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Oxford United v Portsmouth Preview

22 August 2014

Ful preview as the U's welcome Pompey

  • Oxford United look for first win
  • Familiar face in the away dugout
  • Earlier Buses introduced
  • WIN £5,000 with Sky Bet
  • Help Skye Loom to the Moon


Oxford United have a clean bill of health as they look to get their league season up and running against Portsmouth at the Kassam Stadium.

Defeats on the road this week at Mansfield and Morecambe have left the U's still searching for that first win and head Coach Michael Appleton is hoping that it comes against one of his former clubs:

"There are no new injuries to worry about and Andy Whing and Ryan Clarke are ahead of schedule and doing well" he told Yellow Player. "It's a game I am really looking forward to. I enjoyed my time at Portsmouth although it was in very difficult circumstances. The fans are great down there and there are some good people behind the scenes. The team have started well so we know it won't be easy but we have played some good stuff ourselves this season without getting our reward. Provided everyone stays positive then the results will come, hopefully on Saturday."

See the full interview plus a BRAND NEW Preview Show featuring Junior Brown, Danny Hylton and much more, all in Yellow Player right now.

With seven points from three games, plus a Capital One Cup win over Peterborough, Portsmouth have made a flying start to the season under the watchful eye of Manager Andy Awford, a familiar face to Oxford fans. Andy spent a year at the Kassam Stadium as assistant to Jim Smith and he is looking forward to returning to the U's tomorrow, while also wary of the U's:

‘It’s early in the season" he said. ‘They have got a new management team that has gone in and new players so it will take time to gel.

‘Oxford is a good club. I had a year there myself working with Jim Smith and I really enjoyed it.

‘I’m looking forward to going back and seeing some old faces but obviously we are trying to put one over on them.’

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Loom to the Moon
We’d like to help Skye Hall to Loom to the Moon tomorrow. Skye is a brave little boy from Abingdon who has been battling cancer since last year and wants to set a world record challenge by collecting enough loom bands to reach the moon. If you can loom then help us by looming as far as you can reach and bring them along to Saturday's game.

Bring them in to the game and we will collect them at a special collection point in front of the South Stand, situated between the new matchday shop and the revolving doors.

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 PLEASE NOTE: pre-match buses will depart 25 minutes earlier under the new timetables introduced while the roadworks are in place. For a full list of timetables and routes click HERE

Read All About It
Our multi award winning Matchday Magazine is packed full with interviews, news and features. This week it features Carlton Morris and Alex Jakubiak plus a fascinating first article from Chief Executive Mark Ashton that outlines some of the club's plans for the future.
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 here 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.

The new home and away kits are 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 the new Mobile shop which is situated in front of the South Stand on Matchdays, 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

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