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Posted 8th June, 2018 From The News Editor (HGR)
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Posted 28th February, 2018 From The News Editor (HGR)
Many apologies for the Disappearing Act. Normal Service now resumed
Posted 14th September, 2017 From The News Editor (HGR)

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Congratulations to Rory and the squad in reaching the final of the RFU Junior vase London & South East Division
and all good wishes for next week
against the Law Society.

Posted 14th September, 2017 From The News Editor (HGR)
The Sinnott Society Autumn Meeting

Wednesday evening, 15th November, 2017
at Farm Street.

In the Parish Hall, Church of the Immaculate Conception

Entrance via the Jesuit Residence 114 Mount Street, London. W1K 3AH. Nearest Underground is Green Park.

Our speaker is Dennis Hill. As a Medical Physicist specialising in medical imaging systems for over 40 years, Dennis will cover the studies by Doctors and Scientists aiming to prove the authenticity of the Turin Shroud since 1932.

The latest finding was as recent as this year. References will also be made to the relevant accounts and prophecies in scripture. Dennis has spoken once before to the Sinnott meeting. In 2012 he covered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the principles in the production of all images.

This time the principles relating to the image on the Shroud will be covered.

His talk this year is entitled:

“Medical Evidence on the Turin Shroud”

We will not be able to have a Mass beforehand on this occasion in the Jesuit community chapel as it will not be available. There is a daily 6.00 pm Mass in the main church for those who wish. I shall be attending.

18.30 Finger buffet, soft drinks and wine in Hall

19.30 Talk in the Hall followed by questions.

Ken Peacock will be in the Chair. The charge for the finger buffet and wine is £20. (No charge will be made to those attending from the College and Ursuline.) Please make cheques payable to John Simmonds. Send or pay on the day.

All OW’s, their ladies and guests welcome.

John Simmonds

Before the 8th November would be helpful.

Posted 14th September, 2017 From Julia Travers
John Francis Travers RIP - In Grateful Appreciation

Julia and all the family would like to thank you for your expressions of sympathy and kind words since the sad death of John. Many of you reflected on John's character and rugby prowess.

We would also like to thank those of you who were able to join us on the 5 September at the Sacred Heart Church and Royal Wimbledon Golf Club to celebrate and reminisce about John's life and your memories of him. We are most grateful of your support.

He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Requiescat in Pace

Julia and all the family

Posted 14th September, 2017 From The News Editor (HGR)
The iconic image of John Travers in an England U19 shirt.
Posted 13th September, 2017 From Willie Burke

This is a register of local businesses, trades & professional services who offer discounts and reduced rates to Warrior/OWA members. If you browse through it you may spot some shops, restaurants, etc that you and your family use on a regular basis during the course of a year. All businesses on the register offer discounts and preferred rates to Warrior/OWA members and at present we have over thirty offerings.

You can view the Register currently by linking to the Warriors website.

If you browse through it you may spot some shops, restaurants, etc that you and your family use on a regular basis during the course of a year. All businesses on the register offer discounts and preferred rates to Warrior/OWA members and at present we have over thirty offerings.

All members of the Warriors/OWA are entitled to a membership loyalty card, your card can be picked up at the clubhouse at 143 Coombe Lane, SW20 OQX. The card must be shown at point of sale to avail of the benefits advertised. When topped up (minimum £20.00) the card get you a 5% discount on all food and drinks purchased in our clubhouse. This register is a work in progress and will most likely double in size by year end.

If you have a business, trade or professional service you would like to place it on the register with an offer to fellow Old Wimbledonians. Contact Willie Burke for further details.

The £20 on your card will go a lot further than you think the OWA committee have decided to introduce "Happy Hour" between 5:30pm and 8:00pm (Surely this is "Happy Two and a Half Hours? -Ed) from Monday to Thursday night between September and April. The happy hour deal is two drinks for the price of one.

A Reception to Launch the New Initiative will be held at

The Clubhouse
Thursday 14th September
Kick off 7.00pm

Come and support your club!


Click here to read Circular No. 21.

Details of Results and Reports, Fixtures

and details of

The Awards Evening

Posted 8th September, 2017 From HGR (News Editor)
Posted 22nd August, 2017 From HGR (News Editor)

The Funeral for John Travers will be held on

Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 11.30am
at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19
followed by family cremation at Putney Vale Crematorium.

After the church service please join the family for refreshments at
The Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, Camp Road, Wimbledon SW19.

Family flowers only.

Donations in John's memory to "St Raphael's Hospice", via Mears & Cotterill Funeral Directors, 169 Merton Road, Wandsworth, London SW18 5EF.

Thank you.

Posted 15th August, 2017 From Liz Scott

We have heard tonight that John (JT) Travers (Donhead 1968-73, College 1973-79, OWRFC Captain 1984-87) died peacefully at home this afternoon after a courageous battle against cancer.

We send our love and heartfelt condolences to John's widow Julia and to his family, who have been loyal supporters of the OWA for many years.

Funeral details will follow in due course and will also be published on the OWA website.

Posted 3rd April, 2017 From HGR (News Editor)


Home v Old Amplefordians K.O. 3.00pm

We are lunching before the game on Saturday 8th April v Old Amplefordians. Sitting down at 1.15 p.m. with a 3.00 p.m. K.O.

Please book with Eddie Bell on
before Thursday 6th April 10.00 p.m. LATEST.



Last Saturday a very convivial gathering of some 84 guests sat down to an excellent lunch during which, it seemed without breaking stride, they raised £725 for the family of Shawnton de Four who, whilst playing rugby on the 5th March for Old Emanuel 2nd XV, collapsed on the pitch and later that day tragically died in hospital. Furthermore, through the traditional Donovan/Richardson Memorial Fiddle a sum of £300 was raised for the children’s charity Smile Train.

Over £1,000 for charity - amazing generosity ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you very much.

Posted 16th March, 2017 From HGR (News Editor)
Posted 11th November , 2016 From John Simmonds


William Keegan has become unavailable for our 24th November date due to unforeseen circumstances.

We have arranged a new date.  It is Thursday 1st December at Heythrop but now in the Newman room. 

All other details remain the same. 

I would be grateful if you would notify any colleagues who you think might be coming.  This is as a double check.  Also to confirm to me if you are  planning to attend.


John Simmonds

Posted 4th November, 2016 FromWimbledon College

Wimbledon College

125 Years of Jesuit Education; forming men for others

Commerorative Merchandise

Wimbledon College,
The First 125 Years

Written by Tony Poole, Simon
and John Austin.

The Book -
The new and updated history of the College.
If purchased pre-publication
£20 plus p & p .
After publication £25 plus p&p. [The cost of p&p – UK £3.00; Europe £10; Worldwide £16.50]
The book is being published in early December and pre-publication orders are being taken for it now. Alternatively the history can be paid for online using the following link:
[If you use this link you do not need to put an invoice number but please ensure that you enter the title of the book in box where it asks for full details of the payment.]
College golf umbrella – Green and Maroon, with the College’s Anniversary Crest on four panels Available to purchase on 21st October - £25.00
Anniversary silk tie
Navy bearing the College’s Anniversary Crest
Available to purchase on 21st October - £22.00
Wool school scarf 100% wool university style scarf [66”x9”] in College colours and bearing the College’s Anniversary Crest Available to order with advance payment– £30.00
Engraved cufflinks engraved with the College’s Anniversary Crest Available to purchase on 21st October - £10.00
Enamel cufflinks
carrying a full colour version of the College’s Anniversary Crest
Available to order with advance payment [due at the end of November] - £15.00
Fuller details can be found here. Order/Pay here
Profits from the sale of merchandise will be split between the College and the charities that the boys are raising money for throughout the Anniversary year.
Law Society 29 - 23 Old Wimbledonians

Old Whitgiftians 14 - 31 Amplefordians
Old Georgians 12 - 10 Purley John Fisher
Old Freemen’s 57 - 14 Old Whitgiftians
Old Wellingtonians 11 - 13 Old Emanuel

From Senior Rugby Correspondent – Edward Bell

This was a disappointing result for the Old Boys who took the field with a much changed team from that of the previous week's starting line-up. Only six of the players from the spirited performance against Old Wellingtonians were able to appear this week. However, the loss did not have the disastrous effect on the league position that it might have had as Amplefordians did us a favour in beating Whitgiftians whilst Wellingtonians also lost.
Some non-existent tackling on the right gifted the home team two early tries, the first of which was converted. Two penalty goals from the mercurial boot of James Hodgson narrowed the lead and just before the interval the try of the century, also converted by the stand-off, saw the Old Boys take a one point lead into the break. The move started close to the visitor’s line with the ball moving upfield through the hands of most of the members of the team and was rounded off with a Paddy Donaghy sprint to the outside of his marker into the left corner.
The second half was ragged, with the earlier in the match loss of skipper Jack Duggan to a deep head wound, being closely felt. Poor decisions were made, bad tactics employed and poor relieving kicks into a strong breeze were ineffective. Once clear of the danger area the ball should have been run into the breeze; there was enough quality in the backs to have succeeded. However, a workmanlike Law Society were grateful still to be in the game and with three second half tries punished the visitors. A storming try from Steve Cruden with five minutes left on the clock raised the Old Boys hopes but to no avail.
Your correspondent has no criticism of the strenuous efforts of the OW forwards of whom Rob Gardner and Sam Thomas were heroic.

SATURDAY, 12th November, 2016

Old Wimbledonians have no league game
scheduled for this Saturday

Posted 4th November, 2016 From Evan De Silva
It is less than two 2 weeks to go before these two important events in the cricket club diary.


Please try and attend the AGM on Thursday 17th November (7.30pm start) as important issues will be discussed and votes taken on changes next year.


Also get your tables of 6 to10 people together for the Quiz Night on Friday18th November (7.30 for 8pm start) to try and win the Peter Wilkins Cup from current holders Mike O'Brien and his team.
Chairman Nick Fox will be your Quiz Master for the evening and the £10 entry fee will include a Fish and Chip Supper.

If your team consists of less than 6 or you're on your own then I will fit you in on another table.
Names and numbers to me as soon as possible please to this or my other email address
Posted 2nd November, 2016 From John Donovan
Ray Burger - RIP
The funeral for Ray Burger is to take place on Friday 11th November 2016 with a Funeral Mass at 10.00am, at the church of St Mary Immaculate, Killigrew St, Falmouth, Cornwall, followed by cremation.
Posted 2nd November, 2016 From Tony Kerrigan

The October 2016 draw (the fifth of 6 draws this year) prize winners (please send me your current bank name, a/c no., and sort code so I can transfer prize monies online)  were : 
August 2016
£1000 Tom Dattenburg- Doyle

Richard Imber

£90 Dave Laundy
£50 John Morey

The OW Big Prize Club, a registered lottery, has six annual draws. They are held in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Dec. The first prize in each draw is £1000 and there are three lesser prizes. 50% of BPC subscriptions is distributed as prizes and the remaining 50% supports the facilities for the OWs, the cricket colts and the rugby warriors.

Total prizes to be distributed over the coming year will be c. £ 7600. Annual prize money increases with increased numbers of subscribers (the annual number of draws has fairly recently been increased from 5 to 6 per year). New subscribers are very welcome. Anyone can join and you can have as many "tickets" as you wish for yourself, your children or grandchildren. The BPC subscription is £10pcm. The attached tells how the BPC works. If you would like to join the BPC please email Tony Kerrigan

Are YOU a member of The Big Prize Club?
RESULTS Saturday 29th October, 2016
Old Wimbledonians 23 - 26 Old Wellingtonians
Old Whitgiftians 26 - 22 Old Georgians
Old Amplefordians 14 - 28 Old Mid Whitgift.
Chipstead 29 - 6 Old Freemen’s
Purley John Fisher 28 - 15 Law Society

From Senior Rugby Correspondent – Edward Bell

The Old Boys surrendered their hitherto unbeaten record on Saturday to a lively and well organised Old Wellingtonian outfit. Despite a promising first few minutes, the OW team took too long to come together as a team, allowing the visitors to get on top with some forceful fifteen man rugby. Sadly, the home team, down at half time by twenty points to six points left themselves too much to do after the break.
After some early Old Boy pressure with Harry Tabb and Richard Travers showing well the visitors recovered and camped on the home line, a second row forward stretching across the whitewash for the first score. OW s were making most progress through the backs, using rather slow ball to forge half breaks in the centre, where Mike Conway and Richard Travers looked dangerous. However, the Wellingtonian tackling was safe and home attacks petered out with too much possession being coughed up in contact. From further incursions into old boy’s territory the visitors added a further converted try and two penalty goals with just two penalties in response from the boot of Harry Tabb. Thus Old Wellingtonians went into the second period with a fourteen point lead.
The second half started well for the home team with a convincing drive into opposition territory, where solid mauling from Joe Bell and Josh Carter forced a Wellingtonian scrum infringement which Harry Tabb punished with a penalty goal. This, sadly, was nullified moments later with a home infringement. However, the home forwards were now getting on top, Joe Bell and skipper Jack Duggan securing more lineout ball and Andy Feeney and Tom Worrall proving difficult to stop with their midfield bursts. However, despite the home team playing an all-court game, forwards and backs
combining well, the visitors held firm. However, towards the middle of the half good rucking near the visitors line produced quick ball for Richard Travers to force his way over to reduce the deficit. Further forceful mauling within the Wellingtonian twenty-two area saw Joe Bell rip the ball free and storm over the line for a second OW try which Harry Tabb again converted.
There was no further time to attack a wobbling Wellingtonian defence and the old boys had to suffer a disappointing defeat.

Old Wimbledonian Warriors Results

Sunday, 16th October, 2016

Wimbledon U14 7 – 36 Warriors U14
(Tries:- Jibulu 4 Cons:- O’Regan-Jones 2)

Sunday, 23rd October, 2016

Warriors 14s 24 – 10 Effingham & Leath.U14
(Tries:- Butacci 3, Jibulu 2, Equibor 1 Cons:- Scriv
enor, O’Regan-Jones and Curtis)

Posted 26th October, 2016 FromKevin Fox SJ

Fr. Robert Carty - RIP

Wimbledon College



Dear Friends,

May I introduce myself as superior of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Bournemouth (UK), where until last Sunday Fr Robert Carty was by some years our senior member. hope this message will reach the right people - and please accept my apologies if my writing is mistaken or untimely, or if you already well know what I am reporting. I'm working from a list that Robert compiled some years back of people to be told of his death.

That event came, relatively suddenly, last Sunday, 16th October. Robert had not been near a hospital in at least the past five years; he rarely missed a meal; deafness limited communication - at least from us to him - but didn't dull his pleasure at meeting friends and visitors; and his observation of all that went on around him remained ACUTE! The chances of his reaching 100 next February looked pretty good. (At his 99th birthday he said that he had two ambitions - to reach heaven and to reach 100. He was concentrating on the first but if the second came along he would enjoy it!) But an infection took him into hospital for a few days just over a week ago. He was only in for two or three nights, but there was a very obvious decline over those days; he came home responsive to people's presence, and content to be entirely passive, but clearly failing fast.

He died very peacefully on Sunday afternoon. May he rest in peace.

The funeral will be here at Corpus Christi church on Thursday next, 27thOctober at 12.15 p.m. Our Fr Provincial is away in Rome at present, so the celebrant of the Requiem Mass will be Fr Paul Nicholson, who not only is acting Provincial but also was a pupil at Wimbledon College with Robert as Head through Paul's school career. Fr Michael Holman, a former Provincial, and one of Robert's successors at Wimbledon, will preach at the Mass.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know any more detail, or to add any reminiscence - contact numbers etc as shown below.

With thanks, and renewed apologies if this message is in any way misdirected.


Kevin Fox SJ
Corpus Christi Jesuit Community757 Christchurch RoadBoscombeBOURNEMOUTH BH7 6AN

Posted 25th October, 2016 From John Donovan


Ray Bulger

An old friend, Ray Burger, died last night (23rd October) in Cornwall, surrounded by his family.

Ray was born in 1929, was at The College from 1940 to 1947, where he was a diligent student and good rugby player; he studied with The Society of Jesus for many years, but left, and joined a family business based in Thames Ditton, in which he became managing director, and travelling often to China and Eastern Europe. His 2 sons, Nick and Michael were also at The College, and daughter Jacqui at The Ursuline.

May he rest in peace.



Michael Holman SJ

Former and retired
College staff

Led by College prefects
at 6.00pm.

Chapel at 6.30pm

In the old Locker Room where you can share memories and tales of
days gone by in a relaxed atmosphere with former staff and friends.

Organise a table of your contemporaries, invite friends. Don’t miss this opportunity. Numbers are limited to 150 and demand is expected to be high for this, the 90th dinner.

Download Booking Form

The College also celebrates 125 years in 2017. Further details in due course.


Download the Booking Form here
Posted 26th August, 2016 From Evan De Silva

Teams for Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2016

Sat 1st XI

Sat 2nd XI

Sat 3rd

Sat 4th XI

Sun Home

Streatham & Marlborough


Streatham & Marlborough


8 a side Tournament

Please come and support


Home 1


Home 2


Start 12.00

Start 12.00

Start 12.30


Results for 20th/21st August

Saturday 1st XI vs Addiscombe (Away)
OWCC lost by 7 wickets OWCC 2 points, Addiscombe 20 points
OWCC 191 all out in 46.1 overs (Singh 88, W Parker 24, Majid 22, Thomas 21)
Addiscombe 194 for 3 in 43.4 overs

Saturday 2nd XI vs Old Ruts (Home)
OWCC lost by 6 wickets Old Ruts 20 points, OWCC 0 points
OWCC 129 for 9 in 39.1 overs (Culley 40, Smith 41)
Old Ruts 133 for 4 in 32.1 overs (Jacobs 2-20)

Saturday 3rd XI vs Valley End (Home)
OWCC lost by 8 wickets OWCC 0 points, Valley End 20 points
OWCC 73 all out in 26.3 overs
Valley End 74-2 in 14.4 overs

Saturday 4th XI vs Valley End(Away)
OWCC lost by 7 wickets OWCC 0 points Valley End 20 points
OWCC 47 all out in 21.2 overs
Valley End 48 for 3 in 10.4 overs (Bath 2-12)

Sunday Fishers v Graces
OWCC lost by 1 wicket
Sunday Campion v Battersea Badgers
OWCC lost by 25 runs


Fantasy Football
Time has run out to register and pay.
Those of you who did enter and pay, good luck.

Very Important Notice re kitbags
Can those of you who store their kitbags in the portacabin please remove them and store them at home in the off season. There is no room to have them at the club over the winter as the rugby club and the warriors use both the portacabin and container.

You have until Sunday 11th September to remove them.

After this date any bags that are left will probably be disposed of.

End of Season Bash Saturday 3rd September
After the last league games of the season come back to the clubhouse and relive the moments of the season. Beer, food, games and bar extension.

More details next week.
Posted 24th August, 2016 From HGR (The News Editor)
An Apology - Normal Service is Resumed
Your Editor was called away "oop north" aka Ashton on Ribble, for 10 days on a compassionate mission. Hence the absense of news. The following items are what we failed to report.
Posted 22nd August, 2016 From Liz Scott (Membership Secretary)
Over 60 years ago, the OWA started a great tradition of volunteering and have maintained that to this day.

Our membership and and their families have organised tournaments, balanced the books, painted the lines, served beer and food, parked cars, awarded scholarships and many other tasks.

Over the last year a team of volunteers using their professional skills have worked to produce a comprehensive range of options for the future of the clubhouse and its members.

We have all enjoyed doing it and felt great about making that contribution to the success of the sports and social life we have inherited.

In recent years perhaps we have relied more on fewer people dealing with more complex issues and paid staff for tasks that were completed by volunteers.

We now have to deal with more legislation, greater financial recording and analysis, detailed administrative tasks, diary management, clubhouse management, company and meeting secretarial recording.

As in previous years most of our committee members are working so we are looking for more volunteers to carry out weekly tasks on a rota basis. . Most of us juggle family life, work and a social life alongside volunteering.

Can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks? Then call either of us to discuss .

Please contact Mark Michelmore or Graham Turner 07917565327.
Posted 22nd August, 2016 From John Donovan
I thought our members would be interested in some O W connections with the Rio Olympics :

Ben Ryan, as coach to the Fijian Rugby Sevens team, who won the GOLD, which was also the first ever Olympic medal for Fiji. (See below)

Jonathan Taylor, a Sports lawyer, whose job is to root out illegal drug-taking etc.

Are there any other O W folk involved in the Olympics ?

And at the Paralympics, we have Toby Gold in the T33 on 10th September – the 100 metres wheelchair event. (Toby is the European record holder at 100m, 200m and 400m, and has just gained his degree at St Mary’s College, Twickenham).

Ben Ryan addresses the Fijian public with class and gives us an inside story to the boys warm up before playing Great Britain in the finals inRio 2016. In case you missed it, here it is compliments of FBC TV. "The boys were on the shoulders of every person on this island" - Ben Ryan

Click the image to view the video or click here

Results for 13th/14th August

Saturday 1st XI vs Cheam (Home)
OWCC lost by 19 runs OWCC 7 points, Cheam 20 points
Cheam 251 for 9 in 50 overs (Dawson 2-29, Singh 3-20)
OWCC 232 all out in 50 overs (CP Singh 55, Sealy-Fisher 54)

Saturday 2nd XI vs Sutton (Away)
OWCC lost by 3 wickets Sutton 20 points, OWCC 2 points
OWCC 125 all out in 30 overs ( Majid 36)
Sutton 126 for 7 in 31.3 overs (Majid 3-32, Jacobs 2-15)

Saturday 3rd XI vs Guildford (Home)
OWCC lost by 5 wickets OWCC 3 points, Guildford 20 points
WCC 175 for 8 in 45 overs (M. Tolmie 70, A. Gardner 23, A de Silva 21)
Guildford 179 for 5 in 25.2 overs (M. Tolmie 2-26)

Saturday 4th XI vs Horsell Red Lion(Away)
OWCC won by 69 runs Horsell 2 points OWCC 20 points
OWCC 174 for 7 in 45 overs (Miskelly 61, Devlin 28)
Horsell 105 all out in 37.4 overs (Miskelly 5-12, T. Richards 3-19 )

Sunday Campions v Giltec
OWCC won by 4 runs
OWCC 110 for 7 in 31.2 overs (D’Souza 36no)
Giltec 106 for 9 in 25 overs(Walsh 3-28, Nigam 2-20, W.Tolmie 2-18, Fontaine 2-37)

Fantasy Football

Time is running out to register and pay your money

Team entries £5 each

The prize pot will be 1/3 of the total money taken (other 2/3rds donated straight to the cricket club) 
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes 

Closing date for entries is 18th of August

Payment MUST be made by 24th August otherwise you will be kicked out of the league. Please give money to myself on a Saturday evening at the club or contact me if you're away or unable to get down to the club before then. 

Link :
League: Old Wimbledonians CC

Simon Bath - Squeak Events
Tel: 07538672942

10 days until the Old Wimbledonian's Annual 8 A Side Tournament take place on Sunday 28th August.
This is always a great day of fun social cricket.

The Bar will be open from 10am.

There will be food available throughout the day and a BBQ after the final.
Please check with your team captain if you wish to be part of a team already entered for this tournament.

If not, you're most welcome to enter your own team, which can be a squad of more than 8 and consist of club members, friends, work colleagues or even ringers!

There are team slots still available.

The team entry fee is £100. £50 deposit, and the rest can be collected on the day.

The club's bank details are:

Bank: Lloyds Account name: OWCC Sort code: 30-92-32 Account number: 00799877

When making your payment, please reference it clearly "(TEAM NAME) 8 aside".

Entry into the tournament is on a first paid, first play basis.

Please let me know if would like to field a team. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Posted 11th August, 2016 FromPeter Johnstone

Contact from a remote OW
- Peter Johnstone

I attended 1966-1971. I am now Professor of Criminal Justice in the US and live in Dallas, Texas and (periodically) Lamballe, France. If any OW's are interested in getting in touch by clicking here

More info here


Posted 11th August, 2016 From Tony Kerrigan

The August 2016 draw (the fourth of 6 draws this year) prize winners (please send me your current bank name, a/c no., and sort code so I can transfer prize monies online)  were : 
August 2016
£1000 Willy Burke

Dave Cunningham

£80 James Kennedy
£50 Tony Woellwarth

The OW Big Prize Club, a registered lottery, has six annual draws. They are held in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Dec. The first prize in each draw is £1000 and there are three lesser prizes. 50% of BPC subscriptions is distributed as prizes and the remaining 50% supports the facilities for the OWs, the cricket colts and the rugby warriors.

Total prizes to be distributed over the coming year will be c. £ 7500. Annual prize money increases with increased numbers of subscribers (the annual number of draws has fairly recently been increased from 5 to 6 per year). New subscribers are very welcome. Anyone can join and you can have as many "tickets" as you wish for yourself, your children or grandchildren. The BPC subscription is £10pcm. The attached tells how the BPC works. If you would like to join the BPC please email Tony Kerrigan

Are YOU a member of The Big Prize Club?
10th August , 2016 From Greg Bratza
An Update from Tony Palmer
Dear Old Boys

What a wonderful Day! Thank you for the many expressions of gratitude, and for not complaining about anything at all, which means I am ferula-free at least this year. And for those of you who couldn’t make it, we will send you the gory details and try to ensure you have another chance to meet up in the not very distant future.

That’s what this note is about: lots to say and see, not only from the Day itself but also plans for future communication and planned events. I’d just like to cover two aspects of how we collect and distribute all this good stuff.

Henry Ruffell runs the OW website and associated Facebook page: both cover the whole range of OW activity, past present and future. Paddy Weston has set up another Facebook page: WIMBLEDON COLLEGE DURING THE 60s, which focuses on that period. Both want access to the plethora of pics and videos taken on the Day. And of course so do you.

To make life as easy as possible, please tell me if you would like photos you took on the day included in our compilation of pictorial memories: I will open a file for you in a master Dropbox account to which you can upload them so they can be seen by all. Michael Gleeson and Roy Barnett have already test trialled this method, and their pics await your inspection. But do us all a great favour and tell me before you go into Dropbox if you haven’t used it before: I will send you an “invite” first, as for everyone I sign up we get an extra 500 mg of space in the account, which we will probably need.

I will try to arrange it so only you can edit what’s in your file. Anyone sharing access to our file can download from it, so Henry and Paddy can access as much as they wish for their respective sites. On videos, we have to do it the other way round: upload your video to your YouTube or Dropbox account and send the link at least to Henry, Paddy and me so we can access. If you have written reaction or thoughts on the Day or future, please send direct to Paddy and Henry.

You can find their Facebook pages easily: just bring up FACEBOOK and type WIMBLEDON COLLEGE DURING THE 60s or Old Wimbledonians Association into the "Search" box and you are automatically into it. You then click to save it to your "favourites"

Each of us will of course reserve the right to edit out anything we don’t feel suitable for publication: acid test is would we want Fr Philip Gilbert to see it!

Just as important we want to get away as much as possible from the secrecy which has surrounded mass mailings in the past. I am swamped with requests for email addresses, and at present I have to reply that I will pass on the request to the individuals concerned. But we should now have reached the stage where we can send info like this directly to you, en masse, rather than as bcc’s to emails – and therefore you would all have each others’ email addresses. And sharing things through the Dropbox account would almost certainly make it possible for each sharer to identify email addresses of others. So unless you tell me by next Wednesday that you do not wish others on the list above to see your email address in future mailings from me or those shown as copies on this email, they will.

This applies only to mailings we send: Henry, Graham, Paddy, Harry and I undertake not to release your email address elsewhere, without your consent. If you want to sign up for OWA Membership, or have your details on the OW database, you have to say so in writing – and please do so whenever you wish.
Thanks once again all the good wishes, even from those of you who missed out this time round.

Here is the Dropbox link to the PowerPoint we had rolling through the Day: tell me if you can’t get it. or just click here

Just one item on future plans as it’s fairly urgent: please let me me know if you want a place on one of our two tables at the OWA Dinner on 21 October at the Clubhouse. We will give preference on this to the guys who wanted to come but couldn’t make it on 22 July. Let me know as early as you can as it tends to sell out fast.
Best regards
Some thoughts/feedback on the Reunion
From Lawrence Trickey
Many thanks, again, for all the hard work and organization that you, Paddy, Henry, Harry etc. put in to make such a memorable day for us all.
Many thanks for the dropbox access and all those pictures. Would have been impossible in '66!
On the fitness front, you look very good yourself and a few others looked to be in shape too. I have to confess to an unfair advantage in that I still run a bit.
It didn't seem much of a run around the field as promised so I just trotted down from the School for good measure. I am still toying with the idea of another marathon, maybe this Fall-injuries have been a bane over the last 2 years but with luck and God's help in training smarter, I might make it.
I ran London UK and London Ontario May 2005 the two Londons in 3 weeks, my only claim to fame, ha ha!
Keep in touch and all the best, LAT
From Andy Benrad
Hi Tony
Please accept my apologies for not congratulating you sooner on arranging a fascinating reunion the other week.
Your organisational skills do you great credit. I have to admit I was originally a tad circumspect before the event due to the 50 year time lapse but these fears were immediately dispelled on meeting some “characters” from many moons ago.
All in all the afternoon (and evening) was most enjoyable together with the added bonus of the availability of Youngs bitter.
If there are any informal gatherings planned before the 75th jamboree please let me know,
Many thanks once again.
From Peter Stow
Thanks Tony,
You guys have done a great job and I'm only sorry I couldn't be there myself last week.
I'm happy to have my email address shared amongst my old school mates and I shall look forward to the possibility of further events in the future that I will be able to attend.
Kind regards
Peter Stow
From Roy Barnett
Hi Paddy

First of all I’d like to say a big thanks to you, Tony Palmer, and everyone else involved, for all the time and hard work it took to make last Friday the undoubted success that it turned out to be. It was really a very enjoyable day. 50 years appeared as yesterday – it was remarkable that so many were so instantly recognisable to so many; that personalities and physical characteristics were so unchanged by the passage of time.

I’ve attached some fairly large photographic files which I’ve sent in twos. Please select as many as you like for use on the website and make them freely available to any who would like to download them. Sadly I didn’t capture everyone but hopefully, with other contributions, everyone should be on record.

Please add my contact details to the list of those who are happy to be contacted. I would particularly like to let Chris Cooksey know how sad I was not to see him there – I would love to meet him again sometime, and all the others who weren’t able to make it for whatever reason.

With kind regards to all
Roy Barnett.
From Chris Cooksey
Hi Tony et al
Well done! It sounds as though it was a really good day.
You've been admirably discreet about email addresses and I'd appreciate it if you'd continue to keep mine confidential if poss. I always enjoy hearing from you guys (of course!) but I'm getting a bit reclusive in my old age. If somebody is foolish enough to ask after me, just let me know. I hope that's not too much of a pain.
I'll probably pass on the 21st but will defo (dahn wiv da kidz, me) take a look at the Facebook pages. I do have some old photos from the College and Donhead so I might scan the more interesting of those & send them to you.
I appreciate being kept in the loop. Now however I will slide deeper into my drug-fuelled alcoholic haze and play some nifty lead riffs on my electric guitar. Or do the payroll for one of my clients.
4th August , 2016 From Evan De Silva
Subscriptions are now due!
The remainder of the subs payment is due now. 

There have been very few remittances and several regular players have
yet to pay the remaining half. Please do so as a matter of urgency!!!

Full playing members £150, students and other concessions £75.
OWCC Account details: sort code 30 92 32 acc no 00799877

Fixtures for Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August 2016



Saturday 1st XI vs Horsley & Send (Home)
OWCC won by 8 wickets OWCC 24 points, H&S 0 points
H&S 76 all out in 29.1 overs (Gordon 4-12, Dawson 4-25)
77-2 in 21.5 (CP Singh 46)

Saturday 2nd XI vs Valley End (Away)
OWCC lost by 8 wickets Valley Ends 24 points OWCC 0 points
OWCC 77 all out in 20.1 overs
Valley End 78 for 2 in 14.3 overs

Saturday 3rd XI vs East Molesey (Home)
OWCC won by 60 runs OWCC 24 points East Molesey 3 points
OWCC 175 all out in 50.1 overs (J.Topley 88 no, A. Gardner 29, E de Silva 20)
East Molesey 115 all out in 40.4 overs (Fontaine 3-12, Topley 3-26, Chishick 2-25)

Saturday 4th XI vs East Molesey (Away)
OWCC lost by 81 runs East Molesey 24 points, OWCC 2 points
East Molesey 187 for 8 in 47 overs
OWCC 106 all out in 39 overs (Bath 26)

NoSunday Results to hand


For League Tables, Outstanding Performances, Averages etc.

28th July, 2016 From Liz Scott

As most of you are probably already aware, our fabulous chef Gill is leaving us on the 31st July and the OWA believe it to be right and proper that we mark this in some appropriate way.  
Therefore we are arranging a leaving ceremony during the early evening on Saturday 30th July and this invitation has been sent to those of you who have enjoyed the fantastic food and loyal service Gill has provided us with over the last 9 years.

You may not be aware that our Bar Manager, Bob Howe, will also be leaving us on the 31st, so we intend to have two leaving cards ready on the bar so you can write your own personal tribute to either or both of them.

We hope you can make it!
29th July, 2016 From Evan De Silva

Subscriptions are now due!!

The remainder of the subs payment is due now. 
There have been very few remittances and several
regular players have yet to pay the remaining half.
Please do so as a matter of urgency!!!

Full playing members £150, students and other concessions £75.
OWCC Account details: sort code 30 92 32 acc no 00799877

Teams for Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016
Very few players around again this weekend. Please call on if you are available on Saturday.



Saturday 1st XI vs Horsley & Send (Home)
OWCC won by 8 wickets OWCC 24 points, H&S 0 points
H&S 76 all out in 29.1 overs (Gordon 4-12, Dawson 4-25)
77-2 in 21.5 (CP Singh 46)

Saturday 2nd XI vs Valley End (Away)
OWCC lost by 8 wickets Valley Ends 24 points OWCC 0 points
OWCC 77 all out in 20.1 overs
Valley End 78 for 2 in 14.3 overs

Saturday 3rd XI vs East Molesey (Home)
OWCC won by 60 runs OWCC 24 points East Molesey 3 points
OWCC 175 all out in 50.1 overs (J.Topley 88 no, A. Gardner 29, E de Silva 20)
East Molesey 115 all out in 40.4 overs (Fontaine 3-12, Topley 3-26, Chishick 2-25)

Saturday 4th XI vs East Molesey (Away)
OWCC lost by 81 runs East Molesey 24 points, OWCC 2 points
East Molesey 187 for 8 in 47 overs
OWCC 106 all out in 39 overs (Bath 26)

Evan De Silva some more tickets for T20s
Surrey v Yorkshire at the OVAL on Thursday 4th August 6.30pm start
Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford on Tuesday 9th August 2.30pm start.
Same conditions apply.He will have the tickets with him at the weekend.

This is the rolling Powerpoint slide show that ran throughout the day. You can download it for viewing by clicking on the image above (File size is approx 30MB)
  Please send all your stuff to Tony Palmer, who is acting as a clearing house and will forward it to all of those responsible for publishing it in various places.
21st July, 2016 From The News Editor HGR
For those of you who couldn't give a f*** about the "Boys of 66"
Player Shortage

The 3rd and 4th XIs are short of players for Saturday. The 3s are at home and the 4s not far away at Molesey.

Please call on if you are able to play
Alan Gardner 07803 585824

Simon Bath 07538 672942

Surrey v Glamorgan RL50

From Evan De Silva

I have some complementary tickets courtesy of Surrey CCC for the Surrey v Glamorgan RL50 game next Monday 1st August 2016 starting at 2pm at the Kia Oval.
If you are able to attend the full match then please let me know and I will reserve a ticket for you; if you are only able to attend after work then I'll bear you in mind and see what the demand is.
If you are able to attend the full match then please let me know and I will reserve a ticket for you; if you are only able to attend after work then I'll bear you in mind and see what the demand is.
This offer is only currently open to fully paid up members of the cricket club and their wives/partners
If we have any left over then we can consider giving them to others outside the club.

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At the recent "Boys of 66" Reunion, there was originally an idea to invite parodies of the School Song. Guess what? We had no takers.

However, we discovered that we have at least two poets in residence, So all those English classes turned out to be worthwhile just for what you will read below

Abiding Memories and Atmospherics from
Wimbledon College (1959-66) revisited.


A- M – D – G
Squeeze my elbow, Squeeze my knee;
When you walked past figures III,
You'd be squeezed by Battersby.

Nigel (Nig) Jackson


You'd get six on each hand, just like that.
You'd know it was Daddy Orr, 'cos he'd pant.

Nigel (Nig) Jackson


Bless me please, Father,
For I have thrice sinned,
I fancied 'Ma Giles in her apron, unpinned;
She gave me a helping of custard so thick,
That it totally smothered my hot, spotted dick.

For penance, I'll leave the desert in it's tin,
And thereby avoid the occasion of sin;
But if 'Ma Giles tempts me with jam roly-poly,
I'll be back here tomorrow to confess the unholy.

Nigel (Nig) Jackson


Remember that? O Christ
What a bunch of boys and turns we were.
There were those quieter than I. Gentler and more contemplative even then.
We didn't speak much to them.
There were boys rougher and more raucous than I.
There were boys taller and longer than I, and faster with a ball of any size.
There were boys brighter than I, whose geometry and Greek hardly red lined at all.
There were boys who could kick a ball straighter than I.
There were boys who could hit you in the face harder than I.
There were boys faster to the joke - or the jibe than I.
There were boys who knew way more about sex than I did then.
Did Father Colliston really tell us that contraception
was like eating a toffee with the paper on.
When at last I came to be that lucky toffee...well that is another poem altogether.

When it came to arguing with a Jesuit priest, I did like to think I was in a league of my own.
That has carried me far and far and sometimes too far.
I remember telling a large class of Chinese Detective Inspectors that the word “discipline” has an etymological root with the word “disciple.” It meant following in
the footsteps of an excellent examplar. Not strict rules, harsh punishments, regimentation.
They said nothing but I have never forgotten.

Half a century on, where have we all been?
What draws us back?
We live in a time now where we meet our mistakes.
Those self made and those imposed by so many well meaning others.
It is time to have conversations which really matter.
Oh, and did I mention
There were boys who wrote better prose poetry than I.

aka Bryan Tully


Manners and Hatherley, Strachan and Snalune
Battersby, Norton, Laloux (just in tune),
Milward and Bermingham, Ignatius St. Lawrence,
McPartlin, McCluskey, their names trigger torrents

Of memories of learning the ways of the J's.
Their scholastic ambitions for the boys in those days,
Declensions, abstentions and lengthy detentions,
The stick and the carrot, with the best of intentions.

Beware Ruds Gallery and Figures corridor,
Backs to the wall, lads, here's Daddy Orr!
Wilf in a Pickle, Ted Sammons (and kids),
Brennan, Brook and Curtis,
But the accolade is Sid's.

Red Mullin, Robbie Barron, Joe Ruddy, Scratcher Stevens,
Colliston, Edney, Poole makes it evens,
Hayward and Haymer, McCardle and Hill,
Frankel and Moses, their names live on still.

Nigel (Nig) Jackson

Unfortunately we failed to record the poets declaiming their odes. However, it is your news editors's ambition to recreate the event and to publish a sound recording of the authors reading their oustanding work. Are you listening Bryan and Nigel?
21st July, 2016 From The News Editor HGR
The first of many images of the reunion of The Boys of 66 on 22nd July 2016.
Click image to view the video
21st July, 2016 From The News Editor
Simon Potter MBE
It has only just come to our attention that Simon was awarded the MBE for "services to education in Wimbledon." in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours.

Many of you will know Simon only for his direction of our College Musicals and Christmas performances in recent years. This however is only a small piece of Mr Potter’s connection with the school. He joined Wimbledon College in 1972 and became Head of English in 1981. He retired from teaching at the College in 2009, having inspired generations of pupils. Since then he has continued to support pupils by returning to run revision classes for A Level and GCSE classes. Throughout his career at the College he has been an inspiration to generations of boys both within the classroom where, while being a History graduate, his love for and deep knowledge of English Literature, was passed on to the boys.

He is also responsible for creating a Wimbledon College Anthology of Poetry and has written a book that is a personal reflection on his time at the College. He is currently collaborating in a project to update a history of the College in time for its 125th anniversary in 2017.

Outside of the classroom his enthusiasm focused on annual dramatic productions, where again boys were encouraged and inspired by his relentless enthusiasm for all aspects of theatre. Mr Potter has directed our school productions for over 40 years and since retirement returns each year to work with current teachers on our productions. There have been a wide variety of highly professional and successful performances which include Les Miserables, West Side Story, HM Pinafore, Oliver, Dr Faustus, Julius Caesar, Sweeney Todd and a number of productions that he has written or adapted especially for the school.

In his retirement he maintains strong links with former College staff and pupils through his involvement with the Old Wimbledonian Association.

15th July, 2016 From The News Editor
Apologies for the break in Transmission.
Mea Culpa from your Editor. Life got in the way of spending nights poring over OW news and trying to make it interesting. Noemal Service has now been resumed. The primary reason appears below this item as do a series of delayed news items.
15th July, 2016 , From A Proud Grandfather
Welcome to the World - Francis (Frankie) Noah Ruffell
Frankie was born on 29th June, 2016 in St. Georges Hospital to Ben and Magdalena (well to be fair Magda did most of the work)
The birth was not without it's traumas which have been partly responsible for me taking my eye off the ball but as you can see he is now up and running and expects to be challenging for a place in First XI and XV in no time.

Thank God he doesn't look like his Grsndfather

Oh no! The oppo just scored,
Send me on now as supersub
Dear ‘66ers

To focus better your valuable retirement hours spent searching for long lost colleagues, I though I should just let you know that since the LAST EPISTLE two weeks ago, thanks largely to sterling research by Frank Denham and indefatigable follow-up by Paddy Weston, we’ve contacted:


And as a result we will number over 55 breaking bread together on 22 July. For others of you who previously said you couldn’t make it but who have since found an opportunity to join us, the Travelodge in Raynes Park as of Tuesday has 50 rooms available on 22 July. A double costs £36 for the night.

On a more sombre note, we have heard that David Judah passed away in 2009 following a battle with cancer. And Frank is pretty sure that three more of our classmates have gone before: John Collier, Ian Knights and Maurice Ployé. Unless anyone can report recent contact with any of these three, (all of whom I remember well in every sense), I will ask Fr Philip Gilbert and Timothy Hayes to add them to prayers at Mass in the Chapel.

Which means that the following are still at large:


30 to go. And only two weeks to go! Good hunting and see you Friday week.

Tony Palmer
15th July, 2016 From Paddy Weston
With our reunion coming up in 10 days, we have launched a facebook page, to act as a reference point for all pupils and staff who were present, on some days, during the 1960s! 
It is intended to act as a sort of blog for everybody to dip into, whenever they please. There is no membership, no fees, no raffle tickets to buy. Just use it as a vehicle for sharing your past and present experiences, post a few snaps of your holidays, let us know how you are doing and maybe share a few jokes. We would like to keep it lighthearted, so serious and political discussions are not encouraged. There are already a few class and team photos on the site, but there will be many more on display at the reunion. If you have any pictorial memories of those days, please post them directly onto the site.

Tony Palmer started the ball rolling, last October, over a drink. He first suggested a 50 year reunion for the year of 1966, (and was immediately lumbered with the task!) which was subsequently enlarged to include 1965 leavers, plus any staff. He has done exceptionally well, encouraging others to rack their brains and search their address books, to find email addresses and telephone nos. for those he refers to as "The lost sheep" Now, the range of the new facebook page is being extended to include anybody who was at the College at any time during the 1960s.

The reunion on the 22nd July promises to be a great success, with over two thirds of the year of '66 contacted/accounted for. If you haven't spoken to Tony and booked lunch, then why not turn up from 5 p.m., by which time the debris will have been shovelled up and cleared away!
Wives and girlfriends are also invited from this time and there will be a barbecue, later in the evening.

We are hoping that Graham Turner, President of the Old Wimbledonians Association will give us a (very short) speech. We are grateful to be using the OWA clubhouse for the occasion and we are pleased to say that he has given his support for our new facebook page, saying that anything that promoted the OWA would be a good thing. I must confess that as I spend a good part of my year abroad, I have let my subscription lapse, but I will redress that oversight on the 22nd, Graham!
I think it would be a good idea if we could link our new "60s" page to the OWA page.

OK, that's enough from me for the time being. I will put a post on the new facebook page: "WIMBLEDON COLLEGE DURING THE 60s" in a few minutes, which will give an update on the search for the rest of "Tony Palmer's lost sheep."

To respect your privacy, all of your email addresses are known only to Tony and myself. If you want to make contact with any College mates, just drop me a line at and I will put you in touch, or, better still, put a message on the new facebook page.

Best Wishes and hope to see you next Friday,
Paddy Weston (Class of '66)
15th July, 2016 , From Evan De Silva

Sat 1st XI

Sat 2nd XI

Sat 3rd

Sat 4th XI

Sun Campions


Old Rutlishians

Valley End

Valley End

Kingston Left Handers

Home 1



Home 2

Home 1


Start 13.00

Start 13.00

Start 13.00

Start 13.30

Meet 12.00

Meet 12.00

Meet 11.15

Meet T.B.A

Meet 12.30

 Umpire: Panel

  Umpire: P. Wilkins





OWCC 1st XI won by 7 wickets. OWCC 24 points TMW 0 points
TMW 124 for 10 in 36.5 overs (Gordon 5-13, Nielsen 2-21, Majid 2-33)
OWCC 127 for 3 (Singh 62no Parker 36)

Saturday 2nd XI vs Leatherhead (Home)
OWCC won by 61 runs OWCC 24 points Leatherhead 4 points
OWCC 221 for 9 in 50.3 overs (J. Thomas 58no, Brown 55, Bedford 39)
Leatherhead 160 all out in 45.1 overs (J Bell 5-33, R’huys 3-20)

Saturday 3rd XI vs Sutton (Away)
OWCC lost by 5 wickets. Sutton 24 points OWCC 2 points
OWCC 154 all out in 46 overs (Baksh 41, Devlin 30, Bubb 25, M. Tolmie 28)
Sutton 158 for 5 in 31.3 overs (Baksh 2-37, M. Tolmie 2-8)

Saturday 4th XI vs Kempton (Home)
OWCC lost by 124 runs. Kempton 24 points, OWCC 3 points
Kempton 159 for 9 in 47 overs (T. Richards 3-23
OWCC 35 all out

Presidents Day Lunch
A good attendance at the Presidents Day Lunch last Sunday saw a last ball 6 by Roger White to secure victory for Emeriti to win the Paul Phillips Cup

The Sat 1’s are third in the League but the other Saturday teams are all currently in last or second to last place. The availability this year has been very, very poor and this has been reflected in the results. With only a few games remaining please make yourself available and see if we can pull ourselves out of the relegation zones by the end of the season
15th July, 2016 , From Trevor Evans

The Old Wimbledonian's Annual 8 A Side Tournament

This event is taking place on Sunday 28th August.

This is always a great day of fun social cricket. The Bar will be open from 10am.

Bob will be providing breakfast, lunch and a barbeque after the games, so you can purchase grub throughout this day of cricketing excellence

Please check with your team captain if you wish to be part of a team already entered for this tournament.

If not, you're most welcome to enter your own team, which can be a squad of more than 8 and consist of club members, friends, work colleagues or even ringers!

The team entry fee is £100. £50 deposit, and the rest can be collected on the day.
There are team slots still available. If you would like to enter a team, please reply stating how many you would like to enter and names ect.

The club's bank details are: Bank: Lloyds Account name: OWCC Sort code: 30-92-32 Account number: 00799877

When making your payment, please reference it clearly "(TEAM NAME) 8 aside".

Entry into the tournament is on a first paid, first play basis

Please let me know if would like to field a team. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Kind Regards,
Trevor Evans
Old Wimbledonians CC Website Administrator

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15th July, 2016 , 2015 From Simon Potter
OWs in the battle of the Somme 1916

This morning I have been through the roll of honour for the college reflecting on those boys of the College and Army Class who were killed in the battle of the Somme, no doubt many more fought in it.

Below is a list of the boys/men and the dates on which they died. As you will see two died exactly 100 years ago today on the first day of battle, quickly followed by three more on the third of July. Let us remember them and the rest of the million people who lost their lives at the Somme.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

N.B. where detailed information has not been available if the soldier died during the period of the battle of the Somme in a regiment that was fighting in that battle then it is assumed they were killed in the battle.

Private Montague P. Wells

PS/1576, 16th Bn., Middlesex Regiment

who died on 01 July 1916

Lieutenant Hugh Gilbert Francis Clifford

2nd Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment

who died on 01 July 1916 Age 19

Second Lieutenant John Francis Pembroke Boxwell Quinlan *(see end note)

4th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps

who died on 03 July 1916

Second Lieutenant John Hugh Baines

10th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment

who died on 03 July 1916

Lieutenant Constant Clifford William Meyer

2nd Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment

who died on 03 July 1916 - Age 20

Lieutenant Maurice Gabriel Hume-Wright

8th Bn., Yorkshire Regiment

who died on 10 July 1916 - Age 21

Second Lieutenant James Douglas Hodding

"A" Coy. 10th Bn., Royal Fusiliers

who died on 10 July 1916 - Age 17

Captain E G C Bagshawe

5th Bn., Yorkshire Regiment

who died on 20 July 1916 - Age 36

Captain C J P Hayes

1st Bn., Royal Fusiliers

who died on 09 August 1916

Second Lieutenant Patrick Gilbert Warwick O'Hara

3rd Bn., East Surrey Regiment

who died on 14 August 1916 - Age 19

Second Lieutenant F P O'Brien

10th Bn. attd. 9th Bn., East Surrey Regiment

who died on 16 August 1916

Captain Charles John Griffin

2nd Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

who died on 01 September 1916

Lieutenant William Felix MacCarthy O'Leary

1st Bn., Royal Munster Fusiliers

who died on 07 September 1916 - Age 22

Private James Arthur Lovelock

23758, 1st Bn., Grenadier Guards

who died on 10 September 1916

Serjeant Francis O'Leary

1619, 1st/6th Bn., London Regiment (City of London Rifles)

who died on 15 September 1916 - Age 21

Son of Patrick and Elizabeth Kate O'Leary, of 124, Bedford Hill, Balham, London.

Second Lieutenant Cyril Edward Brietzcke Dean

121st, Royal Garrison Artillery

who died on 15 September 1916 - Age 19

Mentioned in Despatches

Serjeant C J Cotter

3096, 1st/7th Bn., Middlesex Regiment

who died on 16 September 1916

Second Lieutenant J Bussy

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment

who died on 20 September 1916

Second Lieutenant F T Waldron

2nd Bn., Essex Regiment

who died on 23 October 1916

Captain Heffernan James Considine M C

4th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn., Royal Irish Regiment

who died on 27 October 1916 - Age 33

" He handled his company with great courage and skill, maintaining his position under intense fire for forty-eight hours.

*The first phase of the battle commenced at first light on 1 July 1916, with the end of an artillery barrage that had pounded German positions for the last five days. However the attack itself did not commence until full daylight, when thirteen British divisions went forward into the jumble of shell craters and barbed wire that had been the German front line, only to find that the very shell-holes provided excellent cover for enemy machine gunners.

No. 4 Sqn flew several contact patrols in support of the British advance, despite the very cloudy weather, providing valuable and accurate reports of the progress of the assault, and in a number of cases making bombing attacks on German artillery batteries, to mostly good effect. A few machines had been modified with extra fuel tanks, allowing missions of a previously unheard of duration to be flown, Lieutenant A.C. Jowett flying a contact patrol of over five hours. Another pilot, Capt C Hiatt, carried out a special reconnaissance of Thiepval from a height of only 600 feet, which left him open to small arms fire from every quarter. However he completed his mission successfully, furnishing excellent details of enemy troop dispositions in the area.

All was to be in vain however, for by the early afternoon the battered survivors of the assault were back in their trenches, having been repulsed by a combination of the terrain and a devastating number of enemy machine guns arrayed against them. The British had suffered 60,000 casualties in one day - 20,000 of them killed - and had no territory to show for their efforts. This was to be the heaviest loss suffered in a single day by a British army or by any army in the Great War. The generals had boasted of a great breakthrough but had only succeeded in decimating their front line divisions, but it was too late now. With a sick inevitability, the tragedy of 1 July 1916 was repeated day after day.


1959-66 Reunion News June 2016 Update
I thought you’d like the latest news on who we’ve found (Latest List below) and how many will be there. As of today we’ve had the following positive replies, on which we are relying particularly to let the Clubhouse know how many to cater for, and let Graham & Harry know how many Touring and Massing. So if you haven’t told me you’ll be there, or even that you won’t be, please do in the next few days.

Tour Mass Lunch BBQ
28 23 52 25

Which means that, pious and pagan alike, there will be over 50 of us sitting down to Lunch on 22 July. Quite a sobering thought.

Once again, in case you missed it, ladies welcome from around 5.00, especially if you’ll need help getting home, and as they will no doubt swell the ranks queuing for BBQ, please tell me if that’s part of your plans. At the moment we expect around 10 ladies to join us.

We continue to leave very few stones unturned in trying to find the remaining lost sheep for whom no email addresses have been forthcoming. Nigel Meyer had the notice (left) put in the Sacred Heart Newsletter. Please have a go yourselves: the number is now down to 45:

The Unfound


Can't do 2nd. July

We now have around 10 Names who wanted to be with us but can’t make our 22 July date. Bryan Tully has suggested we facilitate organising another date for those thus inconvenienced and for any others sufficiently masochistic to want to go through the “I-can-remember-your-face-but-not-your-name-thing” a second time.

If this applies to you tell me, and tell me where you live. Might make more sense to have this alternative event outside the London area. Or we could do as the Class of ‘65 do, and have an Annual session at a suitable hostelry. Comments welcome on all this.

will take place on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm.

The meeting will take place in

The Old Wimbledonian Clubhouse in Coombe Lane, Raynes Park.
1st June , 2015 From Caolan Englefield
The Latest Wimbledonian Rugby International - Caolan Englefield
Caolan is the College's latest rugby international. Caolan played for England Under 16's against Wales during the Easter holidays
(sadly they lost.)

"I got into the side through playing for Quins at the Wellington Regional Festival, where all academies got together for a week where you played 4 games over the week. This was really good as I was able to play against some of the best players in the country and also get some top quality coaching on top of that.

Looking forward, I'm training with Quins over the summer and I hope to be picked for a South West festival with Quins in the middle of August. I also have been picked for the Irish exiles u18 tour to Ireland in late August which I'm really looking forward to!

The day in itself was a bit surreal! It went by so quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great occasion, even though we didn't get the result we wanted.
This weekend's fixtures
Saturday, 4th June, 2016
1st XI Staines and Laleham Home 1.00pm
2nd XI Worcester Park Away 1.00pm
3rd XI Oxted & Limpsfield Away 1.00pm
4th XI Egham Away 1,00pm
Sunday, 5th June, 2016
Fishers West Indies Utd (Bertie Joel Cup) Home 2.00pm
Campions Viscount Home 1.00pm
Cricket all Summer long at the Old Boys
Anyone wishing to don the whites during the close season should contact

David Gibson by email or phone on 07789 683804

You are invited to a fun evening to
help raise funds for the Cricket Colts


4th JUNE 7.30pm
£10 includes meal
Bring along your friends and family.

Please book your tickets with Rosie
by email or text 07986 325011

Please book your place by
Wednesday 1st June


An application form for tickets for the following games is attached. Please note that all applications, with the appropriate payment, MUST be with Margaret no later than Monday, 20th June.

Further, please note that our allocation for these games is extremely limited thus only applications from those members who have paid or are paying a subscription to Old Wimbledonians Rugby Football Club for the 2016/2017 season will be considered.

Saturday, 12thNovember, 2016 ko 2:30pm

Saturday, 3rd December, 2016 ko 2:30pm
f or the 2016/2017 season

Full playing member £240 pa
payable by cheque/cash/bank transfer or £20 per month payable in 12 monthly instalments by standing order.

Full playing member (full time student) £25pa

Non-playing member £50pa

Standing order mandates/cheques should be made payable to
and sent to the Hon. Treasurer,
Mike Curtis, 90A Linden Avenue, Ruislip, London HA4 8AU
from whom a standing order mandate is available.
Click here to email Mike


AGM & Players Awards Supper
Held on Friday, 13th May, 2016

Mike O’Brien was appointed Vice-President of Old Wimbledonians Rugby Football Club
Tankards were awarded to Craig Starling & Richard Travers
Steve Cruden was elected Player of the year
Rory Southgate was elected Clubman of the year

Congratulations gentlemen; richly deserved
This weekend's fixtures
Saturday, 21st May,2016
1st XI Dorking Away 12.00pm
2nd XI Walton on Thames Home 1.000pm
3rd XI Banstead Home 1.00pm
4th XI Malden Wanderers Away 1,00pm
Sunday, 22nd May, 2016
Fishers Worcester Park Home 1.30pm
Campions Woking & Horsell Home 1.30pm
17th May, 2015 From The News Editor (HGR)
Web Site Coverage
Since our last report in January, we have passed another milestone. We can now claim over 3200 vistors worldwide from 67 countries. The global map is increasingly coloured green, amber and currrently grey. Data source Google Analytics

Replicating the site on Facebook is proving to be a success, with over 700 visits this week. Interestingly the most popular Facebook post this week was the news of AFC Wimbledon's imminent appearance in the Wembley playoff (424 views.) The second most popular was our link to the Guardian article about Pat Roberts achievements at Celtic (341)

Penetration of more African counties, the Middle East and Greenland plus The Falklands and we'll pretty much cover the globe.

An example of the value of this is that the Reunion team organising the 1966 leavers 50th Anniversary bash who have managed to track down ovr 50 of the 90+ members of the year and have commitments from 45 to attend including some who will make significant journeys from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, 3 or 4 from USA, 2 or 3 from France and one from Spain.

You can find detailed stats here

17th May, 2015 From Paddy Weston
1959-66 Reunion - May Update

I'm sending this month's update as Tony Palmer is sulking in Spain, because he hasn't had enough replies to the Invitations sent last month! Please do dig out the Form and send back your Preferences for The Day. If you didn't get an Invitation, either it's in your junk mail or your firewall is blocking Tony Palmer , because that's where it was sent from. Either way please fix. To date 45 have indicated they'll be there, but we still need to know how many want the Tour/Mass/Lunch/BBQ so we can be ready for you.

Lots to report this month, mainly to give you more detail on what will happen on The Day. In Agenda order:

We expect around 30 to take the Tour/hear Mass. Please make your way to the Entrance Lobby, which can be approached from the front entrance gate (almost opposite Donhead) by 11 am. Look out for Graham Turner and Harry Groenen who will be your Guides on the Tour. Mass in the Chapel at 12 am.

Those in cars can enter through the entrance at the top of the Parish Hall car park and drive up alongside the school field and park in the playground in front of them.

Could those who have cars at the College please volunteer transportation to the Clubhouse to anybody who has been dropped off by taxi or friends, etc.

The official address of the OWA is 143 Coombe Lane, London SW20 0QX. Where there are approximately 60 parking places (certainly enough for us). Walk 150 yards round the cricket field to the Clubhouse. This is actually at the end of Somerset Avenue, and has around 20 parking places immediately outside, but we can assume most of these will be taken up by the myriad staff who will have been labouring since the early hours, preparing comestibles for our delight. This map link may be useful:

When you reach the Clubhouse, look again for the ubiquitous Harry Groenen, who will relieve Lunchers of £15 for the privilege and hand out a Name Tag. The bar opens at 1pm. and for those wearing a Name Tag, there might be a welcoming drink provided by our hosts, the OWA. We are going to be encouraging membership of OW's (or association with OW's if your home location makes visits a little tricky) during the day, and we very much appreciate their indulging us on this occasion.

There will be a sumptuous buffet, featuring salmon, ham, beef, assorted cold veggies, sundries and trimmings.
Desserts and cheeses will follow. but the first course will be served to us seated en masse: Pâté de Poisson du saison (or a few soups if you're antifish) so that Graham Turner, as Chairman of the Old Wimbledonians' Association can say a few words of welcome. (There won't be any other speeches as we'd like you to enjoy the day to the full.)

Quite a few of those invited have already indicated that their stamina or other commitments won't allow them to stay late in the day. We are conscious that many of you will have travelled long distances to the Wimbledon area with family and friends, so we thought it would be a nice gesture to invite them to join us after we've staggered from the Luncheon Table. Probably about 5 pm would be good. If by chance there is a budding DJ around, she/he would be most welcome to organise the background "sounds of the sixties" at any time during the day.

Les FortunaBBQ TIME
It's quite likely we will be joined around that time by illustrious Old Wimbledonians who have nothing better to do on a hot Friday evening in July and are sufficiently intrigued by the appearance of regular advertising of our Bash on their website, to roll up for a beer and Barbie and to see what's going on. So we will have to play the BBQ start time by ear - not too late, for those who have not lunched with us, and not too early, so that those who have lunched have time to recover. The BBQ will certainly be available at 7 pm for the latter.

That's it for now. Happy to answer any questions.

Well done to Tony Palmer for bringing all of us together and thanks to all of you for coming. We are still hopeful that we will find a few more year mates. Just this week, for example, we have established contact with Peter Stow, who is hoping to attend from his base in Austin, Texas and Robert Hecquet who lives in Surrey. Les Fortuna (see left) was a recent "find" and we hope he will make the trip across the pond from his house near Clearwater, Florida. We have had acceptances from '66ers as distant as Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, 3 or 4 from USA, 2 or 3 from France and one from Spain (Me!)
Please return your preference forms to Tony Palmer as soon as possible. I hate to think of him crying into his paella!

15th May, 2015 From The News Editor
Surrey Championship Division 3 1st XI - Results to date

After 2 rounds of matches OWs have a 100% record and are joint top of the table with 40 points
14th May 2014
Old Wimbledonians 1st XI (194 ao) beat Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 1st XI (183 ao) by 11 runs - 20 points
7th May 2014
Horsley & Send 1st XI (130 ao) lost to Old Wimbledonians 1st XI (274-9) by 144 runs - 20 points

Surrey Championship Division 1 Second XI - Results to date

After 2 rounds of matches OWs have a 100% record and are joint bottom of the table with 4 points

14th May 2014
Leatherhead 2nd XI (307-6) beat Old Wimbledonians 2nd XI (205 ao) by 102 runs - 2 points
7th May 2014
Olw Wimbledonians (101 ao) lost to Valley End 2nd XI (102-3) by 7 wickets - 2 points
Surrey Championship Division 1 Saturday 3rd XI - Results to date
After 2 rounds of matches OWs have a 100% losing record and are joint bottom of the table with 4 points
14th May 2014
Old Wimbledonians 3rd XI (109-9) lost to Suttton 3rd XI (137 ao) bty 28 runs 2 - points
7th May 2014
East Molesey 3rd XI (116-3) beat Old Wimbledonians 3rd XI (115-5) 2 points
Surrey Championship West Division Saturday 4th XI - Results to date
After 2 rounds of matches OWs have a 100% losing record and are bottom of the table with 0 points
14th May 2014
Kempton 4th XI (85-1) beat OWs 4th XI (84 ao) by 9 wickets - 0 points
7th May 2014
OWs 4th XI (109 ao) lost to East Molesey 4th XI (113-4) by 6 wickets - 0 points
More info on other (Sunday) results to follow when we can find them or someone tells us. (email News Editor)

Anyone from the cricket club reading this - so whatever happened to match reports? (email News Editor)

News, fixtures and results for the whole Surrey Championship can be found here.

The 2016 Fixture Grid for all Surrey Championship matches can be downloaded here
15th May, 2015 From Roger Brosch
Stars of the Future ?
Joe Brosch & Joe Bell share the prestigious Warriors Clubman Award for 2016. Also won U18 forward and back of the season. Leave you to guess which is which!!
15th May, 2015 From The News Editor (HGR)
Two OWs and One OD Sportsmen in the News
Danny Cipriani in the Sunday Times
Ben Ryan in the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph
Patrick Roberts in The Guardian
This Weekend's Fixtures
1st XI Trinity Midwives Home 12.00pm
2nd XI Leatherhead Away 1.000pm
3rd XI Sutton Home 1.00pm
4th XI Kempton Away 1,00pm
Fishers Merstham Home 2.00pm
Campions Rockstars XI Home 1.000pm
Cricket all Summer long at the Old Boys
. Anyone wishing to waft the willow this season should contact David Gibson by email or on 07789 683804
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and Players Awards Supper

Nominations are requested for most 2016/17 committee posts

President Chairman Hon. Secretary Hon. Treasurer Hon. Fixture Secretary Club Captain 1 st XV Captain 1 st XV Vice-Captain A Team Captain A Team Vice-Captain Hon. Team Secretary Hon. Press Officer Hon. Committee Member (Registration)

Award nominations

for Player of the Year and Club Person of the Year and confirmation or otherwise of attendance
Send your proposals to Margaret Parsons, Hon. Secretary by email or by phone Tel: 01483 811103 Cell: 07774 705317
THE BONGU TOUR 6th-9th May, 2016 vs Malta Representative Team
11th May, 2015 From Guy Bennett
Donhead Class of 77 50th Re-union
The (Leavers') Class of '77 will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of starting at Donhead or St Catherine's in 1966 this year.  We have agreed the 16th September as the date and have a reservation in Wimbledon, which may need to be changed if we garner more takers.

So far, we have invited (in large part because of contact details being available) and have 14 acceptances:

Guy Bennett
Andrew du Boulay Paul May
Tom Brittain Sean Elyan Brendan Morrissey
Paul Clancy Jim Hayward Liam Nolan
Anthony Coombs Nick Hudson David O'Neil
Mark Craig Nick Martin John Wells
Kieran Doyle Steve Matthews  

ODs/ OWs who wish to attend (we share the bill!) should contact myself or Kieran By email or mobile on 07564 115 595.

11th May, 2015 From Guy Bennett
Our thanks to Guy Bennett for the following:-

Air Commodore John Langer – Daily Telegraph Obituary


Air Commodore John Langer, who has died aged 90, was a Cold War fighter pilot who later chaired an international committee responsible for establishing the training organisation for the Tornado combat aircraft.

In 1975 Langer began a four-year period as the Director of RAF Flying Training in the MoD, and was appointed chairman of a tri-national committee responsible for setting up the necessary facilities for the training of RAF, German Air Force, German Navy and Italian Air Force Tornado pilots and navigators. Together with his German and Italian co-chairmen he was also charged with devising the flying and ground syllabuses.

RAF Cottesmore in Rutland was chosen as the home for the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE), established in 1979 and manned by flying instructors from each of the participating air arms, with base support being provided by the RAF.

The programme was launched on time and under budget, owing largely to the diplomacy, patience and effectiveness of Langer and his committee.

The son of a master builder, John Francis Langer was born on June 25 1925 in Lambeth, south London, and educated at Wimbledon College, where he excelled on the games field.

Claiming to have been born in 1924, he began his RAF service in 1942 and trained as a pilot in America under a US/UK bi-lateral arrangement. On return to Britain he discovered that there was a surplus of pilots, so he volunteered to become a glider pilot and in January 1945 joined No 670 Squadron in India, one of six joint RAF/Glider Pilot Regiment squadrons preparing for the assaults in Burma. Before he could see action, the war with Japan ended.

He converted to the Spitfire and Tempest fighters and joined No 33 Squadron in Germany, where, among other tasks, he patrolled the British air corridors into Berlin. In July 1949 the squadron moved to Singapore, where Langer flew 60 operations during Operation Firedog against communist terrorists during the Malayan Emergency.

On one occasion the engine of his Tempest failed at 15,000 ft and he was just able to reach an airfield and make a wheels-up landing on the grass. When congratulated, he replied: “It was a piece of cake – I used to be a glider pilot.” On return to Britain he became a flying instructor and enjoyed two years teaching with the Cambridge University Air Squadron. This was followed by a return to Singapore as the training officer of the Auxiliary Air Squadron, when he met a young Lee Kuan Yew, the future prime minister.

After retiring from the RAF in 1979, Langer became the aviation security adviser to the British government
Back in Britain, he resumed his career as a fighter pilot and in June 1957 took command of No 43 Squadron, the “Fighting Cocks”, at RAF Leuchars in Fife. His two years in command included taking the squadron to Cyprus during a period of growing tension in the Middle East following the assassination of King Faisal of Iraq. His aircraft remained at a high state of readiness for almost three months before tension relaxed and the squadron returned to Scotland. He was awarded the AFC.

After attending the RAF Staff College, Langer became the chief flying instructor of the Central Flying School, an appointment that took him on liaison visits to numerous Commonwealth and overseas air forces. An eye infection grounded him and there followed what he referred to as the “doldrum years”, which included spells with Nato and on the directing staff of the Joint Services Staff College.
John Langer, centre back, in beret, with his pilots of No 43 Squadron and their Hunter

After returning to full health, he took charge of the RAF’s advanced flying training school at RAF Valley in Anglesey. At the end of his tour he was appointed CBE.

After a spell in the MoD, Langer found himself back in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew had asked the MoD to send someone to help in training his embryonic air arm and introducing modern jets, and when he heard that Langer was one of four candidates, handed him the job and with it, the rank of brigadier.

After two years, so much progress had been made that Lee re-designated the air wing as the autonomous Republic of Singapore Air Force. Langer returned to Britain in 1975 to take up his appointment as Director of RAF Flying Training. In addition to establishing the TTTE, he was responsible for introducing the Hawk advanced trainer into service and assisting British Aerospace to win a contract to provide the aircraft to the US Navy. He was also the chairman of the RAF Participation Committee responsible for the allocation of RAF and other services’ resources, including the Red Arrows, to air shows at home and abroad.

After retiring from the RAF in 1979, Langer became the aviation security adviser to the British government. He ran courses for senior management of the police, British airlines and airports as well as those directly involved in passenger and baggage screening. He served for eight years before becoming a consultant for a further seven.

In 1979 he became Vice Chairman (Air) of the TAVR Association for Greater London and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1983 and then the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hillingdon. He retired in 1993 to live in the Cotswolds, where he became a volunteer guide at Kelmscott Manor, the country house of William Morris.

In 1951 he married Doreen Hodges, known as Jane, an actress. She died in 2011 and he is survived by their two sons and a daughter.

This Weekend's fixtures
Saturday 23rd April
1st XI Chessington Away 12.30pm
2nd XI Chessington Home 12.30pm
3rd XI Sutton Away 1.00pm
4th XI Wimbledon Corinthians Home 1,00pm
Sunday 24th April
Fishers Mpingwe Home 1.30pm
Upcoming Social Eventsl
Sat 21 May Race Night – The Clubhouse
Sun 03 July Club Event
Sun 10 July President’s Day lunch
Fri 07 Oct Travelbag Surrey Championship Awards Dinner – Kia Oval
Thurs 17 Nov OWCC Annual General Meeting – The Clubhouse
It is with regret that, due to extenuating circumstances, the Cricket match between the Old Wimbledonians CC and the PCA ex-England XI planned for the 3rd July has had to be postponed.
Please note that this is only a posponement and the present intention is to play the fixture on the same weekend in the 2017 season.
Sorry for any disappointment this may incur.
Graham Turner
Next Fixtures - 24th April
1's vs Poplar Semi-Final HOME


3's vs Molesey Strollers AWAY

Strollers vs FC Falcon HOME

Sat vs Rygas AWAY

Results - 17th April

2's vs Shirley Wanderers WON

3's vs Leatherhead All Stars WON


Sat vs Rygas Postponed

10th April, 2016 From Mark Mitchelmore
Click here for International Tickets application form
14th April, 2016 From Mark Michelmore
Bar Price Increase from 18th April 2016
It is just over a year since our last increase. We have been able to maintain prices and margins because of the supply agreement  negotiated with Carlsberg last autumn.

I hope you are enjoying  the increased range of options and regular Guest Beer choices, with improved quality.

Bob and his team are working hard to ensure a prompt and friendly service which I am sure you will agree is a considerable improvement. 

We have also invested significantly in the clubhouse decoration and thanks to the several members and committee who have contributed to that improvement.

It is also a year since we introduced the Member discount card with its 5% discount option. Take  up has been good and this is a reminder  for those that haven’t used the option it is still available and offers a significant  price discount against local pricing particularly in Fullers and Youngs  Pubs.

I believe that by using your card you could be spending the same on a pint that you were three years ago!!

You may have noticed that we have a third TV Screen available. We can now carry all the Golf Majors this year,so check before you come but all 4 days of the events should be available.
10th April, 2016 From Frank Buckley
I am sad to announce the death of my older brother Anthony Buckley on 27th March 2016

He left Wimbledon in about 1965 / 66.

I think I left in 1967.

Please say hello to John Caraffi for me and pass on this email address.  We were good friends and in the same class for many years and went on motorcycle trips together.

I have not seen him since about 1969 or 70 mainly because I spent 35 years in Africa.

8th April, 2016 From Mike Parsons
Disappointing Display Deprives First XV of 2nd Place - But the future looks bright
Old Wellingtonians 44 - 26 Old Wimbledonians
Sadly, 1st Team Captain Craig Starling has decided to hang up his boots while he still has some feeling left in his shoulders! Craig, on behalf of the club thank you for all you have done for the club both on and off the field we hope we will continue to have the pleasure of the company of the whole Starling family at the clubhouse in the future.
Players Awards Supper
Friday, 13th May, 2016 7:30pm Nominations are requested for the various posts for 2016/17 and for Players Awards
More details and form here
Our grateful thanks for

your support during

Season 2015/16
Match Report - From Senior Correspondent – Edward Bell
The Old Boys went into the final match of their league season with distant hopes of snatching second place by gaining a bonus point win and other results falling favourably. The win did not happen despite plentiful possession and much enterprising running from deep positions and the other leading sides all won their games. Old Wellingtonians were too good on the day..... full report here

Don't Forget - Put it in your diary NOW

Players Awards Supper
Friday, 13th May, 2016 – 7:30pm
8th April, 2016 From The News Editor HGR
1959-66 Reunion A Long Lost Picture (and the reverse with signiatures)
Come on all you 59-66ers. Most or some of you must have some old pics you can share before the big day on 22nd July. Send them to me one of the team to The News Editor - click here to email
Not sure if this is in Grammar or Lower Grammar. I can put names to a lot of faces but i need some help. You can find a bigger version by clicking here. Please help to name that boy/old man....Emails to The News Editor with row and position - and if you have contact details, even better.
How many people still have the same signiature? The bigger version can be seen here
A Global Audience - Website & Facebook Coverage
This site has now been viewed by nearly 2500 people in 59 countries and the Facebook Page has been viewed by more than 1500. So if you are trying to track down an old school friend there's a reasonable chance that you might find them or someone who knows of their whereabouts.

If you would like help with your search contact the News Editor, Henry Gordon Ruffell with details.

Top 12 Countries Visitors
United Kingdom 1986
United States 141
Brasil 40
Ireland 27
Australia 25
France 25
Canada 18
Spain 17
Italy 14
Germany 13
India 13
China 11
If you would like to investigate the possibilities of promoting your product or service to an audience of potentially sympathetic clients click here to set up a meeting to discuss the opportunities available,

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You can send your cheque for £50 made payable to Old Wimbledonians Rugby Football Club NOW
to Club Treasurer Mike Curtis at 90A Linden Avenue, Ruislip, London HA4 8UA
Fixtures 3rd April
1's vs Kingston Town HOME

2's vs AFC Ewell AWAY CUP

3's vs Dundonald FC AWAY

Strollers vs Ropley HOME

Sat vs TFT South West HOME CUP

For earlier news items go to the News Archive

If you have a news item which you think would be of interest please email the News Editor.
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