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Programmes - The '50s & '60s


When the paper shortage eased City returned to issuing the folded 12-page style of programme that they had used pre-War.
Though not quite from the '50s, the programme at the left is for the match that drew the White House's largest ever attendance.
The draw for the Amateur Cup had brought City a plum home tie with mighty Leytonstone who had won the Cup in the previous two seasons, and there was tremendous local interest in the match. January 29th, the original date for the tie, brought fog with it and, though it had cleared in Oxford, these were the days of the ‘pea-soupers’ in London and the coach companies refused to take to the roads in such conditions, forcing the Leytonstone players to make their own ways to Oxford, mainly on a variety of trains. So a 7000+ crowd was packed into the White House, many in the new temporary stand on the ‘Popular Side’, but, by kick-off, only five of the Leytonstone players had arrived at the ground and the match was eventually called off at 3.30 when an exhibition match was hastily arranged between the City and a team made up of those Leytonstone players who had arrived augmented with City Reserves: City won the shortened game 4-1. These days City would probably have been awarded the tie, but those were more tolerant times and the match was simply rescheduled for the following Saturday. To make up for the previous Saturday’s disappointment entrance charges were halved and this no doubt helped to produce the record White House attendance: 9756. The visitors made sure there was no repeat of the result on the first day of the season, when City had won 3-1 in the league, and brushed the home team aside 6-1. Leytonstone didn’t quite succeed in their quest for a hat-trick of Final victories as they lost at the Semi-Final stage in a replay at Bromley.

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For the eight seasons from 1963 the 'footballers' were replaced with a more contemporary style.
The White House hosted many games as well as City's matches, including County matches.
Oxfordshire had reached the Final of the Southern Counties Amateur Championship for the first time since 1922, and the '62-'63 Final (held over from the previous season) was played at the White House. Ron Goodison captained the side, and Bob Jackson and John Woodley also played.
A remarkable game saw Middlesex 3-0 up by half-time, before Oxfordshire staged a magnificent recovery to pull back to 5-5 after 90 minutes and then score an extra-time winner.

This was followed in 1956 by a design that many, 'of a certain age', might feel has that 'classic' look of a programme from that era.
This FA Cup tie against their local rivals was the third time that the Clubs had been drawn to face each other.
The Oxford City side of Haydon, Saunders, Kelly, Jackson F, Buswell, Jones, Farr, Lovell, Howlett, Goodison and Harris went down 0-2 on the day.

For the start of the 1950-1 season a booklet-type programme was introduced which continued, with minor changes, for six seasons.
This programme was for the FA Cup tie in 1952 - the first time for almost 40 years that the sides had met in the FA Cup.
City lost 1-4 - their only goal coming from Tony Milliner.

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