Oxford United out in front after using just 23 players last season

Oxford United out in front after using just 23 players last season

Oxford United out in front after using just 23 players last season

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OXFORD United picked the fewest number of players in Sky Bet League Two last season, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

The U’s fielded 23 different squad members across the 46-game campaign, two fewer than the next best, Morecambe.

It was less than half the amount selected by Bury, who got through 47.

The Shakers, like the rest of the top four – Northampton, Portsmouth and Torquay – were threatened with relegation and all made big personnel changes after sacking managers.

Continuity paid off for champions Chesterfield, who only used three more players than Oxford, while the other promoted sides, Rochdale (29), Scunthorpe (30) and Fleetwood (32), were all close to the average.

Further up the pyramid, the Championship’s top two – Leicester and Burnley – both used the same quantity as Oxford.

But the lowest number in the Football League was in League One, where Walsall selected just 22.

Players used in League Two 

47 Bury, 41 Northampton, 39 Portsmouth, 35 Torquay, 34 Mansfield, 33 York, 32 Fleetwood, Newport, 31 Dagenham, Cheltenham, 30 Southend, Scunthorpe, Wimbledon, Hartlepool, Burton, Bristol Rov, 29 Plymouth, Accrington, Rochdale, 27 Exeter, 26 Chesterfield, 25 Morecambe, 23 Oxford Utd.

  • Meanwhile, Asa Hall will come up against Oxford United next season after signing a two-year contract at Cheltenham Town.

The 27-year-old midfielder has had two spells with the U’s, most recently on loan in the first half of last season.

He finished the campaign back at parent club Shrewsbury, but was released following their relegation from League One.

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9:37am Thu 29 May 14

EastIlsleyyellow says...

We must have had a lucky season with few injuries and players stepping up and showing true form, lol!! On a true note Everton one won the league using something like 12 to 16 players throughout.
We must have had a lucky season with few injuries and players stepping up and showing true form, lol!! On a true note Everton one won the league using something like 12 to 16 players throughout. EastIlsleyyellow
  • Score: 1

9:56am Thu 29 May 14

train passenger says...

It's always nice to win a competition,except it doesn't get more meaningless than this.
It's always nice to win a competition,except it doesn't get more meaningless than this. train passenger
  • Score: 8

11:22am Thu 29 May 14

BigCrompy says...

In other critically important news, the temperature in United's boardroom was third best in the League this year at a temperate 23 degrees C, and the length of the grass in the Mail Stand penalty area was league leading 8mm, but the bad news is that the peach decor in the ladies' toilet was voted 4th most unpleasant in the whole football league.
In other critically important news, the temperature in United's boardroom was third best in the League this year at a temperate 23 degrees C, and the length of the grass in the Mail Stand penalty area was league leading 8mm, but the bad news is that the peach decor in the ladies' toilet was voted 4th most unpleasant in the whole football league. BigCrompy
  • Score: 15

4:42pm Thu 29 May 14

SteveinSC says...

What a stupid headline. The reality is that we could have done with more players in the squad to replace some of the donkeys we had on the pitch
What a stupid headline. The reality is that we could have done with more players in the squad to replace some of the donkeys we had on the pitch SteveinSC
  • Score: 5

9:06am Fri 30 May 14

oxfordus says...

This is the definition of scratching around for a story.
This is the definition of scratching around for a story. oxfordus
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Fri 30 May 14

oldun says...

oxfordus wrote:
This is the definition of scratching around for a story.
Where's an in depth bit by Dubes when it is needed!! ? It was the wrong 23!!. Liverpool used the fewest ever players when winning the title - 14in 1965-66
[quote][p][bold]oxfordus[/bold] wrote: This is the definition of scratching around for a story.[/p][/quote]Where's an in depth bit by Dubes when it is needed!! ? It was the wrong 23!!. Liverpool used the fewest ever players when winning the title - 14in 1965-66 oldun
  • Score: 1

8:30am Sat 31 May 14

oxfordus says...

Just read that John-Joe O'TOOLE has left BRFC. He would be an improvement on our squad if we picked him up.
Just read that John-Joe O'TOOLE has left BRFC. He would be an improvement on our squad if we picked him up. oxfordus
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Sat 31 May 14

NOxonHopeful says...

So what! Lets have some positive news about how the club is moving forward by signing players who want to work hard for the club.
So what! Lets have some positive news about how the club is moving forward by signing players who want to work hard for the club. NOxonHopeful
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

botleyboy says...

I think on that basis I will renew my season ticket - that and winning best programme.
I think on that basis I will renew my season ticket - that and winning best programme. botleyboy
  • Score: 0

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