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Reece Fleet: Oxford City's first addition to the '400 club' for half a century.

Reece Fleet reaches a huge milestone during a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to AFC Fylde. 

Although the result was hard to take as it confirmed City’s relegation from the Vanarama National League, it was a day to remember for Reece Fleet who captained the side in his 400th appearance for the club. 

He becomes just the 6th player in the club’s history to reach such a milestone and is closing in on Ron Goodison’s total of 431 appearances in the years 1950-1966. 

Above Fleet and Goodison sit only 4 players who have also reached such a milestone in their Oxford City careers: Frank Draper (492), Eric Metcalfe (535), Tony Bricknell (542) and John Woodley (917). 

Despite these big names, Fleet is the first player in 50 years to reach the 400 mark. 

The no.8 first joined City in 2011 on a free transfer from Birmingham City, where he had risen through the ranks, and played in the Southern League Premier with the Hoops. 28 appearances for City this season began his tally for the club, contributing to the mass of appearances that he has built up over two spells. 

Despite this transfer, he only played at City for a season before moving North, where he played at Solihull Moors for 3 years. During this time he faced City several times and even scored against them, before rejoining the Hoops in 2015 where he remains in his 9th successive season. 

Being the longest-serving player in the current squad, the midfielder had a huge impact on City’s history-making season last year, scoring the first goal in the Promotion Final against St. Albans in May 2023. 

He also made a total of 2,306 completed passes in the 2022/23 league campaign, the most passes completed by any player in the league that season, showing the extent of his influence in midfield. 

The match against AFC Fylde marked his 34th appearance of the season for the Hoops, having scored 2 goals for his side. 

He has since made his 401st appearance as he led his side to their first National League win in over 2 months, with a 24th-minute Josh Parker goal being the difference between the Hoops and Wealdstone FC on March 29th.

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