The Peter Flynn U14 Twinning Football Tournament 2009
Another successful tournament, now completed its 6th year.
Congratulations to this year’s winners who were Launton Boys U14’s and Very Well Played to the Bicester Town Colts U 14’s who were the Runners Up.
Pictured above are the Winners, below are 4 of the Runners Up team.
Our thanks to Antony Coggins for organising this tournament. Also our thanks to the Bicester Town Community Football Club for letting us use the facilities.
Thank you also to be extended to the Referees who officiated at these games.
Jackie Flynn, Peter’s wife, presented the Runner Up side with Certificates and then presented the Peter Flynn Cup to the Winners.
Within this Tournament we want to give the players, 13 and 14 year old boys, an adult experience, from using the changing rooms, to returning to the changing rooms at half time for squash and, of course, playing under floodlights.
For the final the Officials led the players onto the pitch and they lined up for the ‘Handshake of Respect’ before the game commenced.
The excitement the boys show, and from the comments we hear, they really enjoy this experience.
We would, finally, express our thanks to the teams that took part in this Tournament, Launton Boys U14, Bicester Town Colts U14 and Deddington U14’s.
Proceeds from this tournament also go to Alzheimer’s as Jackie’s husband suffers from this condition.
Peter had a 30 year history at the Bicester Town Football Club, as player, Referee and supporter. He was a well know face at the Club for many years together with his dog Molly.
The Teams and Refs taking part in the
‘Handshake of Respect’
John presented Jackie with a Bicester Town Mug and Bicester Town Badge for Peter
The Referee and his 2 Assistance
Many thanks to our Sponsors for this event
R&D Coggins Painter and Decorators
Bicester Tyre & Exhaust
Siddals Builders Merchants
Quadrant Estate Agents
Big Top Designs, Dennis Restaurant.
The Annual Peter Flynn Twinning U14’s Football Tournament
ABOUT PETER by his Wife Jackie
7 years ago a founder member of Twinning, Mrs Jackie Flynn, approached us and said she had a trophy in the name of her husband – Peter Flynn.
Peter from Dundalk Eire, always had a profound love for the game of football – and as he grew up he played for Dundalk.
Back in the 1950’s work was very hard to find in Ireland, so at the young age of 17 Peter travelled to London to look for work. He soon found himself with a family where he worked and was looked upon as an extra son. He played for Exning United and to his delight had several trials with Charlton Athletic FC (In later years he always said he was born too soon!!)
As he was living and working in England he was soon conscripted to join up for National Service. Knowing the poverty and hardship he had left behind in Ireland he signed up for the Royal Air Force. It was through this that he came to Bicester in July 1958.
His first thought was ‘where is this place’. He soon found his feet and met up with Charlie Rawlings who signed him up for Bicester Town and their friendship grew over the years.
He played in the winning team when Bicester won the Hellenic League back in 1960.
He enjoyed his time with the Club and worked faithfully for over 25 years after his playing days were over. He was a Referee and also could be seen there at all matches with his dog Molly. It was his second home.
Whilst in the RAF Peter played for the Command Team and as a valued team member was excused service in Cyprus and Suez.
He met and married Jackie in 1960 and has a daughter Joanna and a son Sean and 2 Grandchildren.
He always followed their sporting prowess over the years also. His other love being Manchester United.
Sadly today he is suffering from Alzheimer’s and no longer able to follow his sport.
I am sure that he would be pleased to know that the youngsters of Bicester are competing for a Cup bearing his name.
One highlight of his footballing days was when in 1979 he travelled to Holland with Bardwell Boys – Sean being in the team and they returned triumphant with the trophy back in Bicester – the place he thought where he would never stay and has lived here for over 50 years.
The Peter Flynn Twinning Tournament is now in its 6th year. The tournament is being held again this year at The Bicester Town Football Club in September.
4 local teams will be invited to take part and 2 semi finals held on 2 evenings with the final on a separate evening.
From this tournament the Twinning gain funds and a donation is also made to Alzheimer’s.
Local businesses and friends of twinning sponsor these games