Get behind the U's on the road to Wembley and the Trophy might be coming to you...
The entire community of Oxford is being urged to ‘paint the city yellow’ as part of a campaign to back its football team on the road to Wembley.
Tens of thousands of Oxford United fans will be travelling to the national stadium on Sunday, April 3 to watch the U’s take on Barnsley in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
As part of the build-up to the game, residents, businesses, community groups, charities and workplaces are being urged to unite behind Oxford by decking the city out in team colours using items such as banners, scarves and shirts. DOWNLOAD A POSTER HERE
The most eye-catching and impressive efforts will be rewarded by a visit from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy video team - and the Trophy itself.
Sponsors Johnstone’s Paint, who have been bringing colour to the beautiful game since 2006, will be asking fans to ‘Paint Oxford Yellow’ on Thursday March 17.
To try and secure a visit from the Trophy, people can outline or display their ‘Paint Oxford Yellow’ efforts on Johnstone’s Paint social media channels - @JohnstonesPaint on Twitter or the ‘Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’ Facebook page – or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan McCourt, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s, said: “Excitement is building across Oxford with the club’s appearance at Wembley getting ever closer.
“Painting the city yellow is a fantastic way for the whole community to come together and show support to the team.
“It’s a great chance for everyone to get in the Wembley spirit so it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible get involved and deck the city out in yellow.
“There are no restrictions on what we are looking for – it would be great to see shops, offices and businesses backing the team by putting yellow displays in their windows and schools urging pupils and teachers to wear yellow on non-uniform days.
“We are planning other events around Oxford in the build-up to the final and details of those will be revealed soon.”
Johnstone’s Paint is celebrating its 10th year of sponsoring the Football League Trophy during the 2015-16 campaign.