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PREVIEW Oxford United v Maidenhead United

U's take on the Magpies in the FA Cup at the Kassam Stadium

3 November 2023

Oxford United welcome Maidenhead United to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup First Round (3pm)

Liam Manning's team take a break from their League 1 campaign to take on Alan Devonshire's National League side with a place in the Second Round draw the prize at stake.

United will be without Sam Long who picked up an ankle injury early in the win at Lincoln on Tuesday. The defender will be out of action for a few weeks but United could have Stephan Negru and James Henry in the squad again after injury. Kyle Edwards and Marcus Browne are now just a couple of weeks away from a return to training.

James Golding, currently on loan to Maidenhead, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

See the full interview with Liam and the pre-match thoughts of Josh McEachran in iFollow now.

Maidenhead boss Alan Devonshire knows all about the magic of the FA Cup having won it with West Ham in 1980 - his cross allowing Trevor Brooking to score the winner.

Since then he has been in charge of Maidenhead for two spells, racking up well over 700 games as Manager with successful spells at Hampton & Richmond and Braintree Town in between

A 3-2 win over Eastleigh last weekend lifted the Magpies to 17th in the National League.

The teams have met three times before, all in the FA Cup with the last meeting a 6-1 win for the U's back in 1958.

Prices have been reduced in all areas with tickets for this game available to purchase online, in person, and over the telephone (01865 337533).

Please note not all areas of the ground are open for this fixture but as a result of demand the whole of the South Stand Upper is now open with extra seats available.

The blocks now available are as follows:

South Stand Lower: 5,6,7,8

South Stand Upper: 9,10,11,12,13,14,15

East Stand: 18,19

Season Ticket holders do not have their seats reserved for this game and the early-bird prices have now ended.

Families and wheelchair users wishing to purchase tickets for this match are advised to sit in the South Stand Lower.

The Ticket Office is open from 10:00-17:00 on Friday and before the game on Saturday


Adult £15
Over 65 £10
18-24 £10
U18 £5
U13 £5
U7 £2

The Football Special buses, which usually only operate for league matches, will again be in service to allow fans to get to and from the ground easily and cheaply.

Fares for match day services are included in the Government’s bus fare cap scheme. This means the maximum fare is just £2 for a single bus fare.

Thames Travel provide the OX2, OX3 and OX7 services for all home league games and additional services for selected cup games.

The OX2 begins in Didcot with stops in Great Western Park, Steventon, Drayton and Abingdon. The OX3 service bring supporters to and from United home games from Witney, Carterton, Brize Norton, Curbridge, Witney, Eynsham and Botley with the OX7 picking up in Kidlington, Summertown, Marston, Cowley and Headington.

A full guide to getting to games is available HERE.

Please note that the A34 southbound between Peartree and Botley interchanges will be closed from 8pm on Friday 3, over the weekend, until 5am on Monday 6 November. A signed diversion route will be in place via A34, A40 and Eastern Bypass road.

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 stock of all three new kits plus a huge range of leisure and training wear. Make sure you call in before the game, or take a look online HERE
Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time.

Due to the rights in this competition match passes are not available in iFollow. Monthly subscribers can listen to the game with commentary from our friends at BBC Oxford Sport.

You can 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 2 Maidenhead United 0

Bodin double sees United through in the FA Cup. Full time report

4 November 2023

Oxford United safely made it through in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon as a brace of Billy Bodin goals earned them a 2-0 win over Maidenhead United at the Kassam Stadium.

There can’t have been many games in the history of this competition where both Managers were banned - Alan Devonshire and Liam Manning both watching from the South Stand - but everyone in the crowd of 4,094 will have appreciated what turned out to be a full-blooded cup tie in which the visitors fought for everything and pushed United all the way.

With Sam Long injured and Fin Stevens ineligible, United moved Stan Mills to right wing-back and brought Stephan Negru and Jordan Thorniley back into a three-man backline, either side of skipper Elliott Moore. They did an excellent job in front of Simon Eastwood, with Mills and Greg Leigh always available to augment the attack down the sides.

That paid off after 15 minutes as United scored a contender for goal of the round, a flowing move full of one-touch passes that ended with Mills able to deliver from the right. The on-loan Everton man has now contributed five assists this season, with Bodin providing the finishing touch to this one with a touch that beat Maidenhead keeper Craig Ross via the right-hand post.


That opened the game up nicely and Maidenhead became increasingly ambitious while United were solid without quite hitting the heights which we know they are capable of.

The lively Reece Smith made a couple of forays into the United box, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson scooped wide when he might have done better soon after, Kane Ferdinand poked another chance wide, and Eastwood had to make a good save from Mitchell-Lawson as the Magpies threatened to become the first visiting team to score at that end of the ground this season.

Referee Dale Baines, whose brother Leighton played in a final for Everton, kept things moving nicely in a game that was always competitive but saw plenty of tough challenges, and the visitors continued to press United back in the early stages of the second half.

Sub Alan Massey went close with a low drive and the Magpies were still very much in the game at the hour stage. Ruben Rodrigues and Josh Murphy then injected energy for the final half hour, and with Marcus McGuane and Ciaron Brown coming on, United began to regain control as the away side understandably tired.

After 82 minutes United's name was in the hat as Cameron Brannagan opened up the visiting defence for Bodin - sub Sonny Perkins already stripped and ready to replace him. Bodin's first effort was blocked by Ross, but the rebound came back to him and he rolled his fifth of the season home and the contest was finally over.

As results elsewhere illustrate, things can go magnificently wrong when you take on a side from a lower league. Credit to Maidenhead who can be proud of their performance and commitment, but credit also to the U's who were thoroughly professional, matched their opponents for effort, and safely made it through to the next round.

Job done.

Att: 4,094 including 663 away and 2 Managers

Fifty/50 winning number 100144 wins £302

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Lydia Wakeford, Steve Daniels, Steve Edmunds and Darrell Fisher. Stats by OPTA

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Ticket News


East Stand Car Park reopens for Maidenhead game

3 November 2023

We are pleased to report that much of the East Stand car park will now be open when we welcome Maidenhead United in the Emirates FA Cup First Round this afternoon (3pm)

The traveller encampment left this morning and although some of the car park will remain closed for cleaning this afternoon the entrances will now be open as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate the co-operation of supporters in this instance.

For details on public transport to the ground CLICK HERE

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