The 12th Man is a venture led by fans of Oxford United to create a ring fenced transfer fund to be used to sign players, pay wages and bring in emergency loan signings. Through various fund raising initiatives, the 12th Man has already raised over £50,000.

Latest News from the fund:

12th Man is suspended

The 12th Man group have been informed by Oxford United that in future all fundraising activity on match days will be controlled by the club’s Yellow Army initiative, including the supporters’ bar and all unofficial merchandise.

This is clearly in response to the 12th Man group’s departure from the Yellow Army initiative. We are disappointed that differences of approach to fundraising are not tolerated within the Oxford United family and that there is no longer a place for independence of thought and action.

Accordingly we are suspending all 12th Man activity with immediate effect. We wish the Yellow Army well in its endeavours.

The 12th Man Fund currently contains £14,800 which is solely available to Oxford United to assist with the funding of new first team players.

Members of the 12th Man group would like to express our sincere thanks to every one of the thousands of Oxford United supporters who have helped the 12th Man in recent years whether by contributing ideas, expertise, time or by buying merchandise or participating in fundraising events. You have helped to raise over £57,000 for your football club, which is a record of which supporters can be truly proud.

Posted by on February 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Flag bearer – 3 available!

There are now just three flag bearer bookings available. They are

Burton Saturday 8th March

Cheltenham Tuesday 11th March 7:45pm

Hartlepool Friday 21st March 7:45pm

Please email Danny on flagbearer@ox12thman.org.uk to reserve or enquire.

See flag bearer page for further details.

Posted by on February 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Josh Ashby sponsorship announced

12th Man today issued the following statement:

12TH MAN ENDORSES OUFC CHAIRMAN’S YOUTH POLICY

The 12th Man group wholeheartedly endorses OUFC Chairman Ian Lenagan’s vision for the future of Oxford United Football Club and announces sponsorship of Josh Ashby’s away shirt. This follows a donation to the club from a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Substantial commitment to the behind the scenes infrastructure of sports science was never going to offer an instant result. After a relatively short period of time, however, supporters can see these investments beginning to bear fruit, as the club prepares for an exciting last third of the season.

Similarly, investment in youth under Ian Lenagan may not have an immediate impact on the first team, but is vital to the long term future of the club. Older fans will remember that one of the joys was the conveyor belt of local youngsters making progress through the age groups, youth system, and reserves to the first team.

Recently youth / development players Josh Ruffels, Tyrone Marsh, and Callum O’Dowda have made the transition to the 1st team squad and are beginning to become regular contributors as we push for automatic promotion.

The latest investment in our youth policy is seventeen year old midfielder Josh Ashby who recently signed a five year contract and has already appeared on the bench for the club in the FA Cup tie against Gateshead.

Trevor Lambert of the 12th Man said:

“We are proud today to announce the sponsorship of Josh’s away shirt and look forward to seeing him progress through the ranks. Such investment in the youth system is vital if we are to continue progressing as we have under Ian Lenagan’s chairmanship.”

As part of the sponsorship package the 12th Man will receive Josh’s shirt at the end of the season and an invitation to the end of season presentations. The 12th Man will be selling raffle tickets for this fantastic prize in the 12th Man Bar for the next few games.

Posted by on February 14th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Flag bearer packages available

The 12th Man flag bearer package is available for these five matches:

  • Mansfield Saturday 15th February (NEXT WEEK)
  • Burton Saturday 8th March
  • Cheltenham Tuesday 11th March 7:45pm
  • Hartlepool Saturday 22nd March
  • Fleetwood Saturday 5th April

 

In return for a donation of £50 to the 12th Man fund you get:

  • A full ‘behind the scenes’ stadium tour before the game, provided by the football club, for flag bearer and one accompanying family member or friend.
  • The flag bearer will be presented with a framed certificate to celebrate your big day.
  • The opportunity to meet players and manager during the tour, subject to their availability. The chance to take photos.
  • The flag bearer is taken pitchside 15 minutes before the kick off to lead out the team with the 12th Man flag. Centre circle photos will be taken by the official photographer and will be supplied.
  • The flag bearer’s name will be announced on the PA system and will be included in the match programme (unless booked after the copy deadline).

 

Note that the package does not include match tickets.

To enquire or to book please email Danny Johnston the organiser via flagbearer@ox12thman.org.uk .

Posted by on February 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
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An invitation

We’re looking to add to our 12th Man group and we warmly invite any U’s fan to join us and help with our aim of raising money to supplement the club’s playing budget for the first team.

You can help us in lots of ways according to your interests and skills: from helping on a match day in and around the 12th Man Bar, putting together plans for new events and products, coming up with great ideas, or helping us develop our website and our presence on social media.

If you have any specialised knowledge, whether it be PR, IT skills, event planning, which you can offer, please get in touch.

You’ll meet a friendly group of United fans and we can find a way for you to spend time helping us to help the club. The 12th Man has raised over £50,000 since its inception in 2009 including £7,000 so far this season and we want to grow that further.

If you’re interested please contact us by emailing info@ox12thman.org.uk – we look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by on February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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  • Total Raised

    Overall: £57,284

    To Club: £42,170

    Admin costs: £24

    In Fund: £15,090

    ( As at 5 March 2014)
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