To continue our countdown to the new season, which starts in 7 days, RoversChat will be looking at the teams that Rovers will be facing in the 2017/18 season. The first of two teams we will look at today is Oxford United…
Name: Oxford United
Manager: Pet Clotet
Ground name: Kassam Stadium
Nickname: The U’s, Yellows
Star player: Simon Eastwood
Players in: Scott Shearer, Xemi, Fiacre Kelleher, James Henry, Charlie Raglan, Jonathan Obika, Mike Williamson, Dwight Tiendalli
Players out: John Lundstram, Liam Sercombe, Joe Skarz, Chris Maguire, Miles Welch-Hayes, Chey Dunkley, Benjamin Buchel
The U’s were founded in 1893 as Headington United, and they became Oxford United in 1960. 2 years later, it joined the Football League. After relegation in 1976, they earned two promotions between 1984 and 1986, into the First Division – winning the League Cup in 1986.
However, they weren’t allowed to enter the UEFA Cup as English teams received a European ban after the Heysel disaster. They were relegated in 1998 and in the space of 18 years, they fell into the Conference in 2006. Four seasons later, The Yellows returned to League 2 via the playoffs – and then made it to League One in 2016 after finishing 2nd in League 1. They’ve also finished runners-up in the Checkatrade Trophy for the past two seasons.
Last season, The U’s finished 8th in League One. Oxford United didn’t win in their first 3 games, and struggled to gain momentum needed to get out of League One. The most games they went without losing was 5, with the most games without winning was 4.
The Yellows lost their manager, an ex-Rovers man, Michael Appleton this summer – after he joined Leicester to become Craig Shakespeare’s assistant. They brought in Pep Clotet – who was the Swansea assistant and then the Leeds assistant before he joined Oxford.
Oxford will be hoping they can go one better than last time in the League, and at least make the play-offs.
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