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Sunday 30th January 2005
Celebrate good times Come on!
12th in the league under Ramon Diaz and his Argentine Army after the
great win against Former Boss Ian Atkins, 1st half goals from a Bradbury
Penalty that was taken twice and a great header from Leo Roget put the U's
on the road to the win inside 20 minutes and then the U's held them at bay
until half time, within 30 seconds of the restart though Junior Agogo had
got the visitors back into the game with a well taken goal, but the best for
the U's was saved until last, Robbo did well down the right and got right to
the bi line before sweeping the ball back for Craaaaaig Daviessss to fire
the ball past Clarke in the Rovers goal from about 18 yards, Davies then
proceeded to celebrate in front of the South Stand where all his friends and
family were congregated, it wasnt over yet though, Ex United striker Richard
Walker nipped in to put the U's on red alert in the 90th minute, but the U's
held on to take all the points in this mid table battle.
Joe Ross and Ian Atkins share a joke before the game
Though Atkins wasn't laughing during the game, but was ok after.
Ian Atkins after the game, not smiling, but was in good humour...
More Pictures Later
Saturday 29th January
D-Day has arrived, Oxford take on Bristol Rovers today in what is billed
the biggest game of the season, a must win today for the U's against Ian
Atkins and his Bristol Rovers side, They may have Dave Savage and James
Hunt, but Junior Agogo is the one to watch, the U's defenders will need to
keep him at bay if they are to win the match today, win today and we will go
above Rovers for the first time this season and will be a poke in the eye to
Atkins who said that Oxford will be below Rovers all season.
Friday 28th January 2005
The waiting is nearly over, the match that we have all waited for since
the seasons fixtures came out is nearly upon us, Ian Atkins will roll into
the Kassam Stadium tomorrow to face the Mighty U's who are level on points
with His Rovers team, sparks are sure to fly, lets just hope that it is only
by the fireworks after the game when we have beaten Rovers and sent Atkins
home with his tail between his legs....
Tomorrow will be a welcome return to Dave Savage who has recovered from his
injury this week and also James Hunt who missed the game at the Memorial
ground between the 2 clubs last October.
Atkins watches from the Gantry last October at the Memorial Ground
Tardif makes another fine save to deny Rovers
James Hunt who missed the game between the 2 last October.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
Now it is Officially on the Football League website I can finally
publish that Oxford United's favourite Referee will be officiating the Match
between the U's and Bristol Rovers this weekend, Joe Ross will be the man in
the middle for the big crunch game with Ian Atkins making his return to the
club after his high profile departure last year.
Monday 24th January 2005
After being without Electric for the whole of yesterday all I had time
for was to put these pictures on the site for you, more will appear soon
with a report, but just to keep you all happy,
Click Here to View the Kidderminster Pictures
Saturday 22nd January 2005
Oxford make the short journey to Kidderminster Harriers today as they
try to banish the bad memory of the 2-0 defeat at home to them on the 28th
December, that has been Ramon Diaz and the Argentinian Army's only defeat in
8 games since they took over the club, So another good performance like the
one that saw off Yeovil last week should secure the U's the points and send
them back up the table where they belong.
Jamie Brooks could return after his injury scare, the Ankle Ligaments he
damaged are not as badly injured as first thought and he could make the
bench today, if not they will save him for the Bristol Rovers game next week
when Ian Atkins returns to the Kassam stadium for the first time since he
left last year.
Tommy Mooney becomes a member of the 500 club today when he plays in his
500th League match, Oxford getting 3 points will be his biggest celebration
aswell as him getting the goal to win the points that is..!
Wednesday 19th January 2005
Craig Davies who scored a great winning goal at the Kassam Stadium was
watched by Wales under 21 Coach Bryan Flynn on Saturday against Yeovil,
Flynn was in the press box at the week with a whole host of Scouts from many
clubs, including Arsenal, Man City and Partick Thistle!!!!!
Tuesday 18th January 2005
Pictures have been uploaded from the Yeovil match at the Picture Page or by
click on this link
Oxford drew 1-1 today at the Kassam Stadium in a behind closed doors
friendly with Wycombe Wanderers, one of the triallists got the Equaliser for
the U's, the match had a number of triallists including Lucas Cominelli who
used to play for Newcastle United back in the 1999-2000, but failed to
play a first team game there, he is likely to sign in time to play at
Kidderminster this Saturday for the U's, Steve Basham also got a run out in
the game today along with other fringe players including Terry Parker and
Sunday 16th January 2005
Former Oxford United Striker Julian Alsop has reportedly been Given a Ban by
the FA over his Incident with a Banana last year when he was at the Club,
the Ban will start on the 27th January and will last until the end of the
season, they have come down hard on the tall striker and will be a blow to
Forest Green who are in the thick of the relegation fight in the Conference.
Oxford Manager Ramon Diaz got the Manager of the week in the News of the
World team ratings, Striker Tommy Mooney also made the team and has turned
out to be a good week all round at the Club, the NOTW also printed that the
Manager has worked the first month with no pay and that he had to prove that
he could adjust to the way of life in the English Football League before
being given a contract!
Saturday 15th January 2005
Great result at the Kassam Stadium today against Yeovil Town, 2-1 to the
Oxford boys, great goals from Tommy Mooney on 20 minutes, a rocket of a shot
from 25 yards or more, then a great solo goal from Craig Davies who was
being watched today by the FA of Wales-a call up for sure is on the cards
after his fine display.
Then just to round the match off a consolation goal from Ex United defender
Scott Guyett, biggest win of the season and a great lift all around the
Myself with Peter"The Cat" Bonnetti before the match today
Timmy Mallett with Nick Harris and Rosie on Radio Oxford after the win
against Yeovil, Smiles all round.
Oxford look forward to what may be their biggest gate of the current season
today when high flying Yeovil Town visit the Kassam Stadium, Scott Guyett
makes his long awaited comeback to the Kassam at the heart of their defence,
the one to watch though will be Phil Jevons, he is a prolific goal scorer
and Oxford's new 28 year old Uruguayan signing Mateo Corbo will have his
work cut out keeping him in check.
The U's run out to their new song today chosen by the player themselves,
they all voted for the song they wanted to run on to the field to and the
result will be heard today...at 2.55pm ish.
Choice of song for the players- I think it should be-
Show me the way to Amarillo(Yellow) :-) from Max and Paddy's Road to
Report, Pictures and views later Tonight.
Thursday 13th January 2005
Jamie Brooks is out for the next few weeks, He was on the end of a
seriously bad tackle from a triallist in training and had to be helped from
the training pitch, after playing so well and scoring twice in 3 games he is
gutted at this injury, he is hoping that it won't set him back too long, he
is young and the outer Ankle ligament he tweaked should heal quickly.
Mateo Corbo signed until the end of the current season this afternoon
and will go straight into the team to play Yeovil at the Kassam Stadium this
Saturday, the 28 year old
Uruguayan will partner Leo Roget in the heart of the U's
defence after Jon Ashton limped off early in the first half at Darlo, he was
replaced by Dave Woozley, Woozley will probably have to make do with a place
on the bench again
Wednesday 12th January 2005
Oxford Reserves lost 4-0 at Home to Reading Res today at Court Place
Farm, Mateo Corbo came off at Half time to save him for the Yeovil Game on
Saturday, after the game it was said that he would be signing until the end
of the season, Oxford also had 2 more triallist in the team, Ex
Kidderminster Keeper Stuart Brock and Ex Spurs player Ixad Ahmed.
Corbo gave away a penalty in the first 2 minutes of the match, but then
played well after that to earn himself a contract until May.
The Oxford Team was:- Brock, Roberts,
Parker, E'Beyer, Corbo(Ahmed 45), Angus Mackay, Doudou, Wolleaston, Morgan,
Rawle( Beechers 52), Winters (Ryan Brooks 71)-Sub Not Used-Harris.
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Oxford Reserves take on Reading today at Court Place Farm kick off 2pm, The U's will be casting an eye over 28 year old
Uruguayan Centre back Mateo Corbo, should he do well the management
will make a decision about him, Ramon and the coaches will also have another
triallist playing in the match, along with Tom Winters making his
first appearance back from injury and Illness.
Oxford are confident of putting the nightmares of Huish Park
behind them when Yeovil visit the Kassam Stadium this Saturday, It
will be the first return to the Kastad for Yeovil Defender Scott Guyett who
left the U's to go to Chester 2 years ago, leaving them to join the Yeovil
at the start of this season, He is hoping that the crowd will give him a
good reception when he steps out onto the pitch as he has fond
memories of his short time at Oxford and wished his stay could have been
longer, but Ian Atkins had left him out towards the end of the season and
after producing a good display at Cheltenham in the derby match in April
2002 he was dropped for the last game of the season at home, that was the
final straw and before the 2002/2003 season had begun he had left to join
Mark Wright, Phil Bolland and Wayne Hatswell at Chester, I am in regular
contact with Scott, he is a great lad and is well respected by everyone at
Oxford United, Make him feel welcome before the game, but not too welcome
Sunday 9th January 2005
Click here or the Picture below for Pictures from Darlington
A well earned point yesterday, 1-1 at Darlington after the U's players
battled and got their bodies behind the ball at every opportunity, it was
only an early mistake that gifted Darlo an early goal, all the defence went
to sleep for 20 seconds and Keeper Chris Tardif was beaten at his near post,
but after that mistake the U's battled and fought for each other and pulled
a goal back through Jamie Brooks, his 2nd in 3 matches, but embarrassingly
Craig Davies had to change his shorts after the goal celebration!!!,
the U's getting the goal back early was all they deserved for the fine
display of unity that followed, Bradbury was at his best in the midfield and
He and Paul Wanless linked well in the centre of the field, the first half
also saw Jon Ashton replaced by Dave Woozley early as the defender picked up
a knock and could not continue, Woozley did well in the air and even Roget
did superbly too get his head to everything, Brooksy and Mooney tired
a little and the men down the flanks, Robbo and Mackay brought the ball
forward for the front men which the U's lacked at Bury last week, over all
it was a great display and even the subs that came on in the 2nd half late
made a difference, E'Beyer and Basham making appearances replacing Brooks
Horacio Rodgriguez was a very happy man after the game and said that he
has a few good points to report to Manager Ramon Diaz when he returns from
Italy, where he is reportedly looking at new players to strengthen the
Friday 7th January 2005
Today is a day of mixed feelings at United We Stand, Celebrating 2
birthdays, One past and one present, 1st a happy birthday to Graham Butler,
He is 21 Today and I would like to wish all the best wishes on his big day
and hope he enjoys Darlington tomorrow....
I say it is a day of mixed feelings as there is another birthday that I
cannot ever forget, Happy Birthday Andrew Knapton, Nappy You are still
missed at Oxford United, the singing still lacks your input and your never
far from our thoughts, we all still miss you dearly and we know you are
cheering on the U's from your resting place at the Kassam Stadium, Keep on
cheering Big Guy, from all of your Old Manor Ground buddies, Friends and
Family- though they all amount to the same really.
Oxford Fans make their longest Journey of their season tomorrow when their
side face Darlington, Anyone that has not been their before will be in for a
treat, it is a splendid Arena and should really have more supporters in it
than Darlington get, - more later.
Wednesday 5th January 2005
After the events of last night I was sent this picture today, it is
either the mastermind of Fergie or the artistry of a sad Man United fan with
a lot of time on His or Her hands, Funny though it is-had it been at the
Spurs end the loop would have been in front of the goal........
Tuesday 4th January 2005
Click here to see a few pictures from the Bury Game/Match/Bore draw/You
Tonight the footballing world saw what must have been the worst
refereeing decision ever made, Tottenham scored a perfectly good goal after
Keeper Roy Carroll who had raced all the way back to his goal after miss
hitting a clearance up field, as Carroll got back to his line he caught the
ball and fumbled it over the line, it was a good yard or more over the line,
but either of the officials failed to see it and Man Utd almost stole the
points at the other end a minute later, but for a great save from Paul
Robinson, If those 2 officials ever officiate again the football league will
be made a laughing stock of, One thing we do know is, had that been at the
Man Utd end the goal would have been given, for sure.....Another shocking
decision happened in the Birmingham match with Bolton, Referee Renee
had booked 2 players and whilst his back was turned Clinton Morrison pushed
a Bolton player to the ground, that after Morrison had got involved in an
argument that had nothing to do with him, All of these situations tonight
will be hot on the list of video rentals for the FA when they go back to
Oxford Reserves lost 5-2 at Crawley tonight, adding more misery to our ever
growing Defensive crisis, Rob Wolleaston and Ryan Brooks getting the U's
Well our bad luck has struck again, last season we had to make the journey
to Swansea on a Friday night for the match at the Vetch, this season we have
been dealt the cruel blow of having to play their again, this time on Friday
15th April 2005 because both FA Cup semi Finals are in Cardiff that weekend,
2 seasons on a trot it has rained at the Vetch, the season before last I
watched the 2nd half from the back of the press area with Swansea fans
baying for our players and fans blood, it has to be the most hostile place I
have ever been to working with the club and none of the press look forward
to this match anyway, but on a Friday night again....Great, we discussed
this last night as it was a possibility, today it is reality.
There are reports that Soho Square the home of the FA will be closed until
next Monday as their Christmas break continues until the 10th January 2005,
thus meaning that the transfer window will not be open until then.
Ramon Diaz continued the 2005 unbeaten run, but sadly it was in a 0-0 draw
that had most the fans and the press pulling their hair out, it was
certainly end to end stuff, just kicking it from end to end, Bury had a few
chances in the 1st half and Oxford's closest shot come cross hit the top of
the goal net, a draw at the break came with great thanks to Chris Tardif who
made some great saves which should guarantee him the fans man of the match
again for the 2nd game on the trot.
2nd half was much of the same, Doudou came on at the break to replace
Rob Wolleaston in what was Wolly's first start under Ramon Diaz, in all
their were 4 players starting for the first time under the new management,
Also Jon Ashton, Lee Molyneaux and Steve Basham who was later replaced by
Jamie Brooks, Brooks had a couple of breakthroughs but was
muscled off the ball in the area, Doudou made a couple of darting runs down
the left wing only to be upended most of the time, Oxford again hit the top
of the goal net on 2 occasions and Bury missed a sitter right at the end, it
was easier to score but Swailes blew it high and wide, Tommy Mooney was
incensed at the end when Marriott in the Bury goal handled the ball outside
of the box, the ref just waved play on as his assistant stood close by and
ignored it, Moons got a booking for his persistent barracking of the ref and
then that was the end of this goalless spectacle.
Great support again from the travelling Ramon Diaz Yellow and Blue Army,
344 in a 2873 crowd, great going so close to everyone going back
to work, everyone at the club will only remember one thing from this game
and that was the volume from the Away Stand. Well Done.
Monday 3rd January 2005
So Doudou is likely to start today in the place of suspended Chris
Hackett who will miss Bury and Darlington away and Yeovil at Home, so now
chance of him taking on Scott Guyett on his return to the Kassam Stadium, if
Doudou does not start it will probably be the concussed goal scorer Steve
News and Pictures Later.
Sunday 2nd January 2005
There has been speculation that Oxford's next new player could well be
Daniele Grassi, from Como
Calcio in Italy, he is 20 years old
In the picture below I don't know whether that is his hair style or trees in
the background......Plus I don't think the web link on his Picture has
anything to do with football, but their a great sport............;-)
Click here to see some pictures from the Home game
Ramon Diaz yellow and blue army got back to winning ways yesterday starting
off the new year with a BANG, The 2-1 win over local rivals Wycombe
Wanderers came at a price though with Chris Hackett being shown a red card
on 33 minutes and the U's having to defend the fortress for the remaining
hour, Hackett's dismissal was setup by the Wycombe players, What looked like
a foul on Hackett on the edge of the area turned out to be a free kick for
them and a sending off for us, Hackett looked like he was kick and then
wrestled to the ground, then a host of players dived in and as he put his
hands out to protect himself their player went down holding his face like he
had been punched by Mike Tyson, all the good work the U's had done up until
then looked like dwindling away, Before the Hackett sending off was the main
event of the day, Jamie Brooks starting a new year with a piece of Magic
that all Oxford United fans know, after good work with Tommy Mooney, Jamie
ran into the area and smacked the ball with great force past Frank Talia to
make it 1-0 and record his first league goal since 20th April 2002, there
was a standing ovation for that goal and even had the scoreboard operator
jumping up and down in the PA Box, it was a moment that most fans will
remember for a long time-especially when you think what Jamie had been
through and has surely put all the ghosts to rest now, Jamie was replaced at
half time, but he had given his all for the first 45 minutes, just what he
was asked of.
If you thought the 1st half was exciting then more was to come, Oxford won a
free kick 25 yards out facing the Oxford Mail Stand, Lee Molyneaux ran up to
take the kick and got everything behind it, So much so that it nearly
knocked Steve Basham out as it hit his head and then fired past Talia to put
the U's 2-0 up and send the Kassam Stadium into total bedlam, that much so
that when I changed the score on the board it took 30 seconds for it to
register, I think the shock wave around the ground almost knocked that out
as well as Basham.
2-0 up and United cruising with 10 men you just thought-Things are going to
well here, we were right, the ref was again done up like a kipper late on,
after a spot of auditioning for the new superman movie Wycombe won a penalty
and brought the score back to 2-1 with 5 minutes of added time remaining,
with 1 minute of added time remaining Wycombe thought they had got the
equaliser, but the ref ruled it out for a push as Ex U's target Broughton
came running in to header home, there was a huge sigh of relief around the
ground as the ref blew the whistle to end the game and a standing ovation
for the players, who have stretched their unbeaten run this year to ONE,
lets hope we can add to it tomorrow at Bury.
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