Oxford United’s squad may be 3,000 miles from home, but they can still count on the backing of a handful of die-hard supporters.
At each of the U’s games on the pre-season tour to the United States there have been fans proudly wearing the yellow shirt.
As far as away trips go, it makes a Tuesday night visit to Rochdale look insignificant, but for Les Taylor it is the second time he has made the journey, after watching the first tour 12 months
The Oxford-born fan said: “I came over for the games last year and in between visited different states and I decided to do the same again.
“So the trip’s not just about the football – I’m not that crazy – but it was the catalyst for going to the US.”
The United season-ticket holder was invited to spend an evening with the squad last week and saw the benefits of the tour first-hand.
He said: “One thing from it was the team bonding – I couldn’t tell who the new players were.
“People talk about going on trips to Scotland and places like that in pre-season, but getting them away for a week at these facilities is great.”