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PREVIEW Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town

A full guide as Oxford United celebrate their 125th Anniversary

27 October 2018

Oxford United celebrate their 125th Anniversary when they welcome Shrewsbury Town to Grenoble Road on Saturday in Sky Bet League 1

Team News

The U's are unbeaten in four games with Gavin Whyte scoring a stunning goal at Charlton in midweek to earn the U's another point. That goal may be enough to earn the Northern Ireland winger a starting place against the Shrews but there is fierce competition for the attacking places with Samir Carruthers also pushing for a start after injury and Ricky Holmes back in the team at the Valley on Tuesday after a back problem.

Shandon Baptiste has an operation early next week to fix a shoulder problem, joining Jon Obika and Rob Hall on the sidelines.

See Cameron Brannagan and Karl Robinson previewing the game in iFollow right now.

The Opposition

Shrewsbury are in 18th place, four points above the U's, and boss John Askey saw his side enjoy a fine 3-1 win over Barnsley this week, which he hopes can lead to a first away win this season when they take on the U's.

“They are a team that are improving,” Askey said. “There is no easy games in this league and that has been proven.We have done well against the top teams as we have against the ones around us - We won’t be taking any games lightly.It’s important that we start to show the fighting spirit that we showed on Tuesday.

“We don’t want to be doing that come April time, so this is the time now to try and push on to gives us that breathing space.No matter where we play we have to feel confident that we can get a result."”

Tickets

Tickets are just £12.50 for this game provided you buy before matchday. Call 01865 337533 until 5.30pm on Friday or book online at www.oufctickets.co.uk up until midday on Saturday

Normal match prices will apply when the Ticket Office opens on Saturday at midday.

The Kit

United will be playing in orange to honour the memory of Headington United. There are 125 replica shirts available in the Club Shop, each one 'numbered' for one year and with £30 of the £75 price going to the Academy to help bring through the next generation of young players.

These are only available in person when the shop opens at 11am - queues are expected with certain years sure to sell quickly as fans mark their favourite seasons, the year of their birth or perhaps the year they first saw United play. @OUFCOfficial will be there to keep you up to date when the shirts go on sale for the first time.

The actual match shirts will also be available to buy - first at auction at the 125th Anniversary dinner being held on Saturday night at the Bodleian library, and then any remaining shirts will be auctioned online next week.

The Celebrations

We have so much going on around the ground  as we celebrate our birthday. As well as the kit we have a live band playing in the bar pre match and we will be joined by over 30 stars of the past. Please get to your seats nice and early because our parade of stars will start at 2.30pm

PARKING

Following a full review of car parking on matchdays we kindly ask supporters in the numbered bays in the car park immediately in front of the stadium (Car Park A) to wait at least fifteen minutes after the final whistle before moving their cars. Everyone affected has been contacted directly about this.

Away Fans

If you are a Shrewsbury fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf Don't forget that there is a special away version of the matchday programme with additional information for visiting supporters.

Polythene UK 50/Fifty Draw

There will be another big prize in the half time draw where half the money raised goes to one lucky winner. Tickets cost just £1 and our sellers are all around the ground.

Family

Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available HERE: OUFC Family Guide

Family Room

The Family Room is open for all Saturday home games and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South  and East Stands from 1.30pm onwards

Coverage

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and Ireland and see is you are an exiled fan. There will also be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site with our OUFC Live coverage. Clive lives....

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Clockwork Orange

U's celebrate 125th Anniversary with a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury

27 October 2018

Oxford United marked their 125th Anniversary with a win that kept their unbeaten run going this afternoon. Early goals from Josh Ruffels and Gavin Whyte and a late strike from Marcus Browne eased the Boys From Up The Hill past Shrewsbury in front of many of the club legends invited back to enjoy the birthday celebrations.

Already four games unbeaten, United got off to a flying start with two headers giving them a two goal cushion inside the first 14 minutes that effectively killed the game.

It took 125 years and three minutes for them to get the first. The second corner in quick succession was swung in by Tony McMahon and Ruffels got across his man at the near post to crash home his header and make it 1-0 to the Oranges.

Ten minutes later it was 2-0 and again McMahon was the source. This time it came after a neat passing move and ended with a fantastic cross which invited Whyte to leap and power in another header. Keeper Coleman got a hand to it but could only push it in to the roof of the net as United doubled their lead.

Whyte, back in to the starting line up after his spectacular goal at Charlton in midweek, is a breath of fresh air with his pace and direct running from deep, but United were compact and neat after opening up that two-goal lead and ready to use his direct running as and when required. The Shrews were tame in the first half and rarely troubled Simon Eastwood until a Luke Waterfall header in the second half just reminded United of their defensive responsibilities.

United saw a couple of efforts go well wide from Holmes and Mackie and were still good value for their lead despite an improved performance from Salop after the break. A Holmes drive on 79 was probably as close as United came to a third goal, with the winger outstanding and constantly driving his team forward, before Browne's finsihing touch.

This time it came after the ball hit the ref and ran for Mackie who slipped the sub in on goal. He waited for the keeper to commit himself then passed the ball home to ensure the Anniversary was perfect.

Today was all about the occasion. Big crowd, big win and Oxford United are on the up.

The future is bright. The future is yellow...

Att: 8,697

Away 594

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels, stats by OPTA

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