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oxpete
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Then shouts that the Oxford penalty area hadn't been cleared of players before Eastwood's quick goal-kick. Then that Ruffles might have touched the ball before it had reached the edge of the Oxford penalty area.

I have seen this bit reported in several places. It is a complete red herring. There is no requirement for the other players to be outside the penalty area when a goal kick is taken. The relevant Law says,

If an opponent who is in the penalty area when the goal kick is taken, or enters the penalty area before the ball is in play, touches or challenges for the ball before it has touched another player, the goal kick is retaken.

That's it. So no problem. As for the rest of the shambles...... Unsure


Which is exactly what the reporters on BBC Radio Oxford stated - that regardless of the number of players from either side still in the penalty area when Eastwood took the quick goal-kick, his goal-kick was not in any way taken wrongly. Ruffles is claiming that he skipped over the ball and did not touch it until it had left the penalty area - if so, then again no problems with the goal-kick at any point.

However, with the sheer amount of action taking place at such a pace in such a short space of time, it's no surprise that there was a huge amount of confusion over what the referee was questioning in the build-up to the goal.

The shambolic element is, unfortunately, the referee and the lack of communication with his assistants. Someone I know who was watching from the Upper South Stand told me that the ref appeared to be dragged along in the wake of the action, rather than stamping his authority. He also told me that in his honest opinion Curtis Nelson should possibly have been booked for his challenge on Doyle in the build-up to the Bradford effort - even just having a word with Nelson after the Bradford miss would certainly have been an opportunity for the ref to take the sting out of things, slow down the emotion of the moment, and give himself a few extra seconds to think about how he could react to several questions that needed answering.

Saying that, can any of us really blame footballers for keeping a match moving that deep into stoppage time? The person who comes out of it with their head held high is Oxford goalie Simon Eastwood - his correctly and quickly-taken goal-kick is what made that goal.

I'll admit that I'm very uneasy about criticising refereeing displays - they do a difficult job with little help from the players, fans, managers or journalists, and personally I believe they deserve to be given some slack on such occasions. And lets not forget the fact that, for all the confusion and lack of communication, it appears that referee Andy Davies did actually make the right final decision.


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Still no getting away from how dire Oxford United are in front of goal. Against Bradford, they recorded a woeful twenty-one shots off-target (no doubt the wind didn't help).

What they could do with is some proper goalscorers, like this lot...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkDfNfaQpqg

...along with Ron 'The Tank' Atkinson, playing for Oxford United in the FA Cup v. Blackburn Rovers in 1964.

And today is Big Ron's 80th birthday! So "Happy Birthday, Tank!"


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Unfortunately (and I say this as someone with several Bantam-supporting friends, and as someone who has long had an affection for them), this might end up being the point of no return for Bradford City's season.

Yeah, we're down. We keep getting occasional false dawns, but there's far too much for this desperately poor squad to do now to turn the situation around. Last time we were in the bottom division it took us 6 years to get out. I'd settle for an improvement on that (providing we exit the division upwards, which is by no means guaranteed).


Chesterfield can tell you all about that. Last season after relegation from League One they were determined to get out of League Two at the first attempt.

To their horror they managed it. Frown

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In all honesty, what with how tight it is at the bottom of L1, the only fixture on this coming Saturday that won't affect the relegation battle is Luton v. Donny. Every other match can and will have a big importance, what with everyone as far up as Plymouth in twelfth within one bad result of a relegation place.

However, for ease, I'll stick to listing just the fixtures of the bottom eight...


Walsall v. Barnsley
AFC Wimbledon v. Gillingham
Bradford City v. Blackpool
Coventry City v. Oxford United
Peterborough United v. Southend United
Rochdale v. Scunthorpe United
Shrewsbury Town v. Portsmouth


All of the bottom four are at home, so you'd expect at least a couple of positive results for them. In fact, excepting maybe Walsall, every one of the bottom eight has a winnable match against beatable/stuttering opponents - even Southend are playing some off-form fodder this week!

And another win for AFCW would certainly make things very interesting...


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even Southend are playing some off-form fodder this week!


Club are providing free coach travel. Seems to have worked as they have sold 700 or so tickets. I guess if the match isn't going their way, having 700 angry Shrimpers might not be ideal...


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All of the bottom four are at home, so you'd expect at least a couple of positive results for them. In fact, excepting maybe Walsall, every one of the bottom eight has a winnable match against beatable/stuttering opponents - even Southend are playing some off-form fodder this week!

Walsall had their chances to win, but failed to take them. Barnsley being fortunate to get the three points with a goal in the 2nd minute of added time.


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Saturday's scores...


Walsall 0-1 Barnsley
AFC Wimbledon 2-4 Gillingham
Bradford City 1-4 Blackpool
Coventry City 0-1 Oxford United
Peterborough United 2-0 Southend United
Rochdale 3-1 Scunthorpe United
Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Portsmouth


Bad results for everyone except Oxford United and Rochdale. Oxford jumped all the way up to the nosebleed height of thirteenth place!

The decent form being strung together by some of those sides that, just six short weeks ago, were wallowing in the relegation spaces - the likes of Gillingham, Oxford, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth - means that all of a sudden there are a whole new swathe of clubs being pulled into the basement scrap. Wycombe Wanderers, for example, have drawn three and lost six in their last nine league matches. Southend United, meanwhile, have drawn four and lost seven of their last eleven league matches.

The ones that seem potentially most in danger are in a cluster just above the relegation spaces, all of whom seem to be in truly dire form. The six sides that presently sit between sixteenth and twenty-first places - that's Wycombe, Accrington, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Southend and Walsall - have managed just four victories between them in the past combined thirty matches.


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Southend United, meanwhile, have drawn four and lost seven of their last eleven league matches.


That was enough for them to pull the trigger this morning. Head of Academy will take charge for the foreseeable. Powell had been using injuries as an excuse for quite some time. Which is little solace for those fans that could be watching a League 2 team next season.


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Powell's win average was 36.36, Robinson's is 33.9
Both figures from wiki.

Michael Duff's is 35.90 - but we are happy with what we have at Cheltenham
Darren Way ended up with 29.6



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This Saturday's fixtures in the L1 log-jam. Thirteen different sides are still very much involved, all the way up to Gillingham in twelfth, but here are the fixtures involving the bottom eight...


Accrington Stanley v. Fleetwood Town
Cahrlton Athletic v. Bradford City
Doncaster Rovers v. Walsall
Gillingham v. Rochdale
Scunthorpe United v. AFC Wimbledon
Southend United v. Shrewsbury Town


Rochdale have picked up a bit of momentum of late, with seven points taken over their last three matches. Should they win their winnable trip to Gillingham, they will most likely benefit whatever way the results go in the two six-pointer at Scunthorpe and Southend.

A difficult looking day for both Bradford and Walsall.


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Three wins on the trot for Oxford United, including Saturday's stoppage-time winner in...

Oxford United 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers

...has sprung them all the way up to the dizzy heights of twelfth position on forty-nine points. A couple more points from their final six fixtures and they can probably consider themselves safe. Good news for Karl, because this has pumped him up to an Oxford United win-ratio of 34.9%, with twenty-two wins in sixty-three matches in all competitions.

However, as is all too often in the world of Oxford United FC, the smell of new roses is soured by the stink of yet another large floater in the OUFC swimming-pool. This time, the late payment of the staff last week - that's not the players, who appear to have been paid on time, but the staff in the ticket office, shops and other admin and manual posts. The shops and ticket office remained closed while the wages of the staff were still outstanding...

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/...due-wages-for-staff/

The reason given by OUFC was that the transfer of funds from Asia was held up by compliance checks. This is an excuse that has been used before concerning the late payments made to HMRC twice already this season, not helped by Tigger stressing in a previous BBC Radio Oxford interview that he felt no need to have funds in an account held in the UK.

Fortunately for those people who are probably on minimum wage, the matter has been quickly sorted out. However, it certainly casts a light on the the figures released by football finance expert Kieran Maguire's 'Price Of Football' website this week about the present financial state of Oxford United, and further reported in the Oxford Mail...

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/...ord-united-accounts/

...which show a -£2ml loss over the twelve months up to June 2018. This is apparently the sixth time in seven years that Oxford United have recorded a loss, and five of those years have seen losses in excess of one million pounds. The exception was 2016/17 season, when an operating loss of -£1.5ml was outweighed by the transfers received for players Kemar Roofe and Callum O'Dowda. There is also a rather vague line about Oxford United having accumulated losses of over -£14ml 'over the years', and about owing creditors about -£15ml. For a club who do not own any assets other than their own players, these figures don't look too good to me.

Maguire considers the situation at Oxford United to be broadly on a par with what is going on at most League One set-ups (I don't know whether you'd consider that good news or bad, actually!!) However, he does point out a couple of things that are particular to OUFC. Firstly, the club's relationship with its landlord and stadium, with Maguire pointing out that OUFC are still tied to a commitment to pay rent to Firoz Kassam totalling £3.3ml over the coming years (the clause runs until 2025/26, I think).

Secondly, and more telling in the light of the HMRC and late-wages debacles of this season under Tigger's watch, is the line "issues over transferring money from overseas could be a concern." Maguire goes on to say that:

There is nothing really to stop fairly instantaneous transfers of large sums of money, because that happens in global markets all the time, so I'm a little bit cautious with regards to the noises from the Far East in that regard. It does depend on the country. Getting money outside of mainland China can be a problem, but Singapore [where OUFC's/Tigger's finances are based] is not an issue at all, it is very much a global financial centre. I would be concerned about late payments. If you are a wealthy individual then your finances are distributed across the world because you're aware of local problems that can arise."

Of course, there are some people in OX4 who are still questioning whether Tigger is actually the "wealthy individual" he has claimed to be all along...


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...And just to prove what a state OUFC's finances are in, Oxford United were yesterday issued with their FIFTH winding-up petition in little more than a year...

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/...om-landlords-firoka/

...with stadium company Firoka serving a winding-up petition over the non-payment of £204,000, which is the quarterly money owed for the next three months. A court hearing is set for 22nd May.

The club has issued a statement which suggests that this non-payment is the result of Firoz cancelling at very late notice a meeting that was due to have taken place between Firoka and OUFC on 26th March. Others are suggesting that it is yet another case of Tigger simply not having the money available in the UK.

With the way that the club has recently been dicking around absolutely everyone who they owe money to - even their own minimum-wage staff were paid late last week - it is no surprise that a bloke as hard-nosed about money as Firoz Kassam has taken this action. Tigger is out of his league by trying to provoke Firoz.


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Still very tight at the bottom of League One. Again, here are tomorrow's fixtures for the bottom eight...

AFC Wimbledon v. Accrington Stanley
Bradford City v. Doncaster Rovers
Fleetwood Town v. Southend United
Rochdale v. Sunderland
Shrewsbury Town v. Scunthorpe United
Walsall v. Oxford United
Wycombe Wanderers v. Portsmouth

Again, all of the bottom four are at home, which must give at least one of them a very good chance of jumping upwards - personally, I reckon AFC Wimbledon will fancy their chances of getting out of the relegation spaces for the first time since mid-October.

Another tough day for Southend on the cards...


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A fourth win on the trot for Oxford United...

Walsall 1-3 Oxford United

...means that Oxford are almost certainly safe on the pitch at least (presuming that they can actually pay their bills on time and not be handed a points deduction. Now that could make things interesting!) Not good for Walsall, however, and manager Dean Keates paid the price within an hour of the final whistle, with Walsall now in the relegation spaces.

The other scores from yesterday were...

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Bradford City 0-1 Doncaster Rovers
Fleetwood Town 2-2 Southend United
Rochdale 1-2 Sunderland
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Scunthorpe United
Wycombe Wanderers 2-3 Portsmouth

Some very close scores, showing quite how hard some of those at the bottom are fighting. Rochdale went down only in the 89th minute against Sunderland and were winning for a decent chunk of the match. And both Scunthorpe and Southend were winning until the 84th minute in their respective matches before each gaining a point. AFC Wimbledon drew at home to Accrington, meaning they are still in the bottom four but now only by goal difference.


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Two matches tonight in the bottom eight of League One...

Accrington Stanley v. Rochdale
Wycombe Wanderers v. Charlton Athletic


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Tuesday's scores at the foot of League One...

Accrington Stanley 0-1 Rochdale
Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Charlton Athletic

...which saw Rochdale continue their fine form of late, as they jumped out of the relegation places. Since manager Brian Barry-Murphy took over at Spotland at the start of March, Rochdale have won three, drawn two and lost just one (and that a late defeat to Sunderland) of their six league matches.

Although Oxford United have just about made themselves safe, it is still tight for the rest at the bottom. Eleven teams are still separated by just six points, stretching from Walsall in twenty-third place to Gillingham in thirteenth. Bradford City may well now be doomed, but there is also some bad form being shown by Walsall, Accrington Stanley (who both play eachother tomorrow), Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United (who both play eachother tomorrow), and increasingly Bristol Rovers who are slipping downwards again.

Again, here are tomorrow's matches for the sides in the bottom eight...

Accrington Stanley v. Walsall
Bristol Rovers v. Bradford City
Oxford United v. AFC Wimbledon
Portsmouth v. Rochdale
Scunthorpe United v. Burton Albion
Southend United v. Wycombe Wanders


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Safe on the pitch maybe, but the bad news continues in the OUFC accounts department...

https://twitter.com/.../1116620776935809024

...with Kieran Maguire's 'Price Of Football' website highlighting that Oxford United FC's resubmitted accounts for the year ending 30th June 2018 shows an operating loss of £4.2million.

A poster called Navegante on the Oxford fans' forum points out that, when compared to the previous fiscal year, OUFC's most recent accounts show:

*Revenue down -£1.4million
*Cost of sales (including player wages?) up +£0.8million
*Administration costs up +£0.5million
*Interest payments up +£140k - debt is increasing and seems not to be 'soft'.

Oxford United are presently making pre-tax losses of £39,000 a week.

News was released this week by OUFC that they are to freeze season-ticket prices for the 2019~20 season, and are actually reducing some prices for the East Stand, a move that might go some way to pacifying those on the receiving end of the club's lousy treatment of the Ultras earlier this season. Also, the good on-pitch form of late might well help convince some fans to renew their season tickets, helping to shore up the club's finances during the summer close-season.

However, it needs to be remembered that OUFC have actually kept a lid on losses in the past by making money in the transfer market - sales of Johnson, Lundstram, Roofe and O'Dowda soften those figures a little for the past couple of years - but that this past season Karl Robinson has not sold a single player outwards (yet), meaning that the June 2019 figures could well be even worse. And all the while, due to the Kassam stranglehold, the club is in a position that makes it very difficult to generate any further match-day revenue. And Tigger has already told Karl that next season's budget will be smaller that this season's.

Well done to Karl for beginning to turn things around on the pitch (and upping his win ratio up to 35.9%), but the big problems at OUFC are still definitely at the boardroom level...


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This afternoon's scores...

Accrington Stanley 2-1 Walsall
Bristol Rovers 3-2 Bradford City
Oxford United 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
Portsmouth 4-0 Rochdale
Scunthorpe United 0-3 Burton Albion
Southend United 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Bradford lost their sixth match on the trot, and could go down on Friday if results go against them. Walsall also recorded their sixth successive defeat and are now second-from -bottom. Southend lost again and are third-bottom, having now gone fourteen matches without a win.

Scunthorpe also look vulnerable following a spanking at home to Burton, and have now won just one of their last ten.

However, AFC Wimbledon continue to make some progress despite still being in the relegation places, picking up a point at Oxford United - they've now lost just one of their past eight matches.


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Quite fortunate that Wimbledon were at Oxford this afternoon or the club in the title thread wouldn't even have got a mention!! . This lot could be challenging at the other end next season. Sly


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With twelve points still to play for, it is still very tight at the bottom of League One with eleven sides still below the fifty-point mark. However, I'll give the benefit of the doubt to Bristol Rovers and Gillingham for the moment and say that they're probably close enough to safety, (though have included Accrington due to their particularly difficult run-in). My apologies to Bantam Cymraeg, but I can't see Bradford escaping the drop however much I'd love them to. So here are the remaining fixtures for the eight sides most likely to be involved in the relegation battle until the final day...


Walsall -
19/4 ... Southend United (H)
22/4 ... Wycombe Wanderers (a)
27/4 ... Peterborough United (H)
4/5 .... Shrewsbury Town (a)

Southend United -
19/4 ... Walsall (a)
22/4 ... Burton Albion (H)
27/4 ... Rochdale (a)
4/5 .... Sunderland (H)

AFC Wimbledon -
19/4 ... Bristol Rovers (H)
23/4 ... Luton Town (a)
27/4 ... Wycombe Wanderers (H)
4/5 .... Bradford City (a)

Rochdale -
19/4 ... Wycombe Wanderers (H)
22/4 ... Bristol Rovers (a)
27/4 ... Southend United (H)
4/5 .... Charlton Athletic (a)

Scunthorpe United -
19/4 ... Blackpool (H)
22/4 ... Charlton Athletic (a)
27/4 ... Bradford City (H)
4/5 .... Plymouth Argyle (a)

Plymouth Argyle -
19/4 ... Gillingham (a)
22/4 ... Barnsley (H)
27/4 ... Accrington Stanley (a)
4/5 .... Scunthorpe United (H)

Wycombe Wanderers -
19/4 ... Rochdale (a)
22/4 ... Walsall (H)
27/4 ... AFC Wimbledon (a)
4/5 .... Fleetwood Town (H)

Accrington Stanley -
20/4 ... Luton Town (H)
23/4 ... Doncaster Rovers (a)
27/4 ... Plymouth Argyle (H)
4/5 .... Portsmouth (a)


There are an amazing number of six-pointers still to be played over the next few weeks, which means that some of these clubs stand a good chance of picking up a decent tally - for example, I can see Rochdale's form continuing for a while yet (though they'll need to make themselves safe before that last-day trip to Charlton).

I'm surprised that Plymouth have slipped back into this mess again, after putting together some good form to get out of it in the first place. However, it's Southend and Scunthorpe I'd worry for most. Southend in particular look in a desperate position - no win in fourteen matches, and a run-in that has two away trips to fellow strugglers, a home match to an in-form Burton, and Sunderland on the final day.


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Quite fortunate that Wimbledon were at Oxford this afternoon or the club in the title thread wouldn't even have got a mention!! . This lot could be challenging at the other end next season. Sly


The post-match phone-in on BBC Radio Barm-Cake seemed to consist of Oxford fans saying how bad AFCW were - "worst side we've played this season" was one comment, with much similar on the OUFC forum. Which prompts the question of why Oxford only managed a 0-0? Inspector Morse would probably come to the obvious conclusion! Tongue

Some of this uncharitableness from the Oxford fans probably stems from the fact that the 1300 AFCW fans in attendance spent the entire match singing derogatory songs at ex-MKFranchise manager Karl Robinson (just as anyone would!). So no love lost there then!

As for next season... Still some way to go, but I reckon Pompey and Sunderland might still both be in L1 next season (personally, I think Charlton will be unbeatable in the play-offs), along with a rejuvenated Ipswich and Bolton, plus Lincoln and some other very good teams coming up. So it won't be any easier for Oxford next season. And remember, they'll STILL have Karl as their manager! Laugh


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Kind of hoping that ex gaffer of the original and best Dons stays at Oxford for no other reason than this great thread would die a death. Laugh


Bantam Cymraeg
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Apr 14, 2019, 7:19 AM

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My apologies to Bantam Cymraeg, but I can't see Bradford escaping the drop however much I'd love them to.

No apology necessary - we're down, and have been for a while Unsure


oxpete
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Apr 19, 2019, 8:28 AM

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Today’s relegation matches in League One, again highlighting the bottom eight...

AFC Wimbledon v. Bristol Rovers
Coventry City v. Bradford City
Gillingham v. Plymouth Argyle
Rochdale v. Wycombe Wanderers
Scunthorpe United v. Blackpool
Walsall v. Southend United

The match at the Bescot Stadium has the look of horribly desperate scrap about it, with both sides in woeful form.

I’m gonna guess that Rochdale will be going into their six-pointer with much more confidence about them.

And AFCW have another chance to jump out of the relegation places.


oxpete
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Apr 19, 2019, 7:27 PM

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This afternoon’s scores...

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Bristol Rovers
Coventry City 2-0 Bradford City
Gillingham 3-1 Plymouth Argyle
Rochdale 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Scunthorpe United 0-0 Blackpool
Walsall 1-1 Southend United

If my mathematics is correct, I’m sorry to say that I think Bradford City have reached the end of the road. A ten-point gap to twentieth place means that they’ve been relegated to League Two.

I had a confident feeling that Rochdale would win today. It’s far from over yet, but well done to them for what they’ve achieved over the past few weeks - a fine example to all the others down there of what you can do with your back against the wall. AFCW also extended their fine run with a draw, but they really need to get above the dotted line with a win as soon as they can - their match at home to Wycombe next Saturday will now be hugely important.

However, no signs of either Walsall or Southend sorting out their mess...

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