Next season 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.
The coming season marks the 125th anniversary of the club being formed and there are big plans to celebrate this milestone.
You have already seen the new club badge which incorporates elements of the club's history such as the stripes worn in the very first game. Meanwhile the finishing touches are being made to a fantastic new history website and a series of films in iFollow looking back at the great games in the club's past. There will be a celebration dinner and a nod to the past with the new look match programme.
We want fans to be involved in the celebrations too. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be part of the club’s 125th year.