U's add new face to the Board
Peter Lee will be joining the Oxford United Board and plans to buy 5% of the club, subject to Football League approval. Peter, 57, has a long affiliation with Oxford. Two of Peter’s four sons were born at the John Radcliffe hospital, one of whom, Richard Lee played the last 14 years for Watford and Brentford before retiring last month.
Peter spent 18 months at Oxford Polytechnic in the 1970’s before he owned Music Market Oxford in the High Street and Cornmarket and then built a chain of 12 Video and Record stores called Bogarts including stores in Abingdon, Bicester , Banbury , Kidlington , Oxford and Headington (right next to the Manor!).
Peter went on to be Managing Director of Ritz Video, opening 730 stores across the country. Whilst he was in this position he sponsored an Oxford game against Southampton in the old League 1.
Peter has spent the last 25 years in the Sports Apparel and Headwear industry bringing US brands to Europe including NEW ERA, MITCHELL & NESS and STARTER BLACK LABEL.
Peter is an entrepreneur and avid football fan and will bring his passion for the game and his knowledge and contacts in his industry to help the club.
He will be working closely with Kevin Smith and the Commercial team to help improve the club’s Merchandise and Retail operations in the coming years.
Darryl, Mark and the Board welcome Peter to the club and we will be at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday to see the U’s take on Crawley Town in the opening game of the season.
Bogarts in Headington was right next to the Manor - Peter supplied us with this fantastic image of the 1986 squad posing outside his store with their favourite movies (and Chuck Norris!).