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Oxford United

Formed 1893

Elected to Division Four 1962. Relegated to the National Conference 2006.

Promoted to League Two 2010

Kit History

 

 

 

Headington

 

1893

hehadington afc 1893

1893 b s

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headington afc 1897-98

1897-1899 o s

1899-1910

headington afc 1920

1910 u

 

 

 

Headington United

 

1911

1911-1913

headington united 1913-25

1913-1925 l r

headington united 1930-31

1930-1931 o r

headington united 1934-35

1934-1935 o

headington united 1935-36

1935-1936 o r

headington united 1938-49

1938-1949 b o

headington united 1949-50

1949-1950 o r

headington united 1950-51

1950-1951 o r

headington united 1952-53

1952-1953 o r

headington united 1953-54

1953-1957 r

headington united 1957-58

1957-1958 o r

headington united 1959-60

1959-1960 r

 

 

 

Oxford United

 

1960

oxford united 1960-63

1960-1963 o r

oxford united 1963-68

1963-1964 c d o r

oxford united 1960-63

1964-1965 r

oxford united 1965-68

1965-1968 r

1968-1970 n o r

1970-1972 e f o t

oxford united 1972-73

1972-1973 o r t

Umbro
oxford united 1973-75

1973-1974 j n o r

Umbro
oxford united 1974-75

1974-1975 r v

Umbro
oxford united 1975-77

1975-1977 j n o r

Admiral

1977-1978 q r

Admiral
oxford united 1978-80

1978-1979 h m o q r

Admiral
oxford united 1979-80

1979-1980 r

Adidas

1980-Jan 1982 m r

Adidas
osxford united january 1982

Jan-May 1982 r

Spall
oxford united 1982-84

1982-1984 (1) n q r

Spall
oxford united 1982-84 bpcc sponsor

1982-1984 (2) n q r

Spall
oxford united 1982-84 pergamon sponsorship

1982-1984 (3) n q r

Spall
oxford united 1984-85

1984-1985 (1) c e r

Spall
Oxford united 1984-85 bpcc sponsor kit

1984-1985 (2) c e r

Spall
oxford united 2984-85 sunday people sponsorship

1984-1985 (3) c e r

Umbro

1985-1986 c e r

Umbro
oxford united 1986-87

1986-1987 e r

Umbro
oxford united 1987-88

1987-1988 j

Umbro
oxford united 1988-89

1988-1989 j o r

Scoreline

1989-1990 r

Scoreline
oxford united 1990-91

1990-1991 j r

Matchwinner

1991-1993 e i o p r

Matchwinner
oxford united 1993-94

1993-1994 c p r

Manor Leisure

1994-1995 c p r

Manor Leisure
oxford united 1995-96

1995-1996 c p r

Own Brand

1996-1998 c r

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New Balance

1998-2000 c r

New Balance

2000-2001 c p r

TFG Sports
oxford united august 2001

Aug 01-Feb 02 c p r

TFG Sports

Feb-Oct 2002 r

TFG Sports
oxford united august 2001

Oct 02-May 03 r

TFG Sports

2003-2005 c k p

TFG Sports

2005-2006 a p

Carlotti

2006-2007 m

Carlotti
oxford united 2007-2008

2007-2008 m

Carlotti
oxford united 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 m

Nike
oxford united 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 m s

Nike
oxford united 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 m

Nike
oxford united fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 m

Nike
oxford united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 m

Nike
oxford united 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 m

Avec
oxford united 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 m

No Branding
oxford united 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 m

Starter
oxford united 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 m

Starter
oxford utd 2017-18 1st kit

2017-2018 m

Puma
oxford united 2018-19

2018-2019 m

Puma
oxford united 2019-20 1st kit

2019-2020 m

Puma
oxford united 2020-21

2020-2021 m

Puma
oxford utd 2021-22

2021-2022 m

 

Background

headington afc 1897-98Headington AFC, an amateur village side founded in 1893 by the Rev John Scott-Tucker and John Hitchings, a surgeon, as a way for members of Headington United Cricket Club to stay fit through the winter. They competed in local leagues, wore orange and dark blue and had no permanent home ground. The football club were sometimes referred to as Headington United in the press but it seems likely this was because of the connection with the cricket club. The few team photographs available have "HAFC" painted onto the ball held by the captain rather than "HUFC" up until 1910.

In 1911 the club merged with Headington Quarry and officially became Headington United. Two years later they purchased Wootten's Field on London Road, Oxford but had to move out when this was redeveloped in 1920 as Oxford grew with the expansion of the Cowley car works. They were homeless until 1925 when they purchased The Manor Ground, also on London Road, where they remained until 2001.

In 1921 Headington stepped up to the Oxfordshire Senior League and in 1931 they entered the FA Cup for the first time.

After the Second World War the club adopted a more ambitious attitude. They joined the Southern League in 1949 and turned professional. A year later they installed floodlights, long before most Football League clubs, and their kit took on a new appearance with plain shirts in a paler shade of orange, black shorts and mid-blue trim. In 1953, they won the Southern League title. In 1954 they reached the FA Cup fourth round proper, disposing of Millwall and headington united crest 1949Stockport County before losing to Bolton Wanderers, then in the First Division. With their sights set firmly on joining the Football League, Headington invested heavily in ground improvements.

Two crests appeared in this period, both of which featured a visual pun on the word Oxford.

The appointment of former Birmingham City manager, Arthur Turner in 1959 proved to be the key to success. In 1960, in an effort to gain headington united crest 1952wider recognition, Headington became Oxford United and went on to win two more Southern League championships wearing new colours of gold and black. A competition was organised to create a new crest for the renamed club, which was one by a Mr SEV Clarke, whose design included a partially concealed letter "H" as a reminder of their original name. This crest did oxford united crest 1960not appear on the team shirts.

In March 1962, Accrington Stanley resigned from the League. With only the last three Fourth Division clubs required to apply for re-election, there was a guaranteed place for a non-league side available when the League AGM convened in June. No fewer than 26 clubs applied: Oxford were overwhelmingly elected with 39 votes, 24 votes ahead of their nearest rivals who got a mere 5 votes.

oxford united crest 1972After two years consolidating in Division Four, United were promoted and in 1968 they won the Third Division title.

In 1972 a new crest was introduced and this version was worn on the shirts from 1973. This design appeared in various colour combinations until it was dropped in 1980.

oxford united crest 1979After eight seasons in Division Two United, now wearing blue and gold once again, were relegated in 1976.

In 1979 the zoologist and author of popular science books, Desmond Morris, who was also a former director of the club, was asked to design a new crest. He came up with a stylised ox head, a design that was distinctive and easily recognisable oxford united crest 1980from a distance. The original version had the club's initials embroidered but from 1987 these were replaced by the club's name in full placed between the horns. Several variations of both versions appeared that featured commemorative wording embroidered around or below the badge.

After five years languishing in the lower reaches of the Third Division and with financial oxford united crest 1987problems crippling the club, millionaire publisher, Robert Maxwell bought Oxford United in January 1982 and saved them from bankruptcy. Under Maxwell's ownership, the team wore a variety of sponsorship logos representing the various companies that were part of his publishing empire.

Two consecutive championships in 1984 and 1985 took Oxford into the First Division for the first time in their history. For three seasons, Oxford managed to stave off relegation oxford united centenary crest 1993and in the process, they won the League Cup in April 1986. Meanwhile, Maxwell was floating the idea of merging United with Reading FC to form a new club to be known as Thames Valley Royals. Naturally the proposals met with hostility from both sets of supporters and were eventually dropped. In 1991 Maxwell was lost at sea, presumed to have fallen from his yacht and drowned. Without his money, United were forced to sell off players and trim their costs. Inevitably toxford united crest 1996hey dropped into what was now called Division Two (the old Third Division) in 1994, at the end of their centenary season (during which a special crest was worn).

In 1995-96 the club was granted permission to build a new stadium to the south of Oxford and they won promotion. The crest was redesigned, based on a simplified version of the centenary crest.

Financial problems, exacerbated by the rising costs of the new stadium, led to the club going into administration. A takeover and the sale of the Manor Ground for redevelopment saved the stricken club but the cost was consecutive relegations in 1999 and 2001, oxford united crest 2001which left them in League Two, the lowest tier of the Football League.

In 2001 they moved into the Kassam Stadium (named after Firoz Kassam, who had bought the club for £1 and saved them from bankruptcy). Due to the club's reduced circumstances, only three sides of the ground were completed: the building of a fourth stand was postponed until the club's fortunes revive. The crest was once again redesigned to coincide with the move to their new home.

oxford united crest 2015-16Disaster struck in 2006 when they were relegated to the Conference on the last day of the season. By a cruel irony, one of the clubs promoted was the revived Accrington Stanley, whom United had replaced in 1962. Their stay in the Conference lasted just four seasons before they regained their place in the Football League via the play-offs.

oxford united crest 2018To mark the 30th anniversary of their Milk Cup win, the old ox head badge was revived in 2015-16 and worn on a strip similar to that worn in 1986. The team had a very successful season, reaching the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and winning promotion as League Two runners up.

To mark their 125th anniversary a modified crest was introduced in 2018-19. The fine stripes were intended to evoke the striped shirts worn by the original team in 1893.


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Sources

Historical crest details courtesy of oxkits.co.uk. Crests are the property of Oxford United FC. Colour matching for modern strips has been revised using oxfordkits.com as reference.