List of Oxford United F.C. records and statistics

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Ron Atkinson holds the club record for appearances, having made 560 between 1959 and 1971.

Oxford United is an English professional association football club based in Oxford, Oxfordshire. They play in League Two, the fourth level of the English football league system, as of the 2013–14 season. The club was formed in 1893 as Headington United,[1] before changing its name (to Oxford United) in 1960,[2] and has played home matches at two stadiums throughout its history, the Manor Ground until 2001, and the Kassam Stadium since. In 1986 they won their only major[A] trophy, the League Cup. The club joined the Oxfordshire Senior League in 1921, before joining the Spartan League in 1947.[3][4] Two years later the club moved to the Southern League, before being elected to the Football League in 1962.[5] Oxford spent three years in the First Division between August 1985 and May 1988. At the end of the 2005–06 season, after 44 years in the League, United were relegated to the Football Conference. They returned to the League after winning the Conference National Play-off Final in 2010.[6]

The record for most games played for the club is held by Ron Atkinson, who made 560 appearances between 1959 and 1971. John Shuker holds the record for the most appearances since they joined the Football League. Graham Atkinson is the club's record goalscorer, scoring 107 goals including 97 in the league. Jim Magilton holds the record for the most international caps gained as an Oxford player, having made 18 appearances for Northern Ireland. The highest transfer fee ever paid by the club is the £470,000 paid to Aberdeen for Dean Windass in 1998, and the highest fee received is the £1,600,000 paid by Leicester City for Matt Elliott in 1996. The highest attendance recorded at the Manor Ground was 22,750 for the visit of Preston North End in the FA Cup, while the highest attendance at the Kassam is 12,243 against Leyton Orient.

Honours and achievements[edit]

A man stands in the Royal Box lifting a trophy with his teammates walking behind him. A large crowd looks on.
Malcolm Shotton lifts the League Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Oxford United's only major honour in English football is the League Cup, which the club won in the 1985–86 season, defeating Queen's Park Rangers in the final 3–0.[7] The club has also won the Third Division championship twice and the Second Division championship once.[8] The latter Third Division, Second Division and League Cup victories all occurred within the space of two years. United also achieved promotion from the Fourth Division after the 1964–65 season. Oxford's highest top-flight finish is eighteenth, which was achieved twice in two years, starting in 1986.[8] The most recent promotion occurred after the 2009–10 season, when they beat York City 3–1 in the Conference National play-off final.[9]

Oxford's best performance in the FA Cup involved reaching the quarter-finals against Preston North End in the 1963–64 season. In doing so, they became the first team to reach that stage from the Fourth Division.[10] Before the club were admitted to the Football League in 1962, they won the Southern Football League championship on three occasions, the final win occurring the season before election into the Fourth Division, and finished runner-up twice.[8] They also won the Southern League Cup twice.

The Football League[edit]

Other honours[edit]

National cup competitions[edit]

Player records[edit]

Age[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Appearances are for matches in the Football League, Conference National, Southern League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League Group Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup, FA Trophy and Southern League Cup. Substitute appearances are included in brackets. Statistics correct as of 19 February 2012.

# Name Position Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cupb Otherc Total Notes
1 Atkinson, RonRon Atkinson Midfielder 1959–1971 508 (1) 33 (0) 18 (0) 0 (0) 559 (1) [16]
2 Shuker, JohnJohn Shuker Forward 1962–1977 473 (5) 29 (0) 24 (0) 3 (0) 529 (5) [17]
3 Briggs, GaryGary Briggs Defender 1978–1989 418 (2) 24 (0) 50 (0) 14 (0) 506 (2) [18]
4 Clarke, ColinColin Clarke Defender 1966–1978 443 (1) 23 (0) 27 (0) 3 (0) 496 (1) [19]
5 Beavon, CyrilCyril Beavon Defender 1959–1969 416 (2) 27 (1) 18 (0) 0 (0) 461 (3) [20]
6 Robinson, LesLes Robinson Defender 1990–2000 380 (5) 22 (0) 36 (0) 16 (0) 454 (5) [21]
7 Kyle, MauriceMaurice Kyle Defender 1959–1969 403 (0) 26 (0) 19 (0) 0 (0) 448 (0) [22]
8 Burton, RoyRoy Burton Goalkeeper 1971–1982 395 (0) 16 (0) 28 (0) 8 (0) 447 (0) [23]
9 Beauchamp, JoeyJoey Beauchamp Midfielder 1989–1994
1995–2002
321 (41) 21 (3) 26 (3) 9 (5) 377 (52) [20]
10 Atkinson, GrahamGraham Atkinson Forward 1959–1974 357 (4) 19 (0) 17 (0) 1 (0) 394 (4) [24]
a. Includes Football League, Conference National and Southern Football League.
b. Includes Football League Cup and Southern League Cup.
c. Includes Football League Trophy, Football League Group Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup and FA Trophy.

Goalscorers[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Goals are for matches in the Football League, Conference National, Southern League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League Group Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup, FA Trophy, Conference League Cup and Southern League Cup. Appearances are included in brackets. Players in bold are current players. Statistics correct as of 16 August 2014.

# Name Position Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cupb Otherc Total Notes
1 Atkinson, GrahamGraham Atkinson Forward 1959–1974 97 (361) 7 (19) 3 (17) 0 (1) 107 (398) [24]
2 Constable, JamesJames Constable Forward 2008–2014 90 (247) 7 (15) 2 (6) 7 (13) 106 (281) [29]
3 Jones, TonyTony Jones Midfielder 1959–1967 89 (318) 9 (24) 2 (14) 0 (0) 100 (356) [30]
4 Aldridge, JohnJohn Aldridged Forward 1984–1987 72 (114) 2 (5) 14 (17) 2 (5) 90 (141) [31]
5 Foley, PeterPeter Foley Forward 1975–1983 71 (277) 9 (13) 8 (27) 2 (14) 90 (321) [32]
6 Beauchamp, JoeyJoey Beauchamp Midfielder 1989–1994
1995–2002
64 (362) 4 (24) 10 (29) 0 (14) 78 (429) [20]
7 Houghton, BudBud Houghtond Forward 1961–1963 69 (106) 5 (5) 1 (3) 0 (0) 75 (114) [33]
8 Moody, PaulPaul Moody Forward 1994–1997
2001–2002
63 (171) 5 (9) 4 (14) 3 (3) 75 (197) [34]
9 Rees, BillyBilly Rees Forward 1955–1959 53 (103) 3 (11) 2 (8) 0 (0) 58 (122) [35]
10 Murphy, MattMatt Murphy Midfielder 1993–2001 38 (248) 6 (15) 6 (16) 5 (11) 55 (290) [36]
a. Includes Football League, Conference National and Southern Football League.
b. Includes Football League Cup and Southern League Cup.
c. Includes Football League Trophy, Football League Group Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup.
d. Where two players scored the same number of goals, the player with the fewer appearances is listed first.

International caps[edit]

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Jim Magilton, who made the most international appearances while at Oxford, with 18
Player Country Caps while at club[39] Total caps
Aldridge, JohnJohn Aldridge Ireland Republic of Ireland Ireland 7 69
Arendse, AndreAndre Arendse South Africa South Africa South Africa 11 67
Charles, JeremyJeremy Charles Wales Wales Wales 2 19
Davies, CraigCraig Davies Wales Wales Wales 2 5
Evans, CeriCeri Evans New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand 7 85
Francis, KevinKevin Francis St Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis St Kitts and Nevis 2 2
Gray, PhilPhil Gray Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 2
Hamilton, BillyBilly Hamilton Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 6 41
Houghton, RayRay Houghton Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 12 73
Kearns, MickMick Kearns Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 1 18
Kee, PaulPaul Kee Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 7 9
Langan, DaveDave Langan Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 11 25
Magilton, JimJim Magilton Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 18 52
Melville, AndyAndy Melville Wales Wales Wales 11 65
Roberts, DaveDave Roberts Wales Wales Wales 6 17
Saunders, DeanDean Saunders Wales Wales Wales 6 75
Slatter, NeilNeil Slatter Wales Wales Wales 12 22
Sloan, DavidDavid Sloan Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 2
Watson, MarkMark Watson Canada Canada Canada 12 78

Transfer fees[edit]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Player From Fee[40] Date
1 Windass, DeanDean Windass Aberdeen £470,000 July 1998
2 Greenall, ColinColin Greenall Gillingham £285,000 February 1988
3 Melville, AndyAndy Melville Swansea City £275,000 July 1990
4 Bardsley, DavidDavid Bardsley Watford £265,000 September 1987
5 Hill, RichardRichard Hill Watford £260,000 September 1987
6 Durnin, JohnJohn Durnin Liverpool £250,000 February 1989
7 Wilsterman, BrianBrian Wilsterman Beerschot £200,000 February 1997
8 Simpson, PaulPaul Simpson Manchester City £200,000 October 1988
9 Leworthy, DavidDavid Leworthy Tottenham Hotspur £200,000 December 1985
10 Whitehurst, BillyBilly Whitehurst Newcastle United £187,000 July 1986

Progressive transfer fee paid[edit]

Progressive transfer fee shows the chronological order in which the record transfer fee was set, and the transfer that set it.

Date Player Bought from Fee[41]
July 1949 Norman Aldridge Northampton Town £750
August 1949 Bert Kay Bury £1,000
March 1961 Bud Houghton Southend United £2,000
August 1962 Maurice Kyle Wolves £5,000[B]
December 1962 Bernard Evans QPR £5,500
November 1963 Bill Calder Bury £8,500
June 1967 Mick Bullock Birmingham City £10,000
September 1968 Ray Gaston Coleraine £12,500
November 1970 Nigel Cassidy Scunthorpe United £20,000
September 1972 Hugh Curran Wolves £50,000
July 1974 Andy McCulloch Cardiff City £75,000
March 1982 Trevor Hebberd Southampton £80,000
January 1984 Peter Rhoades-Brown Chelsea £85,000
August 1984 Billy Hamilton Burnley £95,000
February 1985 Jeremy Charles QPR £100,000
July 1985 Neil Slatter Bristol Rovers £100,000
September 1985 Ray Houghton Fulham £147,000
December 1985 Dave Leworthy Tottenham Hotspur £200,000
September 1987 David Bardsley Watford £265,000
February 1988 Colin Greenall Gillingham £285,000
July 1998 Dean Windass Aberdeen £470,000

Record transfer fees received[edit]

Photo of Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders was Oxford United's first million-pound sale.
# Player From Fee[42] Date
1 Elliott, MattMatt Elliott Leicester City £1,600,000 January 1997
2 Beauchamp, JoeyJoey Beauchamp West Ham United £1,000,000 June 1994
3 Saunders, DeanDean Saunders Derby County £1,000,000 October 1988
4 Windass, DeanDean Windass Bradford City £1,000,000 March 1999
5 Houghton, RayRay Houghton Liverpool £825,000 October 1987
6 Aldridge, JohnJohn Aldridge Liverpool £775,000 January 1987
7 Magilton, JimJim Magilton Southampton £600,000 February 1994
8 Gilchrist, PhilPhil Gilchrist Leicester City £500,000 August 1999
9 Purse, DarrenDarren Purse Birmingham City £500,000 February 1998
10 Melville, AndyAndy Melville Sunderland £500,000 August 1993

Progressive transfer fee received[edit]

Progressive transfer fee shows the chronological order in which the record transfer fee was set, and the transfer that set it.

Date Player Bought from Fee[41][42]
January 1951 Cliff Nugent Cardiff City £2,500
October 1963 Bud Houghton Lincoln City £6,000
February 1968 George Kerr Scunthorpe United £7,000
October 1968 Mick Bullock Leyton Orient £10,000
June 1970 Jim Barron Nottingham Forest £35,000
February 1974 John Evanson Blackpool £40,000
February 1975 Dave Roberts Hull City £70,000
November 1980 Les Taylor Watford £100,000
March 1982 Keith Cassells Southampton £115,000
March 1982 Mark Wright Southampton £115,000
January 1987 John Aldridge Liverpool £775,000
October 1987 Ray Houghton Liverpool £825,000
October 1988 Dean Saunders Derby County £1,000,000
January 1997 Matt Elliott Leicester City £1,600,000

Managerial records[edit]

Club records[edit]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

a. Also the most points won in a season at any level.
b. Also the fewest points won in a season at any level.

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

  • First match: Headington 1–2 Cowley Barracks, friendly, 25 November 1893.[48]
  • First FA Cup match: Headington United 2–8 Hounslow, extra preliminary qualifying round, 5 September 1931.[49]
  • First Spartan League match: Marlow 1–2 Headington United, 30 August 1947.[50]
  • First Southern League match: Hastings United 2–5 Headington United, 20 August 1949.[51]
  • First Football League match: Barrow 3–2 Oxford United, Division Four (level 4), 18 August 1962.[52]
  • First Football League Cup match: Torquay United 2–0 Oxford United, first round, 1 September 1962.[53]

Record wins[edit]

Record defeat[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ In this instance a major trophy refers to either the First Division/Premier League, the FA Cup or the League Cup.

B. ^ Maurice Kyle was previously on loan from Wolves.

References[edit]

General
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  • Howland, Andy and Roger (1989). Oxford United: A Complete Record (1893–1989). Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-52-6. 
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