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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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Oxford's All-Time Worst XI

Here's something that will give you nightmares this Halloween. We've scoured the archives for Oxford's worst ever players to put together the All-Time Worst Oxford XI – set up, naturally in everyone's favourite formation, the 5-3-2. Read it and weep.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Wycombe Wanderers 1-3 Oxford United: The Match in Tweets

The U's responded to Tuesday's defeat at Rochdale in style, bagging an impressive 3-1 win over neighbours Wycombe in front of a sold out away end. James Constable began the scoring in the opening minutes and appears to have developed a healthy partnership with Tom Craddock, who doubled the lead at the start of the second half. Wycombe pulled a goal back through a penalty but it proved to be no more than a consolation as Johnny Mullins added the icing on the cake for our first 'M40 Derby' victory in seven years.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

PREVIEW: Wycombe Wanderers Away (27/10/12)

Oxford will be attempting to avoid a seventh straight defeat on the road this weekend when they take the field at Wycombe's Adams Park. But with just 30 miles separating the two teams, and around 2,000 yellows making the short trip, perhaps the away day blues will be less pronounced this weekend.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Rochdale 2-0 Oxford United: The Match in Tweets

In what is fast becoming a worrying trend Oxford again failed to build on a good win, returning Oxford fans to their usual state of misery with defeat at Rochdale – despite dominating the match from start to (almost) finish. After finally appearing to turn a corner with a 5-0 demolition of Accrington on Saturday (unfortunately we had no report on that match, typically!) it was back down to Earth with a bump on a miserable night at Spotland. Here's what you had to say about the game:

Saturday, 20 October 2012

PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley Home (20/10/12)

Oxford are hoping for a speedy recovery from Monday's disappointing defeat to Port Vale, with Accrington the visitors at the Kassam. The temptation for some is to view home games against the smaller sides in the league as gimmes, but anyone who has watched our previous games with Accy will know that won't be the case. They're a good side and will come here looking for a win.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Debunking the Injury Crisis

Back in March we asked the question 'Is Fitness a Problem for Oxford United?', and after a horrendous late-season collapse it was clear to all that it was indeed a problem – a major one. Measures were introduced in the summer to correct the situation but two months into the season we find ourselves 19th in the table and with the busiest treatment table in the country. Essentially, this raises two questions which need answers: 1) why, after the introduction of the much-vaunted fitness programme, are we still plagued by injuries? 2) Are injuries the sole reason for our poor season?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

MATCH REPORT: Port Vale 3-0 Oxford United

Hopes of an Oxford resurgence were cruelly dashed last night as the league's best attack unsurprisingly overcame one the of the league's worst defences by three goals to nil with the nation watching on through their TVs.

Monday, 15 October 2012

PREVIEW: Port Vale Away (15/10/12)

Oxford travel to Port Vale for an unusual Monday night match against the league's second-placed side, just over a week after facing leaders Gillingham in our last league match. An impressive victory away at Cheltenham in the JPT has renewed a sense of optimism about this side, but Vale have only lost twice so far this season and will present a stern test.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Non-League Day Preview

Sky's decision to move our trip to Port Vale to Monday for TV has left us with a blank weekend. But never fear, there is still plenty of football in Oxfordshire this weekend for yellows fans to get their fix. This Saturday is the annual Non-League Day event, timed to coincide with the international break for the Premier League and Championship, and clubs the length and breadth of the country are preparing to celebrate the Non-League game. So, with that in mind, why not head down to your local Non-League club and get involved this weekend?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Dave Langan - 'Running Through Walls'

By now I suspect that most Oxford fans are familiar with the tale of Dave Langan and his tragic fall from the very top of the game to the very bottom of society. His testimonial match at the Kassam last year certainly raised awareness of his plight locally and those who want to hear Dave's story straight from the horse's mouth can now do so following the publication of his autobiography, Running Through Walls.

MATCH REPORT: Banbury United 1-1 Frome Town

Banbury United have struggled so far this season, finding themselves second from bottom of the Southern League Premier after they were humiliated 8-1 by league leaders Stourbridge three weeks ago. They returned to the league against Frome Town after FA Trophy duty and looked all the better for their break from the grind of league football.

Monday, 8 October 2012

MATCH REPORT: Yate Town 2-1 North Leigh

Yate Town seem to have become something of a jinx for Oxfordshire football clubs. After shocking Oxford City in the last round of the FA Cup, they then dispensed with North Leigh by the same scoreline.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 0-0 Gillingham

By Olly Howells,

After finally ending the horror run of September with a win against Wimbledon, Oxford headed into the game against Gillingham looking to build on that result, and that’s exactly what happened, with the U’s being the first side to take points from Gillingham on the road all season.

Friday, 5 October 2012

PREVIEW: Gillingham Home (06/10/12)

Oxford's six-game losing streak finally came to an end on Tuesday against Wimbledon, but now league leaders Gillingham are in town to try and undo the good work from midweek. The match comes at exactly the wrong time for us to rebuild our fragile confidence, but if we can somehow get a result it could do wonders for our season.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

MATCH REPORT: Oxford United 3-2 AFC Wimbledon

Finally, after more than a month and six league games, Oxford have managed to record their fourth win of the season. It came against a Wimbledon side who have struggled all season, but who could have taken the points in what was a lively, if scrappy, affair at the Kassam Stadium. And despite the euphoria that accompanies the win, there were still many aspects of the performance that leave cause for concern.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon Home (02/10/12)

So, we've finished September with the same number of points as we started with - a frankly appalling record for a busy month with six league matches crammed into it. On the back of such a terrible record-equalling run of six defeats, perhaps AFC Wimbledon – as one of the few sides to have accumulated fewer points than us so far – are the ideal opponents to begin October with. Of course, due to our form, Wimbledon will be viewing the fixture as a good one to kick-start their own season.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Rotherham United 3-1 Oxford United: The Match in Tweets

Oxford fans of a nervous disposition look away now. It's the match in tweets as United fall to their sixth defeat in a row at Rotherham United's New York Stadium.