Date: 7th April 2021 at 9:00am
Written by:

Wednesday, April 7, 1982 – the day that Oxford United recorded a 5-0 thumping over rivals Swindon Town at the Manor Ground – their biggest ever victory over the Robins.

The win was just the fourth in 28 attempts for the U’s and the first success over their rivals since 1973.

David Fogg opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Malcolm Shotton added a second before the break. Substitute Andy Thomas added a third before Southampton loanee George Lawrence scored a fourth with a diving header. Peter Foley netted a fifth to round off the win in front of over 7,000 supporters at The Manor.

The win was the fifth game in a 12-game unbeaten run in Division Three. However, U’s lost their final four league games, including a 3-2 defeat at the County Ground, and ended the season in fifth, seven points behind third placed Fulham.

The U’s next win over their rivals came ten years later and also produced five goals for the home side as Oxford ran out 5-3 winners in another classic encounter between the two teams.