5 of the Best Oxford Comebacks

We take a look back at five of the most spectacular comebacks available on the internet.

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The Curse of the Kassam?

A pair of articles examining Oxford's poor home form and speculating on the reasons why. In the first we lay the blame on the counter-attacking system. In the second, we examine the role of the home fans.

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The Future's Bright

Oxford's under-18s outclass their Swindon counterparts, leaving your writer purring over their future prospects in the first team.

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The Importance of Width in League Two

Why Sean Rigg and Alfie Potter's form will be essential to our hopes of League Two promotion this season.

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We'll Win Nothing With Kids?

We look at whether the young development squad players are ready to step up to first team action.

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Friday, 28 September 2012

PREVIEW: Rotherham United Away (29/09/12)

After such a great start we now go into our last match (of six) in September still looking for our first league points this month. This run of form is atrocious and understandably Chris Wilder's position has been questioned as a result (see here and here for two interesting contributions to the debate). It is in this climate of unrest that we make our first ever trip to Rotherham's hilariously-named New York Stadium.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Chat with John Shuker

John Shuker played for Oxford for more than a decade and a half and, with more than 500 appearances to his name, has made more Football League appearances for the club than any other. Here's what he had to say when TBFUTH put our questions to him.

Monday, 24 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Yate Town 2-1 Oxford City

Oxford City's impressive Conference North form has been based on hard work, determination and an ability to grind out a result. All of those qualities were on display at Yate Town's Lodge Road on Saturday, but from the hosts, not City.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

PREVIEW: Bradford City Home (22/09/12)

There is one aim that comes above all else when we welcome Bradford to the Kassam: to ensure that four doesn't become five. We are on an awful run of form at the moment, but there were positive signs of recovery against Cheltenham, even if the result didn't go our way.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford City 2-0 Corby Town

While United were struggling to defeat at Cheltenham, Oxford City were again showing them the way with a 2-0 victory over CTFC – Corby Town. The victory moves City up to the dizzy heights of fourth, though most of their league rivals now have a game in hand.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Cheltenham Town 2-1 Oxford United: The Match in Tweets

Oxford fell to yet another defeat, this time away at Cheltenham and there can be no denying that enthusiasm for the club now seems to be at its lowest point in quite some time. So much so that we were unable to find anyone willing to write about last night's match for us, so instead here is the match in Tweets. If you can help us out with future match reports, just email us at tbfuth@hotmail.co.uk.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town Away (18/09/12)

After an excellent first few games, things seem to have fallen apart slightly in recent weeks. And with confidence and morale reaching a new low after Saturday's mauling at the hands of Burton Albion, another tricky away tie in quick succession is probably the last thing we needed.

Monday, 17 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Harrogate Town 1-3 Oxford City

Oxford City continued their excellent start to life in the Conference North with an impressive 3-1 victory away at Harrogate Town. Harrogate were two places ahead of City on goal difference going into the match, but victory in North Yorkshire moved City above their opponents and leaves them just a point behind the play-off places.

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

If the men’s team appear to be faltering, the ladies are currently going from strength to strength. Unbeaten since the opening day of the season they brought Forest Green’s unbeaten start to an end with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Dan Burgess was at Roman Way and wrote us this report.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Burton Albion 4-0 Oxford United

Oxford travel to Cheltenham on Tuesday on the back of three straight defeats after a poor display at Burton Albion. Previous defeats at York – although perhaps undeserved – and to Exeter – probably deserved depending on who you speak to – were followed up by a mauling in Staffordshire. Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma both scored twice as United failed to turn up at the Pirelli. It’s hard to write a lengthy report on a game that left the yellow and blue army feeling so deflated but one can attempt.

Friday, 14 September 2012

PREVIEW: Burton Albion Away (15/09/12)

Oxford hope to get back to winning ways away at Burton, having had a full week to recover from last weekend's disappointing result.This week marks the first time this season that we haven't had to play a midweek match and unfortunately last week was the wrong time to play Exeter with such a tired, depleted side that must have been exhausted after a tough run of games in quick succession.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Jim Rosenthal Falls Victim to Lenagan's Revolution

It seems it's time for another Oxford United panic with the news that Jim Rosenthal has resigned from the board with immediate effect. This, of course, follows the recent departure of Kelvin Thomas from his role as chairman. The Oxford Mail has described Rosenthal's resignation as 'a significant blow', while Yellows Forum is one step away from declaring a state of emergency following the news. But what does it really mean for the club?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 2-4 Exeter City

Despite the pre-match assurances, we seem to have suffered a post-Swindon hangover this weekend against a strong Exeter team. Youcef El-Barhdadi was at the Kassam and wrote us this excellent match report.

MATCH REPORT: Oxford City 2-2 Altrincham

Ten-man Oxford City earned a hard-won point at home to Altrincham on Saturday. City trailed at the break after Altrincham's Damien Reeves scored from the penalty spot, with City captain Chris Wilmott being sent off for the challenge.

But the hosts struck back with two quick fire strikes from Declan Benjamin and Steve Basham early into the second half, before Altrincham again levelled the scores from the penalty spot with half an hour still to play.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

PREVIEW: Exeter City Home (08/09/12)

We may still be recovering from the glory of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but Oxford are already back in league action again with the visit of Exeter City to the Kassam. And what better way to recover from 90 gruelling minutes against higher league opposition on Wednesday than a fiercely competitive match against a side who are one place above us on goal difference?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 1-0 Swindon Town

A large vocal crowd and a huge atmosphere. Late drama triggering pandemonium in the stands. Isn't that just the norm for the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy?

The JPT may be a pointless competition, but this was as intense as any derby match that has preceded it. It was a tense match of few chances which seemed to be heading for penalties before Alfie Potter's late strike ensured bragging rights stayed in Oxford.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford City 4-2 Boston United

Oxford City recovered from defeat at Halifax in style with a magnificent comeback victory over ex-League club Boston United in front of a sparse crowd of just 203. The crowds will be a concern for City, with attendance for the last two home games showing no increase over last season, despite no United games on the same day.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

PREVIEW: Swindon Town Home, JPT (05/09/12)

The season may be less than a month old, but already the drama has begun. We're in the midst of a turbulent week, as United's League Two campaign hit a bump with defeat at York this weekend, followed by troubling rumours linking Chris Wilder with the vacant managerial post at Coventry City. I'm sure we'll have more to say on that as events unfold, but speculation over Wilder's future appears to have overshadowed the latest instalment of the A420 Derby.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

MATCH REPORT: York City 3-1 Oxford United

Keep it tight for the first 10 lads”

These will have been the words of U’s gaffer Chris Wilder as his side left the dressing room for the pitch at Bootham Crescent. He wouldn’t have been banking on Ryan Clarke to not deal with a Patrick McLaughlin shot, Michael Coulson eventually profiteering from Clarke’s error to give York the lead with only 20 seconds played.