• U's look for third Wembley win
• Appleton waits on injuries
• Barnsley in good shape
• Full details for the big game
Oxford United head for Wembley on Sunday for the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (2.30pm)
The U’s have beaten Swindon Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, Yeovil and Millwall to reach this, their third Wembley final and will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins at Wembley following victories in 1986 and 2010.
, the one survivor from the Play-Off Final win in 2010 returned to the side last weekend and is set to lead his side out proudly as the first man to play at Wembley twice for the U’s.
“It would be the proudest moment of my career” he told Yellow Player HD. “There’s not as much pressure on it as there was for the play-off but we are going there to win it and then looking to build on that for the last six league games afterwards.”
Wright’s regular partner in central defence this season has been Johnny Mullins
but he picked up a hip injury at Cambridge on Monday and is a doubt, along with left back Joe Skarz
“They are both sore but we will look at them in training on Friday” Head Coach Michael Appleton said. “By end of play or early on Saturday morning we will have a much clearer idea of who is available. “
replaced the suspended John Lundstram
at Cambridge while Callum O’Dowda, Jordan Evans
and Jonjoe Kenny all return to the squad after international duty.
See a full video preview with the players and Michael plus a Preview Show in Yellow Player HD where we will have the whole game LIVE.
Barnsley Caretaker Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has guided his side to within two points of the play-off places in League One, losing just twice during his 11-game reign.
“I think the lads have given everything,” he said. “It might be in their mind subconsciously as the tension and everything builds up but every game between now and the end of the season is huge. We’re chasing a massive prize, or two massive prizes should I say but you can’t question the commitment or the work rate of the players.”
Over 33,000 Oxford fans have already booked their place for Wembley on Sunday.
Further tickets are available on the day at Wembley.
These tickets, at £20 and £28 along with a limited number at £36 and £48 (subject to availability) with Under 17s and Over 65s half price, will only be available for Oxford United supporters at the East Ticket Office and not from the club itself. The Wembley Ticket Office will open at 10.30am on Sunday
Please note there will be no cash payment at the turnstiles: all tickets for Oxford United supporters must be bought from the East Ticket Office
Supporters who are collecting tickets will need ID or a Letter of Authority if they were not booked in their name. Those with Letters of Authority will need ID for themselves and sufficient information.
Any supporters that have booked tickets already and not received them can call 0333 321 3112
until 5pm on Friday 1st April.
The Wembley Stadium Ticket Offices are located on level B1 at the north of the stadium, at the end of Olympic Way (This is the pedestrian walkway from Wembley Park Tube Station). The Ticket Offices are clearly signposted. Please ask any member of stadium staff for directions.
WEAR YOUR COLOURS
The Oxford United Club Shop is full of great ways to wear your colours on Sunday, from hats and scarves to replica kit and flags. The shop is open until 5.30pm on Friday, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and from 9am to 10am on Sunday
The London Road club will be taking 34 coaches to the game, leaving from the Kassam Stadium at 10am and supporters are advised to leave early.
The Oxford Bus Company have a great offer. Travel from Oxford before midday and not only do you pay just £12 but £1 of that will be donated to the Oxford United Community Trust. Take the X90 and then the Metropolitan line to Wembley Park from Hillingdon or Baker Street (fare not included).
Wembley Stadium has provided a full guide to transport, parking and travel information on the day. Click HERE to find out more
TFL have asked us to point out that Bakerloo line trains are not stopping at Paddington station until mid-August due to planned station works.
From Paddington, please use one of the following alternative routes:
• Take the Hammersmith & City or Circle line to Baker Street and change for the northbound Metropolitan line to Wembley Park station.
• Walk or use local buses to Marylebone for Chiltern Railway services to Wembley Stadium station.
PRE MATCH PUBS
Oxford United are at the East Side/Wembley Park end of the ground and the following pubs have been designated for Oxford fans:
Blue Check Cafe, Crystal Nightclub, First Class Sports Bar, Flyers Last Stand, Moore Spice (1966), The Crock of Gold, The Parish, The Torch, The Wembley Tavern, Watkin’s Folly
Peter Rhoades-Brown swaps the Kassam Stadium for Wembley in pre-match and needs your help. ‘Rosie’ will be trying to help the Oxford fans drown out their Barnsley counterparts with the loudest ever version of ‘Left Side/Right Side London Road. Play your part shortly before 2pm
The match programme, produced by O Publishing, will be available all around the ground and features the thoughts of Michael Appleton, Jake Wright
, Benji Buchel
, Kemar Roofe
and Johnny Mullins
plus a great interview with 1986 captain Malcolm Shotton. Michael Duberry casts his eye over the game as well. Priced £5, the programme will be on sale around the stadium
Our thanks to Buildbase (shorts sponsors), Textures Flooring (Anthem Jacket sponsors), Brookes University (Mascot Sponsors) and KLM Chauffeurs for their help with the mascots.
ALL THE ODDS
If you fancy a flutter then do it with Sky Bet. Every account opened earns United money; every bet placed earns them a little more.
For the full range of odds available on the match click HERECOVERAGE
If you can’t be with us then live full match commentary is available in Yellow Player HD. Yellow Player HD is the ONLY place on the internet where you can listen to the game live and there will also be video interviews with all the key men.
THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- An exciting match console
- A full match report the minute the final whistle is blown
- A full photo gallery of all the key moments
- The Head Coach and key players' reactions in Yellow Player HD.
Or follow @OUFCOfficial on Twitter for regular updates and all the action.