Through the various guises of Oldland, Oldland Decora and finally Oldland Abbotonians the Reserves have maintained a respectability in the Bristol Premier Combination for many years without pressing for promotion. Managers such as Dave Branch, Gary Caddick, Keith 'Turkey' Turner, John Haberfield, Bob Clarke, Malcolm Beck and Andy Weeks have left their mark in various ways over the years. The team is now managed by Tom Hutton and Steve Bristow.
Players such as Alan Foggie, Piner, Little Joe, Alan Arkwell, Ian Hyett, Stitcher, Skettie, Chris Thompson, Paul Bray, Ian 'Doris' Hardwell even Corbie got a couple of games. You know, the guys who actually turn up and reminisce at the reunions as though they could play! The Reserves have more often than not been the social hub of the club.
The task has always been hard, even when we ran four teams the constant battle between being judged on results and whether you were good enough for first team players to drop down into and allowing room for developing youth team players to come through has been hard to do. Some have, with the right attitude gone on to be successful, others have fallen by the wayside.
Thankfully we now have a third team again from 2018/19, meaning that the jump from junior to adult football is not so great. Meanwhile, the constant battle to run a Reserve team continues..........
Any player, any age, interested in featuring for the senior sides please do contact the club via this website