1998/99

League:

Nationwide League Division 1 (Second Tier)

Position:

23rd - Relegated

FA Cup:

Forth Round

League Cup:

First Round

Chairmen:

Robin Herd, Firoz Kassam

Manager:

Malcolm Shotton

Top Scorer:

Dean Windass (18)

Notable Players:

Joey Beauchamp, Jamie Cook, Kevin Francis, Matt Murphy, Paul Powell, Mark Watson, Brian Wilsterman, Dean Windass.

Badges & Logos

The club crest was much improved in terms of reproduction quality. It also included the wording “OXFORD United FC”

Home Kit & Away Variation

Long
sleeves

New home kits were introduced for the 1998-99 season, with New Balance as the kit supplier. The trend for generously sized shirts continued, with the new home shirts also featuring very generous fits and baggy sleeves.

At the tail-end of the season, the clubs dire financial position was given some hope with the arrival of new chairman Firoz Kassam.

As the season progressed, match shirts required replacing. The replacement shirts featured sewn block style numbers. These shirts featured alongside the older printed numbered shirts in the same matches.

Original

Replacement

Away Kit

Long
sleeves

The white change strip remained unchanged in its design, except that it now featured New Balance logos on all of the garments. (This was also the case for the goalkeeper kits). To me, this suggests that the ‘own brand’ kit used over the previous two seasons was probably manufactured anomalously by New Balance.

Goalkeeper Jersey

Only a goalkeeper jersey was supplied for this season. This was worn with the same colour shorts and socks as the outfield players.

Opponents Kit - Watford, Away

Embarrassingly, Oxford United were forced to wear Watford’s change kit for the fixture at Vicarage Road, after the yellow kit was mistakenly packed.

I have been given a first-hand account as to why such a schoolboy error was made. Apparently, the club staff had a morale-boosting night out on the Thursday before the Watford game. The staff were going through a very stressful period, including not being paid. They feared the club was about to be wound-up. Apparently, it was a very, very good night and there were quite a few sore heads the next morning. This is the reason provided to me for the wrong kit being packed.

Match By Match

Bristol City
Away

Luton
Away

Wolves
Home

Luton
Home

C Palace
Away

Grimsby
Home

Barnsley
Away

Portsmouth
Home

Swindon
Away

Ipswich
Home

Sunderland
Away

QPR
Home

West Brom
Home

Huddersfield
Away

Tranmere
Home

Bolton
Away

Bury
Away

Sheffield Utd
Home

Crewe
Home

Watford
Away

Birmingham
Away

Port Vale
Home

Norwich
Away

Bradford
Home

Birmingham
Home

Stockport
Away

C Palace
Home

Portsmouth
Away

Crewe
Away

Bristol City
Home

Grimsby
Away

Chelsea
Home

Barnsley
Home

Chelsea
Away

Wolves
Away

Swindon
Home

Ipswich
Away

Sunderland
Home

QPR
Away

West Brom
Away

Huddersfield
Home

Watford
Home

Crewe
Away

Sheffield Utd
Away

Bolton
Home

Tranmere
Away

Bury
Home

Port Vale
Away

Norwich
Home

Bradford
Away

Stockport
Home

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