It is with immense sadness that the club announces the passing of long-time serving Club Secretary and Life Vice President, John Shepperd, over the weekend.
Anyone who attended an Oxford City home match over the past 50 years will likely have come across ‘Shep’, who served the club in many different positions over that time span. It was 1971 when he first joined the management committee, before he became club secretary in 1974, a position he held until he stepped down in July 2017, at age 82. He would still regularly be seen at games, supporting the team in his Life Vice President role.
His association with the club goes beyond this as well, attending his first game at aged 8 before he moved on to play in the youth ranks, as well as for the reserve sides.
Shep’s work at the club certainly didn’t go unrecognised, as he was honoured by both UEFA and the FA for his achievements with the club. In 2004 he was one of only five people in the country to be awarded a UEFA Golden Jubilee Award Diploma which recognised the part played in European football over the past 50 years by people who had dedicated their lives to the sport.
Nine years later, he was one of 149 volunteers from the world of Non-League football to be presented a medal by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, for his efforts in promoting the game at grass-roots level, as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary.
Finally, in 2016 he was recognised once again by the FA as he was awarded a medal for long service to the game, marking the 50th anniversary of Shep’s involvement at the club.
We will be holding a minute’s silence in memory of Shep at our opening game of the season on Saturday afternoon against Concord Rangers.
The thoughts of everyone at Oxford City are with John’s family and friends at this time.
Shep pictured below receiving his award from the Duke of Cambridge