Games of Note: Wycombe Wanderers

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.



Games of Note: Peterborough

4 May 1996 – 4-0 Home

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.

25 March 2006 – 1-0 Home

After years of being trapped in a loveless relationship with Firoz Kassam, suddenly we were free. Our saviours? Nick Merry and Jim Smith. Their first game, a 1-0 win over Peterborough came with a goal from T’Cham N’Toya. It started beautifully, it just didn’t end so well.

20 August 2016 – 2-1 Home

Back in League 1 but no wins, we could really do with three points and a dose of last minute shithousery. Ah, Mr Maguire, so nice to see you.

30 September 2017 – 4-1 Away

Three defeats on the trot conceding eight goals in the process, what we really need to do is to go to promotion threatening Peterborough. A goal down at half-time, where do we go from here?

20 April 1993 – 2-1 Home

The eighth anniversary of our Milk Cup win, when shorts were short and Chris Allen had no control over his legs. Proper football.

Games of Note: Barnsley

3rd April 2016 – Wembley 2-3

The most golden of generations; a season like we’d never seen before. Derby wins, giant killings and promotion. Why not throw in a trip to Wembley?

11 May 1985 – Home 4-0

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.


Games of Note: Portsmouth

12th August 2017 – Home 3-0

Pep Clotet’s first home league game, fresh off the back of an opening day win over Oldham. Clotet introduced Gino van Kessel to the show to score a wonder goal. A result to propel us to the Championship? No, not really.

23rd January 2016 – Away 1-0

2016 and things were getting real. We were pushing for promotion, heading to Wembley in the JPT, we’d just beaten Swansea in the FA Cup. Could we keep our league form going through such hectic times against one of the biggest teams in the division? Jordan Bowery has the answer.

3rd August 2013 – Away 4-1

Perhaps the greatest opening day in our history. Portsmouth had been re-born as a fan run club after years of turbulence. They filled Fratton Park with optimism. We came for the sun and the larks. Nobody had banked on Alfie Potter.

14th August 1993 – Home 3-2

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?

Games of Note: FA Cup Third Round

2017 – 3-2 Rotherham

Rotherham were on their knees in the Championship, we were buoyant in League 1, but there was still a giant killing to be had. Despite the scoreline, we swept them aside with panache.

2016 – 3-2 Swansea City

Michael Appleton’s finest moment? A true coming-of-age win over Premier League Swansea City.

2003 – 0-2 Arsenal

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.