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Sunday October 31st 2004
Back to winning ways again, but that is just the start of it, we need to get
a run going to claw ourselves back up the league, 1-0 against Cheltenham at
the Kastad yesterday and the fans left the ground feeling reasonably happy,
until they heard the draw for the FA Cup that is, Away to Rochdale on the
13th November and the game that follows that...Home to Rochdale 20th
November, it can only happen to Oxford, remember back in the 90's when
we played Tranmere 3 or 4 times in as many weeks...well Firoz Kassam was a
happy man after the game, waiting in the tunnel until the whistle went and
then running onto the side of the pitch to shake Graham Rix's hand and then
the hand of every player as they came off the field, a nice gesture, now we
need more unity on the field.
Rix and Kassam after the final whistle
Saturday October 30th 2004
Oxford welcome local rivals Cheltenham Town to the Kassam Stadium today
in what is to be a crunch match for Manager Graham Rix, anything other than
a win today and things could be looking very bad for him, the team just need
to find a goal after going over 3 hours without one and then the floodgates
might open, many supporters will not be upset with a loss today because they
think Rix will be out of a job, but you need to win what games you can and 3
points are a must today if we want to stand a chance of being out of the
bottom 3 going into November.
Good luck today to Thame United who face Forest Green Rovers and Jefferson
Louis for a chance to play against the likes of Oxford United in the 1st
round proper, the draw for the cup is after todays game and can be heard on
Radio Oxford at 5.05pm or on BBC1.
Thursday October 28th 2004
What we could do with Dexter Blackstock in the team, he came on as a
second half substitute last night for Southampton against Colchester at St
Mary's and scored a hat trick, saints were 1-0 down at the time and brought
it back to 2-1 within 5 minutes of the break, but Col U equalised again
before Dexter nodded home the winner, seems like they got a bargain now,
while we have gone over 3 hours without a goal, if it does not change
against Cheltenham then changes need to be made before we hit rock bottom,
once you are there it will be 10 times harder to get back to winning ways ,
unless you have a new manager to fire new ideas into them, Graham Rix is
slowly running out of Idea's and excuses after matches to why we have lost,
why after every game are we getting better and better but still losing..!!!!
Jamie Brooks got 2 goals for the Reserves this week, but Rix is still
adamant that he won't be playing him in the first team, is that a fact, then
why did you put him on the bench for the Darlington game this month, why
have a player on the bench that has no chance of coming on when there were
plenty that could have...every time we have got the team sheet this month we
have had the same remark-You can decide whether to go home now or after the
hehehe, good job we can joke about it, but for how long.
Sunday October 24th 2004
The National newspapers today were speculating that Kevin Wilson is
likely to take over at Oxford soon should Graham Rix be shown the exit, even
though it is common knowledge that Danny Wilson has been at the last 2
United games and is hotly tipped to be taking up some sort of role at the
club in the near future after the U's lost for the 5th match on a
trot, 6 if you include the embarrassing defeat to Exeter.
1 goal in 5 league games, 3 goals in 8 away
games, Scored only 10 (Other was an own goal against Bury), let in 17
with 12 on our travels and a defeat at home to Cheltenham next Saturday and
it will mean straight defeats in October and certainty that the manager of
the month won't be coming to Oxford........
and should Kidderminster win in the week at Chester and then at home to
Managerless Shrewsbury, we could well be in the bottom 3.
I thought we were at our lowest ebb during Kemps reign, perhaps I was
Sam Togwell before the game at Moss Rose
Mooney's claim for a penalty in the 2nd half
U's fan gives some entertainment at Moss Rose-well tried.....
U's bench after the defeat at Moss Rose-Distraught....
Friday October 22nd 2004
Oxford have today signed 20 year old centre back Sam Togwell on a months
loan from Crystal Palace, he goes straight into the team for the trip to
Fact File Below
|Promising central defender who has
impressed in the reserves. He made his debut in the 3-1 win against
Rotherham in 2002/2003, but has since suffered a number of injuries
that have hampered his progress
Oxford Reserves play
away next Tuesday against local rivals Northampton Town and could include
their new signing Julian Alsop in the team, Alsop who has reportedly stated
he is not going to appeal against his sacking from Oxford United, could make
his first appearance in that match, very kind of him not to appeal
considering he put in a transfer request after the so called "incident"
happened and had it turned down, good luck to him if he plays..
Thursday October 21st 2004
Julian Alsop has signed for Northampton Town for the rest of the season,
ironic that they beat us the other night, just a good job that he wasn't
their on Tuesday or there might have been a little trouble.
Lets hope he is still their when they come to the kassam stadium next year.
Firoz Kassam was on Radio Oxford a short while ago(8am) live from Monaco to
discuss the fact that it was a year ago today that he put the club up for
sale for a £1, asked whether he was happier now than that day, he said" Well
NO", the team aren't where I thought they would be, but I have put a manager
in place to do a job while I am living in Monaco, the club is in capable
hands while I am away, When asked whether his manager had his full backing
and whether he was happy with the way he was running the team his answer
was, " Well No I am not happy with the way the team is doing and we need to
do something to resolve this matter, but I do not think changing a manager
is the right thing to do at the moment".
Well atleast we know he is not happy, but can he seriously be happy with a
manager that can allegedly let a youth team player be attack in the way the
local and national press have been saying.?
I am really looking forward to the FA CUP next month, we will hit rock
Wednesday October 20th 2004
So yet another defeat, this time away, one win in 9 games, 3 goals scored
away all season too....how much longer are the fans going to put up with
that, many said that anything other than a win at Northampton and they wont
go again until Rix is out, many have said they are going to burn their
season tickets in a huge pile unless Rix is given the boot, bit extravagant,
but you can see the tension building and the club have enough to worry about
with the national newspapers spreading gossip about certain players, with
736 U's fans travelling to Northampton last night and getting nothing, there
will probably be around 350 at Macclesfield if they are lucky......if there
is to be a change, it has to happen this month or we will be heading for
more embarrassment in the FA Cup 1st round, no matter who we get.
Tuesday October 19th 2004
Oxford travel to Sixfield tonight hoping to put the nightmare of the last
few weeks behind them and get back to winning ways, Colin Calderwood the
Cobblers manager was at the Kassam Stadium for the Lincoln match and would
have liked what he saw, but each game brings different fortunes and lets
hope that Oxford's fortune changes tonight.
Monday October 18th 2004
Oxford today sacked striker Julian Alsop after a alleged confrontation
that happened at the club sometime after the Yeovil match last month, his
contract has been terminated with immediate effect.
Does that mean Oxford will be looking for another striker as well as a
defender, or does that mean Alsops wage will go to getting a decent defender
Sunday October 17th 2004
Well just 4,089 turned up yesterday to watch the U's game with Lincoln
at the Kassam Stadium, a NEW all time low for a league match at the Kastad,
that's 210 less than turned up for the Darlington game, but includes 75 more
away fans too, so just 3760 Oxford fans yesterday which is the lowest for
many years, why.?
Because the team are shocking, No commitment, No talking, No team spirit
and worst of all with all our strikers......NO GOALS, the noises coming from
the dressing room yesterday was probably heard at the Old Manor Ground, cups
bouncing around the room, doors crashing, raised voices, great half time
entertainment for those sat close to the tunnel area i'm sure, but did any
of that rub off on the players for the 2nd half........
In the first half Lincoln were unlucky not to be 7-0 up, when was the
last time a team scored 4 goals and all ruled out for offside, 2 great saves
from Chris Tardif again denied the Imps, plus some bad finishing saved our
embarrassment, but did that spur the team on, no, they could not put two
decent passes together at times and if it wasn't for the fact that our next
home game is a Cotswold Derby with Cheltenham there would be under 4,000
their, but on Tuesday we play a team that sum us up really..
A BUNCH OF COBBLERS !!!!
Tardif keeps the U's in the game
Mark Rawle tries a shot on his U's return
Roget rises at a corner
Woozley rises at a corner
Saturday October 16th 2004
Oxford go into today's game hoping to get back on the winning trail after
3 on the bounce, pressure is mounting for the team to produce the goods
good 1st half displays and then dismal 2nd half performances, the players
to learn that the game of football lasts 90 minutes, but then so do some
fans, get behind the team again today, the support has been great this
at home and away, just prove to the players that you are still there..
come on you yellows!!!!!
Thursday October 14th 2004
Oxford's match at Grimsby on December 18th has now been brought forward
to December 17th and will now be on a Friday night with the kick off at
7.45pm, So another low gate as there won't be many U's fans travelling up
their on a Friday night.
The reserve game was rained off at half time yesterday with the scores
at 1-1, so all the players that were fighting for a place in the squad for
Lincoln this coming Saturday may have to wait a little longer.
Dave Woozley nods the U's in front last Saturday
Mooney should of had a penalty after the keeper clipped him
Mooney is fouled as the two try making shadow monsters!!!
Rosie with the Mascots at half time.....
Monday October 11th 2004
Oxford lost their first Home game under the Rix revolution and went
tumbling down the table as Darlington went above them after they beat the
U's 2-1 at the Kassam stadium, Ironically the last time Jamie Brooks was on
the team sheet for a league game was the last game of the season in our
first season here, that was against Darlington and we lost
2-1..........though this time Brooksy didn't
make it onto the field, though if he had at least the atmosphere might
have picked up and it might have spurred the players into the game a bit
more, but it wasn't to be and Oxford were left ruing the chances they missed
earlier on in the match, Tommy Mooney headed over the bar from about 2 foot
Lee Bradbury missed completely when one on one with the Darlo
keeper, though in the first half everyone in the South stand thought Bradders had broke his leg, an almighty crack echoed into the stand from the
challenge on him by the touchline and we all thought the worst, but he got
up eventually and carried on, thank heavens for shin pads or he would have
been finished for sure.
Mooney headers over the bar from 2 foot out
Tardif, Robinson, Rix, Basham and Bradbury flank Firoz Kassam as he gets on
Wednesday October 6th 2004
Oxford reserves lost 4-0 today at Gillingham, Mark Rawle, Barry Quinn
and Jamie Brooks all pushed for a place in the squad for Sunday's game at
the Kassam Stadium.
Tardif shows his frustration at Rovers making it 1-0.
Bristol Rovers could be in the dock after last Saturdays match at the
Memorial Stadium, Phil Prosser the referee for that match has reported the
club after Oxford Keeper Chris Tardif was pelted with cigarette lighters
from the home end of the ground, one hit him on the back but thankfully the
others missed and no damage was caused, but Rovers may now be in serious
trouble for not keeping there fans under control.
What is Roget doing to Edwards............
Roget was only giving Chris Hackett a Hand-or was that........
Mooney is surrounded as he tries to shoot-But falls over Below as he swings
at the shot
Tuesday October 5th 2004
Oxford have reportedly turned down a transfer request from one of
their Strikers, Julian Alsop reportedly put in his request after a dispute
just after the 6-1 drubbing at Yeovil.
United fans at Bristol in section 1
United fans at Bristol in section 2
United fans at Bristol in the seating area.
Sunday October 3rd 2004
Oxford again came out the losing team for the 2nd match on the trot, this
time at the hands of Ian Atkins Bristol Rovers side who were gifted 2 goals
by United to win by 2-0 at the Memorial Ground.
880 Oxford fans who made the trip were again superb, especially in the 2nd
half when Oxford tried in vain to bring the game back level after going in
at the break 1-0 down.
Chris Tardif was very aggrieved at the first goal as he thought that Rovers
were off side, but he had no complaints about the 2nd, he wasn't even in the
area when the ball went into the empty net, his mistake and he held his
Bradbury goes close
Tardif keeps United in the game
Friday October 1st 2004
Oxford travel the short distance to Bristol Rovers to take on Ian ATKINS and
their will be a few scores to settle all around, the Oxford fans will surely
give Atkins a rough time of things and Atkins will want to prove that Oxford
were wrong to do the dirty on him, so he says anyway.
Oxford might have a few changes after the despicable performance on
Wednesday when losing to Conference club Exeter City in the LDV Vans Trophy
1st Round at the Kassam Stadium, after taking an early lead and then
throwing the game away Graham Rix will be wielding the axe on a few of the
players in an attempt to show some of them that they won't always get picked
just because they are fit, look out for more of the youngsters in Rix's
team, Tom Winters and Craig Davies will probably feature tomorrow just to
show Atkins he was wrong to ignore the youth policy.