FOR most people, summer is all about going on holiday and then immediately planning the next getaway, writes Pete Green of the Oxford United Supporters’ Panel.

It’s similar for me, but my summers are always about football, in particular Oxford United.

It might only be a few weeks since that emotional day when it felt like half of Oxfordshire was at Wembley to see Oxford get their long overdue promotion to the Championship. But just like having the holiday of a lifetime, you soon get itchy feet and start planning for the next one.

And so, planning begins with booking a season ticket to guarantee entry to every one of those games in the Championship next season. After 25 years waiting, I don’t want to risk the chance of missing watching my team in the Championship next year.

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There are some people who have sat in exactly the same seats since we moved into our current stadium, and will only move seats when we hopefully move to our new stadium in a couple of years.

They will be joined by people who they wouldn’t have known all those years ago, but who have since become close friends through their shared love of Oxford United.

Many will be buying season tickets for the first time, and whether they are going alone, with friends or with a family, they will also soon be amazed at how welcoming everyone is, and it won’t be long before a stranger is offering you a boiled sweet or homemade cake if you’re lucky.

This year there are so many great offers to support fans, with reduced prices for children, young adults and those who work for the emergency services with a Blue Light Card.

Did you also know that in the family stand, children under the age of seven go free? Yes, free! For the whole season!

Whether you are a lifelong fan or someone just beginning to get interested in the game, it’s all about the players and who will become the next Wembley heroes.

We have a great team, but nothing lasts forever, and players move on with others coming in to replace them. And this is the part that excites me the most. Who will be our next big signing?

There will be rumours and gossip. Someone’s mate in the pub will swear that they heard from someone linked to another club that a player is coming in or another is being sold.

Reports will be shared of potential players, or their lookalikes, spotted all around Oxfordshire. Even the club will tease new signings with slightly blurred training photos of a tattoo or distinctive haircut, leading to hundreds of Google searches.

Oxford United have already made their first signing, Will Vaulks, who was the supporters’ player of the year for Sheffield Wednesday last season.

If that is the quality of player we are continuing to bring in, then this is going to be a very exciting summer and hopefully another fantastic season ahead.

Just think, this time next year we might be preparing for the Premier League! Come on you Yellows!