Looking Back

Oswestry and Aberystwyth have not been regular opponents
down the years, however our reserves played them in the
Mid Wales league in the 80’s,plus odd games in the Welsh
Amateur Cup just after the war.
In our Cymru Alliance days,1995/6 we got a 0-0 draw at
Aber in the 4th round of the Welsh Cup and then knocked
the LOW side out 3-2 in the replay, Mike Davies, an O.G.
and Steve Jones goals taking us through. We lost 0-2 to
Barry in the 5th round, en route we put out Druids, Chirk,
Flint, then a LOW side. We finished as Champions, but we
could not step up due to our ground grade, that would
come in 2000 when we won the title again.

Looking back has reminded me of the nightmare time we
experienced v Aber, on 30/9/200 we lost 1-2,Ross Jeffries
for us and Paul Evans & Steve Mardenborough for Aber.
The return in February saw us stuffed 6-0,Mardenborough,
Glyndwr Hughes(2),Evans,Gornal and Denis Bailey scoring.

No better next term, 25/8/02 a 3-0 loss at Aber, Glyndwr
Hughes & 2 from Paul Hunt,the return at Park Hall on Jan
12th saw us go down 2-5, Steve Rogers & a Mo Doyle
penalty for us and Bagger Wright(2),Glyndwr Hughes(2),
& Gary Finley the scorers.

Our last season in 2002/3 saw a home 0-1 loss to a goal
from Gavin Allen and on April 12th another stuffing 5-1,
Football Genius, Bari Morgan(2)Leighton McGivern(2) and
Gavin Allen.  More than enough to bring a tear to your
eye. Must say Glyndwr(Paddy)Hughes was one of my
favourite LOW players.

A very old link between us is Charles Parry, from Llansilin,
he won a Welsh Cup winners medal with Aber in 1900. He won
13 Welsh Caps in his time at Everton & Newtown. Described
as a Full or Half back, on his return to Oswestry in 1900
United short of a keeper called on his talents. Reports
say that when he finished playing for us in 1906 he took
up the whistle in the Birmingham League. He fell on hard
times after working as a groundsman/caretaker for us and
Everton came to Oswestry in 1921 to play a benefit for him.
There is a memorial to him inside our Market Hall, he died
age 51.

Oswestry had two more Parry boys from that era, brothers
Maurice of Liverpool fame and Tom…more on them later.