Name: Oxford City FC
Stadium: Marsh Lane
Capacity: 3,218 (520 seated)
Last season: 14th in National League South
Gloucester City fans will have 21 new grounds to visit when they start their first season at National League South level on Saturday 5 August, among them is a trip to Oxfordshire to face Oxford City.
Originally a Conference North side, The City moved to the newly named National League South for the 2015/16 season where they have played since.
Formed in 1883, Oxford City quickly became the leading football club in Oxfordshire, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906, before joining the Isthmian League the following year.
The club, nicknamed “The City”, didn’t last as the counties leading club, falling behind Headington United when they turned professional in 1949. The club became a limited company in 1979 in an attempt to resurrect the club’s success, appointing legendary Bobby Moore and his former West Ham teammate Harry Redknapp as manager and assistant respectively some time later.
The club reached its lowest point in 1988 when they were evicted from their ground by the landlords who sold the land off for housing. Forced to resign from the Isthmian League, the club did not reform and return to senior football until two years later where they entered the South Midlands League Division One, winning promotion in their first season. They returned to the Isthmian League in 1993 when they also moved to their current ground, Marsh Lane. They also reached the final of the FA Vase in 1995.
The City reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 1999/2000, losing 1-0 to Oxford United. Bizarre circumstances, due to the first replay being abandoned due to a fire alarm just before the penalty shootout was due to start, made the game the first and still only ever FA Cup tie to go to a second replay since the FA ruled that all ties should be settled by a maximum of two games.
In 2005 the club were relegated back to the South Midlands League but were promoted the following season at the first time of asking, winning both the Championship and the Premier Cup. In 2007/08, the club were promoted from the Southern League Division One South and West. In their first season in the Premier Division, they finished just short of the play-offs in 6th place. The following season, the club finished runners-up, winning the play-off final against AFC Totton to win promotion to the Conference North for the first time in their history.
Oxford’s first season was a moderate success, seeing the club finish mid-table, although their second season almost ended in disaster. Vauxhall Motors resigning from the Football Conference was enough to save The City from hitting the drop. In 2015/16, the club moved to the National League South, finishing mid-table in their first season..
The Tigers met Oxford for the first time in 2008, drawing 2-2 in a Southern League Premier fixture at Corinium Stadium in Cirencester. Their most recent matchup came in 2015, where Gloucester fell to a 7-1 home defeat at Whaddon Road in the Conference North.