Oxford United’s 125th Anniversary celebrations were capped by a fantastic black tie event in the centre of Oxford on Saturday.
A great day saw fans walk from the Britannia Inn, where the club was formed, to the game where they joined stars from each decade to see United beat Shrewsbury Town 3-0 in a special Anniversary kit that has now sold out- match worn shirts will be auctioned this week to add to the funds raised for the Academy who continue to help develop the next generation of young players to play for the first team
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception in The Sheldonian Theatre courtesy of Singha beer and then a superb three course dinner in Blackwell Hall, part of the Bodleian Library accompanied by pianist Richard Snow
Chairman Sumrith 'Tiger' Thanakarnjanasuth and Director Zaki Nuseibah, who earlier joined fans on the walk, were there from the current board along with Manager Karl Robinson, coach Derek Fazackerley, current player John Mousinho and stars from the past including John Shuker, Peter Foley, George Lawrence, Gary Barnett, Mike Ford, Les Robinson, Joey Beauchamp, Ryan Clarke and Alfie Potter.
Special guests present also included the 12th Man fan table, who won their places in the half time draw against Walsall, the Lord Mayor of Oxford and guests from the Academy team including boss Dan Harris who gave a speech to thank everyone for their support of the Academy.
During the night highlights were shown of each decade since we became Oxford United along with interviews with players from that decade and special video messages from stars who could not be there due to match commitments including John Aldridge, Matt Elliott, James Constable and Kemar Roofe.
The on the night auction of memorabilia raised over £4000 for the Academy and all of our former players gathered for a photograph showing players from across the decade.
Oxford United would like to thank the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Libraries, stunning venues for our celebration, as well as everyone who made it a night to remember. We look forward to the next 125 years…