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U's to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Be part of the celebrations as Oxford United turn 125

7 March 2018

2018 is a milestone for Oxford United.

The club was formed on October 27th 1893 when Dr Robert Hitchings hosted a meeting at the Britannia pub in Headington to give the village cricketers a sporting activity to compete in during the winter months.

The first game saw Headington, in orange and blue stripes and with Dr Hitchings joined by local vicar Reverend Scott-Tucker in the starting line up, take on Cowley Barracks on 25th November 1893.

From such humble beginnings ‘The Boys From Up The Hill’ grew into Headington United and then in 1960 became Oxford United. Since then there have been two grounds, four Wembley finals, top-flight football and countless memories created for United supporters.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the club being formed and there are big plans to celebrate this milestone.

A new yellow home kit will be unveiled when we take on Rochdale in the last game of the season, with more than a nod towards kits of the past. A new-look badge that retains the iconic Ox’s head, designed by Desmond Morris in the 1970s, but also hints at the club’s history and links to the city itself will be part of the kit to help celebrate the 125th year, while reunions, a new history website for the club and a whole host of events are planned for the year ahead.

We want fans to be involved in the celebrations. When was your first game? Have you got an old shirt from the ‘60s in your loft? Do you have every programme ever produced? Or maybe just a story to tell? If so then get in touch with club historian Martin Brodetsky ( and be part of the club’s 125th year.

As part of the #proudhistorybrightfuture theme we have been experimenting with a few new ideas for the website.

Last week’s ‘Snowy Day Quiz’ saw a record number of fans trying our popular Friday Quiz. Never afraid to press every button just to see what they did, we have been challenging that software still further with an interactive storyline idea featuring questions, polls, animated GIFs and video.

The only way to get feedback is to publish it and ask what fans think, so feel free to interact below and email with your thoughts on this test run:





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