Milk Cup keeper to speak at event tackling loneliness

OXFORD United’s Milk Cup-winning goalkeeper will be the latest former player to speak at an event designed to tackle isolation and loneliness.

Alan Judge was between the sticks when the U’s beat Queens Park Rangers in 1986, and will reflect on his playing days, before taking questions at Cowley Workers Sports and Social Club.

The Manor Club is Oxford United in the Community’s monthly social event for the over-50s, with its next meeting on February 2, from midday until 3pm.

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The charity’s patron Peter Rhoades-Brown said: “It’s been great welcoming people back to Cowley Workers Social Club after 18 months of providing our audience with a digital alternative.

“The Manor Club is going from strength to strength, and as a charity we believe it is now more important than ever to develop community cohesion as we continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

“Events like this help individuals engage with like-minded people and develop new friendships through the power of the Oxford United badge.”

Chris Lowes, head of the charity, added: “The Manor Club’s core aim is to tackle isolation after latest figures revealed one in 10 over-65s in Oxfordshire live alone.

“It’s a weekday social hub for our club’s older supporters and we’re pleased to be welcoming people back in person.

“We’re aware Covid-19 rates are high, so we’ll be taking extra precautions to ensure people feel safe and comfortable when visiting.”

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