PLANS for a blue plaque at the pub where Oxford United were founded are a step closer to becoming reality.

Oxford City Council approved an application by supporters' trust OxVox to install the plaque at The Britannia Inn, Headington, on Monday.

A meeting at the pub on October 27, 1893, resulted in the club's formation, while The Britannia was a favourite among fans when the U's played at The Manor Ground.

The Blue Plaque Society must still give final approval, but Kate Quantick, the pub's manager, was delighted another hurdle had been cleared.

She said: "I'm really happy there's been some progress. We still get some of the older regulars coming in here to reminisce."

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The 16-inch circular medallion would be installed on the wall facing London Road and The Manor Hospital, which sits on the site of the stadium where United played until 2001.

It is set to say 'Oxford United Football Club, founded here as Headington FC, 27th October 1893. The former Manor Ground opposite was its home 1925 – 2001'.

The plans for the plaque have been in the pipeline for a long time and have needed special permission, due to The Britannia's Grade II listed status.

In October, fans group The Yellow Army marked the 125th anniversary of the club's creation by walking from The Britannia to the Kassam Stadium before the match against Shrewsbury Town.

Pub staff were also presented with a photo of the first Headington FC squad, which is now displayed behind the bar.