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Man Utd agree deal for powerful box-to-box midfielder; 6ft 1in star completes transfer

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Highly talented central midfielder Joe Rothwell has completed a move to the League one club Oxford United.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is a former Manchester United player and has scouted the young midfielder extensively.

The 21 year old box to box midfielder has agreed a two-year deal with the League one club.

Are Arsenal targeting the wrong West Ham star?

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We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to plan for the future, and even though his current contract with Arsenal is due to run out at the end of next season I do not expect that to change. Even last month when the January transfer window gave the Frenchman a brilliant opportunity to sign some [...]

CAN UNITED No. 6 PLEASE COME IN…….MEET JONNY EVANS – RED RANTS MIRACLE MAN AND MARCH’S PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

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played goals assists YC RC England Premier League Man Utd. 24 1 2 5 1 A MIRACLE: for instance; Rising from the Dead; "A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequence" Oxford On-Line Dictionaries Jonny Evans has become RedRants' Player of the month for March [.

Jonny Evans: United’s very own miracle man!Player of the Month, March 2012

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A MIRACLE: for instance; Rising from the Dead; "A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequence" Oxford On-Line Dictionaries played goals assists YC RC England Premier League Man Utd. 24 1 2 5 1 Jonny Evans has become RedRants' Player of the month for March with an [.

Shut up about our road form

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There's a stat going around the interwebs that states our (mighty) 8 goals scored on the road is the worst in the entire Football League. And as a result, we're 18th in the away table.

But here's another stat for you: we're somehow tied for fifth best in the EPL on away goals conceded with just 19.

Shut up about our road form

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There's a stat going around the interwebs that states our (mighty) 8 goals scored on the road is the worst in the entire Football League. And as a result, we're 18th in the away table.

But here's another stat for you: we're somehow tied for fifth best in the EPL on away goals conceded with just 19.

Arsenal

Arsenal rumour round-up – Cheeky Morata move, Kante, Tierney, Oxford, Chilwell

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I for one am hoping for an exciting summer of arrivals for Arsenal, and a number of stars are being linked with moves to the Emirates. N'Golo Kante has been strongly linked with a move to North-London this summer, and his club are now said to be resigned to losing their defensive midfield demon. We [.

Five alive

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Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham

I moan regularly and vocally about the price of my season ticket, but as fellow season ticketer Oxford Matt pointed out after the game yesterday, that glorious win was probably worth about 25% of the cost on its own. I would have parted with £250 for that without so much as a hey nonny nonny.

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Book Review: Falling for Football

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Falling for Football editedby Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald Published by Ockley Books 2014, £11.99 [F]alling for Football is a highly significant book and not just because of the way it expertly conjures up why we fall for the sport, its tribulations and tensions, its vitality and emotion, in the first place.

TTU Go Predicting: Best Free Agent

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[A] look at the Professional Footballers' Association list of out of contract and available players becomes more depressing by the year, even if there are Premier League outcasts aplenty whose current availability is often more a consequence of protracted contract negotiations and a choice of suitors.

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club League 2 Preview

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[W]e're baaack! Kicking off this year's look ahead to the new season, we focus today on the clubs who'll be competing in League 2 this year and – because everyone likes a prediction – pass judgement on where they might finish. Then, tomorrow and Wednesday, we put the spotlight on League 1 and the Championship respectively before spending the rest of the time leading up to August 3 offering forth some predictions for the campaign which in some way mirror our annual end of season awards posts.

Campeonato Inglês - 4ª Divisão - 2012/2013

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Classificação Geral 1 P J
1º Gillingham 32 13
2º Port Vale 29 13
3º Fleetwood Town 22 13
4º Cheltenham Town 22 13
5º Bradford City 21 13
6º Exeter City 19 13
7º Burton Albion 19 13
8º Rochdale 19 13
9º Rotherham United 18 12
10º Southend United 18 13
11º Morecambe 18 13
12º Torquay United 18 13
13º York City 18 13
14º Chesterfield 18 13
15º Accrington Stanley 17 12
16º Plymouth Argyle 17 13
17º Oxford United 16 13
18º Northampton Town 16 13
19º Dagenham & Redbridge 14 13
20º Bristol Rovers 14 12
21º Wycombe Wanderers 11 12
22º AFC Wimbledon 11 13
23º Aldershot Town 8 13
24º Barnet 6 13


Campeonato Inglês - 4ª Divisão - 2012/2013

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Classificação Geral 1 P J
1º Gillingham 22 9
2º Port Vale 19 9
3º Fleetwood Town 17 9
4º Accrington Stanley 17 9
5º Exeter City 16 9
6º Bradford City 16 9
7º Rochdale 15 9
8º Cheltenham Town 15 9
9º Burton Albion 14 9
10º Rotherham United 14 9
11º Southend United 14 9
12º York City 13 9
13º Northampton Town 13 9
14º Chesterfield 12 9
15º Torquay United 12 9
16º Plymouth Argyle 10 9
17º Oxford United 9 9
18º Morecambe 8 9
19º Aldershot Town 8 9
20º AFC Wimbledon 7 9
21º Dagenham & Redbridge 7 9
22º Bristol Rovers 7 8
23º Wycombe Wanderers 4 8
24º Barnet 2 9


Campeonato Inglês - 4ª Divisão - 2012/2013

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Classificação Geral 1 P J
1º Gillingham 22 8
2º Port Vale 16 8
3º Exeter City 16 8
4º Bradford City 16 8
5º Fleetwood Town 14 8
6º Accrington Stanley 14 8
7º Burton Albion 13 8
8º Southend United 13 8
9º Northampton Town 12 8
10º Rochdale 12 8
11º Cheltenham Town 12 8
12º Rotherham United 11 8
13º Chesterfield 11 8
14º Torquay United 11 8
15º York City 10 8
16º Oxford United 9 8
17º Plymouth Argyle 9 8
18º Morecambe 8 8
19º Aldershot Town 8 8
20º AFC Wimbledon 7 8
21º Wycombe Wanderers 4 7
22º Dagenham & Redbridge 4 8
23º Bristol Rovers 4 7
24º Barnet 2 8


Oxford United Sitting Pretty

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Despite quiet confidence in advance of this season's opening salvos, a tough sequence of fixtures added to the absence through injury of midfield playmaker Peter Leven will have left Oxford United fans cautious before the Capital One Cup visit to Bournemouth on August 14th. But their divisional betters from Dorset were seen off on penalties and the League campaign has started no less auspiciously – two of the favourites, Bristol Rovers and Southend have been vanquished and the performance in the latter game in particular was notable for its ease.

Geographies of Football: Economic Potential

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Our series of posts this week has analysed the various impacts geography can have on the fortunes of soccer clubs. To round things off, we thought we would examine a cross section of eight cities, towns and city regions which can be said to be under performing in football terms and which may or may not have the potential to rise to Championship status or above.

Book Review: Where’s your Caravan?

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Where's your Caravan?By Chris HargreavesPublished by The Friday Project, August 2011£8.99ISBN: 9780007364145What next for a lower league footballer upon retirement? A simple enough premise, but too few biographies have tackled the theme with any distinction, so Chris Hargreaves' recent release, which engages throughout with the realities and emotions of signing off from one's playing days, is a

The Thursday Preview: Oxford Vs Port Vale

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With year-end targets at work biting, it's an express preview this week based predominantly on recent first-hand impressions rather than diligent research.Indeed, along with the other original unfortunate (not to mention a further couple) I made the trip to the Kassam on Tuesday to see a youthful Plymouth side soundly beaten by their hosts.

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Oxford Manager Not Impressed by Keeper Getting Injured After Falling Out of a Tree While Rescuing a Cat

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OXFORD City's French keeper Victor Francoz is not getting any sympathy from his manager Mike Ford after he was injured falling out of a tree while trying to rescue a cat.

The 23-year-old, who was born near Lyon and made his City debut last September, suffered a bad calf wound after falling out of a tree as he tried to reach the stricken pet.

Video: Oxford defender Michael Duberry scores the ‘imperfect hat-trick’

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Double Doob boob Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry could see the funny side of his eventful afternoon after Oxford emerged from their match against Hereford with a point from a 2-2 draw. Duberry claimed to have bagged the "imperfect hat-trick" after scoring with his left foot (og), header (og) and right foot.

Sheffield United

The Community Value of Football: Oxford United’s Stadium Battle

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[T]oday, we highlight an issue which supporters of every football club will do well to take note of. The separation of ownership between stadium and club has wreaked havoc on the financial landscape of the sport in recent years and many are still struggling with the consequences. Steps can be taken to avoid the worst of these however and here, Oxford United Matthew Derbyshire takes up the story.

Weighing in on the Price of Football

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[P]oliticians like to talk about the squeezed middle - a concept that focus groups tell them plays well to a hard-working and hard-pressed often middle class demographic who have done nothing wrong financially but find the costs of living creeping ever further up so, through no fault of their own, fall towards the poverty line.

TTU Awards 2011-12: Best Club Website/Blog

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2011-12 was torrid for the blogs. Two trailblazing club websites, Viva Rovers and Boy from Brazil called it a day and the circumstances behind these closures made a significant impact, provoking a serious amount of existential, ‘why do we do this?' mutterings. Then, just a fortnight ago, Ben Mayhew decided to discontinue his Greenwich Gull site although he will remain active via his Experimental 361 persona.

QPR

Finding Forest: The Difficulties of Locating the Stadium

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[M]y first visit to Yeovil Town's Huish Park recently presented more than a few problems in finding the stadium. Situated on an industrial estate in the westerly suburbs of this surprisingly unlovely town, the one road in/one road out access shouldn't have been too difficult to negotiate, especially at a full speed of roughly 8 miles an hour.

TTU Go Predicting: Teams to Watch

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[A]fter a 25-year absence, Newport County returned to the Football League in May with an extraordinary play-off final win over Wrexham. For a club who were wound up, reformed and exiled to Gloucestershire in the intervening years, it is a phenomenal and heart-warming achievement. What's more, they actually look half-decent, and we certainly wouldn't bet against them to carry last season's winning form into League 2 and trouble the top 10.

TTU Go Predicting: The Sack Race

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[T]hedismissal of Lee Clark from his last job inspired our then second most read post of all time and that he clings on for grim life at Birmingham City might seem incredible. To boot, he's been allowed to completely overhaul the squad in a ferocious frenzy of downsizing. But Birmingham International Holdings remain in charge of the second city club for the moment, with acting chairman Peter Pannu benefitting strongly from emoluments of various hues, providing therefore an illustration of the thinking behind the continuation of Clark's sinecure.

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Buenos Dìaz: Oxford and the Third Best Manager in the World

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[F]iroz Kassam was in a quandary in November 2004. Of all the managers he'd appointed since buying Oxford United for £1 five years previously, the latest, Graham Rix, was arguably the worst. Since his arrival in March that year, Rix had managed to torpedo the side's promotion campaign, guiding a team in the play-off places when he took over to a ninth place finish.

TTU’s Goodreads 01-02-13

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[F]irst up in our recommended reading for this week is a fascinating piece from Oxford United blog, The Boys from Up the Hill: Luke McCormick: Another Fine Mess, The Boys from Up the Hill The moral conundrum that presents itself when your club signs a player with a dark past is not easily solvable.

York Call a Halt to the Oxford United Sprint

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Following his analysis of York City's prospects in our Season Preview fortnight, John Dobson was present as the Minstermen put an end to Oxford United's strong start at the weekend. Here are his impressions: The last time Oxford United and York City met was in a downpour at Wembley in a Conference play-off final just over two years ago.

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Paolo Di Canio calls his goalkeeper ‘one of the worst players I have ever seen’

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Less than a week after literally kicking his players up the backside and pulling off the upset of the Capital One Cup second round with a 4-3 extra-time win over Stoke, Paolo Di Canio and Swindon Town returned to League One player and lost 4-1 to Preston North End. Preston scored twice in the first 10 minutes, with the first goal coming off a goalkeeper error, prompting Di Canio to take 21-year-old goalkeeper Wes Foderingham off in just the 21st minute.

Great Football League Teams 37: Leyton Orient 2005-06

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Hot on the heels of John McGee's well-received Brighton yesterbation, Orient supporter Chris Roberts takes us back to the mid 2000s and 'that' goal at Oxford. Early in my career, I was advised never to start a presentation with an apology. Similarly, I should probably have avoided beginning a piece on a lower league football team with a well-worn cliché, but it's undeniable that life for Leyton Orient fans under Barry Hearn's chairmanship has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, although there have been more downs than ups.

League 2

Running out of steam

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Momentum: a priceless commodity at any stage of the season, and even more so now. Not downward movement, of course - the sort of inexorable slither towards the relegation trapdoor exemplified by Wolves - but the unstoppable force of a Reading, hitting full stride and storming past rivals on an irresistible rise to the top.

The Monday Profile: Robert Hall

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Fair play to West Ham. They may have poached one of the lower leagues' most prolific marksmen, Sam Baldock, from MK Dons but it's not all take, take, take - on the contrary, they seem to be vigorously pursuing a policy of loaning out their youngsters to the benefit of both other clubs and the players themselves.

The Rest

Brackley Town FC

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Brackley Town 1 Gloucester City 3 - Football Conference North


Brackley is a town in South Northamptonshire. It is about 19 miles from Oxford and 22 miles from Northampton. Historically a market town based on the wool and lace trade; it was built on the intersecting trade routes between London, Birmingham and the English Midlands and between Cambridge and Oxford.

Review: The Football Pink Issue 1

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[S]elf-propelled football writing on the internet has been up and running for some time now and while a number of sites have now established themselves as reliable go-to sources of articles, a recent phalanx of writers has emerged in their wake. Enter The Football Pink, stewarded by Mark Godfrey. The publication has attempted totackle head onthe issue of how to make money in a field assailed by the slings and arrows of open access by requiring its readers to stump up a modest amount of money for each of its issues – hence, eachoffering is available on Kindle for 99p.

TTU’s Goodreads 2-11-12

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There's a nostalgic hue to this week's triumvirate of recommendations from the footballing blogosphere: So Long Ceefax, Cheerio Chas ‘n' Dave, Dispatches from a Football Sofa Another stunner from that ever reliable wordsmith, Greg Theoharis – curator of the always marvellous Dispatches from a Football Sofa.

Unexpected Rivalries 3: Reading, Swindon, Oxford and London Irish

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The police presence outside Oxford station on Wednesday night was illuminating. As a semicircle of rozzers stood to attention outside the entrance to Coco – a small citywide chain better known as a place for students to take mums and dads at the onset of the imminent academic year – Swindon Town fans began to pile off the trains and down the steps into enemy territory.

The Not So Secret Footballer 2012-13: #1

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The first series to be resurrected from The 72's archives, AFC Wimbledon's Jack Midson - the Not So Secret Footballer - writes about his thoughts on last season; what he's been up to over the summer and what we can hopefully expect from the Dons - who start with a tough opening fixture at home to Chesterfield - this term.

Team bonding, beating Oxford and my plans for next season

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Team bonding, beating Oxford and my plans for next season

Matt Lawrence has played for seven league clubs including Fulham, Crystal Palace and Millwall, for whom he appeared in the 2004 FA Cup final during his 16-year career. Now with League Two Gillingham, his diary will appear on MirrorFootball every Monday.

The Monday Profile: Shaun Miller

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Shaun Miller's brace in Crewe's impressive 3-1 victory at home to Oxford was the latest notable performance from the Alsager-born striker, who is steadily gained a reputation as one of the best strikers in the lower two divisions of the Football League. Building on his career-best 19 goals last season alongside Clayton Donaldson, Miller has now taken the role of main striker with aplomb, scoring