oxford utd (home ko 7:45pm)
The visit of Oxford Utd sees our first game of the season against one of the relegated teams from Division 2 last season.
This Saturday sees the visit of another one when Swansea City pay us a visit, but more of that later in the week.
Oxford arrive here on the back of some poor results considering that they were expected to go straight back up.
They started off with three home defeats at the hands of Rochdale, Shrewsbury and Gillingham in the Worthy Cup with a goalless draw at Swansea in between.
They have then since beaten Halifax(a), Rushden(h) and Southend last Saturday at home.
They've had two bad defeats, firstly away to Exeter when they went down 3-2 and then at home to Macclesfield two weeks ago when they lost 2-0.
Should we worry? Yes, we're struggling to score goals.
What we need is a goal scorer and the one we bought to get them looks to be on his way to Oxford.
He was originally supposed to bugger off last week until it fell through when they signed Paul Moody from Millwall for £150,000, but it's now back on the agenda.
If Broughton hasn't gone by tomorrow night and the club still want to sell him then this is the ideal opportunity to advertise him.
It's up to Broughton to sell himself by getting on the score sheet.
Lets face it, the signing of Broughton has been a disaster.
Apart from the Preston game he hasn't looked like scoring this season and rumours are circulating that he doesn't speak to his team mates.
On top of that Peterborough are supposedly pressing for the remaining £34,000 of the £50,000 transfer money to be paid, again it seems that the club have cocked up.
At least we got a goal on Saturday at Hartlepool from Mark Blake, stick him up front Jan, he's the only one who seems to know where the goal is.
There didn't seem to be any injuries to report from that game so I think Jan will stick with it unless Craig Hinton has recovered from injury.
Danny Williams is still out injured and I can't see P M-O getting back in just yet after another good display from Clarkson.
Colin Larkin would have missed the game on Saturday with his dead leg even though he went back home to Ireland for a family funeral.
If he's fit to play then Jan may use him and put Bennett back into midfield at the expense of Scott Stamps.
Brock, Murphy, Joy, Stamps, Medou-Otye, Clarkson, Sall, Smith, Hinton, Shail, Blake, Bird, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Foster, Hadley, Broughton, Larkin, Ducros, Corbett.
As for Oxford, they'll have their new striker on but their other front man, Andy Scott, picked up a hamstring injury on Saturday so looks doubtful.
Apart from him the only other injury they have is a long term one to Joey Beauchamp so this is the team they will pick from:
McCaldon, Knight, Stockley, Hatswell, Guyett, Bolland, Ricketts, Thomas, Savage, Whitehead, Moody, Richardson, Omoyinmi, Folland, Powell, Tait, Shepherd, Hackett, Wilson, Gray, King, Brooks, Quinn, Patterson.
Now for a history lesson.
Oxford came into the Football League in 1960 replacing Accrington Stanley.
They were originally known as Headington Utd but changed their name to Oxford Utd to strengthen the case for admittance.
That was in the days when non-league clubs were voted in by some old duffers sat in dusty old boardrooms slowly getting covered in cobwebs.
A similar example came in 1994 when Northampton Town were kept in the league at the expense of an up and coming Worcestershire side. No, not Bromsgrove!
We have no previous games results, as such, except these from our Southern League days.
Thanks to Martin from Rage On for these.
- 1949-50.....Oxford 2 Harriers 3 ----- Harriers 3 Oxford 1
- 1950-51.....Oxford 1 Harriers 2 ----- Harriers 1 Oxford 5
- 1951-52.....Harriers 3 Oxford 0 ----- Oxford 0 Harriers 0
- 1952-53.....Oxford 0 Harriers 0 ----- Harriers 1 Oxford 3
- 1953-54.....Harriers 2 Oxford 1 ----- Oxford 0 Harriers 0
- 1954-55.....Harriers 0 Oxford 0 ----- Oxford 2 Harriers 1
- 1955-56.....Harriers 3 Oxford 3 ----- Oxford 5 Harriers 2
Oxford 4 Harriers 0 (SL CUP)
- 1956-57.....Harriers 0 Oxford 1 ----- Oxford 2 Harriers 2
- 1957-58.....Harriers 1 Oxford 3 ----- Oxford 3 Harriers 0 *
- 1958-59.....Harriers 2 Oxford 0 ----- Oxford 4 Harriers 0
* these games took place on consecutive days - Dec 25th/26th
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