Report this comment
  • "
    Richard Wickson wrote:
    dave from witney wrote:
    The Kirkintilloch Exile wrote:
    First we lose Wilder, can’t win a game and now Beano; looks like the new regime are tightening their grip. It’s an ill wind that blows through the club; this can only end in tears!

    The Kirky Exile
    It really needs to be time that we move on regarding Constable. Surely we all accept that he took too few of his chances in the league. He was reportedly on pretty good money so if we are going to offer top money for a striker, we have to get one who can take more of those chances.

    He was offered a new contract which he declined and signed for a non league club. That seems to indicate that if other league clubs were interested then they were only offering the same kind of money that was on offer here. The Club needs to announce a new signing, striker or otherwise a.s.a.p. to get the fans thinking a little more on the positive side.
    Hear hear Dave. Totally agree with you. It's time to move on , sign lads who want to play for OU and apart from the statistic that JC is the 2nd highest scorer in OU's history forget him. At least the OM can drop that awful line "also known as Beano" now. Thanks James for what you did but Cheerio.
    "Occasionally known as James" was more appropriate"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

The Oxford United goals that meant so much to James Constable

I fire home Oxford’s second goal at Wembley as we beat York to win promotion back into the Football League

I fire home Oxford’s second goal at Wembley as we beat York to win promotion back into the Football League

First published in Headlines
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

WHITTLING the list down to a top five proved a difficult task for James Constable.

After all, what makes a goal special? Is a tap-in to win a big game better than a thumping volley which is just a mere consolation?

Memorable efforts against Luton Town and Crawley Town, both of which came after missed penalties, were close to making the list, as was the spectacular strike against Torquay United last August.

Instead, he opted to begin with a goal which isn’t on the list at all.

Goal 1 v Oxford City (pre-season friendly) Marsh Lane, August, 2008

“It was probably one of the most nervous times I have had leading into any game.

It was my first game and I was desperate to try and show what I was capable of doing.

I put a lot of pressure on myself and I had literally only signed that day. I managed to get a goal and it gave me that confidence to think I could hopefully have a long time here.

The ball came across and I just managed to get my right foot on it. It was bending away and got out of reach of the keeper.

The second it went in the pressure was off.”

And here are the top four of his 106-goal tally for the U’s.

Goal 2 v York City (Blue Square Premier play-off final) Wembley, May 16, 2010

“I had been at Wembley before with Kidderminster in the FA Trophy final three years earlier. We lost 3-2 against Stevenage, having been 2-0 up at half-time.

I scored two, but I’d had that feeling at the final whistle where the bottom of your world has fallen out.

With Oxford, we started well and Matt Green scored one of the best goals I’ve seen him get.

For my strike, Greeny flicked it on and I ran onto it. The goal looked tiny and I wanted to get a really good first touch, which took me on to my left.

I remember thinking ‘this isn’t ideal’ because I’d have rather had it on my right.

I could see a couple of defenders coming, so I had to hit it.

I managed to keep it low and I knew it was a clean strike. I just remember it going under the keeper and rolling up the back of the net.

I think I’ll struggle to relive that rush of emotion. That made it 2-0 and I thought to myself there was no way they were going to come back and score three.

I didn’t have a voice by the end of the game and I was on the verge of bursting into tears.”

Goal 3 v Swindon Town (League Two) County Ground, August 21, 2011

“Having grown up in and around that area I knew about the rivalry between the teams.

There was all the stuff leading up to it about the fact I was a Swindon fan, even though I’d been supporting Tottenham for years.

It all built towards the game and gave us that little bit of added incentive.

There was so much flying around, but we went there full of confidence, although we knew it was going to be a difficult game.

All I remember was it being absolutely boiling. It felt like 100 degrees out there and with all the noise it drained your energy.

I don’t think I can really claim the second one as a great goal, but I’ve picked the first one from the corner.

Levs (Peter Leven) put a great ball in, we had worked on spinning and getting to the near post it worked an absolute treat, I managed to block my marker and get a free header six yards out.

Oxford Mail:

  • Celebrating scoring in the derby in front of the away end

We rode our luck at times in the second half and just managed to get over the line.

We came off the pitch and everyone was sat in the changing room with absolutely nothing left.

The whole day was draining, it was an amazing experience with the fans turning up in massive numbers.

It almost felt like we had won something.

There was so much build-up that it felt like a cup final. It felt like more than three points.”

Goal 4 v Rochdale (League Two) Kassam Stadium, August 31, 2013

“My daughter Amelia was born on the Thursday, so to have my girlfriend Laura there with my daughter was special.

It had been a rollercoaster couple of days being a new dad, so to score and for her to be there is something I’ll never forget.

By the time she’s grown up, my career will probably not be where it is now.

It’s a shame, but I’ve got plenty of pictures and DVDs that I’m looking forward to being able to tell her all about it.

Goal 5 v Mansfield Town (League Two) Field Mill, November 16, 2013

“I was on the bench that day but Deano (Deane Smalley) went off injured.

I hadn’t touched the ball when Kits (Dave Kitson) played it to Ryan (Williams) and he did brilliantly to get to the byline and cut it back.

I can remember it coming to me almost in slow motion. I knew I was on 99 goals and I thought ‘I’ve just got to get it on target’.

I thought it was bobbling wide, but at the last second it came back, hit the post and went in.

All I could think about were the times at Kidderminster when we’d lost and being at Chippenham, working and being dropped.

It was strange that all I could think about were all the disappointments I’d had that led to this point.

I couldn’t have been happier, we were in a great position in the game and I was just over the moon that I’d finally got the 100th goal.”

Oxford Mail:

  • Relief as the 100th goal is brought up at Mansfield Town
  • Latest Sport news

Confusion over future of West Oxfordshire-based Caterham F1 team amid threats of legal action

Oxford Mail: Tony Fernandes

12:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CONFUSION surrounded the future of the troubled West Oxfordshire-based Caterham F1 motor racing team tonight as former boss Tony Fernandes faces legal action by the current 'owners'.

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Wharton story should have wider audience

Oxford Mail: Michael Duberry

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN

Watch: Match highlights and reaction to Oxford United's win at Northampton Town

Oxford Mail:

12:13pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Watch match highlights of Oxford United's 3-1 win at Northampton Town, plus after match reaction

United go Wild with comeback victory over Northampton + Video match highlights

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MICHAEL Appleton was thrilled by the response Oxford United showed to falling behind as they stormed back to win 3-1 at Northampton Town.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh yet to extend Hala'ufia loan

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LONDON Welsh say they have yet to extend Chris Hala’ufia’s loan deal, despite news he will not be returning to Llanelli Scarlets.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Mole's double brings first win

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Jacob Tudge bagged a brace as Tower Hill ended their search for a win with a 4-1 success at Kingston Colts in the Giles Sports Witney Under 14 A Youth League.

AUNT SALLY: Wonder Walsh bags first singles crown

Oxford Mail:

4:53pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Dick Walsh became Oxford & District League singles champion for the first time after victory on finals night at the Kassam Stadium.

FUTSAL: City capture regional title

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Oxford City triumphed in the Nerf Junior Premier League Southern Region Under 15 tournament in Swindon.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Wheeldon lifts Kidlington with a stunning six-timer

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Hot-shot Harry Wheeldon scored an incredible six-timer as Barton United won 7-5 at home to Kidlington Youth Colts in the Under 13 C League.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Tower Hill in cup of woe

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Tower Hill Ladies let slip a 1-0 lead as they went down to a 6-1 defeat at Southern Region Premiership side Mansfield Road in the first round of the Oxfordshire FA Women’s Cup.

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree