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Supporters Panel Welcomes New Faces

New members of the OUSP

8 June 2022

Club News

Supporters Panel Welcomes New Faces

New members of the OUSP

8 June 2022

The Oxford United Supporters Panel is now in place for 2022/23.

Following the recent call for nominations to the Supporters Panel, Ashley Brown (FSA) was pleased to confirm the Election Management Group (EMG) met after the closing date to review all applications. The EMG agreed that five valid nominations had been received prior to the closing date, and confirmed that no nominations have been classed as invalid.
The five valid nominations are:

  • Grace Bailey (existing member)
  • Joe Nicholls (previously co-opted)
  • Pete Chilton (new)
  • Henry Lane (new)
  • Dean Worrall (new)

As there was not enough candidates to fill the six available seats no election is required and each of these five have been informed of their appointment to the Supporters Panel.

They join existing members Janine Bailey and Paul Scaysbrook.

Grace Bailey
Grace is 27 years old, lives in South Oxfordshire and has a season ticket in South Stand Lower. Grace is proud to be the #HerGameToo ambassador for Oxford United, working with OUSP and the club to raise awareness of the campaign and to represent women. Grace has long-term health issues and understands how debilitating chronic conditions can be. “I know how important having a love for something like football is” 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.”

Joe Nicholls
Joe is 42 years old and from South Oxfordshire. He has two sons, Jack 11 and George 5. Joe's first game was the 3-0 win against Sheffield United on 1st January 1990. Since then Joe has been home, away and abroad to watch Oxford United, and is proud to now watch Oxford with his sons. 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. 

Paul Scaysbrook
58 years old 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.

Janine Bailey
Brought up in Oxford, and a United fan since her teens, Janine’s first job was selling 50/50 tickets in Beech Road and the Manor Club. Janine moved back to Oxfordshire with her family (all raised as true yellows) three years ago and is a season ticket holder in the South Stand Lower. Janine has worked in retail management, sales and marketing, customer support, and financial administration. She currently combines her duties as a carer with voluntary roles, including as secretary of OUSP.  She is keen to contribute to improving communication between the club and our supporters.

Pete Chilton
Pete has supported the club for over 45 years, and welcomes the opportunity to take a direct role in helping it to grow and prosper.  He has a great deal of experience both in terms of the skills he developed and used during his career and as a long-standing fan of the club. Passionate and enthusiastic with a genuine desire to make things better for everyone, Pete believes it is the ideal time to help make a positive difference. He particularly hopes to represent the older generation of supporters, those who have followed the club for a long time and may not always be fully engaged with the modern methods of communication such as social media. You’ll find Pete in the East Stand (right side!).
Henry Lane
Henry is 26 years old, he has supported Oxford United from the same seat in the East Stand for the last 11 years. He is proud to be part of the heart of matchday atmosphere, and wants to work on improving this further. With the club aiming to make a step up next season, Henry believes that fans will play a vital part in this, and looks forward to being part of a well-organised supporters’ panel as an important bridge between club and supporters.

Dean Worrall
Dean has supported Oxford since moving to the area four years ago. He is an ex-professional footballer with 18 years’ experience in the corporate sales sector and more recently has developed a digital mental health and wellness platform. He brings extensive knowledge of mental health and wellbeing for the benefit of fellow supporters. Dean will bring his experience, creativity and energy to the panel, which he hopes will be a boost.Dean can be found in the North stand on matchdays, sitting with his 2 boys Sam who is 10 and Joshy who is 6.

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