On Friday 5 January, under the floodlights of Tilsley Park, a group of 2017 leavers and former school football players returned to take on the new First XI team. The game served as an opening match to the 2018 school football season and a reprisal of what will become an annual Returning Captain’s fixture.

Initial concerns about fitness levels soon faded away as the game got underway, and in a well spirited, end to end fixture with plenty of goals the Old Abingdonian team took the victory.

Watched by fellow OAs, parents and staff, it was a delight to be able to welcome back so many members of the OA community on what was an enjoyable social occasion.

Many thanks to players Paddy Leggett, Elliot Dandridge, Harry Wallis-Smith, Bertie Thomas, Rory Parsons, Alex Sayeed, Joe Delafield, Angus Williams, Miguel Zilvetti, Marius Putnam, Oliver Gray, Finn O’Hickey, Tom Hale, Matt Spira, Tom Bishop and Harry Fishpool.

We hope to see many back for the OA Under 23s vs Over 23s match at the end of the season on Saturday 24 March: Sign up here.

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