Oxford United Manager Karl Robinson sends the current United team out to face Shrewsbury on Saturday well aware that there are 125 years of memories to be celebrated as the club reaches its 125th Anniversary.
Playing in an orange and black kit that honours the memory of Headington United, the U’s will look back at their past with a parade of club legends before kick off. It is a big game, but boss Robinson believes that it is only right that the club’s past is celebrated in style.
“I think it’s important to know the history of the club” he told iFollow this morning. “I think it’s also why people get frustrated today- the success we have had yesterday and the great men and women who have been associated with this club behind the scenes and on the pitch. This club has a great history of people who have been there through the ups and the downs and celebrated the great times. We know we have to live up to those expectations.
“But the history is no burden; it is something to be celebrated with tremendous pride. The players who have played for it, the people lucky enough to manage it and all of the supporters should be really proud of the last 125 years and the way they have created something that is so important to this great city and community.
“Football was all about that in the beginning. It was all about creating a team for that area, which did great things for your town and was somewhere you all met on Saturday at three o’clock to put the week behind you for an hour and a half and just join together in supporting your team.
“That’s what we have here and the players are very lucky to play for this football club. They will see on Saturday how lucky they really are, and we are looking forward to it.”
See the whole interview plus the thoughts of Cameron Brannagan plus a full Preview Show where we talk to Gavin Whyte and Scott Daly, all in iFollow.
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