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Oswestry Town FC

Oswestry has been home to football for as long as anyone can remember, there are really no official records as to when the team was founded but it is a common view that Oswestry FC would be one of the first football teams to be formed. in the world … maybe even the first one. Originally born as Oswestry United, friendly matches were played on the local cricket pitch against local teams such as Chirk, Ruabon and the Druids, all from the surrounding areas of Wrexham in North Wales. Oswestry United was a founding member, along with Ruabon, Chirk and Druids of a series that covered North Wales and the north west of England called “The combination”.

In 1876, Oswestry became one of the founders of the Football Association of Wales, and entered the first ever Welsh cup the following season. After the war, the team was renamed Oswestry Town and began competing in the Welsh Alliance league. Oswestry Town later moved on to face a different competition in the Birmingham league after becoming champions of the Welsh Alliance. in 1924 seeking new challenges that came in the face of notable teams such as Telford United, Shrewbury Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

Spells in the Cheshire League, Southern Premier League and Northern Premier League would continue over time Oswestry Town began to struggle on and off the pitch as finances and finances came under pressure This resulted in the sale of their sad. home time, the Victoria Road Ground and a period in which football in Oswestry was suspended, perhaps long term. Eventually luck began to wane when the site of Park Hall located on the outskirts of town was used. Park Hall was an army building facility that previously hosted many different sports in the area including Rugby Union and horse riding.

During the relentless years of the clubs the face of football had changed with the introduction of the Welsh national league. As already mentioned, Oswestry Town were original members of the Football Association of Wales and so had the right to play within its league. Oswestry Town started their football by joining the Welsh League of Nations (Wrexham area) and began climaxing on the pyramid system of the Welsh Football League. When he reached the Cymru Alliance League which is one of two feeder leagues to the Welsh League. Oswestry Town won a double League and Cup at first by questioning. Unfortunately, however, they were denied a chance in the top tier of Welsh football because the ground in Park Hall did not meet the stringent stadium requirements of the league. After many fundraisers and donations the club was able to raise money to purchase floodlights that brought the land up to standard and further financial difficulties were added to another successful Cymru Alliance season in 1999/2000 which prevented again on transfer to the Welsh League. . This time the financial difficulties were too severe for the club to overcome and Oswestry Town have now played their last game. Football continues in Oswestry, Park Hall due to the relocation of The New Saints previously located in nearby Lantsantfraid.

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