To mark Oxford United’s 125th season, we are looking back at what made the news this week in three of the club's promotion-winning campaigns


OXFORD United were still looking to record a Fourth Division victory over Southport as their winless run continued with a 1-1 draw at the Manor Ground.

The lack of an effective marksman was responsible for a sorry state of affairs.

It was the sixth new forward combination to be tried in successive matches since an injury to Bill Calder.

Southport took the lead 19 minutes from time, but United equalised when Colin Booth stabbed home.


A YEAR and a day after going down 4-1 in the Milk Cup, Leeds United were again on the end of a hiding at the Manor Ground, this time losing 5-2.

The U’s fought back from 2-0 down, thanks to goals from Gary Briggs and Billy Hamilton.

The game was held up when Steve Hardwick was hit by a coin thrown by away fans, who also tore down a television camera gantry.

When play restarted, the second half belonged to the hosts – and in particular John Aldridge, who scored a

hat-trick against a side who had Peter Lorimer sent off.


DAVID Rush was on fire at the Manor as Oxford United rekindled their burning promotion hopes with a 1-0 win against Crewe Alexandra.

Denis Smith’s team produced their best performance of the season as their high-flying visitors were made to look second best.

Rush hit the winner, but keeper Mark Gayle denied the hosts a much bigger triumph.

Manager Denis Smith said: “On another day we could have had five or six and Rushy could have had a hat-trick without any problem.”