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Hartlepool Preview

27 September 2013

Match Previews

Hartlepool Preview

27 September 2013

Full preview as United head for Hartlepool

United will be without Andy Whing and Dave Kitson through suspension as they travel to Hartlepool. Whing misses three games while Kitson sits out just the one after collecting five yellows this season.

Jake Wright (groin), James Constable (foot), and Jon Meades (ankle) are all absent but Sean Rigg is fully fit and back in contention while Ty Marsh could return after an ankle problem

In Whing’s absence Asa Hall and Scott Davies contest the central midfield role alongside Danny Rose but youngster Josh Ruffels has impressed in Development Squad games and could also be in contention.

Ruffels is joined by Callum O’Dowda, Matt Bevans, Josh Shama, Dave Lynn and Kenzer Lee in the squad which could mean a youthful subs bench for the U’s.

See Chris Wilder’s thoughts HERE

See a great Preview Show with interviews Deane Smalley and Sean Rigg in Yellow Player


Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper has seen his team collect four points from a possible six and is hoping to see his side build on that run tomorrow

“Good players in good teams will back up performances with results,” the former Middlesbrough stalwart said  “Performances, I’ve been OK with from day one of the season, results may be not so. If you are going to progress then you have to follow up a result with a result. That’s the challenge for us.”

“This a chance to see what we are trying to do is developing game by game, week by week. We got our first home win a couple of weeks ago, and followed up with what should have been another win at Bristol which didn’t quite come off.

“This is a challenge against a top four team.


A reminder to all supporters planning to travel to this game that tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance.

Sky Bet League 2, Saturday 28th September, Kick-off 3.00pm
Victoria Park, Hartlepool TS24 8BZ

Oxford United fans have been allocated seating tickets in the Smith & Graham Away Stand. Please note that advanced prices for this game are significantly cheaper than paying on the day so we advise supporters who are planning to attend this fixture to purchase their ticket ahead of the game. 

Advanced tickets will be available until 3.00pm on Friday 27th September

Prices are as follows:

                        ADVANCE      ON THE DAY
 Adult             £20.00            £25.00
Over 60         £10.00             £13.00
*Student         £10.00             £13.00
*Under 19       £10.00             £13.00
Under 16        £10.00             £13.00

*Only Ambulant disabled supporters (on HIGH rate disability living allowance) prices as above will receive a free PA ticket.  Please note that ambulant disabled supporters will need to show the relevant documentation, when entering the turnstiles on the day of the game in order for their PA to enter using their free ticket.

*Relevant ID required on the day. Hartlepool United say they will use their discretion but if the fan does not have ID they will be charged the full price.
We have been allocated 5 pairs of Wheelchair tickets in the Smith & Graham Away Stand, prices as above (includes free PA).

To secure your seat please  telephone 01865 337533 or visit the ticket office during normal office hours

TRAVEL (241 miles by car from Oxford)
Exit the A19 at signpost Hartlepool A689, Motorway A1(M). At roundabout turn right (s/p Hartlepool A689) and continue on the A689 for 4.3 miles, through the village of Newton Bewley, to the roundabout by the Owton Lodge pub. Go straight on (s/p Town Centre A689) and follow Town Centre signs for 2.8 miles, over two roundabouts. 

At the traffic lights just past the Blacksmiths Arms on your left, go straight on. At the next traffic lights go straight on again over the bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the roundabout into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson's Wharf parking. To get to the ground itself continue to the next roundabout and turn left (s/p The North A179, A1048). Turn left at the lights into Clarence Road to the ground. Should the A689 be closed - carry on along A19 until the A179 (see From the North). There is a car park behind the Niramax Stand and street parking around Raby Road

Departure Times: Stadium 7.45am – Ice Rink 8.00am
Fares:  Adult Member £26.00, Adult Non-Member £28.00
             Junior Member £24.00, Junior Non-Member £26.00

Coach tickets can be booked by telephoning  01865 337533 or by calling in person at the ticket office during normal office hours. 

If you can’t make the trip to the North East then you can still see United in action this weekend. 

Chris Allen’s exciting under 18 side are at home to old rivals Swindon Town in the cup this weekend.

Admission is free so why not go along to the training ground on Roman Way (OX4 2RY) and see the stars of the future. 

Kick off is at 11am


New league sponsors Skybet have some great offers and all new customers receive a £10 FREE Bet, no deposit required.

The U’s are 6/4 to win on Saturday with the draw 12/5 but there are 53 different markets to have a bet on, including:

First/Last Goalscorers
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Alfie Potter                     6/1
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Tickets are now on general sale for United's next home games against Southend United on 5th October, Portsmouth on Tuesday 8th in the JPT 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, an On the Road report 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.

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

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