Review of Oxford United’s season

From August 2015 to May 2016, I have seen many highs that outweigh the lows. Our season started with a 1 all draw at home to Crawley which was followed by an absolutely outstanding performance away at Brentford which saw Kemar Roofe score an absolute screamer. 

Many games needed a bit of magic to stop an inevitable 0 – 0 from happening. It’s unbelievable really how Sam Slocombe was our number 1 but before long, Michael Appleton removed him in favour of Benji Buchel. At first we weren’t really sure what Slocombe had done wrong. 

Looking at goalkeepers and off topic how good was Adam Smith when we played the Cobblers at Sixfields? In my crystal ball I can see Adam Smith moving on.. What will happen to ex U’s Ryan Clarke? There have been rumours that Chris Wilder and Alan Knill are being linked to other jobs, higher up the footballing pyramid. Will ex chairman Kelvin Thomas find a rough diamond to carry on Wilder’s tremendous work? 

I want to congratulate George Baldock, Jonjoe Kenny, Jordan Evans and Jordan Graham on contributing to getting United automatic promotion. 👏👏 In 2006, I wasn’t at our disastrous final game that led us to falling from Grace into non league football. 2010 was a memorable year as with Kelvin Thomas’ leadership and Chris Wilder in charge we returned to the coupon. Matt Green, Alfie Potter and James Constable will always be heroes. 

Some highlights from 2015 where when United played Swansea City in front of a packed out Kassam Stadium. Who would have thought that we’d get to the 4th round of the FA cup? To beat Swindon Town at home for the 5th time in a row that was massive as it led to us facing Barnsley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley. 

I could go on about United’s brilliant season but I would like to congratulate Chris Wilder and Alan Knill on guiding the Cobblers to the championship and Bristol Rovers to the last automatic position. I’m really looking forward to the 2016/2017 season as the 2nd best team in the league will be pitting there wits against.. Coventry, Sheffield United, Fleetwood, Peterborough. We’ve also got relatively close games with the likes of that lot from up the A420, Northampton, MK Dons, Bristol Rovers and Charlton. 

Saturday and away at Notts County will remain treasured and will put smiles on the faces of many United fans. 

Chris Maguire thank you for your penalties,  Jordan Bowery thank you for your hold up play, Jonjoe Kenny for your important blocks, Jordan Evans for your goal at home to Yeovil. George Waring for the 5th goal away at Crawley. These loanees have all contributed to our success of Automatic promotion, but I’d like to say thank you to Kemar Roofe, Callum O Dowda, Liam Sercombe, Chey Dunkley and the rest of the squad. 

Saturday marks the start of a new era. The U’s are going up! 

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