result of the games with Cove and Bracknell, who won the league, 10 points clear of Oxford. Also promoted were Cove, whilst relegated were Woodley A and Maidenhead United, next season Slough Town will replace Woodley B.
Women’s team – by Simon Jaggs
Unfortunately, the women’s team had the worst season since they joined the league, with only 1 win and 3 draws from their 16 matches, and a minus 20 goal difference as they finished bottom of division 1, to be relegated alongside Northampton Town.
In March they lost all 4 games scoring once against Northampton who won 2-1, other results were Melksham 0-3, Crystal Palace 0-2, and Bracknell 0-2.
April saw them get there first point with a 0-0 draw v Northampton but defeats to Palace 0-3, Melksham 0-2, and Bracknell 0-1 kept them bottom. Despite losing to Palace 0-2, Melksham 1-2, and Northampton 0-1, the elusive win came when Theresa McHugh scored in a 1-0 against Bracknell.
On the final day, in June, after losing their goalkeeper in the first game through injury they drew 0-0 with both the league runners up Melksham, and champions Crystal Palace, but lost 0-1 to both Northampton and Bracknell. They will look forward to a better season in division 2 starting in September against Fleet of Foot, Cheshunt Panthers, Walton & Northampton.
Season’s Review Spring 2023 – TVWFL Over 50’s – by Simon Jaggs
Our 3 teams had mixed fortunes this season with a championship win, a promotion place near miss, and a relegation.
The A team, playing in the championship following relegation from the Premiership last season, began the season in March with 4 wins and a draw from their 5 matches then in April won 3, drew 1 and suffered their first defeat, against Aylesbury.
May’s games produced the same record as April meaning the team went into the final round of games on top of the table knowing that 3 wins would win the league whatever Cherwell in second place managed to do. This was duly achieved although they left it to the second last game to clinch it. A magnificent season for the A team.
The following players were involved in the A team during the season, T. Williams, C. Wood, P. Chambers, G. Cox, C. Gomes, A. Chapman, H. Bridge, C. Fontaine, T. Georgeson, T. Haynes & G. Pinna
Also in the Championship were the B team who began with 3 draws and 2 defeats followed the next month by getting their first win, against Cherwell, and 3 draws. Unfortunately, the May games saw a poor return of only 5 points from a possible 15 meaning they went into the final day in the last relegation spot with a mountain to climb, they started brightly with wins over Aylesbury and Slough followed by a draw with Wycombe before 2 unlucky 1 nil defeats to the A team and runners up Cherwell saw them fall just one point short.
Relegation was a bitter blow at the end of a tough season. B team players during the season were J. MacLeod, P. Robinson, A. Beal, J. Viccaro, J. Tweed, S. Bennett, T. Brown, S. Weitzel & S. Jaggs.
Division 2 is where the C team competed and the familiar story of a lack of goals and individual errors throughout the season contributed to an agonising last day. They began the season with 2 wins and a draw in March but only got 2 wins in April. They went unbeaten in May with 2 wins and 3 draws which left them 3rd in the league, one point behind Watford and one ahead of Cherwell going into the last round of games. They started off well with a draw against champions Charters then a win by 2-0 against South Reading. One nil defeats against Watford and Cherwell meant that even a win against Wycombe wouldn’t be enough to clinch promotion. Unfortunately, a last-minute Wycombe equaliser left the C team in 4th place, so close, and yet so far.
C team players throughout the season were S. Jaggs, A. Chadley, S. Weitzel, T. Dolgar, D. Ramage, K. Wroe, R. Tirda, E. Solomon, D. Wilson, G. Pinna, T. Brown, M. Barrett Overall playing records for the season.
The over 50’s TVWFL will start again in September 2023 with the A team in the Premiership, the B team in Division 1, and the C team in Division 2, subject to any changes by the TVWFL committee.
Saturday 20th May 2023 Over 60’s Walking Football Leagues Alliance League Champions Cup held at Redditch United FC.
On Saturday 20th May 2023 the over 60’s competed in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance League Champions Cup held at Redditch United FC.
They were placed in group A along with Boston United, Godalming, and Swindon Town. The first game was a 2-0 defeat to Boston which was followed by a first ever meeting with Swindon Town where a Carlos Gomes goal gave us a 1-1 draw. The last group game was against Godalming, champions of the Surrey league and despite a goal from Ben Colucci the game ended in a 2-1 defeat.
This was the team’s first tournament at this level and there were a lot of very good teams involved from across the country. The over 60’s was won by Godalming.
Oxfords squad was J. MacLeod, M. Scarfe, P. Robinson, S. Weitzel, A. Beal, C. Gomes, and B. Colucci. Hopefully we will get further chances to compete at national level in the future.
OUWFC Awards Night at Cosmos, Oxford, on 20th January 2023
The Club held their annual awards dinner at Cosmo in the evening of January 21st, which was attended by approximately 70 members and partners.
The evening began with a short speech from WF club president Niall McWilliams, and after a meal there were a total of 23 awards, plus 4 gifts to be presented. The gifts were to people who have been instrumental in the success of the club, often in roles people may take for granted.
These went to Lorraine Griffin-Wroe who spent the first 5 years of the clubs existence washing match kits and training bibs, to Jane Gaul who is the UK & overseas tournament co-ordinator and has also taken over the upkeep of the clubs website, www.ouwalkingfc.co.uk , to Amanda Foulds for all the work she has done in setting up and maintaining the clubs Downs Syndrome team, and finally to ex football league referee Dennis Hedges who gives up his Wednesday evenings to referee our training games.
For the awards themselves, for each of the clubs 7 teams there were 3 awards, these being the managers POTY, the managers most consistent POTY, and the players POTY. There was also the secretary’s cup and the chairman’s cup to round the evening off.
The recipients, in order of the presentations were,
Managers Most Consistent POTY
Over 60’s B
Over 60’s A
Over 50’s C
Steve [TP] Goss
Over 50’s B
Over 50’s A
The secretary’s cup went to Paul Chambers, and the chairman’s award to Ken Wroe.
Congratulations to all the winners of the above awards and a big thank you to everyone who attended, and the committee for arranging the evening. You’ll find a selection of photos from the night on our Gallery page – well worth a look!
Date for the diary: The clubs AGM will take place on the 9th of February at the Masons Arms.
As a mark of respect to the death of our Queen the TVWFL has cancelled the Over 50’s League Fixtures this Sunday 11th September at Bisham. See announcement from Oxfordshire FA below.
Also our Committee has discussed this and it has been unanimously decided that tomorrow’s session (Saturday 10th September) at the Oxford Academy will also be cancelled. Anyone who has paid by bank transfer will receive a credit for the next session they attend.
The Wednesday session at the Oxford Sports Park will definitely be on.
Her Majesty the Queen was a long-standing Patron of The Football Association and has left a lasting and indelible legacy on our national game.
As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has united to postpone all football fixtures between 9-11 September. This follows Government guidance, which encourages sporting organisations to show respect in an appropriate way.
The FA can confirm that all football fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend. We can also confirm that all football fixtures across the National League System [NLS], Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP], Tiers 3-7, and matches across grassroots football in England will be postponed.
The Premier League and the EFL have all confirmed that their fixtures this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date.
All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will continue to fly at half-mast over the weekend.
Our thoughts remain with our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the whole of the Royal Family during this time.
OVER 60’S WIN THE OXFORDSHIRE WALKING FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD
On Saturday 3rd September, at Oxford United’s game with Burton Albion our Over 60’s squad was presented with the Oxfordshire Walking Football League Championship Shield by ex-Luton, Oxford, Stoke and Chelsea striker Mark Stein.
All the squad except Carlos who is out of the country were invited onto the pitch at halftime, and were joined by a couple of other members.
The league record was PL 20 W 15 D 5 L 0 F 34 A 7 PTS T0
A fantastic achievement by England Ladies on winning the Euro at Wembley! We hope this will encourage more ladies to take up football, we’re always looking for new members, so please don’t hesitate to send us a message (ladies 18+, men 50+). Our Walking Football is for everyone!
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