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timhammonds

Member Since 12 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2015 11:01 PM
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In Topic: 28 Feb-1 Mar: League 1 Cup - Round 1 Match Thread

03 March 2015 - 08:47 PM

They needed income and it's a good little ground - plus Oxford, for a relatively small town, is enough of a melting pot that the cross code thing just isn't an issue on the ground.
 
Maybe some think it should be because Oxford is a centre for "The Establishment" ™ but it couldn't be further from the truth. There's a load of post 1994 generation union winter- league summer people about here.
 
As I said above, by and large it's the same people watching both - and OURFC and OBURFC feeding union players in to play semi-pro league.
 
And yes a fiver is a steal. Having said that, public transport is the way forward - central Oxford isn't set up for driving and, within a 15 minute walk of the ground (even for the less physically able) there's:
 
The Fir Tree, The Cape of Good Hope, The Oxford Blue, The Magdalen Arms, The Rusty Bicycle, The City Arms, The Corridor, The Library, The Cowley Retreat, The Star, The Half Moon, The Port Mahon, The Black Horse, The Angel and Greyhound, The Black Swan, The James Street Tavern, The Chester Arms - and those are before you cross the bridge into the city centre....
 
Plus there's real ale in the clubhouse.
 
Winner all round.



I didn't think that there would be enough parking at the ground as the website said it is limited so I parked at red ridge which is one of OXfords 5 park and ride sites, it cost e £2 to park and £2:40 to take the bus into the city centre and then 15 minutes to walk to the ground, I also naively thought that the match might be played inside the world famous athletics track, I was wrong on both points.

In Topic: 28 Feb-1 Mar: League 1 Cup - Round 1 Match Thread

01 March 2015 - 09:44 PM

I too was at the Oxford/Newcastle game, I. agree that the ground is a tidy little facility and 88 is about what I Thought the attendance was although I couldn't accurately count those on the other side of the main stand from me. I didn't mind £12 adult entry and could appreciate that the ground is probably more used to Union than League so if I had noticed any champagne ads it is only what I would expect the university elite of RU to quaff copiously but I Wouldn't know the names of any champers brands anyhow.
NEwcastle were stronger in all departments and scored their first in the first minute of the game although OXford soon struck back and a great covering tackle stopped a Newcastle breakaway try down the left wing in the first half and the final whisle diffused a bout of fisticuffs.
The Dozen or so Thunder fans made all the noise and we all know that hey are 'on our way', its a good tune and I can,t wait to hear them one day when they have an away following as good as Leigh.
It is however a pity the OXford do not have another home game until 12th April, is this right?