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Oxford United started in 1893 as an amateur football club called Headington, a village team known locally as “the boys from over the hill”. Over 60 years later in 1960, Headington received permission to change their name to Oxford United so that they could appeal to the whole city and increase national recognition, subsequently, they were elected to the Fourth Division of the Football League.
Oxford United’s ‘golden years’ came between 1982 and 1990. Former Birmingham City manager, Jim Smith took over from Ian Greaves, and his arrival was the catalyst of a remarkable three seasons which brought the club and supporters iconic success which they would have never dreamed of. The Third Division Championship was achieved at the end of the 1983-84 season, and this was followed by the Second Division title just the season after. The U’s were in Division One, the top flight of English football, for the first time in their history.
Former Reading boss, Maurice Evans, took over from Smith after his resignation during the summer of 1985. Oxford’s first season in the First Division proved to be tough as they battled to stay up in the relegation battle. It was eventually won in the last game of the season which ensured First Division football again in 1986-87.
The U’s season was brightened, however, by their first major cup success in history. Oxford United overcame Queens Park Rangers in front of over 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium, they won the match 3-0 to claim the League Cup. In recent years, Oxford United have managed to win promotion from the Conference National, through to League One after achieving promotion in the 2015-16 season.
Ron Atkinson holds the club record for the most appearances, and brother Graham Atkinson holds the record as the clubs all-time top goal-scorer with an impressive 107 goals, both played in the late 1950s until the early 1970s. Attack partners Matty Taylor and James Henry are currently in the form of their careers this season. Matty Taylor is currently on 13 goals and one assist, and James Henry has scored 12 and provided nine for the team. Get the latest Oxford United news here!
Oxford United are currently in third place in League One, as they look to regain their position in the Championship from the golden era. The league is still wide open and they could even push for automatic promotion or even the league title which they are not far off at all. Current manager Karl Robinson must carry on the great form with his squad, and he looks to bring success back to the Kassam Stadium. Get the latest Oxford United news from League One here!