Oxford United

Kassam Stadium

Capacity: 12,500 (all seated)
Address: Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Telephone: 01865 337 500
Fax: 01865 337 501
Ticket Office: 01865 337 533
Pitch Size: 112 x 78 yards
Club Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2001
Shirt Sponsors: LIONTRUST
Kit Manufacturer: Starter
Home Kit: Yellow and Blue
Away Kit: Navy Blue and Yellow

South (Main) Stand
South (Main) Stand
South Stand
South Stand
North Stand
North Stand
East Stand
East Stand
East and South Stands
East and South Stands
Looking Towards The West End
Looking Towards The West End
East and North Stands
East and North Stands
Looking From The West End
Looking From The West End
North Stand
North Stand
Ox Statue
Ox Statue

The club moved to the Kassam Stadium in 2001, after leaving the Manor Ground, which had been its home for 76 years. The stadium is named after the former Club Chairman Firoz Kassam. It was built at a cost of around £15m and is located on the outskirts of Oxford. It has only three sides, with one end remaining unused. Each of the stands are of a good size, are all seated, covered and are roughly of the same height. The South Stand on one side of the pitch, is a two-tiered stand with a row of executive boxes. This is a particularly impressive looking stand with police control and press boxes situated at the back. Opposite is the single tiered North Stand, primarily given to away supporters. This has a number of strange looking floodlights protruding from its roof. At the one end is the Oxford Mail Stand, which is also single tiered. There is a special type of pitch, one of the first to have artificial grass woven into the live turf. One disappointment is the large gaps in the corners, which sets the stands back from the playing surface and means cold winds whistling through in winter. Outside the stadium at the West End, there is a statue of an Ox.

The Club have received planning permission for a fourth stand at the current unused end of the Kassam Stadium. It is likely that this will be temporary in nature and will have around 735 seats. It is expected that it will be put in place sometime during the 2016/17 season.

Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. This stand may be shared with home supporters, or if demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated providing just over 5,000 seats in total. The facilities within and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. The atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best to raise it. There is not much around the ground in terms of pubs and eating establishments, although refreshments inside the stadium are okay, although if there is a large away support, then it can take quite a while to get served. Refreshments on offer include: Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.40), Hot Dogs (£3) and a selection of Wrights Pies (£3). With one end of the ground being open, there is always the remark 'of watch my car' as another wayward shot flies into the car park behind. On the whole I found the Kassam Stadium to be an enjoyable and a largely friendly day out. 

Derek Fennel a visiting Blackburn supporter adds; 'the stewards at the Kassam seemed very helpful and accommodating which led to a feeling of watching the game in relaxed frame of mind. There was great vocal support from the home supporters who really got behind their team'.

There are no pubs in close vicinity to the stadium There is a bar in the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel, but this no longer allows in away fans. Kim Rockall informs me; 'There is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has Sky television and a fast food outlet'. There is also on the complex a Chinese buffet restaurant called Oxy Oriental. 

Dave Langford a visiting Northampton Town fan tells me; 'I found a small local pub called the George Inn, situated in Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). It had a number of television screens showing the early kick off and we were served fairly quickly. The Oxford fans at the pub made us very welcome and the landlord suggested that I leave my car in the pub car park for the duration of the match as the stadium was only a ten minute walk away. There were assorted pies and sausage rolls available. All in all a good find.' Please note though that for certain high profile games the pub does not admit away fans.

Another traditional pub in walking distance (15-20 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium is the Catherine Wheel in Sandford-on-Thames. This pub offers local real ales and cider, plus hot food snacks on matchdays.

Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of: Carlsberg (500ml Can £3.90), Brains SA Smooth (Pint £3.80), Cider (500ml Can £3.80) and Wine (miniature bottles £4).

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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.

Car Parking

There are 1,600 car parking spaces at the stadium itself, which are free. However, the car parks tend to fill up fast, so try and arrive early if you can (at least 75 minutes before kick off). An additional 400 car parking spaces are now available at the Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex adjacent to the stadium, which are also free to use. John Attwood a visiting Gillingham supporter adds; 'when arriving at the stadium, ignore the first stadium car park entrance that you come to and go up to the second entrance as the first will have you parking at the "open" end. There is a roundabout by the second entrance, which will take you back to the first entrance if the other half is full. I was also heavily delayed in trying to leave the car park after the game as there was only two exits available'. If you do end up arriving late at the stadium and find that the stadium car parks are full, then don't get tempted to park on a grass verge as you may well end up with a parking ticket for your trouble.

There is also some street parking available in the nearby Littlemore residential area, which is only a ten minute walk away from the ground. There is also a pub called the George (OX4 4PU) in this area, but normally it admits only home fans.

Oxford Railway Station is over four miles from the ground and it is really not advisable to try to walk it.  You can get the Oxford Bus Company Service, Number 5, from Oxford Railway Station (use bus stop R2) via the city centre to Knights Road in Blackbird Leys, which is a short walk away from the ground. On Saturday afternoons the bus runs every five minutes and on midweek evenings every 8-10 minutes. Journey time to the stadium is around 30 minutes. For more information visit the Oxford Bus Company website. Ed Murray adds; 'I visited the Kassam Stadium for a Tuesday evening game, I took the number 5 bus from the station just before 7pm and, even though the traffic was fairly light, I didn't arrive at the ground until 7:50pm. Coming back after the game, it still took more than half an hour. So it may be an idea to allow yourself plenty of time if you are going to travel in this way.'  Tom Raffan a visiting Southend United fan advises; 'It's worth noting that the bus from the train station takes a very windy, indirect route so if intending to get the bus from the station then get there by 1.30pm at the latest (for a 3pm kick off).

In October 2015 a new railway station serving Oxford was opened. Called Oxford Parkway it is served by trains from London Marylebone. Although it is located on the other side of Oxford to the Kassam Stadium, it does have good bus transport links into Oxford City Centre. It is planned that in December 2016 rail services will begin to operate from Oxford Parkway to Oxford.

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Home Fans
South Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £24, Over 65's £17, Under 22's/Students £16, Under 18's £14, Under 13's £9, Under 7's £5
South Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £22, Over 65's £16, Under 22's/Students £15, Under 18's £13, Under 13's £8, Under 7's £5
South Stand (Family Area): Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 22's/Students £14, Under 18's £8, Under 13's £6, Under 7's Free*
North Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 22's/Students £14, Under 18's £12, Under 13's £8, Under 7's £5
Oxford Mail (East) Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's £13, Under 22's/Students £12, Under 18's £11, Under 13's £7, Under 7's £5

Away Fans
Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 22's/Students £14, Under 18's £12, Under 13's £8, Under 7's £5

* Under 7's must be accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two under 7's per adult).

Official Programme £3

Oxford United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Swindon Town and Reading.

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Record Attendance

At The Kassam Stadium: 12,243 v Leyton Orient, League Two, May 6th 2006.

At The Manor Ground: 22,750 v Preston North End, FA Cup 6th Round, February 29th, 1964.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 7,211 (League Two)
2014-2015: 6,154 (League Two)
2013-2014: 5,923 (League Two)

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Oxford United v Charlton Athletic
Football League One
Saturday 24th September 2016, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Normally I would be looking forward to the trip, but not this time around. Unfortunately I had broken a rib two weeks previously, which was quite painful. But as I already had the tickets for this game, I was determined to go. That aside I always love an away day and the Kassam Stadium was a new ground for me.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We were going to drive and make a day of it with our wives. However due to my injury I went, with my normal companion, on the supporters trust coach. The journey on the whole was uneventful and we arrived in good time at 1.30pm. On arrival there was a bizarre lack of direction for the coach driver, although he did make a bit of a drama out of the whole episode, especially as we ended up parking right by the away turnstiles.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Given that we had plenty of time we did very little. We wandered into the bowling alley. This has a huge bar where home and way fans mixed quite happily watching the early match on the big screens. We were stopped by some home fans who were interested in our anti-ownership shirts that many were wearing. On hearing the story, they like most opposition fans, wished us well in getting rid of our owners.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

A three sided ground is always going to be a bit odd. The three stands also sit completely unconnected to each other. This gives the ground a rather weird appearance as if it has just been dumped in the middle of a huge car park. We were situated in the car park, well that's how it felt, to one end of the North Stand on the side of the pitch. Leg room in the stand was great and the view fantastic. I was five rows from the back right next to the home fans, not that far from the half way line. I was a little concerned about the distance between us and the exits, but I guess in an emergency you would go on the pitch, it just meant a half time comfort break was not worth the effort.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The stewarding was a little controversial at this match, many felt it was way to heavy handed. I even saw a tweet from a home fan asking "Why are there so many Stewards in the away section?" Charlton fans felt that the Stewards had confused us for our South London neighbours. However I am going to defend the stewarding of this match. We spent some time discussing this with the stewards and we got a perfectly acceptable explanation of the methods. At the previous home match, against local rivals Swindon Town, things had gone a bit pear shaped so they were determined that a sell out away crowd from London were not going to catch them out two matches running. Also as Charlton had sold out their allocation of tickets. the stewards were keen that supporters took up their allotted seats. This issue causes more aggro at Charlton away matches than any other, when people don't sit in the right seat. So no complaints from me. The Club had also got wind that around 150 tickets had gone astray. In the event the away end was over crowded so it would seem that the duplicate tickets and the original tickets had been used to admit fans. They dealt very well with the issue and only around six fans that I saw were invited to leave. This kept the lid on any tension. Finally if people did not leave it to the last second to take their seats life would be much simpler for all of us. We all knew this was a sell out and the problems this can lead to.

The catering was fine, normal fayre. Both sets of fans generated a pretty good atmosphere considering the game was a fairly dull 1-1 draw. The three sided ground did not seemed to affect the atmosphere at all. Not sure things would be quite so passionate on a Tuesday night versus a team with a small away following. We all dread these nights.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Taking the coach was helpful as we were shepherded nicely away from the ground in quite short order, but those driving I understand did not fare quite so well. Train travelers were all whinging about the 30 minute ride into town. Do your homework, take a coach to Oxford, especially if it's a fairly short journey like ours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the Kassam Stadium is not a bad day out. Despite its poor appearance, this is a decent place to watch football in a non intimidating atmosphere. I would be happy to return.

Oxford United v Swindon Town
Football League One
Saturday 10th September 2016, 3pm
John Smith (Swindon Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

I had never been to the Kassam Stadium and as Oxford United are our biggest rivals, I had to visit for this derby match. Swindon Town have never scored at the Kassam Stadium so I was hoping that this goalless streak would end.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on one of the supporters coaches from Swindon. It was quite an easy trip down the A420 but near the stadium a few things were thrown at the bus, but I guess this is to be expected from a derby match.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had to go straight into the stadium under Police direction.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is well built but still don't quite understand why there are only three stands. The ball seemed to regularly go out over the unused end leading to stoppages in the game. This wasn't helped at one point when it looked as if the home team were running out of balls!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a good atmosphere to start off with but Oxford were awarded a controversial penalty just before half time, where I am still not sure whether the player was in the box. Then in the second half Oxford capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to make it 2-0. Lloyd Jones then got sent off for a second yellow and to rub salt into the Swindon wounds. Then in injury time our goalkeeper; Lawrence Vigouroux also got himself sent off, so our right back went in goal for the remaining minute.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The Swindon fans were held back for a while. Once on the coached the Police escorted us out of Oxford onto the A420 for the short trip home back to Swindon.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It would have been a decent day out if the scoreline hadn't been so bad. Still I will comeback to watch another derby game and hopefully see us at least score a goal!

Oxford United v Leicester City
Pre Season Friendly
Tuesday 19th July 2016, 7.45pm
Colin Hall (Leicester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium? 

This was our first game of pre-season at a venue I had not visited previously.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Okay until pulling off the Southern Ring Road - with only one road to the ground, congestion built up. It took about half an hour before we finally got to the Kassam Stadium and parked up. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We enjoyed a pre-match meal at the White House pub near Oxford City Centre washed down with several Wadworth ales (I was a passenger!). The few home fans who were in there were welcoming enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is a pleasant enough modern venue. However it is only three-sided as one end is unused. This consists of a perimeter wall with a car park beyond. Leicester fans had around a third of the North Stand, on one side of the stadium, which was ample enough for the turnout on the evening, Both of the other stands were reasonably full and appreciated the sight of Gary Lineker (fully clothed!) and the Premier League trophy.

The Open End

Kassam Stadium Oxford United Open End

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The match was surprisingly competitive despite the sweltering conditions. Although Oxford took the lead early on (before many fans had entered the ground!) Leicester kept their composure to win 2-1 and could perhaps have won the game by a wider margin. The atmosphere was as relaxed as could be expected for a pre-season friendly. The catering and toilet facilities were better than at many Premier grounds, and the view from the stand was very good. Can't comment on the pies, burgers etc as didn't eat any, having eaten at the pub beforehand.

Not A Bad Attendance

Kassam Stadium Main Stand

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was expecting horrendous traffic jams, but congestion was thankfully limited and we arrived back in Leicester before 11.30 pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I was happy enough with Leicester's performance, as well as the result. Oxford showed enough quality to suggest they should cope well enough with the demands of League 1. Visitors to this venue by car are advised to allow plenty of time for parking!

 

Oxford United v Luton Town
Football League Two
Saturday 16th April 2016, 3pm
David Howells (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

With my parents living pretty close by, this was always going to be one of the 'easier' of the 92 to visit and one to look forward to due to the home connections.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The ground is so well signposted on the A34 that you'd really have to go out of your way to miss the signs. There really is no excuse for not finding it by car. As is unfortunately typical, there was a nice queue for the car parking, despite being near the ground 75 minutes before kick off. There is a fair bit of parking within a two minute walk of the stadium, which is perfect but you'll have to ensure you get there in good time as it does fill up very quickly. Also be careful with the car park. The closest car park does mean quick in/out but you risk your car getting hit by a stray ball. Parking was also free, which was a very welcomed surprise. Didn't go by public transport, but initial thoughts are that it would be rather awkward. Stadium is not close to the centre, and certainly not walkable from the train station.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The stadium itself is next to a mini-retail park development, and has a bowling alley / cinema / generic-chain-restaurants, so has a strange sort of atmosphere about it. Didn't see any pubs in the retail park, so just wondered around outside of the stadium and picked up a match programme before the game. For a team sitting in second place and on the back of a Wembley trip, (and it being Oxford), I expected much much friendlier fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

As well documented, the stadium has only three stands, which is strange, but quirky and something different which I always enjoy. The South Stand on one side is by far the best, having two tiers and looks very impressive for a League Two team, and well filled. Though all three of the stands are good, they are all seated stands. Away end if half of the North Stand on the opposite, and is quite far away from the more vocal home fans, who were congregated behind the far goal.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was very good. Oxford scored within the first couple of minutes, then Luton scored twice within as many minutes just before half time. One was due to a slip by the goalkeeper, which as a neutral is always amusing. Two more goals in the second half, one each gave an entertaining and deserved 3-2 win to Luton. Game was surprisingly high quality though, with nice football being played all over. Weather conditions were perfect for football, and was very enjoyable watch.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was quite the bottle-neck in getting away from the ground. And we sat in the car waiting for at least 15 minutes before even bothering to join the non-moving queue. It was a sunny day and we were only going 30 minutes down the road, so it was no hardship whatsoever for us, but if you were in a rush or popping back to somewhere further afield then it might have been a bit less enjoyable.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A ground that I'd looked forward to going to for quite a while rather let me down. Stadium and the game itself were good, but the bland location and the home fans rather left more to be desired. Pleased I've done it and gone, but I won't be going back to the Kassam.

Oxford United v Stevenage
Football League Two
Friday 25th March 2016, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

I wasn't looking forward to this game at all given the fact we had lost our previous five league matches, were conceding goals for fun and had one of our main centre-backs suspended. Against the front two of Danny Hylton and Kemar Roofe, this had the makings of a very long afternoon, especially as we had lost this reverse fixture 5-1 back on Halloween. As well as our game, all Stevenage fans had one eye on Score Centre, Livescore or Twitter to keep ourselves updated with the goings on at Bootham Crescent, where relegation rivals York were hosting Crawley. We were 7 points clear of York pre-match but I could only see them reducing it to 4 points by 5pm.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach so the journey was very easy. We departed the Lamex Stadum at 12 noon and amazingly were pulling up outside the Kassam Stadium just before 2pm, not bad on one of the worst days of the year for traffic!

Kassam Stadium

Kassam Stadium View From Outside Away Entrance

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I attempted to go across the road to the club shop (next to the bowling alley and gym opposite the stadium) to get a badge and programme, but took one look at the queue going around the entire shop and walked away, most likely the home fans buying their gear for their trip to Wembley next week. I decided to go straight inside the stadium after that, so I didn't have any contact with home fans. I got a programme inside the ground for £3.

It's A Good View From The Away Section

View From The Away Section

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

If you look straight ahead or to your left when you enter the stadium then you'll see a very nice ground that is certainly one of the better ones in the league, but if you look to your right then then you look out of this open end onto the car park behind. At least having three sides makes it easier to ensure your car is still in the car park, however I did count five balls hitting windscreens during the coerce of the warm-up and the game, so it did make me wonder how many cars get damaged during the season.

Nice View Of The Car Park Too!

View Of The Car Park Beyond The Open End

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Minutes Silence For BrusselsBefore the game started, a minutes silence was observed perfectly by all inside the stadium following the horrific events in Brussels. Once the match kicked off, it only took 16 minutes for there to be a major talking point as Oxfords John Lundstram saw a straight red for a very heavy tackle on Michael Tonge. Although it looked like a straight red at the time, replays did show Lundstram getting the ball, but I have no idea if that will be enough for him to win his appeal before their day at Wembley next week or not. The next talking point came in added time onto the first half. Danny Hylton was apparently wrestled to the ground by Stevenage keeper Jamie Jones. and a penalty was awarded to the home side. Although the positioning of the away fans meant we didn't see that until the highlights afterwards showed it, even though Hylton was clearly backing in to the keeper looking for a foul so a harsh penalty in our opinion. Justice done therefore when Jones saved the penalty from Liam Sercombe.

The second half continued with neither side having a major chance, and a break in play for an injury to Dean Parrett meant I decided to quickly use the facilities ahead of a potentially long journey home. However as I was starting to come out, Oxford took the lead through Liam Sercombe. However I was still able to see a goal in the game as Greg Luer and Byron Harrison combined well, with the latter calmly slotting away the equaliser, and that's how it ended. The stewards were very friendly and the faciltites were very spacious, but the food has to be on par with Accrington for some of the worst food in the league. I decided to try a hotdog as I heard nothing good about the pies, and I only needed one bite before throwing it in to a nearby bin. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy as our coach was waiting for us outside the away end, and a Police escort away from the ground meant we were on our way out in a matter of moments, and another fantastic journey meant we were arriving back in Stevenage for just after 6.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall this was a perfect Good Friday for us as we stopped the rot of losses and picked up a fantastic point away to a side challenging for automatic promotion, all the more impressive as this was only the second time we had not lost an away game since before Christmas. The news that York could only get a draw against Crawley meaning we remained seven points clear ahead of their trip to Plymouth on Easter Monday gave us even more reason to celebrate. Football League survival now looks much more likely.

Half Time Score: Oxford United 0-0 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage
Attendance: 7,980 (262 away supporters)

Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers
FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 30th January 2016, 3pm
Daniel Ainsworth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

It was an unlikely team that we were drawn with no one expected this, so  it was a chance to tick off a new ground and have a great day out, I went. We had sold our allocation of 1,500 tickets very quickly and I was hopeful of a good atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I journeyed down by supporters coach. Once we left the A34 at 2pm it took us 20 minutes to reach the Kassam Stadium, simply due to the weight of traffic. Once at the stadium we were directed to a parking spot.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As time was getting on and there are no pubs close to the stadium, we went straight inside. The home fans were very good and no problems can be mentioned.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The ground looked above my expectation, however it was let down with no stand at the one end. From the away section next to this end, we had a fine view of the car park behind it! The PA announcer on the pitch attempted to get the crowd going before kick off, but  when he addressed the Blackburn fans he was met by a chorus of boos!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We started brightly which was expected and we took the lead in the 40th minute and then doubled it four minutes later meaning it was 2-0 at half time. We stayed in control and added a third from a well taken free kick to seal off a very good day. Most of the chants and singing were were from the away section, but I guess the home fans didn't have much to sing about! The stewards were fine but the concourses were unbelievably packed that we couldn't move for five minutes at half time.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We was away in 10 minutes after boarding the coach and the Police escorted us to the motorway, then we was left to make our own way home. It was very well planned.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day was great with a sound 3-0 win. Who doesn't love the FA Cup?

Oxford United v Exeter City
League Two
Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 7.45pm
Gary Parker (Doing the 92)

I have been trying to tick this one off the 92 for several years and despite living in Swindon which isn’t that far away, I have never quite managed to get there to watch my 2nd team (Exeter City) so at last a midweek game that I was able to get to and get it ticked of the list

The Kassam is very easy to get to and is signed from the M40, As it was a midweek game the Oxford ring road was a bit busy but not too bad, so we arrived earlier than we thought we would. We took the advice of other reviews and swerved the car parks, but as you go past the ground there is street parking all down one side of the main road for about a mile, so we parked up and wandered back towards the stadium.

Opposite the open end there is a bowling complex and Sports bar, so we popped in there for a few pints, both sets of fans were welcomed and shirts were no bother, there was also a fast food outlet of sorts in there which seemed burgers, and southern fried chicken in a box, but we passed that one up as it wasn’t long before kick off.

The first impressions of the Kassam are poor. It has only has three sides and one side and the home end are identical in style with only the Main Stand having an upper tier. As its still a fairly new ground its typically bland with no character. The away fans are placed in the side stand at the open end and it can be a bit open to the elements. The access is good and the viewing of the game is good with no obstructions in the way.

The game its self was very good with Exeter in 3rd place and Oxford in 4th it was an evenly fought contest and both teams were “at it” and trying to win the game but it ended in a 0-0 draw which was fair, although Exeter were denied a stonewall penalty that the ref just somehow missed it.  He was poor throughout though and baffled both sets of fans and players with some awful decisions.  But it was still one of the best 0-0 games I have watched in a long long time. The food was very average in choices and prices, BUT the steak and Ale pie was worth every penny of the £3 and I would highly recommend it.

There were only just over 5,000 at the game and although it was slow going on the main road past the ground, once we were moving we were soon back on the M40 and got home in an hour and 10 minutes so cant complain at that

Overall it was a decent evenings entertainment, it was a good point for Exeter especially as most around us dropped points. The pie was very good the ground isn’t one I will bother visiting again but its another one ticked off and I only have 27 to go now. So far I have managed all 65 grounds watching either Tottenham or Exeter, and taken my time, I have now decided to finish the 92 in the next two years so have abandoned that plan and will be taking in some neutral games, starting at Brighton in 3 weeks time.

Oxford United v Torquay United
League Two
Saturday, November 10th, 2012, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Torquay United fan)

Reason for going:
As a Torquay United fan of far too many years and living in Berkshire this is a relatively easy trip. Living as I do surrounded by Oxford fans this is the third time I've been invited to this particular fixture and I don't often get to see my team play away from home. OUFC v TUFC is becoming a regular event now as the wind-up potential is enormous (I'm outnumbered 5:1!).
 
Getting there:
Very kindly given a lift by my friend's daughter - four of us went - and it is any easy 45 minute run. The A34 from Newbury nearly takes you to the Kassam's front door!
 
Before the game:
As we arrived well on time I engaged in pleasant conversation with programme sellers, fans, and stewards in fact anyone who wants to talk football. With my trusty camera in the coat pocket I took the chance to photograph Ollie and Olivia the bull and cow Oxford mascots. Outside the stadium is a bronze bull statue which is a more accurate version if less amusing!  (A few years back it got defaced by some idiots but looks resplendant now in full charging and snorting mode on its own personal plinth).

The Ox Statue

Ox Statue

Buying a ticket for the away section is always easy and I was in my seat in the north stand for 2.40pm. One good thing about an away ticket is that whilst in theory it is for a designated seat, they let you sit anywhere. 
 
First impressions:
Not exactly first impressions as I've been to the Kassam around six times so high time I did a review! Although modern it is less 'flat-pack' than a lot of its peers and enjoys a nice open aspect without that hemmed in feeling. No claustrophobia here. This elevates it in my estimation and the fact that one end is open (a West Stand never having been built), makes it unusual amongst British stadia. A lot of new builds have a statue of a former player outside as mentioned just now Oxford has chosen to have a statue of a bull at their stadium, not that they are without famous players of course!
 
Game:
Before the game started there was a minute's silence to remember the human sacrifice of two World Wars. This was impeccably observed.
 
I've seen five Torquay v Oxford encounters over the years and the previous four have been action-packed. This wasn't. The first half was insipid with goal action minimal. The second half was way better with Oxford upping the tempo and putting Torquay under pressure for long spells. Martin Rice in the Torquay goal who has played for Torquay (in the Blue Square Premier) before but was making his full league debut at the age of 26 played a blinder saving superbly from Leven and Constable.
 
The shot ratio of 17 to 4 in Oxford's favour tells it's own story. Torquay's defence wobbled, creaked, got lucky but at the death held firm. After two defeats, an away point ground out with considerable effort was most valuable in Martin Ling's opinion.  Even more so with a goalkeeper debutant and without striker Rene Howe (suspended). The reaction of the home fans at the final whistle suggested that they were clearly not happy to have drawn a blank in this one.
 
Getting away:
There is normally a 5-10 minute wait to get out of the car park at the Kassam, but that besides it was an easy ride home and we were back at 'chez Newbury' for the local fireworks display at 7.30pm.
 
Overall:
No fireworks on the pitch perhaps but a good day if you are a TUFC fan. A poor game certainly, but I always enjoy a trip to the Kassam. The stewards are some of the best around - chatty, engaging and knowledgeable about their club. And another thing. Being a tall bloke - I think I've mentioned this before - the leg room was very generous. Oxford get good gates and generate quite a bit of noise so there is never a feeling of sitting in an empty soulless concrete box.

Oxford United v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 3pm
John Spooner (Southend United fan)

As we live in North Wales, it was a 170 mile journey to Oxford via motorways M54, M6, M5, M42, M40 and then onto the A34. The journey took over three hours but was straightforward. The ground is well signposted and our satnav was spot on. Arriving before 1pm we found the ground busy with car parks filling quickly and large numbers of fans already making their way on foot. We found street parking on Grenoble Road about 200 yards from the ground.

Before walking to the ground we sat in our car listening to commentary on Southampton confirming promotion v Coventry and enjoyed a picnic prepared by wife/mum. The home fans appeared to be friendly and both sets of fans were mixing freely and happily at The Priory pub outside the ground.

On arrival the ground looks good with a bronze looking figure of a bull which is impressive and offers a good point for photographs adjacent to the car park. Disappointing to find the ground still has only three stands with an open end with no access for fans behind that goal. The pitch looked well cared for and good enough for the highest standards of football. The programme was £3 but with 84 pages offered a good read. A section of the North stand had been cordoned off to accommodate 1,102 travelling Southend fans who were in party mood and many in fancy dress which has become traditional for final away games. The total attendance was 9,356 which is a credit for Oxford United at this level. The ground is modern with cantilever stands offering fans a great view.

The game itself was entertaining particularly as Southend scored twice in the first half to take control. It was a cold and damp day, more like winter than spring and windy, but both sides endeavoured to play a passing game helped by the good standard of the pitch. The atmosphere was obviously good in the Southend section and Oxford fans made themselves heard in the 2nd half as they fought for a goal. The stewards were friendly and willing to direct fans to their seats. The food appeared good but rather expensive compared to other grounds in League Two. The toilets were clean and tidy.

At full time we were allowed to exit the ground at the same time as the home fans and all mixed without any trouble. The journey from the ground was slow initially given the volume of traffic but easier than many other grounds with early signposting for the motorways. So overall a great day out for Southend particularly as results elsewhere ensured we still had a chance of automatic promotion in our last game at home to Macclesfield.

Oxford United v Port Vale
League Two
Saturday, October 29th, 2011, 3pm
Kevin Hulbert (Port Vale fan)

I like to visit new stadiums and I heard that Oxford had a good ground. I was looking forward to this game, as both Oxford and Port Vale were pushing for promotion.
 
There was a lot of traffic on the main roads leading up to the turn off to the ground. The stadium is well signposted, but it is in the middle of two very big council estates and near to a huge industrial area. The car park wasn't full outside the ground when we arrived at 1pm. Although it was completely full after the match. This made it difficult to locate our car as the car park is very big.
 
Before the game we had something to eat at a leisure and bowling complex outside the ground. The place was very full with local fans mixing happily with Vale fans. I got the impression that they aren't so friendly if local rivals, Swindon are visiting.
 
The ground looks pretty impressive, although it is odd that the fourth stand hasn't been built. One of the Oxford fans explained that a temporary fourth stand will be erected in 2012. The North stand is where the away supporters are put. This is shared with the Oxford supporters, who have one half of the stand. The ground looks very impressive and the double-tiered stand opposite is Premier League standard. The Oxford fans are quite vocal and they have a lot of flags flying in their main end. This was quite an impressive sight at a League Two game.
 
The atmosphere at the game was really good. There was lots of singing and banter between the rival fans.The stewards are friendly and seem happy to answer any questions. The toilets are really clean and the catering staff selling refreshments are very efficient.
 
Getting out of the ground is easy, although it took almost 15 minutes to get out of the car park. The traffic is very slow moving getting onto the main road.

It was a good day out, even though we lost 2-1. Oxford fans generally are well behaved and friendly. The huge police presence in the car park makes it feel like a safe place for a game of football. My overall impression is that Oxford is a good place to watch football.

Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
League Two
Saturday, October 8th, 2011, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Doing the 92)

With only four of the current 92 left to do, and none of them near West Yorkshire and with watching Leeds every week, its proving difficult to get over the finishing line.
 
However, there were no Championship games today due to the international break and with Oxford being at home, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
 
I'd seen Leeds play several times at the Manor ground and had been frustrated in recent years by constantly passing signs for the Kassam stadium enroute to games on the south coast - so was looking forward to finally getting this one ticked off.
 
An easy 3 hour trip saw me arrive at the ground at 1.45pm but already the car parks were full and all the streets close by seemed to be permit holders only. I eventually found somewhere approx one mile away - no problem for me but a warning for those who may not want or be able to walk that far.
 
I had time to have a quick pint in the bar which is directly underneath the Main Stand and enjoyed a chat with a couple of very friendly Oxford fans. You need to buy tickets from the ticket office in advance of going in and mine was £22 for the South Stand upper - quite expensive for League Two and especially considering I was nowhere near the halfway line.
 
However, the game made up for it, Oxford played some great football and were worthy 3-0 winners. The atmosphere was also better than I was expecting due to a higher than average attendance, boosted by a large following from Bristol.
 
After a 20 minute walk back to the car, I was quickly back on the M40 and home for 8.30pm - another ground-hopping day safely negotiated and with plans already formulating to get the last 3 done asap!

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Updated 28th September 2016

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