As Oxford City Stars have chosen to delete this information from their own website, we at 482days feel it should not be brushed over. So for anyone interested, here are the details of Oxford City Stars only shirt retirement and the history behind it.
Oxford City Stars have retired only one shirt in their history. The number 11 shirt was retired in 1985 after the tragic and untimely death of forward Paul Linton who was fatally stabbed during a night out in London just after the Stars’ inaugural season. The 21 year old joined the club just 6 months before his death and although he played only 13 games for the club he was already a fans favourite.
Prior to joining the Stars he was a product of the Streatham junior development and still lived in Stockwell in South London at the time of his death. He was training to be a bus driver and had planned to move to Oxford as he was keen to stay with the club.
On the ice Linton was an aggressive player and had racked up 83 penalty minutes to go with his 5 goals and 13 assists. Off the ice, he was different though. Mark Weddell, assistant manager at the rink described him as ‘just the spark of life… his heart was in the right place.’ He is also quoted as saying ‘off the ice he was the leader of the band. After a match he was always the one to start the singing in the bar.’
Linton’s shirt was retired and the bar at Oxford ice rink was renamed the Linton Bar in his honour at the time.