Date: Saturday 21st May
Time: 11am – 2pm
Venue: Goals Tolworth, Kingston Road, KT5 9NT
Match Format: 5-a-side
Tournament Format: Group stage then knockout rounds
Cost: £20 per person; £15 per student
Football: the last two years
We are back! After a turbulent couple of years we are delighted to announce that the annual KCS Old Boys 5-a-side tournament is returning on 21st May. It will be taking place at Tolworth goals and the first games will be kicking off at 11am and the tournament should be wrapping up at around 2pm.
In terms of the tournament format, there will be a group stage followed by knockouts. There will also be a plate for teams who don’t make it into the knockout stages. Post tournament there will be a presentation ceremony, followed by food and drinks in the clubhouse.
The deadline for submissions is 14th May so keep them coming in! It is worth noting that unlike past tournaments, this is a 5 a side tournament rather than 6 a side, and there is a squad limit of 7 for each team. It is also worth noting that this is open to all old boys even if you don’t have a full team from your year, and even if you are not currently involved in the club set up, which consists of three sides including a vets team. This is great way to get involved to see what we’re about and show what you’re all about!
This promises to be a fantastic day for the club and is a great opportunity to play football with some old mates, current schoolboys, and maybe even some past teachers!
Put the date in your diaries and submit your teams to Mati Ortiz (OK16) on 07908 341192 or Chester Gash (OK16) on 07946473892. After a couple of years without the Camplin’s League it is great to be back doing what we love, and we can’t wait to see you all down there!
In March 2020, under the guidance of Jack Stephenson (OK11) the 1st XI were on course to challenge for their first Arthurian Premier League title when, with just three games to play, the season was brought to an abrupt end due to the lockdown – with just one point separating them from the Old Carthusians at the top of the table, who they were due to play in the very next fixture. Despite its anti-climactic end, the season was a record-breaking one for the team on several fronts, including going an entire calendar year in 2019 undefeated in a competitive match.
The 2020-21 season was dominated by changing government guidelines related to the pandemic, making it impossible to play out the league season, which was brought to a premature end after only nine games played. The highlight of the season, however, was the progress of both 1st and 2nd XIs in their respective cup competitions. The 1st XI reached the semi-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup after a dramatic late turnaround in the quarter-final against the Old Tonbridgians, but unfortunately suffered a bitter defeat against Old Salopians, cutting short their quest to reach the prestigious final after many years of hurt.
The 2nd XI, under the leadership of Cameron Wilkinson (OK14), went a step further, however, making it to the final of the JLC competition against all of the bookies’ odds, dominating opposition from the division above in Old Harrovians II and Old Chigwellians II. On the day the boys put in a courageous performance but narrowly lost out to a strong Old Ardinians outfit.
The Vets XI also had a strong run in the Derrick Moore Vets Cup to the semi finals that was ended by Old Brentwoods, but there was plenty to be proud of as they comfortably dispatched the previous year’s holders, Old Foresters, and knocked out another fancied team in Old Etonians.
The 2021-22 season began in impressive fashion, with the 1st XI unbeaten after three games in the Premier League and scoring 13 goals. The 2nd XI has had a mixed start on the pitch but has continued its long tradition of recruiting fresh talent and boasts a youthful and enthusiastic core squad who are improving and growing together with every season. The Tilles Trophy (named after former Club Captain Mike Tilles OK02), staged in a stadium annually in preseason and contested between the 2nd XI and Vets XI, was closely fought for much of the game with the 2nd XI eventually running out 4-1 winners.
Despite a season largely disrupted Covid and an unthinkable amount of injuries, the 1st XI find themselves in the quarter-final of the Arthur Dunn Cup with Old Etonians welcoming them on 12th February, the 2nd XI contest their final game of the season on the same day knowing a victory over Old Alleynians III puts them in a good position to be promoted, and the Vets XI contest their Derrick Moore Vets Cup semi-final, also against Old Etonians, hoping to go further than they did last season.
All three teams will also be in action in their annual matches against the school 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI at Kingsway on Saturday 19th March.
The club currently plays its weekly Saturday home fixtures at Imber Court in Thames Ditton, with training on Monday evenings at Battersea Park. Our club is made up entirely of KCSOBs, ranging from OK97-OK21, with the majority of our 1st XI and 2nd XI playing squad ranging from OK11-OK18. We always welcome new recruits so please do get in touch through the OKC website, any current players you know, or our social media if you want to get involved!
Club Committee: Ramon Selvakumaran (OK07), Greg Stoddart (OK07), Jack Stephenson (OK11), Cameron Wilkinson (OK14), Joe Stephenson (OK14), Ali Marshall (OK14), Calum MacQuater (OK12), Henry Hodgson (OK15), Pete Bullivant (OK13)
Vets Committee: Mike Tilles (OK02), Max Camplin (OK99), James Badgett (OK99)
New Football Season
The Old King’s Vets team (for those aged 35 and over) is really ramping up this year so anyone interested in some occasional fun, social football will certainly find a welcome reception! That friendly versus the 2nd XI will see leavers ranging from 1998 through to 2019 battling it out!
Every Monday on Clapham Common – Pre-season training and fitness – 7pm-9pm/dark
Saturday 22nd August – Club Day/Friendly – open to new players and trialists, followed by drinks and food at the Pig & Whistle Pub (hopefully)
Monday 24th August – 2nd XI vs OKC Vets (35+) – 7:30pm KO
Saturday 29th August – 1st XI vs Old Etonians
All games take place at our home ground in Southfields and kick off at 11am unless otherwise stated.
For players interested in joining or getting involved, please see the following contact details:
The annual fixture between the Old Boys and School where the 1st XI Old Boys ran out 4-1 winners against the School to take the Kane Cup. The 2nd XI and 3rd XI games also resulted in wins for the Old Boys.Old King’s Club vs School
On Saturday, 5th of January, three old boys teams, including circa 40 old boys took on the School first, second and third XIs at West Barnes Lane at 11am. This was the first time that the old boys have managed to get three teams together for this fixture and we were very much looking forward to the event!Football: Mid-Season Update
The 1st XI go into the Christmas break in the top half of the table thanks to a fine recovery following a fairly ignominious start to the season. Four of the first six games ended in defeat, including a 2-3 Arthur Dunn Cup first round loss at Eton, which left the OKs languishing in the relegation zone of the Arthurian League Premier Division. However, a six-game unbeaten run has seen the side climb the table steadily and progress to the last-16 of the AFA Senior Cup for only the second time in our history. Wins against Old Tonbridgians and Old Chigwellians (both 2-0) were coupled with hard-earned draws against Old Carthusians and in the return fixture against Tonbridge while progress in the cup was secured with a 2-1 victory over Old Bromleians and a 5-1 dismantling of UCL Academicals.
The side has been led for the second year running by Alex Angel (OK 2010) and he has been ably assisted by the senior player group of Ben Harries (2008), Oly Hewitt (2011), Jack Stevenson (2011) and Nick Perry (2003). Perry is far from being the only “veteran” in the side as Andy Tyler (2001) has has a fine season in goal and Jonny Corbett (2002) has embarked on a record-equalling 11th consecutive season in the 1st XI. Centre-back George Dunne (2013) and forward Barney Oates (2011) have come into the squad this season to prove that there is a bright future for the club.
The 2nd XI also find themselves with 12 points from nine games and looking up the Division 2 table rather than down. Solid victories against Old Harrovians II (2-1), Old Lancing II (3-1) and Old Carthusians III (2-0) were interspersed with losses against Old Carthusians II (twice), Old Alleynians (1-3), Old Etonians II (1-3) and regrettable last minute defeat in the return fixture vs Harrovians (1-2). The OKs saved their best until last, though, when they faced an Eton side who had only lost once all season, including a 3-1 victory against us in September, and ran out 3-0 winners following an inspired performance.
Ramon Selvakumaran (2007) is in his fifth year as 2nd XI captain and is ably supported by vice-captians Charlie Westcott and Maz Tappuni (both 2005). There is a blend of youth and experience across the rest of the squad with regular players ranging from 2002 leavers through to 2013 leavers.
The 3rd XI mid-season report reads “room for improvement” as they find themselves at the foot of Division 5 South. An unkind fixture list left the side with a run of very tricky games at the beginning of the season while some inconsistency in availability has meant some regular chopping and changing of personnel.
However, a much kinder post-Christmas fixture card and a new leadership team headed up by young captain Rory Desmond (2011) means that the side enter the New Year full of hope.
One notable development at the club this season has been, thanks to the ever-strengthening relationship with The School, the introduction of a number of school 1st XI players to the club. This has proved a real success with eight Upper Sixth boys representing the Old Boys throughout the Autumn Term with the most notable being Matt Burditt, who won the man of the match vote for all three XIs during his first five games for the club.
If you would like to keep up with results and tables then please visit fulltime-league.thefa.comOK Football Club V The School
On January 2nd the annual match against the school took place at Kingsway, giving everyone a valuable opportunity to run off any festive over-indulgence! For the first time in the club’s history, our 2nd XI took to the pitch alongside the 1st team, which made for a great day with nearly 60 current and former pupils involved. The club is hugely appreciative of the support shown by the School and in particular the Director of Football Mark Culverhouse, who helped move the fixture from its Monday afternoon slot in April and has continued to show an incredible amount of support to the club as a whole.
The 1st XI ran out comfortable5-1 winners, while the 2nd XI’s 6-1 win did not accurately reflect what was a tight contest at times. Days like this are vital if the club is to continue its growth and we hope that many of the school’s talented young footballers will find their way into our ranks once their studies are completed.Old Boy's Football Club – Fan's Day is here!
The KCS Old Boys Football Club would like to invite you to its annual ‘Fan’s Day’, to be held at Kingsway (formerly West Barnes Lane) on Saturday March 28th.
The Old Boys FC are celebrating their 10th year in existence and have grown from strength to strength during the past decade. With 2 teams up and running successfully within the Arthurian League, we hope that we will be able to put on a real footballing feast! Over the past few years, Fan’s Day has provided plenty of people associated with both the school & the football club with a fantastic and unique chance to meet old and new acquaintances, while also giving us a chance to say thank you for your continued support.
Across the two squads, we are proud to represent over 15 years’ worth of school leavers, so there is a very good chance that you will know somebody out there!
Please feel free to bring any friends/family (a couple of beers…) and enjoy some cracking amateur football back at West Barnes Lane. Similar to last year, we hope to have the current Headmaster, members of the Old Boys Club and representatives from the Arthurian league all in attendance and will be heading to the Village for some drinks afterwards.
Format for the day is as follows:
12pm: KCS OB’s 2nd XI v Old Milfieldians 1st XI (JLC Semi Final)
2pm: KCS OB’s 1st XI v Old Etonians 1st XI (Arthurian League)
4:30pm: Tea/Drinks at the Hand in Hand, opposite the school
The 1st XI will be seeking revenge for their cup ¼ final defeat against Old Etonians 1st XI, who find themselves in a scrap to stay in the league’s top flight. The 2 sides are evenly matched and this should be a closely contested game.
The 2nd XI entertain Old Milfieldians in the semi-final or the Junior League Cup. It’s been an incredible reversal in fortunes for the 2nd XI this season and they will need plenty of support against a very strong Milfield side that are new to Arthurian football, with a spot at final’s day awaiting the winner…Arthur Dunn 1/4 Final v Old Etonians FC – Feb 14th
The KCS Old Boys 1st XI will play Old Etonians FC this Saturday in the quarter final of the Arthur Dunn Cup. In a repeat of the 2010 final, the OB’s will be looking to progress into the semi-finals for only the second time in their realtively short history.
When the two teams met earlier in the season, OK’s ran out 6-2 winners, however the score certainly does not to justice to game and Saturday is expected to be a tightly contested affair. Old Carthusians, Lancing Old Boys and Old Reptonians await the winners in the pot for the semi-final draw.
The Arthur Dunn Cup was inaugurated in 1903 to be contested by clubs made up of former pupils of public schools and colleges. Still running today, it is the second oldest cup competition in the country behind the FA Cup. Teams are made up entirely of school leavers, and OKs are represented by over 15 years worth of leavers.
Unfortunately, in a break with cup tradition, the game will not be played at the school grounds but rather at the Old Boy’s adopted home in Teddington (St Mary’s University, Lock Sports Fields, Broom Road). Kick Off is 12pm and there will be a tea served in the White Hart pub afterwards for both teams and all spectators.
Please contact 1st XI captain Nick Perry with any questions relating to this on firstname.lastname@example.org.Football: Christmas update
The KCS Old Boys FC 1st XI have continued their good form in their return season to the Arthurian Premier League and find
themselves in a promising position at Christmas. An injury-hit October saw two poor results against Old Brentwoodians (2-3) and Old Harrovians (1-3) but the side bounced with an impressive run of three consecutive victories. Firstly, they overcame their old adversaries Old Tonbridgians 3-2 in an entertaining game (followed by an entertaining club social!) before defeating bottom side Old Salopians 2-0 and squeezing through 1-0 in the return fixture against Old Brentwoodians with Dan Phipps (OK 2003) scoring a fine winning goal. This set up a show-down with Old Foresters in the last game before Christmas with the winning side knowing that they would end the year as the top-placed team in the league – something that the KCS Old Boys have never achieved. A ding-dong game ensued with KCS finding themselves 0-2 down at half-time before scrambling back to with 20 minutes remaining. Sadly, though, a strong Forest side found a second wind and struck twice in 5 minutes and, despite a late goal from Jonny Corbett (2002), they held on for a 4-3 win.
Along with this good league form, the 1st XI have also progressed to the ¼ Final of the Arthur Dunn Cup as a couple of kind draws set up heavy victories against lower division sides Old Eastbournians (7-1) and King’s Scholars (7-1). The Arthur Dunn Cup in the second oldest cup competition in the world – pre-dated only by the FA Cup – and KCS will be looking to reach their second final in the New Year after the 1-2 loss to Old Etonians in 2010 who are, coincidentally, their 2014/2015 quarter-final opponent.
The game will be played on the 14th February at the impressive new facilities at Kingsway as The School have kindly allowed us to use the 1st XI pitch during half-term.
The 2nd XI have had some slightly more mixed fortunes as their injury-ravaged squad found themselves on the wrong side of some close games against Old Citizens, Old Salopians II and Old Epsomians and in a precarious position at the beginning of December. However, the timely return of some key personnel such as goalkeeper and vice-captain Greg Stoddart (OK 2008) along with midfielder Angus Dunsire (OK 2005) led to crucial wins against Old Brentwoodians II (2-0) and Old Malvernians II (3-2). With captain Ramon Selvakumaran (OK 2008) due to return from long-term injury in the New Year, the side can start looking up the league rather than over their shoulders and are confident that they can put together a late promotion push.
You can follow the fortunes of both teams in the results section of their new website, which was brilliantly put together by 1st
XI Goalkeeper Andy Tyler (OK 2001): www.kcsoldboysfc.com. You can also follow them on Twitter (@KingsOBFC).
Finally, KCS continue to be well-represented in the Arthurian League Rep XI with centre-backs Nick Perry (OK 2003), Rob Macdonald (OK 2005) joining Mike Tilles (OK 2002) and Alex Angel (OK 2010) in the side. A tight game against Oxford University was lost 2-3 but a great performance against The Navy saw the side win 3-2 at Corinthian Casuals with Alex Angel scoring the second equaliser in the match.
Training (above) takes place on Monday night at Raynes Park High School and on Clapham Common during pre-season. It combines fitness and football drills and is designed and run by the Old Boys.Football: Season Start
And what a start to the 2014/15 season the 1st XI have made! Following on from their unbeaten promotion season in 2013/14, they were handed a tough start to their return to the Arthurian League Premier Division with games against three of last season’s top five in September. First up were Old Carthusians – last season’s unbeaten champs – and the OKC came so close to causing an upset. Following a deserved first half goal, we were leading 1-0 until the 70th minute before an equaliser and a late winner snatched away the points for Charterhouse.
The Old King’s Club were not to be perturbed, however, and a battling point was earned in a 1-1 draw against last season’s runners-up Lancing Old Boys before we registered our first win of the season against Old Cholmelains with a hard-fought 2-0 victory in the rain. This was followed last Saturday by perhaps our most satisfying moment so far when we took on Old Etonians – who defeated us in the Arthur Dunn Final in 2010 and confined us to relegation in 2012/13 – and we romped to a 6-2 victory with Dan Phipps (OK 2003) scoring a hattrick.
The 2nd XI have had a slightly more disjointed start to the campaign with skipper Chris Tolley (OK 2008) and vice-captain Ramon Selvakumaran (OK 2008) both falling to injury in the opening weeks before narrow defeats against Old Harrovians II (2-3) and Old Millfieldians (1-3) found them languishing near the bottom of the table. However, a morale-boosting 1-0 win against table-topping Old Berkhamstedians has done much to raise spirits and they will look to use to momentum to rise up a very evenly-matched league.
Finally, the Old King’s Club have been well-represented in the Arthurian League Representative XI over the past few months. Mike Tilles (OK 2002) captained the side to only their fourth victory over the SAL in 30 years in April (also scoring the only goal of the game!) while 1st XI captain Nick Perry (OK 2003) and winger Alex Angel (OK 2010) have been selected for the side. There are several games this season against the likes of Oxford University, The SAL, The AFC, The London Legal League and The Navy and we will be striving to get more of our star-players included in the squads.KCS OB's FC v Old Carthusians – 1pm – Sat 13th
This Saturday sees the Arthurian League get underway with a mouth-watering tie to kick off proceedings. The newly promoted KCS Old Boys 1st XI will host Old Carthusians, last season’s Premier League Champions and established Arthurian powerhouse.
Both teams went undefeated in their respective leagues last season and will put these impressive records on the line at Kings’ new home ground in Teddington (St Mary’s University Sports Grounds). Charterhouse hold an impressive record over Kings in previous years, with the boys from Wimbledon yet to claim a victory over the former FA Cup winners, however there have been some exciting draws and closely fought encounters in recent seasons.
KCS have gone unbeaten throughout pre-season, with excellent victories in the last week against Old Tiffinians (9-1) and Old Malvernians (5-0), to accompany two 1-1 draws against Old Bradfieldians and Montpelier Villa FC. With some new faces joining last season’s established squad, as well as some new stash, there is a real sense of optimism around the camp.
It promises to be a cracking game of football and all Old Boys are welcome to come down and watch/support/heckle as appropriate. There shall be a tea afterwards in a local establishment, to discuss the many highs and lows of the previous 90 minutes.
For more info, results and news, please see the club website: http://www.kcsoldboysfc.com/club-news/ and follow us on twitter: @KingsOBFCOB's Football Pre-season – Clapham Common to Brighton!
As part of their preparation for the new season, where the Old Boys Football team will find themselves back competing in the top division of Arthurian League football, the 1st XI team will head to the south coast this weekend for a friendly with Montpelier Villa FC, followed by some ‘team bonding’ in sunny Brighton.
There has been an excellent turnout for the initial sessions on Clapham Common, with plenty of new players coming down to experience OB Football for the first time. Some rigorous fitness sessions, as well as technical drills and games, have left the OB’s in a confident mood, with the start of the season still a few weeks away.
A 1-1 draw away at Bradfield College Old Boys on Saturday signalled the start of the pre-season games, with matches in Brighton on Saturday, against Old Tiffinians on Monday night and Old Malvernians the following Saturday left to whip the team into shape. The 2nd XI begin their pre-season on Saturday with a game against Old Paulines also.
It promises to be a fantastic season with plenty of new faces and, perhaps most importantly, new stash. Kings will renew rivalries with the likes of Harrow, Eton, Charterhouse, Tonbridge and Brentwood as they bid to cement their position in the top flight and to compete for honours in both the cup and the league. It’s never too late to get involved so if you would like to see what OB’s football is all about then please do get in touch, or visit the brand new website at www.kcsoldboysfc.com.Football: Fans' Day Saturday March 29th
KCS Old Boys Football Club, recently crowned Arthurian League Division 1 Champions, held their annual ‘Fan’s Day’ on 29th March at Kingsway.
The Day will kicked off with the 2nd XI at 12pm against Old Foresters 2nd XI, before the currently unbeaten 1st XI entertained Westminster Old Boys at 2pm on the School 1st XI pitch. Following both games, refreshments were served at the Old Boys’ Rugby Club where, perhaps most importantly, the bar was open!
The day is a fantastic chance for all friends, family and supporters to enjoy some fantastic, competitive football matches featuring nearly 30 Old Boys and covering nearly 15 years of school leavers. We received visitors from the League and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase this marvellous Old Boy’s club, as well as the fantastic new facilities at Kingsway (if you haven’t seen them you really should!).Old Boys FC Defeat School XI
OKC beat School 1st XI 3-2
Goals by Moir, McElligott, Tilles
Man of the Match: Alex Nathanson
The Old Boys came into the annual match against the School full of confidence, not having lost a game since October and boasting a strong record in this fixture over the past 5 years. Despite missing a few regular first teamers, the Old Boys were able to field a strong 12 man squad to combat the energy and enthusiasm of a School team made up primarily of boys from the Upper 6th.
The game started at a high pace, with both teams looking to get in behind their opponents and quickly turning defence into attack. The Old Boys used their extra experience to control possession slightly better, creating a number of chances without ever really testing the 1st XI goalkeeper, who also produced some great saves on the odd occasion he was called into action. Alex Angel and Tom McElligott looked particularly dangerous, while Jonny Corbett and Mikey Tilles showed some excellent touches and linked the play up nicely at times. The high tempo meant that the game became increasingly stretched during the first half however, and the Old Boy’s make-shift back four found themselves scrambling to clear their lines on more than one occasion – a warning for what was to come.
The two sides went into half-time all square, where the Old Boys decided to press hire up the field and agreed to show a little more confidence in their ability and their attempts to keep the ball, a move that worked well for the first 15 minutes. Eventually the dead-lock was broken when the excellent Alex Nathanson retrieved the ball from a corner and whipped in a delicious cross with his ‘weaker’ left foot, which was headed in superbly by Alex Moir.
The Old Boys looked to assert themselves and build on their lead, however credit must go to the School, who responded magnificently to going behind. Firstly, poor marking from a corner allowed them to equalise with a bullet header (disappointing considering the difference in size between the two sides…) before the School’s start player (Ali Marshall I believe) made the most of a fortunate break to burst into the area and curl a fantastic shot into the top corner, giving them a deserved 2-1 lead with about 20 minutes to go.
By this stage the game was being played at an almost frantic pace, with much of the discipline and decision making that has served the Old Boys so well this year out of the window. The OBs’ pressed for an equaliser, and the School looked to counter quickly and directly. It was ‘schoolboy football’ at it’s finest…!! Eventually the scores were tied at 2-2 when Jonny Corbett slipped a magnificent ball (Jonny actually congratulated himself, out loud, immediately after playing the pass) through to Tom McElligott, who powered his finish into the corner. Alex Angel then picked the ball up in the middle of the park and played a through ball to Mikey Tilles, who showed excellent composure to beat the keeper and to give the Old Boys the lead with 5 minutes left to go.
That was how it finished, with the Old Boys just about protecting their excellent record in this fixture. We’d like to take this chance to thank both Liam Kane (Director of Sport) and Mark Culverhouse (1stXI Coach) for helping us to arrange the match and for their support of the Old Boys Football Club in general. Best of luck to the School 1st XI who will embark on a tour of Argentina and Brazil this summer also, we look forward to seeing you next season and hopefully welcoming many of you into our ranks in the future.
SQUAD: Andy Tyler (‘01), Charles Root (‘04), Alex Moir (‘03), Nick Perry (Capt/’03), Maz Tappuni (‘05), James Badgett (‘99), Alex Angel (‘10), Jonny Corbett (’02), RamonSelvakumaran (’09), Alex Nathanson (’99), Tom McElligott (’10), Mikey Tilles (’02)Football: Mid-Season Report
The 1st XI sit top of Division 1 with nine victories and two draws from their eleven games and have given themselves a great opportunity to bounce back to the top division of Arthurian League Football at the first attempt. Under the captaincy of Nick Perry, the team has played some good football with experienced players such as Jonny Corbett, Alex Nathanson, Dan Phipps, Andy Tyler, Rob Macdonald, Mike Tilles and Maz Tappuni linking well with young guns Alex Angel, Chris Wood, Ben Harries, Shaan Sripath and Tom McElligot. With tough return games against Tonbridge, Aldenham, Westminsters and Repton still to come, nothing is being taken for granted but the side will be looking to continue their good form and their promotion push.
The 2nd XI are also enjoying a stellar season and were only denied being top of Division 3 at Christmas by a narrow defeat against fellow high-flyers Old Harrovians in December. Under the newly-formed leadership team Chris Tolley and Ramon Selvakumaran, the side has created a great atmosphere and, with several new players joining, the future is looking bright. In the second half of the season they will be looking to push for a promotion to Division 2, the highest level any 2nd XI can reach in the Arthurian League set-up.Football: Top of Division 1
The OKC Football Club have bounced back in style this time round, following a disappointing 2012-13 season, in which the 1st XI were relegated from the Arthurian Premier League and the 2nd XI survived in Division 3 only through a last-day victory.
The 1st XI sit top of Division 1 with six victories and two draws from their eight games and have given themselves a great opportunity to bounce back to the top division of Arthurian League Football at the first attempt. Under the captaincy of Nick Perry, the team have played some good football with experienced players such as Jonny Corbett, Alex Nathanson, Dan Phipps, Andy Tyler, Rob Macdonald and Maz Tappuni linking well with young guns Alex Angel, Chris Wood, Ben Harries, Shaan Sripath and Tom McElligot. With tough return games against Aldenham, Westminsters and Repton still to come – as well as two games against second place Tonbridge – nothing is being taken for granted but the side will be looking to continue their good form after the mid-season break.
The 2nd XI are also enjoying a stellar season and were only denied being top of Division 3 at Christmas by a narrow defeat against fellow high-flyers Old Harrovians in December. Under the newly-formed leadership team Chris Tolley and Ramon Selvakumaran, the side has created a great atmosphere and, with several new players joining, the future is looking bright. In the second half of the season they will be looking to push for a promotion to Division 2, the highest level any 2nd XI can reach in the Arthurian League set-up.
Finally, in others good news for the club, Club Captain Mike Tilles has been made captain of the Arthurian League Representative XI. The side is picked from players across the Arthurian Premier League and Division 1 and plays games against representative sides from The Amateur Football Combination, The Southern Amateur League, The London Legal League as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities 1st XIs. Rob MacDonald and Jonny Corbett have also been selected to play for the team.OKC Football Off to a Flyer!
The KCS Old Boy’s Football Club kicked off the 2013/2014 season in style, with comprehensive wins for both the 1st and 2nd XI in their opening fixtures.
The 1st XI travelled to Old Bradfieldians, where they ran out 7 – 1 winners against a team that has only lost one game since last October! The 2nd XI entertained Old Wykehamsits 2nd’s, and also ran out easy winners by a comfortable 4 goal margin (4 – 0). With both teams chasing promotion this year, it was the perfect start and has left everyone full of optimism for the season ahead. Training starts this Monday (16th) at Raynes Park High astros between 7:30 and 9:30pm. If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved, then please come on down.