Oswestry Town  – Most memorable games



Last Ever season at Victoria Road.


Oswestry Town’s last ever season at Victoria Road wasn’t the prefect end to an association with a ground that they had played in since the 1880’s.

The stadium which would now be adjacent to the Police Station in Oswestry was the football clubs home since 1875.

However in the 1987/88 season financial trouble coupled with poor performances on the pitch ended up with relegation from the Northern Premier League signalling the start of a five year hiatus.

On Saturday the _______ Oswestry Town kicked off their campaign against Hyde United with new manager, John Rodgers at the helm.

The new seasons optimism lasted barely two minutes when the Town fell behind to the Tigers on their brand new artificial pitch. Rogers’ dream of a good start then turned into a nightmare after Russ Hooton was sent off before Dave Kelly and Dave Barbour both suffered match ending injuries.

Ten minutes from time Hyde made the game safe by adding a second goal to ensure an opening day defeat for the Town.

The Blues began their last ever season at Victoria Road against rivals Rhyl and suffered the first of what proved to be a number of home defeats, going down by three goals to nil.

A defeat at Marine was followed by a home defeat against Morecombe before finally picking up a league point at home to South Liverpool.

Having now played five games, Oswestry had failed to score a league goal and were sat bottom of the table before another home game against mid table Chorley. The Lancashire side ran out 4-0 winners despite key player Dave Kelly returning from injury..

On____ attention switched to the Welsh Cup but Oswestry were knocked in the first round by Conference side and reigning FA Trophy holders Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough.

In the seventh game of the season an all too familiar tale began to emerge when Oswestry returned from Gateshead with yet another defeat and yet again failure to score a goal.

The run looked set to continue at half time when the Blues found themselves two nil down to Whitton Albion and down to ten men after skipper Dave Pennell had seen red but a spirited comeback was complete when Glyn Stephens and Ken Deakin both scored to end the baron spell.

It was back to normal for Oswestry the following week after a 3-0 away defeat at Caernarfon which was followed by a trip to League leaders Southport. A spirited performances kept the score respectable but once again Oswestry finished the game with no points and no goals.

A brilliant brace from Neil Ellis helped Oswestry pick up a hard fought point at Bangor City but the Blues still found themselves four points adrift of safety.

Oswestry were drawn away against Worseceter City at St George’s lane in the GMAC Cup but lost out by an odd goal with both Paul Cross and Gary Dullaghan receiving their marching orders.

A return to league action proved to be a memorable occasion when the Town finally picked up their first win of the season at the expense of a glittering Goole outfit, boasting the likes of former England striker Tony Currie and non league goal machine Bob Gauden. Two minutes after the half time break, 17 year old Mark Wilson rifled in to send the home fans into raptures.