Boost for Wadham football

27th April 2018

News, Student news, Alumni news

Football at Wadham is flourishing. Alumni football fans joined Matthew Benham (Physics, 1986), owner of Brentford FC, at a recent match, while footballer Louise Nolan (Engineering, 2015) has helped achieve Blues Varsity and Wadham Cuppers victories.

  • Wadham alumni footballers at Brentford FC

    Wadham alumni footballers at Brentford FC

Brentford 2 QPR 1

Some 35 Wadham alumni watched an exciting and tense victory for Brentford against Queen’s Park Rangers at Griffin Park with the ‘Bees’ club owner Matthew Benham. The Warden, Ken Macdonald QC, joined alumni and friends of Wadham, whose matriculation years spanned 1957 to 2013, for a pre-game reception. Matthew shared his intentions for the club with guests, revealing a planned move to a brand new 17,000-capacity stadium.

Having read Physics at Wadham, Matthew has a keen mind for statistics and algorithms which he puts to good use with team strategy. Following the win, he suggested that perhaps the next Wadham/Brentford gathering would be (hopefully soon) when Brentford is in the Premier League.

Matthew Benham is a Foundation Fellow at Wadham and the College is very grateful for his hosting this popular event and for his significant support for the future of the College.

Wadham has an active men’s alumni football team and anyone interested in finding out more should contact the development office. development.team@wadham.ox.ac.uk

  • Wadham women's football team

  • Louise Nolan (Engineering, 2015)

    Louise Nolan (Engineering, 2015) 

Women’s football victories

Three Wadham students helped the Oxford Blues to victory at the Varsity match earlier this year. Louise Nolan (Engineering, 2015), Katie Plummer (Biochemistry, 2015) and Sophie Spralja (Wadham/Sarah Lawrence, 2017) helped the team achieve a 3-3 draw before Oxford went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

Louise Nolan has also captained Wadham women’s team, seeing them not only win victory in cuppers, but attract a greater number of players to the team.

“I started playing football at 13. My school in Hammersmith is close to the QPR ground and the club got involved in coaching us as part of its community work,” she said.

When she arrived at Wadham Louise trialled for the University team and played for ‘the Furies’, the second team, in her first year. In her second year, she captained for Wadham and saw the team promoted to Division 1. She also moved into the Blues as left back.

“I love how fluid women’s football is – it is more about passing and connections than the men’s game. And it is great seeing our hard work in training pay off, winning Cuppers and then Varsity,” she added.

Fitting her football around her studies has worked well: “There are a lot of scientists on the team so we train in the early mornings and late evenings.”

Any students interested in joining Wadham’s football teams should get in touch with Wadham SU Sports Officer su.sports@wadham.ox.ac.uk