Oxford United Club Profile
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Oxford United : Club Background
Oxford United's Kassam Stadium
Rather futuristic outside of the Kassam Stadium
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

Headington United were formed in 1893 and for the first half-century and more of the club's life were a typical local amateur team playing in local leagues. The club's transformation into the Oxford United we all know and er, well, they're fans love then I'm sure, began in 1949 with the U's election to the Southern League. Over the next decade Headington established themselves as one of the premier non-league sides in the country and in 1960 the club changed their name to Oxford United in order to give themselves a nationally recognised identity and to appeal to football supporters in the city of Oxford itself. Three Southern League title wins later meant that the club were in an ideal position to improve their status and when Accrington Stanley folded in 1962 Oxford United were elected to the Football League in their place.

After three years consolidating in Division Four the club won promotion to Division Three and then won the Third Division title itself in 1968. Eight seasons in the Second Division followed before eventual relegation back down to the Third and the hard financial times that followed, with the club in real danger of bankruptcy before being taken over by controversial multi-millionaire Robert Maxwell in 1982.

The beginning of the Maxwell era brought a period of unprecedented success for the U's. Managed by Jim Smith, Oxford won the Third Division Championship title in the 1983-84 season, to be followed by the Second Division title, and promotion to the top flight of English football - the first time that Oxford had ever reached such heights - a year later. Three seasons in the First Division followed, including an unprecedented League Cup final win, beating QPR 3-0 in front of over 90,000 at Wembley.
Oxford United's Kassam Stadium - South Stand
Main or South Stand at the Kassam
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

That was the end of the halcyon days for Oxford however and relegation from the top flight, followed by the death of chairman Maxwell in 1992, led to more financial problems. Added to the difficulties faced by the club was the fact that their original home, the Manor Ground, was well past its sell-by-date and needed substantial investment to meet the recommendations of the Taylor Report.

After several changes of ownership a new chairman, Firoz Kassam, took over the club in 1999 and immediately began pushing through plans for a brand new stadium on the outskirts of the city. Relegation to Division Two followed however, and although the club managed to stay in the Second Division for one more season a second relegation soon followed, the club slipping into the basement after their last season at the Manor Ground. The new stadium was built, although the money ran out before all four sides were completed, and named after then chairman Kassam.

In 2003-04 Oxford were strong favourites for a promotion place. They played what some would call an uncompromising style, others would simply say ugly, under Ian Atkins. Strong in defence, and even though limited in attack, they seemed to have the right credentials. However all was not well behind the scenes as friction and then open confrontation broke out between manager and chairman. Whatever Atkins later said, and never was a manager more adept than Atkins at putting a glowing spin on his record, Oxford were already badly on the slide well before Kassam suspended him for openly negotiating a new job with Bristol Rovers before the season was over. Graham Rix was the new man, with a very different philosophy of football. It was never likely to work in the short term with the team Atkins had collected, and the slide continued with Oxford eventually finishing out even of the play-offs.

Rix only lasted until the November of the following season, and the club then made the bizarre appointment of Ramon Diaz. What he knew about lower league football in England was hard to ascertain as he spoke no English. He didn't make the end of the season. Oxford then decided that Brian Talbot (titter ye not - oh, go on then, just a small snigger if you must) was the man to take them back to the glory days. Unsurprisingly, he wasn't. If fact by the time they got rid of him - and Kassam as well, in a bitter battle - the U's were already well on the way to relegation back out of the Football League. The new owner brought club legend Jim Smith back, but Oxford were already doomed and duly descended into Non-league in 2006.

The supposed experts and the fans all assumed Oxford would stroll back out of the tin-pot Conference at the first time of asking. Those with eyes to see saw a club in a mess from years of instability and incompetent management on and off the pitch. They also had the ridiculous situation of the new 'owner', Nick Merry, only controlling the club itself. The stadium and all the infrastructure remained in the hands of Kassam. Smith's team was overhauled by Dagenham & Redbridge for the title and automatic promotion spot, then blew a 2-0 advantage in the play-offs at the semi-final stage. The 2007-08 season again started well, but started to fall away. Smith was moved upstairs and Darren Patterson take over. This time they couldn't even make the play-offs, finishing 9th. Patterson paid the price shortly into the 2008-09 season and the next man in was Chris Wilder. This time they finished 7th, though without a 5 point deduction for fielding an ineligible player they would have squeaked into the play-offs.
Oxford United's Kassam Stadium - East Stand
East stand, behind the goal
That's it, there is no West Stand
Photo 2004 Ciderspace

Oxford United managed to gain promotion from the Conference at the fourth time of asking, although even then they tried to make a mess of it - when we played them in a November 2009 FA Cup tie, they were eight points clear at the top (and were good enough to knock us out at the First Round stage during that season). Too many draws meant that they finished third, and had to battle through the play-offs, beating Rushden and Diamonds (remember them?) and then York City in the final. Overall they've equipped themselves relatively well back in League Two - finishes of 12th, 9th, 9th, 8th and 13th have meant that they've not broken into play-off territory but on the other hand they're now back as an established Football League side. Chris Wilder jumped ship for Northampton Town in January 2014, and since the summer of that year Michael Appleton has been in charge. Last season was probably a little bit too average for their liking and he'll be under pressure to raise them a bit closer to the play-offs than he did during his first campaign.

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Headington United : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Headington United

28/01/1950HomeSLD0-0
07/04/1950AwaySLD1-1Mansley
02/12/1950AwaySLD1-1Hamilton
13/01/1951HomeSLL1-4Dougall
06/10/1951AwaySLW3-0Own Goal, Colvan, Case
24/04/1952HomeSLL0-1
06/12/1952AwaySLL2-3Machin(2)
10/01/1953HomeSLD2-2Lunn, Brown
02/12/1953AwaySLL3-4Hindle, Lunn(2)
27/03/1954HomeSLW4-0Clarke(4)
25/09/1954AwaySLL0-3
12/02/1955HomeSLD2-2Fraser, Own Goal
17/09/1955HomeSLW4-2Reid, McKay, Clarke(2)
21/01/1956AwaySLL2-3Fidler, Reid
20/03/1956HomeSLCSFW3-1Brown, Edwards, Easton
18/08/1956AwaySLL0-2
22/09/1956HomeSLL2-4Elder, Fidler
07/04/1958AwaySLD1-1Cooper
03/05/1958HomeSLW2-1Travis(2)
24/10/1959HomeSLL2-4Paton, Dennis
12/03/1960AwaySLL0-2


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Headington United

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
4342221136132056103541


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Oxford United : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Oxford United

11/03/1961AwaySLD2-2Paton, Ashe
26/04/1961HomeSLD3-3Phillips, Taylor(2)
23/08/1961HomeSLCSL0-2
09/12/1961AwaySLL1-2Pounder
28/04/1962HomeSLW4-3Coughlin(3), Foley
26/11/1966HomeFAC1L1-37530Muir
12/11/1974HomeFrndW1-0951
06/08/1983HomeFrndL0-2
02/08/1993HomeFrndL0-41190
21/07/1998HomeFrndL0-3633
11/10/2003AwayDIV3L0-16301
14/02/2004HomeDIV3W1-07404Bishop 29
18/09/2004HomeCCL2W6-15467Stolcers 38, 49, Jevons 59, 69, 79, Gall 75
15/01/2005AwayCCL2L1-26778Guyett 82
07/11/2009AwayFAC1L0-16144
29/08/2015AwayFL2L0-26018
08/12/2015AwayLDVL2-32532Fogden 37, Jeffers 90
28/12/2015HomeFL2D0-04661


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Oxford United

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
425162101661343112234


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Oxford United : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: L Overall Results Sequence: L


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Oxford United : Club Information
The Kassam Stadium
Grenoble Road
Oxford
OX4 4XP
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01865 337500
Fax : 01865 337501
Email: admin@oufc.co.uk

Chairman : Darryl Eales
Fixtures Secretary : Mick Brown
Press Officer : Chris Williams
Manager : Michael Appleton

Capacity : 12,500
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 22,750 v Preston, FA Cup 6th rd, 1964 (The Manor Ground)

Nickname : The U's
Colours : shirt - yellow, shorts - navy blue, socks - navy blue
Ticket Prices :
Away fans are housed in an end section of the North Stand.

Tickets for our 2015-16 JPT tie can be purchased in person, or by calling 01935 847888 for telephone sales, from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following rates:

Adults: 15.00; Over-65s, Under-18s and Students in full time education: 10.00; Under-13s: 5.00; Under-7s: FREE.

The Under-7s offer is only applicable when tickets are purchased with a paying adult.

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the game and can be purchased through the North Ticket Office adjacent to the Away turnstiles at the Kassam Stadium, but note that these sales are CASH ONLY.

Disabled Info :
Parking: 82 designated parking spaces for disabled people around the outside of the stadium. There are 26 spaces for away wheelchair users at ground level in the away section of the North Stand. The club appears to have no dedicated contact for disabled issues. Disabled/Wheelchair supporters pay the above prices, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

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Oxford United : Directions To The Ground
General

The three-sided Kassam Stadium can be found in between the Oxford Science Park and the (in)famous Blackbird Leys Estate on the southern outskirts of the city. Once spaces at the stadium run out parking in the area is a nightmare.

Oxford United's Kassam Stadium - North Stand
Away supporters area in the North Stand
Photo 2004 Ciderspace



By Road

Exit the M4 at Junction 13.
Join the A34 for approx 20 miles until you arrive at the A4142 Oxford Ringroad (Hinskey Hill Interchange).
Turn right onto the Ringroad and follow this until you reach the Heyford Hill roundabout and take the third exit, A4074 to Reading.
Follow the A4074 for half a mile, exit left at turn-off for Cowley and Oxford Science Park - follow the brown football signs to the ground.

Parking

The parking at the stadium allows for up to 1,600 spaces. There's also now an overspill of 400 spaces at the back of the Vue cinema close by. The plus point is that both are free. The down side is that once these fill up, which on a busy matchday is generally about 75 minutes before kick-off, finding an alternative within a mile or so is very difficult. Exiting is also an issue. With only two routes out expect to sit in the car park for quite a while. People do park on the extensive grass verges of the road network surrounding the stadium, but should you be tempted to do so for want of an alternative don't be surprised to find a ticket on returning to your vehicle.

On previous visits we've chosen to park in the nearby village of Sandford-on-Thames and take the walk, which is about a mile. Another suggestion is the Royal British Legion at Littlemore (OX4 4LZ).

By Rail

Oxford Station, at four miles distance, is too far from the ground to contemplate walking. If you don't want to stomach the costs of a taxi, a regular bus service is available, see link below.

By Bus

Various bus services are available from the centre of Oxford - click here for more details.

The No.5 service to Blackbird Leys estate, getting off at Knights Road. The timetable is here - adult fares are 3.50 return.

The T2 service to Oxford Science Park, which is close to the stadium - it continues on to Abingdon. The timetable is here.

The OX3/OX7 services are matchday specials which are less interesting to away supporters and more useful to locals going from places like Brize Norton and Botley, or from Grovelands and Headington to the ground. By Taxi

A selection of Oxford taxi companies can be found here.

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Oxford United : Web Resources
Web Sites

Oxford United Club Website
The main club website of Oxford United. PTV format.


Oxford United Exiles
Does what it says on the tin - useful if you're a geographically displaced Oxford United fan.


Oxford United Mad
As is the case with most websites from the MAD stable, this is a ghost site, operated by cut'n'paste from other sources.


OxVox
Home of the Oxford United Supporters Trust. At present not much online other than an application form if you want to join them.


Rage Online
Simply designed wholly independent fans website. No adverts, no fancy stuff, no website franchises. This is a proper old-school fans website.


Web Message Boards

Oxford United Mad Forum
Forum associated with the MAD franchise. It exists, but few bother to post on it.


Rage Online Forum
Bolt-on message board associated with the Rage Online website. Not the busiest of message boards, but it ticks along.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Oxford Mail
Online dedicated section for Oxford United, via the Oxford Mail newspaper. Updated daily.



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Oxford United : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

The bar inside the ground is in the South Stand, and for home supporters only. Carlsberg lager is sold in the concourses around the ground however. The Priory - which was owned by former owner Fitzroy Kassam and was a sort of an unofficial supporters club - has closed, leaving a barren area without pubs to head to.

Local Pubs :

Oxford is a contrasting mixture. The historic centre, overflowing with students and tourists, is stuffed full of ancient pubs, a few still excellent, most overly precious, all tending to the expensive. The sort that featured in every episode of Inspector Morse. If you do choose to drink in the city centre remember the ground is miles away, and traffic throughout Oxford a complete nightmare, so give yourself plenty of time to make kick-off. The fringes of Oxford, especially to the South where the new Kassam Stadium is, are industrial, with sprawling huge estates, many products of the very worst of Sixties and Seventies planning. The pubs there mostly tend to reflect their location.

Oxford once boasted one of the better independent breweries in Morrells. But a group of cretins were in control. As they were mindless fools they jumped on the Pub.co bandwagon, and sold off the brewery side to Thomas Hardy Brewery in Dorchester (formerly Eldridge Pope, who were doing exactly the same thing with their brewing and pub sides - ****ing them up) and concentrated on ripping the guts out of their stable of pubs. Their design concepts stretched to three : which is the least puke making is open to debate. There is the olde worlde "rustic"; nautical (how much further from the sea can you get than Oxford?!); and Upstairs Downstairs Victorian / Edwardian kitsch. B*st*rds like this should have the mass produced fake sh*te they litter over every available surface in their pubs shoved into any open orifice. They made such a screw up of what one would think was a relatively simple task of running a chain of pubs that lots were in turn sold on to Greene King, and now don't even stock Morrells beers. We've tried to find a few reasonably close to the ground that shouldn't be instantly raised by a bulldoser, but it's not an easy job - it's made harder by the fact that since we first entered the Football League, three of the nearer ones (The Fox in Sandford, The Priory which was next door to the ground, and the Blackbird) have all closed.

There're also a couple of bars in the retail/leisure development that has been springing up around the area: one in the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and another in Ozone, a cinema and bowling complex. They serve exactly what one would expect - mainstream fizzy brands at high prices - but are open to well behaved football types.

Bullnose Morris: A Hungry Horse pub (same chain as The Bell in Yeovil) on the east side of the Blackbird Leys estate. This is a fairly healthy walk from the ground and you'll need to pretty much head your way through the entire estate to get there. Good luck.
Bullnose Morris, Watlington Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 6SS. Tel: 01865-771430. Email: 6635@greeneking.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

George Inn: Was Morrells, then became Gales and is now Fullers - all in a few years. Pubs that change hands this frequently are not generally promising. The pub is roughly U-shaped around a central bar, split into a couple of rooms. The public bar has a pool table and Sky TV, and there is a more foody lounge area with alcoves. There's a large beer garden, with Aunt Sally played. I lived in Oxford for a while, and Aunt Sally is a traditional pub game in the area that makes the bizarre rituals of the West Country appear sane. Possibly the best pub in Littlemore itself - though that's not saying much at all.
George Inn, 5, Sandford Road, Littlemore, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4PU. Tel: 01865 779341. Map: Click Here.

King's Arms: Huge pub in a lovely location down on the Thames at Sandford Pool. A Chef & Brewer offering, which isn't saying much, though the beer has reportedly improved a bit with Youngs/Charles Wells on offer whereas back on our last visit to the Kassam all it had was Courage. Nice for kids though, with a big garden and play area.
King's Arms, Church Road, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4YB. Tel: 01865 777095. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Catherine Wheel
The Catherine Wheel
© Martin Baker
The Catherine Wheel: Just a few steps further away from the ground than The Fox. The pub is split into a main lounge, a side dining room to the right of the door, with a pool table area to the back of the pub. The food was of the pie and chips type - nothing wrong with it, but nothing to enthuse about either. There is a big screen. The beer was Brakspear, but recent reports imply it has stopped serving real ale.
The Catherine Wheel, Henley Road, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4YP. Map: Click Here.

William Morris: The nearest Wetherspoon to the ground, across the other side of the ring road on the edge of Littlemore and Cowley.
William Morris, 4, Pound Way, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 3LR. Tel: 01865 335950. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Don't expect to find many university professors in this area of Oxford striking up conversations about nuclear physics or Renaissance art.

Top-Tip :

Get there early if you're driving and don't wish to walk. Once the car parking is full there's nowhere else close to (legally) park.

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Oxford United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

The City of Dreaming Spires (as Oxford is also known) is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century has been an established town - click here for more information on the city than is possibly sensible to know.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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