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23 IN 23: OXFORD UNITED

10 July 2018

OXFORD United are next under the microscope as we continue our preview of every one of our League One opponents in 2018/19.

WHEN DO WE PLAY THEM?

Away: Saturday August 25, 2018
Home: Saturday February 2, 2019

CLUB HISTORY:

Oxford United started in 1893 as an amateur club called Headington, a village team known locally as "the boys from over the hill".

Oxford played its first season in the Southern League in 1949, the same year they turned professional.

In 1962, the club won the Southern League title for the second successive season and was elected to the Football League Fourth Division.

Two successive eighteenth-place finishes followed before promotion to the Third Division was achieved in 1965.

Oxford United finished 18th in the 1985/86 First Division, avoiding relegation on the last day of the season after defeating Arsenal 3–0. They also won the Football League Cup, known at the time as the Milk Cup under a sponsorship deal.

Oxford were relegated out of the Football League in 2006, but would win the National League play-off final against York City in May 2010 to return to League Two, and earned promotion to League One in 2015/16 with a second-placed finish.

LAST SEASON:

Oxford would gain 56 points over the 2017/18 season in League One, finishing 16th - six points safe and four shy of a top-half finish.

GROUND:

The Kassam Stadium is a three-sided ground with an all-seater capacity of 12,500. It hosted its first football match on August 4, 2001.

MANAGER:

Karl Robinson was named Oxford United’s head coach on March 22nd, 2018, the same day as his departure from Charlton Athletic.

He succeeded Pep Clotet and oversaw three wins, two draws and five defeats in the final 10 games of Oxford’s season.

INCOMINGS:

Five players have been brought into the club. Armani Little, Cameron Norman and Tony McMahon have all joined on free transfers with Luke Garbutt (Everton) and Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) joining on loan respectively.

Former Brewers captain John Mousinho is part of Karl Robinson’s squad, as is former goalkeeper Scott Shearer.


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