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PREVIEW Oxford United v Wigan Athletic

A full guide to Saturday's big game

22 December 2017

Oxford United welcome top of the table Wigan Athletic to Grenoble Road on Satur


United have no new injury worries and could welcome Agon Mehmeti back into the squad after a hamstring problem. With fellow striker Gino van Kessel making his return from injury last weekend United are starting to get players back just as they go in to the busy Christmas period, with only long term absentees Curtis Nelson, Rob Hall and Ivo Pekalski not involved in training this week.

See Pep Clotet's thoughts on squad rotation over the festive period in an exclusive interview in iFollow.


Wigan have striker Ryan Colclough available again after illness forced him to miss the trip to AFC Wimbledon last week. Manager Paul Cook has no new injury concerns although goalkeeper Jamie Jones (shoulder), defender Craig Morgan (hip) and midfielder Shaun MacDonald (broken leg) remain on the sidelines.

One man looking forward more than most to the game will be defender Chey Dunkley who makes his first return since leaving the U's in the summer.


Tickets are on sale online at and from the ticket office in person and by phone (01865 337533). They are also on sale for this match from the club shop in the centre of Oxford. The shop is part of the Market Barbers in the Covered Market; easily accessible from the High Street entrance. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.


The Club Shop is fully stocked for those last minute Christmas presents and will be open until 7pm after the game. Call in to take a look or visit


The award winning matchday programme features the thoughts of Darryl Eales, Pep Clotet and Curtis Nelson plus a great interview with Xemi Fernadez who talks us through Christmas in Catalonia and reveals why Saturday is a big day for him. We also go On the Road, we chat to Guest of Honour Peter Foley and we have news and views from all areas of the club and remember, you can always read the programme on your phone, tablet or laptop. Each issue is available at


iFollow has the whole game live- hear it if you are in the UK, see it if abroad. You can sign up game by game or for the whole season, and we have full 90 minute reruns of every game.

@OUFCOfficial will be tweeting throughout the game and the match centre on this site gives you full stats and text commentary throughout the match. 


The JT's Golden Ticket half time draw offers a first prize of up to £750. Second prize is a £100 voucher for the Oxford United club shop, while third prize is a VIP package at JT’s Cocktail Bar.

The draw will take place at half-time and prizes can be collected from the matchday reception immediately after the game or by calling 01865 337528

Look out too for the Racehut Challenge at half time.


The new car parking rules are in place once again on Saturday:

  • East Stand car park - this will open to supporters at midday
  • A car park steward will count vehicles in and the car park will be closed when it is full.
  • Another car park steward will direct drivers to a bay to ensure spaces are filled up systematically; drivers are no longer allowed to park outside of the marked bays.
  • A tweet will go out from @OUFCOfficial to update supporters when the car park is full to allow them to make alternative arrangements.

Additional parking is available on Grenoble Road and in Sandford-on Thames.


The Family Room is open to young fans from all stands. There are games and activities for all ages plus visits from first team players. Join the fun in the corner of the East and North stands from 1.30pm

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