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Oxford United v Burton Albion Preview

8 August 2014

A full match pack as Oxford United welcome Burton Albion

  • Oxford United wait on Wright and Mullins for season opener
  • Burton Albion's family connection
  • Join the wall of colour
  • WIN £5,000 with SKYbet

Oxford United will have a new look as they take on Burton Albion. George Long, Joe Riley, Jon Meades, Michael Collins, Danny Hylton, Junior Brown and Carlton Morris all stand by for their United debuts, with Meades looking to end a nightmare year of injuries and join the six new signings in the starting eleven.
Jake Wright and Johnny Mullins are doubts while Ryan Clarke and Andy Whing will miss the first couple of months of the season as they recover from operations. Both are working hard in the gym and making excellent progress.
Alfie Potter has a habit of scoring great goals against Burton and will be hoping to do so again as Michael Appleton takes charge of the U’s for the first time.
See a full interview with Michael in Yellow Player right now where you can also see a great Preview Show packed full with features and interviews. You can also hear the whole game LIVE...

United couldn’t ask for a much tougher opening test than against a Brewers side who only missed out on promotion in the play-off final where they lost out to Fleetwood Town. Gary Rowett’s side missed out in the play-offs the year before as well and the Brewers boss is fully expecting them to go close again this year:

"My aim and my ambition for the team – and the team's ambition – is certainly to win promotion" he said. "The last two seasons we fell short of our ambition but got in the play-offs, which was fantastic."

Rowett has strengthened the squad and striker Stuart Beavon will be keen to impress if he recovers on time from a thigh strain. The former Didcot Town forward had an extended trial at the U’s while still playing for Didcot and his grandfather Cyril made close to 500 appearances for United during the sixties.

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Wall of Colour, Wall of Noise
We want to give Michael Appleton the perfect welcome and show him what Oxford United fans are all about. Wear yellow as part of the Football League’s #wallofcolour opening day, and join the Yellow Army in backing the U’s with as much noise and support as possible.

Getting Here
With roadworks around the Heyford Hill and Kennington roundabouts fans are advised to leave an extra 15 minutes for their journeys. BBC Oxford (95.2FM) will have traffic updates throughout the morning.
The Football Special Buses are running again and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. For a full list of timetables and routes click HERE

Meet the Bosses
The newly-renamed Manor Bar is open tomorrow and you can meet Chairman Darryl Eales and Chief Executive Mark Ashton who will be talking to fans and answering question from 1.30pm

Minute’s Applause
The club will be marking the passing of our first ever professional, Jack Casley, with a minute’s applause just before kick off. Jack joined the club in 1949 and spent over 50 years serving football in the city of Oxford. Please join us in saluting one of the gentlemen of football.

Read All About It
Our multi award winning Matchday Magazine hits the ground running with a magnificent welcome article from the Chairman. Packed full with interviews, news and features, the Matchday Magazine goes from strength to strength and is available all around the ground or as a download (from 1pm, 9am to subscribers) at

We have raised the bar once again with the programme but kept the same great value 84 pages at £3, with a copy of the Oxford Mail included if bought inside the concourses (subject to availability)

There is a £5,000 prize for one fan, plus £250,000 for the club to spend on players in Sky Bet’s new Transfer Fund betting promotion.
If you are going to have a bet then back the U’s for either the course of the season or just tomorrow’s game. Click HERE to enter

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, Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet that you can hear the game online. See the Preview Show and the thoughts of Michael Appleton right now.

New Kits Available
The new home and away kits are now available in the club shop in all sizes, as well as a wide range of AVEC leisure and training wear. Call in to the Club Shop, situated close top Frankie and Benny's or visit the online shop HERE

THIS SITE is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:
- An exciting new Match console
- 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.
You can also interact in Yellow Wall -available right here at

Your essential guide:
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