1985/86

League:

Football League Level 1

Canon League Division 1

Position:

18th

FA Cup:

Third Round

League Cup:

Winners

Chairman:

Robert Maxwell

Manager:

Maurice Evans

Top Scorer:

John Aldridge (31)

Notable Players:

John Aldridge, Gary Briggs, Billy Hamilton, Trevor Hebberd, Ray Houghton, David Langan, Les Phillips, Peter-Rhoades-Brown, Malcolm Shotton.

Badges & Logos

Wang, an American business computing company became the new club sponsor, replacing the various Maxwell businesses that had featured over the previous 3 years.

Home Kit & Away Variations

Long
sleeves

With Oxford United now in the top flight of English Football, there were far more choices with regard to kit suppliers. Umbro was the largest manufacturer of that time, with both England and Scotland having Umbro kits.

Oxford United now looked quite different, with a pale custard shirt and dark navy trim. The shirt design was very similar to Scotland's away shirt.

The alternative yellow shorts and socks were bright yellow and didn’t match the pale yellow shirts particularly well.

Away Kit

No long
sleeves

The all-white change colours were enhanced with shoulder panels depicting the pale yellow and navy colours of the home kit.

Sadly, this smart design featured only once during the season.

Goalkeeper Jerseys

Sponsor Variation

Long
sleeves

From the end of September, the match shirts were replaced with new shirts featuring a larger sponsors logo.

The original set of shirts with the smaller logo would occasionally make a reappearance - as a complete set.

A set of white away shirts featuring the larger logo was also produced, although these were never to feature in first-team action.

League Cup Final (Milk Cup)

To date, Oxford United’s greatest achievement is undoubtedly winning the League Cup at the old Wembley stadium. Oxford outclassed Queens Park Rangers, winning 3-0 in front of a sell-out crowd and millions on national television.

In true cup final tradition, one-off Wembley shirts were produced with commemorative embroidered text.

The Wang logo was positioned lower on the chest, it was also a simple text only version. This was probably to maximise the letter size for such a large TV audience. (Remember in those days there was only 4 TV channels).

Players were provided with both long and short sleeved shirts, but all preffered short sleeves for this glorious spring day.

Match By Match

West Brom
Away

Tottenham
Home

Leicester
Home

Birmingham
Away

Sheffield W
Home

Coventry
Away

Man Utd
Away

Liverpool
Home

Shrewsbury
Home

Newcastle
Away

North'pton
Home

Man City
Home

Leicester
Away

Everton
Away

North'pton
Away

Luton
Home

Chelsea
Home

Fulham
Away

Watford
Away

Newcastle
Home

Aston Villa
Away

Stoke
Away

West Ham
Home

Arsenal
Away

Norwich
Home

Ipswich - H
Kit Clash

N Forest
Away

Chelsea
Home

Tottenham
Away

West Brom
Home

Chelsea
Away

Southampton
Home

QPR
Away

Tottenham
Home

Tottenham
Away

Man Utd
Home

Sheffield W
Away

Portsmouth
Home

Coventry
Home

Birmingham
Home

Chelsea
Away

Aston Villa
Away

Man City
Away

Aston Villa
Home

Luton
Away

Newcastle
Home

Liverpool
Away

QPR
Home

Southampton
Away

Aston Villa
Home

Watfod
Home

West Ham
Away

QPR
Wembley

Ipswich
Away

Everton
Away

N Forest
Away

Arsenal
Away