The Supporters Panel cosists of six members plus a member of Supporters Trust OxVox
The Panel consists of:
57 years and living in Abingdon, Paul has had Spina Bifida since birth which results in him having to use a wheelchair. He has supported Oxford since about 1980 and has been a season ticket holder for most of that time. He presently has a season ticket in the North Stand and attends all home matches and some away. A volunteer at the Paralympics in London in 2012 Paul used to do marathons in his wheelchair having done about 25 with 12 of them being the London Marathon - he actually did the London Marathon on the morning of the Milk Cup Final wearing his Oxford shirt rushing across London afterwards to Wembley to watch the game.
Grace lives in Oxfordshire and has a season ticket in South Stand. Despite recent health issues Grace has helped set up a charity for sufferers of ME/CFS called Smile For ME. “I know how debilitating chronic conditions can be for people, but also know how important having a love for something like football is too” she said. “I have a strong interest in helping others and if that means helping people come to my club and watch my team then those are two of my favourite things. I believe football needs to be a better and safer place for women of all ages, and would like and to try and bring more women into the ground to enjoy this wonderful game. I would also like to help the club make matches more accessible and enjoyable for people with disabilities.”
Brought up in Oxford, and a United fan since her teens when her first job was selling 50/50 tickets in Beech Road and the Manor Club, Janine moved back to Oxfordshire with her family two years ago (all brought up as true yellows!) and once again became a season ticket holder in the South Stand Lower. Janine has worked in customer support and training, sales and marketing and financial administration. More recently she combined duties as a carer with studying for a Master’s degree.
Richard has been an Oxford fan for the last 40 years but living outside the area for the last 20 has followed mostly on social media. This season he has a season ticket for the East Stand and will be at as many games as possible. As an epileptic, he relies on public transport to make the Sunderland - London - Oxford (and back) journey. Imagine your favourite away day, but change that to making the same trip to your own "home" ground. Fun times!
Richard encourages any fan living away from the area to try the trip to a game as much as possible, it makes the matchday experience (even if it's not a great game) much better knowing that this may be the rare occasion you do it. You also get to meet a fair few fans from other teams in your journeys and that can make for a very "interesting" day (the story of Richard, a carriage full of Darlington fans and 1 Swindon fan together is one for another time!)
Joe is 41 years old and from South Oxfordshire. He has 2 sons, Jack 11 and George 4. Joe's first game was the 3-0 win against Sheffield United on 1st January 1990. Since then has been home, away and abroad to watch Oxford United. He is passionate about bringing our club and fans together and since 2010 has worked on projects and initiatives with fellow fans to help improve the experience and increase atmosphere and support for the team. He is looking forward to using his experiences to help the Supporters Panel to be successful.
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