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03 September 2019 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW Oxford United v Norwich City U21

A full guide to tonight's game at the Kassam Stadium

3 September 2019

Oxford United welcome Norwich City's under 21 side to the Kassam Stadium this evening as the Trophy gets under way.

Team News
Dan Agyei stands by for his first start since joining from Burnley, having worked hard on his fitness over the last few weeks. The striker is likely to be part of a changed side for the U's where Sam Long, John Mousinho, Kevin Berkoe, Jamie Hanson, George Thorne, Rob Hall and Tariqe Fosu will all be hoping for opportunities.

The Opposition
None of Daniel Farke's senior squad will be involved but Under-23s head coach David Wright is looking for his young side to impress against the U's:

"We will have boys who will surprise us. Not in the sense that we don't know they are good players already, but they will show no fear, they won't be overawed by the occasion," he said. "On nights like this you do find out a lot about these young players. Are they brave enough to get on the ball when they have a 28-year-old with 300 appearances under their belt steaming towards them? That tells us little things about their character.

"We have done our homework on Oxford, we know the shape they have been playing but mostly it is about us."

There is still time to book your place online at and print your tickets at home to save time on the day; our ticket staff are available to talk you through the best seats available on 01865 337533.

Prices have been reduced to:

Adults £10
Over 65 £5
18-21 £5
Under 18 £5
Under 13 £5
Under 7 £1

Central blocks of South West Upper, South East Lower, and the East Stand are open for home fans whilst the North Stand is open to away fans only.

Season Ticket holders seats are not reserved for this fixture.

Tickets can be bought online from, in person, and or via the telephone on 01865 337533.

Please note that this season you can download your ticket to your mobile for use on the day - no need to even print it. 

Meet the Players
Three players who are not involved in the match itself will be in the shop between 17:30-18:30 to sign autographs and pose for photos with any fans who wish to meet them.

With the new away kit back in stock it's a great chance to come and say hello to the players. The Club Shop is in the Ozone complex at the west end of the ground.

As usual there will be Supporter Liaison Officers and Stewards all around the ground to help you with any questions.

The Family Room is not open for this game as the North Stand is not open to home fans, but we have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFCFamily.pdf
We are proud to have a bespoke Sensory Room for fans under 23 who maybe need to take a little time out on a matchday with our fully trained helpers. Just ask a steward if you would like to use it or email Supporter Liaison Officer Kath Faulkner  for more details:

The car parks at the ground will be open as usual and we will tweet (@OUFCOfficial) with traffic and parking updates.

Away fans-  Please park in the West car park- the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
The Rapid Expansion System (RES Gate) will not be in operation behind the North Stand  which means fans can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.
Any supporter with mobility impairment who requires assistance during the fixture is advised to locate an OUFC Supervisor (indicated by either a yellow / orange or orange coat)
Although there is no readmission if you leave the ground during the game Smoking Pens are provided in the North Away, East Stand and executive areas for half time.
If you are a Norwich fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf
The Club Shop is open and the new home and away kits are available.
You can follow the whole game on twitter through @OUFCOfficial, or here in our Match Centre, and hear the game in iFollow if you are in the UK or see it if you are abroad.
And Finally: Thank You

Our thanks to everyone who donated to the bucket collection at the Coventry game on Saturday in aid of the walking football club Defibrillator Appeal. The total raised on the day was a massive £1120.91.

A great effort and our thanks to everyone who helped.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 2 Norwich City U21 1

Brannagan and Baptiste seal United's Trophy win. Full-time report

3 September 2019

Oxford United's campaign in the Trophy began with a comeback win tonight at the Kassam Stadium against  Norwich City's under-21 side. The Canaries were in front through a Shae Hutchinson goal but Cameron Brannagan blasted his side back into contention before Shandon Baptiste curled a delightful winner with five minutes left to ensure that his side made the perfect start to the newly named competition.

As has become the custom in this competition, whoever the sponsors, United threw in a number of their promising youngsters, including Jack Stevens in goal and Kevin Berkoe at left back. He introduced himself with a thunderous tackle in some nervous opening exchanges and generally looked good on the left of a solid back four well protected by Jamie Hanson.

Hanson’s engine-room partner Baptiste acted as playmaker, with debutant Dan Agyei a willing runner up front, although it was the visitors who created the first chance of the game, a 12th-minute snap shot from Tom Scully that flew well wide of the watching Stevens’ goal.

The Canaries were bright on the ball as you would expect, and pacey striker William Hondermarck was constantly looking to sprint in behind the home defence (Hondermarck, get set, go) but John Mousinho and Rob Dickie knew just too much, while the excellent Sam Long made one or two fine blocks and gradually the U’s started to take over.

Rob Hall saw a first shot smothered at source but was also sharper and fitter than in previous games. His drive on 24 produced a reflex save from the startled Billy Johnson in the Norwich goal, and with Agyei and Baptiste also picking holes in the penalty area United were doing well going forward but hadn’t tested the keeper enough in the first half, Hall illustrating that with a 45th-minute drive which went wide off a defender before Baptiste, ominously as it turned out, curled in the best effort of the half with the last kick, seeing Johnson this time fly to his left to keep it out.

United continued in that vein after the break. Agyei received the ball 30 yards from goal and showed his turn of pace to beat his marker but his low shot was saved, and five minutes later he was again denied when Johnson reached up to push his goalbound header over the bar. The problem remained that Norwich had pace to burn and were ideally set up to exploit any space if United over-committed to attack.

That was what created the opening goal on 64 minutes. Hondermarck ran at the defence then released a perfect through ball for Hutchinson who stayed remarkably calm, drawing Stevens out of goal then slotting low and true inside the right-hand post. Against the flow of the game but a perfect 'away goal' all the same.

United needed to chase the game and Sykes, Brannagan and youngster Kyran Lofthouse were each given chances to get their side back into the game, coming off the bench and helping United regain the initiative.

Hall seemed to have fluffed the best opportunity when he met a diving header with his left ear rather than his forehead, sending the ball wide when he really should have done better, but no matter, United were soon level, even if it did come in slightly odd circumstances.

The game was held up for four minutes while the superb Dickie received treatment after a clash of heads. The restart was an uncontested drop ball which Brannagan controlled, moved to his right and then smashed past Johnson from the edge of the box. If the Trophy is to help young players develop then those in Norwich colours will at least have learned to stand in front when defending a drop ball!

There wasn't much they could do about the winner though. Perhaps sliding in to try and intercept a crossfield pass did open up the space, but still Baptiste had plenty to do before he moved the ball on to his right foot and almost nonchalantly floated his shot across Johnson and into the far corner to make it 2-1 and give United maximum points.

A deserved win - few would argue surely that the better side won on the night? - and a good start. There are more important games to come though, starting at Fleetwood on Saturday...

Att: 1,084

Away: 152

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

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Ticket News

Norwich U21 Ticket Details

Ticket prices reduced for the Trophy game on Tuesday

2 September 2019

A reminder that tickets for our Trophy fixture against Norwich City U21’s on Tuesday evening have been reduced in all areas as the U's take on the Canaries

Prices are:

Adults £10
Over 65 £5
18-21 £5
Under 18 £5
Under 13 £5
Under 7 £1

Central blocks of South West Upper, South East Lower, and the East Stand are open for home fans whilst the North Stand is open to away fans only.

Season Ticket holders seats are not reserved for this fixture.

Tickets can be bought online from, in person, and or via the telephone on 01865 337533.

The M Group 1893 Club will be available, prices as follows;

Adult £20
Over 65 / Under 18’s £15
Under 13’ £10

These will be available via the ticket office but must be purchased no later than Midday on Monday 22nd September.

Exec Boxes will be £250 + Vat please email or call 01865 337513 to book.

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