Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Club Focus - Oldbury United

Oldbury United are playing Rocester up the road tonight and with nothing much else to do and being a glutton for punishment I will be at the game.

Oldbury, despite their name and the age of most of the clubs in the Midlands Football Alliance were formed as late as 1958. They joined the Worcestershire Combination, which was later called the Midland Football Combination, in 1966.

In 1982 they moved up to the Southern League Midland Division, where their highest finish was 3rd, however in 1985-86 they finished bottom and went into the West Midlands Regional League. In 1993 they won the Championship and in 1994 they became founder members of the Midlands Football Alliance. Their highest finish in the MFA has been 3rd, but last season they narrowly avoided relegation when they finished 21st. They weren't helped though by having to play the first half of the season at Pelsall Villa's Bush Ground when there was a legal dispute over the use of their 'The Beeches' ground in Tividale.

They will have to be a poor team to lose to a Rocester team that has been ravaged by injuries and weakened by Leek's preseason poaching of players though.

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