01 Mar Success on the Field: Football Captain’s Report
The 2015/16 season has been a successful one for Regent’s Park College Football Club (RPCFC), with an impressive run in this season’s cuppers competition. On Tuesday of 8th week (8 March), RPCFC play New College 2s in the final at Oxford’s famous Iffley Road stadium. A strong crowd of Regent’s supporters – armed with costumes, banners and loud singing voices – looks set to make the pilgrimage from Pusey Street and cheer the players on to victory.
Our success has been built on a near full strength team in cuppers matches, something that is difficult to achieve for weekly league fixtures which often clash with other commitments. However, ever since the 12-1 demolition of Lincoln College 2s in Round 1, we have managed to field a team capable of beating any reserves leagues team. This has been evidenced by 4-0 and 3-0 wins over Division 1 opponents from St Edmund Hall and Keble College in Rounds 2 and 3 respectively, before beating an excellent team from St Peter’s College 3-1 in the semi-final.
As Captain, I would like to advance my thanks to the Principal, Dr Rob Ellis, for his generous backing in the last two transfer windows; freshers, Felix Jones (top scorer with 15 goals) and Thomas Jordan, have been particularly instrumental in our passage to the final, while visiting student Alex Lund, signed in January, has been a revelation as goalkeeper. In this way, the football team is a great example of college togetherness with players from the JCR, MCR, ministerial students, visiting students, eligible alumni and even college staff being involved along the line.
The final has all the makings of a great day out for college members and represents another example of Regent’s punching above its weight in the sporting arena. However, rest assured, we are there to win and make history in what would be Regent’s Park’s first cuppers win of this magnitude.
Jonny Streatfeild (Geography, 2013)