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Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.30) – MK Dons at home

January 2, 2018 - Added by Paul Beasley

Oxford United 3 MK Dons 1 We drew with the Dons at Stadium MK on 2 September. My recollection is that it was no more than an okay game with us being the better side initially only for the home side to come back into it and then we missed golden chances to have taken […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.29) – Bradford away

December 31, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Bradford City 3 Oxford United 2 We drew 2-2 with Bradford at the Kassam on a Tuesday night back in September. It was a cracking game of football with what appeared to be quality players on both sides. Robbie Hall was on fire. That result left us 8th on 12 points having played seven games. […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.27) Gillingham away

December 27, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Gillingham 1 Oxford United 1 The visit to Priestfield marked the start of the second half of the 2017/18 campaign and coming up against a side for a second time provides an opportunity to assess progress or otherwise. In early September we beat the Gills at the Kassam stadium. After an even first half we […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.26) Wigan at home

December 24, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Wigan Athletic: Finances, Ownership and a bit of History Wigan Athletic were only elected to the Football League in 1978. That’s a fair few years after some of us started watching Oxford United and yes that is “elected” and not won on merit. Southport were booted out. Wigan were the last team to be voted […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.25) Rochdale away

December 17, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Rochdale 0 Oxford United 0 After this drab encounter I felt both great disappointment and also a strange satisfaction. Given the temperature, the conditions, the journey up with a delay on the M6 and then M62, having diverted and opted for the M1, we needed something to warm the cockles of the heart. We didn’t […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.24) – Doncaster at home

December 10, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Free Saturday and the Checkatrade During the season, going a fortnight without watching an Oxford United game is a long time for me but it’s kind of relaxing, provided of course I’ve not got a lengthy period to dwell on a dreadful defeat. That point at Roots Hall was fine by me. That we had […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.23) Southend away

November 26, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Southend United finances and ownership Since I’ve been watching football over many decades a whole host of clubs have moved ground and whilst reasons for this have been varied, the most common is to eventually become more profitable. There are still some looking to go down this route which often comes with a dream, or […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.22) – Blackburn Rovers at home

November 23, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Blackburn Rovers finances and ownership Any football fan worth their salt knows the Blackburn fans have an issue with the Venky’s. This is Rovers first season in the third tier since 1979/80 and they began it with debts of over £100m. That’s staggering. Venky’s is the abbreviated name for the V H Group, an Indian […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.21) Plymouth away

November 20, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Plymouth Argyle finances and ownership The immediate parent company of Plymouth Argyle Football Club Limited is Akkeron Leisure Limited with the ultimate parent company being Natatomisam Limited. The owners of Natatomisam are James and Nicola Brent. James Brent, a former banker, had not been to a football match for over 20 years but was persuaded […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.20) Northampton at home

November 12, 2017 - Added by Paul Beasley

Part1: Another Cup Defeat For previous Checkatrade games this season I’ve not only boycotted but have had little or no interest in even knowing the score. (I know, I even surprised myself with the latter).  Following the abject showing at Vale Park I wanted reassurance that everything wasn’t going down the crapper so tuned in […]