Quarry Nomads F.C. - St Margaret Road, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 8NQ - Colours : Black & white, Shorts & Socks - black

Quarry Nomads F.C. (Founded 1936)

Hellenic Division One - West STEP 6


Quarry Nomads were founded in 1936, but football in Quarry dates back into the latter part of the 19th Century. The "Oxford Times" of 1893 reports that a football team had been formed in Quarry in direct opposition to the newly formed Headington United side, the paper also refers to them as "semi-savages from the Quarry". By 1910 Headington Quarry were sharing their Quarry Recreation Ground with Headington United and on 8th October the two sides met in a Oxon Junior Shield tie, the game ended in a 3-0 win for Headington Quarry in front of an estimated crowd of 500 plus. It is fair to assume that the early Headington Quarry side played in the Oxford Junior League. The Recreation Ground of 1910 would have covered a much larger area than it does now and might well have extended over as far as where Mark Road or York Road now stand.

The Quarry Nomads story starts in 1936, when they were considering a name for the team, some one suggested “The Nomads” and every one agreed. Mr Richards, the Headmaster of Quarry School is alleged to have commented “Why Nomads ?. You haven’t been anywhere. In their first season the club lifted the Oxfordshire Youth Cup. Prior to the Second World War the team played in the Oxfordshire Youth League, when the War finished the club moved onto the Oxford City Football Association where the League Challenge Cup was won in 1950. At the end of the 1949/50 season the club entered the Long Hanborough Six-a-Side Tournament, under skipper John Coppock the club beat Eynsham Police School and Combe, in the Semi-finals they beat Berkhamsted Town of the Spartan League. The final saw them lose to the emerging Headington United. Through the 1950's the club played in the Oxford Junior League and then the Oxfordshire Intermediate League before joining the Oxfordshire Senior League around 1960. At the same time the club were entering the F.A. Amateur Cup.

The 1960's were the Nomads purple patch, the Senior League Premier Division Championship was won in 1962, 1963 & 1966, with the Runners-up spot ascertained in 1964. The Oxfordshire Charity Cup was lifted five times between 1960 & 1966, but the high point was 1965/66 when Quarry lifted the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, the Oxfordshire Charity Cup, the Senior League Premier Division Championship, the Senior League Clarendon Cup, the Senior League Reserve Division Championship as well as winning the Senior League Best Linesman Award.

The Oxfordshire Senior Cup was won by beating Chipping Norton Town at Oxford United's Manor Ground in front of a large crowd, the Nomads having beaten Oxford City in the Semi-final at Morris Motor’s Crescent Road Ground. The Nomads team that day was Dick Simmonds, Keith Dolton, Les Smith, Mick Washington (Captain), Clive Wright, Brian Deard, Phil Roberts, John Scudder, Roger Earle, Norman Burnley and Mick Palmer. A letter sent to the Oxford Mail by John Graham said “Let us make no mistake about it, this was a wonderful achievement by everyone connected with the Quarry side. Three Hellenic League teams, including the challengers for honours, Thame United and Oxford City, have fallen in the impressive victory. There are few better playing surfaces in the country at this time of year, than the Manor Ground, and the way in which Quarry’s defence contained the fast moving city players, was in itself a credit to them”.

The Nomads Reserves were just as successful as the First XI, they were Senior League Reserve Division Champions in 1965/66 & 1966/67 and Runners-up in 1962/63 & 1968/69, both sides continued to win many cups and trophies until the early part of the 1970's.

From 1973 the club started to decline and by the end of the 1970's the club were in the lower reaches of Division One of the Oxfordshire Senior League, the club hit rock bottom in 1981 when the club finished bottom of Division One with only three points gained and a goal difference of minus 64 from only twenty-two games, the Reserve XI faired little better gaining only six points in the bottom Reserve Division. The following season 1981/82 again saw the Reserves finish bottom of the Second Division with only seven points. The 80's were a real struggle and the club's highest placing was 8th of 16 in 1982/83, at the end of the 1982/83 season the Reserve XI was dropped by the club. The club finished bottom again in 1983/84 again with only three points but this time with a goal difference of minus 102 from only 28 games. The last season in the Senior League was 1984/85 and saw Nomads relegated to Division Two to ply their trade in what was a Reserve Division with Nomads being the only first team, they still only managed 7th place in a division of only 14 teams. At the end of the 1984/85 season Quarry left the Senior League and then followed two seasons when the Nomads did not compete in league or competitive football.

Nomads reformed at the start of the 1987/88 season under the guidance of Keith Dolton a former player who had been a member of the 1966 Oxfordshire Senior Cup winning side. The club entered the Oxford City F.A. Junior League, in their only season they won both the Couling Challenge Cup and the County Junior League Cup. During the season ex Oxford United and Brentford player Steve Aylott turned out for the Nomads. The following season 1988/89 the club rejoined the Senior League and finished 3rd in Division One, in 1989/90 the club went one better and finish runners-up to Oakley United to return to the Senior League Premier Division. The Reserve XI was reformed for the 1989/90 season and were Champions of the Senior League Second Division. Season 1989/90 also saw the introduction of the clubs matchday programme, the club have the proud record of producing a programme ever since. Season 1990/91 saw the Nomads move from their Margaret Road base to Risinghurst Cricket Club, though the move only lasted one season due to bogey pitch at the new venue. In 1991/92 the club finished runners-up in the Premier Division, but the following season 1992/93 saw the club slip to below halfway in the Premier Division.

The 1993/94 season saw the First XI win the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division Championship, the title was gained on the last day of the season when the Nomads trashed lowly Blackbird Leys Adult Social Club 15-0 at Quarry Rec. The Ben Turner Trophy was won when they defeated Oakley United 2-1 at the Jordan Hill Ground of Oxford University Press, as well as reaching the Quarter Finals of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup where the team were unlucky to lose to Southern Leaguer’s Witney Town after extra time. The Reserves finished well clear of the relegation zone after being bottom of the league just after Christmas, as well as lifting the Ivor Gubbins Cup by beating Kennington United 3-0 at Pressed Steel's Romanway Ground.

At the end of season 1993/94 the club were excluded from the Senior League for the 1994/95 season but were excepted into the superior Charrington Chiltonian League. The 1994/95 season saw Nomads challenge for a promotion place in the First Division of the Charrington Chiltonian League and the club had a 100% away record until the start of December, the team eventually finished runners-up to Champions Denham United. The high point of the season was the 4-0 thrashing of Hellenic League Division One club Clanfield on their own ground in the First Round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, Nomads achieved this victory twice as the first game was declared null and void, in the second round Nomads lost away in extra time to Hellenic League Premier Division club Banbury United. The 1995/96 season Nomads finish in a creditable 3rd place in the Chiltonian League Premier Division, while the Reserves finished midway in the league's Second Division. Both side enjoyed runs in their County Cup's the First XI lost in a Replay to Hellenic Premier side Bicester Town while the Reserve's reached the Quarter Finals of the Intermediate Cup.

Season 1996/97 saw the team finish 12th spot in the Chiltonian Premier, despite playing only 34 games the club scored 62 goals and conceded 85. The Oxfordshire Senior Cup saw the Nomads defeat Oxfordshire Senior League sides Launton Sports and Garsington before losing 1-5 to Isthmian League Thame United at Quarry Rec. The score flattered Thame who ran in two goals in injury time. The second XI finished in 10th spot in Division Two of the Chiltonian League. The club were moving forward off of the pitch with the introduction of brick built dug-outs, railed off pitch and a club bar. The following season 1997/98 saw the Nomads finish in 10th spot in the league, while the Reserves struggled and finished next to bottom in Division Two.

The following season 1998/99 saw the Nomads again finish in 10th spot in the league, the Reserve’s were placed in the local Oxford City F.A League and finished in 4th spot in Division One. Season 1999/2000 saw the Nomads finish in 12th spot in the last Chiltonian Premier Division, while the newly formed “A” team finished as runners-up in the R.T Harris Oxford City F.A. Division One. Sadly the Reserves who had been promoted to the Premier Division Of the City F.A fold prior to the season’s kick-off. The club are looking forward to season 2000/01 where they will play in Division One (East) of the enlarged Cherry Red Records Hellenic League.

OXFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE Premier Division - 1962/63

1 Quarry Nomads 26 21 3 2 123 25 PTS 45

OXFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE Premier Division - 1993/94

1 Quarry Nomads 26 16 7 3 76 25 PTS 55


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