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Chairman pleased with United's progress

25 March 2019

Sumrith 'Tiger' Thanakarnjanasuth has been delighted with United's progress on and off the pitch in recent weeks.

"It has been a couple of weeks since I provided an update for fans but I think the general mood around the club has been so positive during that time and I believe that was perfectly shown on Saturday at Coventry" he said.

"Firstly we had the Family Away Day with around 80 young fans and their family enjoying free coach travel to the match and games, lots of activities and competitions and first team players all getting involved and making it a day to remember. A lot of hard work went in to that and it will be followed up by the #OX4Life takeover on Saturday where young fans will design the programme cover, interview Karl before the game and announce the teams to the stadium.

That is also Community Day and thousands of young fans from schools all across Oxfordshire will be coming along to join us as the Oxford United in the Community charity celebrates 30 years of amazing work throughout the county. It will be a busy day commercially as well with Carabao once again being part of the day and offering a signed shirt for one lucky fan.

Add all of those things up and you start to see the progress we are making as a football club. I have talked about this all season and often quoted the remarkable progress of the under-18 side, who I want to congratulate on going top of their league on Saturday, and the Women’s side who won 12-0 on Sunday as well!

All of those things have taken a little time and have been going along quietly in the background and I think people can sometimes wave them away and say ‘very nice but we are in the relegation places’. The team is now showing the sort of form that we always knew they were capable of, so maybe people will start to take more notice of the many more amazing things that are happening at this fantastic football club.

I do not want mixed messages in this. We are not clear from danger and there will be many ups and downs between now and May, on and off the pitch. We are not celebrating or about to ease up, we will continue to work very hard and we will continue to do things with just one aim: a successful football club, all the way through.

But the best thing about last Saturday was seeing over 2,000 away fans join the players and share a very special moment after a great win. That support was amazing and made an unbelievable noise. If 2,000 fans can make so much noise and drive their team forward then think what effect you can have on the players when we play Wycombe Wanderers at home. It will be a big crowd but we want you to be loud because it has such a positive effect on every player.

I will fly in this week, hold meetings with every department and then take my place for what we hope will be another winning afternoon. Keep supporting, stay positive, and we will see you all on Saturday.

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