Get ready for the Wright stuff

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

Oxford United captain Jake Wright, seen in action during the 2-1 win at Farnborough on Saturday, is looking to show his worth for the U’s this term

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Jake Wright is hoping a full recovery from the injuries which blighted his performances in the spring will see him return to top form when the new season begins.

Oxford United’s captain, normally so reliable, made a series of uncharacteristic errors in the closing weeks of last season as the team’s promotion challenge fell apart.

The centre back struggled to shake off a knee problem which kept him on the sidelines for six weeks and injuries to other defenders in the small squad meant he volunteered to play before he was ready.

It all boiled over in a heated altercation with a handful of fans after the defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge in March.

Wright’s commitment was questioned by some, something the 28-year-old robustly rejects.

And after recovering from the injuries during the summer, the skipper is looking to put it all behind him.

He said: “I didn’t do myself any favours and a few fans got on my back thinking I didn’t want to be there, but I 100 per cent want to be at Oxford.

“I’ve always stated I’m happy here.”

He added: “I was fit, but I wasn’t sharp enough.

“It was plain to see from the silly mistakes I was making – I wouldn’t make them when I was fit.

“The year before when I got player of the year I had little niggles, but not bad injuries.

“I think if I’m fit and have little injuries I can get through a season and be consistent.

“That’s what I want to achieve this year.”

Wright came through 45 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Farnborough and will get more game time under his belt in tonight’s friendly at Oxford City (7.45).

Several first-team players, including Danny Hylton and David Hunt, could return after missing the trip to Hampshire with minor niggles.

United are hoping to be boosted by a new face ahead of kick-off.

Boss Michael Appleton said on Saturday he was very confident his first signing, believed to be a midfielder, would be completed before the game.

City’s general manager, Justin Merritt, said the game would give players the chance to force their way into his plans for the new campaign.

The last time the sides met, in 2013, City hammered United 5-1, but Merritt says pre-season games are about performances, not results.

Police appeal for help finding missing man

Oxford Mail:

12:48pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

OFFICERS from Thames Valley Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing man.

Worshippers fill Broad Street for 10th Love Oxford event

Oxford Mail:

11:46am Sunday 3rd May 2015

HUNDREDS of worshippers have begun lining Broad Street for today’s Love Oxford event.

Power cut hits about 20 homes in Headington

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

5:55pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

ABOUT 20 houses are without power due to a fault with electricity supplies in Headington.

Man charged with conspiracy to commit robbery

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:18pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

A MAN has been charged with conspiracy to commit a robbery in connection with an incident at a property in Oxford last week.

Boris Johnson visits Abingdon to support Nicola Blackwood

Oxford Mail:

1:25pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

BORIS Johnson visited Abingdon today to support Conservative candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood.

UPDATED: Crash after fatal A40 accident injures two police officers

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:58am Saturday 2nd May 2015

TWO police officers have been injured at the scene of a fatal road accident after another vehicle crashed into their car.

Trade union march could cause bus delays

Oxford Mail: Oxford Bus Company bus New

11:48am Saturday 2nd May 2015

A MARCH taking place in Oxford this afternoon could cause slight delays to bus services.

Rocking and rolling towards their teens

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

THEY say rock and roll is a youngsters’ game, but one group of West Oxfordshire rockers are taking it to a whole new level.

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald wants to help side finish season on a high

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Alex MacDonald hopes Oxford United can pick up where they left off last week to finish the season in style at Newport County today.

Big crowds gather for May Morning celebrations

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

SPRING revellers of all ages and from all walks of life donned their seasonal finest and hit the city centre for May Morning yesterday.

Tory councillor given a rough ride standing in for Cameron at Woodstock hustings

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

OXFORDSHIRE County Council leader Ian Hudspeth took his fair share of criticism as he attempted to cover for David Cameron at a hustings in Woodstock.

Is a 'tidal' flow the way to solve A40 traffic jams?

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 1st May 2015

A “TIDAL” bus lane on the A40 approaching Oxford from the west is the centrepiece of new proposals to combat rush-hour congestion.

On-loan Roofe delighted to make his mark at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 1st May 2015

Kemar Roofe has thanked Oxford United for giving him the chance to play the best football of his career.

A420 carriageway to stay closed for further fortnight

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Friday 1st May 2015

THE westbound carriageway of the A420 is set to stay closed for at least another two weeks while roadworks continue.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Newport County

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

12:09pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

WATCH Kemar Roofe's wonder goal as Oxford United finished the season with a 1-0 win at Newport County.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Newport?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:54pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

Newport County 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Roofe 30)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:02pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

A STUNNING strike from Kemar Roofe ensured Oxford United finished the season on a high with a hard-fought win at ten-man Newport County.

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald wants to help side finish season on a high

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Alex MacDonald hopes Oxford United can pick up where they left off last week to finish the season in style at Newport County today.

Oxford United duo Andy Whing and Chey Dunkley set to team up again

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Chey Dunkley and Andy Whing are set to continue their experimental defensive partnership for Oxford United today.

MOTORSPORT: Bradley Smith is eighth home in Spanish test

Oxford Mail: Bradley Smith starred in practice

3:12pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith came home eighth in today's Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Newport County

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

12:09pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

WATCH Kemar Roofe's wonder goal as Oxford United finished the season with a 1-0 win at Newport County.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Newport?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:54pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

Newport County 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Roofe 30)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:02pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

A STUNNING strike from Kemar Roofe ensured Oxford United finished the season on a high with a hard-fought win at ten-man Newport County.

Updates - Newport County v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:57pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

All the latest news from Oxford United's final game of the season, at Newport County.

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald wants to help side finish season on a high

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Alex MacDonald hopes Oxford United can pick up where they left off last week to finish the season in style at Newport County today.

Oxford United duo Andy Whing and Chey Dunkley set to team up again

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Chey Dunkley and Andy Whing are set to continue their experimental defensive partnership for Oxford United today.

YOUTH CRICKET: Hat-trick hero Charlie Souch stars for Minster Lovell

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Charlie Souch took a hat-trick in figures of 5-3 to help Minster Lovell A to a 63-run victory over Kidlington in the opening round of matches in the Nat West Under 15 Boys’ Club Championship.

BASKETBALL: Didcot Devils net a big double

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Didcot Devils Under 12s clinched the Buckinghamshire League double when winning both the league and play-off finals.

MOTORSPORT: Buoyant Bradley Smith's eyeing up strong performance at Jerez

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Bradley Smith is looking to build upon his positive start to the MotoGP season at the Spanish circuit of Jerez this weekend.

 

 

 

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10:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him.
personally I never doubted his commitment or desire. Hes a good player and we are lucky to have him. MiddleBartonYellow
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11:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team.
Unfortunately players often play when they have niggles and injuries but cannot do themselves justice by playing, it's a fine line but fans need to take stock of a players overall commitment before criticising. I am not Wrights biggest fan but do believe he gives his best for the team. Richard Wickson
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6:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon.
Wright should NEVER be Oxfords captain,he has no leadership qualities,something I hope the new manager sorts out very soon. kiddyboy
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2:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

shouldn't say anything says...

whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one.

clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in )

Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave

again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain

i'll go now

Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
whoops i made a mistake i meant to give post up above negative one. clicked wrong one cuz i lacerated my knee on a metal bar and used any part of my body to block exocets and was running at 300mph ( get to grass level to see the unbelivable desire commitment and herculean effort the Oxford boys put in ) Glad Jake Wright Wright Wright stayed - i was worried he might leave again to reiterate, heard an a new Oxford recruit said of Jake that he made his prescence felt upon meeting leaving in no doubt that he was The Captain i'll go now Up The U's C'MON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! shouldn't say anything
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