The Giant Killers





Headington were formed in 1893, like many clubs, as a way to keep the local Cricket team together in the winter, merging with Headington Quarry to form United in 1920. The club played in the Oxfordshire Leagues before World War Two, entering the FA cup for the first time in 1931. A step up to professional Football followed in 1949 with a name change to Oxford United expressing the club's desire to advance into the Football League. The goal was achieved in 1962 and the next twenty-five years were the most memorable in the club's history. A major FA cup shock over Blackburn in 1964 was followed by a quick rise into the second tier before the decade was out. That side never made it to the top flight but the next great Oxford side did make it in 1985, winning the League cup in 1986. Since their last appearance in the top flight in 1988 the club have played in the second to fifth tiers.


Magic Moments


3-1 vs Blackburn Rovers

Fifth round: Saturday February 15th 1964

Attendance: 21,700

Scorers: Tony Jones {2}, Bill Calder

Ranked at the time:1

Team: 1:Harry Fearnley, 2:Cyril Beavon, 3:Pat Quartermain, 4:Ron Atkinson, 5:Maurice Kyle, 6:John Shuker, 7:Peter Knight, 8:Arthur Longbottom, 9:Bill Calder, 10:Tony Jones, 11:Colin Harrington: Manager; Arthur Turner

Third round: Sunday January 10th 2015

Attendance: 11,673

Scorers: Liam Sercombe, Kemar Roofe {2}

Ranked at the time: 53

Team: 1:Sam Slocombe, 2:George Baldock, 5:johnny Mullins, 6:Jake Wright, 3:Joe Skarz, 11:Alex MacDonald {replaced by 15:Callum O'Dowda-71}, 8:Liam Sercombe, 18:John Lundstram, 28:Chris Maguire, 20:Ryan Taylor {replaced by 10:Danny Hylton-80}, 4:Kemar Roofe {replaced by 9:Patrick Hoban-80}. Manager: Michael Appleton

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