Varsity football match

The Varsity football match between the football clubs of Oxford University and Cambridge University is one of the oldest regular fixtures in world football, having been played every year since 1873 (with a breaks for the First and Second World Wars).

The first Varsity match resulted in a 1-0 victory for Oxford, with England international Robert Vidal scoring the only goal. The match is traditionally played at a neutral venue and was first played at Wembley in 1953. In 1965, Bobby Robson managed the Oxford team to a 3-1 victory at Wembley. In 2012, Cambridge won the 128th Varsity match on penalties, after the match ended 2-2.

Those who compete in the Varsity match receive the much sought-after Full Blue in addition to playing a part in the history of one of football’s longest-running rivalries.