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13 September 2013

We look forward to Saturday's big game


New arrival Shwan Jalal goes straight into the squad as United make the short trip to Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Bournemouth keeper joined on a month's loan yesterday as cover for the injured Max Crocombe and will be pushing Ryan Clarke for the Number One spot for the U's. 

Striker James Constable is the major doubt as United look to maintain their 100% away record. Constable was taken off with a foot injury during last Saturday's 2-0 win over Burton Albion to be replaced by the returning Deane Smalley. Top scorer Smalley could be in line for his first start since last month's trip to Torquay, having recovered from the hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined in recent weeks.

Long-term absentees Sean Rigg and Jon Meades are both ahead of schedule, but are still some weeks away from being available for selection.

See a full preview show with interviews with our new signing plus a great chat with Dave Kitson in Yellow Player.


Experienced striker Jamie Cureton could be set to return for Cheltenham after dislocating his shoulder in their opening-day draw with Burton. The 38-year-old scored on his debut for Cheltenham but dislocated his shoulder in the process. He missed their 2-2 draw with Portsmouth last weekend due to a tight calf, having recovered from his dislocated shoulder, and the Robins are still waiting to see if he'll be fit for United's visit this weekend.

18-year-old defender Ryan Inniss, on loan from Crystal Palace, is expected to be fit despite hobbling off half an hour into Cheltenham's match against Portsmouth last weekend with a calf injury. The centre-half has been back training with the Premier League club this week and has been cleared fit for Saturday's encounter, though fellow defenders Troy Brown and Craig Braham-Barrett will both miss out due to injury.

Manager Mark Yates told he is looking forward to the match: “It'll be a great game for us. It's a local derby if you like and as close as we can play against a side that are unbeaten, three in three away from home and who will be supported by a big noisy crowd who will get behind them. It will be a good test for us. It's the kind of game you want to be involved in and it should give you inspiration to want to play in front of a good crowd. There will be a good atmosphere, the pitch will be good and we need to make sure we deal with them as well as playing our game.”

Oxford fans planning to make the trip to Whaddon Road  are strongly encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Oxford were allocated 1,103 tickets in the Hazlewoods Stand behind the goal and a further 451 tickets in the In2Print Stand along the side, as well as two further wheelchair spaces. However these have sold well and only around 250 remained for behind the goal this morning. Tickets are available until 3pm Friday afternoon from the ticket office. Prices are as follows:

Adults £23.00
Over 65 £17.00

Under 18 and full time students with valid NUS card £9.00
Wheelchair and Ambulant supporters £17.00 with a PA free

Less than 300 tickets remain so to buy in advance to be assured of a seat. To purchase please  telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

TRAVEL:(47 miles by car from Oxford)
Follow A40 from Oxford into and through Charlton Kings, you will come to some lights where the Cirencester Road joins from left. Go straight on, but at next set of lights turn right into Hales Road. This is the B4075 (signposted Prestbury). After half a mile bear right, staying on B4075 as it becomes Priors Road. Take the next left into Whaddon Road, continue over a mini roundabout and The Abbey Business Stadium is on the right-hand side.  However, for the free park and ride service, continue along Priors Road then turn right into Bouncers Lane. Continue to a double mini roundabout. Turn left at the first one then take the second exit at the second one onto B4348 Tatchley Lane, signposted Evesham A435. Follow this road to another roundabout, continue straight over and the Cheltenham Racecourse park and ride is on the right-hand side.

Car Parking
Unfortunately there is limited car parking available to the general public at the Stadium on match days. Street parking in the immediate vicinity is also restricted. The club does, however, operate a FREE Matchday Park and Ride Shuttle Service from the nearby Cheltenham Racecourse (directions above) or there are ‘pay and display’ car parks in the town centre (15-20 minutes’ walk from the ground).

Travel details supplied by

Departure Times: Ice Rink 11.45am - Stadium 12.00pm
Fares: Adult Member £11.00, Adult Non-Member £13.00
            Junior Member £9.00, Junior Non-Member £11.00

Please buy your coach tickets early to ensure we can book the maximum number of coaches for this match.


Sky Bet, title sponsors of the Football League, are offering odds of 8/5 for an Oxford win at Whaddon Road this weekend.

You can back United to repeat last week's 2-0 scoreline at 11/1 or win 2-1 at 17/2.

If you fancy Dave Kitson to open his Oxford account this weekend you can back him at 13/2 to open the scoring, while scorer of last weekend's second Danny Rose is currently 10/1 to score the final goal of the match.

There is a £10 FREE BET - No Deposit required - for every new customer and every bet you place, win or lose, you help the U’s.

Tickets are now on general sale for United's next home games against Chesterfield on 21st September, Southend on 5th October and Northampton on 12th October.

To book your tickets please visit 24/7, telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

If you can't be there then try out Yellow Player, where we have commentary of the whole game live, plus video interviews with all the key men and match highlights for you to see. 
Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet that you can hear the game online. See the Preview Show right now in Yellow Player.

THIS SITE 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.
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