What It Means: the place where the oxen cross the river. Headington, OUFC's original home, was Hedena's dun, the hill of Hedena.
Why It's There: a market town until the Normans built a castle and several monasteries, then the first university in the England in the 13th century. Home to Morris Motors, later British Leyland and now the BMW-owned Mini at Cowley.
Why They're There: founded as Headington in 1893, buy by a vicar and a doctor, not students and certainly not dons, and like Boro to keep cricketers fit in winter. Became Headington United in 1911 after merging with Headington Quarry, and didn't become Oxford United until 1960. Played in local and regional league until joining an expanded Southern League in 1949. After winning it twice in a row they replaced Accrington Stanley in the Football League in 1962.
When it all began: May 1967, Boro's first season in Division Three.
Local Heroes: Maurice Evans, John Aldridge, Billy Hamilton, Ron Atkinson (record appearances) and his brother Graham (record goalscorer), Gary Briggs and Malcolm Shotton (the Boam and Maddren of the Dreaming Spires), Joey Beauchamp, and Inspectors Morse and Lewis, who've done as much for tourism in 30 years as 300 years of Gothic college-building.
Local Villains: Swindon and Reading, and since they joined the League Wycombe; Robert Maxwell, who tried to amalgamate them with Reading as Thames Valley Royals and play in Didcot, resulting in three towns after his blood (like merging Boro and Sunderland and playing in Peterlee). And Liverpool - the Heysel ban meant they weren't allowed into the UEFA Cup after winning the League Cup in 1986.
High Point: winning the League Cup in 1986, in the first of three seasons in Division One; getting back into the League in 2010.
Low Point: going out of the League in 2006.
Boro Highs: 4-1 (May 1967 and May 1998), the biggest wins; 1-0 (March 1974), all three sealing promotion, the first two on the final day.
Boro Lows: 0-2 (August 1970); 0-1 (January 1985).
Hello to: George Smith (January 1969).
Goodbye to: Nigel Pearson and Craig Hignett (May 1998).
Boro Hero: John O'Rourke (May 1967) hat-trick in 4-1; David Mills, John Hickton, Craig Hignett and Alun Armstrong all scored twice against them once. And the 39,683 (and probably a whole lot more as no-one believed the official figure) who turned up in May 1967 and made what Ron Atkinson called the loudest noise he ever heard at any ground. His thoughts on the Bongo club after the game are sadly not recorded.
Boro Villain: Bob Kersey, chairman who called Boro traitors to the game after being beaten at home by Jack Charlton's side in 1973 (as just about everybody else was that season) and said everyone in football would hate them. Boro won the league by 15 points; Oxford survived by two in 18th. Unfortunately the London press spent the next five years doing the same thing, especially as Boring scanned with Boro much better than Breathtaking.
Boro Bogeyman: Simon Eastwood, with three Man of the Match awards for Blackburn against Boro, two because Jason Steele wasn't allowed to play against his parent club while on loan. Ominous quote from manager Michael Appleton: "We know they'll need to have an off-day and Simon Eastwood's going to have to play well."
Typical Boro: 0-2 (August 1970) Oxford had won one away match in the previous year. 0-1 (January 1985) Oxford hadn't won away for nearly five months. And it was New Year's Day, when Boro didn't win from 1959 to 2003.
Nearly Boro: Dean Windass was their record signing, £470,000 from Aberdeen in 1998. Tom Craddock is joint top scorer in a single game with four goals against Accrington in 2011 (and twice as many as his old teammates managed in two games); Produced both Robbie Mustoe and Dean Whitehead.
Near Boro: replaced Darlo when they returned to the League in 2010.
Football First: Gary Briggs' move from Boro to Oxford in 1978 was the first fee ever settled by a tribunal.
Cultural Contribution: Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile there in 1954; home to the Headington Shark, a 25-foot fibreglass shark sticking out of a house roof, installed the year they won the League Cup. Not a Robert Maxwell allegory, but an expression of despair. The man behind it was and still is a local radio presenter. Even Ali Brownlee never considered a 30-foot John Hickton looming over Linthorpe. Though some local radio presenters would certainly go for one of themselves.
Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating: quite apart from the 27 British Prime Ministers, 30+ international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners from the University, the dregs aren't bad either - Hugh Laurie, Dame Maggie Smith, Tim Henman, Emma Watson, Ronnie Barker, Walter Swinburn, Baroness PD James (definitely not to be confused with EL James, who would only end up in the Lords if she was looking to the private lives of some of its members for inspiration), and a very high Marmite factor with both Richard Branson and Timmy Mallett. If only Branson were a Geordie, that Trophy Virgins banner would get a regular airing at the Riverside.