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News from the 2018 AGM

Our Golf Society had its AGM recently at West Derby Golf Club. The attendance was again a little disappointing but the regular stalwarts of our Society, all turned up as expected, and we enjoyed a pleasant evening. The Officers were duly re-elected, Mike Richard continuing as Hon. Treasurer and Noel Monks as Hon, Sec. assisted by David Barrow. The Captain for the coming season will be Bob Livesley. Bob has been part of our band of stalwarts for many years, and has had the pleasure of captaining our Society in the past. He has all of our best wishes for a happy and successful year in office for 2018.

Discussion took place about the future of our Society. The possibility of making it an open society was not well met by those present. Preference was given to battling on, in the hope of persuading "old members" to return to the fold, and trying,through Facebook, to recruit some of the many golfers out there, who are COB's.

The fixtures for tho coming season are as follows :~

Sunday 13th May, 2.00pm tee followed by two course dinner.
Thursday 7th June. 4.00pm tee followed by sandwiches
Sunday 24th June, 2.00pm tee followed by two course dinner
Thursday 5th July, 4.00pm tee followed by sandwiches,
Thursday 26th July, 4.00 pm tee followed by sandwiched
Sunday 19th August, 2.00 pm tee followed by two course dinner
Sunday 9th September, 2.00pm tee followed by two course dinner.
The final fixture on Sept. 9th is our Invitation, at which our members usually invite a guest. Guests are however welcome at all our meetings, the more the merrier !
The costs will be £25 for the Sunday meetings and £15 for the Thursday Twilight meetings, with nominal prizes at all events. All meetings will take place at West Derby Golf Club.
The support of members old and new,is of paramount importance, to ensure the continuation of this Golf Society, the last genuine link to our old School.


The number of attendees at our fixtures this season has been very disappointing to say the least. Despite West Derby Golf Club giving us special concessions, our numbers continue to fall. Some will say that this is sure to happen, as we are a dying breed. My viewpoint is that there must be hundreds of COB's out there, and a good percentage must be golfers. There are also thirty plus names on our mail list, but we are lucky if more that ten take the trouble to reply and maybe even take part.

Having got that off my chest, I can now report that the meetings we have had during the season, were indeed very pleasant. We enjoyed good weather, a golf course in magnificent condition, and the meals, or sandwiches, as the case may be, were very very good. It doesn't need to be said but Collegiate lads and their guests are bound to be very good company, and that was the case at all of our meetings.

The Golf Club has allowed us the privilege of Sunday afternoon golf and has also allowed us to take advantage of Thursday evening Twilight golf, designed primarily for club members to entertain their friends. This has enabled us to offer golf, food and prizes at very reasonable prices. Golf and a two course meal on Sundays for £25 and golf, sandwiches and prizes for £15 on Thursday evenings. Unbeatable value !

We hope that the Club will be continuing with Thursday evening Twilight golf next season.

Our thanks go to Ray Threadgold our 2017 Captain, to Noel Monks for his efforts in organising the events and the prizes and also to Dave Barrow for his assistance in all matters concerning golf.


The following is a list of our meetings, with the winners and runners up.

All meetings are played off full handicap and off the yellow tees of the day :~

Date Meeting
Sunday 21st May Spring Paul Bennett Vic North
Sunday 4th June


Joe Lucas Dave Barrow
Thursday 6th July Twilight Joe Lucas Len Waltho
Thursdsay 27th July Twilight Dave Barrow Vic North
Thursday 17th August Twilight Kevin Sobers Dave Barrow
Sunday 27th August Invitation & Trophy Joe Lucas Paul Bennett

Sincere thanks to all who took part on the events.

Hope to see you all at the Annual Dinner an we hope to see some new names at the meetings next season and new names amongst the winners.

Our Golf Society is very much at risk at present and needs more support from our current members.  There must also be many ex Collegiate pupils in the Merseyside area who play golf and are not members of our Association.  We are trying to make contact with old boys through Facebook.  This has resulted in a few more Association members but not golfers.  There will be discussion at our next AGM, as to whether we should make our Society open to non OB's akin to the football and rugby sections.

I would be very happy to hear from any of our readers who may have some ideas or suggestions that might make our golf society a bit healthier.

Joe Lucas.

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Club profile

Collegiate Old Boys Football Club was founded in 1909 to provide old boys of the Liverpool Collegiate School with a continuing football facility.

Membership of the club is now open to non-old boys of the school, and new members are guaranteed a warm welcome.

We currently run three Saturday teams and one Sunday team. We cater for all ages of male players from 16 years of age upwards.

All three Saturday teams now play in the Liverpool Old Boys League, respectively in divisions two, three and four. Our Sunday team, the Casuals, plays friendly matches against like-minded sides.

Our first team plays its home games at Holly Lodge, West Derby. Our second and third teams play home games at the Bill Shankly Playing Field in West Derby, Liverpool 12. The Casuals play their home games at the Merseyside police Club in Riversdale Road, Aigburth. Social arrangements are enjoyed at the Collegiate Bohemians Club on Queens Drive, near to the Jolly Miller public house.

Team Management

The management teams for season 2017/18 are as follows:

First Team:
David Cadwallader (Manager) and Craig Milton (Assistant Manager)
Second Team:
Graham Kehoe (Manager) and Mark Bargery (Assistant Manager)
Third Team:
Tony McGlynn (Manager)
Brian Goldsmith (Manager)


The Club's Annual Sportsman's Dinner took place on Friday, 24th March at Old Swan Conservative Club, Derby Lane. An enthusiastic gathering of current and former players, Club officers and committee members and a range of friends enjoyed a splendid meal before being royally entertained by two excellent guest speakers.
An indication of the importance of the event as an annual reunion was the distance travelled by a number of those present. Peter Andrew travelled from Somerset, Alan Allister and Bill Rigby from Berkshire, Dave Hughes from Cheltenham and Keith Wilkes from Cumbria.
Particular thanks are also due to former players, Jim Healey and Peter Horn, who organised partiess of 17 and 11 respectively, and Jim Morrison of East Villa FC, who mustered ten of his pals to enjoy the occasion.
 Ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City player, Steve Daley, had the whole room in stitches as he regaled them with an hilarious, self-deprecating summary of his playing career. Liverpool comedian, Lennie Anderson, then completed the festivities with an equally brilliant delivery to leave all comers with broad smiles on their faces.

The COBFC centenary brochure is available for a mere 5, including postage. The publication comprises 54 glossy pages covering a history of the football club, including lists of league and cup triumphs, club officers and trophy winners over the years. It also contains brief profiles of some long-serving officers and famous players.
Copies of the brochure can be purchased via the club shop facility on the club’s website at . Alternatively, it may be ordered from Li Ross by email (to or by post (to 2 Alistair Drive, Bromborough, Wirral CH63 0LH). Cheques should be made payable to Collegiate Old Boys FC.

 The 'Footie' Website

The website of The Collegiate Old Boys Football Club contains details of all club events and extensive information on individual teams.

Click HERE  to gain access to the COBFC website. (REMEMBER TO COME BACK, THO'. :) )