RO Willis Cup

The annual meeting in 1983 recorded a one minute's silence in respect of Mr Ollie Willis, who had died after a long illness and reported that a message of sympathy had been sent to Mrs Willis

The R O Willis Trophy was presented to the association by Mrs Willis, in memory of her husband. Well known in the area, Ollie was deputy headteacher at Lumley Junior School and, with headteacher, Mr Keith Garner and teacher, Mr Colin Friedrichsen, ran Lumley's team for many years. He was also secretary of our association for a number of years and an enthusiastic supporter of all things linked to the association

Ollie was a class one referee and the association's records back in 1963 congratulated him on being given the honour of refereeing the Scotland v Wales Schoolboy International. He was also a cricket umpire for many years in the local leagues

The competition has always been played late in the season and, even in the days of 11-a-side football, was a small sided competition. In recent years, the competition has been aimed at Years 4 & 5

First Easter tour in 1972 with Ollie Willis (right) in attendance as Emmerson McMillan (Chairman) receives a pennant from the team manager of Sale Boys 

 

(Below) - receiving some sort of memento from Emmerson on the same tour

Ollie, on the left, with Lumley's successful team in 1970-71

Cain Leight (captain of St Margarets) receives the R O Willis Trophy in season 2010-11 on the prefab steps at Red Rose School

Competition 2019: May 2nd

The three group winners plus the two best runners up progress to the final

Final: May 9th

St Margarets receiving their plaques 2010-11 with team manager Mr Alan Baker

Competition History

The table below shows the past winners of the competition.

2018-19 Red Rose crowned winners of the RO Willis trophy for pupils in Year 5 and 4.