5 Memorable Matches Between the Imps and Oxford

Lincoln 1-1 Oxford 1983


Hobson v Oxford

We’ve done plenty on the parallels between 1982/83 here already, but this game is one that really does have a place in the present. Malcolm Johnson covered it superbly here, but the crux of the game was this. Oxford had started the 82/83 season well and fallen away, much as we did albeit a few months later. This clash saw both with little to play for, although Oxford were fighting off the Robert Maxwell-inspired notion of a merger with reading, to create the Thames Valley Royals. In the dugout, that afternoon was Jim Smith, the former Imps player.

City lined up David Felgate, David Carr, Gordon Simmonite, Stuart Hibberd, Trevor Peake, Steve Thompson, Marshall Burke, Ernie Moss, Gordon Hobson, Derek Bell and George Shipley with young Gary Strodder replacing Burke. Oxford, who would win the Milk Cup a couple of years later, included future Imp Trevor Hebberd in their lineup.

Shipley v Oxford

In Malcolm’s article, he writes of the game:

City got off to a good start following a corner with three minutes gone when Oxford’s Mick Vinter headed the ball into his own net under pressure from Ernie Moss. But after that, with City’s midfield “woefully inadequate” as Maurice Burton put it in his Sports Echo report, Oxford were the better side for most of the match

Felgate was beaten when he saved a close-range shot by Malcolm Shotton following a corner, but with him unable to hold onto the ball it fell for George Lawrence to volley into the net. The goalkeeper was then helpless when a “shocking” back pass by David Carr left him stranded only for Oxford striker Andy Thomas to miss an open goal.

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