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Oxford United betting odds are amongst the most popular in League One football. The English third tier is well renowned for its variable results and team finishes, with sides fighting against relegation one season and challenging for the League One title the next. Because of this, Oxford United relegation odds are just as common as odds on Oxford United to get promoted.

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History

Oxford United are a professional football club located in the city of Oxford in Oxfordshire. After the club joined the Football League in 1962, Oxford United have spent at least one season in all top four professional English divisions. Oxford United currently play in England’s third tier, League One.

The history of Oxford United begins in 1893. Reverend John Scott-Tucker and doctor Robert Hitchings were instrumental in the formation of the club. Like many football teams formed around that time, the football club was set up so members of the local cricket club, in this case Headington Cricket Club, had a sport to play in the winter months when the cricket season was over.

Oxford United were first known as Headington, later becoming Headington United after a merger with Headington Quarry in 1911.

Headington played at various stadiums across the city of Oxford, with no permanent home until 1913 when they moved to Wootten’s Field.

In 1899, the club joined the Oxfordshire District League, playing in the Second Division. In 1931, Headington United joined the Oxon Senior League, where they remained until after the Second World War. 

In 1947, Headington United joined the Spartan League, and two seasons later Headington joined the Southern League Second Division. The 1949/1950 season was also the first campaign Headington United spent as a professional football club.

In 1960, the club name changed from Headington United to Oxford United, how we know them today. 1960/1961 and 1961/1962 also saw the club win the Southern League title, helping the club get elected to the Football League for the 1962/1963 campaign.

The club started their Football League life in the Fourth Division. Initially, Oxford United struggled in the Football League, with two 18th place finishes in their first two seasons. However, the club rallied to earn promotion to the Third Division in the 1964/1965 season.

Like their first two seasons in the fourth tier, Oxford United struggled to begin with in the Third Division. However, the 1967/1968 season brought the Third Division title, and with it promotion to the Second Division for the first time in Oxford United history.

The club spent the following eight seasons in the second tier, with mostly mid to lower table finishes being a mark of their time in the Second Division. In 1976, the club suffered their first ever relegation, when a 20th place finish saw them demoted back to the Third Division.

Oxford United spent eight consecutive seasons in the third tier. During this time, the club almost disbanded following serious financial debt. Robert Maxwell took over the club, thus saving it from liquidation, but wanted to merge with his new club with Reading FC. Following fan protests from both sides, the decision was reversed, although Maxwell threatened to disband the club if the merger didn’t get completed.

Despite the turmoil off the pitch, Oxford United were successful on it. Successive league title wins in 1984 and 1985 saw the club reach the top flight of English football for the first time in Oxford United history. The following season, more success followed. The club won their first major trophy, beating Queens Park Rangers in the 1986 League Cup Final.

In 1987, Robert Maxwell resigned from the club and took over Derby County. Maxwell handed control of the club to Kevin Maxwell, his son. Controversy followed a year later, when as well as losing their place in the First Division, Oxford United sold star striker to Derby County against the wishes of the then manager Mark Lawrenson who was sacked as a result of the dispute this caused.

Robert Maxwell passed away in 1991, and as he was still owner of Oxford United the club became insolvent. Eventually, BioMass Recycling Ltd bought the club and Oxford United’s future was secured.

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. The Football League divisions were renamed as a result of this, with the Second Division becoming Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Oxford United began the 1992/1993 season in Division One.

Oxford United were relegated in the 1993/1994 season, but gained promotion back to Division One two years later. The club were hit by further financial problems during this period. Robin Herd had taken over the club and plans for a new stadium began to be constructed, but were halted due to the club’s dire financial situation.

Oxford United suffered another relegation from Division One in the 1998/1999 season, and two years later the club were back in Division Three. In 1999, Firoz Kassam bought out Robin Herd and secured the club’s future by reducing the debts surround Oxford United. Kassam then invested in the unfinished new stadium, which the club moved into in 2001.

However, the club still struggled on the pitch, and the 2005/2006 season saw the club relegated from the fourth tier, now called League Two, to the Conference National following a series of managerial changes. That year, Kassam sold the club to Nick Merry, who had been a member of the Oxford United youth team three decades earlier. 

The club’s first season in the Conference National almost saw the side earn an immediate promotion, but Oxford United were beaten by Exeter City in the playoff semi final. In total, the club spent four successive seasons in the Conference, before a playoff victory against York City saw the club regain their Football League status.

The first five years back in League Two, Oxford United established themselves as a steady fourth tier side. There were no promotion pushes, but equally the club were never in danger of relegation and five consecutive mid table finishes ensued. This changed in the 2015/2016 season, when a second place finish secured promotion back to League One.

Crest

The Oxford United crest is an image of an ox head, which represents the history of the city of Oxford as a cattle marketplace. An image of an ox has always featured on the Oxford United football badge. As Headington United and in the early Oxford United crest history, the badge featured an image of a whole ox crossing the Oxford ford, with HUFC or Oxford United printed underneath.

In 1972, a new Oxford United football crest was designed. This featured a circular crest, with an ox’s head placed on top of a background of yellow and black.

In 1980, the image of just the ox head was used, and in 1996 this image was placed in a shield design along with the ford.

The current Oxford United crest returned to the simple ox head designed, coloured blue. There is a yellow version worn on Oxford United away kits and third kits.

A new Oxford United badge was released in 2018 to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary. This badge feaures the ox head, encased in a yellow shield on a yellow background with thin stripes.

Colours

The Oxford United colours are traditionally yellow and blue. Yellow shirts were first introduced in 1950, and initially were worn with black shorts and yellow socks. In 1975, the Oxford United kit colours changed from yellow and black to yellow and blue, and have remained the same ever since, though in a variety of different styles.

Before the change to a yellow shirt, orange was the primary Oxford United kit colour. When the club were first formed as Headington United, the team wore orange and blue striped shirts with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. In 1897, the style of the kit changed and the players wore half orange half blue shirts worn with black shorts and blue socks. In 1913, the club reverted to their original kit.

The striped kit lasted until 1935, when the shirt changed to a plain orange top. This was worn with dark blue shorts and orange and blue hooped socks. From 1938 to 1949, the shorts and socks remained the same, but the shirt was adapted slightly to include blue sleeves.

1975 saw the introduction of blue shorts, and this colour has been used in all but one of Oxford United seasons (an all yellow kit was worn in the 2012/2013 campaign).

The current Oxford United kit features a yellow shirt with blue sleeves, yellow shorts and yellow socks.

Oxford United Stadium

The Oxford United stadium is the Kassam Stadium. Named after the club’s former owner who invested in the building of a new stadium, the Oxford United stadium capacity currently stands at 12,500. Oxford United moved into this ground in 2001 after leaving the Manor Ground, the club’s home since 1925.

The Oxford United stadium layout features three stands, with one side of the ground remaining open. These stands are The North Stand, also previously known as the Manor Hospital Stand and the Weber BBQ Stand; the East Stand, previously called the Oxford Mail Stand; and the South Stand.

In early Headington United history, the club had no permanent home. Instead, the club played at a variety of different grounds, including the Quarry Recreation Ground, Sandy Lane, Britannia Field and Wootten’s Field. The club bought Sandy Lane, and built the Manor Ground on the site which became the home of Oxford United for 76 years.

Supporters

The majority of Oxford United supporters hail from the city of Oxford and other parts of Oxfordshire. There are, however, various Oxford United supporters clubs across the country, including OxVox, the Oxford United Supporters’ Trust.

Oxford United supporters enjoy rivalries with Swindon Town and Reading, with Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town considered lesser rivals. The Oxford United v Swindon Town rivalry is extremely fierce, with a history of hooliganism and violence on many occasions when these two sides have met. 

There is also a rivalry with Oxford City, but as these two haven’t met in a competitive fixture since 1959 this rivalry has lessened.

Ownership

The current Oxford United owner is Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth. The businessman took over the club from Darryl Eales in 2018.

Darryl Eales first invested in the club in 2014, taking over the chairmanship of the club later from Ian Lenagan.

Stats

Oxford United stats start with their all time record appearance maker. That honour goes to Ron Atkinson, Atkinson made 559 appearances for the club from 1959 to 1971. Two other players made over 500 appearances for the club - John Shuker made 529 Oxford United appearances between 1962 and 1977, and Gary Briggs played in 506 matches, between 1978 and 1989.

Five players have also made over 400 appearances for Oxford United. These are Colin Clarke, Cyril Beavon, Les Robinson, Maurice Kyle and Roy Burton.

Oxford United’s record goalscorer is Graham Atkinson. Atkinson scored 107 goals for the club in 398 appearances between 1959 and 1974. Two other players scored 100 or more goals for the club - James Constable, who netted 106 times in 280 matches between 2008 and 2014, and Tony Jones who scored 100 goals in 356 games between 1959 and 1967.

Oxford United’s record win is 9-0. Oxford beat Wisbech Town by this scoreline in the Southern League in 1960. Oxford United have also scored nine goals in one other match, a 9-1 victory over Dorchester Town in 1995 in the FA Cup.

The club’s record defeat came in 1998 when they were defeated 7-0 by Sunderland in Division One (second tier).

The highest home attendance an Oxford United side has played in front of is 22,750. This number of spectators watched Oxford take on Preston North End in the FA Cup in 1964. The biggest crowd at the Kassam Stadium came against Leyton Orient in 2006 in League Two, with an attendance figure of 12,243.

Oxford United’s record transfer signing is Dean Windass. Windass cost the club £470,000 from Aberdeen in 1998. The highest transfer fee Oxford United have ever received is £3 million, a fee paid by Leeds United for Kemar Roofe.

Oxford United Players

The current Oxford United players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad, supported by the Oxford United Development Squad.

Notable ex Oxford United players include Dean Saunders, Joey Beauchamp, John Aldridge, Matt Elliott and Ron Atkinson.

Twenty Oxford United players have earned international caps whilst playing their club football at Oxford. The first was David Sloan, when he appeared for Northern Ireland against Israel in 1968. The player to have earned the most international caps whilst on the Oxford United books is Jim Magilton. Magilton earned 18 of his 52 Northern Ireland caps whilst playing for Oxford.

Oxford United Manager

The current Oxford United manager is Karl Robinson. Robinson took on the Oxford United managerial reins in July 2018.

The club’s longest serving boss in Oxford United manager history is Arthur Turner. Turner managed the club for 504 matches between 1959 and 1969, winning the Southern League twice and the Third Division once during his tenure.

Jim Smith managed the club over three different spells, and has the highest win percentage of any other Oxford United manager, with a percentage of 53.3% in his first spell. He is also one of the club’s most successful managers, winning the Third and Fourth Division titles.

Maurice Evans can also lay claim to this statistic, winning the League Cup in 1986, and the club’s first manager Harry Thompson, who led the club to the Southern League title and two Southern League Cup wins.

Honours

The Oxford United honours list consists of one League Cup (1986); one second tier title (1984/1985); two third tier titles (1967/1968, 1983/1984); one fourth tier title (1964/1965); three Southern League titles (1952/1953, 1960/1961, 1961/1962); and two Southern League Cups (1952/1953, 1953/1954).

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