2005/06

League:

Football League Level 4

Coca Cola League 2

Position:

23rd - Relegated from Football League

FA Cup:

Second Round

League Cup:

First Round

Chairmen:

Firoz Kassam, Nick Merry

Managers:

Brian Talbot, Darren Patterson, Jim Smith.

Top Scorer:

Steve Basham (13)

Notable Players:

Jon Ashton, Steve Basham, Chris Hargreaves, Lee Mansell, Barry Quinn, Leo Roget, Chris Willmott.

Badges & Logos

After using the same style of lettering for 6 years, the Football League changed their lettering and numbers to a unique, bold design. This version remained in use up to the 2015 season.

Again, the Coca-Cola competition patches featured.

Home Kit & Away Variations

Long
sleeves

This was to be the last of 5 seasons that TFG produced Oxford United's kits.

A new home kit was introduced with the previous season's yellow shorts and socks often paired with the new shirts. Indeed, the clubs official ‘first choice’ colours were only worn once away from the Kassam Stadium.

For reasons unknown, the all-yellow combination was also worn for the final home game of the season.

Firoz Kassam sold the club (but not the stadium) to a consortium of businessmen headed by former manager Jim Smith. Despite Jim Smith’s previous success at Oxford, he was unable to prevent the club dropping out of the Football League.

Away Kit

Long
sleeves

The previous season's black change kit was retained, however, for this season it would only feature in its all-black form.

Embarrassingly, Oxford United twice had to wear their opponents kit during this season (details below).

Goalkeeper Kits

Opponents Kit - Barnet, Away

Kit Clash

Oxford United had planned to wear black shirts and white shorts, believing that Barnet would be wearing their traditional combination of orange shirts with black shorts. Barnet had registered these colours with the football league, and indeed they'd worn this colour combination during their pre-season friendlies.

However, in a most unusual move, Barnet swapped their home and change colours just 2 days before the start of the league campaign. This important detail appeared to have been poorly communicated, resulting in Oxford United bringing a nearly identical colour combination to the match.

Oxford where asked to wear Barnet’s reserve team orange shirts, paired with their own white shorts. Presumably, the red socks were mustered from Barnet's kit room.

Opponents Kit - Boston, Away

Kit Clash

The away match at Boston was always going to be a tricky one for Oxford United, as neither their yellow or black shirts were really suitable for the trip to York Street.

Oxford United sort advice prior to the fixture, reportedly from the match referee Mick Russell. It was agreed that United would wear their all-yellow strip.

However, once at the ground, the referee had a change of mind and decided that Oxford’s yellow shirts were too similar to Boston’s gold and black hooped shirts.

Boston’s white and blue youth team kit was provided for Oxford United to wear.

Match By Match

Grimsby
Away

Torquay
Home

Wycombe
Home

Lincoln
Away

Gillingham
Away

Stockport
Home

Shrewsbury
Away

Rushden
Home

Bristol Rov
Away

Darlington
Away

Bury
Home

Rochdale
Away

Barnet
Away

Carlisle
Home

North'pton
Away

Brentford
Away

Boston
Home

L Orient
Away

Eastbourne
Away

Wrexham
Home

Eastbourne
Home

Carlisle
Away

L Orient
Home

Grimsby
Home

Cheltenham
Away

Cheltenham
Away

Torquay
Away

Cheltenham
Home

Lincoln
Home

Cheltenham
Away

Notts C
Home

Mansfield
Home

Chester
Away

Shrewsbury
Home

Peterboro'
Away

Macclesfield
Away

Darlington
Home

Rushden
Away

Rochdale
Home

Macclesfield
Home

Cheltenham
Home

Wycombe
Away

Stockport
Away

Bristol Rov
Home

Notts C
Away

Bury
Away

Peterboro'
Home

Mansfield
Away

Chester
Home

Barnet
Home

Boston
Away

North'pton
Home

Wrexham
Away

L Orient
Home