Winslow Town F.C. (founded 1891; became Winslow United 1895)

Winslow's original football club ran from about 1878 to 1884 (read more). A new club was formed in 1891 as a result of the activities of the Reading Room and its associated cricket club.

1891: Bicester Herald, 23 Oct

  FOOTBALL MOVEMENTS AT WINSLOW.- A public meeting was held on Tuesday evening, October 13, at the Parish-rooms, Market-square, Winslow (Mr. Herbert Bullock in the chair), to ascertain the feeling of the inhabitants of this town as to resuscitating the football club which formerly flourished in Winslow.  The meeting was well attended.  Mr. Pass at the chairman’s request, explained the objects of the meeting and apologised on behalf of the vicar, who had intended to be present.  He also added that if a club were started he had been promised support from several gentlemen in the neighbourhood including the Vicar, Mr. Norman and Dr. Creasy the latter being present.  The proceedings were business-like throughout, the only difficulty appearing to be as to a suitable ground but no doubt this difficulty will be got over on appealing to the generosity of some of the inhabitants who have always supported anything in the way of healthy recreation for the people of Winslow.  It was resolved that this temporary obstacle should not hinder the formation of the club and the election of officers was accordingly proceeded with as follows:- Captain, Mr. Pass; vice-captain, Mr. B. Sanderson; committee, Messrs. H. Bullock, F. Sturch, C. Ingram, Whitaker, H. Boulter, and Wilfrid French (who was empowered to draw up rules, &c.); and hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. W. N. Midgley, who forthwith proceeded to enroll members a good start being made.  It was decided that the club colours be dark blue and white, that the subscription be low (at least for the present), that fixtures be arranged as quickly as possible and that all club notices be posted in a prominent position in the High-street.  A hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Bullock for presiding brought the successful proceedings to a well finished close.

A trial match was held on 3 Oct between teams selected by George Pass (National School) and William Warne (High School).

The new club's first match was played on 31 Oct at the Flower Show Field, lent by T.P. Willis.  Winslow beat Granborough 3-1.
H. Bullock, goal; Norman, Biswell, backs; Ingram, Sturch, Colgrove, half-backs; R. Creasy, W.N. Midgley, left forwards; B. Sanderson (captain), centre; Langley, Young, right forwards.

On 7 Nov, Winslow lost 1-7 at home to the “old-established team” of North Marston.

On 21 Nov, Winslow Town played Winslow High School (past and present) on the school ground, and the Town won by “5 goals (one disputed) to 2”.  Mr Warne the referee disallowed the disputed goal.
Tompkins, goal; Rev. T.K. Norman, Wheele [Whittaker?]r, backs; Sturch, Colgrove, Ray, half-backs; Pass (captain), Midgley, left wing; Butler [Boulter?], centre; Sanderson, Bullock right wing.

On 5 Dec, Winslow won 6-0 at home to Bletchley.  Scorers: Creasy, Pass, “a bully in front of goal”, Sanderson, Creasy, Sanderson.
Sturch, goal; Whittaker, Colgrove, backs; Ray, Midgley, Ingram, half-backs; Neill, Pass (captain), left wing; Creasy, centre; Sanderson, Bullock, right wing.

On 12 Dec, Winslow High School (past and present) beat Winslow Town 2-1.  The report referred to “frequent changes in the town team (which, by the bye, should not be allowed)”. W. Sanderson of Magpie F.C., London, was referee, and the match was played on a pitch lent by W.S. Neal.
White, goal; Rev. T.K. Norman, W. Neal, backs; Pass, Ingram, Midgley, half-backs; Rev. P.H. Eliot, B. Neill, Bullock, Creasy, Boulter, forwards.

On 19 Dec Winslow beat a “poorly represented” Waddesdon 5-0 on a hard and slippery pitch.  Winslow’s team included Watkins of North Marston as back and Bayliss in goal.  Pass, Neal and Creasy were among the forwards.  Referee: Mr Sturch.

On 30 Jan 1892 a Winslow team badly depleted by influenza lost at Bletchley.

4 Feb: lost 1-2 at home to S.F.G. James' XI (Schorne College).

13 Feb: lost 1-3 at home to Schorne College. Scorer: Creasy.
Sear, goal; Whittaker, Haines, backs; Midgley, King, “sub.” half-backs; Neill [=Neal], Pass, Creasy, Bullock, “sub.” forwards

3 March: lost 1-4 at home to Buckingham Town ("return match"). Scorer: Midgley.

5 March: Winslow Town Reserves beat Winslow High School 2-1 on the School Fields.

17 March: won 3-2 at home to Buckingham.

23 March: Winslow Town Reserves beat Winslow High School 3-0 on the School Ground.
Collier, goal; Mayne, Yeulett, backs; Clare, Watson, Sear, half-backs; Sturch, Burden, Lann, Colgrove, Smith, forwards

1892-93 season

1892: Buckingham Advertiser, 17 Sep
Winslow Football Club.
  The annual business meeting of this Club was held at the Parish Reading Room on Monday night, and the large attendance as well as the interest shown speaks well for its future prospects.  The chair was taken by Mr. J. Holding (Magpie Football Club, London), and the first business was the production by the secretary of the balance sheet for the past year, which, showing a small balance in hand, was enthusiastically passed.
  The Rev. P. H. Eliot, vicar, was next re-elected President, and Mr. W. N. Midgley secretary, Mr. Pass paying a deserved compliment to the latter by saying it was probably through his care and efforts the balance was not considerably on the other side.
  Mr Pass was unanimously re elected Captain, and considerable pressure was brought to bear on Mr. B. Sanderson to accept the office of Vice-Captain.  As he declined to do so, however, on account of pressure of other engagements, Mr. Syratt was elected to the post.
A Committee consisting of Messrs. Haynes, Sanderson, Garner, B. [=H.] Bullock, B. Colgrove, and Rev. T. K. Norman, was next chosen.
  The secretary then read challenges from- Buckingham (2), Schorne College, Bletchley (2), Cosgrove, Stantonbury Unity, and Wolverton Town- It was decided to leave these in the hands of the Committee, only suggesting that perhaps it might be a difficult matter to get teams for one or two of the more distant matches, unless they could be arranged to be played at home.
  The question of shirts was next discussed, Mr. Midgley proposing to adopt half shirts with the club colours, dark blue and white.- Mr. C. Watson seconded- Mr. Sanderson proposed, and Mr. B. Colgrove seconded, the sticking to the old colours, white with a blue band, and this latter was carried by a strong majority.
  The question of raising the amount of subscription, which is at present only 1/-, was discussed, but the feeling of the meeting was decidedly against it, so much so that no one would move a resolution in its favour.
  A goodly amount of subscriptions was then taken by the Secretary, and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed and seconded by Mr. Pass and the Rev. T. K. Norman.

15 Sep 1892: won 2-1 at home to Buckingham.

15 Oct: lost 2-4 at home[?] to Cosgrove.

29 Oct: drew 2-2 at home to Quainton
Winslow 2nd Eleven drew 2-2- against St John's Royal Latin School at Buckingham.

5 Nov: won 3-2 away to Schorne College.

12 Nov: won 5-3 at home to Bletchley. The match was played in the Flower Show Field.

3 Dec: lost 1-5 at home to Stantonbury.
A. Haynes, goal; Rev T.K. Norman, T. Norman, backs; A. Siratt, J. Scarsbrook, C. Garner, half-backs; Pass, Merry, Clarke, Rev. P.H. Eliot, H. Bullock, forwards

17 Dec: won 3-1 at home to Cosgrove.

26 Dec: away v Stantonbury: abandoned
Buckingham Advertiser, 31 Dec
  STANTONBURY ROVERS V. WINSLOW.- This game was played on Boxing-day, and ended in a fiasco.  The Rovers had secured two goals, and Winslow had one, and was just scoring another, when one of the home team accused a Rover of unfair play.  This led to blows between the two, and the Rovers rushed off the ground to the nearest public, and were no more seen.

28 Jan 1893: drew 3-3 with North Marston Reserves.

1 Feb: a "Town Team" beat Winslow High School 3-0 on the school ground.

4 Feb: won 3-2 at home to Schorne College. George Pass arranged the match to raise money for the poor and unemployed. Afterwards a hundredweight of coal was distributed to each of "thirty deserving cases".

8 Feb: Congregational Guild beat Winslow High School 3-0.

23 March: lost 0-6 away to Buckingham 2nd XI.

25 March: lost 2-4 at home to Buckingham Teachers.

20 April: Congregational Guild drew 1-1 away to Middle Claydon.

1893-94 season

1893: Buckingham Advertiser, 23 Sep
    The annual business meeting of members was held on Friday evening, in the Parish Readinng Room, and was very fairly attended, among those present being- Messrs. Pass (captain), Midgley (hon.sec.), Langley, C. Watson, A. E. [=A.J.] Fulks, E. W. French, G. Midgley, B. Colgrove, etc.
  Mr. Pass was moved to the chair, and explained that the meeting was called rather earlier than usual, because football really now began in summer, and it was necessary that the committee should be appointed so that they could arrange matches and begin at once.  He then called upon their treasurer and secretary,
  Mr. Midgley, who said unfortunately their finances were not so flourishing as might be desired, there being a balance due to him of 15/11, as well as several outstanding bills, the whole showing a deficiency of £3/13/8.  He explained that this was partly caused by the club having to pay fares, etc., for other clubs to visit them, because of the difficulty in getting members to play out-town matches, but who were ready to play when the match was at home, also there was considerable expenditure in telegrams to members in getting up the matches.
  The Chairman confirmed this, and said he thought it was better to get teams to come to Winslow and thus get a good game, even if they had to have an entertainment or something to pay for it.
  Mr. Ingram called in question the action of the captain having so many outsiders to play when there were members in the town who wished to play and were not asked.
  Mr. Pass said he was quite unaware that it was so, and instanced the fact that when they sent notices inviting every one to come there were only five turned up, so they were often dependent on outsiders.  He should only be too pleased if members would give in their names to him for playing in matches.
  Mr. Ingram thought the members ought to be asked, as it was not likely they would go after the captain and tell him they wanted to play.
  Mr. Pass said that was the rule, and he appealed to Mr. Langley, who confirmed it.
  The selection of officers next took place, when Rev. P. H. Eliot was re-elected president; Mr. Pass, captain; Mr. Sirett, vice-captain; and Mr. W. N. Midgley, honorary secretary, hearty thanks being accorded him for his services.  Messrs. Bullock, Saunderson, and B. Colgrove, were re-elected on the committee, with Messrs. C. Watson and J. Budd as new members.
  The Chairman then asked for any suggestion from those present, remarking that they wished to make it a popular game for the town.  He was obliged to Mr. Ingram for mentioning the matter he had, and added that they thought of arranging some six-a-side competitions, which would give every member a chance of seeing what he could do.
  The meeting then broke up with a vote of thanks to Mr. Pass.

23 Sep 1893: Winslow Junior Rovers (at this stage a separate club, apparently associated with the Congregational Guild) drew 1-1 at home to Bletchley Star
C. Ray, goal; G. Mayne, J. Budd, backs; A. Colgrove, J. Elley, J. White, half-backs; J. Langley, R. Yeulett, G. Rose, H. Burdon, S. Midgley, forwards

30 Sep (report in Buckingham Advertiser, 7 Oct)
  FOOTBALL.- The handbills advertising a six-a-side competition on Saturday, September 30th, in the Flower Show Field (kindly lent by T. P. Willis, Esq.), brought forth so many entries that it was decided to change the competition into a nine-a-side contest, of half-an-hour each.  In the first round, Mr. Dolman’s team had to face a team captained by Mr. Pass, and succeeded in forcing a draw of 1 goal all.  The draw was fought off, and resulted in a win for Mr. Dolman’s team, by 2 goals 1 point against 1 goal 1 point.  The second round was also very close, and ended in Mr. T. Newman’s nine, beating Mr. F. Young’s by 3 goals to 2.  The final round was very exciting, and was won by Mr. Newman’s team, beating Mr. Dolman’s to the tune of 1 goal to nil.  Many spectators watched the contests.

7 Oct: Winslow Town won 3-2 at home to Cosgrove.

14 Oct: Winslow Town won 3-2 at home to Wolverton Town.
H. Burdon, goal; T. Newman, H. Young, backs; C. Watson, Midgley, J. Henley, half-backs; G. White, J. Budd, right wing; A. White, centre; W Dolman, J. Dolman, left wing

21 Oct: Winslow Junior Rovers won 3-1 at home to Buckingham Reserves.

26 Oct: Winslow Junior Rovers won 4-1 at home to Winslow High School.

28 Oct: Winslow Town won 3-1 away to Schorne College.

2 Nov: Winslow Town lost 0-7 away to Buckingham.
C. Ray, goal; Newman, J. Budd, backs; C. Watson, A. Sirett, S. Barton, half-backs; Geo. White, C.N. [W.N.?] Midgley, right wing; C.N. Phillips, centre; W.J. Luckman, G. Midgley, left wing

8 Nov: Winslow Junior Rovers second XI beat Grandborough Valiants 5-1.

11 Nov: Exeter College Oxford did not arrive for a match arranged to be played at the Flower Show Field.

18 Nov: match v St John's College at the Flower Show Field abandoned because of the weather.

25 Nov: Winslow Town lost 1-2 at home to Schorne College.

2 Dec: lost 1-2 at home to Magdalen College Oxford 2nd XI.
White, goal; Watkins, Newman, backs; Dolman, Garner, Young, half-backs; Pass, Anstiss, Budd, Luckman, Young, forwards

16 Dec: Winslow Town lost 1-5 at home to Launton.

26 Dec: Winslow Town lost 0-3 at home to Waddesdon Reading Room. "Waddeson played a very rough game, injuring several of the Winslow team." Garner had two ribs fractured.
Winslow Junior Rovers lost 1-5 at Bletchley.

13 Jan 1894: Winslow Rovers won 4-1 at home to Middle Claydon.

Thu 18 Jan: Winslow Town lost 2-4 at home to North Marston 2nd XI.

20 Jan: Winslow 2nd XI won 5-2 away to Buckingham Reserves. Scorers: Pass, White.

27 Jan: Winslow Junior Rovers won 2-0 away to Middle Claydon.
Winslow Town 2nd XI drew 3-3 with Winslow High School.

Thu 1 Feb: lost 0-4 at home to Buckingham.

3 Feb: Winslow Rovers won 3-1 at home to Winslow High School

10 Feb: Winslow High School lost 2-3 to Oxford High School on the "Town Ground"

17 Feb: Winslow Town v Bicester Harriers cancelled due to the weather

22 Feb: Winslow High School 1 Winslow Town 1 on the "School Ground"

24 Feb: Winslow High School lost 1-2 to Banbury Ark House School on the "Winslow Town Ground"

28 Feb: Winslow High School beat Magdalen School, Brackley, 2-1 on the "Winslow Town Ground"

3 March: Winslow Town 2nd XI beat Winslow High School 7-1.

Fri 9 March: Winslow Junior Rovers won 8-0 at home to 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards Drummer Boys.
H. Burdon, goal; G. Mayne, J. Budd, backs; H. Ray, G. Rose, J. Elley, half-backs; J. Langley, S. Young, G. Collyer, R. Yeulett, S. Midgley, forwards

10 March: Winslow lost 1-3 away to Bicester Harriers. Winslow refused to play on after one of their players was injured.

17 March: Winslow Town 1st XI beat Winslow High School 3-2 on the School Ground.

7 April: Winslow Rovers lost 4-5 at home to Bletchley.

Rovers' record for the season: P16 W10 D1 L5 F49 A27

Wed 11 April: Winslow Rovers beat Winslow High School 3-1 on the School Ground.

1894-95 season

22 Sep 1894: Winslow Rovers lost 1-12 to Bletchley Station at Fenny Stratford.

Thu 27 Sep: Winslow Rovers played away to Grandborough Stars; result not given.

6 Oct: Winslow Rovers won 5-4 at home to Stony Stratford; played at the cricket ground
W. Roberts, goal; J. Clare, J. Langley, backs; W. Taylor, G. Rose, G. Mayne (captain), half-backs; G. White, G. Taylor, C. Newman, J. Budd, T. Newman, forwards

Thu 11 Oct: Winslow Rovers won 3-0 away to Grandborough Stars
R. Stonhill, goal; G. Mayne, J. Clare, backs; C. Watson, W. Midgley, H. Ray, half-backs; H. Smith, W. Roberts, G. Pass, H. Burdon, T. Young, forwards

13 Oct: lost 1-3 to Schorne College

Thu 18 Oct: lost 2-3 at home to Buckingham

Wed 31 Oct: Winslow Rovers 2nd XI beat Winslow High School 4-1

3 Nov: Winslow Town lost 1-6 at home to Keble College, Oxford
Clare, goal; Watkins, Eliot, backs; Dolman, Young, Mercer, half-backs; Bullock, Budd, Allan James, White, Pass, forwards

10 Nov: Winslow Oddfellows lost 2-5 away to Buckingham Oddfellows
Winslow Rovers won 5-0 at home to Wolverton Wesleyans

17 Nov: Winslow Rovers won 5-2 at home to Grandborough
W. Roberts, goal; G. Mayne, Hustwaite, backs; H. Ray, G. Taylor, W. Elley, half-backs; G. White, G. Taylor, J. Budd, A. Brazil, J. Langley, forwards
Winslow (Town) lost 2-3 away to Schorne College

22 Nov: Oving v Winslow Rovers

24 Nov: Winslow Town won 2-1 at home to Trinity College, Oxford

1 Dec: Winslow Oddfellows beat Buckingham Oddfellows 3-2 at Winslow Rovers' ground

5 Dec: Winslow Town won 2-1 at home to Exeter College, Oxford; played at the cricket ground

15 Dec: Winslow Rovers lost 1-3 at home to Bletchley

No results found for January and February

20 March: Winslow Rovers lost 1-4 at home to Granborough
Roberts; Mayne, Foskett; Langley, Burdon, Deacon; Varney, Atkins, Bull, Crips, J. White

Thu 11 April: Winslow lost 2-4 at home to Schorne College

Winslow United F.C. (from 1895)

1895-96 season

Winslow Town and Winslow Rovers combined to form Winslow United at the start of the 1895-96 season.

12 Oct: won 4-2 at home to Schorne College
Taylor; Mayne, Ray; Elley, Brazell, Roberts; Taylor, King, Bailey, Pass, Smith

Thu 17 Oct: lost 1-4 away to Buckingham

19 Oct: won 5-3 at home to North Marston
Taylor; Ray, Hawtin; Smith, Brazell, Roberts; King, Pass, White, Young, Taylor

Thu 24 Oct: lost 1-4 at home to Brasenose College, Oxford

9 Nov: lost 2-3 away to Bletchley
Taylor; Ray, Watson; Elley, Brazell, Smith; Taylor, Young, Spencer, Pass (2), King

Buckingham Advertiser (16 Nov)
  A general meeting of the members of the Winslow United Football Club, was held in the Reading Room, on Tuesday, November 12th.- Mr. Geo. Pass in the chair.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.  The next business was to elect a new captain in the place of Mr. Geo. White, who is leaving the town, and Mr. Hugh Ray was proposed, seconded, and unanimously elected, with Mr. W. Taylor, as sub-captain, and Mr. T. Bailey was elected to be on the Committee.

16 Nov: drew 3-3 at home to Wolverton Wesleyans

Tue 19 Nov: lost 3-5 at home to 1st Coldstream Guards Drummers (who were invited and entertained by Mr & Mrs Lambton)
Taylor; Ray, Mayne; Yeulett, Brazell, Elley; Bailey, Smith, Spencer, Young, Taylor

23 Nov: won 1-0 away to Leighton Town

30 Nov: drew 0-0 away to Buckingham Oddfellows

7 Dec: lost 0-2 away to Schorne College

14 Dec: lost 1-2 at home to Bletchley
scorer: Ray

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