2024 President : Ed Phillips
2024 Western Tour
“Nothing, perhaps, distinguishes the SOA more strikingly from most other clubs than the Western Tour… Some of the most memorable experiences of the season are often from the tour…. Only a small handful of wandering clubs have kept their tour, and whether it will exist for SOA members in its present form in 2033 is anyone’s guess” A P Lurcock 2008
Pleasingly, thanks to an ever enthusiastic and wonderfully diverse collection of players, officials and families, the tour continues to thrive and goes from strength to strength – we still retain many of the long-standing fixtures and marvellous venues to play cricket that have been mainstays of the tour fixture list for an age – long may it continue as we head towards that centenary year milestone.
Details of this year's tour are available here.
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In case it may amuse perusers of the SOA website here’s a picture to remind everyone that the players of yesteryear are still out and about on regular walks, this time in February sunshine among the hills near Stonor. L to R Tony Lurcock, Andrew Moss and Michael Knox.
Members will be sorry to learn that Sam Shrouder, a fine cricketer and excellent companion died in November.
Sam made a number of appearances for SOA when his commitments with the Apollo Group allowed. He was Chief Executive of the group, leading the management of 26 venues including the New Theatre in Oxford.
Remembered by Richard Allan as an extremely useful player and by Andrew Moss as the most genial of companions with a laugh that could rattle the rafters of any pavilion, Sam invariably made an impact on the game. In his obituary in The Stage magazine it was said that he would have preferred to be a professional cricketer than a theatre manager.
His sporting interests ranged beyond cricket and he was Life President of Southport Football Club, where a stand is named after him. One of their directors said on his death: “Sam was the most wonderful person anybody could wish to meet.”
Annual Dinner 2023
After a four-year absence, the Club Dinner returned thanks to the energy and drive of our President. Nearly 50 members, including 18 former Presidents, and guests attended the Cotswold Lodge Hotel in Oxford for a most enjoyable evening.
Nick Bishop reviewed the year in an amusing speech before handing over the SOA presidential blazer to his successor Ed Phillips. Another 'Marvellous' night!