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PREVIEW: Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

21 November 2014

A full guide to Saturday's big Sky Bet League 2 match

•    Dunkley involved for first time
•    League top scorer Danny Hylton favourite for first goal.
•    Lapsed season ticket holders offered free tickets
•    Rigg misses Oxford return
•    Read all about it in the match day magazine.

Chey Dunkley is involved for the first time after signing on loan from Kidderminster Harriers yesterday. The commanding centre-half trained yesterday and is in the squad but Head Coach Michael Appleton has some interesting choices to make:

"Competition is healthy" he told Yellow Player. "We have seen James Roberts come in and take his chance and that has given us options up front, and similarly Chey will be pushing the defenders we already have here all the way."

Roberts stands by for a full home debut after scoring on both his debut at Grimsby and league debut at York. Patrick Hoban has agreed to join the U's but will not be available until January, but with Will Hoskins back in training United are going to have plenty of attacking options soon. Hoskins may be given a Development game in the next week or so to gain sharpness.

Brian Howard is available despite breaking a bone in his hand last week. Howard will wear a protective cast to protect the injury.

See Chey Dunkley, goalkeeper Max Crocombe, Patrick Hoban and Michael Appleton give their thoughts ahead of the game in Yellow Player.

There is a return to the Kassam Stadium for Dannie Bulman but another former United star Sean Rigg misses out through suspension. Bulman was a star of the 2010 United promotion side and will be looking forward to his return in midfield but Rigg misses out after collecting five bookings.

United have a one hundred percent record against Wimbledon, as visiting Manager Neal Ardley is all too aware:

 I’m well aware of our record against Oxford and hopefully we can turn that around. We’ll go there all guns blazing on Saturday.”

There is a fantastic offer still available for fans who had a season ticket last year but didn’t renew this time around.

Those supporters are being offered a FREE ticket to watch Saturday's game. Those fans should have received an email or letter offering them a free ticket for the match.

Remember that you have to contact the ticket office BEFORE the day of the match to book your free seat.

Call 01865 337533 to book your FREE TICKET

We are delighted to have Manor Ground Legend Billy Jeffrey as our guest of honour. Billy was the youngest player ever to appear for the U's and also the youngest captain the club has ever had. The former midfield schemer has a great three page interview in tomorrow's programme and will be meeting fans and featuring in out Q&A session in the Manor Bar from 1.45pm.

Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance. Call 01865 337533 to book now at advanced prices, or visit

Fans in the Family Area can join us in Olly's Den once again. This brand new area features table tennis, shooting tests, player visits and giant games and is free to enter. Meet Olly and Olivia the Ox and enjoy the build up to kick-off in Olly's Den.

The Football Special Buses are running again and offer cheap and easy transport to all league games. Click HERE for timetables and routes

Click HERE for full timetables for the buses.

The Matchday Magazine is another great read. As well as all the usual features such as Darryl Eales, Jake Wright and Michael Appleton having their say, our big interview this week is Tareiq Homes-Dennis, and as well as Billy Jeffrey we somehow managed to get in a double page interview with Chey Dunkley. How much more up to date do you want?

All this, and much more, costs just £3 (with a copy of the Oxford Mail while stocks last) from sellers around the ground or you can download a copy from our website at from 1pm on Saturday. (9am for subscribers).

Be sure to pick up a Fifty/50 half time draw ticket from one of our sellers around the ground. The first prize is regularly £1,000 plus so you don’t want to miss out on what could be £1 very well spent!

With Christmas on the horizon why not get in early? The home and away kits are both available in the club shop in all sizes, as well as a wide range of Avec training and leisure wear. Call in for a browse in the club shop or new mobile shop which is situated outside the south stand.

If you fancy a flutter on Saturday’s game, then there is still time to enter the Sky Bet Transfer Fund competition and to win £5,000 for you and £250,000 for the club to spend!

League top scorer Danny Hylton is unsurprisingly short odds at 5/1 to score first, but further down the list is Johnny Mullins at an eye catching 33/1... (We realise we mention that every week, but you'll thank us when it happens!)

For the full range of odds available on the match click HERE

If you can’t be with us on Saturday, then live full match commentary is available in Yellow Player. Yellow Player is the ONLY place on the internet where you can listen to the game live, and there will also be video interviews with all the key men.

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE is the perfect place to follow all the action. The official website will have:

-    An exciting new match console
-    A full match report the minute the final whistle is blown
-    A full photo gallery of all the key moments
-    The manager and key players' reactions in Yellow Player
-    SMS subscribers will receive all the action straight to their mobiles.

Or follow @oufclive on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday.


We have teamed up with club sponsors Black n Rounds for a brand new skills test for the players: the Black n Rounds Challenge. Players need to do the full 'Round' of foot, thigh, shoulder, head and then down the other side, as demonstrated here by Danny Rose. Next week Johnny Mullins will try and beat Danny's score and YOU can win a copy of Football Manager 2015 if you can guess how many times it takes him. Follow @BlacknRounds on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning great prizes over the next few weeks.

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