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Tuesday 31st August 2004
What a great 1st away win of the season and for Graham Rix since he took over the reigns last season, hard fought and well deserved, they should all be proud of themselves.
More later....

Bradders Penalty

Away end from the home end

Happy Graham Rix after the game
Sunday 29th August 2004

Mooney heads against Shrewsbury to make it 2-0
So now 2 wins and a draw in the first 3 home league games for Graham Rix this season, I thought that Loanee Jamie hand was superb on his debut and Tom Winters was also superb when he came on to replace Danny Brown at half time, Chris Tardif was his usually great self and basically the whole did superbly, Lee Bradbury got his first league goal for the club on 3 minutes, rounding the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net, then Tommy  Mooney got his 3rd league goal for the club in the 2nd half to finish the scoring, though Shrewsbury had a chance to get a goal back but hit their penalty against the woodwork and the U's cleared the rebound, great result on a day that looked like starting off badly with 3 players stuck in motorway traffic along with the 4th official, 2 of the players arrived onto the pitch 15 mins before kick off and the other  10 mins before, lucky really as there looked like no hope of them arriving in time, but all turned out well.
Property of Darrell Fisher
2004-2005 Oxford United Team Photo minus Tommy Mooney and Barry Quinn

Friday 27th August 2004
Yesterday was the clubs official photo shoot, all the players were their apart from Tommy Mooney and Barry Quinn, Mooney had prior arrangements and Quinn is still unable to drive with his injury, but this shot shows them all having a laugh at Jefferson Louis expense, Louis has today gone out on loan to Gravesend and Northfleet and teams up again with his old pal Manny Omoyinmi.
This photo is the property of Darrell Fisher, please do not use without his say so.

Oxford face League 2 new boys Shrewsbury Town at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow with the new lad  lending a hand in the middle, Jamie Hand has joined on  months loan from Watford and will go straight into the team.



Thursday 26th August 2004
The U's lost 2-0 to local rivals Reading last night in the carling cup, we were matching them all over the park until they scored, then we seemed to drift wider apart and they then always looked like getting a 2nd, they were good on the break and looked very dangerous, we didn't and that needs looking at pretty soon, 2 games now without a goal and still only 2 in 5 games thanks to last nights man of the match Tommy Mooney, so we need to look a lot sharper up front.
Met Ray Wilkins in the press area last night, another photo opportunity with a legend.

More later with pictures

Tuesday 24th August 2004
The U's go into tomorrows game against Reading with a few headaches, who to play in the place of Dave Mackay, Barry Quinn and Chris Hackett, it will more than likely be, Danny Brown, Terry Parker and Lee Molyneaux, but whoever it is will have their work cut out against our Thames valley rivals.
More later.


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unday 22nd August 2004
Oxford got their 1st point away from home under Graham Rix at Leyton Orient yesterday, thanks mainly to the heroics of Keeper Chris Tardif, he pulled off some amazing saves again, but none better than the one that secured the point towards the end of the game when it looked like a certain goal, he really had no right to get to the ball but thankfully he did, Oxford could have been 2 or 3 down by half time but for lacklustre finishing and the heroics of Tardif, Ex United Striker Andy Scott hit the bar with a header from 10 yards out and another ex United Striker Lee Steele scuffed in front of goal when it was harder to miss, Steele did the same in the 2nd half when the goal was there for the kill, only to dither with the ball and allow Jon Ashton to get back and deny him shooting into an empty net.

Oxford though ended the game with a lot of Injuries, Chris Hackett came out worst after a challenge with Andy Scott, Hackett went down holding his knee as the Picture shows.


Dave Mackay pulled up with what seemed to look like his hamstring and then Barry Quinn was carried off on a stretcher after trying to scupper another goal scoring chance, He limped out of the ground on crutches and could be out for a while, though you are looking at weeks rather than months, like with Hackett who they think could be out for around 10-20 days, with Mackay it might not be so serious.

Away from the injuries though Oxford finished the game with 4 strikers on the park but could only muster a shot on goal late on from Basham's shot, that just missing the post by a whisker, the U's had no one delivering blistering crosses into the box, Robinson didn't get forward as much as usual, Wolleaston  played down the left in front of him and the left side of the park got congested at time preventing either  getting the ball over, when they did they were cleared before any danger, Great point, though we need to start picking up the 3 away from home.
Leyton Orient fans in the Coach and Horses after the game were disappointed that they didn't get all 3 points and the Oxford fans in their with them made quite a few friends, showing how football fans should be behaving after matches that don't go their way, The U's fans got right behind the players again and you would have thought there was a 1000 in the Matchroom at the time, not 400, all we need now is them all to get behind the team when they entertain Reading in the Carling Cup 1st round at the kassam Stadium on Wednesday night, kick off 7.45pm.


Friday 20th August 2004
I heard from Andy Scott this morning, he is looking forward to the game and seeing a lot of friendly faces again, he still has a lot of friends at the club, though there are not many that are on the field as personnel has changed a  bit in that department, Oxford won't have the 500 fans there that were allocated unless they were sold late in the day, I think it was just the fact that with so few tickets on sale and how much of a nightmare it will be to get there for some they are just staying away, We do have Reading on Wednesday night at home in the Carling Cup and with Notts County and Wycombe away in the coming weeks some are finding the squeeze in the wallet.

Happy Birthday Tomorrow to Gareth"GAB" Davis who will be celebrating his 33rd birthday in London for the Leyton Orient game, Hope Oxford get all the points for you mate and If I see you in the big smoke I will buy you a birthday drink.
Can't say fairer than that.
 
Oxford Have moved their Home match against Darlington scheduled for Saturday 9th October 2004 to the Sunday (10th October) due to England playing Wales on the Saturday in a world cup qualifier.

Wednesday 18th August 2004
The Reses drew 2-2 yesterday afternoon with the MK Dons Reses, Oxford were  2-0 down with 10 minutes to go until youngster Tom Winters hit a reply and then Steve Basham the equaliser to continue the fighting spirit of the team, never say die action is what we need and that can only rub off throughout the team.
We will need more of the same on Saturday as we travel to the capital to face The Orient Express, Lee Steele and Andy Scott, they are both in fine form and will be gunning for the U's to prove they were wrong to let them go, will let you know Andy Scott's thoughts before Friday.

Quiz night went well(ish) on Monday night at the Priory, Myself, Mish, Boyo and Bob did not come last again, so well done to all that did....Some of the questions were confusing and some were wrong all together, some were that easy they confused u, like" which team  won the League Cup but after winning it they have never played in the competition again since?"(Answers on an email please), good night was had by all, Martin Brodetsky's team won the competition and the OUFC team of Chris Williams and friends came a distant 2nd, I won the last raffle prize which was a Tommy Mooney Latex Skinhead.................Great.

Something for you all to put on your Dartboards-Picture of a Ex Scummer who visited the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Paul Bodin in the press area, now let me find my darts........

Sunday 15th August 2004
Oxford made it 4 points from their first 2 home games of the season with a hard fought draw at home to Andy Crosby's Scunthorpe 1-1, Going behind in the 1st half to a well taken goal from 9 Paul Hayes, the U's fired back in the 2nd half when Tommy Mooney blasted home a free kick just outside the area to the joys of the 4,920 fans in the ground, not the biggest, but they made some noise again, just 393 from Scunthorpe.

Mooney smacks home the Equaliser


Mooney runs off to celebrate with the South Stand fans


Saturday 14th August 2004

Crosby tossing in the wind at Mansfield last season
Oxford today welcome back last season's skipper Andy Crosby as his Scunthorpe team visit the Kastad for the first Saturday home game of the new season.
Molyneaux to the rescue
Lee Molyneaux is expected to replace the suspended Leo Roget today and Molyneaux could be replaced on the bench by Danny Brown or Jefferson Louis.
Scunthorpe who are top of the league at present have one of the best strike forces in the division, but ours is better, lets hope that Mooney and Bradbury can keep their good bonding going and that Bradbury can finally break his duck in the league.

I have made the Kemp out poster and have it on hold for the Stoke City fans should they need it in a few months time, sorry i meant weeks time......Good luck Stoke you will need it, Kemp OUT!! after he signed to be their assistant manager to Tony Pulis.


Friday 13th August 2004
Be careful in what you do today.
News on tomorrows match later, but we will be without Leo Roget after his sending off on Wednesday against the stags.

Ox Vox are holding another quiz night on Monday at the Priory near the Kassam Stadium, all are welcome, it kicks off at 7.30pm.

Thursday 12th August 2004
Oxford got the vital 3 points in their 1st home league two game of the season last night, Tommy Mooney getting the only goal of the game in the first half, In the 2nd half Leo Roget was sent off on his home debut, later in the game the Stags then went down to 10 men, but the U's always looked like winning the match, even against 11.
More later....

Tuesday 10th August 2004
Oxford will entertain Mansfield at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow night and that only means one thing, yes the return of Scott McNiven, after just 1 game for the Stags he returns to play against his old team and one certain fan will be pleased about that.      

Scott Guyett will be out for a while after he had an operation on a torn cartlidge, He will almost certainly miss the game against Oxford in September, he is devastated about that.


Sunday 8th August 2004

918 U's fans at Boston yesterday during the 1-0 defeat to the start of the season

Friday 6th August 2004
Chester City today parted company with Manager Mark Wright and his assistant, though the reasons why were left to the imagination, they both left for Non Football reasons, Meaning the Wrighty could well have been up to his old tricks again...

Boston our opponents tomorrow have required the services of another Ex Oxford player Courtney (
Cess) Pitt, So our defence might be breathing a sigh of relief now..lol.


1 Day to go, been a long time coming around, but the football season is just hours away, the new look U's taking on Boston United who look like having Gazza in the team to face us if he is passed fit after being ill this week, Oxford should start with the team that began against Bournemouth last week, but Jon Ashton will probably get there on time to start ahead of Lee Molyneaux.
More News on the game later.

Feast your eyes on my dream team for the coming season below:-
GOALKEEPER
J Lehmann ARS 5.5m
DEFENDERS
A Cole ARS 5.0m
G Neville MUN 4.6m
P Ferreira CHE 4.4m
O Bernard NEW 3.9m
MIDFIELDERS
F Lampard CHE 5.4m
F Ljungberg ARS 4.6m
N Butt MID 3.7m
STRIKERS
T Henry ARS 10.0m
A Cole FUL 6.0m
M Kezman CHE 6.8m

Mooneys Hotshots is the team name.


Thursday 5th August 2004

Well just 2 days before the start of the new footy season  now, with the U's taking on Boston United at York Street, No Derek Lilley as stated before as he left the club without playing a game to go back to Livingston after his family could not settle  in the area, But Gazza is looking like he could win his battle to be fit to face the U's.
For Oxford though Dave Woozley will miss the start of the campaign, meaning that Jon Ashton will partner Leo Roget at the back providing that Ashton himself can prove his fitness.
other than that there is no other injury worries going into the game.

Oxford's allocation of tickets for Leyton Orient sold well yesterday and will probably sell out today, so get in early, ring the club on 01865 337533 to book yours or get down there early.

Monday night's presentation evening went well, Peter Osgood was the guest speaker, Matt Robinson winning the Players player of the year award and Simon Cox winning the young player of the year award, though Coxy was not present for family reasons, Julian Alsop was not their because his wife was having a baby.



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Dermot and his crew in the tunnel.

Officials and players enter the field

Players do the toss up before the game

Officials line up before game

Bradbury gets shoved in the back whilst headering the ball

Dave Mackay takes a shot at the Cherries

Roget is about to get the boot, in the face.

Mooney grabs the equaliser.........