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Oxford City
Oxford City F.C. logo.png
Full nameOxford City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Hoops
Founded1882; 137 years ago (1882)
GroundMarsh Lane, Marston, Oxford
ChairmanBrian Cox
ManagerMark Jones
LeagueNational League North
2018–19National League South, 12th of 22 (transferred)
WebsiteClub website
Marsh Lane, home of Oxford City F.C.

Oxford City Football Club is an English association 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.


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 that 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. For 2015–16, they moved from Conference North to Conference South – the division was renamed National League South. Merritt resigned in December 2016, becoming the club's general manager, and Mark Jones took over as first team coach, initially on a caretaker basis.[2]

In 2017–18 the Hoops enjoyed a historic run in the FA Cup. Under the guidance of Mark Jones, City knocked out football league opposition for the first time in their history with a 1–0 victory away at Colchester.[3] Then, on their first appearance in the second round for 47 years, the club were narrowly defeated with an injury-time goal by Notts County, in a game broadcast live on BT Sport. Good form in the cup competitions followed with victory in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup final for the first time in 15 years at the close of the season.

City's cup success continued in 2018–19, when they reached the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the second consecutive season. After a 3–3 draw away to League 2 Tranmere Rovers, the club were knocked out in the replay in front of the BT Sport TV cameras at Marsh Lane.[4] The Hoops also retained the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, coming from 3-1 down to defeat Banbury United 4-3 in a thrilling final.

City are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and field more than 37 teams, with sides for men, women, boys and girls.


Oxford City play their home games at Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0NQ.[5]


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 Steven Caro
England GK Alex Grantham
England GK Craig King
England DF Tom Carter
England DF Tarik Moore-Azille
England DF Ben Jefford
England DF Ryan Case
England DF John O'Donoghue
England DF Joe Oastler
France DF Joël Dielna (on loan from Hereford)
England MF Josh Ashby
England MF Bobson Bawling
No. Position Player
England MF Reece Fleet
England MF Ben Barrett
England MF Craig Fasanmade
England MF Eddie Jones
England MF Kyran Wiltshire
England MF Jack Self
England FW Abraham Eze
England FW Zac McEachran
Ghana FW Brandon Thomas-Asante (on loan from Milton Keynes Dons)
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Kabongo Tshimanga

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

  • Manager: Mark Jones
  • Coach: Steve Glenister
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Ryan Gurton
  • Sports Therapist: Michaela Weedon


Club records[edit]


  1. ^ Staniforth, Tommy (10 November 1999). "Fire at Wycombe calls halt to Cup tie". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Justin Merritt steps down as Oxford City manager". Oxford Mail. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ Johnson, Jack (4 November 2017). "Oxford City stun Colchester United in Emirates FA Cup". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ Roberts, James (20 November 2018). "Oxford City 0, Tranmere Rovers 2". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Location – Travelling Locally". Oxford City Football Club. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Pictures of Oxfordshire from the Oxford Mail". the Oxford Mail. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  7. ^ "International Tournaments (Paris) 1904-1935". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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