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Tiger's Notes For Gillingham

The Oxford United Chairman writes in the Gillingham programme

25 September 2021

Oxford United Chairman, Sumrith 'Tiger' Thanakarnjanasuth, wrote the following notes for the match programme for United's game against Gillingham

It’s good to be back at home and have two games here in four days to try and get some of the frustration of the last two games out of our system.
The Wycombe game was such a tough game to watch, even on TV in Thailand on iFollow! I can only imagine how hard it was to be in the crowd and watch a game that had so little flow to it. Usually we play with a tempo and a lot of passion and the games are very easy on the eye. That game was certainly not that, but we fought hard and got one point so ten points from four home games is not bad at this stage.
We were more like our usual selves in the first half at Cheltenham last Saturday, and I was confident that we would win the game after a very good first half.
For some reason we didn’t continue that in the second half. I still thought we would win even after we conceded a goal, but then we lost our way a little bit. We were still in Cheltenham’s half more than our own, but it was just one of those days when things didn’t fall our way in the penalty box.
I understand why fans were unhappy with that result; we are all devastated to lose any game and it leads to a lot of heart-to-heart conversations but always with just one intention: to learn from a setback and work even harder to get it right next time.
Off the pitch I also sense a little curiosity from fans because we haven’t been able to update you on the Board, for which we apologise.
I can only be honest about it and say there is nothing much to report back. Everyone knows we are talking about how things are structured, and this has been going on since the end of last season. We thank you for your patience but to simplify: the people involved are already involved! They all have the same passion as I do; all we are doing is finding the best way to make things formal, structured, and working best for the football club. It has taken longer than we thought but time is on our side and day to day we work very well together: the Board, Karl, Niall and all departments.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of a very special game here in two weeks’ time, when so many stars of the club's past will come back to honour the memory of Micky Lewis. I learn more about the history of the club all the time and people like Micky devote their whole life to the club and deserve all the love, respect and admiration that they receive. Please, if you can, come along to the game and support Micky’s family. Part of the amazing Oxford United family.


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