Ken Oxford

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Ken Oxford
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Oxford[1]
Date of birth (1929-11-14)14 November 1929[1]
Place of birth Oldham, Lancashire, England[1]
Date of death 6 August 1993(1993-08-06) (aged 63)[1]
Place of death Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 Manchester City 1 (0)
1953–1958 Norwich City 128 (0)
1958–1963 Derby County 151 (0)
1964–1965 Doncaster Rovers 16 (0)
1965 Port Vale 0 (0)
Boston United
Total 296+ (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth Oxford (14 November 1929 – 6 August 1993) was an English footballer. A goalkeeper, he played 296 league games in an 18-year career in the Football League.[2] He spent time with Manchester City, Norwich City, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale, and Boston United.

Playing career[edit]

Oxford started his career by winning a contract at Manchester City, playing one First Division game at Maine Road in the 1947–48 season. He later had a non-playing spell at Chesterfield. He eventually ended up with Norwich City, who finished seventh in the Third Division South in 1953–54. Norman Low's "Canaries" finished in joint-11th place in 1954–55. Oxford was selected to play for the Third Division South representative side on 16 March 1955, and kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory over their Northern counterparts. Norwich then finished seventh in 1955–56, before finishing in last place in 1956–57. New boss Archie Macaulay then took Norwich to eighth spot in 1957–58. In his five years at Carrow Road, Oxford played 128 league games. He moved on to Derby County, who ended the 1958–59 campaign in seventh place in the Second Division. Harry Storer's "Rams" went on to finish 18th in 1959–60, 12th in 1960–61, and 16th in 1961–62. New manager Tim Ward took County to 18th in 1962–63 and 13th in 1963–64. During his five years at the Baseball Ground, Oxford made 151 league appearances. He spent the 1964–65 season with Bill Leivers's Doncaster Rovers, and made 16 Fourth Division in a brief stay at Belle Vue. In March 1965, he moved on to Jackie Mudie's Port Vale.[1] He never played a game for the "Valiants", and remained on the sidelines as Jimmy O'Neill kept his first team place as the club were relegated out of the Third Division.[1] He left Vale Park on a free transfer to Boston United in May 1965.[1]

Post-retirement[edit]

After leaving the game, Oxford became a security guard.[3] He died of a heart attack on 6 August 1993.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Ken Oxford profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 1947–48 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Norwich City 1953–54 Third Division South 21 0 4 0 0 0 25 0
1954–55 Third Division South 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
1955–56 Third Division South 39 0 3 0 0 0 42 0
1956–57 Third Division South 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
1957–58 Third Division South 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 128 0 8 0 0 0 136 0
Derby County 1957–58 Second Division 22 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
1958–59 Second Division 38 0 2 0 0 0 40 0
1959–60 Second Division 30 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
1960–61 Second Division 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
1961–62 Second Division 17 0 0 0 3 0 20 0
1962–63 Second Division 27 0 2 0 2 0 31 0
Total 151 0 6 0 5 0 162 0
Doncaster Rovers 1964–65 Fourth Division 16 0 2 0 3 0 21 0
Port Vale 1964–65 Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 296 0 16 0 8 0 220 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 222. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Fissler, Neil. "Port Vale – O". where-are-they-now.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2011.