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 goes national!

The story so far for 12th Man receives some fantastic national exposure today with a feature on the Mirror Football site authored by journalist and OxVox member and 12th Man supporter Greig Box Turnbull.

The feature relates how the fund came about, describes the progress to date which has seen funds raised to sign Jamie Cook, giving the comments of Jamie himself, manager Chris Wilder and club chairman Kelvin Thomas, and takes a look to the future.

Speaking of the future, we are delighted to say we have a project backed by the Mirror in the offing, which will provide another boost to the fund – news about this soon!

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Jamie Cook comes home!

Jamie Cook is the first player to be signed with financial support from the 12th Man scheme, following his deadline day transfer today on a 2-year deal from our BSP rivals Crawley Town.

OxVox and the other fans’ organisations and groups are very pleased that the fund has been instrumental in securing Jamie’s transfer, and we look forward to seeing him scoring for the Us in weeks to come.

Jamie is pictured at the stadium today with the 12th Man flag, in a picture taken between the showers.

The following statement was released earlier this evening, with input from Tim Rosser on behalf of 12th Man:

Jamie Cook has come back to The U’s after nine seasons away, with the fans helping to bring him home through their Twelfth Man scheme.

Originally a trainee with The U’s Jamie made 77 appearances and scored seven times before joining Boston United, where his goals helped The Pilgrims win the Conference and a place in the Football League. Spells at Stevenage Borough, Bath City, Witney and Rushden and Diamonds followed before a successful move to Crawley Town where he has scored 32 goals in 68 starts (including three against The U’s).

Able to play up front or on either flank, Jamie gives Chris Wilder plenty of attacking options and is likely to feature for the first time when United travel to Ebbsfleet on Saturday.

The signing has been possible thanks to the Twelfth Man initiative. This has seen supporters rally round the supporters’ organisations who have raised funds together and been instrumental in bringing Jamie back to his home town club. Chairman Kelvin Thomas said:

“The signing couldn’t have been a better one to show what the fans and the Twelfth Man movement can achieve. Jamie is one of the top players in this league and is also part of the United support himself: he used to stand on the London Road terrace and support the club at the Manor. Jamie has also taken a pay cut to come here and that shows his commitment.

“He is a perfect representative of what the Twelfth Man was intended to achieve.

“It is great to use the fund early. It shows the fans that there is something behind this initiative and for it to be Jamie is a win for all of us.”

Tim Rosser, spokesman for the 12th Man Fund, said:

“The 12th Man Fund are delighted to have contributed to Jamie’s signing. He is a talented player with local roots who will add additional flair and creativity to our squad. We’d like to thank all the Oxford United supporters who have contributed to the fund to date and who have made this signing possible.

“We’d originally envisaged that we would only be in a position to assist Kelvin and Chris with squad strengthening in the January transfer window but thanks to the fantastic early response of our fan-base to our various fund raising ventures we are able to donate a sum to the club immediately.

“The 12th Man fund will continue to grow over the coming months and some exciting further projects are planned. We encourage fans to continue to raise funds so we can aid the club to sign players of a similar calibre in the future.

Welcome back, Jamie and come on you Yellows!”

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Badges on Saturday!

There’ll be more badges for sale on Saturday in the concourses, the downstairs bar and in the Priory before we take on Stevenage. We’ll try and cover as many areas as we can so it should be tough to leave the ground without having been asked for a couple of quid for a badge.

Watch out for the yellow buckets which the badge sellers will be carrying, or wearing on their heads, or something.

If all goes according to plan there will be prizes for a couple of people photographed in the crowd wearing their badges too!

We’ll have an update on funds in the account early next week.

Posted by on August 20th, 2009 | No Comments »
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12th Man Beer – We’ll drink to that!

The OLD BOG Brewery will have a new YELLOW beer making its home debut at this years Headington Beer Festival (4th,5th & 6th September @ The Masons Arms) called The 12th man.

All profits on the sale of this beer will go to the 12th man fund. We hope as many of our fans will be able to get their hands on this new 12th Man tipple.

Pop down to the Masons Arms where you’ll be sure to get a friendly welcome by some loyal Oxford United supporters.

12th Man obviously promotes sensible drinking.


Posted by on August 17th, 2009 | No Comments »
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12th Man Flag Bearer

One of the ideas behind the 12th Man Initiative is to bring the supporters, club, and team closer together. This week, the 12th Man Initiative, with the kind cooperation of the Club, launches another opportunity for a special and unique experience at Oxford United.

We are delighted to be able to offer the chance to become the 12th Man Flag Bearer for the day.

At every home league or cup fixture this season, one lucky individual will lead the Us’ squad out to the pitch, carrying the new 12th Man Flag – as designed, produced, and donated by a big supporter of the 12th Man Initiative, OxKits.

One supporter will be able to sample the atmosphere by the tunnel as the crowd build up to kick-off, before leading the team out as the 12th Man, the representative of us the supporters.
As the supporters’ representative, bearing the 12th Man flag, you can help build the atmosphere in the ground to create a positive atmosphere, and spur the Us on to another important victory. The 12th Man will be present with the Captains and Referee during the coin toss, before official photographs are taken to record the occasion.

In addition, you’ll have an official tour of the stadium before the match and be able to take to the field with the 12th Man flag to generate a positive atmosphere in the lead-up to bringing the teams out.

This experience will cost just £50.00 as we want all fans to be able to have the opportunity to have this experience. But with a minimum of 22 home league games remaining this is a limited opportunity.

All proceeds will go into the 12th Man fund and matches are allocated on a first-come first served basis: so what are you waiting for?

To reserve your place please email!

Posted by on August 12th, 2009 | No Comments »
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  • Total Raised

    Overall: £57,624

    To Club: £57,600

    Admin costs: £24


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