HOW CAN A SO CALLED RESPONSIBLE MP IGNORE THIS SITUATION.  THERE IS MORE MISSING MONEY  INVOLVED HERE THAN WAS STOLEN IN THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY!alfie 3baldry 3 2nd

WHERE ARE THE MISSING MILLIONS THAT WAS MEANT FOR SPORT PURPOSES IN BICESTER.  READ ON THERE IS MORE TO COME.

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alfiebaldryAfter 3 years we are now going to start showing the correspondence between Alfie Pickett and Tony Baldry.  Please note we have more letters to follow so this was not the last letter to be  written by Tony Baldry.

Mark Edwards remembered

I was presented Mark Edwards football shirt in the season of 1997/8 Kieran Edwards proudly wears this now and also plays for Bicester Town Colts, it would be fantastic to get BTFC back to it’s former glory and home so he truly could follow in his Dad’s footsteps.
I was presented Mark Edwards football shirt in the season of 1997/8 @[1617559570:2048:Kieran Edwards] proudly wears this now and also plays for Bicester Town Colts, it would be fantastic to get BTFC back to it's former glory and home so he truly could follow in his Dad's footsteps.

Charlie Rawlings

img225_edited-1Charlie was much loved at the Bicester Town Football Club, and people still talk about him with great affection.

30 months on ………………….January 2014

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It is now two and a half years since the Football Club closed and the Club is still missed by many.

On the BTFC Facebook page we show pictures each week of people who used the club whether it was for Football, BTFC Aunt Sally, BTFC Golfing Club and the many other people who used the Club for their own activities.

The Club was hired by many to hold parties being birthday, engagement, christening, anniversaries, weddings or just an excuse for a party. Other football clubs used the hall and bar facilities to hold their own club presentations as they did not have premises of their own.  Also other clubs hired the pitch for special matches. The Referee’s Associations used the club for their meetings. So many users of the Club.

We had also signed a Charter which joined Bardwell Boys FC, Bicester Town Colts, Bicester Town Football Club and the Oxford Football Association. A great way to integrate players into the Club.

We have some wonderful Football photos that have appeared on our Facebook page that start from the early 1900’s.  That is how long the Football Club goes back in time.  Back in those days they also had a thriving football club that was enjoyed by many in the town.

Now the Town of Bicester is much bigger than in those days and now there is no Town Football Club.  A Club that the Town can be proud of.  A Town of the size of Bicester should have its own Football Club, such a disgrace.

The Club is not forgotten at all and is still a registered Football Club. There is a party of dedicated people that are working to get the Football Club back in Bicester, again so it can be a sporting and social hub for many.

Following will be a gallery of pictures that have appeared over the last 18 months on the BTFC Facebook Page, some really great pictures.

If while looking at these photos you remember people in the photos please let us know.  You may have pictures that were taken at the Club, if so, please send these in to us and we can add them to this website and the Facebook page.  These photos can be sport, Aunt Sally, golfing, social.  Also any stories to go with the pictures would be welcomed.

This is a way of keeping the Club alive until we get the real thing back.

 

NEW PHOTOS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE BTFC GALLERY, PLEASE CLICK ON THAT LINK

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TED HOULIHAN HAS SET YOU ALL A TASK TO NAME THESE PLAYERS - TELL TED

TED HOULIHAN HAS SET YOU ALL A TASK TO NAME THESE PLAYERS – TELL TED

 

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Old pros at BTFC

Old pros at BTFC

 

Team of 1928

Team of 1928

 

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Bicester Town FC 1909-1910. Who’s Grandad is in this picture

 

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peter anmd team mates

 

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following are pictures of other clubs that used the BTFC and used the Club’s name for Aunt Sally and Golf.

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The members of the Gold Club

 

These pictures are of the BTFC Aunt Sally Team

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letter from Stuart Bateman that appeared in the Bicester Advertiser on Thursday 31st October 2013.

Questions

Sir, As a weekly user of the Oxford Road sports facilities, I have major concerns that the users’ interests are of secondary concern to the BSA.

Your paper urges trust, but BSA resembles a self-perpetuating secret society.

Who elected the BSA committee to their roles? Do they have a constitution?

Why is the amount Tesco/Bicester Village paid BSA for the land undisclosed, and is not a matter of public record?

Why don’t BSA publish accounts for public scrutiny?

Is the BSA committee paid for its services?

Do they charge expenses?

Who vets the expenses?

What have BSA to hide?

These questions need to be answered before trust can be given.

Stuart Bateman

Bartsia Road

Bicester.  

COMMENTS BY THE EDITOR IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER DATED 24TH OCTOBER 2013

 
AFTER years in the making, Cherwell
District Council’s Local Plan has finally
been sent to the Government.
It gives broad details about how and
where civic planners want the town to
expand over the next 20 years.
Bicester is set for major expansion and is
expected to see thousands of new homes
and hopefully jobs in the next two decades.
It also talks about more than 14,000 new
jobs being created, which we hope is
achievable.
An examination of the plan is expected to
take place early next year before it is
officially adopted by the council by the
summer.
The plan would also help stop
speculative developers being able to
railroad their plans through the system
using a legal loophole.
An up-to-date Local Plan is an important
document because it guides development.
But what our councillors must remember
is the town’s infrastructure and facilities
must be at the top of the agenda when it
talks to potential developers.
Facilities at the moment are either
bursting at the seams or non-existent.
The swimming pool is hugely
oversubscribed, children’s play facilities are
out-dated, there is not enough sports land.
The list goes on.
Before thousands more people move to
Bicester, we really need to get the
infrastructure right.
We waited decades for a cinema and a
little more shopping choice in the town. We
certainly don’t want to be in the same
situation a few years down the line.
Bicester’s facilities have always been
lagging behind. That mind-set must be
changed. It’s the council’s job to make it
happen.

LETTER WRITTEN BY ROBERT DICK WHICH APPEARED IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER ON THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER 20113

Sir, The founders must be
turning in their graves.
Being a trustee of the BSA
should be seen as an honour
and a privilege to serve your
local community. To do it
with pride with no thought of
reward, other than to be
respected by your local peers
for the good job you are
doing.
If you are not prepared to
carry out your duties on this
basis then I would suggest
you are not the right person
or persons for the job. Kindly
vacate your posts and let
somebody that really cares
take over.
This is not rocket science.
A plot of land was left for the
sole purpose of allowing
Bicester people to play sport
on it. End of story.
Costs do not need to be
incurred or even charged for
the use of this land.
You simply allow the the
footall, cricket or rugby clubs
permission to use it. From
then on it is up to the respective
clubs to look after it
themselves. Volunteers will
cut grass, mark pitches etc
etc. This promotes community.
What the BSA has served
up is sport that is unaffordable
to the local community.
And to kill off Bicester’s
premiere football team was
simply unforgivable.
The whole of the Oxford
Road Site should be converted
to Village Green Status.
Robert Dick

LETTER FROM ROGER WISE THAT APPEARED IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER ON 24TH OCTOBER 2013

Sir, How encouraging it was
to read the recent correspondence
and comment, featured
in the Bicester Advertiser
regarding the Bicester Sports
Association.
Over the last two years I
have used the Bicester
Advertiser’s archives —
stored at the Oxford History
Centre.
This resource has allowed
me to build a clear picture of
the history and the foundations
laid by the BSA, with
respect to their relationship
with the sports community of
Bicester and surrounding
area.
The records clearly show
the funds raised to purchase
the Oxford Road site came by
the way of generous individuals,
together with donations
from the townspeople and
local associations, including
Bicester Town Football Club.
I have a record of the donations
made.
This land was purchased
from the Coker family.
Over the years, the BSA
has sold off parcels of land.
The two most notable being
to Tesco (via Charterhouse
McGregor) and Value Retail
(Bicester Village)
I again have copies of the
conveyance (September 15,
1988) and minutes of the
other transaction (April 12,
1996).
The point I would like to
emphasise at its utmost, is
the claim of the Bicester
Sports Association of being a
private trust.
The BSA’s own trust deed
does not identify a clear
ascertainable beneficiary to
enforce the trust or indeed
benefit. Without this element
the trust would appear to fail.
ROGER WISE