Looking Back at Oswestry Town

Ahead of the fixture between The New Saints of Oswestry Town and Haverfordwest, Mike Clarke has been looking back at the last time Haverfordwest played Oswestry Town. Mike also looks back at two former internationals that both played for Oswestry.

Haverfordwest last played Town here on Jan.25th 2003, Blues shared the points in a 1-1 draw. They took the lead on 47 minutes after O’Sullivan’s free-kick was steered home by Chris Miller. Sub John Black (77mins) salvaged a point when he headed home Karl Robinson’s cross that had been flicked on by Kev Leech. Deryn Brace was Player Manager for the visitors and Dave Norman for Blues. Karl Robinson is Manager at the Milton Keynes Dons now, and Dave Norman was here at Park Hall recently and I also saw him at Druids.

The season before, on November 10th we beat Haverfordwest 3-2, to secure our first home win of the season, all the goals were scored in the first half Jonathan Jones(10)Dave Norman(28) and Steve Evans(39).The visitors Andy Richards(23 pen)Marcus Taylor(30). Yes, that is our Evo, he had just joined Blues on a month’s loan from Total Network Solutions.

Further to my last notes re capped players, two more from my younger days are Graham ‘Flicka’ Williams and Cliff Sear.

Williams a left winger was signed from Blues by Bradford City in 1955, he had a long league career, finishing at Port Vale in 1968 after spells with Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham, Swansea Town and Everton. He won five caps for Wales whilst at Swansea and scored one goal in the 1-1 draw with England at Cardiff. He also had one u23 cap. His son Phil ‘Whiz’ Williams was a winger with us in the N.P.L. in the 1980’s.

Cliff Sear, like Williams was from the Wrexham area, a full back, he signed for Man City in 1955, a defender with style who made 248 appearances for City, before he linked up with old team mate Alan Oakes at Chester in 1968. After two seasons playing he took up youth coaching and had spells as coach, assistant manager and manager. Cliff had one Welsh Cap v England in 1963 and two u23 caps. He moved on to Wrexham from Chester to take over their youth set-up.