Letter From The Chairman
17th March 2021
I hope you and those close to you are well and have kept safe during this last lockdown. I know it has been a particularly hard period and I personally am really looking forward to being back with all of you and of course playing football.
With that in mind we are delighted that from the information we have received so far, all three of our leagues, both Saturday and Sunday, are planning to restart the weekend of 3rd/4th April. Whilst we have some logistics to still work out, we are confident that we will have pitches for all 8 teams to facilitate that with the potential of two of those pitches being at Coombe Lane. All of those details will be clarified before the restart.
In terms of disruption to the season and the financial implications of that, it has of course put both the football club and OWA under some pressure. However thanks to both running a tight ship I am really pleased to say we have been able to weather the storm.
On that note, for those of you on the Wimbledonian we have decided as a committee to refund each player £70. The Wimbledonian was £245 and a proportion of you paid it outright. For those of you that paid it in instalments it was intended that everyone would have paid it in full by March. I am aware that a few of you have stopped paying. What this means is that every player on the Wimbledonian needs to have paid £175 to be up to date and in fact be clear for the remainder of the season. Please help us by getting up to date. Bank details are on our website www.oldwimbledonians.co.uk look for payments on the contact tab. If anyone is suffering financial hardship please get in touch with me or club captain Matt Healy as soon as possible so we can try to help so you can carry on playing football.
For those due money back we will again send a form out with a few different options as to what you would like to do with that.
The intention is that food will resume post-match and from mid-April, subject to lockdown rules, alcohol will be served at outside tables. We have decided to postpone the free polo shirts to those on the Wimbledonian.
Matt Healy, Club Captain is picking up the mantel on socials and again rules permitting we hope to have a few events and of course an actual no holds barred end of season event post all rules at the end of June!
My only other message is to be patient with each other and our oppo when we come back. I know there is a lot of pent up energy and we need to make sure that is channelled in a positive way. This season the club has had 6 disrepute charges – more than the previous 4 years combined. I back out spirit and approach all day long as a football club, however please do just have this in mind and let’s ensure we stay incredibly proud of our reputation.
Getting thirsty just writing this so on that note I will say ‘see you soon’ and make sure you get some exercise in between now and the end of March.
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)
Although Covid brought the season to a premature end and who knows whether the votes and goals for the missing matches may have changed things but these are the Team and Club awards for 2019-2020 season.
Congratulations to one and all.
Player of the Year: (based on votes throughout season)
Top Scorer for each Team:
Appearances for all of the teams combined:
Golden Boot (Goals scored for any of teams on either Sat or Sun):
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (all the votes for any team divided by appearances, minimum of 8)
Welcome to the new Old Wimbledonians Football Club Website in what is our 50th season as an affiliated club playing league football.
The website aims to be up to date and informative and cover all the teams playing under our name.
The website is a work in progress and we aim to add more pages as the year goes by but we are proud with our initial look. If anyone has comments then they would be most welcome. Different points of view are the way forward.