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                                              Next Match at Home-Saturday 25th October 2003 vs Bristol Rovers-Kick off 3.00pm
Next Match Away-Tuesday 21st October vs York City...Kick off 7.45pm
EAT FOOTBALL...SLEEP FOOTBALL........HATE SWINDON...............................................................THEN EAT MORE FOOTBALL...THEN SLEEP MORE FOOTBALL................THEN HATE SWINDON EVEN MORE.........
                                     Sunday 19th October 2003
There's only one Stevie Basham, One Stevie Basham walking along singing a song..........Then up he popped at that time to score again........4-0..........And at that present time I was recording the U's crowd singing that song, turned to watch Bash score that goal, it is amazing footage but sadly too big to show you all, But I will be glad to show you all at York if you come and find me.
Under 3,000 saw this spectacular from Oxford, 2,930 to be precise, it was worth the entrance fee for all the U's fans, they were in good voice in all area's of the ground, even the Directors box where there was half a dozen of them singing the garden shed song when I was sat at that end of the ground in the first half, was good to hear (Picture below with George Cross).
Dean Whitehead put the U's ahead on 29 minutes to send the U's in at 1-0 at the break, It was quite funny really-Shakers manager Andy Preece shouted out to his players that Woody could not kick the ball very far, he kicked it straight over the top and we scored....forget the dodgy keeper, Dodgy manager more like.
But the 2nd half was just an awesome spectacular as the 1st, how Oxford were not into double figures by the time they got their 2nd I don't know, but the 2nd finally came on the 79th minute when Deano got his 2nd of the match, He is in top form this season and is at no surprise that others are now looking at him, 2-0 and cruising, They thought it was all over, forget it-Steve Basham had other ideas as he popped up to header a 3rd on 83 minutes and before Bury could reform at the back Louis broke and shot, their keeper parried the ball to a running in Basham, he slotted the ball past the stranded keeper to the delight of the U's fans behind the goal, 84 minutes gone, yes it is all over now.
Everyone to do with Oxford had a great day, the players came back out onto the field after the game for their warm down and nothing would have wiped the smiles off their faces, Basham and Deano were mobbed by the press and so too was Atkins, Woody just walked off yawning.....did he do anything?
U's fans who were in the Directors box             Basham on the right watches his header go in

Scoreboard says it all.
                                     Friday 17th October 2003
Sorry for the lack of updates, this site is going through a few changes and will have a new layout very soon, Please be patient with me and you will see the new pages up very soon, If you want a sneak preview click here.
Oxford have a dilemma tomorrow with a number of players on the injury list, Matt bound, Jefferson Louis and Mark Rawle haven't trained since Wednesday and will have fitness test before the game, they all though travelled with the party today and are staying overnight in Bury.

Above-Gigg Lane last season.

As printed before on this site, U's Keeper Andy Woodman will be at Waterstones book shop in Broad Street Oxford on October 28th 2003 for a book signing session between 5-6pm, The book should be a good seller with the U's fans, The book Called "Woody and Nord" is co written by Woody and his best mate Middlesbroughs Gareth Southgate and is all about the different paths their careers have gone since they were at Crystal Palace together.
You can reserve a signed copy by calling Waterstones on 01865 790212.

Oxford can concentrate on getting 3 points now at Bury after being knocked out of the LDV Vans Trophy at the Kassam Stadium by Rushden and Diamonds, 1-0 the scoreline as Rushden scored from the penalty spot to go through, Jamie Brooks did not get a run out, much to the annoyance of the 2,358 U's fans in the ground who were calling his name as he ran up and down the touchline.
Ian Atkins said that just being on the bench would have given Jamie a buzz, plus to hear the crowd chant his name, 5 minutes would have been nice, but he has time on his hands, Jamie we cant wait.

                                    Tuesday 14th October 2003
Happy birthday to me Happy birthday to meeeee........
Last night was the evening with Ian Atkins at the Ox Vox meeting, it was a great evening with The U's boss answering questions from fans, Approximately 30 fans turned up and were glad to hear the views of the club from the managers perspective.

U's boss at last night's meeting with Chris from Ox Vox

Oxford will have wholesale changes for the visit of Rushden and Diamonds in the LDV Vans trophy tomorrow night, No Andy Woodman, or Steve basham, Scott McNiven, Paul Wanless, Dean Whitehead or Matt Bound, they will all sit the game out and give the others a chance to shine.
Jamie Brooks will make an appearance, whether it be from the start or for 20-30 minutes at the end.
IA was also contemplating bring back Manny for the game, but may forget that option, unless any injuries occur in training.

                                    Sunday 12th October  2003
Oxford got back to winning ways again yesterday, beating Plucky Yeovil Town 1-0 at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil over all were the better team, their non stop work rate won them a lot of friends, but the Way the U's stuck in there was brilliant and was just nice to get the 3 points.
Steve Basham scored the Oxford goal on 12 minutes to take his tally to 8, strangely that equals the tally he got in the 28 starts and 6 substitute appearances last season, Now in 13 starts this season he has 8, a remarkable amount, but then I remember when Paul Moody had 19 goals in November and then just vanished from the score sheet, Good luck to Bash though, may his scoring continue and put the U's on the road to Division 2.
Jamie Brooks again sat in the PA Box with me for the whole game yesterday, he is looking forward to Wednesday's Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds, He will get a minimum of 20 minutes in that match and the young lad is on such a high at the moment, I really hope that he gets on ok, He deserves to get back to the way he was before his illness struck him down, He hopes that the fans will get behind him, but not to expect too much from him, just to be out on the field again is such a boost to him, but don't expect this to mean that he will be back in the first team again right now, He still expects to be back around December time to fight for a place in the starting 11, Lee Steele was also in the the Box with us for part of the 2nd half yesterday, his come back will probably be around December time aswell he said, He sounded frustrated with his injury and the fact that he could have been having his chance right now with the other injuries and suspensions clearing the way, He hasn't lost his sense of humour though, Sooner he is back the better, But it is nice that the players take time to come and watch the game with me, I would sooner them be fit and playing though, honest....

Latest addition to my portfolio was taken yesterday before the game, Chris Williams showing off his photography skills (at the 2nd attempt hahaha), thanks Chris, Stewart Houston the Ex Arsenal assistant manager was on a scouting mission at the ground for the first time, He asked me about all the players at the club and about the ground, He was a very nice bloke to talk too, but then being a Gooner he would be.
Stewart Houston with Myself at yesterday's Yeovil game              Lee Steele and Jamie Brooks

U's fans wait eagerly for the final Whistle so they could get to see the England game.

                                    Friday 10th October 2003
Yeovil Town are visitors to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, Their first visit to the Kassam Stadium after winning promotion to the Football League last season, They will be bringing 1,500 plus fans for what they see as a local Derby, So we should see a 6,800 plus crowd at the game tomorrow.
Oxford will again be without Julian Alsop who is 2 matches into his 4 match ban, Andy Scott is also missing after breaking his leg at Boston last week, So Jefferson Louis will probably get the nod to play alongside Steve Basham up front.

                                    Tuesday 7th October 2003
Had Sky Sports News on all afternoon, listening to the Squad news for the game against Turkey, what turmoil the Country are in, Rio Ferdinand has been dropped from the England Team after failing to appear for a drugs test on September 23rd last month, he could now be banned for 2 years if the FA decide he breached the FA Law about drug testing, but then the FA have breached the law by announcing the players name before he is found guilty or even tried, that has upset his club and team mates.
England Squad is follows:-
Keepers are D James, P Robinson and I Walker
Defenders are
P Neville, G Neville, W Bridge, S Campbell, A Cole, J Terry, D Mills, Upson
Midfield are  D Beckham, P Scholes, N Butt, S Gerrard, K Dyer, O Hargreaves, F Lampard, J Cole
Strikers are M Owen, E Heskey, W Rooney, J Beattie and D Vassall as Cover for Owen

Oxford Reserves won in their first evening home game of the Pontin's League Wales and Western Division, Jefferson Louis getting the goal for the U's Team, which also included a comeback for Captain Andy Crosby.

                                    Monday 4th October 2003
U's Keeper Andy Woodman will be at Waterstones book shop in Broad Street Oxford on October 28th 2003 for a book signing session between 5-6pm, The book should be a good seller with the U's fans, The book Called "Woody and Nord" is co written by Woody and his best mate Middlesbroughs Gareth Southgate and is all about the different paths their careers have gone since they were at Crystal Palace together.
You can reserve a signed copy by calling Waterstones on 01865 790212.

2 pictures of the stuck ball with the U's fans above.

Rawle is fouled on the edge of the area

Louis rises above Stuart Douglas to get the equalizer, There is no fewer than 8 past and present Oxford players in this photo above.


 Derek Townsley, Skipper Andy Crosby and Jamie Brooks-Who all watched the game on Wednesday against Torquay from the warmth of my box where I do the scoreboard from, Jamie spent the entire evening in there and we had a great chat and had a great laugh,

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