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Photos for Summer (and Winter)

Presentation Night for the Summer was last Friday and the photos are now available online. Many thanks to Ellen Downes for snapping on the night.

The previous Winter League Presentation Night (April) were loaded but a bug prevented their viewing. They have now been reloaded for you to view. 

Go to PHOTOs on the menu and take some memory lane trips while you’re there – we have 10 years worth and more in the History section !

If you have any old photos, programmes or clippings that you want to share get in touch with the Committee.



Summer League : Week 10 Results & Comp News


As you know the League is sponsored this year by Dyno Plumbing & Heating and they are offering an exclusive discount for registered players of the league off the cost of all new boilers they install. From now until the end of the season they will be offering a 10% discount off all new boilers installed. The boilers come with a 7-year warranty and you’ll need to quote DYNOAASL17 when making an enquiry. This offer is open to all registered players of the League.

So give them a ring on 01235 523708 and get a great deal!

Competition News:  5s Competition – The Committee have decided that because the Spread Eagle B team withdrew from the competition voluntarily that Spread Eagle go through to the Final. 

Singles Competitions: with the 4 venues hosting 30 players with games running to repeat 3/1/6 stick legs in places and some high 5/6s being challenging in some of the later matches the semi-finalists are:   Dave Dix (Ab Utd B), Barry Parker (Ab Utd B), John Simmons (Spread Eagle) and Nicky Biggs (Tandem). Semi-finals/Finals will be held as part of Presentation Night on Friday 20th October at Abingdon United FC.

THIS WEEK :  Fours competitions are at Ab.Con Club and Ab.Utd FC (as per Competition Fixture list not poster or Player lists – I know we rushed it – apologies) this Thursday. Registered players are listed here.

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Aunt Sally and Uncle Sam – some history of the game

In 2015 the then Secretary Graham Brown received an unsolicited email from a chap in the US wanting to use some of the photos from our website. Graham passed the email to me and I corresponded with the chap over a few images and thought nothing further. We get a few emails like this – the last USA one was asking about the specification for a doll (I sent a couple in the post).

A couple of weeks ago the same chap, Rhett Krause of Massachusetts contacted the Chairman for his address as ‘I have something to mail to the League, but need an address.’  James passed the email to me and I immediately recognised the name. Oh. He’s written the leaflet! 

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Welcome to the Kennel


So what do you give a World Champion to say congratulations? Well the committee at Abingdon UTD Aunt Sally HQ were quick to decide that our own Barrington ‘Mutley’ Parker needed some formal recognition for his achievements and Abingdon United presented him the Special Club Events award.
Recognition from his friends and fellow tossers was always going to have to be a bit different ,but the combined brains, mainly from the Sporting Icons that are the AUFC ‘C’ team, came up with a solution. With permission granted from AUFC the Aunt Sally shed has been named ‘The Kennel’, home of the dog. A fitting tribute that will be seen by all visiting players, just as it should be.
Well done again Barry.

Matt Ashmall (Abingdon UTD C)


Summer 2016 – Week 8 Results

Competitions:     ABINGDON has its first WORLD CHAMPION

Barry Parker (Ab.Utd B) won the World Singles Aunt Sally Championship at the weekend at Charlbury Beer Festival.

Eights final was won by Spread Eagle over Ab.Utd.B – see Aunt Sally TV for the video!

This Week:  Tom Simmons 5s competitions on Thursday venues are Plum Pudding (Milton) and Abingdon RBL (Abingdon).

Next Week: Singles !   See Calendar for details.


2016-17up-Dix-HusdonDave Dix managed 17 (6-5-6) this week – surely the max has to come to this legend this season or even to Dave Hudson who also got 17 back in week 2!

Here they are pictured with the doll that got away! Dave Dix left, Dave Hudson right.

D.Bradshaw from Hart of Harwell also joins the over 14s this week scoring a 5-4-5 in the match against the Plum Pudding.

Sixers: B Stowell (Spread Eagle B),D Dix 2x (Abingdon United B),R Bunce (Chequers Charney).

Total Over_14s
17 D Dix 6-5-6 (Abingdon United B) – Week 8
17 D Hudson 5-6-6 (Spread Eagle) – Week 2
16 D Dix 6-5-5 (Abingdon United B) – Week 6
16 D Dix 6-5-5 (Abingdon United B) – Week 5
16 J Simmons 4-6-6 (Spread Eagle) – Week 3
15 B Moody 6-5-4 (Steventon Sports A) – Week 6
14 D Bradshaw 5-4-5 (Hart Harwell A) – Week 8
14 S Wilson 6-5-3 (Berinsfield SC A) – Week 7
14 C Brind 4-5-5 (Steventon Sports A) – Week 4
14 G Brown 4-5-5 (Spread Eagle) – Week 3
14 S Kenny 5-5-4 (Berinsfield SC) – Week 2
14 B Parker 6-5-3 (Abingdon United B) – Week 1

Blobbers: G Penny (George and Dragon Upton),J Pandgandian (George and Dragon Upton),J Samways (Hart Harwell A),J Viner (Abingdon RBL),L Robey (Black Horse B),R Dawson (The Plough Appleton),R Loran (Red Lion B),T Hill (Crown Marcham)

SectionHome SectionAway Home HomePoints Away AwayPoints
Premier A Abingdon United B 6 Abingdon RBL 0
Premier A Plum Pudding 2 Hart Harwell A 4
Premier A Spread Eagle B 2 Berinsfield SC A 4
Premier A Steventon Sports A 6 Tandem 0
A Premier Abingdon RBL A 2 Spread Eagle 4
B B Abingdon Con Club 1 Abingdon United C 5
B B Berinsfield SC 4 College Oak A 2
B B Chequers Charney 0 Plum Pudding B 6
B B The Vine A 4 Royal Oak Didcot 2
C C Fox Denchworth A 2 Plough East Hendred 4
C C Red Lion A 4 The Grapes 2
C C Stanford In the Vale FC 6 Red Lion B 0
C C Wheatsheaf Drayton 4 Fox Denchworth B 2
D D Bear & Ragged Staff 3 Harwell RBL A 3
D D Harwell RBL B 3 Wheatsheaf Didcot 3
D D The Bell at Grove 5 Saxton Rovers 1
D D The College Oak 4 Eight Bells Eaton 2
E E F.M.S.S.C Morning Star 3 The Plough Long Wittenham 3
E E North Star A 4 Waggon and Horses C 2
E E Queens Arms Didcot 1 Black Horse A 5
E E Spread Eagle D 3 Abingdon Arms Wantage 3
E E Waggon and Horses A 2 Waggon and Horses B 4
F F Boundary House A 2 Packhorse 4
F F Crown Marcham 1 Brewery Tap A 5
F F RAL RecSoc 4 Old Anchor A 2
F F The Brewery Tap B 2 Boundary House 4
G G Black Horse B 5 George and Dragon Upton 1
G G The Plough A West Hanney 2 The Plough Appleton 4



2016 Annual General Meeting (Resumed)

The Adjourned AGM from the 25th January was resumed at Abingdon United FC on 9th Feb at 8pm.

Chairman Barguss opened the meeting with apologies from S.Humphries and J.Simmons.

The Team Register was taken with 15 teams represented.

Election of Officers

The Chairman mentioned that some were challenging that you cannot serve on the committee without being a signed on player. He challenged people to find a copy of the rules with that in as it isn’t in the current rules. He did say that he has signed on for Abingdon United. He was questioned why he didn’t sign on for his previous team. The Chairman replied that although he was going to attempt to be there for some games it wasn’t fair for his average to affect the position of a lower team if he wasn’t able to play.

There was a proposal for Chairman so this was left to the end.  The Chairman identified the following volunteers for roles:-

Treasurer Keith Clarke, Competition Secretary Den Cross, Dolly Recorder Scott Humphries and Geoff Lee as an extra committee member with John Simmons, Roy Taylor and Paul Stone (webmaster). It was explained that the Dolly Recorder would be shadowed by Paul Stone, Competition Secretary by John Simmons and that League Secretary issues would be handled by the Chairman and committee members.

The Chairman proposed that these roles were voted en bloc and D.Davies proposed and B. Duff seconded. Voted unanimously.

For the Chairman role James Barguss was proposed by P.Stone, Seconded by D.Cross, Reg Couch was proposed by V.Pratt and Seconded by C.Shewry. The votes were cast with 7 to James Barguss and 5 to Reg Couch. The newly confirmed Chairman then asked if Mr Couch would like to serve as Vice Chairman with a view to taking over at the end of the season. He agreed and C.Shewry proposed and B.Clapton seconded. Voted 12 for nil against.  The committee welcomed Mr Couch.

There being no further business the meeting finished at 8.20pm

The 2016 AGM at  started at just after 8 p.m at Abingdon United FC on the 25th January 2016.

Chairman James Barguss opened the meeting with apologies received from J.Simmons.

The team register showed 21 teams in attendance. B.Clapton/A.Woolloff agreed/seconded the minutes of the previous meeting.


Chairman Barguss recounted how the summer had successfully introduced the new scoring system albeit with some lower sections not entering cards online or even sending in cards which was described as horrific. With regret the Chairman had accepted the resignation of Mr Graham Brown after 38 years as Secretary/Treasurer and Doll Recorder. Also Mr Terry Downes after 28 years helping on the committee and ensuring all the trophies are updated and available for presentation night. It was Mr Downes that had suggested the change to plaques for section winners/runners up enabling the League to better use its funding. The Chairman and all present thanked them for all their hard work over the decades. The Chairman said that the introduction of the electronic scoring system was done to pre-empt the loss of knowledge with Mr Brown stepping down and to make the league upkeep easier knowing that this day might come. It does do this but it relies on each team playing their part in entering the scorecards – it we have to double check them, which we did last year it defeats the object and causes more work.

This leaves the grave situation that we have only 4 people on the Committee with big gaps in the Secretary and Treasurer positions which need to be filled or the League will sadly be unable to continue. Ideally we would like another 4 or 5 people to help with the workload so that it doesn’t fall to the few.

Treasurer’s report (Balance sheet) was presented and the Treasurer expressed his concern about the transfer of sponsorship funds directly to the website upkeep and amendment.
M.Ashmall/B.Davies proposed and seconded the balance sheet.


No motions were received.


With the dire situation with the Committee some suggestions were made from the floor. Mr Ashmall  suggested that some people may not be aware so asked for 1 week for people to take it back to their teams and ask for volunteers. It was agreed a fortnight’s grace would be done and that any volunteers should contact the Chairman. We need people in post before Registration night on Tues 23rd February.

Another suggestion was that a piece should be prepared for the printed papers (Oxford Mail etc) to appeal for help. The Chairman and the Webmaster will take this forward (along with social media).

Another suggestion was that it should be the Home team that was responsible for card entry. In reality the rules say that the winning Captain is responsible for getting the card to the Secretary – it is acknowledged that in reality others may enter the card and it was not necessary to change the rule at this time. However, the Chairman did say it’s up to both teams to check this has been done and done accurately and report things if not correct. For this reason teams should take a copy of the card (a simple mobile phone picture would do) to ensure accuracy. Another suggestion was that both teams could be entering the scores and the system altered to compare both results and submit if matching – this would take effort (£) to make amendments.

The question of the honoraria for the roles came up. Currently £500 (split between Sec/Treasurer £300 and Dolly Recorder £200) M.Ashmall suggested that if an extra £1 per player was charged this could fund a larger payment (around £800 for 800 players) to entice volunteers for the Secretary/Treasurer etc positions.

Election of Officers:

This was postponed pending more volunteers for the Committee. J.Barguss, P.Stone, R.Taylor & J.Simmons will continue in the interim.

Meeting ended at around 9pm.