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Oxford City

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The famous White House Ground has been home to Oxford City since 1900 (having previously played at Grandpont from 1884) and after winning The FA Amateur Cup in 1906, City began a long association with the Isthmian League when they were joined by Dulwich Hamlet and West Norwood to replace Casuals, Civil Service and Ealing Association in a league with just six member clubs.

As the Isthmian membership grew to twenty clubs Oxford City were one of the Isthmian powers along with Wycombe Wanderers, Hitchin Town and St Albans City to challenge the London clubs for honours but unlike Wycombe the silverware avoided them.

The ‘sixties’ saw City usually finishing in the top half of the table. They were strengthened by a number of good RAF and Army players but fifth was their best league position. Supporters at The White House did have the thrill of five exciting FA Cup runs to enjoy with Consecutive appearances in the First Round Proper between 1966 and 1970.

One record that the club will keep for ever was achieved in 1971-72 when FA Cup ties were replayed until a result was achieved. City lost eventually to Alvechuch after six games in their Fourth Qualifying Round tie!

The loss of their ground in 1988 and financial difficulties saw the club resigning from the Isthmian League but after much work by a band of dedicated supporters, Oxford City kicked off again in The South Midlands League and after a year to rebuild, the new club stormed through three promotions and found themselves back in The Isthmian Premier Division in 1997. Sadly, nine years later another season was spent in the South Midlands League, but this time the Championship was won immediately and City joined The Southern League’ family’ in their Division One South & West.

The good news story has continued right up to the present day, for, after two campaigns a place in the Premier League was achieved. The 2011-2012 campaign saw Oxford City finish as runners-up in The Southern Premier Division and triumph in the play-offs to claim their place in The Blue Square North for the first time. A wonderful reward for long serving Secretary John Shepherd and his colleagues who refused to let the club die despite grave problems on and off the field.

 

Club Factfile

Ground:
Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford OX3 0NQ
Telephone:
01865 744 493
Directions:
From the South - Travel north from Newbury on the A34 past Abingdon and take the Oxford Ring Road toward London (East). Stay on Ring Road over 5 roundabouts following signs for London & M40 East. At the last Headington roundabout go straightover North towards Banbury & Northampton on A40. Within a mile a flyover is visible as the exit from the Ring Road. Turn left under the flyover and left again toward Marsh Lane. Turn right at the T Junction and the ground is on your left just before the Pedestrian Crossing. From the East - Leave the M40 at Junction 8 and follow the A40 to the Headington roundabout going straightover towards Banbury & Northampton A40. Within a mile a flyover is visible as the exit from the Ring Road. Turn left under the flyover and left again toward Marsh Lane. Turn right at the T Junction and the ground is on your left just before the Pedestrian Crossing. From the North - Leave the M40 at Junction 9 along the A34 toward Oxford. After 5 miles leave A34 following signs for Londan A40 for the next two roundabouts. Leave the A40 at the Marston slip road just before the flyover. Go over the A40 on the flyover into Marsh Lane and the ground is on your left before the Pedestrian Crossing.
Capacity:
3000
Seats:
300
Covered:
Yes
400
Clubhouse:
Yes
Shop:
Yes
Record Attendance:
9,500 v Leytonstone - FA Amateur Cup - 1950
Most Recent Senior Honour:
Southern Premier Play-offs 2011-12
 

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Club History

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 YearLeaguePositionManager
1977-1978Isthmian League Division One2ndGeoff Denial
1978-1979Isthmian League Premier Division19thGeoff Denial
1979-1980Isthmian League Premier Division21stGeoff Denial
1980-1981 Isthmian League Division One7thBobby Moore
1981-1982 Isthmian League Division One4thJohn Delaney
1982-1983 Isthmian League Division One5thJohn Maskell
1983-1984Isthmian League Division One15thJohn Maskell
1984-1985Isthmian League Division One14thJohn Maskell
1985-1986Isthmian League Division One4thIan Rundle
1986-1987Isthmian League Division One17thIan Rundle
1987-1988Isthmian League Division One12thG.Jones
1988-1989Isthmian League Division OneG.Jones
Re-Formed
1991-1992South Midlands Premier Division9thPeter Foley
1992-1993South Midlands Premier Division1stPeter Foley
1993-1994Isthmian League Division Three3rdPeter Foley
1994-1995Isthmian League Division Two3rdAndy Thomas
 1995-1996Isthmian League Division One1stAndy Thomas
1996-1997 Isthmian League Premier Division15thAndy Thomas
1997-1998Isthmian League Premier Division22ndAndy Thorne/Kevin Brock
1998-1999Isthmian League Division One7thPaul Lee
1999-2000Isthmian League Division One13thPaul Lee
2000-2001Isthmian League Division One10thPaul Lee
2001-2002Isthmian League Division One10thPaul Lee
2002-2003Isthmian League Division One North15thPaul Lee
2003-2004Isthmian League Division One North19thPaul Lee
2004-2005Southern League Division One West21stAndy Sinnott
 2005-2006Spartan South Midlands1stAndy Sinnott
2006-2007Southern League Division One South & West12thAndy Lyne
2007-2008Southern League Division One South & West4thJustin Merritt
2008-2009Southern Premier League6thJustin Merritt
2009-2010Southern Premier League13thJustin Merritt
2010-2011Southern Premier League14thMike Ford
2011-2012Southern Premier League2ndMike Ford
2012-2013Conference North10thMike Ford
2013-2014Conference North20thJustin Merritt

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