LOOKING BACK AT OSWESTRY TOWN

After a superb win against Airbus UK on Saturday, Mike Clarke looks back at other times that we have faced Airbus UK.
Sometimes people tend to get confused with the old New Broughton side who merged with Brymbo, both these clubs playing us frequently.

From my records the only game I am aware of, is a one off meeting at Broughton back in January 15th 2000. That saw our visitors then under the name of British Aerospace, we won there 1-2 in a North East Wales Cup game, Dave Taylor (Pixie) got both our goals,34 & 69 minutes, in between on 54 minutes, Player Manager Vernon Keep set up Carl Atkinson for their goal. Aerospace played in the Welsh Nat.League.

Town then top of the Alliance, managed by Ken Swinnerton had present Bala boss Steve O’Shaunessy in our back four. We went on to win the cup for the first time, a Racecourse Final against Buckley. Our three year stay in the L.O.W.as Oswestry Town was prior to the Bus gaining promotion.

I mentioned a few issues back to give details of the player who would become the record capped ex Oswestry player. Not a Welshman this time,but Northern Irelands Jimmy Quinn.

Jimmy signed for us from Whitchurch Alport in 1981,scored two on his debut V Matlock, nine in total and had gone by Christmas to Swindon for £10,000. A great leaper and header of the ball. He moved on to Blackburn 84-86 for £32,500,back to Swindon 86-88 for £50,000, 88-89 Leicester £210,000, 89 to Bradford City £210,000,89-91 West Ham £320,000. He spent 91-92 at Bournemouth and then 92-97 at Reading, where his forty goals won the golden boot and the 2nd Division title in 1993-4. A spell with the Posh & Swindon again,97-2000.

During the period 85 -96 he won 46 caps scored 12 goals, he played in two World Cup campaigns, in total Jim had 578 League games scoring 210 goals.

He managed at various clubs Reading, Swindon, Vics, Salop Cambridge, Bournemouth and Nantwich .He missed by a whisker in taking Reading to the Premiership in 95, and took Salop back into the league from the Conference first time in 2004.

A busy boy still playing in his 40’s and several later non league clubs before finishing at Nantwich.