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

 

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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

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR THAT APPEARED IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER ON THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2012

 
BICESTER’S lack of sports facilities is a
disgrace.
Every week people have to travel outside
the town to take part in sporting activities
when the facilities should be on their
doorstep.
Clubs like Bicester Athletics Club have
no home and rely on goodwill from Bicester
Community College and other schools.
There are not enough sports facilities, or
pitches in Bicester, and this needs to
change as soon as possible – especially
with all the planned growth for Bicester.
The current facilities are not enough for
the current population. What will happen
with a further 20,000 people living in the
town?
The new sports village will go some way
to help. But more facilities are desperately
needed to cater for other sports.
Charles Shouler and Michael Waine are
right to call on the Bicester Sports
Association to put its hand in its pocket.
After all, this organisation was set up for
the purpose of providing sports facilities for
Bicester.
It seems the association has been
stagnant for too long. Yes, it runs pitches in
Pingle Drive and Chesterton, and has a
shooting range, but what about all the
other sports out there?
As always, the big stumbling block is
money.
The BSA says it doesn’t have any cash to
invest in Bicester, but these former senior
councillors believe the trust must have
accrued some cash over the years from
land sales.
Because it is a private trust, it said it
does not have to provide financial accounts
– so, effectively, no-one knows
The BSA has been through the ringer in
recent years after issues with the football
club, so surely it’s time to wipe the slate
clean and move forward and provide what
the founders set out to do.

LETTER FROM MICHAEL WAINE & CHARLES SHOULER THAT APPEARED IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2013

Sir, Like so many of your
readers, I am delighted with
the announcement from
Cherwell District Council
that stage two of the much
needed sports village is soon
to start.
The shortfall in playing
pitches in our town has been
identified and positive action
taken – Cherwell are to be
congratulated.
However, at this point in
time, only stages one and two
are funded.
The all-important stage
three, which includes a synthetic
pitch, athletics track,
tennis court and multi-use
sports area, still has to be
financed.
What a golden opportunity
the Bicester Sports
Association trustees have to
invest in extending our
town’s sporting facilities.
They have the solution and
the funds to partner
Cherwell in completing the
Sports Village provision.
Local people will know of
the vision of the founders of
the association when they
first gave the town its first
sporting facilities in the
Oxford Road.
Hopefully that vision will
be sustained.
Michael Waine
county councillor for
Bicester Town
Charles Shouler
past county councillor
Priory Court
Bicester

FRONT PAGE ARTICLE THAT APPEARED IN THE BICESTER ADVERTISER, THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2013

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A BICESTER-based sports
trust set up 80 years ago
should grab a “golden
opportunity” and pay for
the final stage of Bicester’s
sport village.
Land has been set aside
at the new Kingsmere
estate for pitches, a club
house, athletics track,
astro-turf pitch and tennis
courts.
But so far Cherwell
District Council can afford
to get only phases one and
two, the pitches and a
£2.5m clubhouse and car
park up and running.
Phase three, the athletics
track and other facilities, is
on hold until about £2.3m
can be found to pay for it.
Now two former county
council cabinet members
say the Bicester Sports
Association (BSA) should
pay for the facility and
realise the “vision” of its
founders.
In a joint letter to the
Bicester Advertiser, former
county council chairman
Charles Shouler and
former county education
boss Michael Waine say the
BSA holds the solution to
completing the sports
village.
Bicester county
councillor Michael Waine
said: “In our view the
sports association, through
their trust, have a
responsibility to the
community of Bicester for
the provision of sports
pitches. We assume they
have got the money, or at
least got some money that
could be invested in sport
in this town for its future.
“It’s a one-off golden
opportunity for them to
show we are here and we
are going to do this.
“Stage three would give
us an athletics track for a
first-class athletics club in
the town. It would see the
dream complete.”
Mr Shouler said “the
great and good” of the
town had joined forces to
buy 10 acres of land,
known as Barn Piece. This
included the current sports
pitches off Pingle Drive,
and a trust was created in
the 1930s.
In the 1960s, the BSA
bought the land known as
Bottom Fields, which was
later sold to the Bicester
Village developer and Tesco
for an undisclosed sum.
Mr Shouler said: “The
point of their trust is to
provide sports facilities for
the people of Bicester and
people living within five
miles.
“They must have,
although they have never
released their accounts,
capital money, so what’s
not to do it.”
BSA secretary Len Payne
did not completely rule out
the association getting
involved, but said it did not
have the cash.
He said: “We don’t have a
limitless amount of money.
We don’t have millions
tucked away in our back
pocket as Charles and
Michael seem to think.
“I’m not sure if it’s at all
possible to help.
“We are very pleased
that this sports village is
coming on stream because
it’s long overdue.”
Mr Payne also said the
district council had not
approached the BSA to get
involved in the sports
village discussions.
The council said it had
met with the BSA’s former
chairman, Adam Wade, last
August to discuss the
trust’s aspirations to
expand its Chesterton
facilities and set out its
plans for the sports village.
A contractor has been
taken on by the council to
design and build the
clubhouse and car park.
Å In 2009 Bicester Town
Football Club, in Oxford
Road, and the BSA locked
horns over debts. Two
years later the club closed
its doors for good after the
association gave it notice to
quit the site stating the club
had not met commitments it had agreed
to.