Thursday 29th July 2004
Oxford's pre season fortunes took another nose dive last night when they went down to 2 early goals at the Kassam Stadium, both goals came in the 1st 13 minutes and thats how it remained, but Watford could have had more, Oxford didn't have that many chances to trouble Chamberlain in the Watford goal.
3 legged Chris Hackett
You didn't want to header it anyway did you
Wanless tussles for the ball
Tardif done well to save from Dyers shot
Barry Quinn in the middle against Watford
Packed area for the last minute corner, nothing came of it.
Wednesday 28th July 2004
Sad news today(Not) that our not so fierce rivals down the road have had their Plans for a new 20,000 all seater stadium thrown out, so they will just have to plod on at their existing dump, that they don't own and is so green because of all the shite they play on it....Bliss.
Oxford go into their friendly with Watford tonight on the back of signing Right back Lee Molyneaux on a 1 year contract after he impressed in pre season matches and training.
Saturday 24th July 2004
It now looks certain that when the U's take on Boston United on the 7th August in the opening game of the season that Paul Gascoigne will be their new player coach, so watch this space for a picture of the genius that is Me and Gazza.......
More pics below from the Chelsea match last Saturday
Friday 23rd July 2004
Oxford's game at Havant and Waterlooville has apparently been postponed because of fears of crowd trouble.
Thursday 22nd July 2004
Oxford's 2nd string fought out a 1-1 draw at the Spencer Stadium last night when they played the latest pre season friendly against newly promoted Banbury United, it was end to end stuff all night and was also played at a hefty pace, playing on a pitch that looked very good compared to the last time these teams played on it, the U's started off with quite a number of triallists, Damen Ming, Khano Smith and Steve Astwood to name a few, though the U's had many chances in the first 45 minutes it was on 40 minutes that they had their best chance, Michael Alexis beat 2 defenders and from 8 yards curled a shot round the approaching keeper only to see the ball slip past the post by a whisker.
But after that near miss Banbury punished the U's by going into the lead on 43 minutes, Keeper Bradie Clarke ran out of his goal for a one on one with Ex United Boy Howard Forinton, only to see Forinton beat the keeper to the ball and round the stranded keeper to slot into an empty net, that was really the only mistake of the half and they paid the price.
1-0 down at the interval, the U's made no changes to Banbury's four and it wasn't long before the U's were back in the game, just 4 minutes after the re-start good work from the fiery Damen Ming was reward when from his cross number 9 Steve Astwood the young Jamaican lad pounced to level the terms and secure the draw, it was again end to end stuff in the 2nd half, Jamie Brooks left the field after approximately 60 minutes looking very tired after running himself and Banbury ragged during the first half.
right on the final whistle the game nearly took an amazing twist, Banbury forced a corner and looked to have scored from it, but Adam Garner managed to save with his head right on the line, only for his clearance to fall to a waiting Banbury player who shot only to see his effort saved from Clarke in the United goal, save of the match and 20 seconds later it was over, this was a very impressive test for the young United team, Banbury on this performance will do well in their newly crowned status in the Southern League Premier Division.
Tonight's Attendance 320
Monday 19th July 2004
Tomorrow is the visit of Jim Magilton to the Kassam stadium, many women will be going thwoar at the door when he walks in and strolls onto the pitch-OK maybe just Michelle then, but it will be nice for all the Oxford fans that remember him to see him play again, lets hope that the scoreline can better that against Chelsea Saturday and make a bigger mark on this pre-season run.
Mooney shows Sw****n what their missing and Chelsea what to do.
Sunday 18th July 2004
Oxford recorded a 1-1 draw yesterday with Premiership Chelsea at the Kassam stadium, Tommy Mooney score with a cracker of a shot 4 minutes before the break and then Chelski equalised with 21 minutes to go, through their new signing Mateja Kezman.
It was a great atmosphere and I go to meet the New Chelski boss Jose Mourinho in person, though he was very unhappy about the way his team played.~
Pictures will appear when I get back from the Airshow at Fairford, will be wearing my Oxford shirt for all those scummers so they can cry when I shout MOONEY at them.
Saturday 17th July 2004
Oxford have their biggest and highest profile pre season of their 42 year league history today as The Boys in Blue(white) come to town along with their millions.
Chelsea are likely to have all but the players who featured in the European Championships in their star studded line up, Though Joe Cole could feature after starting training earlier than the other Euro squad, they all start back on Monday which sadly for the fans will mean they will play in the tour and not this match today.
Wednesday 14th July 2004
Well we never saw any buttholes but the United youngsters sure kicked some butt last night beating Shepshed Dynamo's 5-2, It was a shaky start though from the U's who went a goal down after 13 minutes and could have been 2 down but(t) for some scrappy defending, The U's did pull a goal back on 19 minutes tho, Jamie Brooks seemed to take on the whole field before slipping the bar across to the waiting Danny Morgan to slot it past the Shepshed Keeper, Oxford did not learn tho as 4 minutes later they went 2-1 down with United beaten in the air again.
Bizarrely on 28 minutes the home side had a player sin binned for 2 minutes for foul and abusive language to the Female referee, someone said she wouldn't have the balls to send him off and how right they were...hehehe.
just as the player came out of the sinbin Oxford drew level, Great work again by the impressive Jamie Brooks saw Mark Ebeyer make a good run into space and he fired home just as a defender tried to block him, that made it 2 in 2 games.
2-2 at the interval and from then on there was only one team on the park, On 52 minutes Morgan got his 2nd goal of the evening from an almighty thunder bolt that left the stranded keeper no chance, before shepshed could regroup and make any sort of assault Morgan made it 4-2 with his hatrick from all of 7 yards out on 54 minutes, 3 minutes after Tom Winters had a great chance to get himself on the score sheet and he broke through and had just the replacement keeper to beat, but his dinky chip beat the keeper only for it to rebound off the bar and into the keepers arms, shame as young Winters had a great game and a goal would have finished his evening well, but it wasn't to be, but on 69 minutes Oxford did finish the game off, from a great cross on the right from Brooks-This time Ryan Brooks-Jamie's younger brother, Adam Garner rose above the shep defence to power home(5-2), he showed his delight by screaming to the hordes of U's fans standing behind the goal (well all 9 of us!!), this was a great workout for the youngster and a thoroughly enjoyed evening, for all of you that didn't go you missed a very interesting match, more fool you.
Loyal U's fans at Shepshed Dynamo last night.
Garner right heads home to make it 5-2
Road sign to ground.........
Tuesday 13th July 2004
The U's travel to the unknown for most Oxford fans tonight when they visit Shepshed Dynamo who play at Butthole Lane.
I don't think the team will have any of the new signings, just triallists and reserve and youth, but it will be somewhere different and beats going to Studley with Ian Atkins every year.
For those of you with Route finders, here is the postcode to Shepshed........LE12 9BN
Oxford fans are planning to fly the flag if they can raise the money to do so, that is fly the flag to tell all the scum fans how much Tommy Mooney loves playing at Oxford United......something like MOONEY MOONEY LOVES OXFORD.
All they need to do is get the banner and find an aeroplane to fly it, perhaps ask the Sun newspaper or charter a plane from Kidlington......Can't wait.
Sunday 11th July 2004
Barry Quinn with his shiner Tommy Mooney at a throw in
Big Jules gets chopped in the mud Lee Bradbury
Rob Wolleaston Leo Roget
Mark E'beyer Dave Woozley
Terry Parker Danny Morgan
Dave Mackay Chris Hackett gets in a shot
Danny Brown and Adam Garner Pitch takes a battering
Chris Williams interviews Mike Ford Keeper Tardif with Triallist on right( Lee Molyneaux
Graham Rix's new revolution made a great start to their pre-season campaign beat neighbours Oxford city 4-1 in what turned out to be a complete and utter Mud bath.
New boy Leo Roget got on the score sheet with a header, Michael Alexis got the 2nd goal before the break, then after going down to a city goal early the U's replied back from the penalty spot after Lee Bradbury was pulled down, Bradbury popped up to take the kick-chipping it into the net and causing a splash too as the penalty spot was flooded, another new boy Mark E'beyer got the 4th goal to wrap the match which should really have been abandoned, had it been a league match it would have been, but then surely being a friendly serious injuries can result from surfaces like that, don't get me wrong, before the game this surface looked superb, but it just could not take the down poor that came during the half time interval.
It was a great turn out by the fans who chanted for Mooney all through the 1st half and were pleased with the way the team performed, early days yet, but this squad mixed properly will go a long way this term, I think we have cover for all area's sorted, also with Jamie Brooks, Jon Ashton and Mark Rawle the only Pro's not to feature yesterday who can all cover in different positions.
Next stop for the Rix revolution is Shepshed Dinamo's near Loughborough Leicestershire, anyone wanting a lift to that game on Tuesday can email me and arrange a lift, will be leaving the Witney area just after 5pm.
Saturday 10th July 2004
Well the waiting is finally over, the day has come, today being the day of the first pre-season friendly, back with all our friends and watching football, just how do we cope between May and July with no football, suppose we should be thankful the Euro's were on this year, Oxford City today under manager Andy Sinnott should see a very strong United side, one that all the U's fans should be cheering on as champions come May, Let the proceeding begin.
See you all at Court Place Farm.
Thursday 8th July 2004
Oxford this morning made their biggest signing for some time, Capturing Striker Tommy Mooney from local rivals Scumdon Town, Mooney.......was the Scums player of the year last season and was the 2nd highest goal scorer for them too, he told them that he would not be signing another contract with them, but had been linked with Walsall but was secretly having talks with the U's, 3 weeks of talks persuaded him to sign for the U's, not just the team won him over but the backroom staff and the facilities.
Now it looks likely that Graham Rix will play with a 3 man attack using probably Mooney, Basham and Bradbury, but the best thing about this signing is that it makes the U's forward line one of the best we have had for many years, now the season can't come quick enough.
Forget Rooney, its Mooney Mooney Mooney.
Oxford have been drawn at home to Reading in the first round of the League Cup, they knocked us out of the cup at the 2nd round stage last season after we had knocked the eventual FA Cup finalists Millwall out in the 1st round.
Wednesday 7th July 2004
Oxford this afternoon signed Leo Roget from Rushden, Roget 26 is a centre half and is the player that the U's have been waiting for as we were running short of central defenders, Roget was on loan at Oxford not so long ago from Southend, but did not do enough to earn a contract, this time he is hoping to show what we missed the last time he was here, he will get his chance at Oxford City on Saturday like all the other new boys.
Oxford's match with Wyscum wanderers on September 4th has now been re-arranged for Friday 3rd September to accommodate Sky TV, not only that but England play away to Austria in a world cup qualifier on the Saturday.
I spoke to Scott Guyett last night about his move to Rivals Yeovil, He was hoping that Oxford might have come in for him as they were after defenders, but it wasn't too be, he signed a 3 year contract and is joining up with the Yeovil team on their pre-season tour of Germany this month, he is looking forward to playing at the Kassam Stadium again and is hoping that he gets a good reception from the U's fans, there was only one reason he left Oxford....Atkins....Say no more.
Oxford have made the match with Chelski a week Saturday all ticket, they have been inundated with fans ringing and calling at the club and looks like being a sell out.
Monday 5th July 2004
Only 5 days now until normality returns, with the U's playing the 1st pre-season friendly at Court Place Farm in their annual match against Oxford City, before taking on the might of Chelski at the Stad de Kassam...:-) on July 17th, Tickets for that game are selling very quickly and the Ticket office was inundated with calls this morning from 8 am until closing, judging by the interest the crowd could top 10,000, lets hope so as it will be the first time a lot of the fans will get to see the new look Graham Rix yellow and blue army, with the 2 signings expected this week it will almost be a new starting 11 that has come to the club during the summer break.
Well the underdogs done it again, Greece surprised everyone by beating the host Portugal in Euro 2004, will make the Olympic games a bit more special for the country, the stadium for the games has taken forever to build just like ours and they say that it is still behind schedule, so how do they expect it to get finished now that they are all celebrating the on Sunday night in Lisbon.
Poor Becka(McNiven) is gutted that Scott has not renewed his contract and has started a petition to try and get him to stay at the club!!
If you want to look it is at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/qd140287/petition.html