50 Years On Dinner at Stamford Bridge a huge success

4 Feb 2013

The OHAFC celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Club's reformation in 1963 with a gala dinner held at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea on Friday night.

Many of the members who helped reform the Club back in the early 1960's were present among nearly 200 guests and they were afforded a standing ovation in recognition of their efforts.

Club Chairman Andy Butler was MC for the night and after dinner he introduced the entertainment and awards. The usual penalty kicks game was played, with guests guessing whether recorded efforts from the spot went in or not. Not for the first time, Piers Bourke found himself the last man standing at the end. He really is very good at that game.

It wasn't the only thing Piers won that night either. 1st XI skipper Ed Poulter then took to the stage to present him with the Charles Clover Brown Award for services to the Club. Goalkeeper Charlie Walsh was presented with the Bert Worthy Trophy for the Young Player of the Year and Phil Berry was handed the Jubilee Cup after winning the competition back in December.

The victorious Vets Cup team of last season were also asked to stand as skipper John Wyn-Evans was once more asked to hold the trophy aloft.

There was one final presentation, this time made by Club President Mike Keenan. A framed shirt, signed by many of the players who have played with him over the years, was given to Quentin Baker in honour of his 14-year reign as 1st XI captain. Ed Poulter paid tribute to his predecessor in glowing terms as the room stood to acknowledge Quen's achievements.

With the formalities over with, it was left to David Lederman to introduce a light-hearted quiz that consisted of running photo slideshows of various pets, babies, and pairs of trousers among other things and getting the members present to guess which belonged to the various players assembled on stage.

After a lengthy marking process, it was determined that Table 9 had won, although the prize of some half bottles of red wine was kindly donated to the Barbarella's Nightclub appeal.

Photos from the evening will shortly be available on the website.