Winslow's first recorded football matches, 1879

Although it was called football, this would have been more like rugby. The location of the pitch isn't stated but was probably at Hollow Furrow (Granborough Road). Winslow's first football club soon died out, and association football wasn't played seriously until 1891 when Winslow Town F.C. was formed.

Buckingham Advertiser, 22 March 1879

FOOTBALL – WINSLOW V. BICESTER. – On Thursday, March 13, a game was played between the above clubs, at Winslow.   Some excellent play was shown by the home party, who kept their opponents in subjection nearly all the afternoon, and ultimately won the match by 3 goals against 1.   The Bicester captain, winning the toss, chose the Western goal, obliging their opponents to play against the wind, which was, however, very slight, and with the sun in their eyes.  The ball, however, kept rather in the Bicester half, but no goal was scored until within two minutes of half time, when a goal was kicked for them, after a combined rush on the part of their forwards.   After change of ends, matters were speedily equalized by a goal kicked by Norton for Winslow.   Shortly after, Neal scored one for the same side, and a third was afterwards obtained, Norton heading the ball through from a corner kick.   No further score was made, so the Winslow team were declared winners.   The return match is to come off at Bicester on March 29.

AYLESBURY V. WINSLOW.- On the following Thursday, Winslow took a team to Aylesbury.  After a hotly contested game, the match ended in a draw.   Winslow won the toss, and chose the goal furthest from the town, a strong wind blowing nearly right across the ground.   After Aylesbury kicked off Winslow quickly score the first goal.   Norton middling the ball well to Lowndes, who passed it between the posts.   Aylesbury, however, soon made the game level, and scored also a second goal.   Shortly before half time, Norton scored a second for Winslow.   After changing, each side scored a further goal.  The last quarter of an hour Aylesbury had the best of the game, but no further score was made, in spite of several strokes at the Winslow goal.

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