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PREVIEW Oxford United v Accrington Stanley

16 September 2014

A full guide to our Sky Bet League 2 home game against Accrington

  • Oxford United look for first win 
  • Barnett and Howard stand by for first home appearances
  • WIN £5,000 with Sky Bet
  • Mike Ford the Special Guest
  • Read all about it in the Match Programme

New signings Tyrone Barnett and Brian Howard both stand by for first appearances at the Kassam Stadium as the U's welcome Accrington Stanley. Barnett made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Exeter on Saturday after joining on loan from Peterborough while midfielder Howard completed the paperwork yesterday on a deal that sees him with the U's initially until January.

The former Barnsley and Reading midfielder competes for a place in the middle of the park where Jon Meades is still missing through suspension. Will Hoskins misses the game with an injury likely to keep him out until January but Andy Whing and Ryan Clarke are both making excellent progress after their summer operations and continue to step up their training.

See full interviews with Michael Appleton and Brian Howard plus a BRAND NEW Preview Show featuring Junior Brown, Michael Collins and much more, all in Yellow Player right now. 

Back to back wins have lifted Stanley four points ahead of the U's and interim Manager Paul Stephenson will be hoping to make it three in a row after taking charge for the first time on Saturday after James Beattie moved on. Stephenson has no new injury concerns ahead of the game, with Michael Liddle remaining a doubt with the recurrence of a knee problem. Striker James Gray should continue to lead the line after netting three goals in his last two matches, scoring goals in the manner of his father Phil, the former United striker. Accrington have two sons of former United forwards with Josh Windass, son of Dean, also in the squad.

Tickets are always cheaper in advance and can be ordered from 01865 337533 or via before 2pm.

Guest of Honour
We’re pleased to welcome Mike Ford as out Guest of Honour tonight. The former United skipper was a great favourite at the Manor and enjoyed two spells in charge of the U's as Caretaker Manager before a successful spell in charge across town at Oxford City.

Read a great Q&A where he answers your questions in the Matchday Magazine, and come and have a chat with him in the Manor Bar from 6.30pm tonight

Getting Here
With roadworks still ongoing around the Heyford Hill and Kennington roundabouts fans are advised to leave an extra 15 minutes for their journeys. 

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 George Long in the big interview plus we catch up with David Hunt and Danny Rose. Mark Ashton, Michael Appleton and Jake Wright all give us their thoughts and we look back at the trip to West Brom in On The Road.

The Matchday Magazine goes from strength to strength and is available all around the ground or as a download 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 with Sky bet where every single bet you place also helps the club. 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 both 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 

Be sure to pick up a Fifty/50 half time draw ticket from our sellers around the ground tonight. With a first prize often over £1,000 it could be a pound very well spent.

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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