OXFORD UNITED F.C.
Founded: 1893


Also Known As:
HEADINGTON UNITED (1893-1960)
OXFORD UNITED (1960-)




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OXFORD UNITED F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of OXFORD UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Oxford United were formed as Headington in 1893, adding the suffix United in 1911 after merging with Headington Quarry. The club was founded by Rev. John Scott-Tucker, the vicar at Saint Andrew's Church in Headington, and a local doctor named Robert Hitchings. In 1899, six years after their formation, Headington United joined the Oxfordshire District League Second Division, where they competed until the outbreak of the First World War; the Second Division was renamed the Oxfordshire Junior League after the resumption of football in 1919. In 1921 the club was admitted into the Oxon Senior League. A move into professional football was first considered during the 194849 season. Vic Couling, the president at the time, had applied for Headington to become a member of a new Second Division in the Southern League. Although the plans were postponed, the First Division was going to be expanded by two clubs; Weymouth and Headington were elected. Oxford played its first season in the Southern League in 1949, the same year they turned professional. They initially played in orange and blue shirts, but changed to yellow home shirts for the 195758 season. The reason for the change is unknown. In 1960, Headington United was renamed Oxford United, to give the club a higher profile.

Two years later, in 1962, the club won the Southern League title for the second successive season and was elected to the Football League Fourth Division, occupying the vacant place left by bankrupt Accrington Stanley. Two successive eighteenth-place finishes followed, before promotion to the Third Division was achieved in 1965. A year before the promotion, Oxford became the first Fourth Division club to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup, but have not progressed that far in the competition since. Oxford won the Third Division title in 196768, their sixth season as a league club, but after eight years of relative stability the club was relegated from the Second Division in 197576. Oxford won the Third Division title after the 198384 season under the management of Jim Smith, who also guided them to the Second Division title the following year. This meant that Oxford United would be playing First Division football in the 198586 season, 23 years after joining the Football League. Smith moved to Queens Park Rangers shortly after the promotion success, and made way for chief scout Maurice Evans, who, several seasons earlier, had won the Fourth Division title with Reading.

Oxford United finished eighteenth in the 198586 First Division, avoiding relegation on the last day of the season after defeating Arsenal 30. They also won the Football League Cup, known at the time as the Milk Cup under a sponsorship deal. As winners, Oxford would have qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup, had it not been for the ban on English teams that had resulted from the previous year's Heysel Stadium disaster. The 198687 season saw Oxford United narrowly survive relegation and stay in the First Division. Robert Maxwell resigned as chairman in May 1987, to take over at Derby County, handing the club to his son Kevin. The manager Maurice Evans was sacked in March 1988 with Oxford bottom of the First Division. Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson was named as Oxford's new manager, but was unable to prevent relegation to the Second Division. He was sacked three months into the 198889 Second Division campaign. Oxford was relegated to Division Two at the end of the 199394 season, with just four wins in the last eleven games. Oxford's poor form continued into the 19992000 season, and with the team in the relegation zone. At the end of the 200001 season, Oxford were relegated back to the Third Division after a 35-year absence, with 100 goals conceded. They suffered 33 league defeats, the second-highest number of league defeats ever endured by a league club in a single season.

At the end of the 200506 season and after 44 years in English league football, Oxford were relegated to the Conference National after finishing in 23rd place, becoming the first former winners of a major trophy to be relegated from the league. Oxford led the table for most of the first half of the 200910 season, but dropped into the play-off places after a poor run of form, finishing third. They beat Rushden & Diamonds over two legs to advance to the play-off final against York City on 16 May 2010. Oxford won the final 31, to return to the Football League for the 201011 season. The attendance was 42,669, a new record for the final, with around 33,000 being United fans. The team spent much of the 201112 season in or around the playoff places, and achieved the double over rivals (and eventual champions) Swindon Town for the first time since the 197374 season. However, they failed to win any of their last seven matches and finished the season in 9th place, two places and 4 points outside the play-offs.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Oxford United F.C.
Club Nickname
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The U's
Year Founded
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1893 (123 years ago)
English County
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Oxfordshire
Current Ground
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Kassam Stadium
Ground Location
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Oxford, England
Club's Owner
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Ian Lenagan
Club Chairman
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Darryl Eales
Current Manager
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Michael Appleton
Current League
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League One
Last Season
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League Two, 2nd place
(promoted)


HOME COLORS

Yellow & Navy Blue
AWAY COLORS

Red & Black
INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


KASSAM STADIUM
Grenoble Road, Oxford,
Oxfordshire, OX4-4XP, England


OPENED: ......... 2001
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. $15 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 12,500
RECORD: ......... 12,243 (2006 vs Leyton Orient)
OWNER: ........... Firoka Group
OPERATOR: ..... Oxford United F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 112 x 78 yards (102 x 71 meters)



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