All those who ordered merchandise…it has arrived.
Distributing it is not quiet as easy in these covid restricted times. If you want it in a hurry contact direct on and we can try and sort.
The FA confirmed today that all grass roots football would be suspended for the month of November.
Hopefully the season can restart in December but we will be advised nearer the time.
In these COVID times, please look after yourselves and your families.
Sunday 1st team stalwart, Conor Turner, turns out for Raynes Park Vale tonight as well as being poster boy for their match day program! Good Luck Conor!
After 3 years Pete Bate is stepping down as club captain and Matt Healy is taking his place.
Pete was and is a great club man and will be sorely missed from his role, always speaking up for all the players. Pete has promised to keep helping the current committee in any way he can.
Matt since joining the club, has become an extremely popular player. He has managed to play for 4 different teams already this season and his aim is to make himself known to all the players. Any thoughts or observations anyone has, please contact him and he will be happy to help.
Chairman Damian Woodward alongside outgoing Club Captain have announced the managerial teams for the season.
Sunday 1’s Manager Max Agostini assistant Dan Norman
Sunday 2’s Manager Paul O’Donoghue assistant Pete Bate
Sunday 3’s Managers Andrew Hislop and Andrew Stears
Sunday 4’s Manager Sam Shethran assistant Sam Buckle
Sat 1’s Manager Steve ‘Trigger’ Davey
Sat 2’s Manager Al Buckley
Strollers Manager Julian Agostini assistant Al Buckley
Amblers Managers Stef Milewczyk and James Pope
Julian Agostini, the outgoing Chairman of the OWA, the organisation who own our home ground in partnership with Donhead School, has issued his thoughts for the forthcoming OWA AGM.
Our Chairman Speaks
Dear friend and fellow footballer,
It seems strange writing to you again around something we have all too often taken for granted. The reason we give up our Saturday’s, our Sunday mornings, our Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights, Lord knows any possible moment…. The love of football! The most important of all the unimportant things. Covid came quickly (if not unexpectedly) and it has changed most people’s lives, one way or another, probably for ever. I sincerely hope each one of you has coped as well as possible during lockdown and I am happy to begin to welcome you all back with open arms to our own wider family of the Old Wimbledonians Football Club. We pride ourselves as being much more than 11 players on the football pitch playing for a side, and it is that strength which we use together to get back on track as the world begins to open back up.
So the good news is we are beginning to plan for a new season. And not just any season. Our club is to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the 2020/21 season. Something very few clubs at our level achieve and yet we are bigger than we have ever been. I am hopeful that such a magnificent moment for us will be graced with some real celebration together, again as and when guidelines allow.
On a practical front we are waiting for the new guidelines for grassroots sports, expected shortly. I am hopeful that within reason we will see a return to full contact football soon and I expect our various leagues to then confirm their position. Representing our club I hope and expect everyone to respect the rules and of course look out for each other as and when time allows.
We would of course under normal circumstances have had our AGM by now. Circumstances have meant this has not been possible and at present we propose postponing until such time as we can both hold a meaningful meeting and be clear around all the facts. As such the current committee is proposing to stay in place for the moment to ensure continuity barring any objections from the membership.
That said, I urge you all to think about change. Who else is prepared to stand and support the club at committee level? Who can help make our 50th anniversary celebrations as good as they can be? Who has skills they can bring to the table which will not only share the burden of work, but bring new ideas and energy to the table?
Once the AGM is out of the way the managers will be selected for this coming season, so if there are any budding Klopps, Guardiolas, Mourinhos or Farkes then please contact me.
So, the message is, please be patient and ‘bear with’. Things should move quite quickly over the next few weeks and we all need to be ready to spring into action. Please do drop me a message if you have any thoughts about next season and beyond, particularly if you’d like to chat about being on the committee.
Best as always to you and your loved ones and look out for the new website which will go live later this week. www.oldwimbledonians.co.uk
Woody (Damian Woodward)