Saturday, 20 August 2011

What the Stats Say...Swindon

Those of a nervous disposition should look away now. Matt Peck returns with a statistical look at our away form at Swindon. And it doesn't make for pretty reading...


Form (League)
Oxford: WLLDW (7pts)
Swindon: LWWLL (6pts)

Times played (at Swindon): 24
Swindon: 16
Oxford: 1
Draws: 7
Swindon: 46
Oxford: 16

Last league Result (At Swindon): (8 October 2000)

Swindon Town 2 - 1 Oxford United
Reeves (20’)            Whittingham (61’)
Grazioli (79’)


Guy Whittingham will always be remembered at Oxford United for the goal he scored in their last visit to the County Ground. It was his only appearance for the yellows.

Oxford’s last (and only) competitive win at the County Ground was in February 1973, where the U’s walked out 1-3 winners thanks to goals from Dave Roberts, Nigel Cassidy and Hugh Curran.

Oxford actually visited the County Ground in 2005, in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Oxford won 3-0, with the goals coming from Lee Bradbury, Craig Davies and Stuart Beavon.

Oxford and Swindon have met 53 times, including all cups, since their first meeting back in 1965. This coupled with the close proximity has created a fierce rivalry. It is fair to say, that Swindon have enjoyed the rivalry more, winning 23 of these meetings.

The last season they met in the league, both Oxford and Swindon struggled. Oxford finished 24th, conceding 100 goals. Swindon scraped through, missing relegation by a single point.

A slightly staggering 28 players have turned out for both Oxford and Swindon. The first to play for both in the league was goalkeeper Owen Medlock.

Tommy Mooney is perhaps the most well known, who played for both. Moving from Swindon after just one year to Oxford in 2004. Interestingly, he moved from Oxford to another local rival, Wycombe, again after just one year.

The last player to play for both was Alex Rhodes, who went to Swindon on loan from Brentford in Oct 2006. He joined Oxford in 2009, made 3 substitute appearances and was released in November. 


*Peter* Whittingham?

Oops, hadn't noticed that error - which I should have done, as he's apparently an Oxford legend according to the Mail! I'll edit that now.

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