- Oxford United
Saturday, October 8th, 2011,
V Bristol Rovers, League Two 3pm
By Paul Dickinson
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 groundhopping day safely negotiated and with plans already formulating to get the last 3 done asap!
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