Greetings fellow OTFC fans,

Welcome to the first edition of the brand-spanking-new Old Tiffs Newsletter. The leadership team considered spending a fortune on focus groups, market testing and user experience research, but decided that a name thought up in a pub is far better reflection of where the club is culturally, socially and economically.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the PURPLE PERIL.

For those that aren’t aware, the name is a nod to one of the major literary achievements of the 20th century – the Old Tiffs Green Peril newsletter. Carefully conceived, developed and edited by the great D. Halford in the mid-latter 20th Century, the Green Peril stands as a pinnacle of journalistic endeavour. We can but hope that this embryonic rag will achieve such heights.

The Chairman and Mr Nichols will shortly be releasing images of various relics held deep within the vaults of the Old Tiffs Archive. Rumours that Ted Wightwick and Dave Harry have conducted a photo shoot especially for the campaign are, we have been assured, entirely false. Keep an eye on the social media channels for historical accounts of the playing days of the giants on whose shoulders we stand. The Green Peril rides again.

Unfortunately the Saturday-before-last saw very little in the way of actual football. The Gods of precipitation, drainage and soil composition conspired to prevent us playing any home games at all, with only the 4s away game at Tenisonians going ahead. What a game it was, seeing a double-hat-trick amongst a smorgasbord of goals. A high-scoring first half saw the 2s go in for refreshments 4-2 up. An equally high-scoring second half saw them come in for showers, exploit-based boasting and another type of refreshment 8-4 winners. Fantastic performance. Please look out for the match report on the website, I’m sure it’ll be a peach.

Last weekend was much, much better, at least in terms of minutes actually played. The 1s won AGAIN, coming out 6-5 winners AET in a 13-goal thriller that brings a tear to the eye, fire to the belly and a rush of blood to flailing extremities, of which there were many on show. The 2s, 4s and 5s ran out a close second in their various endeavours, whilst the 3s put a point on the board with a 2-2 draw at home to Wokes. Wahay.

Various demonstrations of the beautiful game are scheduled for this weekend. Please cross any fingers, toes and other relevant appendages for dry weather.

The 1s, 2s and 5s are busy planning famous away victories. The 3s and Vets continue their league adventures at Home. Home games kick off at 13:00, so do pop down for a visit to the bar and a spot of light shouting. Full schedule below.

The finance team tell me we now have approximately 70% of the playing members registered and paid up. For those who’ve committed for the year, your place in the annals of OTFC is assured. For those of you found wanting in this respect, hurry up and pay.

The quarterly edition of TIFFINFRIENDS is now freely available , including a first-hand account of the remarkable club tour to Lille earlier this year. Many thanks to Mr Nichols for his entirely accurate depiction of proceedings involving Mr Umrigar.

Good luck to all the teams. Let’s get up for a purple weekend.

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious”
Vince Lombardi


Various corrections from the last version of the old newsletter have been requested. Most have been rejected.

The last Newsletter incorrectly indicated that the next event – CUZZA-PA-LOOZA – at Joy in Surbiton on the 2nd November, was in fact on the 7th of November. This is grossly incorrect. The Curry will be on the 2nd November.