The last time The Imps met today’s opponents Oxford United (managed by Karl Robinson) was on Boxing Day in 2019 at the Kassam Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,115, including 630 Imps. The U’s won 1-0 that day, with Shandon Baptiste scoring the only goal of the game from long-range in the 36th minute. Enjoy talking about The Imps? Get involved with today’s Match Thread!
Thank you to Oxford United supporter Ryan for answering our questions ahead of today’s match!
How long have you supported Oxford United?
35 years now.
Where did you finish last season?
Losing the playoff final…ouch.
What do you think of your Manager?
Karl Robinson is doing a great job. He plays a great style of football and is building a great team.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2019/20 season?
A step further than last year.
One(s) to watch?
As ever, Cameron Brannagan is at the heartbeat of the team and drives us forward. Signed a contract extension in the summer when he could have moved on. Gotta love that!
Which teams you think will finish in the top six?
Peterborough, Hull, Charlton, Crewe, Blackpool and Oxford.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom four?
Rochdale, Northampton, Swindon and Accrington.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
An improving side. Appleton has had the chance to make changes in the summer, and we’ve seen first hand his ability in creating a winning side. One to watch.
What do you think the score will be?
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Random fact about your Club?
Timmy Mallet is a fan.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Bridcutt, McGrandles or Jorge Grant most likely. All are very capable players who would do well in most teams.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as an Oxford United Supporter?
Proudest: Cup performances last season, when the TV cameras were in. Was great to play with style against some big sides.
Most embarrassing: Dropping out of the league in 2006.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Simon Eastwood. Keepers are often quick to be criticised but he still, regularly, saves us a goal or two a game. Great on Pens too.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Yes, OxVox and the now-disbanded Ultras. Both are or have been involved in representing the fanbase and providing stadium displays such as the tribute flags to the late Jim Smith. They are (or were) both a credit to the club.
Which was your favourite match involving Oxford United?
Playing West Ham off the park last year.
Which was your least favourite match involving Oxford United?
Recently, the play-off final against Wycombe.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Oxford United?
Not to my knowledge.
What is the best thing about Oxford?
Great musical scene and heritage.
You Mullered us last time around 6-0, do you expect a repeat of that?
No. Appleton won’t let that happen. Might win though.
How deflating was the play-off defeat? Do you expect a bounce-back season or a wallow in what could have been one?
The messages from the club and players since have been spot on…using the defeat to motivate us. We’ve kept the nucleus of the side together and made some tidy additions.
Who in your opinion is Oxford’s ultimate cult hero, and why?
James Constable. Second in the all-time scorer’s list and a big player in getting our league spot back. Has been a great ambassador for the club since.
How much will you miss Rob Dickie? Will a reported £1m compensate for his loss?
He was something of a luxury at this level and was clearly going to be picked up sooner or later. With good players already in place to step up, and the club needing to maintain the business model of selling 2 or 3 for profit a season, it felt like the right time. Was it the right fee? Possibly not, but who knows. We move on.
Which team are you most looking forward to playing this season?
Personally, Crewe for 3 reasons. Hoping its the first game where fans are allowed to watch a game, they are a team I’ve kept an eye on as my Grandparents lived there and they were playing great football last year. Could be an interesting match up of playing styles.
Who is the next big star within your team?
Dan Agyei is developing and hope he can step up this year, and Derick Osei Yaw is untested in this country but has raw ability. I’ll go for Dickies replacement though, Rob Atkinson. Another ball playing CB who is looking settled and confident so far.
If you haven’t already had a go at our quizzes, this is a great way to learn some random information about the Football Club, as well as helping us generate much-needed page views: Quiz No.1, Quiz No.2, Quiz No.3, Quiz No.4, Quiz No.5, Quiz No.6, Quiz No.7, Quiz No.8, Quiz No.9, Quiz No.10, Quiz No.11, Quiz No.12, Quiz No.13, Quiz No.14, Quiz No.15, Quiz No.16, Quiz No.17, Quiz No.18, Quiz No.19, Quiz No.20, Quiz No.21, Quiz No.22, Quiz No.23, Quiz No.24, Quiz No.25, Quiz No.26, Quiz No.27, Quiz No.28, Quiz No.29 and Quiz No.30.
"Karl Robinson is doing a great job. He plays a great style of football and is building a great team."
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 12, 2020