Pre 1960: Headington United

Headington United were formed in 1893, fielding a variety of amateur teams who played on different days of the week. With black and white photographs it is difficult to accurately depict the kit colours, however, there are numerous team sheets and programmes which state "Orange and Navy". An overview of the known Headington United kits can be viewed on the homepage.

Headington United turned professional in 1949, when they were voted into the Southern League. From this point, the orange/navy was replaced with gold shirts and black shorts.

With an ever increasing profile within the professional game, the club was renamed as Oxford United in 1960.

1960: Oxford United

1960/61

League:

Football League Level 5

Southern League

Position:

Champions
Despite finishing as champions, Oxford United failed to be elected into the Football League.

FA Cup:

Third Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Tony Jones (38)

Notable Players:

Ron Atkinson, Peter Knight, David Mathers, Billy Simpson.

Most football clubs wore very similar kits, with no distinguishing features. Oxford United wore the fashionable 'continental style' shirts, which featured v-necks and short sleeves. The are a few photographs featuring 1 or 2 players wearing long sleeved versions of these shirts.

1961/62

League:

Football League Level 5

Southern League

Position:

Champions - Elected to the Football League.

FA Cup:

First Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Bud Houghton (43)

Notable Players:

Ron Atkinson, Bud Houghton, Peter Knight, Maurice Kyle.

1962/63

League:

Football League Level 4

League Division 4

Position:

18th

FA Cup:

Third Round

League Cup:

FirstRound

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Bud Houghton (18)

Notable Players:

Ron Atkinson, Cyril Beavon, Colin Harrington, Bud Houghton, Tony Jones, Maurice Kyle, Arthur Longbottom, Pat Quartermain, John Shuker, Alan Wiley.

The all-white change colours were long sleeved.

1963/64

League:

Football League Level 4

League Division 4

Position:

18th

FA Cup:

Sixth Round

League Cup:

First Round

Top Scorer:

Arthur Longbottom (14)

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Notable Players:

Ron Atkinson, Cyril Beavon, Bill Calder, Colin Harrington, Tony Jones, Maurice Kyle, Arthur Longbottom, Pat Quartermain, John Shuker, Alan Wiley.

In 1963 the club kept with the trends, by changing the home kits to the 'Spanish style' crew necks and long sleeves.

1964/65

League:

Football League Level 4

League Division 4

Position:

4th - Promoted

FA Cup:

First Round

League Cup:

Second Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Colin Booth (23)

Notable Players:

Ron Atkinson, Cyril Beavon, Colin Booth, Bill Calder, Colin Harrington, Tony Jones, Maurice Kyle, Arthur Longbottom, Pat Quartermain, John Shuker.

Photographs of the 1964 squad shows the team back in short sleeves and v-necks. These shirts were different to those worn during the early sixties.

1965/66

League:

Football League Level 3

League Division 3

Position:

14th

FA Cup:

First Round

League Cup:

First Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Graham Atkinson (19)

Notable Players:

Graham Atkinson, Ron Atkinson, Cyril Beavon, Tony Buck, Mike Bullock, Bill Calder, Colin Harrington, John Shuker, Ken Skeen.

The long sleeves and crew necks returned for 1965.

1966/67

League:

Football League Level 3

League Division 3

Position:

16th

FA Cup:

Second Round

League Cup:

First Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Graham Atkinson (15)

Notable Players:

Graham Atkinson, Ron Atkinson, Jim Barron, Tony Buck, Mike Bullock, Bill Calder, Colin Clarke, Colin Harrington, John Shuker, Ken Skeen.

1967/68

League:

Football League Level 3

League Division 3

Position:

Champions

FA Cup:

First Round

League Cup:

Third Round

Manager:

Arthur Turner

Top Scorer:

Mick Bullock (16)

Notable Players:

Graham Atkinson, Ron Atkinson, Jim Barron, Tony Buck, Mike Bullock, Colin Clarke, Colin Harrington, John Shuker, Ken Skeen, David Sloan.

1968/69

League:

Football League Level 2

League Division 2

Position:

20th

FA Cup:

Third Round

League Cup:

First Round

Managers:

Arthur Turner, Ron Saunders

Top Scorer:

John Shuker(8)

Notable Players:

Graham Atkinson, Ron Atkinson, Jim Barron, Colin Clarke, Colin Harrington, John Shuker, Ken Skeen.

1969/70

League:

Football League Level 2

League Division 2

Position:

15th

FA Cup:

Third Round

League Cup:

Fifth Round

Manager:

Gerry Summers

Top Scorer:

Ken Skeen (13)

Notable Players:

Graham Atkinson, Ron Atkinson, Jim Barron, Colin Clarke, Colin Harrington, Richard Lucas, John Shuker, Ken Skeen, David Sloan.