Shrewsbury School

Football Year End Report

Tuesday 1 May 2018

The 1st XI season has been somewhat mixed with highs and lows. There was a solid run and some great wins in the Arthur Dunn Cup before meeting old foes Tonbridge, in the quarter finals, against whom we lost having controlled the majority of the game. The Premier Division again has seen another rise in quality. The first team have had some solid performances but ultimately too many draws (the most in the league) and losing games late on in the second half meant a relegation battle faced the team at the end of the season. Two points were needed from three games against the two best teams in the league; Charterhouse and Forest. Courageous battles earned two draws in the first two of these games and all but guarantees another year of Premier Division football in the Arthurian League. Special mentions to Robert Hawkin (PH 2001-06), Ben Freeman (Rb 2001-06), Campbell Naylor (Rb 2001-06) and Alex Blofield (PH 2005-10) for their exceptional contributions, especially in the final few weeks when it was really needed.

The 2nd XI have had a far more positive season than last and currently look set to finish fifth in the Arthurian League Third Division with one game left to play. There has been a new found grit, steel and determination to the 2nd XI this season, having ground out results and picked up points that might have evaded them in years gone by. New talent, notably George Pearce (S 2012-17), Max Parsonage (S 2011-16) and Ed Lloyd (Rt 2008-13), have added much needed youth to the squad this year. Tom Hargreaves (G 2005-10) has been prolific in front of goal this season, finishing top scorer. After the lucky escape of last season, this season has certainly created a steady base on which to build for the future. George Blakemore (Rt 2001-06), sadly, is stepping down as 2nd XI Captain at the end of the season and the club is very grateful for his iron-fisted contribution over two years in charge. 

The OSFC Veterans XI have, this season, played four, won two (versus the school) and lost two (including the Derrick Moore Cup and subsequent plate competition). The highlight of the season was the first twenty minutes against Chigwell, where the Vets played them off the park with 'real champagne football' after which they collapsed. Thankfully, their new goalkeeper morphed into a ginger version of Peter Schmeichel and limited the damage to just six goals conceded. Some new faces welcomed and more to come from the Vets next year no doubt.

The end of season awards, held at the Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale in late April, gathered together 45 Old Salopian footballers, OS girls and Staff (MHDC and RNRJ). The 1st XI Player of the Year went to Alex Blofield for his incredulous defence and attendance at training. Tom Hargreaves was a worthy recipient of the Matthew Sasse 2nd XI Player of the Year award for finishing top goal scorer and refusing to pass all season. Will Speer took home the prestigious Craig Buchanan award, given for an outstanding contribution to the club, having finally hung up his boots after fourteen years of service. We wish him great happiness in the future.

The club is always looking for new recruits. We have two teams, training and playing on a weekly basis (September to April) in London. If you're interested in playing for the club, please contact Richard McGarry (richmcg87@gmail.com) or Oliver Heywood (ojheywood1@hotmail.com). 

OSFC Tour 2018 

This year, on August Bank Holiday, the OS Football club is heading to Budapest on our annual tour. We are offering highly discounted rates to recent leavers and students who would like to join us on what has become an incredible trip in recent years. No prior association necessary. Please contact Will Briggs (briggsy999@gmail.com).

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