Passing of Dennis Fogden

It is with great sadness that Oxford HC have received the news of the passing of Dennis Fogden after a short illness.

Dennis played for Pressed Steel for a number of years which later formed into Rover Hockey club. He was often seen on the side of the Brookes astro watching his son Richard when he played for City and later Oxford Hawks.

Dennis was a lovely man, a keen hockey player and angler. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. We send our condolences to the Fogden family at this difficult time.

The Men's 1s

The Men’s 1s observe a minutes silence before their fixture with Wycombe on 19th October 2013


OHC Hamsters v. Oxford 8s – 17.3.12 match report (Hamster version)

Oxford Hamsters  2 – 1  Oxford 8s

After the two victories last weekend, hopes were high in the Hamsters’ camp that we could prove a few sceptics wrongs and be victorious over our illustrious club colleagues ‘Oxford 8s’.

Skipper Carter was extremely pumped up for the occasion and his rallying call in the pre-match huddle was stirring stuff indeed. [Even Sath arrived on time and heard it – must have been the first one this season.]

Oxford 8s started promisingly, gaining a large portion of the early possession but did seem to struggle to carve out any clear chances against a well organised Hamsters defence.

With good pace on the flanks provided by Adrian and John Spry, linking well with front combinations of Skipper Carter, John Jones and AMH, the Hamsters began to get a foothold in the game.

But as the tide began to turn, the 8’s scored. A goalmouth scramble ensued following a misjudged clearance from Keeper Bence and the ball was eventually pushed in from close range.

This goal seemed to upset the Hamsters as they replied almost immediately with a well-taken goal from Andy Bowen and then to add to the 8s dismay, Hamsters scored again to make it 2-1 at half time [if someone wants to claim the second goal let me know cause I can’t remember – think it was Kyle].

Coach Walker delivered some well-chosen pearls of wisdom at half time and the Hamsters went out for the second half expecting the 8s to hit them with all they had. And in fairness they did. But the Hamsters defence of Alan, Sath and Dave Haycock were in no mood to let their lead slip and the well-marshalled troops stood fast. The midfield 5 also worked tirelessly throughout to deny the 8s play-makers time or space to get a grip on the game.

We did have to make one forced change when AMH hit the ball straight into Kyle’s bread basket. Sath’s very attractive female friend, being a doctor, did offer some assistance to Kyle but he got to his feet before a hand could be given.

Back to the game and keeper Bence made a couple of good saves which atoned for his earlier misdemeanor and the score stayed at 2-1 to the final whistle.

So as the great and the good of Oxford Hockey Club looked on and wondered how this result could have happened, the Hamsters retired to the bar in bullish mood to enjoy a well-earned pint and a good old chin wag with friends.

The tales of daring do continued well into the night as the majority of the team walked into the city to sample the best ales Oxford could offer.

Skipper Carter ‘a very happy Hamster’.

MOM – Adrian Harris & John Spry

DOD – John Jones ………Bit harsh.

Thanks to Marianne and John for umpiring.

Hamsters v. Wycombe 7s – 12.11.11 match report

Oxford Hamsters  2-0  Wycombe 7XI

This week Captain Carter had a full complement of Hamsters, with all this season’s usual suspects present and correct, albeit with AMH still in an umpiring-only capacity owing to injury. We were particularly pleased to welcome back Mr S Mason from the Far East, our very own Chris Patton, although he seemed to be still suffering from the after effects of a 16 hour flight and a single-handed attempt to drink the business class bar dry.

Unusually, as the game started we were all over our opposition. After ten minutes, as centre back, I had hardly touched the ball and Mr Bence was doing the crossword. Wycombe, featuring familiar faces such as Pony-Tail Bloke and sundry veteran South Africans, quickly descended into their now familiar internecine bickering which hardly helped their cause. Unfortunately, we could not find the net and the half ended 0-0.

For the second half, Mase passed on his umpiring duties to Robin, so reprising his role with Jones (J) as the Stadler & Waldorf of OHC up front. At the start of the second half, Wycombe upped their game and the defence had to work well to keep Wycombe at bay.  As seems now to be the pattern for Wycombe games, one of the opposition had to be ferried off to the JR, this time with concussion after a clash of heads with Anand.

After a near certain flick for the Hamsters was denied, we finally took the lead after John Spry picked up a rebounded ball following a JJ short corner strike. Soon after, John was in the same spot to pick up another loose ball to make it 2-0.  At this point, Wycombe descended into disarray. As well as continuing to argue amongst themselves, they took to whinging at the umpires. AMH managed to keep a lid on things but his patience must have been sorely tried.  After yet another appeal failed, the Wycombe captain subbed himself off, uttering the words “..he’s not worth it” as he trudged off, obviously having watched too much Eastenders.

2-0 at full time was a fully deserved result as we had all played well and had Wycombe on the ropes for most of the game. No doubt a feisty game will be in store when we make the return trip to Cressex, although they do nice teas there, as I recall.

Stadler and Waldorf

Jones: “I’ve been missing you.” Mason: “You mean you’ve been missing the net.”

Goal scorer:  Mr Crisp & Dry (2)

Man of the match:  Two-goal Spry

DOTD:  Jet-Set Mason  

Match reporter:  Wild

Umpires:   AMH, Robin/Mase

Team:  Tim Bence, Alex Evans, Anand Gupta, Alan Newbold, Robin Allen, Dick Walker, Ian Wild, Sath Vadivale, Kyle Walker, John Spry, Adrian Harris, Marcus Carter, Jones (J), Mr S Mason