Celebrating Cinco de Martin

Martin Linley - Santa Rosa Black Oaks Soccer Club

Long-time Black Oaks Soccer Player Martin Linley

There will never be another Cinco de Mayo without remembering my old friend Martin Linley.  Martin was a founding member of the Black Oaks and played for several years on the over 30 team.  He was a feisty Brit who played hard, but after the whistle blew he would go from swearing at you to drinking pints with you, and made friends wherever he traveled.

He had many famous quotes, some directed at me and other teammates, like: “Touch of a donkey, lad!” or “Get stuck in!” A stalwart fullback, Martin had one philosophy, “You can let the ball by you, or the man by you, but never both.”  We had many great memories, including a fun soccer tournament in Puerto Vallarta with his family and our 30+ soccer team, Black Oaks Sol.  I always thought of him like an uncle, big brother, or team captain.

Not only did I have the pleasure of playing soccer with Martin, I worked with him for many years.  He was a mechanical engineer and loved working on cars, motorcycles and carts, loved to drive fast and love to experiment, or as he puts it, “blow things up.”  He was always a source of inspiration and recreation for me, whether it was having pints after work, talking about English soccer, or playing soccer, often a couple times a week. Read more of this post

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Co-Ed Adult Team Promoted to Level A of the SCCSL

Santa Rosa Soccer Adult Co-Ed Team for the SCACSL Black Oaks

2012 Black Oaks Adult Co-Ed Team of the SCACSL

Congratulations to the Black Oaks Adult Co-Ed Soccer team and Coach Luis Medina for their promotion to the top Co-Ed League in Sonoma County.  The Vencedores have been promoted to Level A of the SCACSL (Sonoma County Adult Co-Ed Soccer League) following their first place finish for the 2012 season.  Coach Medina says he’s been making some moves in the off-season to bolster his team for the stiffer competition. They play their first game of the 2013 season next Saturday.  Go, OAKS!