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The Teams (2)

1933 v Gillingham

This Oxford Mail photo shows the Oxford City team just before their FA Cup 1st Round match against Gillingham on November 25th 1933.
This was the first time the Club had reached the 1st Round since the 1906/07 season, and they wouldn't reach this stage again for another 33 years.
Sgt G.T. James (a serving member of the RAF and an England Amateur International) scored City's only goal in a 1-5 defeat.

(L to R): W. Anstey (committee), Sgt G.T. James, George Arlett, Len Dibley, Tony Sinclair, Jack Guilfoyle (captain), Encil Simmonds, Reg Smith, Bert Lloyd, Alan Randall, Fred Arnold, Herbert 'Nipper' Jones and Bill Fathers (Trainer).

GWC Winners 1941

This newspaper clipping shows the team that won the Great Western Combination League in 1940-41 - the first season that the Club entered the competition.

1940 team

This undated picture shows a wartime City XI.  Judging by the players' names, and the Senior Cup at the front, it is almost certainly from the 1941-2 season when City were the unbeaten champions of the Great Western Combination, and 2-1 victors against Headington United in the OSC Final.

Back Row (L to R): N. Murphy, Phil Castell, Les Fox, Alf Jefferies, A. Lowe, F. Corner.
Middle Row (Players Only: L to R): Percy James, Gordon Longford, 'Nipper' Jones.
Front Row (L to R): Ralph Martin and N. Uzzell.

Les Fox, an Oxford University Blue, scored 90 goals for City in just 59 wartime matches; Alf Jefferies went on to play many game in goal after the War for Brentford; and Percy James won amateur caps for Wales and eventually coached and managed City successfully.


Another undated photograph, but possibly the 1948/49 Oxfordshire Benevolent Cup-winning side? Anyone able to add any information??
Back Row (L to R): Les Laitt (Trainer), Phil Castell, ?, Geoff Wyatt(??), ?, ?, ?, ?.
Seated (L to R): ?, ?, Alec Wanless, Percy James, ?, ?.
On Ground (L to R): 'Nipper' Jones, Ralph Martin.

1st XI 1947_8

The Oxford City XI and the Sparta (Rotterdam) XI before their match at the White House on September 8th 1948.
Aubrey Oakey - the City goalkeeper - and Percy James are the only readily identifiable players.
Percy James, Frank Avery, Peter Wheeler and Ralph Martin scored in a 4-2 win for the City.

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