New fixture list gets Oxford United boss buzzing

Gary Waddock is pleased to have a home start for once

Gary Waddock is pleased to have a home start for once

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GARY Waddock admitted the unveiling of the Sky Bet League Two fixtures yesterday has really got him buzzing.

Oxford United will start their 2014-15 campaign with a home match against Burton Albion on Saturday, August 9 – their first opening Football League game of a season at the Kassam Stadium since 2002.

The U’s end with an away trip to Newport County, but are at home on Boxing Day when Shrewsbury are the visitors.

The announcement of the fixtures traditionally gets players, managers and fans excited about the upcoming season, and Waddock is no different.

“I really can’t wait to get going now,” the U’s head coach said.

“It’s always a big day when the fixtures come out because you know the start of a new season is in sight.”

He added: “It’s good to start at home, particularly for the fans because I know it’s been a while since our first match has been at home.”

After hosting Burton, Waddock’s side then travel to Bristol City in the Capital One Cup, before back-to-back away league matches at Mansfield and Morecambe.

“The Bristol match will obviously be a massive test for us, but one we can enjoy,” Waddock said.

“They will be one of the favourites for the League One title, which means we can go there with no real pressure on us.”

The two matches against former U’s boss Chris Wilder’s Northampton side are both midweek – United travelling to the Cobblers on Tuesday, October 21, with the return fixture on Tuesday, April 14.

Other games over the Christmas period see United on the road for two long away trips on December 20 (Hartlepool) and December 28 (Plymouth).

The Easter programme sees Waddock take his side to former club Wycombe Wanderers on April 4 and then host York City on Monday, April 6.

United face two long midweek away trips, travelling to Morecambe on Tuesday, August 19 and Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, February 10.

FIXTURES.

AUGUST.

Sat 9 Burton Albion (H) * Tues 12 Bristol City (a) (CC 1) Sat 16 Mansfield Town (a) Tue 19 Morecambe (a) Sat 23 Portsmouth (H) Tues 26 CC 2 Sat 30 Dagenham & R (H)

SEPTEMBER

Sat 6 Southend United (a) Sat 13 Exeter City (a) Tue 16 Accrington Stanley (H) Sat 20 Stevenage (H) Sat 27 Luton Town (a)

OCTOBER

Sat 4 Newport County (H) Sat 11 Cambridge United (a) Sat 18 Tranmere Rovers (H) Tue 21 Northampton Town (a) Sat 25 Carlisle United (a)

NOVEMBER

Sat 1 Wycombe Wanderers (H) Sat 8 FA Cup 1 Sat 15 York City (a) Sat 22 AFC Wimbledon (H) Sat 29 Cheltenham Town (a)

DECEMBER

Sat 6 FA Cup 2 Sat 13 Bury (H) Sat 20 Hartlepool United (a) Fri 26 Shrewsbury Town (H) Sun 28 Plymouth Argyle (a)

JANUARY

Sat 3 Cheltenham Town (H) or FA Cup 3 Sat 10 Dagenham & R (a) Sat 17 Southend United (H) Sat 24 Exeter C (H) or FA Cup 4 Sat 31 Stevenage (a)

FEBRUARY

Sat 7 Luton Town (H) Tue 10 Accrington Stanley (a) Sat 14 Burton Albion (a) Sat 21 Mansfield Town (H) Sat 28 Portsmouth (a)

MARCH

Tue 3 Morecambe (H) Sat 7 Bury (a) Sat 14 Plymouth Argyle (H) Tue 17 Hartlepool United (H) Sat 21 Shrewsbury Town (a) Sat 28 Carlisle United (H)

APRIL

Sat 4 Wycombe Wanderers (a) Mon 6 York City (H) Sat 11 AFC Wimbledon (a) Tue 14 Northampton Town (H) Sat 18 Tranmere Rovers (a) Sat 25 Cambridge United (H)

MAY

Sat 2 Newport County (a)

Key: CC= Capital One Cup * = date yet to be confirmed Fixtures are subject to change

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10:04am Thu 19 Jun 14

Davos P says...

I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate?
I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate? Davos P
  • Score: 12

10:34am Thu 19 Jun 14

OX4-OUFC says...

One hopes it also gets his phone buzzing with some good new players on the other end.
One hopes it also gets his phone buzzing with some good new players on the other end. OX4-OUFC
  • Score: 14

12:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

onthebench says...

Pretty disappointed to see Matt Tubbs sign a one year loan deal at AFC Wimbledon. I thought he would have been really good for us and I know we were after him some time ago. Still awaiting the creative midfield player(s) and top striker!?
Pretty disappointed to see Matt Tubbs sign a one year loan deal at AFC Wimbledon. I thought he would have been really good for us and I know we were after him some time ago. Still awaiting the creative midfield player(s) and top striker!? onthebench
  • Score: 17

12:47pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Greengo says...

Davos P wrote:
I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate?
Why should IL "dig deeper into his pockets" OUFC is a business and needs to survive on it's own feet not be supported by a "sugar daddy" if the club can't support being at this level it certainly won't going higher ... the most important thing is the club survives not that it goes beyond it's means trying to get to a higher level. People should start being realistic.
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate?[/p][/quote]Why should IL "dig deeper into his pockets" OUFC is a business and needs to survive on it's own feet not be supported by a "sugar daddy" if the club can't support being at this level it certainly won't going higher ... the most important thing is the club survives not that it goes beyond it's means trying to get to a higher level. People should start being realistic. Greengo
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Joe1 says...

Why is IL still keen on O.U. The club is costing him money & the long term does not look good. Hopefully, someone will step & take it off his hands who is willing & able to invest to help get us up & running. Based on what we read & the lack of ability to bring any decent players in, next Season will not bode well for O.U. Sad very sad.
Why is IL still keen on O.U. The club is costing him money & the long term does not look good. Hopefully, someone will step & take it off his hands who is willing & able to invest to help get us up & running. Based on what we read & the lack of ability to bring any decent players in, next Season will not bode well for O.U. Sad very sad. Joe1
  • Score: 6

3:40pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Oxokuba says...

Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again.

Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....
Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again. Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade..... Oxokuba
  • Score: 9

4:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

oldun says...

Oxokuba wrote:
Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again.

Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....
Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried)
PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing!
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again. Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....[/p][/quote]Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried) PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing! oldun
  • Score: -1

4:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

oldun says...

Oxokuba wrote:
Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again.

Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....
Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried)
PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing!
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again. Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....[/p][/quote]Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried) PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing! oldun
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

oldun says...

Oxokuba wrote:
Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again.

Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....
Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried)
PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing!
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: Presumably Waddock will be buzzing enough to improve his appalling record since taking over. He'll need to work harder on his excuses too though Wilder is a hard act to follow in clichés and finger pointing. I expect mediocrity sprinkled with false optimism and lashing of here we go again. Cue the 'loyal' fans tirade.....[/p][/quote]Agreed . sensible and loyal (and worried) PS - whatever turns W on - buzzing! oldun
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Thu 19 Jun 14

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6:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

hawkeye1 says...

Ok Oldun, heard you the first time,
I just cannot get excited about the upcoming season, feel we will be watching
the same old stuff, boring hoof ball, we need something or someone to
bring life back into the club, no mention on how season ticket sales are
going, my bet is not good, have a bad feeling that next season is going to
be a long struggle, finishing up just above relegation spot 17 or 18 if
we are lucky. hope I am wrong !!!!!!
Ok Oldun, heard you the first time, I just cannot get excited about the upcoming season, feel we will be watching the same old stuff, boring hoof ball, we need something or someone to bring life back into the club, no mention on how season ticket sales are going, my bet is not good, have a bad feeling that next season is going to be a long struggle, finishing up just above relegation spot 17 or 18 if we are lucky. hope I am wrong !!!!!! hawkeye1
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Thu 19 Jun 14

oldun says...

hawkeye1 wrote:
Ok Oldun, heard you the first time,
I just cannot get excited about the upcoming season, feel we will be watching
the same old stuff, boring hoof ball, we need something or someone to
bring life back into the club, no mention on how season ticket sales are
going, my bet is not good, have a bad feeling that next season is going to
be a long struggle, finishing up just above relegation spot 17 or 18 if
we are lucky. hope I am wrong !!!!!!
Love ya ta pieces
[quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: Ok Oldun, heard you the first time, I just cannot get excited about the upcoming season, feel we will be watching the same old stuff, boring hoof ball, we need something or someone to bring life back into the club, no mention on how season ticket sales are going, my bet is not good, have a bad feeling that next season is going to be a long struggle, finishing up just above relegation spot 17 or 18 if we are lucky. hope I am wrong !!!!!![/p][/quote]Love ya ta pieces oldun
  • Score: 2

11:06am Fri 20 Jun 14

Davos P says...

Greengo wrote:
Davos P wrote:
I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate?
Why should IL "dig deeper into his pockets" OUFC is a business and needs to survive on it's own feet not be supported by a "sugar daddy" if the club can't support being at this level it certainly won't going higher ... the most important thing is the club survives not that it goes beyond it's means trying to get to a higher level. People should start being realistic.
I am being realistic. In today's football world, clubs that achieve great things take risks, just like businesses that achieve great things. There's nothing wrong with making a loss for 2 or 3 years as a pre-cursor to making big profits later on. If Lenegan thinks like you then unfortunately we're in for more mediocrity. I'm not saying he has to make us bankrupt. To attract good players at this level, we're talking thousands not hundreds of thousands. I just believe that now is the time risks. Also if you spend now on the right players, the money should be recouped at the gates.
[quote][p][bold]Greengo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't get too excited yet Gary. Looks like we'll have no team to compete in those fixtures. Waddock's clearly got to try harder to sell the club to these players and IL has clearly got to dig deeper into his pockets. Ever heard of speculate to accumulate?[/p][/quote]Why should IL "dig deeper into his pockets" OUFC is a business and needs to survive on it's own feet not be supported by a "sugar daddy" if the club can't support being at this level it certainly won't going higher ... the most important thing is the club survives not that it goes beyond it's means trying to get to a higher level. People should start being realistic.[/p][/quote]I am being realistic. In today's football world, clubs that achieve great things take risks, just like businesses that achieve great things. There's nothing wrong with making a loss for 2 or 3 years as a pre-cursor to making big profits later on. If Lenegan thinks like you then unfortunately we're in for more mediocrity. I'm not saying he has to make us bankrupt. To attract good players at this level, we're talking thousands not hundreds of thousands. I just believe that now is the time risks. Also if you spend now on the right players, the money should be recouped at the gates. Davos P
  • Score: 3

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