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PREVIEW Oxford United v Newport County

3 October 2014

We look ahead to Saturday's game at the Kassam Stadium

We look ahead to the weekend as Oxford United take on Newport County.
•    Ryan Clarke and Andy Whing in contention
•    Michael Collins OK after knock
•    Read all about it in the match day magazine
•    Tickets cheaper booked in advance

Ahead of the visit of Newport County to the Kassam Stadium this Saturday, Oxford United have no new injury worries following on from last weekend’s match at Luton and a midweek development squad win against Swindon Town.

Both midfielder Andy Whing and goalkeeper Ryan Clarke came through the 90 minutes in the 3-2 win against Swindon, and head coach Michael Appleton said:

“Both of them did well, they are ready and available as and when they are required and I certainly won’t be turning my back on two experienced players. In the situation we are in at the minute we are going to need as many experienced players as we can. With the little period we have had over the last ten games, the more Ryan Clarke’s and Andy Whing’s we have in the dressing room, players who know how to deal with that, the better”.

Michael Collins is also fit for selection after being substituted at Luton after suffering a bad cut. Collins missed training on Monday and Tuesday but is now available again.

See the full interview with Michael Appleton, plus a brilliant full length Preview Show featuring Brian Howard and Callum O’Dowda in Yellow Player right now.

Newport County are set to give a debut to young striker James Loveridge, signed on a month-long loan deal from Swansea City.

Another loanee from Swansea, defender Scott Tancock is set to be in the Exiles squad, whilst defender Kevin Feely is also fit again after injury. Midfielder Lee Minshull is doubtful and defender Ryan Jackson is set to miss out for the Exiles. Newport will also be without another defender, Andrew Hughes, as he serves the final game of a three match suspension. Former United midfielder Adam Chapman will be hoping to impress on his return, as will striker Chris Zebroski.

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

With ongoing roadworks around the Heyford Hill and Kennington Roundabouts, fans are advised to leave an extra 15 minutes for their journey to the stadium. 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.

We have produced another excellent edition of the award winning Matchday Magazine. The highlight of the full length 84 page edition is certainly chairman Daryl Eales’ double page of notes, in which he discusses last week’s fans forum held at the stadium. Michael Appleton and Jake Wright also have their usual say, and our editorial this week focuses on why names are so important for football clubs, especially in the case of our opponents Newport County AFC.

Our big interview this week is with midfielder Michael Collins, and we have also spoken to Tom Newey and Sam Long. There is also the usual in depth look at the opposition club.

This week you can also win a special prize of an Oasis double CD reissue. We have three to give away but to win one you need to make sure you buy Saturday’s Matchday Magazine.

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!

The new home and away kits are both available in the club 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 £250,000 for the club to spend, as well as an individual cash prize of £5,000!
For full details and a wide range of odds, 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. Click HERE to find out more

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.

Follow @OUFClive on Twitter for regular updates and all the action on Saturday, or join us over on Yellow Wall for even more interactive coverage of the game.

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