The Old Berkhamstedians


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Football - Final Report

May 2016

 

The Old Berkhamsted's Football team once again played in a higher division this year following our promotion from division 3 in 2015. We competed in the 2nd of 7 divisions now in the Arthurian League. Having been with the team for over 8 years I can say that this is by far the most talented group of individuals I have played with under the Old Berkhamsted banner. It is no coincidence that the core of the team derives from the Christie Cup School winning side of 2008. The investment from the School in quality coaching at a young age is without doubt creating talented sports men and women in later life.

 

Although we narrowly missed out on promotion this year finishing in 4th place It is worth mentioning that we did not actually lose a game to the promoted teams and we had beaten teams finishing above us in 3rd and 2nd place. My point here is that on our day we are just as good if not better than anyone in the current division. I feel that lack of experience in a newly promoted league perhaps cost us, as we dropped points that should have been ours in the first half of the season. However I believe that this will be rectified next year.

 

We also made it to the semi finals of the Junior League Cup this season being knocked out in heart breaking fashion by the eventual cup winners. There will also be a re shuffle going into the new season as Alex Stewart (2008) will now take the helm as club captain. Alex's ability on the pitch is undoubted and he has in the last 2 years added steel and leadership qualities to his game. I have had the honour of captaining the club for the last 6 years, but it is time for a younger generation to lead the future and Alex will do a great job.

 

It is also worth mentioning that we were for the first time in the clubs history requested to make players available for the Arthurian League rep side who field a team twice a year to play semi professional opposition. This is essentially a team derived of the best players across the 7 divisions and it was a staggering compliment to be paid as a club. I'm sure it will be Roy Hodgson knocking on our door next.

 

In my final report as captain I would like to thank the school as their support is the only reason why the team is doing so well, I could write a bio on every player in the team but I dont have another 50 pages to do so. Thank you to all the support given from Pat Ryan, Ian Phillips, Ronald Nash and all other parents who travelled over land and sea to watch us play (I bet they thought their days of standing in cold muddy fields were over).

 

Steve 

Old Boys Football Captain  

 

Follow the OB Footballers on twitter @Old Berkhamsteds

 

 If you would like to find out more or play for the team, please contact the team Chairman Steve Davis (Burgh 2000) at:

 old.berkhamstedians.fc@googlemail.com

 


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An explanation of the Clubs leagues and Competitions:

 

Arthurian League: The Old Berkhamstedians compete in the third division of the Old Boys' public school league. The Arthurian League season runs from late September to early April. 
 
Cup Competitions: Arthur Dunn, Junior League, and the London Old Boys Cup. 
 
Arthur Dunn Cup: Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn (1861-1902), arguably the best footballer of his generation, was dedicated to instilling the qualities of sportsmanship into the young men coming through the public schools. After his untimely death at the age of 41, a football competition between the old boys of certain schools was inaugurated in his memory. The first final was held at the Crystal Palace in 1903 and has continued at various venues ever since.