Witney Town F.C.

Club History


Witney Town FC • Club History

Witney in Oxfordshire, made world famous for its production of blankets, is a thriving market town and with over 22,000 residents it is the largest town in West Oxfordshire. The town of Witney dates backs to AD969 and gained its name from the Saxon term ‘Witan’ that meant King.

Witney United FC (WUFC) was formed by a group of Witney Town supporters following the demise of their beloved club. Intent on bring senior football back to the town the group registered Witney United FC with the Oxfordshire Football Association in 2001. For almost a year they had little else other than the name! There was no ground, team or manager. The club set itself a challenging business plan that targeted a return to Southern League football within 5 seasons. Finally after much hard work it all came together.

In 2002 WUFC gained a lease on the original Witney Town stadium and were accepted into Division One (West) of the Hellenic League. In their first year the Club struggled to attract local players and finally finished 15th in the Division.

The second season saw the club move forward finally finishing the season in 4th place and gaining a surprise, last minute, offer of promotion to the Premier Division. Under the management team of Alan Clark, Steve Paish and Spencer Keyes the team proved it could hold their own – finally finishing a creditable 11th out of 22.

The Club also competed, for the first time, in the F.A. Vase winning through the first three rounds – eventually losing to Deal Town away. Further success was achieved in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup where Witney finally fell to Oxford City in the semi-finals.

The 2005/06 season saw United enter the FA Cup for the first time where they were very unlucky to bow out after a replay against Southern League high-fliers Clevedon Town. The FA Vase brought similar disappointment as they went out to Truro City at the second hurdle.

In October 2005 Alan Clark resigned as 1st Team Manager and Spencer Keyes stepped up from Assistant Manager to replace him. Spencer’s first management move was to recruit Pete Lamont as his number 2. The side went from strength to strength and a top 6 finish was claimed on the very last day of the season to round off an excellent season.

United entered 2006/07 with a certain amount of optimism in their bid to bring Southern League football back to West Oxfordshire. A lack of consistency and too many draws saw them slip away from the leading pack and eventually finish 6th for the second season running. The club did however reach the Challenge Cup Final before losing 2-1 to Hungerford Town.

In the close season Keyes stood down as Manager and United moved quickly to appoint Andy Lyne. Lyner had two spells as manager at Witney Town in the nineties and his homecoming was well received by the fans who hoped he could work his magic for a third time at Marriotts Stadium. This saw United have their best ever season since formation finishing an excellent 4th place in the league and pushing the promotion contenders for long periods of the season.

The 2008-09 season saw United go one better finishing in 3rd place in one of the tightest title run-ins for years whilst also reaching the last 32 of the FA Vase. In 2009-2010 United again challenged for the title before finishing in 6th place. The 10-11 season saw a decline in the Club’s fortunes, both on and off the field, and they just escaped relegation ending up one place above the trap door.

June 2011 saw Tom Amer elected as Chairman, and with it the club reverted back to their historic name of Witney Town. On the field the problems continued though, this time finishing in the relegation places. Only Henley Town’s forced demotion ensured that Premier Division football would continue the following season.

The summer of 2012 saw possibly the Club’s most ambitious move yet, with the appointment of Justin Merritt as manager, along with an enviable back up staff of Justin Lee, Eddie Denton, Paul Davis and Andy Lyne. With a host of talented players signing forms in the close season it looks like better times are on the horizon for the new campaign.

Visit our website at witneyfootball.com for the latest updates about Witney and District Football Club!

Charlbury Town Football Sports and Social Club

Charlbury Town Social Clubs

Charlbury Historical Research

This small historical research group has been delving into old documents from the town in a quest to improve our understanding of what life was like in Charlbury in past centuries.

When it was formed in 2013 by Geoffrey Castle and Barbara Allison, the group’s aim was to transcribe the surviving historical probate records, both wills and inventories, the earliest dating from 1524 and the latest to 1857 (after which the granting of probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical courts to a civil Court of Probate ). The older documents required us to learn to read Secretary Hand, which was taught to us by Adrienne Rosen, Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.

After four years of hard work by all members of the group, the project is near completion. The project was split into two sections: the first section for the earliest wills granted probate before 1732,and a second section for wills covering the years from 1733 to 1857. They relate to Charlbury and its surrounding settlements of Chilson, Cornbury, Lees Rest, Pudlicote, Shorthampton and Walcot. The probate documents relating to Finstock, while it is also in the parish of Charlbury, are being transcribed by the Finstock Local History Society.

The documents should form an invaluable resource for historical research into the history of the town. Through their work, some members of the group have started their own research into some of the families who lived here, into old maps and field names and other topics which have caught their interest. A selection of articles on some of these subjects have been published in the Charlbury Chronicle and are reproduced below.

We could not have progressed with this undertaking without the generous grants from Charlbury Town CouncilThe Charlbury Beer FestivalChOC and from the Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund; these have made it possible for us to obtain copies of the documents held by The National Archives, and The Oxfordshire History Centre.

If anyone has a particular interest or skill that would relate well to this work and would like to be involved then please contact Geoffrey Castle on 01608 811122 or email get.castle@btinternet.com .

If you would like to enquire about seeing any of the transcribed wills, please contact Barbara Allison (b.a.allison@btinternet.com).

Some useful links for local and family historians

Charlbury Parish: A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 10, Banbury Hundred, Pages 127-157. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1972. Includes image of 1761 Thomas Pride map of Charlbury.

A Charlbury Mercer’s Shop, 1623 By D. G. Vaisey: Footpaths radiating out from Charlbury today were established centuries ago as people walked backwards and forwards from nearby hamlets to Charlbury which was an important trading centre for the surrounding area. This fascinating inventory of the mercer’s shop run by Thomas Harris was itemised after he died in March 1623. His shop sold cloth and household articles, along with preserved and dried groceries with many spices having been imported from abroad.

Oxfordshire Local History Association
Oxfordshire Family History Society Glossary of Words found in transcribed wills
Old photos of Charlbury
Satellite view of Charlbury
OS maps of Charlbury

A Soldier at the Siege of Boulogne 1544

By John Fielding, published in Charlbury Chronicle June 2015

On the 16th of September 1544 Richard Cooke dictated his will – he was probably illiterate. ‘I Richarde Cooke of Bullen late of Pudlicote mylle in the Countie of Oxon sowdear in the retinew of Thomas brydge Esquyer make my Testament.’ Bullen was the contemporary spelling, and pronunciation, of Boulogne. So Richard was a soldier in the large army mustered for Henry VIII’s siege of the town in the course of his second French war. Richard made that will just as, the town having succumbed to bombardment earlier in the month, its castle was undermined and surrendered. Had Richard been injured? Many English soldiers there were of course killed, some by their own explosives. We do not know where Richard died. Presumably not in France since the wills of Englishmen who died abroad were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Richard’s was proved in Oxford on 20th March 1545/6, a good 18 months later. Is that – unusual – delay significant? Charlbury parish records do not begin until 1559 so we have no baptism, marriage or burial date for him here.

Richard mentions neither wife nor children and had little to leave: one coffer and a pan to his godson, Thomas Cotes; one coffer to William Cotes and, as an afterthought, a pair of sheets to Alice Coxas, wife of his friend Robert. The rest of his goods and sums owing to him, not substantial enough to be specified, he leaves to Christopher Cotes, servant to Thomas Bridges. He seems to have been close to the Cotes family.

Thomas Bridges was, with his brother Sir John, an intimate of the king and both had profited greatly from the sale of church lands at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. When Thomas died in 1559 he left properties or the income therefrom to provide for life for his kin and servants. Of the lives and estates of the Bridges family the documentation is extensive. Of Richard Cooke, soldier, this will is his only trace in history – as far as I yet know.

Charlbury Mill

By John Fielding, published in Charlbury Chronicle December 2014 

If you go down to the weir today, just before you pass through the gate onto the water meadows, which constitute the old mill ham (the land belonging to the mill), on your right in the wall is a worn mill stone. This is the site of the Charlbury Mill which provided flour for the community for over 700 years. The building was still working as a mill in the early 20th century and a map of 1881 shows exactly where it was. The Research Group has been trying to trace its history. We know that towards the end of Elizabeth I’s reign a benefactor gave money to Lincoln College with which they ‘unwisely’, according to a recent college historian, bought a lease of Charlbury mill at a rent of £3 a year, which the college then sub-let to a series of millers. The tenant in 1780 was still paying rent to Lincoln. So the purchase can’t have been so unwise.

Lincoln’s archive has a fairly comprehensive list of tenants for the fifteen and early sixteen hundreds. However, in 1686 Robert Gladwin, the then miller, died intestate and without issue. His widow, Mary, had an inventory prepared which valued his property at £107, a not insubstantial sum. Though Robert had no children he had a brother and nephews in Gloucestershire. According to the law at the time they would inherit equal shares with the widow. She was clearly not happy with this and made a number of attempts to have the estate revalued – that is undervalued – so that her late husband’s relatives would proportionally inherit less. In the records of the Oxford Consistory Court, at which the brother-in-law must have made objections, the crossings-out and attempts at altering the valuations are remarkably clear. Most of the dealings there are in Latin – medieval lawyers’ Latin – and in one of the documents the widow replies to a sequence of questions that this is true or not true, but we don’t yet know what the questions were. It seems that Mary remarried and her new husband became the new miller. An intriguing story; there is much more to investigate.

Charlbury Baker

By Linda Mowat, published in Charlbury Chronicle December 2014

John Penn, baker of Charlbury, died in 1695, leaving his worldly goods to his widow Ellenor. He did not list these items in his will, but the inventory subsequently made of his possessions offers us a rare insight into the life of a seventeenth-century tradesman in the town. John’s premises included a bakehouse and a boulting chamber with a boulting mill for sieving flour. He owned a furnace, two kneading troughs, two kevers (tubs for rising dough), four moulding boards (for forming loaves), six peeles (staves for moving loaves in and out of the oven) one pair of scales, a cake pricker (possibly for marking baked goods for individual customers) and a pair of panniers (perhaps for deliveries). While none of these items had much monetary value, John also had a growing crop of wheat, barley and peas worth £20, sacks of meal worth £8.13s.4d, 4,000 faggots (fuel for the bakehouse) worth £20 and a ‘hovell’ to protect the faggots worth £4. He owned animals worth £12 and lease land worth £23. His whole estate came to £120, out of which his widow was to pay his debts of £38. John Penn therefore appears to have been successful baker with a going concern, growing his own ingredients which were probably ground into flour at Charlbury mill. It is tempting to surmise that his house and fields were close to the mill, but unfortunately we have been left no clue as to where in the town he lived and worked.

Hixet Wood

By Barbara Allison and Linda Mowat, published in Charlbury Chronicle September 2014 

Where did that name come from? The earliest map of Charlbury – the 1761 Thomas Pride map, tracings of which are in the museum – called the street we now know as Hixet Wood Hicks’s Wood. So like most people, we thought this street name was a corruption of Hicks, and was named after someone called Hicks. This is plausible. The parish registers do record the baptisms, marriages and burials of members of the Hicks family from the 16th century, but there aren’t many. However, it may be that a Mr Hicks owned the land, but he did not live here.

But Thomas Pride’s 1761 map shows a large area of land along Hicks’s Wood called Hicks’s Wood Close. Now we have found a will of 1615, made by Abraham Hedges, in which he leaves his wife three closes. (Closes are enclosed parcels of land rather than strips in the open fields). The closes are Parkgate Close and Baywell Close, and ‘one Close of arable and pasture called Thicksett wood containing by estimation four acres or thereabouts be the more or less’ Is this the origin of Hixet Wood? Has it changed over time, from Thickset Wood in 1615 to Hicks’s Wood in 1761 to Hixet Wood now? Further research may bring up other records that could resolve this but we may not be that lucky. 1955 photo of Charlbury from Hixet Wood

Charlbury Society


Formed in 1949, the Charlbury Society grew out of the first Charlbury Historical Exhibition. Its aims are to foster an understanding of the history of Charlbury and Oxfordshire, and encourage interest in the character and appearance of the town. It does this through talks, supporting the Charlbury Museum, and arranging outings to places of interest.

Individual membership £8.50
Family membership – two adults at same address – £17.00

After much deliberation at our recent meetings, the committee has decided that we should continue to offer our talks by Zoom for the 21/22  season. There are several reasons for this:

Firstly with 140 members now, it would be impossible to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend in the Memorial Hall. We do not know what the situation will be this autumn , with numbers of cases rising.

Additionally many of the excellent speakers we have invited would not be prepared to travel some distance to Charlbury. Most speakers now prefer to give their talks by Zoom and many members find listening and seeing the slides much easier in the comfort of their home.

We appreciate this would disadvantage the few people who do not have email or internet access, but by holding talks in the Hall and having perhaps to cancel at short notice, many more of our members would be inconvenienced or not prepared to come out on a winter’s evening into a crowded hall.

We hope you will understand this decision.  Please see this season’s  programme further down this page .

The social event on Saturday 28th was a great success and many people have told me how much they appreciated the opportunity to meet other members and rejoin. If you missed it come and see us at the Charlbury Society stall in the Museum Garden on Street Fair day , otherwise  membership forms and the programme will be sent out by email.


7th October
Dr Simon Townley
Cornbury Park: Research from the VCH

4th November
Rod Evans
A Whistle-stop Tour of the Planning System loosely based on 23 Years a Planning Inspector

2nd December
Dr Janice Kinory
The Production, Distribution and Use of Salt in Prehistoric Britain

6th January
Trevor Jackson
RAF Brize Norton: Over 80 Years of Operational History

3rd February
Clare Shakya
Climate Ambition in the time of Covid-19

3rd March
Dr Kathy Haslam
The Kelmscott Manor Past, Present and Future Project:
‘a vision rather than a dream’

7th April
An Evening with the Charlbury Museum

5th May
Judith Curthoys
Cows and Curates: Christ Church’s Land and Livings in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

Nikki Rycroft.       chair.charlsoc@gmail.com



At last we are able to reopen after our long closure due to the pandemic.  We will be opening our doors again on Saturday 3rd July at 10.30 am.  Our hours over the summer will be:

Saturdays 10.30 – 12.30  Sundays 2.30 – 4.30

You will be able to view our beautifully restored farm wagon and other recent acquisitions.  Come and browse through our VE Day 75 exhibition, held over from last year, and see our newly reorganised display about the gloving trade which flourished here for so many years.

Given the size and layout of our building, we will have to restrict the number of visitors. The maximum number of visitors allowed in the museum at any one time is 4 unless visitors are all from one household. Only members of 2 different households will be allowed in the museum at any one time in addition to stewards.

Please wear a mask and sanitise your hands on entering the museum, and leave your contact details for Track & Trace.  We ask you to respect social distancing at all times.  We are very grateful for our stewards who continue to help us in these difficult times, and their safety and that of our visitors is our prime concern.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

As we were unable to open in 2020, we chose items from the museum to feature each week on the Charlbury website.  These proved very popular and we have brought them together in a 64 page booklet titled

The History of Charlbury through …. objects, photographs and memories from Charlbury Museum.

The booklet is fully illustrated in colour and is available from the museum for £8 each.  If you would like to purchase a copy please email curator@charlburymuseum.org.uk or phone 07530 012332.

link to Charlbury Museum: www.charlbury.info/community/42


. Have you ever considered what Charlbury was like in the past?
. Was Charlbury a mainly rural or urban community?
. How were people housed?
. What possessions did they have?
. How did they earn a living?

The Charlbury Society Historical Research Group have for the last five years been looking for clues to the answers to these questions in the wills and inventories that survive from the town and some surrounding villages. These are stored either in the History Centre in Oxford or in the National Archives at Kew. Some are fragile and many are hard to read. So the group of volunteers learnt how to read old handwriting and how to transcribe the documents into an accessible and usable format.

The project is now in its final stages. The documents cover three centuries, from the 1550s to 1857, and offer a fascinating glimpse into changing social conditions and expectations over these years. The documents should form an invaluable resource for historical research into the history of the town. Through their work, some members of the group have started their own research into some of the families who lived here, into old maps and field names and other topics which have caught their interest.

We could not have progressed with this undertaking without generous grants from Charlbury Town Council, Charlbury Overseas & Community Projects The Beer Festival”, ChOC Charlbury’s Own Cinema and the Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund; these have made it possible for us to obtain copies of the documents held by The National Archives and The Oxfordshire History Centre. We are extremely grateful for their help.

If anyone has a particular interest or skill that would relate well to this work and would like to be involved then please contact Geoffrey Castle on 01608 811122 or email get.castle@btinternet.com .

If you would like to enquire about seeing any of the transcribed wills, please contact Barbara Allison at treasurer@charlburymuseum.org.uk.

Geoffrey Castle
Barbara Allison
Joint co-ordinators


Probus Club of Charlbury

The PROBUS Club of Charlbury and District

PROBUS is an informal and relaxed club for semi-retired and retired gentlemen from all backgrounds and walks of life. We aim to provide a variety of activities, visits and social events to entertain and amuse our members and their guests whether ladies or gentlemen. PROBUS clubs can be found all over the UK and abroad and provide a warm welcome to fellow PROBUS members. We are currently seeking to recruit new members to join us at our lunch meetings and Social events, the contact details can be found at the foot of this page.

Our next lunch meeting will be on Thursday 7th of October 2021 (a change from our usual Wednesdays) at Witney Lakes Resort and will feature a presentation by Alan Brain who will be talking to us on the very local matter of ‘Famous People who have visited Chipping Norton’. In the past we have heard speakers on a wide variety of topics including Shipbroking, Homelessness, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig accident, travels in South America, Russian History and Culture, Policing in the 1970’s, North Korea, Decorative glass, and the City Livery Companies. Lunches are quite informal and dress is Smart Casual.

We also plan to resume our visits for 2022. In previous years we have visited Kelmscott Manor, Stratford-upon-von, the Black Country living Museum in Dudley and the Watermill Theatre near Newbury and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Other events will include an informal walking group, joint ventures such as one we held with the Charlbury Ladies Luncheon Club at the Charlbury Bowls Club, and some very successful Christmas Events

Applying for Membership

The cost of membership is currently £15 per annum, with a charge of £20.00 for each lunch attended. The lunches are two courses, a main and a dessert, followed by tea/coffee and chocolate mints. The speaker presentation follows the lunch.

We always welcome new members, if you are interested in joining or simply want to find out more about us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for taking time to read about Charlbury Probus, hopefully we may see you at one of our future meetings.

Mike White Charlbury Probus Secretary, contact me at ‘mike.ewhite7@gmail.com‘, or on 07710 296814.

Yack and Yarn

Bring along your favourite craft, have a drink and enjoy an evening of relaxed, creative company

The Charlbury Yack & Yarn group was set up in September 2014 as an off-shoot of the Charlbury Women’s Institute but runs as a separate group, with both WI members and non-members equally welcome. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in The Bell, most often in the big room on the right as you walk through the front door. Do feel free to bring along any craft project you’re working on – we had ladies knitting, crocheting, rag rugging and sewing at one of our recent meetings! Group numbers have ranged from 6 to 24 on different evenings but as it’s organised on a drop-in basis, there’s no need to let anyone know if you’ll be able to come each month, just join in when it suits.

Please phone or email either Miriam on 01608 430807 or 07766 604782 or miriammagpie@gmail.com OR Louise on 01608 676396 or 07867 880237 or annalouisecashman@hotmail.com if you have any queries.


Charlbury Town Sport Clubs

Charlbury Bowls Club

Everyone Welcome

There’s nothing better than being out in the sun enjoying a game of bowls. Why not come along and join us. You can try free of charge up to six times before becoming a member and what’s more, we will lend you everything you need. All we ask is you wear flat shoes. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for a practice and play friendly games against other clubs at weekends. We also have a men’s league on Thursdays who are currently is division 2 and inter-club competitions.(Apr-Sept). In the winter months we play shortmat indoors and meet Weds at 7pm. (Oct-Mar)

Once a member you will have your own key to the green so you can practice as much as you want. All new members get £10 off the joining fee.

So what are you waiting for? Come along and have a go. You are all very welcome.

Shaun Morley
Email enquiries@charlburybowls.co.uk

Charlbury Bowls Club
The Oxbrew Bowls Green
74 Ticknell Piece Road


Charlbury Community Centre Appeal


For information about Charlbury Community Centre itself, please visit our website: https://www.charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk/. You will find information about the history of the Centre and acknowledgements of individuals’ contributions on the “About Us” page.

The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal Committee (CCCA) was a group of volunteers, which had the specific aim of raising money to help with the building and then the running costs of Charlbury Community Centre. An amazing £275,800 was raised towards the building costs of the Community Centre. Now that the centre is built the Committee has disbanded, though fundraising still goes on through the Thomas Gifford Trust to help with the running costs of the centre.

Forthcoming Events

Quiz Nights – every fourth Wednesday
We now hold a monthly mid-week quiz night in the cafe area of the Community Centre. Doors open at 7.15pm and the quiz will start at 7.45pm prompt, so please get there early to get your drinks in first. The quizzes will  be on the fourth Wednesday of each month and each one will have a different quiz master to keep things interesting. Tickets are £5 per head and you can buy them from the reception desk – or ring up and we’ll hold some for you. We can only accommodate 48 people in teams of a maximum of 6, but you do not need to have a full team to come – we will arrange the teams according to who comes.

We also run a Pimms stall at the Charlbury Beer Festival and this year we are organising the Finale to the Charlbury Festival on 16th June 2019.

If you are interested in being on our list of helpers at such events, please contact Tanya at the address below. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Many Thanks

The individuals who have served on the committee and/or helped to raise money for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal are too numerous to mention. We are enormously grateful to all those people.

Over the past few years several local societies, organisations and charities have made generous donations to the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal including [in alphabetical order] the following:

Barnsbury Charitable Trust
Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust
Blake Morgan
Edmund Blok Photography
Bull Inn, Charlbury
Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Society
Charlbury Art Society
Charlbury Beer Festival
Charlbury Book Group
Caravan Club
Charlbury Co-op
Charlbury Dental Practice
Charlbury Green Hub
Charlbury Horticultural Society
Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund
Charlbury Parochial Church Council
Charlbury Pre-school
Charlbury School Association
Charlbury Society
Charlbury Tennis Club
Charlbury Town Council
Charlbury Town Football and Social Club
Charlbury Women’s Institute
Churches Together in Charlbury
Clemence Charitable Trust
Day Books
Denis Green CFB
Ditchley Foundation
Doris Field Charitable Organisation
Dulverton Trust
England and Wales Cricket Board
Evenlode Investments
Friends of Charlbury Library
Garfield Weston Foundation
Glasgow Foundation
GWP Consultants LLP
HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Homes and Communities Agency
McCormick & Smith Architects
Midcounties Co-operative
Nine Acres Management Committee
One Village
Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Oxfordshire County Council
Probus Club of Charlbury
PF Charitable Trust
PYE Charitable Settlement
Souldern Trust
Southill Community Energy
Sport England
Squire Patton Boggs
St Mary’s Church, Charlbury
St Teresa’s Church Charlbury
West Oxfordshire District Council
TOE2 and Grundon Waste Management
Waitrose Ltd
Wilderness Festival


The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal was established early in 2004 by Lynette Murphy, with Diana Potten as her deputy chairperson, Richard Neville, as treasurer and an active and supportive group of helpers. Richard is still treasurer and Lynette still serves on the committee after all these years. In the first four years of existence the committee raised an amazing £142,000, from many events including a huge garden party at Ditchley Park, which raised £22,000 in one day! The money was ring-fenced according to the CCCA Constitution to be used “for the exclusive purpose of contributing all the monies raised as part of the building and fitting out costs for the proposed Charlbury Community Centre”. After active fund raising stopped in 2008 mainly due to the credit crunch and uncertainty about the future of the project, the Community Centre Appeal started its fundraising activities up again in 2012 and we have been active ever since, building on the initial £142,000 raised so that the total raised towards building costs was over £275,000, exceeding the target of £250,000.


Ideas for fundraising, questions or comments, please contact Tanya Stevenson: comms@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk (810216)

To donate online please use Golden Giving


Charlbury Cricket Club

Charlbury Cricket Club

Founded 1874

Today, Charlbury Cricket Club is a thriving enterprise, with approximately 250 playing members in total. The Club has three sides in the OCA League and also puts out a friendly Sunday team. We play indoor cricket in a winter league at Banbury and take part in a number of midweek limited-overs competitions during the summer. The Club’s flourishing youth section offers cricket for youngsters of all ages. Children as young as three can start in the ‘Tots’ and progress right up to under-17 level. The women’s section is now firmly established as an integral part of the Club and has enjoyed great success since it was launched in 2007. For those of a more sedentary disposition who still enjoy their cricket, the Club launched a new ‘Friends’ scheme in 2009. For a very modest annual subscription, Friends of Charlbury Cricket Club have the chance to watch cricket at the ground, use the pavilion and bar and take part in occasional social functions.

Charlbury represents a lovely place in which to play cricket: the scenery is fantastic and both of our pitches are generally very good for batting on. One highly significant development in the 2010 season was the opening of the new pavilion. The old building was badly damaged by floods in 2007 and, in any case, is now too small to cope with the volume of cricket played on the ground. The new pavilion has been purpose-built to conform to the needs of a twenty-first century club and provides a spacious and welcoming environment for players and spectators alike.

Away from the cricket pitch, there is always plenty going on. Social events that have taken place in recent years include a trip to Newbury races, a skittles night, a golf day, a quiz evening and a concert given by ex-Zimbabwean Test cricketer Henry Olonga. More exciting events are lined up for 2011 and 2012.

As can be seen from the above, Charlbury Cricket Club aims to offer something for everyone, whether young or old, male or female, player or spectator. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming Club and we are always on the lookout for new players, of all abilities. If you don’t wish to play cricket but would still like to get involved with the Club then we can certainly find room for you on a committee or in some other capacity!

For more information please visit the Charlbury Cricket Club website at www.charlburycricketclub.com


Charlbury Karate Club

Run by Oxford Sport and Traditional Martial Arts (OSTMA)

Lil Dragons ages 3 and a half to 6 years
Beginners Karate ages 6+

Every Wednesday 5pm-6pm in the Memorial Hall.

Come along any Wednesday and receive a free 4-week free trial.

Programmes cover life skills, safety skills, self defence, fun and fitness in a friendly atmosphere.

For more information contact Nathan Hunt on 07825 323 011

OSTMA is the largest martial arts school working with just under 1,000 students on a weekly basis with classes around the country. It has 7 full-time professional instructors, all insured, police checked, first aid qualified, and is the only school in Oxfordshire with a 6 years undefeated official English national champion and members of the official England karate team.


Charlbury Pickleball

Charlbury Pickleball – a fun, addictive social racket sport for all ages and athletic abilities.

So, what is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun racket sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis that is played on a badminton sized court.

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, yet can be challenging to master and can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Equipment is available so all you need is a pair of indoor court shoes or trainers. We’ll have you playing games within minutes of teaching you the basics and you will have a great time.

All our members are also very friendly and there is a big off court social side to the club with many get-togethers and outings throughout the year.

We have several sessions every week so please contact Vijay for full details of when we play.

Come and give it a try – you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!

Contact: Vijay –  vijaysmobile@gmail.com or call 01993 891 043

Website: https://www.dinkanddrive.co.uk/charlbury-pickleball

Charlbury Tennis Club

Charlbury Tennis Club, is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association and is one of their official Places to Play tennis. We offer tennis facilities for everybody living in Charlbury and surrounding areas, and aim to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment for players of all ages and abilities.

Club sessions are for players of all standards and take place throughout the year. A committee member is always present at the Sunday afternoon and Thursday night sessions to ensure that everyone gets a game.
Sessions are held at the following times:
Sunday ………………………. 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Monday ………………………. 1.30pm to 3.00 pm
Thursday …………………….. 7.00pm to 9.00 pm

In addition courts are sometimes available for club play on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, when no matches are scheduled.

Competitive Tennis
Adult teams take part in local leagues during the week and at weekends in the summer, notably:
� the Banbury League (2 mixed teams playing on weekday evenings);
� the Men’s 2-pair Babolat League (1 team playing on Saturday or Sunday);
� the Women’s 2-pair Babolat League (1 team playing at weekends); and
� the Wychwood League (a mixed team playing local clubs at weekends).

During the winter we also enter two mixed teams in the weekend Banbury League and one in the Banbury midweek floodlit league.

A club championship for ladies singles and men’s singles is usually held in the summer and there are various ladies, men’s and mixed doubles tournaments throughout the year.

The club has its home at Nine Acres recreation ground, Charlbury, where we share an excellent new pavilion with the two Football clubs, and make regular use of four well maintained floodlit hard courts operated by the Nine Acres committee of the Town council.Floodlights are available all year round.
Free car parking is available nearby in the Spendlove Centre car park.

Social Events
Apart from all the tennis playing activities, there are social events such as the summer barbeque and skittles/quiz nights.

Wimbledon Tickets
Through the LTA, the club receives an allocation of Wimbledon tickets. These are available to all fully paid up members and those who would like tickets are entered into a draw.

Annual membership, which runs from 1 April to 31 March, is amongst the most inexpensive in the county: £75 for adults, £160 for families, and £25.00 for juniors and young people up to the age of 25 (2019/20). Concessionary rates are also available for senior players. Reduced cost winter rates are available for those joining after 1st September.

The overall benefits of membership:

� Regular games of tennis with other club members at social sessions
� The opportunity to compete in club championships and league matches
� Use of the Nine Acres pavilion during club sessions and matches
� The chance to make new friends with tennis players at club sessions and social events
� LTA affiliation, including the draw for Wimbledon tickets
� Discounts on new balls and cheap used match balls
� Organised junior member tennis sessions
� Free use of tennis courts when playing with other club members (except when private coaching is taking place)

How to join us
If you are thinking of joining the club, why not come along to meet us at one of our friendly club sessions (just bring a racket and suitable footwear and clothing).
Contact Mark Jarman on 01608 811692 for a chat or email charlburytennis@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Charlbury Town Youth Football Club

Charlbury Town Youth Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Club. For the current 2018-2019 season we have football for Under 5s up to and including Under 17s. We would love to hear from any players and parents that would like to join our club.

There are weekly training sessions – many in the new Community Centre – and we play matches at the weekend.

We are always eager to hear from people willing to help out, whether it be by refereeing, coaching or being involved on the committee.

Please have a look at our website www.charlburytownyouth.co.uk

Committee Meetings are held every second month. We welcome more help from parents.

For more information on any aspect of youth football please contact ;

Adrian Westbury – 01993 883309 – AWestbury@ridge.co.uk – Chairman
James Ball – 01608 810270 – jolliecat@btinternet.com – Secretary



Charlbury Walking Football

The ‘Beautiful Game’ played at walking pace!

Charlbury Community Centre  – Wednesdays 15:00-16:30 and Thursdays 20:00-21:00

Primarily aimed at the ‘Over-50s’, this inclusive, fun and sociable version of football might be slower-paced but lacks none of the passion or excitement of the original game. Whether you’re looking to keep active, stay fit, or simply want to play for the love of the game, Walking Football offers the perfect opportunity to take to the pitch.

It is also a great way to socialise and meet new people!

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Charlbury Volleyball Club

Charlbury Community Centre’s volleyball club plays from 8pm-10pm every Wednesday!

Wednesdays from 8.00pm – 10.00pm

We have a good mixture of young, old, male and female players of all abilities. Our coaches and other experienced players can help you to get started or improve your skills.

The club’s aim is to provide a friendly, relaxed volleyball session with a focus on helping everyone to learn, improve and join in this great sport.

This indoor version of the sport can be played by all ages and abilities, and is one of the few where men and women routinely play together.

Volleyball is one of the best and most popular sports in the world, and it’s growing quickly in this country.

Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go, or you haven’t played since you were at school or on holiday, this session gives you the opportunity to come and try.

As ever, for newcomers the first session is free of charge!

Not sure what volleyball is?

Volleyball England summary: www.volleyballengland.org/getintovolleyball/play/volleyball

Wikipedia’s extra detail: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball

Cost: currently from £6 a week per person

Kit: nothing special. Just some trainers – clean indoor ones please! – and comfortable sports clothes

People: open to all

Contact: Steven Fairhurst Jones (stevenfairhurstjones@gmail.com or 07879 063 934)



Visit our website at witneyfootball.com for the latest updates about Witney and District Football Club!

Witney and District Football Association: History and Achievements



Football had been played in the district well before the formation of the W D F A in 1908. Witney Town F C was thought to have been formed in 1885 but the report of a meeting in 1885 talks of reviving the club so it must have existed in some form at a carrier date. The Oxfordshire Football Association, formed in January 1884, was organis*s football at both Senior and Junior levels. In 1908 a Wychwood League and a Filkins League were already in existence. 1 I think tfie domain of a local Witney League may have been influenced by travelling as at the time , of course, there were few cars and no bus services to speed off. Most players would have walked or cycled to the matches. For cup matches clubs were paid travelling expenses to attend the finals

in Wit0ey. They would probably have employed a local carrier to provide the transport. The first meeting called to discuss the formation of a Witney and District Football Association was held in the Church House,

Wimey , on May 4″ 1908. 1“he Witney Gazette reported as

“ A preliminary meeting to discuss the ability of forming a Witney and District Football Association was held at the Church House on Thursday evening. There were over thirty present and Mr F Hayter, supported by the Rector (the Revd B Kirby), presided. The Clubs represented were :- Witney Cygnets, Gordons, O B U, Harriers, North Cigl, Handborough, Southleigh and Bampton. It was proposed by Mr A Paxton, and seconded by Mr A Viner, that a Witney and District Football should be formed. Mr Gordon, (Secretary of the Oxfordshire F A) heartily supported the resolution. If they comirienced, he said , with a Junior Association, confining it to only a small area, there was every probability of there soon being able to develop into a much stronger Senior Association. He was , indeed, very pleased to find that something was being done in this part to promote that interest. The Rector also suppoñed the resolution, which was then put aad carried unanimously. Mr A Paxton, on the proposition of MR F Haytei’, seconded by Mr W Mason, was appointed Secretary pro tern. There was considerable discussion with regard to the radius. Mr W Mason proposed, and Mr A Hitclunan seconded, that it should be eight miles. Mr A Viner proposed, and Mr V Pearson seconded, that it should be six miles. Mr M K Tuner suggested that the six miles radius be accepted , but that Burford should be allowed to enter as they were prevented from competing in any of the County Leagues. Mr Viner and Mr Pearson included this suggestion iii theé proposal, and Mr Meson and Mr Hitchman withdrew their proposition. The proposition that the Association should be comprised of Burford and th* teams within a radius of six miles were then carried. It was decided, on the proposition of Mr W Mason, seconded by Mr A Paxton, to adopt the league system of competition in preference to the knock-out system. Mr Gordon referred to the qualification of players, suggesting that they should endeavour to confine teams to the playing of local men. The Rev. J B Kirby expressed his belief in the residential qualification. The question was left to be decided at a general meeting to be filed in the course of a month or so. The following committee was appointed :- Messrs, A Paxton (Gordons), E Lloyd (O B U). V Pearson (Northleigh), W Mason (Harriers), A Bridgtnan(Cygnets), H Green (Southleigh) , W Midwinter (Hanborough), and Mr Hayter, Mr Gordon and the Rector, with power to add to their number.

A TROPHY :- Mr flayter said, as they had all learned, the Re. A H Howe-Browne, before leaving the town, had

offered a cup to be competed for by the Junior teams in» Witney and the district (chests). Ther* had long been wanting an association in this part of the county. and the generous offer of Mr Howe-Browne had been the means of making that start. They all knew what keenness Mr Howe-Browne had shown to local football, and he felt sure the gentleman had done much to help forward the spon of the district (applause). They were all extremely sorry at his leaving the town, but they would always have him brought to theé memories by the presence of the cup that would be competed for each season. They would require a name for the trophy, and he would suggest its being called “The Howe-Browne Cup”, which proposal was carried amid cheers. Mr M K Turner proposed, and Mr V Pearson , seconded, that their best thanks be communicated to the Rev, A H Howe- Browne. The proposition was carried unanimously and with acclamation It was notified that the Cup could not be won outright. The business concluded with votes of thanks to Mr Hayter, proposed by the Rector. and to Mr Gordon, proposed by ivir A Bridgman.”

You may have noticed a bit of “gentlemen and players” amongst this with some people referred to as Mr and some just by their initials! Tiie Church Toulouse , which is where the original meetings were held, was a meeting house situated between the Vicarage and the old Police Station, near the Church on Church Green. It was demolished to make room for or extension to the Henry Box School. The old Police Station is still there.

What early football was like can be found in the words of George Swinford of Filkins who was born in 18fi7. The boys had to work all morning just to borrow a ball for two hours. They bought their own for 5/4d around 1900. In 1904 some of them bought jerseys and some boots. They would walk to Lechlade, play a game, have a sixpenny tea and then wall home. The first time Filkins won a match George walked to work at Bibury in the morning and then walked ten miles honte for the match. Many farmers would not let men have Saturday afternoons off for football so they would take time off without pay. When they could afford it they would hire a pony and trap. And you thought it was difficult today!




Witney Gazette :- “ As announced in our last issue, a General Meeting of the Witney and District Football Association was held at the Church House on Thursday evening in last week, under the presidency of Mr F Hayter who was supported by the Rev. I B Kéby and Mr T J Finnis, O F A. Others present were Messrs. H L Cole, H Dingle, E Lloyd,A E Keates, F Moore, R Busby, G Dingle, A Jackson, G Rackley, A Bridgman, W Long , W Burford, W Coles, F Scarrott, W Mason, H Green, A Grant, A Hitchrnan, C Talbot, W Scarrott, C Prior, etc. The Secretary “pro tern”, Mr A F Paxton, read the minutes of the last general meeting, held on May 14″, when the clubs represented were – Witney Cygnels, O B U, Harriers, Gordons, Bampton, Eastleigh North Leigh and Hanborough. It was resolved to call the trophy, a cup presented by the Rev. Howe-Browne, the “Howe-Browne Cup ” subject to the gentleman’s consent , which had since been granted. The system adopted was that of the league. The Rev. I B Kirby proposed that ihe minutes should be accepted and signed, and Mr T J Finnis seconded -carried.

RULES :- At a Committee meeting held some time ago the rules were drawn up and fire chief business on Thursday was to revise tie in. They underwent a considerable amount of alteration. No 2 was the first to be discussed. Mr T I Finnis and Mr A F Paxton proposed and seconded that the committee should have power to add to their number. Mr H L Cole and h4r G Rackley proposed and seconded the rule should be left as it was. Mr Finnis’s proposal was eventually carried (this is strange as at the first meeting it was agreed that they could add to their number!) No 4 rule, reading to the effect that no player who had played in any Senior competition in the last 5 years should be eligible, was generally opposed. Mr T I Finnis proposed and Mr F Moore seconded that the rule be struck out. Mr H I Cole supported the proposition and proposed it should be substituted by a rule to read- “ No player registered for Senior competition is allowed to play in the League except in the case of bting called upon by the County”. This was carried unanimously. No 6, concerning the radius from which players could be drawn, was lengthily discussed. Mr A F Paxton and Mr A Bridginan proposed and seconded that the radius from which clubs could draw players should be two miles from the clubs headquarters. MrH L Cole proposed and Mr T I Finnis seconded that it should be four miles and that such radius should not extend beyond the County. There seemed to be much uncertainty in the voting as regards these two propositions and consequently, MG Rackley proposed that the radius should be three eiiles, which being seconded by Mr F Moore was carried. No 8 stated the entrance fee, which was settled at 15, on the proposition of Mr T Finnis, seconded by Mr G Dingle. No 9 was unaltered . Mr T Finnis proposed that the Tuesday teams should be allowed to enter the league, but he found no supporter , probably because of Tuesday teams being very scarce, and the rule was left as it was. No 1 1 – Mr T I Finnis proposed and Mr 14 L Cole seconded, that the time in which protests should be sent in should be within three days(excepting Sundays ), which was agreed to. to  13 was altered according to a proposal by Mr T I Finnis. It then read to the effect ihat 45 minutes should be played each way, unless the referee decided otherwise, and a match should not be recognised unless at least 35 minutes had been played each way. No 14 referred to games being left unfinished. Mr H L Cole proposed that the words ‘the result of the itiatch should be left to the discretion of the Committee”, be added. Mr T I Finnis seconded and this was carried. No 19 was the last to be altered. Mr T I Finnis proposed that in the case of a player wishing to transfer from one club to another, tie must write to the Committee, stating that he had not been chosen to play for his club in league matches for a period of six weeks, and to obtain their consent before transferring.

OTHER BUSINESS :- There was considerable opposition to the suggestion that the members of the team vñnning the cup should be presented with medals only on condition that the finances would allow suoh an expense . Mr LI I Cole proposed that at each final medals should be presented to the winning team, irrespective of finance. Mr F Moore seconded this, which was carried unanimously. it was decided that entries for the league should be made by September I” and subscriptions paid by that date. Mr A Paxton proposed the election of Mr W Smith, JP, as President. Mr H L Cole seconded and the proposition was carried unanimously. Mr I4 L Cole proposed Mr A Y Caxton’s election to the Secretaryship, which was seconded by Mr F Moore and carried. Mr F Hayter having declined to accept the office of treasurer, Mr H L Cole was elected on the proposition of Mr G Rackley , seconded by Mr A Bridgman. This concluded the business, which had occupied no less than two and a half hours.” I thinL the reason that W T I Finnis appeared so often in this was b.•cause he had had previous experience on the O F A.


In November 1908 an article appeared in the Witney Gazette entitled “ The revised fixture list”. I I read as follows :- “ Owins to a number of the firstly-arranged fixtures being inconvenient to several clubs in the league, it was found necessary to revise the list, which was soon done to the following affect. The referees, as far as arranged, are appended the matches at which they will officiate:-


Another headline in November 1908 drew attention to the first ever W D F A Representative team game. It read   as follows :-

“Special game on Boxing Day 1908”.


“Special attention is required to be given to the match arranged by Wimey and District Football Association for Boxing Day, when a team chosen from the clubs in the league will oppose “The Old Wimey Athletic F C”. The game is being played in aid of the Witney Nursing Association, a matter which conunends itself for hearty support. A glance at the team given below will suffice to guarantee a good match. Kick off 2.30pni on Messrs. Marriotts Field. Tickets 3p each (reduced from 6p as on bills) may be obtained of Messrs. A F Panton, H L Cole and T I Finnis or members of the League Committee.” Teams were seven at a later date and were :-

Witney and District League.

I T Girl patrieL (Cranfield), 2oal. AN Other and G Simmons, (Clanfield), backs. C Arthurs (Burford), A I

IJitchnian (Cygnets), Captain, and P Clack (Northleigh), halves. V Ball (Harriers), I Wilkins (Eynsham). F  

Pether (Burford, H Painter (Cygnets) and E Cooper (Cygnets), forwards.

Old Witney athletic FC.   C Coles, goal. Sanders and A I Carrion, backs. F Bridgeman, I Seacole and E Scarroti, halves. C Jackson, A

Warner, J T Tethered (Captain), 14 Clarke and H O Marriott, forwards.  

This was the first ever Representative game for the W D F A and also the first official game played by them that was to become “ Marriotts Close”. Tire outcome of the match was reported as follows:-

“Under the auspices of the Witney & District F A, a match was played on Boxing Day, on Messts. lViarriotts field (by kind permission), between a representative team of the clubs in the Witney & District League and a side picked from the members of the old Witney Athletic FC. The teams were as foLlows:- Witney & District League – T J Kirkpatrick (Clanfield) -goal : CPr’  tCygnets)and G Simmonds (Clanfield), becks : i-1 Oldham (O B IN), A Hitclutian (Cygnets), (Captain) and P Clack (Northleigh), halves : V Ball fHarriers), I Wilkins (Eynsham), fi Pether (Burford), H Painter (Cygnets) and E Cooper (Cygnets), forwards. Old Wimey Athletic F C – C Coles, goal ; W Moss and H Lewis, backs; F Bridgman, J Seacole and E Scarrott, halves; C Jackson, A

Warner, J ‘F ’Fhretliewey (Captain), H Clarke and H O Marriott, forwards. There was a very large amount of spectators present, and it was pleasing to notice among them many supporters of the old Witney club; they certainly had not lost their nbc\siasa\ for the club and it was sTRongly evident that  their desire for its team to win they were not alone , for the general support of the field was given Io “The Old ’Uns” – to use the popular tenn – who seemed considerably strengthened, in their attempt to show “The Young ’Uns” how to play, by so much backing -up. Age, however, counted against them, and youth proved its advantage very plainly, yet the elders played a good jame, a more scientific one, perhaps, than their opponents, but they were not so staying, naturally, as in the olden days. The result was in favour of the Witney & District League by 3 goals io 1. From the start the game was invincible to the League; they kept up a continuous affleck on the opponents defence, their own back men being good and keeping the play well out of their own goal. But it was not until just before the interval that they opened the scoring. A scrimmage had ensued close in front of goal which resulted in Pettier putting an excellent shot into the net, but as the ball was entering the goal Moss used his and tried to save; a penalty kick was awarded for the offence, and Pether was not robbed of the credit of the goal, that prayer converting the kick splendidly. Early in the second half the League obtained their second point; Wilkins meeting an excellent centre from Cooper off the left wing and scoring with a smart oblique shot low down, a further increase was shortly afterwards made, Peter naming neatly as the finishing touch to some good forward work. The Old Witney men had several times rallied during the game, and at last after many vigorous efforts to break through the defence and much hard pressing, they met with success, in as much as they got th*ir first and only goal. A penalty was awarded for a foul against Hitcliman, off which Lewis scored with a good swerving shot. The game thus ended with the result – Witney & District League , 3 ; Old Witney Athletic , I . The League Committee, and especially those at the head of the affair. Messrs. T I Finnis, A F Paxton and H L Cole, are to be congratulated on the successful result of their efforts, both as regards finance and the providing of an interesting game. Referee : Gym ”i J Finnis O F A. We understand that after paying expenses , a very satisfactory sum will be left to band over to the Witney Nursing Association. We are required to express the thanks of the Witney & District F A committee, to Messrs. Marriott for the use of their field, and to the Witney Sports committee, for lending ropes & stakes.”



As you will have seen it was decided to pull the ten teams that entered into Evo sections, Divisions A &

  1. At tlie end of the season two teams were tying for top place in Division A, Old Boys Union é Harriets. A semi final was held and O B U triumphed 2-1. Cygnets were clear winners of Division B so the first final for the Howe-Browne Cup was between O B U and Cygnets. This was held on Saturday 10“ April 1909 on Witney Town’s old ground at Newland, not on the recreation ground that is there now but either on Witney Mills cricket ground or on the Oxpens..Cygnets seen to have had the best of tire first half, Cth one goal disallowed for offside and one penalty saved by the O B U goalie. At half time the score was 0-0. Lloyd & Clarke from O B U were both injured in the first half but as substitutes were not allowed then, they both continued but were not very mobile. Consequently most of the play went to Cygnets and they ran out 3-0 winners. Teams were:-

Cygneis: O BU:

W.Moss E.Lloyd

C.Prior E.Buckingham £.Hicks A.Miles W.Woodcock F.Weller C.Talbot A.Hitchman H.Lewis E.Coles N.P.Castle W.Clarke

J.Murrey A.Turner H.Painter E.Cooper L.Oldhams S.Smith W.Cole E.Haley

Officials: Linesmen: Oh- H L Cole OFA & Mr  Berry OFA. Referee: Mr T I Finnis OFA.

This is how the teams were given so it looks as though they were using different tactics even then.

The scorers were : Murray , Cole & Cooper. (The spellings are original, not mine.) The Cup end medals were presented ,amid much enthusiasm, directly after the match. Mr A F Paxton (hon.sec. of the AS80cint‹On) announced that Mr W Smith, JP, (President of the Association) was unavoidably prevented from amending to make the presentation as expected, and he would ask Mr V’ Sniitli,jun, the old Witney Captain (cheers), and the old Oxford City Captain, too, (cheets) – to present the Cnp and medals. Mr Paxton also read a telegram from the Revd H Howe-Browne, the donor of the Cup, which was as follows- “Please convey my best congratulations to the winners’ ‘ (cheers). Mr W Smith jun, who was received with the sinking of ’He’s a jolly good fellow’ said in the course of a long humorous speech, that it gave him great pleasure that day to come and associate himself once again with his old football friends, (cheers). Mrs W Smith tisen presented the Cup and medals. Mr H L Cole, (Treasurer of the Association), said that the Association had run into financial difficulties and the President,Mr W Smith JP, had donated the medals presented ihat day. He called for three cheers for that gentleman which were heartily given. The Witney Town Band was in attendance and, besides playing to and from the ground, gave a capital selection of iriusic during the interval. The takings were £11 and 9J0 people attended.




Line teams were entered for the 1909/10 season, Witney Cygnets, Witney Harriers, Old Boys Union, Witney Gordons, Night School Rovers. Lechlade, Woodstock, Hanborougli & Burford. Eynsham, Charlbury, Clanfield & Northleigh had dropped onC After the season had started Hanborough were expelled from the league for serious breach of rules. It would appear that they were only playing at home and not travelling to away fixtures. Shortly after this O B U & Woodstock withdrew leaving only six teams. Clubs withdrawing were fined 10 shillings. It would seem that O B U were playing on Mr Marriotts field at this time. Everything on the field was not all sweetness and light either. On January 8″ 1910 a game between Gordons & Woodstock was abandoned in the second half when , after having a penalty awarded against him, Webley, a player from Woodstock “ addressed an offensive epithet” to the referee, Mr Hedley Cole. After repeating the offence Webley was sent off and his team walked with him. In Woodstocks defence their Secretary maintained that Webley only said “You are a rotter ,ref.” He said that the team walked off because they were intimidated by the spectators. On April 9″ 1910 the referee, Mr F Ford, stopped a match between Harriets & Cygnets when Turner, a player from Cygnets, swore at him twice. 1 could find no rabies for the 1909/10 season in either the Witney GazePe or the Oxford Times but Gordons won the Howe-Browne Cup with Lechlade runners up.  Night School Rovers were playing on “The Recreation Ground”. I think this was The Leys.



At the A G M on Wednesday July 13* 1910, at the Church House, the Officers elected were, A fl Horne, President, A F Paxton, Secretary, & H L Cole, Treasurer. There was a balance in hand of£6-1- 6d. There is virtually no mention of W D F A matters during the season and 1 can only find mention of 4 teams, Wimey A, Lechlade, Cygnets & Gordons. Gordons were now playing on the Recreation Ground. On 30 April 1911 Witney Town A played Gordons to see who should be runners up in the league. Witney played 5 flint team players but were beaten 3-0 by Gordons because virtually all the Witney team was trying to score up front and Gordons scored dom breakaways against a wall defencel 1 Apparently this happened earlier in the season but that time it was Lechlade who triumphed 3-0 over Witney. You would have thought they would have learnt their lesson!! Lechlade were the winners of the Howe-Browse Cup that season. In February 191 I the O F A were criticised for taking two months to deal with a sending off. The offside rule from this lime states that o player must have

three opponents between himself and the goal line. He is inside if an opponent next plays the ball , if he is behind the ball when it is next played by one of his own side or if there are three opponents between him and the goal line when the ball is played to his own side farther from his opponents goal than himself. There you see ii always was easy to understand, wasn’t it?

1911/12 – A MARATHON FINAc


At the A G M held on July 8″ 191 I the balance of hand was £2-1-4d. At this meeting the rules were chained to allow teams from a radius of 1 I miles to take paid. The final tables for the season were:-


As you see Woodstock won the Howe-Browne Cup and a match was held between Swifts and Lechlade to decide who should be runner up. This match was held on Thursday 2“ May 1912 and as there was also a match between Woodstock and a Rest of the League team taking place the proceedings took around four hours. By this time the person who was to present the cup had left! The runners up you’re finally Swifts. Around 200 people amended the matches. The league programme was not finished.


t9l2/J 3 – Move to Marriocs


In this season Witney Town moved theé pitch from Newland to Marriotts Field (Close) thus starting a long period of use by the W D F A for their Finals.

The 1912 A G M was held on Thursday 29* Augusi. W Smith was the President, I S Dingle Chairman, H(Harry)Dingle Secretary and H(Hedley)Cole Treasurer.Receipts were:El 1/3/6d, Expenses £8/3/5d and

the balance in hand £3/0/ld. The teams entered for season 1912/13 were as follows:- A Section – Alvescot, Bampton, Lechlade, Burford and Swifts.

B Section – Gordons, Witney Tn , Woodstock, Milton and Stonesfield.

I could not find very much mention ofW D F A football for this season, no fixtures, rio tables and very few reports.



I could find virtually no mention of football in 1913. The A G M was held on Friday 4 September 1913. Income was £14/9/7d, expenses £9f7/0d and balance in hand £5/2/7d. A few fixtures are mentioned, Lechlade v Witney and Stones field v Eynsham Hall Park on 22“ November 1913.

Milton v Witney on 29 November 1913 and Eynsham Hall Park v Swifts on 6 December 1913. Witney Town gon the Howe-Browne Cup in this season. 1 could find no other mention of football at all in 1914. Witney Cricket League was suspended in September 1914 but when football was suspended I

I do not know. This is probably • s••* time to mention ttc title of this book, “88=100”. This refers to the fact that football was suspended for 12 seasons of the 100 years. Only 88 seasons we’ve played. This was because of the two World Wars of course.

1919/20 – Lets start again lads!


The W D F A appears to have resumed football in 1919. A notice was put in the Gazette on October 18″ of that year inviting entries from teams within 11 miles of Witney to be sent to the Secretary, F Ford Jun. The only teams 1 could find mentioned were :- Milton, Burford, Bampton, Woodstock,

Eynsham. Nortlileigli, Duckling ton , Aston, Witney Séwifts Stonesfield. Tire 1919/20 final was held

on Witney Town’s old ground in Newland on April 24 1920 between Witney Swifts & Stonesfield. The result was a draw I- I and in the replay SwiAs triumphed 2-I.However Stonesfield were to be avenged !


1920/2 I – “Stop that pigeon!”


On 19″ August 1920 a meeting was held and the following members were elected :- President, A E

home, Secretary, Ford, Treasurer, G  Dingle, Executive Committee:-Jackson, I  Teagle, W

Winfield, H Dingle Witney),A Butler (Burford), ? Lakin (Lechlade), ? Biggers (Eynsham), and ANother (Stonesfield) This is how it appeared in the Gazette! ! In a match Witney Swifts V Bampton it is reported that every Bampton player had taken part in the war and 5 had received decorations! I did find tables for January l5″ 1921:-

The Final held on April 24″ 1921 was a very big affair. It was a repeat of the previous season’s match between Wimey Swifts and Stonesfield. Once again it was held at Newland. 2000 people attended and at half lime a pigeon was sent back to Stonesfield with the score. At full time with the score at 1-1 a second pigeon was dispatched‹:L On 30 April the replay was held and Stonesfield won 2-1. 1 do not know if pigeons were used on this occasion but the result was revenge for Stonesfield after their previous season’s  loss. The cup was presented by the President, lvlr A E Home.The Town Band played.

1921/22 – Warnings arid burst ball!  

I could find no i epons of a meeting for lies season and no tables but among the tear:us triung part were:- Classified. Lechlade, Wilkins, Langford, Bampton, Burford, Duckiington, Brize Norton, Aston. Minster Lovell, Wimey Socials, Newland, Witney Mills, Stonesfield and Charlbury. Weald may have been in the league but 1 am not sure. It was reported that a game between Bampton & Wealfi was abandoned 20 minutes from time when the ball buist! A Cup semi final was held on April 21″ 1922 and resulted in a win for Newland over Witney Swifts , 1 -0. In the final on April 29″, Lechlade* beat Newland 5-2. In June of 1922 the O F A warned players that taking part in six-a-sides during the close season wcs illegal and that they would be suspended if they did so. There had been a complaint that the football season was encroaching on the cricket season!


t922/23- Witney Town aiake Swift entry into Senior League!


It would seem that Witney Swifts had folded because on 4 July a team was formed by Witney Town to take their place in the Oxfordshire Senior League. Tiie Assistant Secretary J Busby and F Ford & IN Dingle were on the Committee. Their Headquarters were at the Marlborough Hotel and their pitch at Marriotts Field. Their kit was ‘White with blue and a lamb & flag on the breast with blue knickers“!!

The reserves were to play in the W D F A league. The A G M of the W D F A was held in the Town l4alI , A E Horne, President, F Ford, Secretaq’, G Dingle, Treasurer. The Referees Committee were asked to appoint their own representative to take some of the workload from F Pord. The Executive Committee was R W Coles, C Jackson, H Dingle, J Teagle, W Winfield, ? Harper, ? Collett, ? Green and ? Robinson.The balance in hand was £49-5-3d with expenses of £67-10-9d.The semi final brought in £15-10-3d and the final £40-3-0d.]t was reported that 23 teams had taken part last season. A nile alas passed to prevent senior players taking part in W D F A fixtures. F Ford was on the O F A committee. Once again I could not find any tables bat among the teams taking part were:- Clanfield, Burford, Bladon, Witney Reserves, Bampton, Witney mills, Ducklington Hanborough, Alvescot, LechlaDe,

At an O F A greeting on l0tfiMarch 1923 it was reported that Hanborough had failed to pay expenses to Woodstock and they were suspended 6om football . Hanborough continued to play and all their members were suspended for the rest of the season and until the expenses were paid.

Ducklington were censured I’or playing them while they were suspended. The semi final was between Eynsham & Milton on 21″ April 1923. Eynsham I Milton 0. I think the semi finals we’re only held when two teams are tied at the top of a table, that’s why there is only one! The final was between Eynsham & Witney Mills. Eynsham ran out 5-2 winners. When the final was played on Marriotts Field a “converted ivagonene was used as a stand”!


1923/24 – Questions of£u\acne!


On 9 of August 1923 the AGM of ltte W D T A was beld. Officers elected were:- President, A E Horne. Secretary, F Ford, reasurer, G Dingle. 24 clubs had competed in 3 sections in 1922/23.

Milton, Winned Mills and Eynsham were the section winners.  The accounts showed a loss of £2-6-(d.

A balance of £46-I 8-8d as against f49-5-3d for the year before. It was thought that the amount paid to Witney Tovm for the finals was excessive, but it was pointed out that savings of f6-10-0d on gi-pound preparation were iniTiated by using Wimey’s facilities. A member asked why £2-0-0d had been paid to the O F A for referees and he was told that since the O F A had taken over the supply of referees a great deal of trouble and postage costs had been saved. A secretaries meeting was held on 30″ August but I could find no report. Teams mentioned during the season were as follows bat I did not find any tables:- Carterton, Witney Mills, Brize Morton, Middlefield Utd?, Newland, Leys Park Rangers?, Curbridge, Minster Lovell, Aston, Clanfield, Bampton, Filkins, Alvescot, Ducklington, Witney Reserves, Wootton, Lechlade, Burford, Woodstock and Charlbury. The semi final was held on 12* April 1924 And was benveen Witney Mills and Woodstock. The outcome was 3-1 to bills. In the final Mills triumphed again , beating Charlbury *-1. The down Band played and the Cup was presented by Mrs Fred Marriott. Over 1000 spectators attended.


1924/25 – More losses – Divine intervention needed?


The A G M of the W D F A was held in this season on 4″ August 1924 The President, A E Home, chaired the meeting and G Dingle was re-elected as Treasurer. F Ford and H Sharpe were elected ss Secretaries. I think this was to share the ever increasing workload coupled with the fact that F Ford seems to have been involved in a great deal of matters concerning Witney! ! The section winners were given as :- Woodstock, Wimey Mills and Charlbury. 3 Clubs had withdrawn during the past stason but they were not named. The balance in hand was £39-8-8d as against £46-18-8d in the last season giving a loss of .7-12-3d. £7 of this was lost because of a poor gate at the semi final. It was sue•ested that they try to get the Reverend Howe-Browne to present the cup next year and to preach a football sermon on Sunday!! Teams mentioned were:- Carterton, Witney Mills, Filkins, Bampton, Burford, Newland, Milton, Lechlade, Eynsham and Stonesfield. 1 could find no tables as such, only for Witney Mills in March of 1925 Played 10 Won 9 Lost 0 Drawn 1 For 53 Against 18 Points 19. The semi final was between Witn*by Mills and Eynsham. Mills won 3-0.1000 people were at Marriotts Field. In the final on 2 May 1925 Witney Mills beat Stonesfield 5-1. Mrs F Ford Jnr presented the cup and medals. I R Busby is now named as Assistant Secretary of Wi0iey Town.


1925/26 – Senior ? Junior? I ? 2?


In August 1925 it is reported that witney 1own were unsatisfied with theé treatment by the O FA Senior League and were to join the Reading League. Their newly formed reserve team would join the new W D F A Senior Division. At the A G M of Witney Town on 14* July 1925 I n Busby is again named as Assistant Seer etary. Admission charges for Marriotts Close are given as 4d rind 9d in the stand. It appears that the League had been reformed into 2 sections , Senior Division and Junior Division. This is strange because when the fixtures are published the Divisions are named as Division land 2. At the A G M of the W D F A a new Cup was presented by Mr W Brooks for the new Senior Challenge Cup. He suggested that the entrants for this should be made up to 16 by adding the top teams in Division 2,which was to be played in 2 sections . The Officers were A E Home, President, G Dingle, treasurer and E Word, Secretary. The balance in hand was given as t 38-12-0d, Al-14-5d less than last year. The teams lñr the Senior Division were given as :- Bwford, Cliarlbury, Eynsham, Lechlade. Stonesfield, Witney Mills, Witney Town Rrs, Woodstocis, Bampton. Leafield and Milton. The Junior Division was given as :- Brjze Norton, Southleigh, Langford. Newland, Ducklington, Witney Mills Res., Wilkins. Bladon, Finstock, Carterton, Ascott, Crawfords, Shipton, Minster Lovell, }Ful1biook, Freeland and Woodstock Res, Eynsham Res, Wootton and Coombe.This is different to the teams announced at the A G M but are as they appear- in ltte tables as you will see. .1 think a neu cup for Division 2 was provided in this season as up io then there was only the Howe-Browne Cup for Division

  1. The Senior Challenge Cup Semis were between Witney Mills & Milton (4-1) and Stonesfield &

Eynsham (2-2 – replay 3-2). The Final was on 1‘ May 1926 and resulted in a win of 5-1 by Witney Mills. The League Division 2 Final was between Bladon & Langford who had won their respective sections. The game resulted in a 1-0 win for Langford A game was held on 4″ May between Division

1 Champions, Mills and a Rest of the League team Mills won 3-1. Fred Ford was presented with a silver tea service and tray for 7 years service to the W D F A.


Last published tables for 192âf26. 16″ April 1926.

Division One

Team Played Won Lost Dmwn For Against Points

Witney Mills 17 15 I ] 76 25 3 I

Leafield 19 13 6 0 53 40 26

Eynsham 16 12 4 0 58 27 24

Stonesfield 15 11 4 0 34 26 22

Milton 16 10 6 0 38 34 20

Burford 16 8 5 3 63 46 19

Wit Toxin Res 18 8 9 1 â2 42 17

Woodstock 18 5 12 1 23 24 11

Lechlade 17 4 12 1 28 61 9

Charlbury 17 3 14 fi 28 66 6

Bampton 18 1 16 1 33 74 3

Division Two A

Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points

Langford 15 13 2 0 54 14 26

Shipton 15 9 3 3 33 20 21

Carterton 15 8 4 3 55 37 19

Ducklington 15 6 5 4 43 35 16

MLovell 13 5 5 3 29 22 13

Filkins 14 4 7 3 33 44 1 1

B Norton 12 4 7 1 3l 32 9

Ne\v1and 14 4 9 1 25 57 9

Fulbrook. 14 1 1 1 2 18 48 4

Division Two B

Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points

Bladon 19 12 1 6 68 27 30

Ascott 20 12 5 3 8 1 39 27

Finstocit 20 11 5 4 61 32 26

Freeland 18 J2 5 1 60 40 25

Eynsham Res 18 12 5 1 42 25 25

Crawley 18 11 5 2 42 26 24

Wootton 18 8 6 4 38 38 20

Wit Mills Res i 9 6 11 2 40 59 14

Southleigh 17 2 13 2 24 68 6

Combe 18 1 16 1 37 95 3

Woodstock Res 16 0 16 0 1 1 56 0


You may have noticed that in those days the lost column was before the drawing and not as we do it now!


l926f27 – “Play up or pay up !”


At the A G M of the W D F A held on 24* August 1926 because so many teams had failed to finish their fixtures it n’as proposed thot each leant should pay a deposit of 10/- at the start of the season which would be lost if they failed to play all their games. A son of fine before the offence was committed! The President was A E Home, the Secretary OF Ford and the Treasurer G Dingle. The balance in hand was f47-14-7d which was said to put them “£9-1-7d to the good”. On January 5″‘ 1927 it was recorded tliet the Witney Mills goalkeeper, C Nunn, threw the ball into his own net to score for Leafield! The semis of the Senior Challenge Cup were:- Lechlade 2 Milton 7 and Carterton Eynsham 7. In the firial Eynsham triumphed over Milton 3-1. Milton were champions of Division one And were awarded the Howe-Bro ”xne Cup. In Division Two the winners of section A and B played each other and the result was a win for Freeland 2-1 over Filkins. The Senior Challenge Cup and the Division Two final were held on the same day and the attendance was given as 1,400.

Division One tables March 26 1927



J 927728 – No lads please!  


At the A G M of the W D F A held on August 16‘ 1927 some new rules were accepted. One was that no player should be under 18 as “boys leaving school at 14 lacked stamina”. It was also decided that teams must provide adequate dressing accommodation for visiting teams. 1 am not sure what was considered as adequate when I recall some of the grounds I played at in the sixties! A Minor League was formed for boys not more than 17. Surely this meant that if you were between 17 and 18 you could not play at all? A birth certificate had to be produced if asked for. The Officers were still :- President

A E Home, Secretary, F Ford and Treasurer, G Dingle. Receipts were £77-5-9d, expenditure £73-7-6d With a balance in hand of f4, The total balance was £51-12-10d. The Treasurer had invested in 40 National Savings Certificates. An Emergency Committee was formed consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and one other. The league tables for April d’ 1928 were as follows:-


Freeland had withdrawn during the season. On April 13 1928 Witney Mills beat Goring 6-3 to win the Oxfordshire Junior Shield. The Division Two title was won by Clanfield beatin5 Coombe 4-1. The Senior Challenge Semis were:- Eynsham 4 Clanfield I and Witney Mills 6 Burford 2. In the final Eynsham triumphed over Mills 2-0 to make it Evo wins in a row. Witney Mills were of course Division One Champions and to celebrate their successes the President, A E Home, invited them to dinner at the Central Café, Wimey. Because Mills had won the 5unior Shield they became Seniors so had to play Witney Town who had left the Reading League to rejoin the Oxfordshire Senior League. J R Busby had been replaced as Torm secretary because it was felt ‘fat a non player could do a better job’. He was also an old cricketer as on 19 May 1928 he bowled 7 for 18, 4 clean bowled and 3 catches off his bowling.


l928f29 – Pines & no medals!


At a meeting of tire O F A in September 1928 it was reported that Bampton & Wilkins had run six a side competitions in the close season and all the players who took part in them were suspended until they had paid 2/6d each. The Oxfordshire Junior Shield had been divided into sections including a Witney Division.

At the W D F A meeting on 17″‘ July 1928 it was stated that the Minor League, under Secretaries A & C W Miles (Jun), had got off to a good start. A “handsome shield” had been provided by Mr Harold Early and a silver cup given by the Wimey Flower Show committee. There were no medals given so as to not “encourage iriedal hunting among boys”. I do not have time to cover the Minor League, perhaps my next project! Tire first winners were the Shipton Junior Red Triangle Club. The President of the W D F A was still A E Home, the Secretary P Ford & the Treasurer G Dingle. There had been a loss on the season of £12 with £51 -12-10d at the start of the season and £39-14-10d at the finish. The finals had taken place on Cup £’final day so that probably explained the loss.Our future Secretary, R Busby, was stilt doing w•lI nt Cricket, in 1928 he had scored 426 runs with an average of 23.6 aad takes 33 wickets at an avenge cost of J0.36.Tables for ApriJ S^ 1929 were:


Burford S M were the Royal School of Music who were based at Burford for a number of years until they were

relocated to Chatham. The tables for DivisionCTwo are on the following page:-


Division Two C tables for April 1929:


The semi finals of the Senior Challenge Cup were Bampton 1 v Newland 0 & Langford 0 v Leafield 6. S Hooper scored all 6 for Leafield! In the final Leafield beat Bampton 4-0.The winners of Division Two A and the winners of Division Two C played in the semi final of the Division Two championship with Coombe coming out on top over Newland . In the final they met the winners of Division Two B, Ascott, and won 5-2.Eynsham were the Division One champions. Witney Town reserves had withdrai,’n from the W D P A through lack of support.


1929/30 – ”stand still goaLie!2


It was this season that the rule requiring a goalkeeper to stand still on the i;oal line until the ball was kicked was brought in. 1 I cannot imagine what they did before fliis ! At the W D F A meeting on August 30 1929 the Officers were unchanged, A E Home, President, F Ford, Secretary and G Dingle, Treasurer. A deficit of £1 -7-5d on the season was reported with a balance in hand of 138-6-9d. The close season six a side problem seems to have carried on because it is stated that players over 16 who had tak*n part in a six a side at Bampton were still suspended and fined 3/- each.The Witney Town situation is strange because as reported the Reserves had withdrawn during the 1928/29 season but a Wiley Town A is entered in the W D F A for 1929/30.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 6

 By Ant Barlow


Saturday 2nd October 2021 Written by David Evans

Perfect Ten for Junior Shield competitors in opening round

Junior Shield
Ten Witney and District sides advanced to the second round of the largest county cup competition in Oxfordshire. The Junior Shield returned after a one year postponement last season, with plenty of local sides advancing into the next round.

Biggest winners were Freeland, who defeated fellow W&D side Kingham All Blacks 12-1. Joe Burgess proved to be in inspired form as his four timer did a significant amount of damage. Rob Keylock followed closely behind with a hat-trick and there was also a double for Conor Allmond.

Dan Lay did get Kingham on the board at least, but Freeland scored further goals through Jamie Curtis, Liam Harris and Lewis White to complete the rout.

Another W&D side winning comfortably at the expense of another W&D team were Leafield as they romped past Brize Norton. Another four goal hero for the winning side, Benjamin Barbosa, scored half of Leafield’s goals with the 8-0 win completed by further goals from Victor Hugo, Gabriel Menezes and a brace for Markus Carvalho.

There were six goal scorers each for Stonesfield and Enstone as both sides completed six goal victories against non W&D teams. Stonesfield thumped Union Street 8-2 thanks to goals from Carry Rice (2), John Umney (2), Mike Phipps, Jack Barker, Sammy Hart and Nick Higgs.

Enstone kept a clean sheet whilst strolling past Broughton and North Newington 6-0. Reece Baylis, Nathan Bott, Josh Hunt, Jordan Godfrey, Jamie Gregory and Warwick Tompkins all scoring one each to get the job done.

Ducklington needed a goal at either end of the ninety minutes to scrape past Blue Elephant. Lewis Bartlett scored after just 18 seconds to get Duck started early. The opposition equalised only for Bartlett to grab a second. Just as Duck looked to be heading into the break ahead, Blue Elephant equalised to restore parity at half time. Duck dominated the second period but couldn’t buy themselves a goal. As extra time loomed, Ben Stanley bundled the ball home with less than 30 seconds on the clock to steal the win and put Ducklington in the hat for round two.

Aston recovered from scoring an own goal to upset Premier Division Charlbury. Lewis Scott scored in the right net for Aston and a Nick Angus double gave the division two away side a 3-1 victory for their first win of the season.

Chadlington prevailed in a ten goal thriller against Bloxham, eventually winning out 6-4. Gus Boeing, Alfie Peachey, Jacob Hazelwood, Ethan Bennett and Jarvis Morley (2) got Chadlington over the line.

Wootton are still unbeaten this season after seeing off Gravenhill in the first round. Jared Smile’s solitary goal was enough to split the sides and send Wootton through.

A depleted Hook Norton side faced off against Chesterton but still managed to triumph as they defeated the opposition 2-1. Connor Davies and Adam Hemmings’ goals were enough to put Hooky through and keep their cup hopes alive.

The easiest win of the day came for Spartan Rangers who advanced without even kicking a ball. Steeple Aston forfeited the game prior to kick off to put Spartan into the draw for round two.

Extra time heartbreak was felt by not one but two W&D sides. Minster Lovell forced an extra 30 minutes against Longford Park after Jack Scott and Nick Rose’s goals had made the full time score 2-2 but Longford Park scored the fifth and final goal of the game to put Minster out.

It was identical circumstances for Carterton FC Rangers who also found their game going to extra time after a 2-2 draw inside the ninety minutes. Ben Pearce and Damien Williams goals forcing the game into extra time. But it would be East Oxford who would score the last goal of the game to prevent penalties and put Rangers out as well.

Cassington Rangers found themselves on the end of a thrashing. Donnington winning 10-0 to make it a truly miserable afternoon for the division two side.

Premier Division
Just the one game in the premier Division after Milton and Hailey avoided being drawn in the opening round of the Junior Shield. Hailey dished out the second largest league defeat of the day as they dismantled home side Milton to win 9-0. Travis O Connor, Jordan Cormack, Luke Turner and Joey Aust all scored one each. Nathan Kimber went one better as he scored two but it would be Freddie Buckingham who scored the most as he grabbed a hat-trick as Hailey returned to the summit with an extremely healthy goal difference.

Division One
Bampton scored two late goals to defeat Bletchington and move up to second in division one. Karl Pritchard scored for Bampton but was cancelled out by Mason Connelly scoring directly from a corner. Appeals for a strong Bampton penalty were waved away but it didn’t deter them and they finished the stronger of the two sides after a back and forth encounter. Pritchard grabbed his second and a Chris Laurence strike secured the points for the home side.

Division Two
RAF Brize Norton Social got back to winning ways with a comfortable win against Hook Norton Reserves. Both sides had chances to score in the opening ten minutes but squandered those. Brize then took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a scooped finish from Wes Christian after beating the offside trap. Two minutes later and Brize had doubled their lead when Mark Williams slotted home but any thoughts of one way traffic were banished when Will Wall despatched a beautiful free kick from the edge of the box in the 26th minute.

Brize quickly dampened Hooky’s sprits though by scoring just ten seconds after the restart. A mazy run from the left hand side found Carl Drury in plenty of space in the box and he rolled the ball past the keeper. 3-1 was the half time score. It was 4-1 shortly into the second half, Phil Kenyon firing home to extend Brize’s advantage. Hooky had a few more free kicks but couldn’t recreate the magic of the first half strike whilst Tom Dyer, Coen Sword and Wes Christian squandered numerous one on one opportunities to put Brize further ahead. It finished 4-1 leaving Hook Norton Reserves still looking for their first point of the season.

It was equally comfortable for Combe as they defeated Spartan Rangers Reserves. Five different goal scorers scored for the home side as Kai Paton, Solomon Maasz, Charlie Ibbotson, Jake Allinson and Lloyd Thomas all scored one each. Branden Fenwick scored to give Spartan a consolation goal but that’s all it proved to be in the 5-1 reverse.

Division Three
FC Mills pulled off a partial upset by earning their first point of the season against league leaders Hailey A. Hailey A were at 100% before the game and facing second bottom Mills might have expected an easier afternoon. A spirited Mills side were a match for their table topping opponents. Even though Hailey put three past Mills with Craig Greenhalgh scoring his sixth and seventh goals of the season and Sean King’s solitary goal, Mills hit back with Ben Thompson’s own brace and Darren Smith’s goal which brought the final score to 3-3.

The other two games in the division didn’t take place due to the away sides forfeiting the fixture. Faringdon Town A are only one point behind Hailey now after Chadlington Reserves couldn’t raise a side. Milton Reserves are up to third after Bampton Reserves cancelled their game, giving Milton the walkover victory.

Division Four
Sherborne Harriers are now four wins from four after winning yet another epic encounter by a single goal. This time, Leafield Reserves were the latest to fall victim to Corey Cullen’s goal scoring heroics for the current season, with his hat-trick winning the game for Sherborne. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Sherborne, Charlie Hill putting the ball into his own net and Brandon Laing scoring for Leafield, but with Cullen taking his season tally to nine, the Harriers continued their astonishing early season form with the 3-2 victory to leap to the top of the table.

Freeland Reserves are also still at 100% after comfortably negotiating their way past Spartan Rangers A. Mev Gundem did score one goal for Spartan but found Freeland in relentless form as Connor Smith, Spencer Lancaster, Ross Henderson and Sam Blantz (2) all scored for the 5-1 win. Having played a game less, they find themselves three points behind the league leaders and with a slightly superior goal difference. Freeland and Sherborne face each other in two weeks’ time, after next week’s break for the Fred Ford Cup.

Hatherop and Faringdon Town B ended up cancelling each other out in their 1-1 draw at Hatherop. David Legg scored once again for Hatherop with Nick Loveridge firing back for Faringdon. The draw leaves Hatherop and Faringdon second and third respectively in the league.

Aston Reserves recorded their third consecutive victory with a hard fought win against Stonesfield Reserves. Luke Parker’s brace would have given visting Stonesfield every hope of at least a point but they tasted defeat once again thanks to Neil Cooley’s brace and Jack Chaundry’s goal which earned Aston a 3-2 victory.

Last but by no means least are this week’s biggest winners, Witney Royals Reserves, who unsurprisingly have the best goal difference in the division after a 12-1 demolition of Carterton Town FC. Seven different goal scorers found the net for Royals, with Aaron Court leading the way with a hat-trick. Luke Colville and Gus Zuliani both notched a double each with further goals following for Rob DeBanks, Ian Barrett, Lucq Balmer and Nathan Harris. Fenn Carey got Town on the board but will have been only a tiny consolation in the 12-1 reverse.

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 By john smyth


Day 2

Sherborne 3 Hatherop Res 2

Cullen 2

Head pen


Attendance 136

This is Sherborne’s 3rd season in the WDFA and they have yet to win back-to-back games but they achieved this on Sunday in front of a large crowd in the days first Groundhop game.

After weathering a bit of early pressure they took the lead when Corey Cullen curled in an exquisite opener from the edge of the box. Hatherop shuold though have been level almost immediatley as they were awarded a penalty, but Ian Hepworth threw himself to his left to keep out Chris Saunders spot kick.
The lead was doubled midday through the half with another great goal. Josh Betteridge played a free kick into Kev Goodwill and he flicked it up and volleyed it past a stranded Dan Newton. But just like after the first goal Hatherop were awarded another penalty, this time James Head gave Hepworth no chance.

Into the second and the visitors were much the better side, a couple of goal mouth scrambles could not see them gain the equaliser, before their standout performer Mason Hathaway tucked away a chance on the edge of the box.
It looked like the visitors would go onto claim the winner, but with 8 minutes remaining a long punt from Hepworth cleared the back lane and Cullen was first to the loose ball and nodded it over the on rushing keeper.
Hatherop then threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Sherborne in search of the equaliser. Hepworth again denied Stweart from close range and in the final seconds a corner was twice kicked off the line,
At the final whistle their were great scenes from the Sherborne players and fans as the celebrated a rare and deserved victory.

Kingham AB 1 Chadlington 2



Attendance 177

The weekend’s final game, surprisingly bought the biggest crowd. Perhaps they were out looking for celebs? If so they would have been disappointed lets be honest Gerald Cooper is no David Beckham is he?
This was a local derby the villages are separated by less than 5 miles and between them they have won 43 major trophies including 12 Oxon Junior Shields.

Before the game the sides and all the GRASSHOPPERS held an impeccable minutes silence in memory of the late great Jimmy Greaves.

Kingham had a great chance with the opening minutes but manager Ash Thornton was unable to get a decent connection on an inviting cross. They were made to pay for this soon after as Jarvis Morley poked home a loose ball. The lead was doubled after 20 minutes, Jacob Hazelwood saw his shot turned over by Matt Haynes, but from the corner the gall was only partially cleared and from cross back in Rocky Burton, heaved his muscular frame the highest and powered the ball home.

The second half was surprisingly free of major chances, Haynes produced one excellent block with his feet whilst at the other end, Dan Lay beat Luke Bayliss, but a covering defender was able to clear.
But we were due one final twist in the 89th minute, Jack Lay pulled a ball back to Tom Gustine, to beat Bayliss with the aid of a big deflection.
But that was to be it and Chad comfortably held on.

So that was Groundhop 2 all over. All the feedback from the spectators was positive. We may not be the biggest league that visit on their travels, but i think we get most things just about right and that was reflected in the comments.

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 By john smyth


Day 1 – Saturday 18th September

Game 1
Cassington Rangers 0 Ducklington 0
Attendance 133

Cassington hosted the first of this seasons groundhop games with Ducklington the visitors. And the visitors walked off the pitch, probably unsure how they did not come away with all 3 points.

It wasn’t a game without incident, and Cassington will consider this as a point gained as they soaked up relentless pressure yet somehow escaped with their goal intact.


Ducklington created enough chances to win several matches, but were kept at bay by bad luck, bad finishing and some very good goalkeeping. Jamie Harris, hit the post in the first half and
the bar in the second. Ironically the closest other time they got to scoring was when a header was smashed off the line and hit a Cassy defencder smack in the face and missed the post by a matter of inches.

Game 2
Freeland 4 Witney Royals 1
Simlett 2

Attendance 116

The second game of the day saw Freelabd run out 4-1 winners over Witney Royals. Whilst the home side deserved the points, Royals will be cursing poor finishing as they searched for their first points of the season.
Player manager Ethan Simlett opened the scoring firing hone after a fine cut back from the marauding left back Doug Mingham. Lewis White soon added a second with a powerful header from a corner. In between Robbie Cockroft missed the first of several good chances that on better days would have seen him a bag a hat trick.
Joey Burgess was just as guilty for the home side, seeing two guilt edge kids saved either side of the break by George Lambourne.
Cockroft will winder how in particular he missed one chance at the back post from inside the 6 yard box that ended up in a nearby garden. Almost straight from the restart, Freeland made it 3 as Simlett added his second. Soon after Liam Harris made it 4 cushioning in a lovely header. The score was harsh on Lamburne who had made several good saves and must be one of the best shot stoppers in the league.
Royals did net a consolation late on with Zack Ryall firing home
Freeland made it 2 wins in a row and even it this early stage must be favourite for the title.

Game 3
Hanborough 2 Hailey 3
Morton 2

Buckingham (pen)

Attendance 166

The final game The third game of a day can be a step too far, but luckily Hanborough and Hailey provided an entertaining contest that held the attention of the days biggest crowd.

It was a game with a dramatic finale, as Hailey scored late goals to come back from 2-0 down to win. On balance they deserved it, and might have won more routinely had they not missed an early penalty.
Jack Wood normally lethal from the spot, saw his effort palmed around the post by Tom Bennington. Hailey had earlier a goal chalked off for a foul on the keeper and were definitely the better side in the opening exchanges. Then against the run of play Hanboro took the lead, Bennington launched a clearance long and Jack Morton let it bounce before dispatching a half volley into Cody Davies goal.
They doubled their lead after the break with Morton getting his second of the game drilling home a loose ball. With 20 to go that was still the score, but Hailey pulled one back Nathan Kimber finishing a fine passing move.
They were then awarded a second penalty and this tine Freddie Buckingham stepped up and scored.
This set up a grandstand finish and it was the unlikely figure of Cameron Foster who won it for Hailey, prodding home a loose ball from a corner. But that was not the end of the drama in stoppage time Craig Mays thought he had got his side a point but from point blank range Davies produced a magnificent save to earn his side the 3 points.

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Groundhop Weekend

 By john smyth

Don’t forget folks this weekend the WDFA is hosting a football groundhop.

We have 3 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.
18th @ 11:00 Cassington Rangers v Ducklington
18th @ 2:00 Freeland v Witney Royals
18th @ 5:00 Hanborough v Hailey
19th @ 10:30 Sherborne v Hatherop
19th @ 2:00 Kingham AB v Chadlington
We are expecting at least 100 or so hoppers at each venue. It would be great as a league if we can support the teams hosting the games if possible.
All are providing food & drink and have raffles and programmes on sale.
Please do come along if you can.

Season 2021-22

 By john smyth


We are ready to go

After a stop start 2 seasons we are all ready to go for season 21-22.
We welcome a number of new sides into the league.
Fratellos and Hatherop Res coming over from Gloucestershire.

Faringdon coming from the North Berkshire League and a new side from RAF Brize Norton.

In addition Freeland and Hanborough have returned from the Senior League.

Covid is still with us and there will be cancellations along the way, so please take care and notify the league should there be any probelms.

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“88-100” A History Of The Witney & District Football Association

 By Ant Barlow



Written by Bob Watts


Take a look at this link in the downloads section to find “88-100” which is an almost complete (Up to 2008) history of the W&D Football Association.

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