Former United winger David Sloan dies, aged 74.
Oxford United were saddened to learn of the death of former winger David Sloan, aged 74.
David joined Oxford from Scunthorpe in February 1968 and his arrival proved the catalyst for the club's promotion from the Third Division that season. It was his goal against Southport in the last game of the season that sealed the title for the U's. He scored United's first goal in the Second Division the following season. In September 1969 he scored the only goal as United beat League Cup holders Swindon at the Manor.
In September 1968 David was called up to play for Northern Ireland against Israel, becoming the first Oxford United player to win a full international cap while on the club's books.
David played 200 games exactly for the U's, his last game being the famous 3-1 win at the County Ground, exactly five years after his United debut. In the summer of 1973 he left Oxford for Walsall before returning to Scunthorpe to become a steelworker.
David was an exceptional right winger; small and quick, he was a tenacious player with plenty of skill and a fierce shot.
Oxford United extends our condolences to his family and friends.