Welcome to the Old Haberdashers' Association

This website and its development is funded by the W R (Nobbly) Tanner Memorial Fund in recognition of his contribution to the OHA over many years and to continue his work in communicating with OH around the world. 

Your annual OHA Membership subscription is due on 1st May. New Member subscription rates are £20 per annum (by Direct Debit only) for the first three years and thereafter are payable at the standard rate. Standard Rate Subscriptions are currently £50 per annum or £30 per annum if the member resides more than fifty miles from Borehamwood.

If you don't already pay by Direct Debit please take the time to download the form via this link and send it to the Treasurer. If you prefer to pay by cheque please send it to the Treasurer in good time. For the avoidance of doubt the OHA Treasurer is Dr John Wigley, 13 Marshal's Drive, St Albans, Herts AL1 4RB.

The Removal Men Lunch - 10th December in London

Tony Alexander is organising another lunch for the Removal Men of 1961, lunch is organised for 10th December at Number 12, The Ambassadors Hotel, Woburn Place, WC1H OHX, timing is 12noon for 13.00 sit down, it’s not too late to be included, if you would like to attend please send an email to : tonyalexander1@sky.com

Sports News

Old Haberdashers' RFC

The 1st XV enjoyed an excellent win away at Staines and went up one place in the league to 1st place as we got the all important winning bonus point by scoring 4 tries. We are now on 31 points, a point above Fullerians. It remains close at the top of the league with just six points between the top 5 teams but there is now some clear ground between the 5th placed side and the rest of the league. Club Captain Simon Wallis reports ;

“Habs ventured away to Staines to play a dramatically improved side from the team that we pumped last year.  Habs arrived without balls to warm up with, so we had to borrow some of theirs.  Kick off was delayed by 5 minutes, which allowed the travelling support (McCarthy, Alexander x 2, Hughes, Davies, Wallis and Zhang aka Francis Booth) to get another pint of bombardier, note to self don’t get the frosted frolics again, queue obvious jokes given the temperature outside!

It would be understatement to say it was windy, it was freezing and blowing a gale.  Habs were playing into the wind first half and had an extremely strong start with plenty of early pressure. The scrum was clearly on top and after a huge surge Habs won the penalty, given the conditions they elected to kick to the corner.  A catch and drive proceeded and Vernon McGeoch went over for Habs first score (0-5), McGhee followed with a tricky conversion attempt and the wind proved too strong, the score remained at 5-0.

Insight of the week from Zhang, “Aidan Deery is looking skinny, is he eating properly?”

Some Staines pressure followed and they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts (slightly dubious Lowcock for not releasing, when there was a clear release) and with the wind at their backs they duly converted. (3-5)

A similar situation materialised a few minutes later with a catch and drive to the first try, however the referee judged that there was truck and trailer in the maul, so Seb Taylor’s try was disallowed.  The Staines number 10 with the agricultural boot was then sent to the bin for ten minutes after a no armed tackle on the mercurial Matt Lowcock (who made it evidently clear).  The ball was kicked off the pitch and Twitch ran after it, after running over Hughes he then proceeded to kick the ball which landed square on the head of the refereeing assessor (‘Simon Hardcastle’).  According to Moon his glasses nearly fell off, but after my quick apology he soldiered on.

The ball was kicked to Charlie Johnson at full back, he broke through a couple of tackles and showed some electrifying pace, several phases of played occurred before Scott Chatterton rolled back the years and gassed their winger, with a lovely inside ball back to Charlie Johnson, who ran in for a score, champagne rugby, vintage habs.  The conversion was missed by McGhee (3-10).

Habs went in at half time with a  10-3 lead, the travelling support went to get a Bombardier and Zhang had a lime and soda.  The second half kicked off and straight from the kick off, Habs stole the ball and after several good phases Matt Lowcock broke through the line to score the try and Butterwick followed up with the conversion (3-17).  Habs were piling on the pressure and dominating in the set piece.  After more pressure from Habs, the quick thinking and vision from Jonny Whittle spotted the overlap down the blindside, offloaded to Brian Butterwick, Brian to Matt Lowcock and try in the corner to Habs, the bonus point win was secured (3-22), conversion was missed by Brian Butterwick.

Habs kept on piling on the pressure and a quick tap from Jonny Whittle close to the Staines line resulted in a yellow card for not being back 10m and in all honesty could have been a couple more as Staines were desperate to keep Habs out and after a number of tap and gos and heaps of pressure, Seb Taylor eventually got his try and Butterwick duly converted (3-29).

That result sends Habs to the top of London 2 North West, however it is very tight so a lot more hard work to come!  An excellent day and an MOM performance from Matt Lowcock.  All in all, a cold but extremely satisfying day!  Aidan Deery revealed in the bar that his girlfriend clearly isn’t feeding him enough, so will ask for double portions in the future.”

There are no matches on 28th November, the next matches are on 5th December with both sides at home, the 1st XV against 5th placed Woodford and the 2nd XV against Bishops Stortford. 


Our Past Players lunches at Croxdale Road will take place as follows :


Tabard - 24th October at Croxdale Road

Harpenden – 12th December at Croxdale Road


Old Fullerians – 9th January at Croxdale Road

Hammersmith & Fulham – 13th February at Croxdale Road

HAC – 16th April at Croxdale Road

OMT – 23rd April (St Georges Day!) at Croxdale Road

Please follow this link to download your copy of the 2015-16 Handbook, containing results, fixtures, list of officers and two great articles from the President and “from the touchline”.

About the OHA

The OHA has a long and successful history (since 1888) and enjoys close, friendly links with the School. One of its principal aims is to encourage members of the OHA in all parts of the world to keep in touch.  Its main activities include: 

  • Social Programme:
    the OHA organises a wide and diverse social programme including musical entertainments, wine tastings, visits to interesting venues, galleries, theatres etc, University socials, a black tie Annual Dinner at Haberdashers’ Hall, regular lunches for retired members, close links with school CCF activities. Event locations vary from the School and OH clubhouse to central London and regional venues.
  • Networking:
    connecting Haberdashers in similar professions or with similar interests (e.g. the City, medicine, media) through events, talks, directories & informal contacts.  The OHA also works with the School to enable boys to benefit further from the expertise and knowledge of the diverse community of Old Haberdashers, for example through careers advice and work experience opportunities.
  • Reunions:
    Year group, anniversary and regional reunion events
  • Sports:
    Active and successful Cricket, Rugby and Football clubs (based at its Borehamwood sports ground) and Golf and Rifle societies which field regular teams in league and cup competitions. Informal matches have been organised for other sports e.g. Hockey, Tennis & Water Polo. There is an OHA sports day at the school in the summer when OHA cricket teams play against the school at various levels.
  • Involvement in School events. These include the annual Remembrance Day CCF parade at the school where the OHA President lays a wreath on the OHA war memorial.
  • Communications:
    Members receive regular e-mail newsletters and a substantial annual magazine with news and features on Old Haberdasher and School events and achievements.
  • Charitable Activities:
     There is a Haberdashers' Aske's Lodge and an OHA Benevolent Fund.


Latest News

NEWS: Sunday 29th November, 2015

OHA Magazine - the 2014 issue can now be downloaded from the website

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Andy Funnell - Maths Teacher 1969 - 1976 - died November 2015

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OHA Ground and Clubhouse Relocation Project

The long running Ground and Clubhouse Relocation project has reached a key stage and the ... more

Election of New OHA President - Martin Baker (Meadows, 1978)

Martin Baker was elected as the new President of the OHA at the AGM on ... more

Ken Lowe (1941) Passed away 15th October 2015

Ken's son Rob has sent me the the following information : "It is with regret ... more

John Bernard Gaskell (1947) - passed away 28th October 2015

Michael Clark (1947 leaver) reports that John Gaskell (1947) sadly died on Wednesday 28th October ... more

Upcoming Events

Tue 8th Dec 15
Retired Members Lunch at the OHA Clubhouse
Thu 10th Dec 15
OH Ladies Lunch at the clubhouse
Sat 12th Dec 15
OHRFC Past Players Lunch - 1st XV v Harpenden RFC
Sat 12th Dec 15
OHRFC Christmas Party
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