Pegasus A.F.C.

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Pegasus Association Football Club was an English amateur football club based in Oxford and composed of Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) university students. The club has been revived by a group of alumni, playing their first game in March 2020.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1948 as a joint venture of Oxford University A.F.C. and Cambridge University A.F.C., instigated by Harold Warris Thompson, professor at St. John's College, Oxford and later an administrator with The Football Association.[1] The founding president was Kenneth Hunt, formerly of the star amateur club Corinthian F.C.[2] The symbol Pegasus was chosen as containing elements from the logos of the football clubs of both Oxford University (a centaur) and Cambridge University (a falcon).[1] At first, members had to be current Oxford or Cambridge University players or to have left the previous year, but this rule was later relaxed.[3] In the postwar years, Oxbridge students included many men in their twenties demobilised from service in World War II.[1]

Pegasus had an attractive style similar to the Tottenham Hotspur of the day, whose Vic Buckingham and Bill Nicholson had previously coached Oxford and Cambridge respectively.[1] The club had great success in the 1950s including wins at Wembley Stadium in the FA Amateur Cup in 1951, which finished 2–1 against Bishop Auckland, and 1953, which finished 6–0 against Harwich & Parkeston in front of a full house of 100,000 spectators.[1] On both occasions, the semi-final was played at Highbury and was drawn, so that a replay was necessary. In the 1951 semi-final, Pegasus's opponents, Hendon, were awarded a penalty in the last minute, but missed it, and Pegasus won the replay at Selhurst Park.[4] In 1954, Pegasus toured Hong Kong, and supplied seven members of the England amateur international team.[5]

Changes in university culture in the 1960s and defections to Corinthian-Casuals undermined its ethos and the club folded in 1963, following an Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie against Marston United.[1]

Famous coaches[edit]

Famous officials[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lacey, David (18 March 2011). "Pegasus soared briefly but they made Wembley cheer itself hoarse". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. ^ A. Quirke, Patrick. "Chapter 7. The Final Whistle". The Reverend Kenneth Hunt "Wolves footballing parson". Wolverhampton history & heritage. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Harold Thompson". Oxford University Association Football Club. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Hendon FC". The Non League Football Show: Your team A-Z. BBC Online. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  5. ^ Morrison, Neil (6 November 2009). "Pegasus AFC (England) tour of Hong Kong 1954". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Twydell, Dave. Defunct F.C. p. 172.

External links[edit]

  • Pegasus F.C. at the Football Club History Database
  • Ken Shearwood, Pegasus: The Famous Oxford and Cambridge Soccer Side of the Nineteen Fifties. With an Introduction by Geoffrey Green, and an Afterword by David Miller. (Kennedy & Boyd, 2011). [1]