We are frequently asked how it is decided whether to include programmes as First XI, Reserves, U23, U18 etc.
A lot of pre-season friendlies, county cups, and other matches often include players from different sections of the club, and so specific definitions can be blurred.
The view has been taken that where a programme specifies the Oxford United team being represented, then that is the category used. Where the programme is unspecific as to which team is playing, and there is no evidence to the contrary (such as other fixtures on the same date, or information on the club website), the highest ranked side is assumed to have played, in the following order:
First XI, Reserves, ‘A’ team, U18
Since the introduction of the academy, the order is:
First XI, U23, U18