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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 game..
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 wrong!.

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 Macclesfield tomorrow.
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HEIGHT 1.83m       POSITION DEFENDER
 
WEIGHT 77.5kg SQUAD NUMBER 29
 
PROFILE
 
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


Sam Togwell

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 bottom then...............


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.

More Later


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 in.?

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 losing
3 on the bounce, pressure is mounting for the team to produce the goods after
good 1st half displays and then dismal 2nd half performances, the players need
 to learn that the game of football lasts 90 minutes, but then so do some of the
fans, get behind the team again today, the support has been great this season
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 out and
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 his bike!

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 hands up.

Bradbury goes close

Tardif keeps United in the game

More Later...........................


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.