Oxford United Stars F.C.

Oxford United Stars Football Club is a Northern Ireland football club, founded in 1937, based in Derry. It currently competes in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League. They are known as the U2's in reference to Oxford United's nickname 'The U's'. The club graduated to the second division of the Irish League after competing in local amateur leagues, including the Derry and District League, which the reserve team, Oxford United, now plays in.

Oxford United Stars
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Full nameOxford United Stars Football Club
Nickname(s)Oxford Stars
Founded1967
GroundSwilly Stadium
Capacity1200
ChairmanNoel Crampsey
ManagerEmmet McLaughlin
LeagueNorthern Ireland Intermediate League

HistoryEdit

Oxford United Stars was formed in 1968 initially as a youth football team to compete in underage football competitions. The club achieved great success at this level and developed a highly successful youth academy which led to a steady stream of young footballers graduating through their ranks. The club then entered the junior football ranks through competed in competitions under the auspices of Irish Football Association. Oxford United Stars played in North West Saturday Morning League under the auspices of the Irish Football Association and in all the major summer cup competitions throughout the north west of Ireland with great success winning all the major honours.[citation needed] In 1976 the club applied for senior status and were elected to the newly formed Northern Ireland Intermediate League in 1978. Oxford United Stars have established a very successful youth structure, through which many successful players have progressed through their ranks.[citation needed]

Club coloursEdit

In 1965 the club adopted the black and blue strips, similar to that of Inter Milan. These colours remain synonymous with Oxford United.

League statusEdit

Oxford United Stars entered the IFA Intermediate League in 2004, but failed to obtain a place in the IFA Championship which replaced that league in 2008. Instead, the club competed in the IFA Interim League during 2008–09. It failed again to gain a place in the Championship in 2009 and dropped back to the Northern Ireland Intermediate League in which it had played prior to 2004. The reserve team competes in the Derry and District League Premier Division and the most senior youth team competes in the First Division of the Sunday Morning League.

HonoursEdit

Intermediate honoursEdit

Youth honoursEdit

Under 9 Tobermore Cup: 2009

Under 10

  • Derry & District League Championship: 2010
  • North West League Champions: 2007–08
  • Derry & District Cup Winners: 2007
  • Glen Cup Winners: 2007, 2008, 2010
  • McAuley Cup Winners: 2008
  • St Patricks Day Cup Winners: 2008
  • NW&CDYL Plate Winners: 2009
  • Andrew Aiken Cup Winners: 2009, 2011
  • Green Island Friendship Shield Winners: 2016

Under 11

  • Derry & District Youth League Champions: 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Derry & District League Cup Winners: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Derry & District Cup Winners: 2008, 2009, 2012
  • NW&CDYL Champions: 2008–09
  • NW&CDYL Cup Winners: 2008–09
  • Peter McGowan Memorial: 2008
  • Tobermore Cup: 2007, 2008
  • Andrew Aiken Cup Winners: 2009
  • Andrew Aiken Plate Winners: 2010
  • Derry & District Team of the Year: 2009
  • North West Sports Team Of The Year: 2009

Under 12

  • Derry & District League Champions: 2008, 2009
  • North West League Champions: 2007–08
  • NW&CDYL League Champions: 2008–09
  • NW&CDYL Cup Winners: 2008–09
  • St Patricks Day Cup: 2008
  • Glen Cup Winners: 2008, 2009
  • Andrew Aiken Cup Winners: 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Andrew Plate winners: 2009
  • National League Plate Winners: 2010
  • Northwest Invitational Cup: 2011

Under 13

  • International Tournament Scotland Cup: 2009
  • Tobermore Cup: 2009
  • Derry & District League Championship: 2009
  • Umbro Galway Cup Runners Up: 2010
  • Derry and District League Cup: 2011
  • NIBFA Cup Runners-Up: 2012
  • National League Cup Winners: 2012

Under 14

  • North West Invitational Cup: 2010
  • Derry & District League Championship: 2010
  • NIBFA Cup Winners: 2012
  • Northern Ireland Cup Winners, 2012
  • Foyle Shield Winners: 2012
  • NIBFA National League Cup Winners: 2013

Under 15

  • Derry & District Cup Winners: 2011
  • Derry & District Cup Winners: 2014

Under 16

  • Derry & District League Championship: 2012, 2013
  • Derry & District League Cup: 2013, 2013
  • Derry & District Cup: 2012, 2013

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   NIR Sean McNeil
DF   NIR Kevin Roddy
DF   NIR Adam Clarke
DF   NIR Conor Loughrey
DF   NIR Kevin Deehan
DF   NIR Owen McGarrigle
DF   NIR Michael McCann
MF   NIR Seamus Quinn
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   NIR Dean Boyle
MF   NIR Ryan Cleere
MF   NIR Brian Rainey
MF   NIR Conor Loughrey

Notable former playersEdit