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Monday 28th February 2005
This week will be a busy week for 2 OUFC side, on Tuesday the OUFC River Plate team play their first league game after last weeks match was postponed because of snow on the all weather pitch, We still played the game against the team and beat them 11-3, but will have to do it for Real in a few weeks time, Tomorrow's kick off time is approx 8.30pm at Brookes University Wheatley Campus, The game should be on but as I type this heavy snow is coming down so who knows.
Oxford United play in their Oxfordshire Senior Cup match at Court Place Farm on Wednesday night, kick off for the Quarter Final against Carterton Town at Oxford City's Home is 7.30pm, United are likely to included anyone that didn't play at Cambridge on Saturday, So probably the Diaz Boys Emiliano and Michael, Wanny, Parker and Maybe Cox if he passes a fitness test.
Sunday 27th February 2005
Pictures from Yesterday's match at Cambridge are in the February Pictures pages or by clicking this link.
Oxford failed to catch the playoff chasing teams yesterday when they went down 2-1 at lowly Cambridge, that after being 1-0 up at the break when Steve Basham-who was starting in place of Craig Davies-latched on to a mistake from the Cambridge keeper and then cut in from the right and shot past the helpless Ruddy with his left foot from the edge of the area, that was in the 1st minute of added time and was a shock ending to a very dismal 1st half which saw the Real U's lose top striker Tommy Mooney with a badly cut head, he had to have stitches and the injury was too severe to re-enter the field, he was replaced by Craig Davies who looked lively in the 2nd half, but kept the ball too much.
Yet again with the U's it was bad mistakes that lost us the game and with the scores level at 1 each going into the 3 minutes of added time at the end you could see the U's snatching it again, but all the play in them final minutes were at the wrong end and with the U's giving away silly free kicks constantly in front of their own goal they had to pay the heavy price, yet the U's missed chance after chance in the 2nd half after the dismal 2 shots on target in the 1st, Davies, Raponi, Roget and Woozley all guilty of missing the net when it was harder to miss.
At the end it was delight for Cambridge and judging by the reaction at the final whistle it was like they had won the league let alone a game, Horacio Rodriguez just shrugged it off with calmed disappointment and looked forward to the next game.
Ruddy the Cambridge keeper then incensed the U's fans behind his goal by what looked like a gesture with his hand after they had given him stick all afternoon as he left his goal at the end, not the best thing to do after you have won and with a police unit watching closely in the corner of the ground, Complaints were made, but that will be the end of it and Oxford fans will again get a bad reputation for nothing! all 846 of them in the 3,765 Crowd.
Ref gets touchy Feely as he enters the Tunnel Yesterday!!.
Saturday 26th February 2005
Oxford will be without the suspended Mateo Corbo and Matt Robinson for the Varsity match at the Abbey Stadium today, the Sun is shining and the snow has gone so game on, Leo Roget should be the instant replacement for Corbo and Lee Molyneaux will probably come in for Robbo, Robbo will be a big loss and he has come to the end of being the only ever present this season in the 36 game run.
Paul Wanless will be on the bench for the visit to his old club, he could be inline to come on as keeper if Simon Cox fails a fitness test.
Wanny at Cambridge in 2002
Away seating at Cambridge today
Friday 25th February 2005
Oxford have had clearance to sign Amine Karam, He is a 21 year old French Striker and is a highly rated young forward who can play up front or out wide.
He won't play at Cambridge but will feature in the Reserve side on Wednesday night when they play Carterton at Court Place Farm in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup Quarter Finals, kick off 7.30pm
Thursday 24th February 2005
Mark Rawle has finally left the club after agreeing to join Kidderminster Harriers until the end of the season, it was against the Harriers at Aggborough that Rawle scored his first of the few magical goals he scored for Oxford, we all wish him luck at his new club, Mark is a nice quiet lad and the last time I spoke to him he was a little aggrieved that he hadn't been given a chance under the new management.
Wednesday 23rd February 2005
Oxford's game with Macclesfield tonight was postponed this morning after the snow the previous night had frozen on certain area's of the pitch, the game will now take place on Wednesday 6th April kick off 7.45pm, tickets for the original match will be valid for the new date.
Monday 21st February 2005
There are a few Pictures from Cheltenham on this link,
more will appear later.
Sunday 20th February 2005
Oxford got back to winning ways yesterday with a last gasp 1-0 win at Cheltenham, Tommy Mooney kept his head to nod home in the 90th minute to secure the points and send the 1,400 U's fans into total mayhem, though it could have been different had the Robins not hit the bar 6 times in what was an extremely exciting game, Juan Pablo Raponi was outstanding on his debut and certainly had the United fans going home singing his praises, He is going to be hot property.
Juan Pablo Raponi before the game
Tommy Mooney salutes the U's fans as the others celebrate
More report and Pictures later
Saturday 19th February 2005
Oxford take on Cheltenham in the Cotswold Derby today at Whaddon Road, Oxford have sold all their allocation for this match so the support will be good, just a shame that the Away end behind the goal isn't covered, well all of it anyway as that little stand has a roof, but with the seating full on the side of the pitch there should be great backing.
Emilano Diaz will be in the squad, as will Juan Pablo Raponi who should start the match and will be the new free kick taker.
Pictures and report later.
Thursday 17th February 2005
Oxford today made 2 huge signings, Firstly they signed Youngster Craig Davies on a contract until the end of next season after huge interest from a host of other clubs and then this afternoon the news that we have been waiting for for a few weeks, Juan Pablo Raponi has finally got his International Clearance to allow him to play, he will be on loan from River Plate until the end of the season.
Raponi will play at Cheltenham on Saturday after he has been training with his new team mates and getting adjusted to the english way of playing Football.
Wednesday 16th February 2005
Please view the Picture of the 5 a side Team playing in the League at Wheatley on Tuesday nights, OUFC River Plate, Named in honour of Ramon Diaz and his band of Argentine backroom staff and Contains a Team full of Oxford United Fans, Including Left to right Back Row:- Assistant Manager Darrell (Ramon Daz) Fisher, Manager Graham Butler, Kieran Kenny and Laurence Reade, Front Row:- Lewis Horward, Liam Fisher, Jason Edens and Sam Lydon.
As you can see we are not the fittest bunch in the world, we are not planning on taking the league by storm just to enjoy ourselves, Oxford United have kindly lent us the kit for the Season and in return the team will be making a donation to the Charity of their choice, So everyone's a winner, So if you see me looking tired at Cheltenham on Saturday it's because I haven't recovered from Training yet.
Will keep you updated on our progress, starting next Tuesday at Wheatley Campus (Brookes University) at 8pm if anyone would like to go along and support the U's.
Tuesday 15th February 2005
Oxford today released a press statement saying that Midfielder Mark E'Beyer will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks after He had an operation last week after being told he had testicular cancer.
We would all like to wish Mark a speedy recovery, he is a very nice lad, very quiet and very polite and well liked by all at the club, Mark has only started 7 games for the club since his arrival during the summer, but will be a player for the future.
We wish Mark a speedy recovery.
Sunday 13th February 2005
A few Pictures from Yesterday have been added to the picture pages, more will appear later.
Saturday 12th February 2005
2nd defeat on the bounce now for Ramon Diaz and his Argentine management team, though 50% of the blame can be aimed at the diabolical officiating, the other 50 at the shocking defending for the goals, In treacherous conditions it was hard to keep the ball on the deck for most of the match, but it was the same for both teams, it suited the Cobblers more than us because it was their style of play, playing the ball over the top.
Tommy Mooney did well to get on the end of the through ball that foiled all the Cobblers defender and left him with a tap in, Cobblers thought it should not have been allowed as there was an infringement before hand, handbags were flying from their dugout and one of their coaches was sent to the stands after getting pretty heated with the stewards, Oxford should have had a penalty when Craig Davies was upended by their keeper, Davies got up thinking he had won a penalty only to get the yellow card for diving, then not long after that Mooney got 2 knees in his back as he was about to rise for the ball in the penalty area, the Referee turned away just as the infringement began, which happen a lot, the ref only saw what he wanted to see.
Slack defending in the 2nd half lost the U's the game, some of the blame must be laid before the keeper, being off his line too early at times, but Tardif made a couple of good saves too.
Oxford could have got back level late on when they hit the bar 3 times before the ball was parried over by the keeper for a corner, but the Cobblers held on for a vital away win and left the U's still hunting for their first win in February, that after Ramon Diaz got Manager of the Month for January!!!!!.
Friday 11th February 2005
Oxford should be unchanged tomorrow when Northampton come to Town to face the U's, Billy Beechers who did well in the reserves should also keep his place on the bench.
Oxford could have Juan Pablo Raponi in the squad if International clearance comes through today to allow him to play.
Raponi watched his new team mates play in the reserve match on Wednesday at Court Place farm and would have liked what he watched as they beat Stevenage Res 5-2, Billy Beechers getting a hat trick, with Danny Morgan and Paul Wanless getting 1 each, Wanless also going in goal for 44 minutes after Simon Cox got sent off as the 2nd half kicked off for deliberate handball out of the area, Wanny did well in goal and may now be backup on the bench for the future.
Tuesday 8th February 2005
Oxford are on the verge of Signing 24 year old Argentine Juan Pablo Raponi from Olympios, he is a midfielder.
Oxford missed out on getting
Dexter Blackstock on loan after he made his debut for Plymouth Argyle on
Saturday, he didn't get on the scoresheet but played well.