A FOOTBALL kit is an essential part of every club's identity. 

Home kits are usually traditional and the away kits are always spruced up with more experimental colours and designs. 

Over the years, Oxford United has had some pretty whacky designs. 

Some of the home kits have been very popular, others were not so much. 

 

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Here are a few of the kits that have stood out:

1976/77 

Banbury Cake:

 

The 1976 kits were only slightly different from the year before with a yellow trim the full length down the blue shorts and a slightly larger Umbro logo. 

Banbury Cake:

1985/86 

Banbury Cake:

Oxford had quite a yellow look this year, with shades of custard and sunshine with adark navy trims. Oxford Kits bosses said the shirt design was 'very similar' to Scotland's away shirt. 

They added: "The alrternative yellow shorts and socks were bright yellow and didn't match the pale yellow shirts particularly well." 

1989/90 

Banbury Cake:

The V-necks were swapped with a rounded collar and the badges were made ower on the chest. 

After several months without a sponsor, Chairman Kevin Maxwell put his Pergamon Press company back onto the yellow's shirts. 

Banbury Cake:

1993/4 

Banbury Cake:

This was the kit to mark the clubs centenary (both as Headington and Oxford United). 

Banbury Cake:

1995/6 

This was the year after the club started overseeing the production of their own football kits under the brand name of 'Manor Leisure'. 

Banbury Cake:

The shirts featured the massive United logo, team colours and branded bull socks. 

2000/1

Banbury Cake:

New Balance produced this kit for the club's last season on Manor Ground which has been descirbed as 'unusual and unpopular' by fans. 

Oxford Kits said: "The shirts were a metallic brass colour with tiny blue specs throughout, giving a rather dirty, muddy green appearance, particularly under floodlights." 

2005/6 

Banbury Cake:

 

2010/11 

Banbury Cake:

This kit has been dubbed a 'radical change' but the navy and yellow Nike striped shirt is very similar to the kit in 1975-77.

 2013/14 

Banbury Cake:

This was the final season of Nike supplying the kits. 

Apparently, the choice of yellow shirts was limited so the club opted for a plain gold design. 

2015/16 

Banbury Cake:

This kit marked the 30th anniversary of Oxford United winning a League Cup. 

Oxford kits said: "Initially, the club said that he classic Minoan Ox Head badge was to feature for just this anniversary season. However, an opinion poll showed overwhelming support to re-instated the simple Minoan Ox as the clubs official badge." 

2016/17

Banbury Cake:

This kit was designed after a social media campaign to scout the favourite former kit. 

The pinstripes and V-neck collar are a twist on the 80's shirts and the sleeves were the same as the 94-95 seasons. 

2020/21 

Banbury Cake:

If you're a U's fan tell us which kit, home or away, you rank as the club's worst ever...

All the pictures are from Oxford Kits which is looking for old football programmes that feature action shots of players wearing old kits. 

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