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PREVIEW Oxford United v Barnsley

A full guide to tonight's Sky Bet League 1 game at the Kassam Stadium

23 January 2024

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Oxford United welcome Barnsley to the Kassam Stadium tonight in Sky Bet League 1 (7.45pm)

The U's and the Tykes are locked together in fifth and sixth place on 49 points after 26 games, with both sides keen to get back in to action after postponements at the weekend.

United welcome back Sam Long after injury. The defender is someone Des Buckingham knows well, as he told iFollow

"I coached Sam in the under 9s when he was starting out as a player and I was starting as a coach! It's been quite a journey and he has been a wonderful servant to the club. He is fit and will be in the squad again. We may have Stephan Negru and Josh Murphy available as well; if not then for Bristol Rovers on Saturday so we are getting players back at a key time in the season."

Jamie Cumming makes his home debut after joining from Chelsea on loan while Tyler Burey will be hoping for his first appearance since joining from Odense. New signing Will Goodwin is making good progress after a quad injury but is still a week or two away from being involved.

See the full interviews with Des and Ciaron Brown in iFollow right now.

Barnsley Boss Neill Collins was unimpressed after a second pitch inspection led to his side’s game at Stevenage being called off on Saturday. Having survived an 11am inspection the game was called off at 1pm.

"The biggest frustration for me is that 1,300 Barnsley fans were coming to support the team." he said “I'm really frustrated and disappointed. I think the Football League need to have a review of how they handle these situations”.

Barnsley, with former United player Herbie Kane always a danger and Devante Cole the top scorer in the division, are right up there alongside United in the form table with six wins and four draws from their last 10 games in League One

Tickets for the game are available now. Click HERE to buy or call the Ticket Office team on 01865 337533.

There will be a period of applause just before the game where we remember the Oxford United fans who sadly passed away during 2023. This has been moved to this fixture after Saturday's postponement. Please join us in saluting those we have lost.

There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand will be open so pedestrians can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.

The Club Shop has a huge January Sale on right now with new lines added. Take a look online HERE

How To Buy

The quickest way to get hold of your Match Ticket is through OUFCTickets, you can access the website by clicking HERE. Alternatively, if you need assistance you can email the Ticket Office at or call 01865 337533.

23/24 Match Ticket Pricing


Yellows Members and Yellows Member+ can benefit from discounts on advanced home match ticket purchases (£2 adult and £1 concession).

Fees & Charges

  • £1.00 per transaction for online bookings
  • £1.00 per transaction for telephone bookings

No delivery fee for digital tickets - download or print your tickets immediately

£2.00 per booking for standard post

Delivery Times
For a weekend match, any bookings made after 3pm on the Wednesday before will be held for collection.

For a Tuesday match, any bookings made after 3pm on the Friday before, will be held for collection.

Away tickets booked after the advertised cut off time will be available to collect at The Kassam Ticket Office until 3pm on the Friday before the game. Any uncollected will then be sent to the ticket office of the club we are playing, for collection there on the match day.

If you have selected the postage option and your ticket(s) have not arrived by noon on the Friday before the game we advise that you call the Ticket Office on 01865 337533.

The Ticket Office is open until 5pm on a Friday and from noon on a home fixture Saturday.

Oxford United
Grenoble Road


By Car
The stadium is signposted on all major approach roads to Oxford with the brown “attraction” signs and a football icon. For Satnavs, use postcode OX4 4XP. Away supporters should head for car park B1, opposite the VUE cinema (see below).

The stadium has unreserved spaces for around 2,000 cars at each game. Parking is free of charge and on a first come, first served basis. Away supporters should head for west car park B1 or B2. If these are full you will be directed to the overflow carpark which is past the VUE cinema and club shop.

Note that after most matches there is a security gate in place behind the North Stand, which prevents direct access from the away end to the East car parks


Disabled Supporters
There are specific marked bays for disabled supporters near to each stand. Click HERE for full information for supporters with disabilities or call 01865 337533.

Parking Near the Ground
There is some road parking near the ground with spaces between the stadium and the Watlington Road roundabout. All supporters attending games are asked to respect the Residents Only schemes that operate in the nearby streets and not to park on the double yellow lines on approach roads. The lines do include the grass verges along the edge of the road as well and the club will not accept responsibility for any parking tickets issued to motorists who park there.


The nearest station is Oxford (OXF). If you arrive at Oxford Parkway (OXP) we suggest you take a connecting train to Oxford. Oxford Station is approximately five miles from the stadium.

Taxis will take around 15 minutes to get to the ground from the rank outside the station and will usually cost around £15-£20.


From Oxford City Centre

The 3A runs every half hour from bus stop E1 (near the Westgate shopping centre). It stops at Grenoble Road on the south side of the stadium.

For evening matches note that the bus leaves the stadium at 9:47 pm and 10:47pm

From Oxford Station
Both the City 5 and Stagecoach1 bus services run every 5 minutes to Sandy Lane West. The journey takes around 40 minutes and then it is a 15 minute walk to the stadium.

These services are not operated by the football club and are subject to change: please check for up to date information before setting off.

Football Specials

The OX2, OX3 and OX7 services are operated by Thames Travel and bring fans to United home games closer to kick-off times, while continuing to pick up and drop off at the regular points.

The OX2 starts at Didcot and picks up in Steventon, Drayton and Abingdon. The OX3 starts at Carterton and then picks up at Brize Norton, Witney, Eynsham and Botley, while the OX7 picks up at various stops in Kidlington as well as along the Banbury Road, Marston and Headington. Double-decker buses run for all league matches (Saturdays only for the OX2) with cup games decided on an individual basis.

For timetables and fares for the OX2, OX3 and OX7 CLICK HERE

(Timings subject to variation in the event of a change of kick-off time. Buses run for all league matches only. Cup games will be decided on a match-by-match basis)

Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time.

Please note that tickets are available in the programme booths within the concourses.

Then don't worry, we have a full guide with everything you need to know about watching the U's

How To Buy?

The quickest and easiest way to purchase a ticket is online. Visit

Phone – 01865 337533

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (3pm on Wednesdays)

Which category am I?
Over 65
18-24 Blue Light*, Student**

*Blue Light: Available to holders of a Blue Light Card, the discount scheme for workers in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces
**Student: Available to higher education (HE) and further education (FE) students, over 16 with a valid TOTUM membership, the student discount platform endorsed by the National Union of Students (NUS) and ISIC card members, the only internationally recognized proof of full-time student status endorsed by UNESCO.


£1.00 per transaction for online bookings

£1.00 per transaction for telephone bookings

No delivery fee for digital tickets - download or print your tickets immediately

£2.00 per booking for standard post



The club aims to provide a warm welcome to fans of all ages, ethnicities, and genders and with our texting system being enhanced from a long mobile number to remember, supporters can help us identify and eradicate extreme incidents with ease, and make the Kassam Stadium a safer and more welcoming place for all.

If you are at the game and hear someone using racist, homophobic, sexist or any other form of discriminatory language then all you need to do is text REPORT with the approximate location (stand, block and seat number), with a brief description, to 60075

All texts are anonymous and can prevent your matchday experience being ruined by others around you by our trained staff who will react to every report with the highest priority.

Text ‘REPORT’ to 60075 and let’s work together to make Oxford United a place for all.

Birthday messages will be read out at half time provided they are sent in before the day of the match.

JUST CLICK HERE to send in your message



The game is available to stream in iFollow. CLICK HERE FOR A MATCH PASS

You can also follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 0 Barnsley 1

U's beaten by Barnsley. Full time report

23 January 2024

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Oxford United's first home game of 2024 ended in defeat tonight as in-form Barnsley won 1-0 at the Kassam Stadium.

The game was decided by a single goal halfway through the first half when the returning Sam Long, under pressure from Devante Cole, steered the ball into his own net to divide the teams in a close game and ease the Tykes three points ahead of the U's in fifth place in the Sky Bet League 1 table.

In a game high on commitment, it was the U's who might have made an early breakthrough when Fin Stevens dragged wide after 15 evenly contested minutes, or when Marcus McGuane made a mess of an attempted lob with the away keeper stranded, but the away side went far closer than either of those attempts when Nicky Cadden’s swirling cross looped onto the bar with debutant keeper Jamie Cumming stranded.

The in-form Tykes then started to get on top and enjoyed their best spell of the match between then and half time. John McAtee slid another Cadden cross wide of the mark half way through the first 45 minutes, before Long’s return to the side became both decisive and short-lived.


First, the unfortunate defender, with Cole on his back, knocked an Adam Phillips cross inside the near post to make it 0-1 - it may have been Cole’s fifth in five games but it looked like Long got the final touch.

Then, with his side looking to bounce back, Long bashed heads with Cole on half way and was forced out of the game, clutching a bandage to a cut on his forehead. A headache all round, and a minute before the break there was another enforced chance when Greg Leigh replaced the injured Joe Bennett - no question that United had endured a troubled first half.

They were still in it and might have been level straight after the break when Mark Harris took advantage of some poor defending but was foiled by keeper Liam Roberts, who was swiftly off his line to meet the advancing striker.

With rain pouring and wind swirling, both sides struggled to master the conditions, but United managed to build up a head of steam after the hour mark, with Cameron Brannagan driving them forward and Barnsley increasingly reliant on the counter attack.

There were half chances and misplaced passes with teammates well placed, and only the bar denied Brannagan with a trademark drive that flew past the keeper but was just that little bit too high.

Close margins decide such games. Two further Brannagan efforts went close but it just wasn't to be.

Two well-matched sides - Barnsley avenging a 3-1 defeat at Oakwell earlier in the season - and neither team will be too far away come the end of the season.

Long way to go still. See you at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Attendance 6,703 including 307 away

Polythene UK Fifty/50 winning number

Report by Chris Williams, pictures JasonPix, Steve Daniels. Steve Edmunds and Darrell Fisher

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