Welcome to the Oxley United Football Club History web-page. This web-page provides a brief historical account of Oxley United's history. The club will be publishing a far more substantial document during 2013.
Oxley United Football Club is either the oldest, or at the very least one of the oldest football clubs in the Football Brisbane Association. A number of clubs can claim some connection to previous incarnations that were formed before 1912, but in Oxley's case, we have been able to build a documented history based on Brisbane football magazine articles, newspaper clippings and articles, and diary notes written by the Oxley Football Club founder William Gunthorpe, which trace an unbroken history dating back to 1912.
The evidence uncovered in our research reveals that the Oxley Football Club was formed in 1912 when a number of local Oxley lads erected some posts and started to have a kick about to fill in time.
In 1913 Oxley entered a side in the Brisbane Football Association. The first Oxley playing fields were at Dunlop's Paddock which was located near where the Oxley Bunnings warehouse is on Blunder Road today. The club played at Dunlop's Paddock until 1927 before it moved on to Lucock's Paddock, which was located on Englefield Road, Oxley, where it played up until 1934. The club then played out of Cawonea Park on Oxley Station Road up until 1953, before moving to Graceville Oval where it played until 1955. In 1956, Oxley United moved in to its current home ground of Dunlop Park.
The first mention that is found in Brisbane newspaper records regarding the Oxley Football Club was in the Brisbane Courier on the 20th of June 1918 reporting that an Oxley side would be playing Wallabies at Oxley.
There are many mentions of the Oxley Football club during the 1920s when the Oxley 'Ramblers' fielded a strong junior side. The First Grade juniors played in the Pike Cup final of 1928 losing out 4-0 to Latrobe. In 1929 the team went one better winning the first grade premiership. A photo of the 1929 First Grade Premiership winning side can be found in the pictures section of the web-site.
In the season of 1930 the Oxley 'Ramblers' fielded a senior side in the breakaway Ipswich and West Moreton competition, where the side was suspended for disciplinary reasons. For the years between 1931 and 1934 there is no references to Oxley senior teams in the Brisbane Courier newspapers, but there are a number of references to junior teams during the period, as well as articles reporting on fundraising dance and card nights run by the Oxley 'Ramblers' Football Club members.
Now referred to as Oxley United, the seniors rose to prominence again in the Ipswich and West Moreton competition in 1936 and the Brisbane competition in 1937 and 1938. In 1938 the side was led by Australian centre forward Cec Brittain and ran third in the first division competition.
During the war years there are few references to the Oxley United Football Club, but once the war was completed, the senior side once again started to shine. In 1946 Oxley United won the B Senior competition and was promoted back to the Brisbane first division for the 1947 season. The club was relegated after one season and did not win its way back to the Brisbane first division until it won its second B Senior title in 1953.
The Oxley United club then played first division football continuously from 1954 until 1970. During that period the club had its best season in 1958 when it won the triple crown which was the first division premiership and the Tristram and Hilton Shields. It followed up its success from 1958 by winning the inaugural Ampol Cup in 1959. It also qualified for the Australian Club Championship of 1962 when it was placed 3rd in the Brisbane premiership competition. The sides from this period contained one Australian representative in goal keeper Brian Topfer, as well as a number of Brisbane and Queensland representatives including Len Jones, Jerry Murray and Eddie Hillier.
During the remainder of the 1960s the side remained in the top flight and whilst at times did not challenge for premiership or cup honours, it still contained some representative players and coaches including Raggs Tatters, Bill Haig and Brian Tristram. The side was relegated in 1970 but won the second division premiership in 1971, bouncing straight back to the first division for the 1972 season. During the period from 1972 to 1974 the side played in the first division and had one Queensland representative in Paul Yuell in its ranks.
From 1975 through to 1989, the club's top side fluctuated from the second division to the fourth division. The club won the third division grand final in 1983 and the fourth division premiership in 1989. The club also had a premiership winning women's fourth division team in 1978.
During the 1990s the club began to struggle on the park at senior level, by 1999 though, the club's junior ranks began to swell and the club began to improve its facilities with the construction of new dressing rooms and installation of improved lighting. At this point, the club's top team fortunes also began to turn.
In 2000, both the first team and reserves were placed in the top four at seasons end, and in 2001 the top side ran third and gained promotion to the Premier 2 competition for the 2002 season.
The club maintained its Premier 2 status until 2005 and was relegated to the Metro 1 competition in 2006. The club then picked up its first senior men's trophy in 19 years when the first team won the Metro Cup in the 2008 season. In 2009 the side had a great year running 2nd in the Metro 1 competition and winning promotion back to the Premier 2 competition. In 2010 the side ran 11th, hanging on to to its Premier 2 status. At the same time, the Oxley women won their 4th division grand final, the first trophy for the womens side of the club in 32 years.
In the season of 2011 the Oxley first team started the season well winning the Queensland Times QT Cup. Proving the result wasn't a fluke, the first team went on to qualify for the Premier 2 finals series, with the reserves team also qualifying for the finals series. For the senior side of the club, it was Oxley's best season in a long time and proved the club was moving in the right direction.
In 2012, Oxley United's centenary season, the Senior Mens side of the Club again put on a credible performance with the first team finishing just outside of the top four and the reserves qualifying for the finals series. Unfortunately the reserves were not able to make the grand final, losing to undefeated premiers Bayside in their semi final. For the Ladies, the Division 2 side won the premiership, the best result for the Ladies side of the club since 1978 and Oxley's first senior premiership since the Men's fourth Division in 1989. The Ladies missed out on the premiership-grand final winning double, but winning promotion to Division 1 for the 2013 season was a sweet reward for a great effort!
In 2013 all sides hope to build on a successful 2012 season and continue to forge the grand old club forward for the next generation of Oxley United footballers to enjoy.