Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Club Focus - Oadby Town

So the first match I will see back in England will be a ninth level affair between local team Rocester and Oadby Town in the Midlands Football Alliance.
Oadby Town or 'the Poachers', as they are sometimes known started out life in about 1938 as Oadby Imperial. In 1939/40 they won their first competition 'The City Medals'. In 1943 they merged with a local junior team and became briefly Oadby United before changing back to Oadby imperial for 1949/50 season when they entered the Leicestershire Senior League Division 2. They only stayed in this division for a couple of seasons before gaining promotiom to the top tier of the Leicestershire Senior League.In 1951, the same year that they gained promotion Oadby finally settled on the name Oadby Town. However, it wasn't until 1963 that they received their first major piece of silverware when they won the Leicestershire Senior Cup beating Newfoundpool WMC in the final. The following year they retained the cup and sealed a treble by also capturing the League Championship and winning the Coalville Charity Cup. They added to their trophy haul with subsequent league titles in 1968, 69, 73 and 1995 and won the championship three times in a row between 1997 - 1999.
In 1999/2000 Oadby moved to the Midland Football Alliance and went on to win the league in their first season. Last season they finished 17th and will be hoping to improve on that this time out.
Other highlights in this millennium have been an FA Vase Final appearance against Brigg Town in 2003, where they lost 3-1 : 2 Rolleston Charity Cup wins and a Leicestershire Challenge Cup victory.
The club play at Topps Park, which is named after their sponsors, Topps Tiles, it is opposite the Leicester Tigers' training ground and has a capacity of about 2000, although their average crowds are around 100, which is fairly typical of the division.

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