Since the Yellow Army has been active we have worked on a number of fantastic projects that have benefited a wide range of people and organisations in our county.
Landmark achievements include raising more than £5,000 to buy United legend Dave Langan’s Milk Cup and League Two winners medals. The medals are now on display at the stadium as a lasting legacy to Dave’s contribution to our club and the money generously raised by United supporters went towards helping Dave buy a mobile home.
Dave was the special guest at the Yellow Army launch party which took place at United’s training ground after a home match. Fans mingled with players past and present, plus club officials, and enjoyed a BBQ and disco together. The highlight of the event was a six-aside tournament which fans entered and pitted their wits against Oxford United’s Women’s team plus a team of club legends including Alan Judge, Joey Beauchamp, Chris Allen, Rosie, Jamie Brooks, Andy Melville and Mickey Lewis. The party was a great success and it was fantastic to see the club really United, with former and current players, the youth team, women’s team, club staff and fans all enjoying an evening together as part of the Yellow Army.
The Yellow Army worked closely with our club to transform the South Stand exhibition bar into a supporters’ bar last summer. It saw the area kitted out with Oxford United wall friezes and more tables and chairs introduced. A club legend takes part in a Q&A before every home game and the man of the match award presentation takes place in the bar. A lager bar, club shop table and Yellow Army merchandise stall have also been introduced.
More than £2,800 was raised for the Oxford United Youth and Community Trust and local hospice the Helen and Douglas House following the Yellow Army Big Walk which saw fans, club legends and club staff walk 12 miles to a home match from four different parts of the county.
While the Yellow Army formed a special relationship with the county’s ice hockey team, the Oxford City Stars, under the banner Oxfordshire United. The partnership has seen the Yellow Army attend Stars matches and members of the Stars have been invited to United matches.
Alongside our major events the Yellow Army has worked to improve the match-day atmosphere. Highlights to date have included the big away days at Mansfield and Dagenham and flag days at home matches. And the Yellow Army is proud to have worked in conjunction with our club to introduce a singing section in the East Stand for the 2014/15 season called Yellow Noise and thanks the club for listening and working with us on this project. It should be a major step forward in the Yellow Army’s goal of improving the match-day atmosphere
The Yellow Army is committed to growing in the right direction, shoulder to shoulder with United fans and our club. Together we can continue to make progress.