In 1960 Headington United changed their name to ‘Oxford United’, reflecting the clubs stature as the new premier team of the city. Oxford United finished top of the Southern League (Tier 5) in 1961. They achieved the same position the following year, this time being elected to the football league at the expense of bankrupt Accrington Stanley.
Oxford United quickly enjoyed high profile cup runs, including reaching the FA Cup quarter finals in 1964, with a record 22,750 supporters cramming into the Manor Ground to watch the U’s play Preston North End.
Oxford United’s kit styling seemed to have been very much in keeping with the trends for that period. The gold and black colours remained constant throughout.
Despite modern textile and production techniques making a huge impact on the fashions of the swinging sixties, kits became very plain affairs. V-necks were replaced with crew necks and shirts became tighter. As the 60’s progressed, many clubs began wearing numbers on their shorts. This was a fad started by Chelsea, but was not a requirement of the FA.