Meet Notts County’s FA Cup opposition Oxford City – a club once managed by England World Cup winner Bobby Moore


Oxford City will arrive at Meadow Lane on Saturday looking to cause a mighty FA Cup upset when they take on League Two promotion chasers Notts County.

The club plays in the National League South division and have been struggling this season, with just four wins in their opening 18 league games.

We’ve been taking a closer look at the team standing between Notts and a place in the third round…

How old are they?

History suggests the club were actually formed in 1882, though match programmes from the early 1900s say it was established in 1885 and then reorganised eight years later in 1893.

They were the top club in Oxfordshire early in the 20th century, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906, but fell on hard times being evicted from their White House Ground in 1988 and forced to move to current home Marsh Lane after a spell at Cutteslowe Park.

A famous former manager…

England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore took charge of the club in 1980 for the princely salary of £14,000 and a further £5,000 signing-on free, and he also got a club Daimler thrown in for good measure.

Moore brought with him a certain Harry Redknapp as his assistant boss to help him on his first foray into management.

Unfortunately for Moore and City, the club were relegated that season and after a second season in charge Redknapp left and Moore briefly became football consultant before leaving to take over at Southend.

Bobby Moore managed Oxford City for a short spell

Any current links?

Defender Freddie Grant is the nephew of former Notts boss Martin Allen and trained with the Magpies at the age of just 15.

The 20-year-old is also friends with the Magpies’ Jorge Grant, though they aren’t related but will most likely line-up on the same side of the pitch, with the City man set to play at left-back against the on-loan attacker who be looking to inflict damage from the right side of the pitch.

Freddie Grant in action for Oxford

FA Cup previous?

City’s 1-0 win at Colchester United in round one ensured they earned the right to face Notts on Saturday, and it’ll be just the second time in their history they’ve competed at this stage of the world’s most famous cup competition, having done so in the 1969-70 season.

City played three games against Wycombe Wanderers in the first round in 1999/2000 – it remains the only FA Cup tie to go to a second replay, after the first replay was abandoned just as a penalty shootout was about to take place due to a fire alarm.

Oxford were 1-0 winners at Colchester in round one

Roll of honour…

City have won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on more than 30 occasions, along with 27 other local tropies.

The club did reach the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1995 before losing 2-1 to Arlesley Town.

Oxford City boss Mark Jones

This will be…

The first time Oxford will have had names on the back of their shirts. While not a requirement at the level City play at, it is in the second round of the competition which will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Matt Paterson scored the winner at Colchester



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