News Page Checkout
for free online games|
Friday 31st December 2004
Oxford United today announced that Ramon Diaz has made his first
signing since he arrived at the club, Doudou who was reportedly on trial
yesterday has actually signed because he didn't need international clearance
as first thought, So he has signed in time to play against Wycombe tomorrow,
details of Doudou can be found below.
The Club will be holding a minutes silence out of respect for all the people
that sadly lost their lives in the earth quake in Tsunami, there will also
be a collection, please give generously to a cause that has shocked the
world and has cause catastrophic destruction to Millions of lives.
Also today many have been killed in a night club fire in Buenos Aries, 125
people are reportedly dead in the tragedy, Buenos Aries being the home of
the current management at Oxford United, our thoughts go out to the people
of their country.
On this last day of 2004, why not make the most of the boo boo that
the bookies have made again, Craig Davies is still 12-1 to score the first
goal against Wycombe tomorrow at the Kassam Stadium, so why not go on to
Oxford Bet online and have a quid or more, Davies and 3-1 to Oxford will get
you 165-1, Mooney and 3-1 will get you 70-1, Roget to score at any time is
14-1, just a few of the odds on tomorrows game,
click here to
take a look.
Thursday 30th December 2004
Oxford United have taken 24 year old Winger Doudou on trial, Doudou played
for QPR from 2001 and made 50 appearances for the blue and whites, Doudou is
from the CONGO, Doudou is about the same stature as Manny Omoyinmi, he is
the first of many and there may even be more announced today.
Date of birth
Rep of Congo
5(3 as Sub) appearances and 1 Goals
25 (26 as Sub) Appearances and 3 Goals
Appearances Not Known
Courtesy of Soccerbase.com
Wednesday 29th December 2004
Great Article in the telegraph and online today, click this link to see it.
Ramon Diaz tasted defeat for the first time in England yesterday as the
U's went down 2-0 at Home for the last game of the Year 2004, Bottom of the
league Kidderminster Harrier came to the Kassam Stadium with a lot more get
up and go than the United team and had they been a little more potent in
front of the goal might have won by more, Oxford had a number of chances in
the first half to get on the score sheet but they were just shooting under
pressure most of the time and the shots were nothing to worry Danby in the
Kiddy goal, To go in 1-0 down at the break took the stuffing out of the boys
and that showed when the U's fans turned on them midway through the 2nd
half, they missed Tommy Mooney who was suspended and he watched the game
from the Press area with Malcolm Crosby and a host of old Scum Players, Paul
Bodin, Nicky Hammond and Alan McDonald, a huge amount of cars were
leaving the car park with 20 minutes to go and the 5,947 fans in the ground
was down by a huge amount by the time the final whistle went, with only 292
from Kidderminster it was a good turn out by the U's fans for the last game
of the year, But It was a very bad way to end the year on the pitch and
after the game Ramon Diaz apologised to the fans, saying" Our display was
not good enough-All it has shown me is that we need new players and sooner
rather than later, we struggle to play 2 games within 48 hours of each
other", United had the new players training out on the pitch after the game
and there is a possibility that there will be 6!
coming in, Reportedly to be a French goal keeper and at least 1 Defender, 1
Midfielder and 1 striker, there is no reports of what the other 2 players
positions are, one of the players is believed to be Ramon Diaz's son
Chairman and Manager watch in frustration During the game yesterday
Monday 27th December 2004
Some Pictures from Rushden yesterday-Click this link
Oxford took just the point from lowly Rivals Rushden yesterday at Nene
Park, but they should really have come away with all 3, Going 1-0 up after
good work from Jamie Brooks down the left putting a great cross in to Chris
Hackett almost on the edge of the 6 yard box to slot past the keeper, the
younger generation of the team working well together, with Craig Davies
lively up front and Bradie Clarke making some fine saves in goal it looked
like the boys were going to win us the match alone, but after going 1 up the
U's could not hang on to the lead and Clarke was beaten at his near post,
The Nene Park Tannoy announcer getting their own goal scorer wrong was our
only consolation in that situation, but the U's came back just before the
break to go in at Halftime 2-1, Bradbury who had worked well in the middle
was rewarded for his efforts, his shot from just inside of the area went
through the packed area and beat the keeper to the delight of the 1490
Oxford fans packed in like sardines behind the goal, So Oxford won the 1st
half, Rushden won the 2nd half though, they equalised and then went into the
lead, again the goals seemed soft and many will say that the keeper should
have taken them, but you can't really blame young Bradie, he still had an
exceptional game, but not as good as he previous 2, in the end it was the
hard working Davies that earned the U's a point, evading 2 challenges to
clip the ball past the young Rushden keeper to send the U's fans berserk
behind the goal yet again!, not long after that Tommy Mooney was sent off
for getting his 2nd yellow, the first was ludicrous after being stitched up
by the very selfish SAMBROOK, He has to be the most unsporting player I have
seen this season, He was off the field after getting injured and after the
referee allowed play to continue dragged himself back on to the pitch just
over the line so that the referee had to stop play, this was right in front
of the U's fans and they were baying for his blood, Rushden's physio was
already near the goal approaching him when he made his disgraceful move, his
actions should have been looked at in the same way as other players provoke
crowd trouble, because it's actions like his that ruin great games, this was
one, Sambrook was booed when he re-entered the field and then substituted to
the delight of the U's fans, but Rushden nearly had the last laugh as they
scored what looked like the winner to them, but the Assistant by the
scoreboard corner had his flag up for off side, then Oxford had the chance
to win the game up the other end but bad finishing kept the scores level, at
least the U's continued their run of 3 games without defeat and kept
the Ramon Diaz camp happy, them and the River plate travellers that had come
all the way from Argentina to watch this match, Fair play to them and we
thank you for your support.
In McDonalds on the way home between Rushden and Northampton we met a load
of Scum fans who as Scum fans go looked evil on first impressions, but came
over and sat near the 4 of us and proceeded to chat like they had known us
all our lives, they certainly took us by surprise and left the other 3 U's
fans with me totally shocked at their approach to us, talking openly about
Oxford and Sw****n, as we sat there finishing our food they said
farewell and as they walked out of the door they picked up the huge Ronald
McDonald in the lobby and carried it through the doors into the car park
where they proceeded to give him a severe beating as we sat there laughing
our heads off.
So after the result at Rushden and Diamonds and then the hilarious
confrontation's in McKee D we made the short journey home.
Another great day in the Ramon Diaz travelling Army, now for 2 games on the
bounce at home after 2 away.
Saturday 25th December 2004
Merry Christmas to you all, Hope you all have a great day today and
follow it up with an even greater day tomorrow after Oxford have won at
Rushden and Diamonds, we will beat the both of them.
So Julian Alsop has travelled again, leaving Northampton after his short
spell since leaving Oxford, 2 months ago, He has joined up with Jefferson
Louis at Forest Green Rovers, so He is closer to home now.
Alsop in Action Against Huddersfield last season
Friday 24th December 2004
Oxford look like signing a new Goalkeeper in the near future, He is
French and so is the other player that has been training with the club all
week with him, Bruno Rodriguez is a top player in France, but the club think
he is out of their price range, which is a shame as he would have put bums
Thursday 23rd December 2004
Good luck to Jim Smith who has been appointed as Harry Redknapp's number
2 at Southampton, Smith who was top of the fans wanted list for the managers
job here joins up to make the team who were at Pompey.
But Gordon Strachan has turned down the chance to do the same and join
pompey, saying the time isn't right.
Sunday 19th December 2004
Friday night's anywhere are not ideal for a 1st away game in charge of
Oxford United, but for the Argentine management this was the baptism of
fire, or should I say frozenness, before the match they sat in the dugout
wondering what they were doing there, with David Oldfield doing the jumping
up and down they must have been frozen to the spot at half time, but
whatever they said to the players at half time when they prized their lips
apart did the trick as the boys produced one of their best 2nd half
performances of the season-barring Chester, Seems like an age to the next
game now on Boxing day at local Rivals Rushden and Diamonds, just hope that
all the 200 U's fans that went to Grimsby on Friday tell the other 1000 that
follow them to Rushden a week today just what they missed, the spirited
fight back from the Oxford team and the magnificent support from the fans
made it a very happy Christmas for everyone connected with the club, made
our journey back all the better, how many times have we said that two games
on a trot?.......Next Sunday we will.
Translator (wearing Neil Sullivan's coat)-Horacio Rodriguez and Paulo on the
The Magnificent 200 at Grim Grimsby
Saturday 18th December 2004
Oxford got a great draw at Grrrrrimsby last night, yes it was very cold,
I was told that it was -3 with a wind chill factor of -9, it felt like that
at pitch level, at half time I wondered whether or not to leave the warmth
of the press room but its a good job I did, with Mooney Scoring for the U's
to cancel out Grimsby who scored in the 1st half after a slip up in defence,
but the players showed great bouncebackability to take home a point for
Christmas and to send the 200 travelling fans from Oxford home happy, they
were superb and after the game David Oldfield and Matt Robinson were full of
praise for them, to come all this way on a Friday night with Christmas
looming they got behind the boys all night and they were a credit to the
Mooney is mobbed
This Pratt was reportedly one of three to streak
but the others chickened out, I thought I was cold!!!!.
Friday 17th December 2004
Just off to Grimsby, Billy Beechers has been added to the squad that is
travelling today, Jon Ashton is still suspended and Mark E'beyer is out with
a stomach injury, hope the roller coaster Ramon Diaz is on will continue to
gain momentum as we stride up the table starting with a win tonight.
Wednesday 15th December 2004
Oxford prepare for the long trip to Grimsby on Friday for a match
that will bring Ramon Diaz and his team from Argentina right back down
to earth after the great win over Cambridge in their first game at the club,
A Friday night match is hardly the first away game you would want in charge,
but in cold Grrrrimsby is a Cruel baptism on their travels.
Grimsby have missed out on signing Gary Birch from Walsall so might be
lacking power up front against the U's on Friday.
More team news tomorrow.
Yesterday's national press had stories of the League managers
association not happy about Oxford appointing Ramon Diaz and his team, they
wanted Oxford to appoint Chris Turner or Steve McMahon, Firoz Kassam
is the chairman of Oxford United, he can appoint who he likes as manager and
he will, he has and there is anything any of them can do about it, as for
appointing a former scum manager, forget it, the crowds are low enough in
league two without him making them lower.
Monday 13th December 2004
After the match on Saturday we managed to round up 5 of the new team at
the Kassam Stadium for a group photo, 2 were missing as they were still with
the players, but these were happy to pose for the picture.
Ramon Diaz is the only foreign Manager in the football league now after
the Cambridge manager got the sack after their defeat at Oxford, Herve
Renard who was at the Swansea game on Wednesday watching the U's had his
translator with him that night and speaks little if any English, that was
the Main reason that he didn't get any motivation out of his players, Things
will be different at the Kassam Stadium though as we have coaches that speak
English that can get there views over to the players, unlike the French
speaking management at Cambridge, Ramon has plenty around him to translate
and even try and teach him the basics of English, So within time He will be
able to say more than OK and OK...hehehe.
Thought for the day:-after Oxford's Christmas was nearly spoilt by Easter on
Saturday, we just hope that there won't be anyone called Christmas to spoil
our Easter when it comes round next year.
Sunday 12th December 2004
So what a week it has been for the City of Oxford, 1st Oxford beat
Cambridge in the Egg chasing at Twickers, then Oxford United welcome their
New Management Team from Argentina and 2 days later we beat Cambridge
at Football too, I bet yesterday's game at the Kassam Stadium was an
education for them all, Many changes to the starting line up, Noticeably
Jamie Brooks making his first start for over 2 and a half years, what a
sight to behold and he didn't disappoint either, Jamie is Back...
Craig Davies started up front with Tommy Mooney and they both got on the
score sheet, Bradie Clarke replaced Chris Tardif in goal and made a fine
display between the sticks, as debuts go they were all awesome, Chris
Hackett frightened Cambridge down the wings and both goals were produced by
him, So this win proved just how good our youth policy is and there is
plenty more to come through aswell.
1st half display was by far the best we have seen this season, 2nd half
display was very rugged, that seemed to appear when we took off the lively
Davies, then again when Mooney went off, Oxford should have kept a clean
sheet, but a mistake at the other end of the field resulted in Cambridge
getting a goal back, by then though the game should have been well and truly
Before the game I somehow managed to get the honour of Showing Ramon Diaz
and his Friend to the Directors box level, from the tunnel area as they
looked totally lost, Obviously I welcomed him to the club IN SPANISH and
asked him for a Fotographi, he Smiled and said Very good!, So like a cat
that got the cream it was a quick pose before kick off.
After the game I met some more of his associates when they done the press
conference.....IN ITALIAN just to fool us all.
Then it was off to Bowlplex for the Annual Oxford United Website boys
outing, Master Bowler Daz, Chris Williams and Julian Hitchman, Ok Chris beat
us at Crazy golf, even beat me at air hockey, but he met his match at
Bowling, though the 2nd game I just just went easy on them:-)
Though I gave them a 60!!!! Point head start the scores ended as below:-
2nd game Jules won
Couldn't give them a whipping in both game..
More Pictures later
Friday 10th December 2004
This website is changing a few items after Oxford appointed its
Argentinean manager and coaches on Thursday, unio' nosotros nos paramos(United
We Stand) will try and be a Spanish friendly website to try and help Oxford
fans who know absolutely no Spanish-just in case they bump in to the new
United we stand would like to say bienvenido a Ramon Diaz -(Welcome
to Ramon Diaz).
Thursday 9th December 2004
Oxford United today revealed who was to be their new manager, he is
Argentine Ramon Diaz and has brought with him a completely new back room
staff line-up, though Darren Patterson will work alongside him and Graham
Rix is still expected to be director of football, what happens to the other
staff like the physio and Dr is in the hands of the chairman, they are
likely to be kept on, Diaz who managed River Plate and Monaco will be
bringing in his own Dr and physio along with him, he also turned down QPR a
while ago and is friend of a friend of Firoz Kassam's, along with Diaz come
2 translators as Ramon does not speak much if any English, but his
appointment has shock not just English football but the footballing world.
On the field there was more misery last night as Oxford went down 1-0 to
Swansea at the Kassam stadium, Jon Ashton was show the red card after
receiving his 2nd yellow, the referee didn't realise that he had already
booked Ashton or he would probably not have booked him, he waved the yellow
at him and walked off, then turned to show him the red(below).
The cruel twist happened 1 minute later, from the free kick awarded Swansea
scored as Oxford were still coming to terms with losing a man, that was on
61 minutes, though Oxford had chances to pull back, but with bad finishing
and a few great save from the keeper, especially from a Jamie Brooks shot
that looked destined for the goal, Brooksy received a huge ovation again
when he came on midway through the 2nd period, but none of the front men
could break them down.
Joey Beauchamp enters the Directors Box
Lee Bradbury approaches Ex U's Player Sam Ricketts
Ricketts and Bradbury tussle for the ball
Jon Ashton is shown the red card
Myself, Timmy Mallett and Peter (Steward)
Wednesday 8th December 2004
Speculation has been rife today about who will be the New Oxford United
Manager, The Oxford Mail have said that Chris Turner will be manager with
Colin West as his Number 2, Rumours from the south of the country, state
that Jim Smith had turned down Harry Redknapp at St Mary's to take over at
Oxford, then the other rumour was that Mickey Adams was driven to a meeting
with Firoz Kassam and told his taxi driver that he thought he had got the
Who ever it is we need to know pretty soon, If Darren Patterson isn't
getting the job he will be told tonight after the game when he has a meeting
with the chairman.
On the field tonight for the visit of Swansea it should be the same as for
the Chester game, unless those players that missed the training match
haven't passed their fitness tests.
Monday 6th December 2004
Well Oxford can start to think about the league again this week after
having a good rest whilst being out of the FA Cup, Rochdale who they lost to
beat Stevenage with the help of Andy Woodman getting sent off for a
professional foul late on, eventually finishing 2-0, Dale now have an away
trip to Charlton in the 3rd round.
I went to Hereford vs Boston on Saturday at Edgar Street and was thoroughly
entertained by that match, well worth the £10 entrance fee, still the same
old run down ground, but a very good family atmosphere in the home end
behind the goal with the scoreboard in it, we were made welcome wearing our
Oxford United coats, though the Boston fans looked twice at us..( Me and
Whilst we were at Hereford we were getting updates from all over the country
from U's fans far and wide at other grounds, Amanda, Gab and John at Great
Wakering Rovers!, Laurence at Bideford!, Womble at Villa, Mr Williams at
Thame!!!, Michelle and friend plus Daniel at Banbury, the list goes on....
all nutcases and all of us just mad for a game of football, though some
madder than others I'm afraid...lol.
The Oxford team did manage to get one game in the weekend, on Friday they
played an in house match between 2 Oxford XI's, Oxford won, the other lost
Just managed to get in a request for what Christmas present to buy Peter
Rhodes Brown on Saturday on the Radio Oxford morning show, texting in that
he should be bought a laughing box, especially after that evening at
Rochdale last month when he just could not stop....Well done Rosie, you
always put a smile on our faces even after we have lost, top man.
Thursday 2nd December 2004
Apologies about this site, my server had problems the weekend and it seems
that everything apart from this page has got back dated to February, I will
try to sort out the links as soon as possible.
Oxford are still no nearer to installing a new manager, Darren Patterson
looks like getting the nod to continue as Caretaker and to prove to the
Chairman that he deserves the job full time, he deserves the chance and is
respected by all at the club, though one duo that I would like to see is Jim
Magilton working as Patterson's number 2 as Player coach, not Magilton
as manager as last quoted, Magilton back would get bums on seats for sure
and he would love to come back.