Comment

Deals and dealings

November 28, 1999

The news this week that Heads of Agreement were finally signed by Firoz Kassam and Oxford City Council, after months of apparent delays and unforeseen hiccups, comes as extremely welcome news indeed. This is a significant step forward and a welcome signal of intent that both parties will proceed to closure. The caveat is that  more ]

History in the making

October 31, 1999

Another momentous week in Oxford United’s recent history passes. On Monday, timed neatly to coincide with the shareholders’ Annual General Meeting, Malcolm Shotton and Mark Harrison announce their joint resignations. Then there was the meeting itself. Then on Tuesday the High Court judge declares that Nick Pentith’s and British Rail Property Board’s application to seek  more ]

Head to heart ratio

October 7, 1999

It was excellent news, although not particularly surprising, that Oxford City Council ratified the land deal between themselves and Firoz Kassam to enable him to build the leisure centre, multiplex and hotel adjacent to the football ground. The meeting was merely a rubber-stamping exercise and was passed in confidential session on the nod, without even  more ]

Shottonout?

September 20, 1999

Rumours abound concerning the relationship between Malcolm Shotton and Firoz Kassam, not helped by comments made to the media by both parties (but especially the United manager). Whatever the truth in these rumours, which range from Shotton’s imminent sacking (unlikely given that his contract has almost two years left to run and would cost a  more ]

The fight goes on

September 10, 1999

The news that the Government Office of the South East has lifted the Direction 14 Holding Order on the planning application for the multiplex cinema at Minchery Farm is fantastic news for Oxford United and everyone connected with the club – staff, management and supporters alike. It is a vindication of all the hard work  more ]

Two cheers for democracy

September 7, 1999

Rage Online feels that the City Council have got its agreement with Firoz Kassam over the new stadium exactly right. We’ve said before that we felt they should not back down over allowing Kassam to start the multiplex development before the football stadium is completed, but that Firoz should be allowed to build his hotel  more ]

Call in the pooper

July 29, 1999

So the CVA was agreed, as anticipated. And the Rex Newman winding up petition was thrown out, as expected. And Unipart negotiated a new sponsorship deal, which was nice. And we’ve had a fine close-season so far, climaxing with the convincing win over a less than competitive Derby side. But, without wishing to be a  more ]

From the horse’s mouth

July 22, 1999

On Wednesday evening, whilst the lads were kicking pieces out of St Mirren, members of the FOUL committee met with United’s owner, Firoz Kassam, for a debrief and to ask some (we hoped) penetrating questions. Some of the responses were given under the understanding of confidentiality, which was fair enough seeing as these referred either  more ]

Names and numbers

July 17, 1999

This is the second Raging Comment of Rage Online, written to coincide neatly with our second week online. The past week has seen the arrivals of South African goalie Andre Arendse and Icelandic striker Stefan Thodorsson (or something) on trial. Rarely can two players from so close to opposite poles have been involved in the  more ]

Welcome to Rage Online

July 11, 1999

Welcome to the first Raging Comment of Rage Online. It is hoped that this page will be updated regularly, as events surrounding Oxford United continue to unfold. Normally during the close-season us footy fans can chill out, take it easy, relax. The only time the monotony is broken is for the occasional transfer rumour, or  more ]