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Great performance last night by the 1st Team as they won 6-1 at Manor Fields against local rivals Buckingham Town in the Buckingham Charity Cup, winning the tie 7-3 on aggregate!

Goals from Murrell, Old (2), Webb, Wright and Burrows.

The reward for a great win is a final against South Midlands League opponents Buckingham Athletic.

The final will take place on Monday 4th May KO 3 pm @ Buckingham Athletic-

Buckingham Athletic Football Club
Stratford Fields, Stratford Road
Buckingham, MK18 1NY 

Adults 5 & OAP's/Children 3 (all proceeds to charity)

The FC is organising a bus from the FC to the match-more details to follow but if you would like more information please contact Paul Tough on 07764 183485


Saturday 25th April

1st Team travel to Lutterworth Athletic whilst the Reserves take on Whitworths in there final league games of the season KO 3 pm

After the game the FC will be holding a Social Evening giving all the players, supporters and partners the opportunity to chill out over beer of glass of wine!

At around 7-30 to 8 pm Paellas D' Olney will be serving Paella (meat or seafood) to round off the season in style- there will be a small charge per head!!!

Please let the FC know if you would like to order Paella!

Kids all welcome for our last home gathering of the season!!!!

Tuesday 21st April

The 1st Team will have to travel to Buckingham Town next Tuesday and win following a 2-1 home defeat under the lights @ East Street in the 1st leg of the Bucks Charity Cup.

Olney went 2-0 down in the 2nd half before Christian Smail pulled one back to set up the 2nd leg next week!

Tuesday 14th April

1st Team earn point in 4-4 thriller at St Neots Saints & Youth!

Despite leading 3-1 on 55 mins, Aarron Murrell needed to strike a 90th minute equaliser to earn a point, in doing so he secured his 1st hat trick for Olney Town. The other goal came from Will Wright.

Saturday 11th April

Reserves are pegged back to 1-1 in penultimate game of the season!

Saturday 4th April

10 man Olney Town fight bravely against champions elect Northampton Spencer at East St but eventually go down 3-1


Olney Town are delighted to announce that the planning permission for the new changing rooms has been formally passed!

The next stage is making sure the project is affordable and the project is now out for tender with numerous Contractors!

The Club will then be able to submit its grant application to the Football Improvement Stadia Fund ( FSIF).

We would like to place on record our thanks to Malcolm Thomas and Steve Cole for their tireless work in getting the plans submitted and passed!


Sunday 29th March

Sunday Team romp to 8-0 win against Wolverton Town!

Vets go down 2-1 at Wolverton!

Saturday 28th March

1st Team come from behind to beat Blackstones 2-1 with goals from Ben Cole and Danny Webb

Wednesday 25th March

Reserves go back to the top of the table with a comfortable 4-0 win against Potton Utd with goals from John Mills, Ben Cole (2) and Will Wright

Tuesday 24th March

1st Team lose 3-2 at East St to promotion chasing Potton Utd with goals from Danny Webb & Aaron Murrell

Wednesday 18th March

Reserves fall to last minute winner in RKOC semi final! Trailing 1-0 at half time, the Reserves equalised through Taigan Brookes to set up a thrilling finale but fell to a last minute header against ON Chenecks


Buckingham Charity Cup Semi Final

1st Leg Olney Town vs Buckingham Town Tuesday 21st April KO 7-45 PM

2nd Leg Buckingham Town vs Olney Town Tuesday 28th April KO 7-45 PM


After careful consideration, Olney Town Football Club would like to announce the departure of Reserve Team Manager David Ashcroft and his back room staff of Stacey O'Neill and David Morgan.

Olney Town would like to place on record its thanks to David and his Team and wish them good luck in the future.

Steve Kuhne and Ian "Loopy" Lindop will manage the Reserves in their RKOC semi final on Wednesday evening against ON Chenecks and Loopy will then take control of the Reserves until the end of the season.

Saturday 14th March

A depleted 1st Team go down at Bourne 3-0

Tuesday 10th March

Reserves drop vital points in chase for Reserve title

Saturday 7th March

1st Team just fall short in great comeback effort against table topping Peterborough Sports 2-3, 2nd half goals from Danny Webb & Jamie Burrows

Tuesday 3rd March

Reserves fail to reach the highs of Saturday as they fall to a 1-0 defeat at rivals Northampton Spencer

Sunday 1st March

Vets crash out of Cup 6-0 against MK Irish

Sunday Team thrash 9 man Open University 6-2 with goals from Dan Mulkern (2), Paul Ingelson, Liam Bennett, Paul Adams & Sean Amiss 

Saturday 28th February

Reserves regain top spot in the race for the title as they snatch a lasp gasp winner against rivals Northampton Spencer.

Despite going a goal down the Reserves came back to win 2-1 with goals from Graham Anderson and Marlon Perrin

Wednesday 25th February

Injury hit Reserves lose at home against Eynesbury Rovers 2-3

Tuesday 24th February

1st Team come back twice to earn a good point with a 2-2 draw at East Street against 3rd placed ON Chenecks with goals from James Pacifici and Jamie Burrows!

Let's now take this form over to Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday!

Saturday 21st February

1st Team match UCL high fliers Holbeach before eventually going down 4-3 in extra time-goals from Christian Smail, Danny Webb and Aaron Murrell

Reserves hit 9 against bottom of the table Desborough Town-goals from John Mills (3), Craig Ralph (3), Steve Watson, Jason Bis and John McKean 

Wednesday 18th February

1st Team win comfortably at Irchester 3-1 with goals from Aaron Murrell, Danny Webb and Jamie Burrows

Reserves go back to the top of the table despite drawing 1-1 at Potton Utd with the goal coming from Ian Lindop


The 1st Team Knock Out Cup Q/F vs Holbeach Utd will now be played on Saturday 21st February KO 3 PM

Sunday 8th February

Sunday side suffer 1-0 home defeat as they play last 20 minutes with 10 men

Vets record a 3-1 win against Tattenhoe Vets

Saturday 7th February

1st Team crash at home to Thrapston Town 5-2

Reserves limp out of the Berks & Bucks Cup at the Q/F stage with 2-0 defeat at Penn & Tylers in a disappointing and petulant display!

Sunday 1st February

Sunday Team secure 3 points with great 3-2 win at MK Garage!

Vets trounce Great Horwood in the Vets Cup 7-2 and secure a semi final tie vs Bedford Vets or MK Irish

Tuesday 27th January

The Reserves booked their semi final spot in the RKOC with an impressive 4-1 win against a 1st Team bolstered Trapston Town!

Despite going 0-1 down, goals from Taigon Brookes, Will Wright (2) and Craig Ralph secured a semi final home game vs ON Chenecks

Saturday 24th January

1st Team return to form with great 4-2 win at Woodford with goals from Sam O'Neill, Jamie Burrows (2) and Danny Webb

Reserves march on to the last 8 of the Berks and Bucks Junior Cup with a tense 3-2 penalty shoot-out win against Risborough Rangers. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time could not separate the sides despite Olney have a "clear goal" ruled out.

Ben Cole scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in normal time and also netted the first in the shoot-out with Gary Thurston and John Mills netting their attempts


Saturday 31st January 2015


7-30 pm till Late

Show starts at 8-30 pm

Tickets 15 including 1st Drink

Tickets available at the Bar

Tuesday 20th January

Tonight's 1st Team fixture vs Potton Utd has been postponed due to the frozen pitch and further freezing temperatures this evening!

Saturday 10th January

1st Team go down 4-1 at local rivals Bugbrooke-a game more noticeable by its absentees in the line up!

Reserves march on with 6-1 win at East St against Thrapston Town with goals from Matt Old (4) and Will Wright (2)

Saturday 3rd January

1st Team go out of Berks & Bucks Cup 2-1 at Oakley Utd

Reserves march into Berks & Bucks last 16 with 5-3 win against Bucks CC Reserves and will now face the winners of the tie between Wycombe Athletic and Risborough Rangers 


26th December

1st Team take all 3 points in local derby against Buckingham Town despite being 2-0 after 75 minutes!

Goals from Sam O'Neill (2) and Joel McCormick on his full debut against his old Club secured a 3-2 win!



1st Prize 100-Harry Odell

2nd Prize 75-Marion Ward

3rd Price 50-Mick Cain

4th Prize 25-Stuart Keeping, Lawrence Edmunds, Kirsti Brice & Dav

5th Prize 15-Chris Baldwin, Rachel Jordan, Tom Lyons, A. Wadesworth 

20th December

1st Team slip up at Raunds in 1-0 defeat

Reserves lose 2-1 despite taking a 1st half lead!

16th December

Reserves drop 2 points against Irchester Utd in disappointing 1-1 draw despite have enough chances to win 3 games!

13th December

1st Team get back to winning ways as they halt Rushden & Higham's impressive run of late with 3-2 win at East St-goals from Matty Old (2) and Darryl Smith

Reserves march on with 3-1 win at Huntingdon and move 6 points clear at top of Reserve Division

9th December

1st Team squander chances to win comfortably at Potton but come away with a point after leading for much of the game through a Jason Goldman header in the 1st half only to concede a late equaliser!

1st Team will play Buckingham Town over 2 legs in the semi final of the Buckingham Charity Cup

6th December

1st Team go down to late winner in 0-1 defeat at East St against top of the table Lutterworth

Reserves draw 1-1 at Rushden & Higham to open up 5 point gap at top the the Reserve Division!

22nd November

Reserves secure place in last 32 of the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup with 3-1 win against MK Gallacticos with goals from Matt Old, Ben Cole and Will Wright

The Reserves will play Bucks CC in the last 32 at East Street on Saturday 3rd January 2015

18th November

1st Team put in great 2nd half performance to stun high flying Wellingborough Whitworths in 3-1 win at East Street.

Goals from Deanio Bailey-Browne, Jamie Burrows and Sam O'Neill!

15th November

1st Team hit 5 in 5-1 win at Hambleden to progress to last 16 in the B & B Cup-goals from Smail, Van Den Bergh, Webb, Bailey-Browne and O.G.

The 1st Team face a trip to Oakley Utd of the Oxfordshire Senior Leage (Premier Division) in the last 16

Reserves recover from being 2-1 down to run out 6-3 winners against Rothwell Corinthians at East Street and maintain top spot!

Goals from Old (2), Cole (2) Brooks and Perrin



Saturday 31st January 2015


More details to follow

11th November

1st Team earn point in 2-2 draw at high flying Chenecks-goals from Sam O'Neill and Christian Smail!

8th November

1st Team lose 3-2 at East St to Rothwell Corinthians despite rallying 2nd half performance!

Reserves stun in-form Harborough Town with 7-3 win with goals from Mills (2), Old, Brooks, Lindop, Watson & an OG! 

4th November

1st Team into semi final of the Buckingham Charity Cup with 6-1 demolition of Old Bradwell, goals from Jamie Burrows (3), Deanio Bailey-Browne, Sam Marven and home debutant Harry Zukkour!

Reserves suffer first defeat since August as they go down 3-1 at Cogenhoe Utd-goal from Matty Old 

1st November

1st Team destroy Blackstones 5-0 with goals from Sam 0'Neill, Jamie Burrows (3) and O.G. after Jack Taylor saves 1st half penalty!

Reserves go to the top of the table with 3-2 win at rivals O.N. Chenecks. 2 goals from Taigan Brooks and an injury time winner from John Mills after O.N. Chenecks scored a 90th minute equaliser!   

25th October

1st Team hit 8 against St Neots Saints & Youth in Steve Kuhne's first match in charge-goals from Grant Burrows, Jamie Burrows (2), Darryl Smith, O.G., Deanio Bailey-Browne (2) and Dean Torto!

Reserves go joint top of the Reserve Division with gritty 2-1 win at Bourne with goals from Matty Old and Ben Cole!

22nd October

Ben Cole penalty 5 minutes from the end earm Olney Town Reserves a well deserved point against Bugbrooke in 1-1 draw!




After an exhaustive search Olney Town FC are absolutely delighted to name Steve Kuhne as 1st Team Manager!


Having built a very robust platform and assembling a fine squad at Olney Town, Ed Wheatley and the Committee see the appointment of Steve Kuhne as further testament of the desire to build a great football club both on and off the field.


Steve Kuhne is simply a football man-having started his career as a schoolboy at Tottenham Hotspur he went on to play at St Neots and Arlesey Town before moving to London playing over 10 years in the Conference and Isthmian Leagues.


After moving back to Bedfordshire Steve played for Bedford Town before moving to Arlesey Town and helping them win the South Midlands Premier League. After another move to Stamford Steve won the UCL Premier League before once again playing for St Neots and Potton Utd.


Steve has scored over 650 semi professional goals with over 350 in the UCL.


Steve's managerial career then continued at St Neots guiding them to 4th place in the UCL Premier Division before managing the development squad-St Neot's Saints and Youth.


Paul Tough (Chairman at Olney Town) says-


"We have worked really hard to bring Steve into the club and we hope that this is a major statement in terms of further development at the Club both on and off the field. From the moment we met we realised that our football philosophy was the same and we looking forward to working together!"


Dave King (Managing Director at Hygienic Wall Cladding Ltd)-1st Team & Reserve Team Sponsor added-


"Following the off field developments at Olney Town Hygienic Wall Cladding Ltd are delighted to be associated with a football club and group of people that shows such ambition and passion for what they do-we look forward to continuing our relationship!"


Sam O'Neill (1st Team Player)-


"We have thoroughly enjoyed our time working under Ed Wheatley but it is fair to say that the whole squad are really excited to be working with Steve who has played at the highest levels"


Further announcements will be made over the next few weeks with regard to Steve's back room staff

18th October

1st Team lose 2-1 at Thrapston!

Reserves march on in Berks and Bucks Cup with 2-1 win at Bedgrove Dynamos-goals from John Mills and Ben Cole!

The Reserves will travel to MK Gallacticos in the 3rd Round on 22nd November 

14th October

Goals from Jamie Burrows and Deanio Bailey-Browne secure the safe passage of the 1st Team into the last 16 of the KOC.

The 2-0 win against Rushden & Higham Utd makes it seven wins on the bounce in all competitions!

An away tie against either Premier League leaders Holbeach or Division 1 Rothwell Corinthians awaits!


1st Team travel to Hambleden FC (Wycombe & District League) in the 3rd Round of the Berks & Bucks Cup on Saturday 15th November

11th October

1st Team come from 2 goals down to defeat the 2013/14 Berks & Bucks Cup winners Hale Leys Utd 4-2 and move into the 3rd round. Goals from Smail, O'Neill, Marven (officially 20 yards) and Bailey-Browne.

The Reserves also had a great 4-3 win away at Bourne Town in the KOC to progress to the quarter finals and will have a home tie against either Huntingdon Town or Thrapston Town! 

5th October

Vets work hard for a point in 0-0 against Wolverton Town

Sunday Team crash out of the Berks & Bucks Cup

4th October

1st Team make it 5 wins on the bounce with comfortable 5-1 win at S & L Corby with goals from Bailey-Browne, Smith, O'Neill, Webb and debutant Blunden!

Reserves move into 3rd place with 4-1 win against PNS. Goals from Lindop, Mills, Thurston and Perrin!

4th & 5th October

On Saturday 4th the 1st Team travel to S & L Corby on the back of 4 successive wins whilst the Reserves, unbeaten since 23rd August take on PNS at East St KO 3pm!

Aston Villa vs Manchester City @ 5-30 pm

Meat Raffle

Happy Hour 6 pm till 7 pm

On Sunday 5th the Sunday Team face El Dorado in the 1st Round of the Berks & Bucks Cup whilst the Vets also play at home taking on Wolverton Town-both matches KO 10.30 pm!

Manchester Utd vs Everton on BT Sport KO 12 noon

Chelsea vs Arsenal on Sky KO 2.05 pm

30th September

Olney Town 1st Team go 2 goals down after just 8 minutes but with great character and passion come back to beat Premier Club Wellingborough Town 4-2 at the Dog & Duck Ground!

Goals from Smail, Smith, Torto and Malsiri !

The win gives the 1st Team a great opportunity to progress further in the competition with a home draw vs Rushden & Higham!

27th September

1st Team beat rivals Bugbrooke 2-1 with goals from Deanio Bailey-Browne and Grant Burrows!

Reserves continue form with 4-0 win at Desborough with goals from Matty Old (2), Steve Watson and Gary Thurston!


It is with much regret that last night Olney Town has announced that Ed Wheatley (1st Team Manager) will be leaving the Club shortly. Ed has recently been promoted at work and he has tried very hard to balance the demands of both work and managing at Olney-but unfortunately there just aren't enough hours in the day!

However, given Ed's very professional attitude and desire to ensure that the Club is left in good hands, he will be staying on until Olney Town FC has appointed the right person for the job-indeed he already has Bugbrooke and Wellingborough in his sights over the next week!

Further announcements will be made in due course but Olney Town would like to place on record their thanks to Ed and his coaching team who have guided the FC through an exciting time both on and off the field.

Would be applicants for the 1st Team Manager's post should contact Paul Tough on 07764 183485 or email details to paultough@franchiseoptions.co.uk

20th September

1st Team win 3-0 at Burton with goals from O'Neill, Webb and Burrows

Reserves win 3-2 AET at Stony Stratford in 1st Round of the Berks & Bucks Cup with goals from Old, Mills and Brooks!

Reserves now face a trip to Bedgrove Dynamos in Round 2 on 18th October!

17th September

Reserves earn valuable point with 2-2 draw at Eynesbury Rovers after being 2-0 down!

13th September

1st Team come from a goal down to defeat AFC Victoria 4-1 and earn another home tie against South Midlands Division 2 Hale Leys Utd

9th September

Reserves win 3-0 at East St against Irchester Utd-goals from Gary Thurston (2) and Jamie Burrows!

Reserves move joint top of the table!

7th September

Vets score late winner in 3-2 win at Castlethorpe!

Sunday Team lose 7-3 against 10 man Stony Stratford!

6th September

1st Team disappoint large "Open Day" crowd at East St in 2-0 loss against Bourne Town

Friday 5th September

Reserves win 5-4 at Thrapston Town to move joint top! Goals from Mills (2) and Old (3)!


Please download the Sponsorship Information at the top of the HOME web page.

This is a golden opprtunity for the FC and we want all Members and Players to play a big part!

We are offering a 10% commission on any sponsors signed up by Members & Players!!!!

2nd September

1st Team go down 2-0 at Northampton Spencer


Olney Town Vets are delighted to announce that Hygienic Interiors Limited will become their new sponsor for the next 2 seasons!


30th August

1st Team take 3 points with 2-1 win against Raunds Town with goals from Murrell and Smail

Two Matt Old goals secure 3 points for Reserves at Rothwell and move Reserves into 3rd place in the league!

Clubhouse and Bar open at 12

Watch Burnley vs Manchester Utd on BT Sports-KO 12.45 pm

Followed by Everton vs Chelsea on Sky Sports-KO 5-30 pm

Happy Hour 6 pm till 7 pm! 

Olney Town FC Open Day

OTFC Open day

Saturday 6th September from 12 onwards

Bouncy Castle
Clubhouse Bar

1st Team vs Bourne in UCL Division 1 KO 3pm

Get down and see the new ground facilities and Clubhouse!


Olney Town Football Club are delighted to announce a new 2 year club sponsorship package with J. Garrard & Allan!

J. Garrard & Allan are a long established private and commercial solicitors in Olney.


The Football Club looks forward to working with J. Garrard & Allan over the coming years and thank them for their support!

23rd August

1st Team get back on track in Division 1 and come from behind with a 2-1 win at Rushden & Higham with goals from Jamie Burrows and Deanio Bailey-Browne in the final 20 mins!

Reserves go down to their 1st defeat of the season 2-0 at home to ON Chenecks! 

21st August

Reserves move into 2nd place and remain unbeaten in the UCL Reserve Division with goals from Brooks, Old and Burrows in comfortable 3-0 win over Huntingdon Town under the lights at East St!

Next Up vs ON Chenecks at East St on Saturday 23rd August

Whilst the 1st Team travel to Rushden & Higham KO 3 pm on Saturday 23rd August

20th August

An unbeaten Reserve side take on Huntingdon Town on Wednesday night KO 7-45 pm.

Bar will be open from 6pm with Sky and BT Sports showing Champions League qualifying rounds!

16th August

1st Team lose 5-2 at Peterborough Sports in disappointing performance.

Reserves win 2-0 with goals from Taigan Brooks and Matty Old to get Ashcroft, O'Neill and Morgan their 1st win in UCL Football!


Berks & Bucks Cup Draws

Olney Town vs AFC Victoria in Rd 1 of Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup on 13/9/14

Stony Stratford Reserves vs Olney Town Reserves in Rd 1 of Berks & Bucks Junior Cup on 20/9/14

Sunday Team have a bye in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup

12th August

1st Team take the lead twice against Woodford Utd through goals from Burrows and O'Neill but fail to keep the lead in 2-2 draw at East St.


We are delighted to inform all of our Members that we now have both Sky Sports and BT Sport so you will miss none of the football action!

9th August

1st Team dominate play but fail to break the deadlock in 0-0 draw with Burton Park Wanderers at East St.

Reserves get season underway with decent 2-2 draw at Peterborough North Star with new boy Jason Bis scoring both goals. 

Tuesday 15th July

Olney Town 2 Aylesbury United 2

Goals from Sam O'Neill and Deanio Bailey-Browne gave Olney Town the lead twice only to be pegged back by a good quality Aylesbury Utd side-good pre season work-out!

Saturday 12th July

Olney Town 2 Wolverton Town 0

Useful work out for the new boys today in a comfortable 2-0 win against a lively Wolverton Town side


The FC would like to apologise for any inconvenience over the next few days as the new floors and carpets are installed!


During the close season the FC has undergone a dramatic transformation with new fencing and dug outs plus a complete new kitchen and redecoration throughout!

We have a few weeks left now till the start of the season on the 9th August and we need your help to finish off all those small jobs around the FC that are left!

If you have a few spare hours on a Saturday morning or on an evening then please let us know and we can put you to good use!!!


Olney Town FC are delighted to announce the appointment of David Ashcroft as Reserve Team Manager along with Assistant Manager Stacey O'Neill. 


David managed Santander in the New City Sunday Milton Keynes League, guiding them to runners up in Division 1 and then the Premier Division in the following year.


Last year they went one better in guiding Scot Wharfside Electrical to the New City Sunday Milton Keynes League Premier League title as well as progressing to the latter stages of the County Cup.




1st Team are drawn away at Wellingborough Town in the Preliminary Round of the UCL Knock Out Cup

Reserves face a trip to Bourne Town in the 2nd Round of the Reserve Division Knock Out Cup

Thursday 19th June KO 8pm England vs Uruguay

Watch England's 2nd Group Match at the FC on the BIG SCREEN!

Doors open from 6.30pm


Great Beer Deals!

Carlsberg 2-70

Fosters 2-70

Becks 3-00

IPA 2-50

Strongbow 2-70

White/Rose/Red 2-50


Budweiser/ Peroni & Corona Bottles 4 for 10-00 

Carlsberg/Fosters 4 Pint Jug 10-00


Golden Goal Draw!


Tuesday 24th June KO 5pm Costa Rica vs England

1st Round Knock-Out Phase:

If England progress through the Group Stages then they will play on either-

Saturday 28th June or Sunday 29th June KO 9pm

Watch This Space For More Details!!!STOP PRESS

Saturday 10th May Awards

1st Team

Manager's Player- James Pacifici

Players Player-Sam O'Neill

Young Player-Danny Webb

Coaches Player-Christian Smail

Supporters Player-Christian Smail

Golden Boot-Sam O'Neill




Manager's Player-James Sear

Players Player-Steve Watson

Young Player-Graham Anderson

Coaches Player-Matt Fraser

Supporters Player-John McKean

Golden Boot-John Mills


Final Meat Raffle of the Season raised a fantastic 250 for Willen Hospice!

23rd April

After 6 games in 12 days the 1st Team ended their season with a 4-0 defeat against Step 3 Banbury Utd although the score certainly does not reflect the perfomance!

Both Committee and Supporters would like to place on record the magnificent effort by all the players and Management & Coaching Teams.

A major improvement on last season that provides real hope for 2014/15

The Nurserymen have taken a giant leap forward both on and off the pitch this year!!