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8 August 2014

A full match pack for our trip to Oxford United.



Fans can still buy tickets on the gate at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow.

Matchday prices are:-

Adults – £22.00

Students with valid NUS card or in full-time education - £13.00

Over 65s - £13.00

Under 18s – £13.00

Under 7 – FREE

Wheelchair space - £19.00 (or the relevant concession as above, including a free personal assistant ticket.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant ticket price, with a free personal assistant ticket included

Oxford United have asked us to remind travelling supporters that no duplicate tickets will be issued if your ticket is lost or stolen. For supporters wishing to pay on arrival, tickets can be purchased from the North Ticket Office, and this will be a cash only facility.


The only absentees tomorrow will be winger Jimmy Phillips, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament, left-back Damien McCrory, who will be missing for another month as he comes back from an operation on his knee and midfielder Lee Bell, who has not played in pre-season with a knee problem of his own.

Striker Billy Kee will be in the squad but is a few weeks behind the rest of the players after he had to rest a knee injury he sustained when he hit an advertising board at Southend United in the second leg of the play-off semi-final.


Oxford United will wait on the fitness of centre-halves Johnny Mullins and Jake Wright as they prepare for the opening Sky Bet League 2 game of the season.

Appleton looks set to hand debuts to new arrivals George Long, Joe Riley, Michael Collins, Danny Hylton and Carlton Morris but it is Captain Wright and his defensive partner Mullins who are causing the new Head Coach the most concern.


“It’s always a difficult place to go and I think that when Oxford are on it as a team they’re very difficult to play against.

“Being Michael Appleton’s first game In charge and their first home game they’ll all be looking to impress and the crowd will be excited by a new start and I’m sure Michael will be keen to start his new chapter well.


“They both (Mullins and Wright) took knocks so it’s nothing long-term but they are two very influential players on the pitch and in the dressing room so we will give them as long as possible to see if they recover.

“Whoever plays will be desperate to get the season off to a great start. We have worked hard all pre-season, the new players have settled in to what is a good group of players and we can’t wait to kick-off now."


    ·1. Albion have only conceded one goal from open play in pre-season

     2.·Albion have won three, drew one and lost two this pre-season

    ·3. In the last meeting between the two sides Albion won 2-1 with goals from Dominic Knowles and Zeli Ismail

     4. Albion have won four, drew five and lost six over the past eight years with two of those wins coming at the Kassam Stadium.


The stadium is quite well signposted from the main routes into Oxford, with brown football signs pointing the way. The stadium can be found in between the Oxford Science Park & Blackbird Leys Estate. From the A423 Ring Road, take the A4074 towards Reading. After the roundabout with Sainsbury's on one corner, take the left turning sign posted Cowley/Wallington/Oxford Science Park and you eventually come to the ground on your left.


Junction improvement works have just started at the A34 Hinksey Hill and the A4144 Kennington roundabouts.  There is a single lane contraflow on the dual carriageway from the Hinksey Hill Interchange to the Heyford Hill (Sainsbury’s) roundabout on the Oxford ring road.

It is going to have some impact on the match this Saturday and I would suggest that all supporters leave extra time for their journey.

There are also 2,000 free car parking spaces at the Kassam Stadium, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Brewers are 9/5 with Football League sponsors Sky Bet to pick up the three points, Oxford are 7/5 and the draw is 21/10.

Gary Rowett’s men won 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium last season and repeat of that score line can be backed at 9/1

You can bet on the game ad benefit Burton Albion by visiting



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