Les Phillips and Jeremy Charles, who both starred in Oxford's magnificent Milk Cup final victory at Wembley, have agreed to sign 100 limited edition photos that will be sold for the fund. The iconic image, released from the Daily Mirror's photo archive exclusively for the 12th Man Fund, depicts the duo celebrating reaching the 1986 cup final, sharing a joke and some bubbly in the Manor Ground's dressing room. It is a wonderful photo that captures the buoyant mood that everyone at Oxford enjoyed during the glory years of the 80's.
Both players will sign the first ten photos on the pitch at the Kassam stadium before Oxford's Blue Square Premier match verus Altrincham on 31st October. The photos will then be available to purchase after the game.
Les and Jeremy scored the goals that saw United beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the tense semi final second leg at home after a 2-2 draw in the first leg. Midfield dynamo Les opened the scoring in the second half after driving home a headed knock down from John Aldridge following a fantastic pass by Trevor Hebberd. Welsh international Jeremy increased the lead with a goal from close range and went on to score the third goal in Oxford's 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the final.
The former players were delighted to help the 12th Man Fund by agreeing to be the first Oxford legends to take part in an special series of limited edition photos that will be produced.
Jeremy said: "I am happy to help this great project, it's an absolute pleasure. The 12th Man Fund is doing well and hopefully this will help raise even more money. It is a credit to the Oxford fans who have always been magnificent and always supported the club so well."
He added: "I had a great three years playing for Oxford before my injury, during that time we won the Division Two title and then the Milk Cup it was a fantastic time. We had a magnificent group of players on and off the pitch and I loved my time there. Chris Wilder and the team are on a great run and hopefully they can keep it going and get Oxford back in the football league."
It is estimated the first phase of the 12th Man signed limited edition iconic photos will make well over 1,000 pounds profit for the fund. The unique product will make a fantastic memento for United fans. Only 100 will be available and will be sold on a first come first served basis - so early birds will get one of the ten photos signed on the pitch. Each image, printed on the finest quality Fuji film photographic paper, is individually numbered.
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The 10x8" limited edition black and white print signed by both players costs 20 pounds. A mounted and framed limited edition print is 45 pounds. Prints will be available for cash payment and collection after the Altrincham game in the Exhibition Bar. Deposits of ten pounds will be taken for fans who want a framed version - which will be ready for collection at the following home game.
Oxford fan and Mirror journalist Greig Box Turnbull, who came up with the scheme said: "When the Mirror launched its football website this season and released wonderful old archive photos I hit on the idea and thankfully the paper was happy to help.
"It's absolutely fantastic that former players are so happy to help the fund and give up their time to do so, it really shows how much affection they have for the club and the fans.
"The limited edition photos are a great piece of Oxford history and hopefully will help towards the club's future too."
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