Half a century on from Oxford United's record Manor crowd

Brian Godfrey (right) makes it 2-0 to Preston just before half-time

Brian Godfrey (right) makes it 2-0 to Preston just before half-time

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TOMORROW marks the 50th anniversary of Oxford United’s famous FA Cup quarter-final against Preston North End.

Temporary terracing was installed at the Manor Ground for a crowd of 22,750 – which remains the U’s record home gate.

By knocking out Blackburn Rovers a fortnight earlier, United became the first fourth tier side to reach the last eight.

The club notes in the programme, sent into the Oxford Mail this week by a U’s fan, said: “As this year’s ‘giant- killers’ we have set everyone agog with excitement.”

The chances of another upset receded when United trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Tony Jones pulled one back, but United could not draw level, losing 2-1.

Witney Gazette:

  • The tie, played on February 29, set a home attendance record which still stands

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11:31am Fri 28 Feb 14

Joe1 says...

Those were our great times!!!!! Football has changed so much for the worse!!!!
Shame.
Those were our great times!!!!! Football has changed so much for the worse!!!! Shame. Joe1
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12:05pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Manor Born says...

Pretty sure the quarter finals are the last 8 not the last 4 as stated in this article...
Pretty sure the quarter finals are the last 8 not the last 4 as stated in this article... Manor Born
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2:26pm Fri 28 Feb 14

dave from witney says...

Wonderful times those, have to say the Blackburn game was the best. Can remember watching both from the corner of the Cuckoo Lane end, next to the old tea hut.
Wonderful times those, have to say the Blackburn game was the best. Can remember watching both from the corner of the Cuckoo Lane end, next to the old tea hut. dave from witney
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7:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Richard Wickson says...

dave from witney wrote:
Wonderful times those, have to say the Blackburn game was the best. Can remember watching both from the corner of the Cuckoo Lane end, next to the old tea hut.
Yes Dave I agree with you, the Blackburn game was the best, probably because we won that one. We certainly weren't disgraced by PNE although we never rose to the heights we did v Blackburn with their England contingent. Great days and great memories, I too was in the Cuckoo Lane end for the Blackburn game, near the Family (boys) stand but in London Road end against Preston. Will we ever see similar again? We can but hope!
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: Wonderful times those, have to say the Blackburn game was the best. Can remember watching both from the corner of the Cuckoo Lane end, next to the old tea hut.[/p][/quote]Yes Dave I agree with you, the Blackburn game was the best, probably because we won that one. We certainly weren't disgraced by PNE although we never rose to the heights we did v Blackburn with their England contingent. Great days and great memories, I too was in the Cuckoo Lane end for the Blackburn game, near the Family (boys) stand but in London Road end against Preston. Will we ever see similar again? We can but hope! Richard Wickson
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