1983/84

League:

Football League Level 3

Canon League Division 3

Position:

Champions

FA Cup:

Fifth Round

League Cup:

Fifth Round

Chairman:

Robert Maxwell

Manager:

Jim Smith

Top Scorer:

Steve Biggins (24)

Notable Players:

Steve Biggins, Kevin Brock, Steve Hardwick, Trevor Hebberd, Paul Hinshelwood, Mark Jones, George Lawrence, Malcolm Shotton, Mick Vinter, Neil Whatmore.

Badges & Logos

Once again, the shirt sponsors varied throughout the season. Factors such as whether it was a home, away, or televised fixture affected which shirts were worn.

Official Kit & Away Variation

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The 83/84 season was to prove to be a wonderfully successful campaign for Oxford United. Not only did the U’s secure promotion as Division 3 Champions, but they also enjoyed a giant-killing cup run including 3 epic cup ties against Manchester United, which culminated in a memorable 2-1 victory.

The official kit remained unchained from the previous season. However, there were several variations of shirt styles used, so these particular shirts saw limited use in the second half of this season.

Home Variation

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The Pergamon sponsored shirts were again used exclusively at the Manor ground for the majority (but not all) of the Division 3 matches.

These shirts saw less use in the second half of the season, with the introduction of new 'TV shirts' (see below).

Away Kit

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The all red change kit remained unchanged from the 1982/83 season.

Third Kit

With both the yellow and the red shirts causing a colour clash at Bradford and Newport, Oxford United introduced an all white third kit.

These shirts were not printed with a sponsor. The basic design would go on to become the change colours for the following season.

Goalkeeper Jersey

TV Shirts

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TV companies finally relaxed their ban on football shirt sponsorship. However, they did insist that all sponsor logos must be half of the size permitted by the FA.

Shirts with a small BPCC logo were produced and were worn mainly for the Milk Cup matches.

However, the smaller logo was impossible to read from any distance and was certainly not distinguishable on the TV screens of that era.

TV Shirts (Version 2)

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The lack of clarity of the smaller BPCC logo (above) was not lost on Robert Maxwell, particularly as the club were enjoying prominent TV coverage with 3 games against Manchester United. A new set of shirts were provided, this time with plain bold black lettering.

These shirts made their debut in the second cup replay against Manchester United and would continue to feature regularly over the next season and a half.

Match By Match

Lincoln
Home

Bristol City
Home

Wigan
Away

Scunthorpe
Away

Burnley
Home

Bristol City
Away

Gillingham
Away

Millwall
Home

Walsall
Home

Preston
Away

Newcastle
Away

Brentford
Home

Plymouth
Away

Bradford
Home

Bournemouth
Away

Newcastle
Home

Hull City
Home

Wimbledon
Away

Sheffield U
Home

Leeds
Away

Port Vale
Away

Peterboro'
Home

Leeds
Home

Newport
Home

Man Utd
Home

Southend
Away

Man Utd
Away

Reading
Away

Reading
Home

Rotherham
Away

Man Utd
Home

Bristol Rov
Home

Bolton
Away

L Orient
Home

Exeter
Away

Burnley
Away

Burnley
Home

Lincoln
Away

Everton
Home

Everton
Away

Blackpool
Home

Preston
Home

Millwall
Away

Wimbledon
Home

Sheffield W
Home

Swindon
Home

Bournemouth
Home

Hull City
Away

Bradford
Away

Sheffield U
Home

Port Vale
Home

Gillingham
Home

Brentford
Away

Plymouth
Home

Burnley
Away

Scunthorpe
Home

Walsall
Home

Southend
Home

Bolton
Home

Bristol Rov
Away

Newport
Away

Wigan
Home

Exeter
Home

L Orient
Away

Rotherham
Home