May 12, 1984: Oxford United 3, Rotherham United 2

IT was only right that Oxford United rounded off one of the best seasons in their history with a win.

The U’s beat Rotherham United 3-2 in their final match of the campaign, ensuring they finished eight points clear at the top of Division Three.

United had been among the front-runners from the beginning of the season, taking 23 points from their first nine games to lead the table.

Meanwhile in the Milk Cup, Jim Smith’s side saw off Leeds United, Newcastle United and Manchester United before Christmas.

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Their run was ended by Everton in the fifth round, while Sheffield Wednesday were too strong at the same stage of the FA Cup – but the U’s had become only the second side from the bottom two divisions to get that far in the same season.

They marched on in the league, going unbeaten in their last 13 games, and already had the title and a Football League points record sewn up when Rotherham visited.

A crowd of 9,852 flocked to The Manor Ground where, fittingly, United’s three top scorers for the season all found the net.

George Lawrence bagged his 11th of the campaign to get the U’s up and running, with Steve Biggins adding a second and taking his tally to 24.

Mick Vinter scored his 14th of the season to take United to 95 points.

United: Hardwick, Hinshelwood, Shotton, Briggs, McDonald, Lawrence, Brock, Hebberd, Rhoades-Brown, Biggins, Vinter. Sub: Aldridge.