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21 December 2012

We look forward to the Christmas Extravaganza

We look ahead to tomorrow's npower League 2 game at home to Fleetwood Town (3pm).

Team News
United entertain Fleetwood Town for the very first time as the 'Cod Army' visit the U's. Having gone seven games unbeaten United will be looking to go in to the Christmas period on a high with another three points.

Michael Duberry will be hoping to make his first league appearance of the season after coming on against Accrington on Tuesday but United will be missing Adam Chapman, who will be out for the next six weeks having undergone an ankle scan after limping off during the FA Cup win over Accrington.

Forward JP Pittman will be out for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder while Simon Heslop sits out the final game of his three match ban.

It is the 'Christmas Extravaganza' game, with local football teams invited to come and enjoy what should be an exciting game and some very special prizes available in the biggest half time draw the club has ever organised.

See the thoughts of Chris Wilder and a full Preview show in Yellow Player.

The Opposition
Fleetwood make their first ever trip to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow under new manager Graham Alexander.

The former Preston and Burnley midfielder took over from Micky Mellon at the start of the month and is still looking for his first win as manager.

Fleetwood captain Steve McNulty, who has been missing for three weeks with a calf injury, could return. Barry Ferguson is doubtful with a groin injury but they are still without long-term casualties Anthony Barry, Jon Parkin and Andy Mangan.

Saturday's game will be Alexander’s third in charge and the Cod Army come in to the game on the back of last week's draw with league leaders Gillingham, but Alexander isn't taking Oxford's league position for granted:

“I don’t think it is a realistic position for them and we know the qualities they have. Oxford spent a long time out of the League, which was a big blow to them.

"Chris Wilder is a very experienced manager who knows the game and how to prepare his team. We know it will be tough.” 

Tickets
Tickets are available at advance prices today via the phones or via www.oufctickets.co.uk where you can pick your exact seat and see the approximate view from that spot.    

The phone lines are open on 01865 337533 or call in person at the Ticket Office. Book your seat and come and cheer the boys on.

Getting Here
The bus services which runs to games from Carterton and Kidlington will be running again so get on board and get behind the U's.

Bus times for Saturday:

ROUTE OX3
CARTERTON CROSSROADS 12:45 
WITNEY MARKET PLACE 13:00 
EYNSHAM CHURCH ST 13:15 
BOTLEY O/S SEACOURT BRIDGE PH 13:30 
OXFORD KASSAM STADIUM 13:45


ROUTE OX7
GROVELANDS OPP ANDERSON'S CLOSE 12:40 
YARNTON ROAD TREEGROUND PLACE 12:43 
OXFORD ROAD OPP CHURCHILL ROAD 12:45 
GARDEN CITY GOSFORD HILL SCHOOL 12:47
BANBURY ROAD HAREFIELDS 12:50
BANBURY ROAD SQUITCHY LANE 12:55 
SUMMERTOWN SOUTH PARADE 12:59 
MARSTON FERRY ROAD FERRY POOL ROAD 13:04 
CHERWELL DRIVE opp EWIN CLOSE 13:08 
CHERWELL DRIVE adj COPSE LANE 13:10 
LONDON ROAD adj SANFORD ROAD 13:15 
HEADINGTON WINDMILL ROAD HS3 13:20 
THE SLADE opp PEAT MOORS 13:25 
HOLLOW WAY CORNER HOUSE 13:28 
HOLLOW WAY adj FERN HILL ROAD 13:30 
OXFORD KASSAM STADIUM 13:45

Be Well Read...
Tomorrow's matchday magazine is another top edition, featuring the usual wide range of articles, interviews, news and stats that you've come to expect.

Our main interview feature is with Jake Forster-Caskey, and we also catch up with Deane Smalley. Ryan Clarke is on the spot in Room 101 and Les Taylor and Lucas Cominelli go head to head in the Home Grown v Foreign Legion article. Plus don't miss out as Olly the Ox gives you the opportunity to win a download of the new album 'Halcyon' by Ellie Goulding.

All this and much, much more can be yours for just £3 from outlets around the ground, where you can also pick up a free copy of tomorrow's Oxford Mail with every purchase (while stocks last).

If you miss out you can get your copy from mbrodetsky@oufc.co.uk or by calling 01865 337523. Or why not subscribe to ensure that you never miss out on a copy of the matchday magazine? A half-season subscription costs just £36 (plus postage) and we'll even throw in two free back issues to ensure you can complete your collection and have no embarrassing gaps in the image on the spine. 

Contact Martin Brodetsky on the above email address or phone number for further details.

Shouting the odds
There’s another way to support The U's thanks to our Official Betting Provider, Bet Butler.    

The betting concierge service has pledged to boost club coffers with every bet fans place at BetButler.co.uk whether they win or lose! They have made the generous offer thanks to their unique business model, which brings you the best odds from more than 100 bookmakers via one simple account.    

Sign-up now at  BetButler.co.ukand get:
- The chance to support your club as every bet benefits Oxford United
- The best odds from 60+ bookmakers using one account
- A betting provider that genuinely wants you to win    
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Coverage

This Site
www.oufc.co.uk is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- Full team news
- Read a full match report the very second the final whistle blows
- See a full gallery of all the key moments
- See the manager and key players give their reactions in Yellow Player
- SMS subscribers get all the action straight to their mobiles

- Or follow @OUFClive on Twitter for all the action wherever you are

Fifty/50
Make sure you buy a Fifty-50 lottery ticket to be in with a chance of winning over £1,000. 

The 'Christmas Extravaganza' will also see a £600 state of the art barbecue given away and the chance to host a fantastic Christmas dinner complete with chef, waitress, butler and the whole meal. Look out for more great prizes on the day.

Tickets are on sale all around the ground including from the concourse programme sellers, with the draw being made at half-time.

The result will appear right here as soon as it is made.


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