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Oxford City
Oxford City F.C. logo.png
Full name Oxford City Football Club
Nickname(s) The City
Founded 1883; 134 years ago (1883)
Ground Marsh Lane, Marston
Ground Capacity 3,218 (520 seated)
Chairman Brian Cox
Manager Mark Jones (caretaker)
League National League South
2016–17 National League South, 14/22
Marsh Lane, home of Oxford City F.C.

Oxford City Football Club is an English football club based in Marston, Oxford. They currently compete in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play their home matches at Marsh Lane.

History[edit]

The club played their first recorded match in December 1883 and soon became the leading club in Oxfordshire, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906, before joining the Isthmian League the following year.

In the latter half of the 20th century, the club went into decline and soon fell behind Headington United after that club turned professional in 1949. An attempt was made to return the club to success in 1979 when it became a limited company and later when the legendary Bobby Moore was appointed manager with his former West Ham United team-mate Harry Redknapp as his assistant.

The club reached its lowest point in 1988 when they were evicted from their White House Ground by their landlords Brasenose College, who sold it off for housing. Forced to resign from the Isthmian League, the club did not reform and return to senior football until 1990 when, based at Cutteslowe Park, they entered the South Midlands League Division One, winning promotion in their first season. They returned to the Isthmian League in 1993 when they also moved to their current ground. The club continued to climb through the divisions of that League during the 1990s and reached the final of the FA Vase in 1995.

Highlights of the next decade included two years in the Isthmian League Premier Division and an epic FA Cup run in 1999–2000 which culminated in a three-game battle against Wycombe Wanderers in the First Round proper, eventually being edged out 1–0 at Oxford United's Manor Ground. The first replay had been abandoned due to a fire alarm just as the penalty shootout was about to start;[1] this remains the only FA Cup tie to go to a second replay since the FA ruled all ties should be settled after a maximum of two games. This rule change also means that City's other FA Cup record – the six games needed before losing to Alvechurch in 1971–72 – will probably never be beaten.

In 2005 the club were relegated back to the South Midlands League, but were promoted at the first time of asking under manager Andy Lyne, winning both the Championship and the Premier Cup.

In November 2006 Lyne resigned as manager to become the club's Director of Football. He was succeeded by Justin Merritt as Player Manager with former Oxford United player Mike Ford as his assistant. Merritt subsequently stepped down in August 2009 and Ford took over as manager.

On 3 May 2008, Oxford City were promoted from the Southern League Division One South and West with a 1–0 win over Uxbridge. In their first season in the Premier Division they finished in 6th place, narrowly missing out on the playoffs.

In 2011–12 Oxford City finished 2nd after narrowly missing out on the title. They won the playoff final against AFC Totton to gain promotion to Conference North for the first time in their history. The club enjoyed a successful first season in the Conference North, finishing in 10th place, 11 points clear of the relegation zone. The following season proved more of a struggle, with the club initially finishing in the relegation zone after a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, only to be reprieved from relegation after Vauxhall Motors resigned from the Football Conference. Mike Ford left the club shortly after the season ended.

On 18 May 2014, Oxford City appointed Justin Merritt as Manager; he was joined by his Assistant Danny Nicholls with coaching roles for former players Mark Jones and Alan Foster and Enrique Guillen continuing his coaching role at the club. City are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and field more than 40 teams, with sides for men, women, boys and girls.

For 2015–16, they moved from Conference North to Conference South – the division was renamed National League South.

Ground[edit]

Oxford City play their home games at Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0NQ.[2]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Craig Hill
England DF Freddie Grant
England DF Lee Henderson
England DF Robbie Cundy (On loan from Oxford United)
11 Netherlands MF Matt Peake-Pijnen
England DF Daniel West
England DF Jordy N'gathe
England DF Godfrey Poku
England MF Shaun Mcauley
England MF Jonny Giles (On loan from Oxford United)
England MF Reece Fleet
No. Position Player
Ghana MF Martin Asiedu-Ofosu
Republic of Ireland MF Scott Davies
England MF Josh Ashby (On loan from Oxford United)
England MF Kynan Isaac
England MF Tom Winters
England FW James Roberts (On loan from Oxford United)
England FW Michael Fondop
Dominica FW Jefferson Louis
England FW Kaylem Patterson
England FW Tyriq Hunte

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

  • Manager: Mark Jones (caretaker)
  • Coaches: Mark Jones, Enrique Guillen
  • Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy: David Newbold, Sally Carey, Steve Griffiths, Chris Chesterman and Hannah Venn

Honours[edit]

Club records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staniforth, Tommy (10 November 1999). "Fire at Wycombe calls halt to Cup tie". London: The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Location – Travelling Locally". Oxford City Football Club. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pictures of Oxfordshire from the Oxford Mail". the Oxford Mail. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°46′26.09″N 1°13′39.91″W / 51.7739139°N 1.2277528°W / 51.7739139; -1.2277528