It’s going to be a busy day on Sunday as Oxford United prepare for two big games.
At midday Oxford United Women welcome Swindon Town to Court Place Farm in the National League Cup, then at 3pm the stars of the past will reunite to play tribute to Mickey Lewis with a memorial game at the Kassam Stadium.
The Women's game was moved forward to allow fans to watch both games- Karl Robinson, Matty Taylor, Cameron Brannagan and many of the current U’s first team will be doing that, but it also works out perfectly for one person who has a key role in both matches.
Lauren Haynes will skipper the Women’s side in the first game then rush over to the Kassam Stadium to play for Oxford City in the first half against a United Legends side. She takes up the story:
“It’s a big game for us to be facing Swindon and whatever team you play for if you have that Oxford badge on then you want to beat Swindon. So I will focus on that but we have a plan in place and my mum will be outside the ground with the motor running at the end so I can get round to the Kassam and play in the second game.
“Mickey was a mentor to me, like so many footballers in Oxford. He was there for me when I moved back to play for Oxford United and then he was there when I started coaching in my day job with Velocity. He was a fantastic person and a huge influence on my playing and coaching careers and I want to be among that crowd of people paying our respects to him on Sunday.
“There can't be many people who have played for both United and City in the same afternoon but I’m really looking forward to it and I hope we see a big crowd at both games.”
If you buy a ticket for the Mickey game you can watch the women for just £1 so join the crowd watching both matches on Oxford’s Super Sunday