It’s not a derby, but Wycombe v Oxford is frequently entertaining, and often momentus.
7 May 2016 – 3-0
45 games gone, 1 to go, three points for promotion.
8 April 1996 – 3-0
It’s Easter Saturday and we’re on the mother of all promotion charges. We’d never beaten Wycombe in the league before, but that’s all about to change. Stuart Massey on the crossbar, Paul Moody doing a handstand, iconic.
18 January 2014 – 1-0
In many ways, just another fixture, until Nicky Wroe unleashes the most perfect strike you’ve ever seen.
4 April 2015 – 3-2
A pretty grim season, but then West Brom loanee, Kemar Roofe takes the stage.
27 October 2012 – 3-1
If Tom Craddock’s goal, seconds into the second half tells you one thing, it’s that you should always sacrifice you half-time Mars bar in favour of watching the game.
The last game of the 1995/96 season, the week before we’d snuck into the automatic promotion places after a scintillating late season run. One more game, three more points, and then Denis Smith can wear a ginger wig and claim to be a future England manager.
The last day of the 1984/85 season, promotion to the top flight had been secured weeks before with a win over Shrewsbury. Things had gone off the boil with consecutive three draws meaning they hadn’t secured the title that they so richly deserved. We needn’t have worried; a 4-0 win saw us crowned champions in what turned out to be Jim Smith’s last game. Well, for 20 years, anyway.
4th May 1997 – Home 5-1
Twelve years and one week after being promoted to the top flight against Barnsley, they returned to The Manor having just done the same. Barnsley fans packed the Cuckoo Lane End singing their signature song – ‘It’s just like watching Brazil’. It was, but then, it was us in yellow.
4 August 2018 – Away 0-4
A new season, a new start, a new squad. So much optimism, so much hope. What could possibly go wrong. Lots, it seems.
3 December 1989 – 2-0 Home
There have been occasions when Oxford and Barnsley have met in less thrilling circumstances. But, this is bloody marvellous; Nick Harris reporting on our 2-0 home win for BBC Look North.
A good game, if not a great game, but one in which you’ll be reminded just how good a player Chris Allen was, particularly when the pitches were good and the sun was shining.
3rd November 1992 – Home 5-5
There are people who weren’t born in 1992 who still claim to have been at this all time classic. There are people who were there who still stay to this very day stay the final whistle just in case it happens again. 3-5 with a minute to go? Do you beat the traffic, or wait for a miracle?
It wasn’t really about the result, it was about having a great day out at one of England’s great stadiums. That and what came before – a 1-0 win over Swindon and Jefferson Louis’ naked backside live on TV.
1997 – 0-2 Watford
It was the worst of times. The beginning of the end of a great team. The original tie was postponed because of a frozen pitch minutes before kick-off. The team had already been announced, notably omitting Matt Elliot from the starting eleven. He’d never play for us again, moving to Leicester City. In the re-arranged tie – delayed by a floodlight failure – we went out with a whimper.
1996 – 3-3 Millwall
The most fun you can have in East London is drawing with Millwall in the FA Cup with a last minute goal direct from a corner.