ORFC Chairman's Pre-season update 2019-2020
Dear ORFC player past and present and loyal supporters,
I thought it might be of interest to send out a pre season update to you all.New ORFC leadership
The club had its AGM last month and a new leadership team was voted in as Alex Evans is standing down as captain after 3 successful years in which the Dunn side reached a semi final and final. Alex’s passion and commitment to the club has meant we have strengthened our relationship with Matt Carrington and the school as well as successfully integrating recent leavers to come and play in the league and Dunn side. He will be missed as captain but will be still fully committed to playing and supporting the leadership of Mike Watson who will be Club and League Captain and Doug Redfern who will Captain the Dunn side. Both will continue to play in the Arthurian League side. The club has acknowledged that the performance of the league side over the last couple of years has been disappointing and needs addressing. We have new players available for next season in the league side and so we are hopeful of a more successful season in the league. Rest assured Al Evans will continue to write the match reports, which I know many of you enjoy greatly, and he has assured me that this season he shall always provide match reports even in the event of losing a game or two!
The Arthurian League have adopted the AFA sin bin sanction of 10 minutes off the field for dissent to discourage referees being abused. VAR is probably still a few years away.Arthur Dunn Cup rules update
As Chairman of The Arthur Dunn Committee we have been updating the rules which have not been updated for decades - “ results of games to be posted..” etc does not quite resonate with the digital age!. The proposed key updates are that Dunn matches must be played at the schools on grass pitches. Having witnessed a Dunn semi final when we played on Astroturf nowhere near Tonbridge I am very keen for this rule to be adopted. In the current rules the only eligibility is that players went to the schools who are invited every year to compete in the Dunn and that they are not banned for playing as a result of having received a recent red card. Over the years there has been a lack of clarity about eligibility of players in the Dunn who play in a higher level of football. It appears that there has been a sense that semi pro players should not be eligible for the Dunn. For example, students who play for Loughborough University play in a Midlands semi pro League rather than against other Universities. So the proposed new rules will clarify the position of the competition being “open” to all old boys ie the same basis as the Cricketer Cup. Players want to play against the best players and it seems counterproductive to the traditions and reputation of the Arthur Dunn Cup to put restrictions on the best players’ eligibility for the competition because they may be playing semi pro football. The reality will be that those playing much further up the football pyramid will most likely be restricted either contractually or by not wanting to miss games for their clubs to play in the Dunn because of the risk of being dropped. These proposed rule updates will be circulated to the clubs for consultation and discussion to be adopted for season 2020-2021.150 Club
Charlie Twigg is taking over the management of the 150 Club so if you do not have a ball to go into the monthly draw, or indeed would like another one, then do make contact with Charlie on Ctwigg@headlandconsultancy.com
& +44 7946 494568 before he makes contact with you! This is a valuable means of the club raising funds to play and train in London which is increasingly expensive particularly for our younger ORs.New sponsor opportunity for season 2020-2021
This is to let you know that the Club is looking for a new sponsor for the season after next 2020-2021. So if your company is keen to reap the benefits of associating with the ORFC and seeing their name on the front of our shirts then please give me a call on 07590828719 to discuss and make an appropriate offer!
I shall look forward to seeing many of you on OR Football Day at the end of the month.
To get news of forthcoming ORFC fixtures and the results on the afternoon of the game just go to http://www.arthurianleague.co.uk/
. We are in Division 1 ( at the moment!)
That is it for know and it just leaves me to wish the League and Dunn teams the very best of luck in the forthcoming season and for the ORFC “ultras” to continue to support of the team pitch side as much and as often as possible!