Old Woodstock Town F.C.

Old Woodstock Town F.C.
Old Woodstock Town
Full name Old Woodstock Town Football Club
Founded 1998
Ground Eynsham Hall Sports Ground, North Leigh,Oxon, OX29 6PN
Chairman Ted Saxton
Manager Simon Lenagan
League Hellenic Football League
Premier Division
2010–11 Hellenic Football League
Premier Division, 9th
Home colours

Old Woodstock Town F.C. are a football club based in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.


They were formed in 1998 from a merger of Woodstock Town and Old Woodstock, and won the Oxfordshire Senior Football League in their first season.

They joined the Hellenic Football League Division One West in 1999. In the season 2007-8 they were runners up in the West division and were elected to the Hellenic League Premier Division for the 2008/09 season.

Woodstock Town and Old Woodstock merged together in 1998. In their first season together they won the Oxfordshire Senior League and, as a result, admission into Division One West of the Hellenic League.

Old Woodstock FC was founded in 1920 and spent its first fifty years playing in the Witney & District league and were league champions in season 1948-49 and 1949-50. In season 1948-49 they also won the leagues Senior Challenge Cup, a feat they repeated in the seasons 1955-56 and 1958-59.

For season1970-71 they joined the Oxfordshire Senior League but had to wait until 1984-85 before they returned to prominence when they reached the final of the leagues Ben Turner Trophy, before losing to Blecthington. The following season they finished runners up in Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division. In season 1988-89 they beat their deadly rivals Woodstock Town in the final of the Presidents Cup on penalties in a thrilling game that finished 4-4 after extra time. The next season they were runners up in the Premier Division, while season 1990-91 saw their Reserve team reach the final of the Clarendon Cup. John Parsons the club linesman won the ‘Best Linesman in the League’ award four times between 1982 and 1991. They won the Presidents Cup again in 1997.

Woodstock Town FC would appear to be the older of the two Woodstock clubs as they were champions of the Witney & District league in 1911-12 and joined the Oxfordshire Senior League in 1950. In season 1953-54 they reached the final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup but were beaten 3-1 by Oxford City. In the same season they won the Oxfordshire Charity Cup. The following season they were champions of the Senior League, but at the end of season 1962-63 they finished in last place in the league. In seasons 1966-67 they won both the Oxfordshire Senior league and the Oxfordshire Charity Cup.

Season 1971-72 saw them reach the final of the Clarendon Cup, losing to Old Easingtonians. The next season they again came second in the league, before winning the Archie Godard Cup in 1973-74. Two season running, 1977–78 and 1978-79 they were Senior League champions and in 1977-78 their reserve team were Division Two Champions. Sidney Leith, the club linesman won the ‘Best Linesman in the League’ award for the season 1978-79.

During the 80’s they made a habit of winning the Senior League, being champions for 1982-83,1986–87, 1987–88 and 1988–89 and were runners up in 1983-84. They reached the final of the Senior Leagues Presidents Cup in 1981-82, 1983–84 and 1984–85, winning on the last occasion. They won the Clarendon Cup in 1987-88 and 1989–90 and the Archie Godard Cup and Ben Turner Trophy in 1989-90.

This brings us to more recent times and after several seasons in Hellenic League Division One West, Old Woodstock Town spent the 2004-05 season in Hellenic Division One East. Season 2005-06 saw us return to Division One West.

In 2007-08 they finished 2nd in Division One West resulting in promotion to the Hellenic Premier Division for the first time in their history. In a tough first season they finished 17th - achieving their aim of staying in the Division. The 2009-2010 season saw further improvements finishing 13th in another tough but competitive season. The Reserves got through to the final of the Presidents Reserves Cup in 2009-2010 season but lost out in a close game.

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Coordinates: 51°40′52.84″N 1°16′28.98″W / 51.6813444°N 1.2747167°W / 51.6813444; -1.2747167

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