A new start for the Stars
Oxford City Stars have been reborn and are now under new management.Â The club’s new owners pass on their appreciation to the previous board and lay out their aims for the future of Oxfordshireâ€™s top ice hockey team.
Paul Lynch, Russell Shrives and James Schall are named as the new board of Oxford City Stars, the three successful local businessmen have taken control of the Stars and are eager to bring more success to the County.
Hear an exclusive interview with the three new directors, courtesy of Oxfordshire Sports Online, by clicking the play button in the bar below.
Mr Lynch, owner of Abingdon Bathrooms & Kitchens said â€œMy family have been converts to Ice Hockey over the last few years and Iâ€™m passionate about building more stability for the club so we can start providing more funds into the playing squad.Â I would also like to thank the Starâ€™s previous owners who in the last season brought the club better than expected success on the ice.Â Itâ€™s going to be a tough job repeating that but weâ€™ll be doing everything we can!â€
Mr Shrives, owner of RJS Waste Management Ltd added â€œIâ€™ve been a fan of the Stars since they were formed in 1984 and Iâ€™ve been involved in the development of sports organisations in recent times but Ice Hockey is my passion. We want to work with our landlords (Oxford Ice Rink) and the City and County councils to bring visible and financial benefits to the club, positive relationships are being forged and that excites me hugely, I see Oxford City Stars as a truly community club.â€
Mr Schall, former Stars player and veteran of the UKâ€™s Video Games industry said â€œAs a group, we are really passionate and excited to bring more success to Oxfordshire, weâ€™re going to pull apart how things are done at the club, not because they may be wrong, but because things have been done a certain way as thatâ€™s how theyâ€™ve always been done. We feel we can add support, advice and drive.Â By working closer with fans, corporate partners and local authorities we can deliver the best success Oxford has ever had on the ice.â€
The new board have been working behind the scenes in recent months and would like to announce 2 bits of news in tandem with their unveiling:
1 – A fansâ€™ forum will be run Wednesday May 18th at 7pm at the Kings Head pub on Holywell Street, for all fans to ask any questions they wish about the team, ambitions or off the ice questions.Â You can book tickets here on the ticket pages (entry is free).
2 – Finally, the board wish to thank the fans for their wonderful support over recent years and in return are pleased to announce that next season, adult season tickets will be available from Â£99, Â£29 concessions and U16s for the first 30 days of sale. After that tickets will be Â£149 for adults and Â£59.99 concessions and U16s. Ticket sales will commence in June.