Away hoodoo strikes again

Banbury Cake: James Constable is denied by Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Michael Poke during last season’s goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium. The U’s open their new campaign there on August 16 James Constable is denied by Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Michael Poke during last season’s goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium. The U’s open their new campaign there on August 16

Chris Wilder described Oxford United’s opening matches for the 2012/13 as “cracking, but tough”, after the npower League Two fixtures were unveiled yesterday.

However, the U’s manager admitted he was disappointed that for the third season in a row – which co-incides with their promotion back into the Football League – United’s first, last and Boxing Day matches are all away from home.

Wilder takes his side to play Bristol Rovers on Saturday, August 18 four days after their season starts with a home Capital One Cup match against AFC Bournemouth.

The match has added spice with Rovers interested in signing United’s leading scorer James Constable.

The Pirates have so far had two bids rejected for the striker, but are likely to come back with an improved offer this summer.

United’s first home league match is against Southend on Tuesday, August 21, with Wilder’s men also at home to Plymouth four days later, but they end with an unglamorous trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday, April 27.

September looks a particularly tough month, with four of United’s six games away from home, at York, Burton, Cheltenham and title favourites Rother-ham.

But it is the Boxing Day trip to Exeter that will be particularly frustrating for United.

That game is traditionally the best-watched of the season, and another away match means missing out on a bumper gate and a big pay-day.

Wilder said that he thought things might be different this time around.

“It’s a cracking start to the season,” he said, “but a tough one too.

“The bigger games look after themselves, but it is a disappointment – especially for the supporters – that we are away on those three big days.”

He added: “I suppose that the one good thing from the supporters’ point of view is that Bristol is close. I would think we might sell out for that one being the opening day of the season and local.”

The U’s are at least at home to local rivals Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Their first match with Wycombe, which is also away, is on Saturday, October 27.

Fixture chart in today's Oxford Mail

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12:26pm Tue 19 Jun 12

LeGod says...

A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone.

Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes.

So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club.

We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder.

Rovers away first game i see a loss for you.
A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone. Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes. So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club. We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder. Rovers away first game i see a loss for you. LeGod

12:38pm Tue 19 Jun 12

magicrugmaker says...

What on earth are you doing Reading the Oxford mail? Second have you got nothing better to do with your life then to **** at its readers. I suggest you stop having sex with your sister and get a life sir.
What on earth are you doing Reading the Oxford mail? Second have you got nothing better to do with your life then to **** at its readers. I suggest you stop having sex with your sister and get a life sir. magicrugmaker

1:42pm Tue 19 Jun 12

wayoutwest says...

LeGod, appreciate your efforts at a wind-up but if you are going to go to such lengths let's at least get your facts right. I think you'll find that the reason Roberts 'preferred' to come and play for a bunch of in-breds may have had something to do with the fact he was released by Huddersfield Town and therefore unemployed!
LeGod, appreciate your efforts at a wind-up but if you are going to go to such lengths let's at least get your facts right. I think you'll find that the reason Roberts 'preferred' to come and play for a bunch of in-breds may have had something to do with the fact he was released by Huddersfield Town and therefore unemployed! wayoutwest

2:53pm Tue 19 Jun 12

davecuddoufc says...

Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge.
As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant.
Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge. As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant. davecuddoufc

8:59am Wed 20 Jun 12

LeGod says...

up the football league we go.

We are Paolo's Red & White army -

as all our new signings are saying they are signing for us because of the clubs and the managers ambition whereas Oxford's ambition is contentment in the basement of the football league and a very mediocre season coming up for you lot.

Love it
up the football league we go. We are Paolo's Red & White army - as all our new signings are saying they are signing for us because of the clubs and the managers ambition whereas Oxford's ambition is contentment in the basement of the football league and a very mediocre season coming up for you lot. Love it LeGod

9:21am Wed 20 Jun 12

saddletramp says...

LeGod says...
8:59am Wed 20 Jun 12

up the football league we go.

We are Paolo's Red & White army -

as all our new signings are saying they are signing for us because of the clubs and the managers ambition whereas Oxford's ambition is contentment in the basement of the football league and a very mediocre season coming up for you lot.

Love it

Posting at 8.59am,shouldnt you be at work and not reading about the club you are clearly obsessed with?
Ah just heard,the big issue had a printing problem this morning.
LeGod says... 8:59am Wed 20 Jun 12 up the football league we go. We are Paolo's Red & White army - as all our new signings are saying they are signing for us because of the clubs and the managers ambition whereas Oxford's ambition is contentment in the basement of the football league and a very mediocre season coming up for you lot. Love it Posting at 8.59am,shouldnt you be at work and not reading about the club you are clearly obsessed with? Ah just heard,the big issue had a printing problem this morning. saddletramp

11:45am Wed 20 Jun 12

wayoutwest says...

LeGod, as previously stated Roberts was out of work so he would say that wouldn't he!
LeGod, as previously stated Roberts was out of work so he would say that wouldn't he! wayoutwest

11:47am Wed 20 Jun 12

yellowhoods says...

davecuddoufc wrote:
Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge. As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant.
Roll on the rovers game, im 100% behind Chris wilder, and the board has my full backing......coyy!!!
[quote][p][bold]davecuddoufc[/bold] wrote: Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge. As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Roll on the rovers game, im 100% behind Chris wilder, and the board has my full backing......coyy!!! yellowhoods

12:46pm Wed 20 Jun 12

LeGod says...

easy to wind up
easy to wind up LeGod

3:17pm Wed 20 Jun 12

LeGod says...

wayoutwest - get your facts right you idiot - Roberts had offers from championship sides as well as us and he saw more potential with the plans we have in place than the other clubs he spoke to unlike anything Oxford can provide. And No we are not paying high wages we have a wage structure in place which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes as he wanted mega money and for me we have a better deal by signing a proven player for L1 unlike injury prone Hughes.
wayoutwest - get your facts right you idiot - Roberts had offers from championship sides as well as us and he saw more potential with the plans we have in place than the other clubs he spoke to unlike anything Oxford can provide. And No we are not paying high wages we have a wage structure in place which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes as he wanted mega money and for me we have a better deal by signing a proven player for L1 unlike injury prone Hughes. LeGod

3:51pm Wed 20 Jun 12

OUFC 4 EVA says...

LeGod wrote:
A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone. Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes. So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club. We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder. Rovers away first game i see a loss for you.
Oooohhh here she goes again boring all the true U's fans on here! Jog on Scummer and go back to your racist manager and his sides sh*tty website!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone. Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes. So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club. We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder. Rovers away first game i see a loss for you.[/p][/quote]Oooohhh here she goes again boring all the true U's fans on here! Jog on Scummer and go back to your racist manager and his sides sh*tty website! OUFC 4 EVA

3:54pm Wed 20 Jun 12

yellowhoods says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
LeGod wrote: A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone. Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes. So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club. We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder. Rovers away first game i see a loss for you.
Oooohhh here she goes again boring all the true U's fans on here! Jog on Scummer and go back to your racist manager and his sides sh*tty website!
Hes just le god nothing special
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: A tough start for you Yellows and i see a tough season ahead for you. The enthusiasm and drive is not in your club anymore as we are not in your league so your clubs desire has gone. Three quality signings for us yesterday and more to come and for all the idiotic Yellow fans who keep stating we are spending too much if you read the news we have set a budget which wont be broken which is why we didnt sign Lee Hughes. So read the proper articles before you keep slating our club. We have very successful business people in charge running our club and they wont break the bank. Players want to play for Paolo and when you have the likes of Roberts preferring to come and play for us as opposed to championship teams because of Paolo that says alot and i can see any player saying the same about Wilder. Rovers away first game i see a loss for you.[/p][/quote]Oooohhh here she goes again boring all the true U's fans on here! Jog on Scummer and go back to your racist manager and his sides sh*tty website![/p][/quote]Hes just le god nothing special yellowhoods

3:03pm Fri 22 Jun 12

john bowen says...

Am I right in thinking that when we did have the chance of a so called Bumper Boxing Day fixture a couple of years ago, it was so important to us that we could Not even ensure that the pitch was in a fit state to play the fixture!!!!! I may be wrong :-(
Am I right in thinking that when we did have the chance of a so called Bumper Boxing Day fixture a couple of years ago, it was so important to us that we could Not even ensure that the pitch was in a fit state to play the fixture!!!!! I may be wrong :-( john bowen

7:50pm Sat 23 Jun 12

the wizard says...

Mr Wilder, you talk already as if you are doomed. If you any confidence in your players and your team as a collective you would put such issue's behind you and get on with the job at hand .

You will have to play these clubs at some point, so get on and build a team, or have you no money, no will, no desire and no passion.

Your negativity is there for all to see. I think your club, your directors, your management and to a point your players, have hit the buffers, gone as far as they can. New Top Man needed, along with management clear out, Wilder the Slider as well. Start again, only this time with belief and a desire to do better. OU on the rocks right now.
Mr Wilder, you talk already as if you are doomed. If you any confidence in your players and your team as a collective you would put such issue's behind you and get on with the job at hand . You will have to play these clubs at some point, so get on and build a team, or have you no money, no will, no desire and no passion. Your negativity is there for all to see. I think your club, your directors, your management and to a point your players, have hit the buffers, gone as far as they can. New Top Man needed, along with management clear out, Wilder the Slider as well. Start again, only this time with belief and a desire to do better. OU on the rocks right now. the wizard

8:36pm Sun 24 Jun 12

yellowhoods says...

the wizard wrote:
Mr Wilder, you talk already as if you are doomed. If you any confidence in your players and your team as a collective you would put such issue's behind you and get on with the job at hand . You will have to play these clubs at some point, so get on and build a team, or have you no money, no will, no desire and no passion. Your negativity is there for all to see. I think your club, your directors, your management and to a point your players, have hit the buffers, gone as far as they can. New Top Man needed, along with management clear out, Wilder the Slider as well. Start again, only this time with belief and a desire to do better. OU on the rocks right now.
Great post, we are in for a nightmare season. I reckon wilder will get the sack early doors, dubes will take over!!!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Mr Wilder, you talk already as if you are doomed. If you any confidence in your players and your team as a collective you would put such issue's behind you and get on with the job at hand . You will have to play these clubs at some point, so get on and build a team, or have you no money, no will, no desire and no passion. Your negativity is there for all to see. I think your club, your directors, your management and to a point your players, have hit the buffers, gone as far as they can. New Top Man needed, along with management clear out, Wilder the Slider as well. Start again, only this time with belief and a desire to do better. OU on the rocks right now.[/p][/quote]Great post, we are in for a nightmare season. I reckon wilder will get the sack early doors, dubes will take over!!! yellowhoods

11:04pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Malkym says...

Well there you go Yellowhoods course its a great post its from a sWINdon supporter PMSL! You're doomed laddie - DOOMED!! I say!
Well there you go Yellowhoods course its a great post its from a sWINdon supporter PMSL! You're doomed laddie - DOOMED!! I say! Malkym

11:08pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Malkym says...

davecuddoufc wrote:
Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge. As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant.
Bound to put your teeth on edge -cos you have to grit them all the time wishing you were us and we were you still languishing in the basement of the football league under "Gene" Wilder!!
[quote][p][bold]davecuddoufc[/bold] wrote: Just saying the word 'Sw*ndon' puts my teeth on edge. As far as the 'hoodoo' goes, the fixtures secretary must have it in for us. What a b*sturd Good luck CW and the lads. Pauline Da C*ntio? Irrelevant. Le Gourd (P*nis sheath)? - also irrelevant.[/p][/quote]Bound to put your teeth on edge -cos you have to grit them all the time wishing you were us and we were you still languishing in the basement of the football league under "Gene" Wilder!! Malkym

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