2018/2019 Season

 

We are working on a new website which should be here soon.

Friendlies for 19th August    
     
1st Team   No Friendly
2nd Team Home Friendly Priest Hill First
3rd Team Away Sutton SCR Res
Strollers Team   No Friendly although still looking
Amblers Team   No Friendly

We are entering 5 Sunday teams this year so plenty of room for everyone.

New Chairman Damian "Woody" Woodward has the following message

Happy August everyone. Hope you all are crisping up nicely in the crazy hot summer we are having!

I just wanted to update you on a number of important things relative to the football club. There have been a lot of moving pieces recently which have prevented some planning however I am pleased to say that we are now really moving forward with some key decisions made.

The first good news is that after some great negotiation from Julian as OWA Chair, Donhead has agreed to let us use the main pitch for one more season. This means we not only have stability for this year, but can actively plan our longer term pitch strategy with some time to get that right. We are looking to expand and this confidence is really important. We are very grateful to Phil Barr at Donhead for his generosity and flexibility

Secondly on the back of that we are launching a new Vets eleven. Numbers on the whole were very strong last season here and with more players coming in, we feel it is the right time to expand again. In the first season this side will compete in the Leatherhead and District League which will give us some age flexibility as we establish the new team. Stef has agreed to manage this and having managed both the Strollers and Third teams in previous years, is well placed to make a success of it.

In slightly less good news we have had to take a pause on our Saturday side. Unfortunately due to a number of reasons best left in the past, Ryan felt the best thing for his team was to revert back to playing as Rygas and pitching up elsewhere. We wish Ryan all the best and will work hard to get another Saturday side up and running in time for the season after.

The next important news is around subs. OWFC has prided itself over the years around providing great value football. We have pretty much been the cheapest club around especially when you consider the great facilities we have. With rising costs and a big ambition for the whole OWA facilities to grow, we are increasing subs. We also need to purchase new goalposts and are buying stunning new kits for the season as well. Keep an eye out on the website.

This will work as follows:

Every player pays 30 registration on signing which covers league and club registration and insurance plus OWA membership (inc 5% discount at the bar). Payable by BACS/ cheque/ cash

Then you have two options:

A) Incredible ‘Wimbledonian’ value subscription which includes

B) Annual subs 65/ 20 for students/ unemployed payable by BACS/cheque/ cash which includes:

Tim will be making registration and Standing Order forms available very soon. Training will kick off towards the end of August (details tbc) and there will be home friendly fixtures on both 12th and 19th August. Please contact your manager to see what is happening there. Additionally we will run a 5-aside tournament at the club on Sunday 9th September. Fee is 70 per team for squads of up to 8. We will be looking to get at least 10 club sides out and hopefully some externals as well. Dan Norman is running the event and you should have seen an online entry form on your team WhatsApp group. Finally the new committee is taking shape. We met already to decide some key objectives for this season. Thanks to Jack Newey who has kindly stood up as Social Sec. We really want to bring the club together with some great events and Jack will help us do this. Also to announce that Pete Bate will remain as Club Captain for a second season. Anyone who would like to be considered for the season after please let me know. We are still in desperate need for someone to stand as House and Grounds. This really is just about looking after our kit inventory and making sure where necessary teams are topped up. It’s a great way for someone reasonably organised who wants to get a little more involved in the running of the club to step in.

On that note, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the 3’s and Strollers kits, can they please let me know as both are currently MIA.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, get some fitness training in (!!) and see you all in the next few weeks.

Damian (Woody)

Chairman