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17 October 2014

Fans Asked to Relive Memories of the U's' Old Ground

Oxford United fans are being asked to send in their Manor Ground memories for a special Yellow Army book remembering the club's spiritual home.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to email the Yellow Army with their favourite memories, songs and stories from the old days 'Up TheĀ  Manor'. The anecdotes will be collated into a unique book that will bring the history of the Manor Ground to life through fans stories.
The Yellow Army's appeal for stories relates to any aspect of the Manor, from first games attended, to big matches, terrace antics, songs and players.

It is intended that the book will encapsulate the true spirit of the Manor Ground and be a book written for United fans, by United fans.

All proceeds from the book will be ploughed into the Yellow Army's fundraising pot to support the Oxford United Youth and Community Trust and boost the match-day atmosphere.
The book will include chapters on London Road memories, songs, big matches, players and an array of old photographs.

Greig Box Turnbull, of the Yellow Army, said: "Every Oxford fan who was lucky enough to go 'Up the Manor' will have a story to tell.

"The Manor holds a very special place in United fans hearts. We all loved the atmosphere and sense of belonging and camaraderie.

"We'd love to hear from fans through the ages, right from when the Manor was built by fans to the glory years and the later days. We particularly would like to document songs sang on the London Road and quirky stories that summed up the Manor.

"There were so many fantastic moments that deserve to go into the history books, I remember when WBA fans climbed over the Osler Road roof, pitch invasions, Joey tearing teams to pieces, the singing and bundles and Kevin Francis joining us in the London Road. And that's just the tip of the ice-berg.

"We want the book to really tell the Manor story through the eyes of fellow Yellows - fans who helped make the Manor what it was. It's all about fans and it will be brilliant for United fans to share their stories via a book."

You can send in your submission via info@yellowarmy.co.uk . Please include your name and as much detail as possible. The deadline is October 31st.


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