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Current crest: 2001-07
Ox head in shield: 96-2001
Ox head: 79-96
Round 70s badge: 72-79
Ox side view in shield: 60s


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Headington United badges

     
1949
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1950s
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Oxford United badges
1960s
(colours are estimated)
1972-79
used in various colour varieties
1979-1996
used in numerous badges with various wording
1993-94 1996-2001 2001-10
Also with wording underneath in 2010 Wembley play-off final
 
1960s The programme for the home match v Wellington, on 3 Sept 1960, had the following to say in editor Vic Couling's "Club Notes" comments:

"There were in the region of sixty entries for the competition to devise a Club badge, some of them very artistic and neatly executed, but the one submitted by Mr. S.E.V. Clarke, of 19 Fernhill Road, Cowley, was eventually chosen.  Congratulations, Mr. Clarke, and your thought of a background "H" to always remind us of "Headington", had much to do with the selection.  Our thanks are extended to all the entrants for the painstaking efforts taken to produce some really fine designs, and it would be a matter of extreme interest if it was possible to ascertain the aggregate number of hours spent in devising all the entries."

This badge was never actually worn on the players' shirts.

 
72-79 This was the first badge that was actually used on an Oxford United shirt, and also the first to incorporate an image of an ox head.
 
79-96 The ox head logo was designed by Desmond Morris, the well known zoologist & author, and a former Director of OUFC.  "When the board asked me to design a new emblem in 1978 I replaced the old bull with a simple, powerful bull's head with a fiercely determined expression that was charging straight at you. The simplicity of the design meant that, not only could it easily be copied by fans, but it also showed up clearly at a distance, even when worn as a badge on the player's kit. Other clubs often have badges that are so complicated that you have be be very close to them to see the details and I wanted to avoid that."

This badge was used for almost 20 seasons, along with various combinations of wording.

 
93-94

This badge was used to mark the Centenary season of the club, on home shirts only.  It was a forerunner of the badge design of 1996, having the Ox head over a stylised ford, and placed within a shield.

 
96-2001 For this badge the ox head was placed inside a shield, once again over the image of a ford, and used with, and without, wording inside the shield.
 
2001-11 The current club crest was designed by an employee of the club and has been used since the move to the new stadium.
 
 
Badges as used on various shirts
Headington United
       
1949-51 1952-54        
 
1970s
       
  73-74 home 75-76 home      
 
1980s
   
  82-84 home 84-85 home 85-86 home   88-89 home
     
    84-85 'away' 85-86 'away' 88-89 'away'  
 
1990s
 
  91-93 home 93-94 home 94-96 home 96-98 home 98-2000 home
 
  93-94 'away' 94-95 'away' 95-96 'away' 97-99 'away' 99-2001 'away'
 

2000s

 
2000-01 home 2000-01 home (2) 2001-03 home 2004-06 'away'   2010 Wembley play-off
 

2010s

         
2011 pre-season tour to US          

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