Wright way up?

June 19, 2001

Generally the close-season is a time for renewed, if unrealistic, optimism. The despair of the previous season is over and all that is left is hope, even if it’s the somewhat negative ambition of having a less bad season than the one that’s just ended.At Oxford this Summer there really are grounds for expecting an  more ]

Weird scenes inside the goldmine

April 8, 2001

These are strange day up the Manor. Relegated to play in the bottom division for the first time since 1965 but with a brand spanking new stadium just over the horizon. Seven games of the season remaining, of which none matter at all apart from attempting to rescue a small portion of pride.There are still  more ]

Future imperfect

February 4, 2001

The latest developments at and around the Manor have once more called into question the future of Oxford United, just when the club needs stability more than ever. Les Wells successful application to seek a judicial review into the granting of planning permission for the multiplex cinema may in itself just be a storm in  more ]

Waiting for my man

October 5, 2000

Denis Smith’s “promotion” upstairs wasn’t really a surprise when it came, although possibly the manner of his departure from the manager’s seat was unexpected. Whilst everyone was speculating whether or not Smith would resign or be dismissed there couldn’t have been many who would have guessed that he would remain at United but in a  more ]

Nadir’s big chance

September 13, 2000

Can it get any worse (on the pitch) than this? What is going wrong with Oxford United, eighth in Division One in November 1996 when Matty Elliott was sold to Leicester? Does the blame (if indeed there is any blame) lie with the chairman, the board, the management, the players, the supporters? Just who is  more ]

The Weatherstone forecast

August 17, 2000

Ross Weatherstone, United’s 19 year old promising central defender, has been charged and found guilty of an aggravated racist disorderly conduct. He has been fined ?500 plus costs and he has not yet announced whether or not he is going to appeal. These are the bare facts, most of the rest of the Weatherstone story  more ]

A stadium light

July 25, 2000

Last week two of the major obstacles preventing a restart on Minchery Farm were removed. Firstly Cheshire developer Nick Pentith withdrew his judicial review into the granting of planning permission for the multiplex cinema at Minchery Farm, a supposedly necessary development to finance the completion of the stadium (which is going to cost around ?10  more ]

Called to account

June 14, 2000

Gunth’s analysis of OUFC Ltd A/Cs y/e 30/6/99Random notes in no particular order (as you’d expect).1) The change in accounting practice regarding players’ registration fees seems to be a good idea as this and associated costs can now be capitalised and then charged to the profit and loss account over a period of years. Therefore  more ]

Contract or Expand

May 21, 2000

So all of United’s out-of-contract players have been offered new terms, except Pål Lundin, Eddie Newton and Nigel Jemson, all of whom have already been released. Newton had a job to go to in China, Jemson was just no use to us, and Lundin allegedly had an expletiveful encounter with Denis Smith after being left  more ]

Safety second

May 7, 2000

Oxford United are safe! Next season United will be playing once more in Division Two against the likes of Reading, Wycombe, swindon, Northampton, Bristol Rovers and City, Walsall, Luton, Brentford and possibly Barnet. All teams within easy reach of Oxford and something to look forward to for United supporters.However, Rage Online urges caution before fans  more ]