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PREVIEW Oxford United v Southend United

A full guide to Boxing Day

24 December 2018

Having won their last five home League matches in a row – the best home form since 1996 – the U’s go into Boxing Day in red hot form and looking to extend their home run further when they entertain Southend United with a 3pm kick off.

Josh Ruffels 97th minute equaliser at Doncaster on Saturday means the U’s have now lost just once in their last 16 matches in all competitions.

Boxing Day football is always a tradition in Oxfordshire when the U’s are at home, and there have been some big crowds and memorable occasions over the years.

There have been four Boxing Day crowds of over 10,000 at Grenoble Road. Who can remember a last minute winner against Orient in 2003? Or a Conference record crowd of over 11,000 against Woking in 2006? More recently, the fine 3-0 win against Exeter in 2016 which propelled us towards promotion in the second half of the season. Memorable moments on a memorable day in the football calendar.

If you are a season ticket holder or already have your ticket, try and bring one more friend or family area along. If as many people as possible can bring just one more person along, this will boost the already bumper crowd.

If you have yet to get your ticket, get yours fast! The ticket office is closed on Christmas Eve, however tickets can be purchased online at and we recommend using the ‘Print at Home’ ticket option wherever possible to save you collecting on the day.

This would make a great last minute Christmas Present if you’ve now missed the shops and the Christmas post! Bring someone along to Oxfordshire’s biggest Boxing Day event.

Karl and the team are playing some fantastic football, and picking up great results. Get your friends and family out of the house to get your festive football fix. Get behind the squad and club and join us to celebrate this run and roar them on what would be a sixth straight home league win!

We recommend buying quickly as availability is now extremely limited in the South Stand Upper, with the central blocks of the South Stand Lower, East Stand and North Stand all filling up fast.

Getting Here

For a full guide to transport options, parking and buses CLICK HERE

On The Day

The gate behind the North Stand will NOT be in operation on Boxing Day,  and all car parks are open: we will tweet if/when the east car park is full. With a larger than usual crowd expected please park responsibly if parking on public roads.

Away Fans

If you are a Southend fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf 


Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFC Family Guide

Family Room

The Family Room is open for this game and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South  and East Stands from 1.30pm onwards


iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to see in the UK, Ireland and overseas.There will be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site with our OUFC Live coverage. 

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