Support From Old Merchant Taylor's

Chair of the OMTs Richard Brooman has provided the following strong endorsement for the Foundation's efforts to purchase Udney Park playing fields.

"A fund was created in 1917 to provide education for the sons of Old Merchant Taylors (OMTs) who had fallen in the Great War and to erect a war memorial. Land in Udney Park Road, Teddington was acquired in 1920 and the OMT War Memorial Sports Ground and pavilion were built, with a small additional loan from the RFU. OMT played Rugby and Cricket at the ground from 1922 until 1937, when they relocated to Croxley Green, to be closer to their school, which had recently moved out of the City of London. In 2011, OMT moved to Sandy Lodge, Northwood, the site of Merchant Taylors’ School.

OMT supports the Udney Park Foundation in its quest to acquire Udney Park and its surviving Pavilion as a War Memorial playing field for local community sport. The Merchant Taylors’ War Memorial Trust remains in existence and it would be fitting that the 100th anniversary of the opening of the "Old Merchant Taylors’ War Memorial Sports Ground" is celebrated with Udney Park safely protected as a Fields In Trust Centenary Field"

The chair of AHH, who are selling Udney Park, is Lord Fink. Both of his sons went to Merchant Taylor’s School - so maybe knowing of this link he might be tempted to take a role in ensuring that the OMT legacy is preserved.

Lord Cave opens pavilion in War Memorial Pavilion in 1922

1924 Lions captain played rugby for OMT at Udney Park

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She is taking action after a resident-led bid for the site was rejected by the field's owners, Affordable Housing and Healthcare group (AHH), in favour of an alternative sporting bid. Local councillors and campaigners fighting to save the fields from development slammed the decision and expressed their fears about the fields' future. Now Wilson is calling on Lord Fink, also known as Baron Fink, to meet with her to discuss the fields' future. Hedge-fund manager Lord Fink is the Chairman of AHH and one of the Conservative party's top donors. He has been a life peer with the party since 2011 and was a significant backer of Boris Johnson's campaign for Mayor.