To mark Oxford United’s 125th season, we are looking back at what made the news this week in three of the club's promotion-winning campaigns


OXFORD United’s board approved increases to season ticket prices in the wake of their promotion from Division Four.

It meant the cost of a place in the main stand rose from £7 7s to £9, in line with changes made to ground admission earlier in the campaign.

U’s chairman Ron Coppock said: “I think anybody with any common sense would see this was something we had to do as a necessity.”

United’s promotion campaign led to average attendances of 8,668, up from 6,829 in the previous season.

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JOHN Aldridge, one of the men responsible for taking Oxford United into the First Division as champions, issued a warning to top-flight defences.

“I’ll keep on scoring next season,” he said, after taking his tally to 34 with a brace in the 4-0 win against Barnsley which confirmed Jim Smith’s side as Second Division champions.

“I won’t score as many as I have this season,” said Aldridge.

“I might even die a death in the First Division, but I’m confident I can get 20-25 next term.”

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DENIS Smith’s coolness under pressure was praised in Oxford United’s season finale against Peterborough United.

A goalless first half had seen the tension rise at the Manor Ground, but David Rush said: “The gaffer was absolutely superb at half-time. We’d fluffed a few chances and that was to do with pressure.

“But he said ‘just go out there with a smile and enjoy it’ and that’s what we did.”

An own goal by Giuliano Grazioli quickly got United on their way, with Paul Moody, Matt Elliott and Rush sealing a 4-0 victory which secured promotion.