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PREVIEW Oxford United v Grimsby Town

U's take on the Mariners in the Emirates FA Cup

1 December 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v Grimsby Town

U's take on the Mariners in the Emirates FA Cup

1 December 2023

Oxford United welcome Grimsby Town to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup (3pm)

United beat National League side Maidenhead at home in the first round while Grimsby needed a replay before getting past Slough Town. With prices reduced in all areas it's a chance to come along and enjoy the magic of the cup in Des Buckingham's first cup game in charge.

New signing Joe Bennett may have to get up to speed before he is included in the squad for the first time. The former Middlesbrough, Villa and Wigan left-back joined as a free agent yesterday and has trained all week with the squad but may have to wait until the trip to Forest Green in the Trophy on Tuesday to get a chance to impress.

Marcus Browne is available after a long-term injury and likely to come into the squad as a straight swap for Kyle Edwards who came off in the midweek draw with Bolton after feeling his hamstring tighten again while Sam Long and Greg Leigh are both targeting the Christmas games for their comebacks from injury.

Former Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell is the man in charge at Grimsby The 43-year-old saw his side draw with MK Dons in midweek but has had more time to work with his players ahead of Saturday’s cup tie.

“I showed some things to the team in the one hour I had with them and you hope that they understand it and take it on board, which they did" he said. “That’s really pleasing, but now we’ve got to make sure that we give them more and more so that the standards are constantly raised. They’re all starting from different positions with different skills and different qualities and it is my job to assess who needs what and at what time.

“After a couple of short sessions, we’ll have another tough game against a team third in League One which is another tough ask so it is not going to be revolutionary overnight, it can’t be.”

Tickets for this game are available online from, in person, and over the telephone (01865 337533)

Please note not all sections of the ground will open for this fixture. The blocks to open are as follows:

South Stand Lower: 5, 6, 7, 8
South Stand Upper: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
East Stand: 18, 19

Season Ticket Holders do not have their seats reserved for this game.

Families and wheelchair users wishing to purchase tickets for this match are advised to purchase in the South Stand Lower. If you require assistance, please contact the Ticket Office Team by calling 01865 337533. Our Sensory Room will not be open but fans requiring assistance should email our SLO Andy Taylor ( or speak with your nearest steward  on the day.

The Ticket Office is open from 10am – 5pm on Friday.


Adult £15
Over 65 £10
18-24 £10
U18 £5
U13 £5
U7 £2

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand will  be open so pedestrians can move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.

The Club Shop has stock of all three new kits plus this year's Christmas Jumpers. Make sure you call in before the game, or take a look online HERE
The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games and are part of the government's £2 for a ticket scheme. 

Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time.

The game is available to watch overseas and hear the UK in iFollow but only to exisiting subscribers - match passes cannot be sold due to the rights in this competition

You can also follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial and we will have a full match report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

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