For the folks at Oxford City, it can’t be easy knowing you’re an also-ran in your home city; stuck in the shadows of Oxford United. But that’s how it goes sometimes. And it’s not as if the Hoops are the only team to suffer that fate in English football. Think Port Vale or Bristol Rovers too. Back to the club in question, however, and we have one team that didn’t manage to beat us during our ill-fated 1987-8 Vauxhall Opel League Division One season.
Oxford City: The Facts
Court Place Farm Stadium
Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0NQ
Luckily for us writing this, the Hoops pretty much kept things straightforward for much of their history. The path does get a little more frantic in more recent times, but we’ll get there. It starts in 1885; the club’s first recorded match taking place in that year. The problem is they didn’t really have a regular fixture list in these early years. It’s reported that no fixtures at all were played between 1886 and 1893. Somehow, however, it doesn’t stop the lineage of the club being described as such.
In 1906, the club won the FA Amateur Cup and – not long after – became members of the Isthmian League. The Hoops were a constant presence in the competition for decades after that. Some campaigns were dire, while some offered promise. Alas, they never actually managed to win the title; second position as good as they could manage on two occasions. And, despite turning pro in 1949, the postwar years were lean. They even tried appointing Bobby Moore as manager – but it didn’t deliver much success.
Boro’ didn’t lose to the Hoops during the 1987-8 season, but we did get relegated. For them, 12th position didn’t spell success or failure. But a decision by Brasenose College to sell the club’s home meant they had nowhere to play. And that led to their resignation from Isthmian League. You could say that was the end of the line for the Hoops. Technically, they had to reform and that didn’t happen until 1990 when they signed up for South Midlands League Division One.
Inside three seasons, the Hoops worked their way through the South Midlands League and returned to the Isthmian League. The 2000s weren’t all that straightforward, however. From 2004, the club moved into the Southern League and were immediately relegate to the Spartan South Midlands League. The return was an instant one to the Southern League; gradually building back better to finish second in 2012. With it came a chance to compete in Conference North – and then South. In 2023, they reached the National League.
How to get to Oxford City – Travel Information – Distance: 70 miles
The easiest way to do this without going via Aylesbury is to take the A1(M) south and M25 counter-clockwise. Then, take the M40 north for about 28.5 miles. Exit for the A40 towards Oxford. Head into Oxford and take the second exit at Headington Roundabout. Leave the A40 at the exit for Marston and Elsfield, turning left onto Marsh Lane.
There are two car parks at the ground that can be used by all fans. The main one of these is outside the Community Arena. To use it, turn left as soon as you enter the site and keep on the road until you get to the car park.
If it’s full, park in the car park at the entrance to the site.
More car parking details will be announced on social media if the game demands further capacity.
Services to: LONDON PADDINGTON
It’s some distance from the station to the ground, so it’s probably a good idea to grab a taxi or something.
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