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 took two more valuable points with a 3-1 victory over lowly Bradford City at the Manor Ground.

And thanks to slips by Tranmere and Brighton they maintained their Division Four promotion challenge in fifth place.

United made heavy weather of it, which made for frustration among the 7,000 fans who were paying increased admission prices for the first time.

Colin Booth scored twice before half-time, but in a ragged second half Bradford came back into the game before Graham Atkinson made it 3-1 in the 89th minute.


BILLY Hamilton thanked his luck after Oxford United lost another game to the freezing conditions.

Jim Smith’s side were due to face Wimbledon in a key Second Division fixture.

But while the bulk of the squad were frustrated at the postponement, Hamilton was grateful, as it gave him extra time to recover from a cartilage operation.

He said: “I must be the only player at Oxford who was happy the game was off.”

The game would have been a debut for Jeremy Charles, who had signed for £100,000 from QPR following Hamilton’s injury.


OXFORD United boss Denis Smith gave his total backing to £100,000 signing Joey Beauchamp, who had claimed he thought the manager simply didn’t like him.

Beauchamp’s corner had brought a dramatic equaliser from Stuart Massey in the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fourth round.

Smith said: “Since that nonsense just after Christmas I sat down and had a chat with Joey and told him I liked him and wanted him here, that’s why I bought him back.

“Since then Joey has been tremendous.”