City Church F.C. 200 Not Out

City Church FC 200 not out!

Despite a hard fought defeat on Saturday v Amblecote, it is worth noting that it was City Church’s 200th competitive league and cup match in wmcfl.

City’s overall record is;

P200 W111 D34 L55 (excluding two charity cup matches, one forfeited game, two chalked off after teams folded and over 30 friendly matches, yet including 5 cup penalty shoot outs W 3 L 2).

City Church started playing 5-a-side in the late 1990s and early 2000s before we started playing friendlies in 2004 and entered wmcfl in 2005. Our first competitive game was a 7-5 win over Sandwell United in September 2005.

This year is our 9th in total and 7th consecutive season in Division 1. Only Amblecote, St Mary’s and Clarendon have also remained unbroken in the top flight during this period. In the climate of lots of teams coming and going from the league (and considering the cost, commitment and hard work required) this is a notable achievement. It is considerable credit to Brierley Hill A.O.G. and Chawn Hill Church who have come back every season since 1979,  Virtues such as loyalty, commitment and respect are often undervalued in our modern society, and the Committee, Officials and Club Secretaries deserve recognition for keeping the excellent League going year after year.

Only Martin Ogbourn and Joe Melia have been involved in all 9 seasons. Dave Louden played in our first season, but then missed a couple before returning. Andy Thomas and Paul Snelgrove have played in 8 seasons and Dan Atkins 7. Atkins is the clubs top scorer by a distance.

Players have represented City from countries as far afield as Italy, South Africa and Nigeria, and have included two Warwickshire county cricketers. Ex-professionals and semi-professional footballers have played for the team. All ages, backgrounds and beliefs have been welcomed.

During our history we have had the full range of footballing emotions and experiences; mid-table mediocrity, promotion, relegation battle, ‘Uefa Cup’ Spot, Cup final win (in front of Sky Sports News cameras), League win, Cup runs and Championship battles.  We have had our fair share of injuries, tantrums and laughs!

There have been many memorable games, goals, monumental battles (usually involving Rowley and Clarendon) and great friendships. We look forward to many more memories in WMCFL.

Finally, we give thanks to God for keeping us going through the difficult times (such as when we’ve struggled to field 11). As Job said in the bible when faced with intense suffering, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble.” (Job 2:10). We also give him the glory in the good times, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things.” (Revelation 4:11).

Martin Ogbourn

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