Oxford United – a brief history

Oxford_United_FC.svgThe beginnings:
This club started in 1893 as an amateur club which was called Headington. That was a village team known locally as “the boys from over the hill. Headington merged with neighbors Headington Quarry in 1911, and became the new club going under the name Headington United. In 1921 the club moved from Junior to Senior football, and joined in the Oxfordshire Senior League. United were still a tiny set up and after the Second World War and in 1947, United joined in the Spartan League. In 1949 this club became a semi-professional unit and it was elected to the Southern League.
The guy named Harry Thompson set about the task of transforming United into one of non-league’s major forces because he was appointed manager The side won the first of its Southern League Championships by 1953 and reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1954 by beating League clubs Stockport County and Millwall.
With one of the most modern stands for that era, determined ground developments were undertaken at The Manor. In expectation when League football would be seen at the ground – The Stand of Beech Road was being erected in expectation of that day.
In January 1959, the appointment of the former Birmingham City manager Arthur Turner as manager, it was another turning point in the club’s history. And in 1960 the club’s name was
changed to Oxford United, to appeal to the whole city and increase national recognition. Turner guided United to two more Southern League titles. In 1962 when Accrington Stanley folded, Oxford United was chosen to the Fourth Division of the Football League.

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The Football League
This was just the start of the club’s ambitions and development. The careful planning continued and Turner had the distinction of leading Oxford United into the 6th round of the FA Cup in 1964.
Presence figure for The Manor set a record at the 6th round match against Preston. An amazing 22,750 crowded into the ground for the game against the earlier beaten finalists of the season.
Only one year later Oxford was about to move from Fourth Division into the Third Division when the club founded itself in Third Division for two years when they won the Championship.
Ron Atkinson was under the captaincy of the team.
After 8 successive seasons in Division Two Oxford United were demoted at the end of the season in 1975/76 for the first time in their whole history. Precarious financial and poor results a
position followed. Two managers (Bill Asprey and Mick Brown) came and went. In January 1982 Robert Maxwell (millionaire publisher) was the guy who has saved the club from
bankruptcy.

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So, this is a brief history of this team. As you already know, Oxford United are still playing, and have a lot of fans. And maybe you are among them. Still, this is one great club, with a long history and with very good players. Nothing else to say, only Go Oxford United!