Oxford University A.F.C.

Oxford University Association Football Club is an English football club representing the University of Oxford. It is affiliated to the Football Association as the Oxford University FA, and has representation on the FA Council equivalent to a County Football Association.[1][2]

Oxford University
Full nameOxford University Association Football Club
Founded9 November 1871; 152 years ago (1871-11-09)
GroundIffley Road Stadium,
Oxford, England
PresidentAustralia Madeleine Kowalenko
CaptainEngland Roza Bailey, Iona Bennett and Harry Way
LeagueBUCS MARS Midlands Division 1A
WebsiteClub website

Oxford University was one of the earliest winners of the FA Cup, having achieved it in 1874 after beating the Royal Engineers. The club currently plays in the BUCS Football League, the league system of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). In 2020, the club merged with Oxford University Women's Association Football Club (OUWAFC) to create one single entity.


Oxford University AFC before travelling to Austria 1899 . Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, seated, bottom right

Formed on 9 November 1871,[3] the club was a giant of the 1870s, winning the FA Cup 2–0 against Royal Engineers in 1874 and finishing the competition as runners-up in 1873, 1877 and 1880, the last year they competed.[4] The club merged with OUWAFC, the women's club, in 2020.[5]

The club left the Iffley Road rugby football ground, which it shared with Oxford University Rugby Football Club, in 1921 and moved to the nearby Iffley Road Stadium.[5]

The club Pegasus of the 1950s was formed from the Oxford and Cambridge University teams.[citation needed]

OUAFC has competed in the British University and College Sports (BUCS) leagues as well as contesting the annual Varsity Football Match against Cambridge University.

International players




Twenty-nine Oxford players were capped for England, including three of the team which took part in the first international match on 30 November 1872: Frederick Chappell, Arnold Kirke-Smith and Cuthbert Ottaway.[3]

The full list of England players (with the number of caps received while registered with Oxford University A.F.C.):[3][6]



The following six players were capped for Wales while registered with Oxford University A.F.C.:[7][6]



The following player was capped for Ireland while registered with Oxford University A.F.C.:[6]

  • J.V. Nolan-Whelan (4 caps)


The FA Cup winning side of 1874

See also



  1. ^ "The FA Handbook 2022/2023". thefa.com. 7 May 2023. Archived from the original on 7 May 2023. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Governance (OUAFC Constitution)". OUAFC. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Oxford University AFC Profile". England Football Online. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ Oxford University at the Football Club History Database
  5. ^ a b "History of OUAFC". Oxford University AFC. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Weir, Colin (1998). The History of Oxford University Association Football Club 1872-1998. Yore Publications. p. 159. ISBN 1-874427-82-8.
  7. ^ Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.