THE HISTORY of the Old Wilsonians Association

The Old Wilsonians Association were originally on a ground in Dulwich Common until moving to the adjacent school playing fields after the second World War.

In 1959 the OW Association moved to its present headquarters with the acquisition of the Hayes Hill Sports Ground. This was achieved by the sterling efforts of the OW Association Management Committee of that time, lead by its President A.W. (Bert) Bourner. The purchase of the ground was financed by OW Association funds, a mortgage, a contribution from the OWTC together with a substantial donation from A.W. Bourner made the existence of the Old Wilsonians’ Sports Club possible.

A.W. (Bert) Bourner with the assistance of the likes of Freddie Cross, Bill Penfold, Tom Richardson, Freddie Lang and E.G. Camden Pratt were instrumental in setting up the OW Sports Club and its management which has been well served since 1959 by past Presidents, committee officials and members.

The OW Sports Club comprises of the OW Football Club, OW Cricket Club and Colts section, Lawn Tennis Club, Squash Club , Golf Club and finally, Social membership.

Over the years additions and improvements to the Ground and its facilities have included squash courts, all weather floodlit tennis facilities, refurbished clubhouse, changing rooms, bar and kitchen. The most recent acquisition is the purchase of a piece of land owned by Ex.Blues for new cricket nets in 2010 and a new boundary fence with a gated entrance.

These improvements have been achieved by way of securing grants and loans, receiving gifts and legacies from OW’s fund-raising and of course, lots of voluntary hard work by OW’s and club members, past and present.

It is hoped that this commitment will be carried by future generations of Old Wilsonians.

As we were originally an Old Boys Association we attempt to live up to the motto of the School :- NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS (Not for one but for all)

O.W. Association Notable Events

1615

Wilson’s School founded

1882

School rebuilt in Camberwell

1886

OLD WILSONIANS’ Cricket Club founded

1888

OLD WILSONIANS’ Football Club founded

1904

OLD WILSONIANS’ Association (OWA) founded

OLD WILSONIANS’ Chess Club founded

1905

Inaugural OWA Dinner

OLD WILSONIANS’ Rifle Club founded

First issue of OLD WILSONIANS’ Chronicle published

1909

Inaugural OWFC .v. The School Match

1918

OLD WILSONIANS’ Musical and Drama Society founded

OW Territorial Army Platoon formed & attached to 1st Surrey Rifles

1928

OLD WILSONIANS’ Dramatic and Play Reading Society founded

1931

OWA Lease Sports Ground in Dulwich

1933

OLD WILSONIANS’ Lawn Tennis Club founded

1939-1946

OWA Activities suspended due to the outbreak of second world war

1947

OLD WILSONIANS’ Drama Club founded

OWA Table Tennis Club founded

OWA Chess Club reformed

1948

OLD WILSONIANS’ Masonic Lodge consecrated

First Annual Leavers' Supper

1951

OLD WILSONIANS’ Badminton Club founded

1956

OLD WILSONIANS’ Bridge Club founded

Inaugural OWA Dinner & Dance held at House of Commons

OWA Sailing Club founded

OWA Motor Club founded

OWA Photographic & Art Club founded

1959

OWA PURCHASES SPORTS GROUND AT HAYES

Inaugural OWA Gala Day at Hayes

1961

Opening of the Greencoat Building at Camberwell sponsored by Mary Datchelor School

1963

First presentation of the "Bourner Cup" to the person making the greatest contribution to the OWA in 2-3 years after leaving school

1964

OWA Diamond Jubilee

1965

350th Anniversary of founding Wilson’s Grammar School

Commemoration Ball held at Quaglinos

Anniversary Gala Day held at the school sports ground First alterations to OW Sports Club at Hayes

1967

OLD WILSONIANS’ Cross Country Club founded

1969

OWA financial crises – Save the OLD WILSONIANS’ – EGM held

OWA receive short term loan from Wilson’s School governors

Fifty OW’s lend interest free loans amounting to £4000

Decision to build squash courts to increase income

Rentals charged to subsidiary clubs for the first time

OWA Committee and Management System introduced

OW Dramatic Society—winners of the Lambeth Drama Festival

1971

Sports Club improvements—including The Presidents Lounge

Improved bar facilities, games room, refurbished showers and dressing rooms

1973

OWA Squash courts opened & OWA Squash Club founded

Inaugural OWA Donkey Derby held at Hayes

1974

OWA financial crises—period of loan repayments extended

1974

Wilson’s Grammar School moves to Wallington as Wilson’s School

1975

Wilson's School moves to Wallington

1976  

Financial crisis- outstanding loans paid up

Association Dinner held at the School for the first time 

OWFC wins Old Boys Cup & AFA Surrey Senior Cup for the first time

1979

OWA 75th ANNIVERSARY

1982

OWFC organises the HFC Trust Soccer Classic at Selhurst Park Between the England World Cup XI and an HFC Celebrity Team

1983

OWFC organises Jimmy Greaves Southern Internationals vs Bobby Charlton’s Northern Internationals

1984

Squash team playing in Division 1 of the N.W. Kent league

1986

OWCC Centenary year lunch held at the Cafe Royale with Viv Richards and other Celebrities

OWCC Centenary Presidents Cricket Week

1988

OWFC Centenary year with dinner held at Fairfield Halls Croydon

Inaugural OWA benefit greyhound race night

1989

OWLTC install all weather surface at Sports Club

1991

OWCC first tour to Barbados with a party of 75

New kitchen installed in Sports Club

1994

OWA 90th ANNIVERSARY

1996

OWA Squash Club adds Racketball

OWLTC upgrades courts & floodlights with funding from National Lottery & Sports Council 

1997

OWCC Colts Section formed

2000

Sports Club improvements—New roof and meeting room

2001

Squash team re-promoted to N.W. Kent league Division 1

2004

OWA Centenary Celebrations with Ian Forbes and "Mac" McAlister joint Presidents

OWFC join the S.A.L.

OWA Inaugural Past Presidents Lunch

2005

OWCC awarded CLUBMARK

OWFC run 10 sides on Saturdays for the first time

Terry Adams 1st player to play 1000 games for OWFC

2006

OWA inaugural NATWEST Club Force

25 lease agreed with Glebe & Hawes Down school to share playing facilities

OWCC becomes Bromleys first accredited with ECB Clubmark

2008

OWA installation of Pike’s electronic score board and score box – opened by Mike Gatting

OWCC awarded Chance to Shine Status and became a Focus club

OWFC Achieve Charter Status

Mike Harris made Life President of OWFC

OWFC obtain joint use of Hawesdown School playing fields

2009

Geoff Robinson became the 2nd player to play 1000 games for OWFC

OWA purchase land from Ex Blues for new cricket nets

New Boundary fence and electronic gates erected

OWA CELEBRATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PURCHASE OF THE SPORTS GROUND AT HAYES

2010

Major rebuild of showers and changing accommodation at Hayes coupled with significant investment in new boilers

New cricket nets built on land purchased from Ex Blues with ECB grant

Major improvements to club house including new bi fold pavillion glazing in memory of Brian Morley

Tennis court refurbished 

2011 

Extension of pavilion balcony

2012

Refurbishment of  ladies changing room

Refurbishment of obsolete tennis court to form multi use games area , funded partly by the London Mayors Trust

OWA Netball club re-formed

2013

Installation of Children's Playground

OWFC 125th anniversary celebrations at the club 

2014 

OWFC wins AFA Senior Cup

2015

400th anniversary of founding of the school with Founders Day celebration at Southwark Cathedral with similar at St Giles church and old school in Camberwell

OWFC wins AFA Senior Cup again

Tennis club new pavilion opened

2017 

OWLTC named Kent Tennis Club of the Year 

 

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