1982/83

League:

Football League Level 3

League Division 3

Position:

5th

FA Cup:

Third Round

League Cup:

Second Round

Chairman:

Robert Maxwell

Manager:

Jim Smith

Top Scorer:

Mick Vinter (14)

Notable Players:

Gary Barnet, Kevin Brock, David Fogg, Steve Hardwick, Trevor Hebberd, Mark Jones, George Lawrence, Malcom Shotton, Mick Vinter.

Badges & Logos

Spall didn’t do a great job of reproducing the club crest on these shirts. The Ox’s head was stretched and also had the curve at the top of the head inverted.

For most of the season there was different home and away shirt sponsors. Both were Maxwell owned businesses.

Official Kit & Away Variation

Long
sleeves

Oxford’s new V-neck and pinstriped shirts were a very common feature of football teams at that time.

This was the start of the Robert Maxwell era which coincided with several seasons of unrivalled success. Maxwell used the Oxford United shirts to advertise his publishing empire. BPCC (British Printing & Communication Corporation) was the official club sponsor.

Home Variation

From October onwards, all of the home matches featured shirts with Maxwell’s Pergamon Press as the sponsor.

Pergamon's headquarters were based just down the London Road at Headington Hill Hall (now Brookes University campus).

Away Kit

Long
sleeves

The choice of all red change colours continued with the Spall kits.

The same design template as the home shirt was used for the change colours.

Goalkeeper Jersey

TV Shirts

Prior to 1983, television companies refused to broadcast matches that featured sponsored football shirts.

For several matches Oxford United were required to wear plain shirts when the TV cameras were present.

Old Garments

It would appear that the new Spall kits were not ready for the start of the 82/83 campaign. For the first 3 matches Oxford United wore their old Adidas shirts and Adidas yellow shorts.

Match By Match

Reading
Away

Aldershot
Away

Bournemouth
Away

Gillingham
Away

Reading
Away

Bournemouth
Home

Doncaster
Home

Preston
Away

Reading
Home

Portsmouth
Home

Huddersfield
Home

Chesterfield
Away

Cardiff
Home

Huddersfield
Away

Millwall
Away

Walsall
Home

Brentford
Home

Wrexham
Away

Huddersfield
Home

Exeter
Home

Bradford
Away

Sheffield U
Home

Plymouth
Away

Folkstone
Home

L Orient
Away

Worthing
Home

Wigan
Away

Bristol Rov
Home

Newport
Away

Southend
Home

Reading
Away

Torquay
Away

Torquay
Away

Gillingham
Home

Portsmouth
Away

Preston
Home

Bournemouth
Away

Huddersfield
Home

Cardiff
Away

Walsall
Away

Bradford
Home

Wrexham
Home

Exeter
Away

Lincoln
Home

Sheffield U
Away

Brentford
Away

Plymouth
Home

Newport
Home

Bristol Rov
Away

L Orient
Home

Doncaster
Away

Wigan
Home

Millwall
Home

Lincoln
Away

Reading
Home

Chesterfield
Home

Southend
Away