Blackpool Tournament - 16th to 18th June 2023 - Over 50's and Over 60's Reports

BLACKPOOL - Over 50's report by Terry Georgeson
OUWFC took a representative over 50s team to the Blackpool Walking Football tournament on 17th June. With games lasting 15 minutes and a break of around 45 minutes between games, the players were grateful that Blackpool offered a slight drop in temperature on the day, compared to recent events at Bicester and Bisham.
Oxford Utd 0 West Hartlepool 0
United’s first game of the day was against the team that won last year’s tournament. As expected, the standard of opponent was very high, and United battled well, seeing a goal disallowed for running by Terry Georgeson early on, but also being fortunate to have a goal against ruled out for the same offence, whilst our luck also held when Andy Chapman put in a great, if it was 11-a-side, last ditch slide tackle as the Hartlepool player was about to strike, an offence that the referee said he was unsighted for.
Townhead Strollers 1 Oxford Utd 0
The second match saw United play against a Scottish team with a fiery attitude… towards each other! There was some colourful language to between throughout from our cousins from north of the border, as United had the better of things with Rodger Martin expertly snuffing out their attacks. However, shortly after coming on as sub, Terry Georgeson catastrophically delayed a pass to Chris Fontaine, giving a clear chance to the Strollers’ striker, who coolly slotted past Tony Williams in goal before turning to his manager on the touchline to scream at him something along the lines of “Go forth and multiply!”. United had chances after this to equalise but the goal would not come, condemning United to their first defeat of the day.
Bolton Blues 3 Oxford United 1 (Chapman)
Next up was United’s toughest opponent of the day, who eventually went on to win the entire tournament by beating an excellent Nottingham Forest Veterans side on penalties. In the two previous matches the referees had been very strict on running, however this match saw the tempo increase drastically, as the ref let most of it go. United quickly found themselves two down to their lively opponents before John Vaccaro played a delightful slide rule pass through to the advancing Andy Chapman, who finished calmly, lifting it over the advancing Bolton keeper. Despite several half chances United could not force an equaliser and late on Bolton Blues added a third, to secure a deserved win.
Tees Valley 1 Oxford United 1 (Tweed)
The penultimate group game saw United desperately needing a win to avoid finishing bottom of a strong group. In arguably their best performance of the day, United dominated almost the entire match before conceding a free kick late on, which their opponents worked well to drill in off the far post to take the lead against the run of play. With the clock ticking down, Chris Fontaine played a clever ball to John Tweed just outside the right hand side of the area, who took a touch and turned on a sixpence to lash the ball past the keeper, who didn’t even see it and was probably grateful not to get in the way of! Another fine goal and one that meant United took something from a game they really should have won.
Cadburys FC 0 Oxford United 0
The final match of the group stage saw United play Cadburys’ FC, who fittingly, gave the team a large bar of chocolate in the pre-match handshakes! This was another match that Oxford really should have own, dominating for long periods but not quite finishing off good approach play. This goalless draw meant that Oxford finished bottom of their group and be entered into the Conference League knockout tournament.
Conference League Knockout round 1
Green Opponents(!) 0 – Oxford United 0 (Oxford united won 3-2 on pens)
The first knockout round saw United face off against a team that no one bothered to write the name down for this report (cheers lads!), so I will just call them The Greens… Once more, the referee was strict on running offences, which eventually saw Terry Georgeson blue carded for a third offence, despite the Greens defender running back and overtaking him! However the rest of the team dug in for the two minutes he was off the pitch, and indeed should still have won the match, but yet another draw saw the match go to a penalty shoot-out; 3 penalties apiece and if level after that, sudden death. United’s regular A team players stood up to take the first three penalties. Chris Fontaine expertly striking his home, before Terry Georgeson scored his. Tony Williams then pulled off a great save for the Greens, meaning Andy Chapman needed to slot home for the win, but his well struck penalty was saved by the keeper diving to his right. Next up, John Tweed calmly blasted home, before Tony Williams again pulled off a great stop, sending United through.
Conference League Knockout Quarter Final
Oxford United 1 Scarborough Barons 1 (Scarborough Barons won 7-6 on pens)
United bowed out of the tournament in disappointing fashion, having outplayed their opponents and leading through a well worked goal by John Tweed, who continued his excellent form throughout the day. In the last minute of the match United broke forward in numbers when all they needed to do was retain possession, and as play broke down Scarborough counter-attacked with 3 players against Andy Chapman, the only player back in defence. Andy did his very best to stop the attack and almost managed it, but Scarborough eventually forced the ball home at the second attempt, forcing United into another penalty shoot-out that they could easily have avoided. The order of penalty takers was as before, with Chris Fontaine and Terry Georgeson both scoring theirs before Andy Chapman strode forward. Was this going to be his Stuart Pearce moment? Earning redemption in the quarter finals? …Unfortunately, no.
As in the previous round, he struck the penalty well, but the keeper pulled off a good save leaving United looking at the exit, but as with so many times before Tony Williams pulled the team out of the fire with another fine penalty save, forcing the shoot-out into sudden death. John Tweed and John Vaccaro both tidily stuck away their penalties, with Scarborough also netting theirs in reply, meaning that it was back to the original kickers again. Once more, Chris Fontaine cutely scored his second penalty of the shootout and third of the day. Scarborough equalised. Terry Georgeson followed suit, scoring his third penalty of the day and second in this shoot-out. Scarborough again responded… Next up, Andy Chapman. Surely this was his time. Football can be a cruel mistress, but surely even she wouldn’t do this to one of the club’s best and most reliable players for a third time on the same day…. Andy struck his penalty firm and true as before, but also as before, the keeper threw himself to his right and parried the ball clear. All hope now rested on Tony Williams pulling off another penalty save but the Scarborough player lashed the ball past him, tumbling United out of the tournament following a game that they squandered long before the penalty shoot-out.
Overall, it was a great day and tournament, with a very good standard of play, very well organised and played in a fantastic spirit and everyone who went had a great time, both on and off the pitch! Results perhaps could have been slightly better, but on a positive note, there were only two defeats in open play, to the winners of last year’s tournament, and the winners of this year’s, so the team should take some heart from that. The club is already planning on returning to Blackpool for next year’s tournament and, with a little more luck, hope to go a little further next time.
Oxford United Manager’s player of the day: Rodger Martin – Rodger was superb throughout, showing his defensive skills, passing ability and composure throughout the day in what was a very high standard tournament. Well done Rodger!
BLACKPOOL - OVER 60's report by Seymour
Blackpool Tournament Match Report – Over 60’s – Fantastic Performance!
Well, where do we start? Probably the end, The Europa League Final, and work our way back to how we got there. The squad of seven players, in this six-a-side Tournament, deserve every credit for a disciplined performance that saw them return to Oxfordshire with heads held high and a Runner-up trophy in their hands. Well done all.
We started off the Tournament pitted against Harborough. A robust quick-paced team that maintained resolute in their allotted positions on the pitch. Two momentary lapses of concentration allowed our suiters to seize the opportunity presented in front of our goal, with the final whistle heralding a 2:0 defeat for our brave team. This result spearheaded the remainder of our matches and, picking up the positives and learning points, resulted in a reconfiguration of the team - Chris Wood (Defence), John Taylor (Defence/Midfield support), Any Beal (Left Midfield), Ken Wroe (Right Midfield), Steve Weizel/Seymour Mincer (Strike).
This formula worked perfectly in unison and in our second match, against Barnet, Steve Weizel rose to the challenge a scored a terrific goal landing our first three points of the Tournament – 1:0 to Oxford.  The next two matches against Hartlepool and Blackfyne saw a determined Oxford Over 60’s endeavour tirelessly to breach the oppositions defence. Alas, it was not to be and both matches ended in a 0:0 draw.
With the scores recorded and points allocated for all teams in our Group, our gallant Over 60’s found themselves in the Semi-Final facing a stubborn Barnet B. When the final whistle was blown it was honours even at 0:0. This resulted in a penalty shoot-out, initially best of three. Andy Beal took our first penalty and calmly disposed of the ball in the back of the net. This was swiftly followed by Steve Weizel who followed Andy’s lead and slotted the ball past the Barnet B keeper. Brian Kirk took our third penalty and resolutely struck the ball to ensure it hit the back of the net. Barnet B also scored three penalties which meant we moved to sudden death. Our fourth penalty taker was Ken Wroe, and Barnet B having missed their fourth, had the added pressure of scoring to secure the Over 60’s in the Final. Without hesitation, Ken slotted the ball home to rapturous applause from the assembled crowd including our supportive Over 50’s team.
This took us to The Final against Hartlepool. A fantastic achievement by the Over 60’s. Both teams battled hard to secure a victory and when the final whistle blew after this 15-minute thriller, honours remained even at 0:0. This brought us to our second penalty shoot-out of the Tournament.
Despite our best efforts, our opponents secured the victory slotting away their penalties neatly with ours slightly wide of the mark.
We all walked to the Presentation Arena with our heads held high to receive our Runner-up trophy. 
We arrived in Blackpool with hope and cheer, and we returned home as brilliant ambassadors for our glorious club.
Our great thanks to Jane and all those involved in the organisation of this epic journey from Oxfordshire to Lancashire. Well done.

12th December 2021

Christmas Cup

Although the men's over 50s squad finished second in their group, they were unfortunate not to qualify for the semi-finals of the Christmas Cup.
They began with a 1 - 0 win over Abbeymead Rovers and a 1 - 0 win over Salisbury. They followed this with a 2 - 0 win over Cirencester and then drew with Bicester Fossils 0 - 0.
The remaining two games were lost 0 - 1 to Highworth and Exeter.

5th December 2021

Christmas Cup

Our men's over 60's squad of Simon Jaggs, Andy Beal, Ken Wroe, Kenny Yip, Malcolm Hailes, Steve Weitzel, and Martin Scarfe could not qualify for the knockout stages of this year's Christmas Cup.
They began with a 1-1 draw against Clevedon, in which they had a goal disallowed, and the Clevedon goal took a deflection, hit the post and went in.
The second game, against Highworth Grangers ended in a 2-1 defeat, with us having two players blue carded so ended up playing four v six which put paid to the chances of an equaliser.
Havant Hawks from Hampshire were next up and after going a goal down we played well but couldn't score the equaliser. This game saw our keeper take a shot full in the face which caused a few minutes delay, this was probably the best game of the day despite the defeat.
The final group match against Exeter saw United finally get 3 points with a 1-0 win.
Mens Over 60's
Mens Over 60's

13th June 2021

TVL Cup & Trophy Final Rounds


The A team competed in the cup competition but started slowly with a 1 – 0 defeat by Watford, followed by a 2 – 1 loss to Godalming.

Matters improved with a 2 – 0 win over Godalming Blue, and the day ended with a 1 – 1 draw against Wokingham Black.

This meant a fourth place finish with 9 points under the competition scoring system of 3 points for a win,2 for a score draw, and 1 for a no score draw, with an additional point for each goal scored.


The trophy saw two Oxford teams competing after the withdrawal of Hurst B meant the fifth placed team in May’s qualifying tournament, Oxford United C, were re-instated at short notice.

The B team ended up in 6th place in the competition with 5 points following these results, Pangbourne 1 – 1, scorer Steve Weitzel, Hurst A 0 – 0, Oxford C 0 – 2, and Retro Rangers 0 – 0, Retro Rangers were the eventual winners beating Pangbourne on penalties on the final after a 0 – 0  draw.

The C team, put together at 4 days notice by Martin Scarfe started with a 0 – 0 draw with Woodley followed by a defeat to a Maidenhead goal that hit both posts before hitting the keeper and spinning over the line. We also had a goal disallowed controversially.

The third game saw a 2 – 0 win over our B team, the goals scored by Ramon Tirda and Andy Beal, and ended with a 0 – 0 draw against Hurst A.

The C team finished in fourth place with a total of 9 points.

A Team
A Team
B Team
B Team
C Team
C Team

9th May 2021

TVL Cup & Trophy Preliminary Rounds

It was a great day for our club with all three teams doing extremely well in the preliminary rounds of the TVL Cup and Trophy competitions.

The C team did very well, unfortunately, however, just missing out on qualifying for the Quarter finals by finishing in fifth place.

The A and B teams both finished in third place and therefore qualified for the quarter-finals at Bisham Abbey on Sunday, June 13th. After a slow start by both teams they improved with every match and the A team finished by beating Oxford Rovers 2 -1 in the final game.