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Finalists!

March 23, 2004

Oxford’s reserves this evening beat North Leigh in the semi-final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup in Banbury. Two second-half goals from substitute Tom Winters were enough to end a stubborn resistance from the Oxon villagers, who probably had the better of the play but failed to create any real chances. The first half was an  more ]

Rix Rex

March 22, 2004

The worst kept secret in football was finally confirmed this morning, with the announcement that Graham Rix has been appointed to manage Oxford United on a temporary basis. Rix has been scouting for Watford recently, but hasn’t had a proper job in football since his sacking by Portsmouth a couple of seasons ago. He has  more ]

Too much wind

March 20, 2004

United’s game at Mansfield was abandoned at half-time this afternoon, with the score at 0-0, due to high winds that, in the opinion of referee H. Webb made the game unplayable. He was apparently influenced by a Dean Whitehead free kick shortly before half-time, when Deano needed several attempts at placing the ball before it  more ]

Gaskins

March 19, 2004

Bristol Rovers have announced that their new manager is to be Ian Atkins from the start of next season. Atkins’s contract with United expires in the Summer, although there is an automatic one-year extension if Oxford are promoted. Atkins has been offered a two-year deal at the Memorial Ground, and Rovers’ chairman Geoff Dunford has  more ]

Massive Mansfield, maybe

March 18, 2004

United visit Field Mill on Saturday in a game that could prove to be the fixture on which their whole season hangs. Mansfield are currently six points behind Oxford, but with two games in hand. A win would give the Us some much-needed breathing space, while a defeat would leave the way open for Mansfield,  more ]

Back on track?

March 17, 2004

United ended their run of six winless games with a comfortable win over an appalling Cheltenham side this evening. The narrowness of the 1-0 scoreline, gained thanks to an Andy Crosby penalty after 25 minutes awarded for something or other, shouldn’t detract from the fact that United dominated the game and Andy Woodman in goal  more ]

Walker the wild side?

March 16, 2004

United welcome near(ish) neighbours Cheltenham Town to the KasStad tomorrow, hot on the heels of two successive defeats. Twelfth-placed Cheltenham, meanwhile, were only denied victory at top of the league Doncaster by a last minute equaliser on Saturday. United desperately need to win this match to restore confidence and get their promotion challenge back on  more ]

Slip-sliding away

March 13, 2004

United tumbled out of the automatic promotion places this afternoon, with a display at Carlisle that was more reminiscent of a side at the other end of the table. That lowly position belongs to Carlisle, 92nd club in the league, who were still able to outperform United to beat them 2-0. Tom Cowan opened the  more ]

Up to the bottom

March 11, 2004

United travel all the way oop north to play bottom of the table Carlisle on Saturday, probably wishing that they didn’t have to. Carlisle beat 4th placed Huddersfield 1-0 on Tuesday at Brunton Park, to leave them unbeaten in their last seven home games. Oxford, on the other hand, haven’t won in their last five  more ]

Huddersfield duffed

March 9, 2004

First the good news: Huddersfield’s game in hand over Oxford United ended in defeat as Peter Duffield scored on his debut to give bottom club Carlisle victory this evening. Now the bad news: United are Carlisle’s next victims, this Saturday. Elsewhere in the division Cheltenham, who visit the KasStad tomorrow week, lost 2-1 at Darlington,  more ]