OXFORD CITY FC & Community Arena

OXFORD CITY FC & Community Arena

City Head North

By Robert Padbury, 26th May 2012

Oxford City will play in the Blue Square Bet North next season following a meeting of the Football Association’s Leagues Committee yesterday.

The club had been hoping to be placed in the south division, but were forced into the north after Kettering Town resigned due to financial problems.

That allowed Maidenhead to be reinstated and means Mike Ford’s side face some lengthy trips when the season kicks-off in August.

Their schedule will take them as far north as Workington in Cumbria, a mammoth round trip of 544 miles, while Brackley Town and Gloucester City will count as their shortest away days.

The greater travelling distance will have financial implications on City, who won promotion after winning the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-offs earlier this month.

Secretary John Sheppard commented: “Our preference was clearly for the south division, but it was not to be.

“It's disappointing, but we will just get on with it.”

Blue Square Bet North line-up:

Bishop’s Stortford
Boston United
Brackley Tn
Bradford Park Avenue
Colwyn Bay
Corby Town
FC Halifax Town
Gainsborough Trinity
Gloucester City
Harrogate Town
Hinckley United
Oxford City
Stalybridge Celtic
Vauxhall Motors
Worcester City