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Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.32) – Walsall away

January 15, 2018 - Added by Paul Beasley

Checkatrade In stark contrast to the Carabao and FA cups where we stayed rooted to the starting blocks, we just keep on running and running in this bloody trophy. Still, there is monetary reward and at the end of it the supposed glory of playing at Wembley in a major final. Did I say major? […]

Fan’s View 2017/18 (no.31) – Blackpool at home

January 7, 2018 - Added by Paul Beasley

Progress or not since our trip to the seaside We played Blackpool at Bloomfield Road back in mid-September. It was then our worst performance of the season and resulted in our second league defeat. We played in that awful black kit (*). Our previously strong defence was poor and that was with Curtis Nelson in […]

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 […]