Bizarre history of Ox­ford United

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OFF THE PITCH!

Formed as Head­ing­ton in 1893, United lost the lease on their home at the Manor Ground as fans, irked by du­bi­ous de­ci­sions in a match, in­vaded the pitch. The U’s were banned from host­ing games within three miles un­til be­ing al­lowed back in 1910.

BLACK AND GOLD

By the ’60s, un­der new name Ox­ford United, the club had re­placed their blue and or­ange kits with gold and black – try­ing to match Wolves’ suc­cess – and in ’62 they got elected to the Foot­ball League.

SMOKE ’EM OUT

When a smoke bomb was chucked onto the County Ground pitch in a May 1982 league derby with A420 ri­vals Swin­don, the ref­eree – who was later pelted with coins by Ox­ford fans – waved play on and the Robins scored to se­cure a 3-2 vic­tory.

I DON’T WANT IT!

Af­ter beat­ing QPR 3-0 to lift the League Cup in 1986, United’s boss Mau­rice Evans or­dered Ox­ford physio Ken Fish to scale the Wem­b­ley steps to re­ceive – and keep – the man­ager’s medal as a re­ward for his 22 years of ser­vice at the club.

MAD MAXWELL

In 1988, U’s chair­man Robert Maxwell (be­low) sold Dean Saun­ders to Derby – a team he also owned – be­hind gaffer Mark Lawren­son’s back. Five years ear­lier, Bob’s at­tempt to merge the Yel­lows with Read­ing as ‘Thames Val­ley Roy­als’ had failed.

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