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November 25th 1972
On this day 45 years ago, United faced highly fancied Aston Villa in a second division game at the Manor Ground
and won 2-0 with goals from Hughie Curran and Geoff Bray. United went on to finish 8th that season and Villa
won promotion to the top flight as runners up. under manager Vic Crowe.
The U's won 14 of 21 home matches in 1972/73 under manager Gerry Summers.
U's: Burton; Lucas, Roberts, Clarke C, Shuker; Aylott, Fleming, Bray, Evanson; Curran, Clarke D
Villa: Jim Cumbes; Chris Nicholl, Ian Ross, Fred Turnbull, Charlie Aitken; Pat McMahon, Bruce Rioch, Alun Evans,
Ray Graydon; Andy Lochhead, Geoff Vowden
November 26th 1977
Injury hit United crash out of the FA Cup in the first round after a 2-0 defeat at Manor Park,
home of Southern League Nuneaton Borough, 40 years ago on this day.
U's manager Mick Brown said afterwards that his team
"deserved everything they got: nothing" and had not "applied themselves correctly."
Nuneaton exited the competition in the next round, bowing out at home to Tilbury.
U's: Burton; Taylor, Bodel, Clarke C, Fogg; Duncan, Jeffrey, Seacole, Berry; Foley, Curran
Borough: Bob Knight; Kirk Stephens, Trevor Peake, Roy Cross; Wayne Thomas; David Lewis,
Brendan Phillips, Gary Fleet,Tim Smithers; Derek Owen, Bobby Vincent
November 26th 1988
U's boss Brian Horton could scarcely contain his anger as he saw his side concede two last minute
goals from Trevor Morley and Steve Redmond to lose 2-1 at Maine Road, home of Manchester City.
Richard Hill had earlier put the U's ahead in the first half with a tremendous long range shot.
U's: Judge; Bardsley, Greenall, Briggs, Phillips J; Smart, Hill, Phillips L, Shelton; Foyle, Simpson
City: Andy Dibble, Mark Seagraves; Brian Gayle, Steve Redmond, Ian Brightwell; David White, Paul Lake,
Neil McNab, Trevor Morley; Wayne Biggins, Paul Moulden
November 28th 1987
" Pukka Hucker ! " screamed the Sunday sports pages as U's keeper Peter Hucker produced a string
of fine saves on this day thirty years ago at Goodison Park to earn a clean sheet
in a 0-0 draw. Hucker denied Kevin Sheedy, Graeme Sharp and Trevor Steven to earn United
a precious away point.
U's: Hucker; Bardsley, Hill, Caton, Dreyer; Phillips L, Shelton, Hebberd, Rhoades-Brown; Saunders, Whitehurst
Everton: Neville Southall; Gary Stevens, Dave Watson, Kevin Ratcliffe, Pat van den Hauwe; Trevor Steven,
Peter Reid, Ian Snodin, Kevin Sheedy; Graeme Sharp, Adrian Heath
November 29th 1975
United achieve their first ever win at Fratton Park, Portsmouth
in this second tier match thanks to two goals from teenage striker Mick Tait.
Portsmouth were managed by Ian St John at the time. Both clubs were relegated
at the end of the 1975/76 season.Future U’s centre half Steve Foster was
playing as a centre forward for Portsmouth in the early days of his
U's: Burton; Taylor; Lowe, Clarke C, Shuker; Aylott, Clarke D, Jeffrey, Houseman; McCulloch, Tait
Pompey: Graham Lloyd; Chris Lawler, Paul Went, Paul Cahill, Mick Mellows; Peter Marinello,
Norman Piper, Chris Kamara, Tony Macken; Steve Foster, Dick Reynolds
November 30th 1983
On this day 34 years ago United hosted Ron Atkinson's Manchester United
in the fourth round of the League Cup at the Manor. The match ended 1-1.
After debutant Mark Hughes headed the reds into the lead, Bobby McDonald
levelled the tie for the U's following a corner. Both goals were scored in the first half.
Highlights were screened that night on BBC 1's ' Sportsnight '.
U's: Hardwick; Hinshelwood, Briggs, Shotton, McDonald; Lawrence, Hebberd, Thomas, Brock; Vinter, Biggins
Reds: Gary Bailey; Mike Duxbury, Kevin Moran, Gordon McQueen, Arthur Albiston; Ray Wilkins, Remi Moses,
Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside; Frank Stapleton, Mark Hughes
December 1st 2012
On this day five years ago, Oxford United FC was rocked by the news that former player Mitchell Cole had passed away aged 27.
On a cold, icy, December morning the U's travelled north to face Accrington Stanley in the second round of the FA Cup.
There was late drama as Michael Raynes headed in a precise centre from Peter Leven to level the scores at 3-3
to keep United in the hat. Earlier, United went ahead through Jon-Paul Pittman. United's other goalscorer was James Constable.
Craig Lindfield, James Beattie and Lee Molyneux got the Stanley goals at a freezing Crown Ground with fewer
that 1,200 in attendance. United won the replay 2-0 in Oxford on December 18th 2012 in front of just 2,566.
U's: Clarke; Whing, Raynes, Wright, Capaldi; Potter, Cox, Leven, Rigg; Constable, Pittman
subs: Brown, Worley, Batt, Chapman, Davis, Heslop, Marsh
Stanley: Paul Rachubka; Michael Liddle, Toto Nsiala, Dean Winnard, George Miller; Craig Lindfield, Luke Joyce, Romy Boco,
Peter Murphy; James Beattie, Padraig Amond
December 2nd 2006
Conference Table toppers United were unable to beat Stevenage Borough on this day 11 years ago at Broadhall Way
despite Boro being reduced to nine men for the last thirty minutes.
Stevenage raced into a 2-0 half time advantage thanks to a Steve Morison brace. Hasim Deen saw red in the first half
and Luke Oliver was to follow after two bookable challenges on 61 minutes. Before Oliver's dismissal, the U's brought
it back to 2-1 with a Duffy goal just after the restart before Chris Hargreaves equalised on 59 mins.
United could not bag a winner and Stevenage may have nicked it themselves.
In the Boro team that day, managed by Mark Stimson, were future stars Bradley Johnson, George Boyd and Steve Morison.
U's: Turley; Anaclet, Day, Willmott, Gilchrist, Johnson; Pettefer, Hargreaves, Quinn; Burgess, Duffy
Boro:Alan Julian; Hasim Deen, John Nutter, Luke Oliver, Ronnie Henry; Adam Miller, Bradley Johnson,
Steve Guppy, Mark Beard; George Boyd, Steve Morison.
December 3rd 1977
Highlights of United's third division home match versus Shrewsbury Town were shown on this Saturday
night 40 years ago on Match of Day. Peter Foley put the U's ahead only for Chic Bates to equalise for the Shrews
who were going well that season. 17 year old John Doyle made his United debut on this day for injury hit U's
who were dealt a big blow that regular 'keeper Roy Burton would be sidelined for two months.
This was also the last time the Oxford Mail published its Saturday night " SportsMail " which was normally available
to buy from newsagents from around 6pm around the county.
U's: Milkins; Doyle, Bodel, Clarke C, Fogg; Duncan, Taylor, Jeffrey, Seacole; Foley, Curran
Shrews: Ken Mulhearn; Jake King, Carlton Leonard, Alan Durban, Colin Griffin; Jimmy Lindsay,
Sammy Irvine, Brian Hornsby, Paul Maguire; Chic Bates, Jon Nixon
sub: Ian Atkins
December 4th 1982
Jim Smith's United travelled to east London and ran riot at Brisbane Road, beating
Frank Clark's Orient 5-1 in front of a sparse third division crowd of 2,242. United's
scorers were Peter Foley with a brace, Tim Smithers, Mick Vinter and George Lawrence.
The O's reverted back to a previous name of Leyton Orient in 1987.
U's: Butcher; Linney, Fogg, Shotton,Grant; Lawrence, Hebberd, Train, Smithers; Foley, Vinter
December 5th 2009
In his post match interview after the U's defeated Ebbsfleet Utd 4-2 at Grenoble Road, Chris
Wilder provoked the ire of a section of the Oxford fanbase when he asserted that the clubs' history
was irrelevant to its current position n the league. It may have been a fair point
but glibly dismissing the clubs' proud history was too much for many.
Wilder was raging afterwards after Adam Murray was booed
by a some supporters for taking the ball into the corner, in the final minutes of this win.
United won with a brace from Alfie Potter and James Constable.
Magno Vieira and sub Scott Ginty for the Fleet.
U's: Clarke; Chapman, Perry, Creighton, Sandwith; Buman, Murray Clist, Potter, Constable, Sodje
Fleet: Lance Cronin; Gavin Heero, Darius Charles, Leon Crooks, Ross Smith; Peter Holmes, Ishmael Welsh,
Alex Stavrinou, Ricky Shakes, Michael West, Magno Vieira
December 7th 1985
United travelled to White Hart Lane for the first time competitively and found themselves
4-0 down at half time to Tottenham Hotspur, before losing 5-1 under Maurice Evans.
John Aldridge for the U's. Clive Allen (2), Mark Falco, Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle
with the Spurs goals as United were thoroughly outclassed in front of a dismal crowd
of under 18,000.
U's: Hardwick; Slatter, Briggs, Shotton, McDonald; Houghton, Phillips L,Hebberd, Trewick; Aldridge, Thomas
Spurs: Ray Clemence; Chris Hughton, Graham Roberts, Gary Mabbutt, Danny Thomas; Gary Stevens,
Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Chris Waddle; Clive Allen , Mark Falco
sub: Paul Allen
December 8th 2002
On this Sunday 15 years ago a 65th minute goal from Jefferson Louis gave United a second round FA Cup
victory over local rivals Sw*ndon Town at Grenoble Road, broadcast live by the BBC.
United then received a third round away tie at Highbury to face Arsenal.
U's: Woodman; McNiven, Waterman, Crosby, Bound, Robinson; Savage, Hunt, Ford' Louis, Basham.
Reds: Griemink; Gareth Edds, Alan Reeves, Matt Heywood, Johnnie Jackson; Danny Invincibile, David Duke,
Matt Hewlett, Stefani Miglioranzi; Eric Sabin, Sam Parkin
December 9th 2000
United crashed out of the FA Cup in the second round after collapsing to a 3-2 defeat at Chester.
Phil Gray and Matt Murphy gave the U's a 2-0 lead but goals from Steve Whitehall (2)
and Paul Beesley gave the Cestrians the win. The game was remarkable for manager David Kemp's post match interview
where he threw his goalkeeper Richard Knight under a metaphorical bus. United were rooted to the bottom
of the third division at the time of this latest defeat.
U's: Knight; Richardson, Jarman, Linighan, Brown; Hackett, Murphy, Fear, Beauchamp; Gray, Anthrobus
Chester: Wayne Brown; Chris Blackburn, Carl Ruffer, Paul Beesley, Martin Lancaster; Paul Carden,
Andy Porter, Matt Doughty, Neil Fisher; Steve Whitehall, Mark Beesley
December 10th 1983
A huge contingent of United fans saw Steve Biggins keep United in the FA Cup after this second round draw at Elm Park, Reading
after the fourth division Royals took a first half lead through Ken Price. The U's were also indebted to 'keeper Steve Hardwick
who kept out a Trevor Senior spot kick. United won the replay 3-0 just four days later.
U's: Hardwick; Hinshelwood, Briggs, Shotton, McDonald; Lawrence, Thomas, Hebberd, Brock; Biggins, Vinter
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