Oxford United tie up pre-season games against West Ham and Cardiff

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce with the Championship trophy

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce with the Championship trophy

First published in Oxford Utd

Oxford United will get two tough tests at the Kassam Stadium in pre-season after West Ham United and Cardiff City agreed to send their full first-team squads.

The U’s will play only two home games as they warm up before the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

Chris Wilder’s men start with the highlight of their summer schedule, against Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side, who have just secured promotion back into the top flight.

Rob Green, Carlton Cole and former Oxfordshire Schools’ player Matt Taylor could all turn out for the Premier League outfit on July 17.

The match could also see the return to the Kassam Stadium of striker Rob Hall, who enjoyed two spells on loan at United last sea-son.

Cardiff City, who visited Oxford at the start of their run to the Carling Cup final, have also promised to send their top players on August 4.

The games come either side of United’s three-game tour to the United States and chairman Kelvin Thomas is pleased with the programme.

He said: “I think it’s a decent pre-season schedule.

“What’s really good about it is both the teams who are coming to us are committed to bringing their first-team squads – they definitely won’t be XIs.”

Thomas, who is a West Ham supporter, is particularly looking forward to taking on the Hammers in front of what should be a good attendance at the Kassam.

“It’s pre-season, so it will be fun,” he said.

“West Ham did fantastically well to get promoted. They’re a big club and talking to (co-owner) David Sullivan at Wembley, he said they would expect to bring quite a few supporters for the game.”

The U’s will also make trips to Didcot Town, Eastleigh and Oxford City, finishing on Friday, August 10.

Due to the Olympics, the competitive games begin later than usual, beginning with a Carling Cup first- round tie in the week commencing August 13.

The npower League Two season kicks-off on Saturday, August 18.

U’S PRE=SESON SCHDULE.

Tuesday, July 17: West Ham United (H).

Friday, July 20: Didcot Town (A).

Tuesday, July 24: Seacoast United Mariners (USA tour).

Friday, July 27: Seacoast United Phantoms (USA tour).

Monday, July 30: Jim Dedeus XI (USA tour).

Saturday, August 4: Cardiff City (H).

Tuesday, August 7: Eastleigh (A).

Friday, August 10: Oxford City (A).

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12:00pm Wed 30 May 12

hilliatman says...

Very good per season hope we can get promoted this season
Very good per season hope we can get promoted this season hilliatman
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12:16pm Wed 30 May 12

badger86 says...

Adam Chapman and a new contract?
Adam Chapman and a new contract? badger86
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12:36pm Wed 30 May 12

Bis4badger says...

From the Rotherham FC website.
The Millers boss also confirmed that contract talks with a central midfield player are at an advanced stage, with the manager giving the player and his representative a deadline by the end of the week to sign for the club.

I wonder if it's Chappy?
From the Rotherham FC website. The Millers boss also confirmed that contract talks with a central midfield player are at an advanced stage, with the manager giving the player and his representative a deadline by the end of the week to sign for the club. I wonder if it's Chappy? Bis4badger
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2:22pm Wed 30 May 12

DuberryandBeanofan says...

Bis4badger wrote:
From the Rotherham FC website.
The Millers boss also confirmed that contract talks with a central midfield player are at an advanced stage, with the manager giving the player and his representative a deadline by the end of the week to sign for the club.

I wonder if it's Chappy?
The club would have told us if Chappers had refused the contract offer, I believe that this player isn't Chapman
[quote][p][bold]Bis4badger[/bold] wrote: From the Rotherham FC website. The Millers boss also confirmed that contract talks with a central midfield player are at an advanced stage, with the manager giving the player and his representative a deadline by the end of the week to sign for the club. I wonder if it's Chappy?[/p][/quote]The club would have told us if Chappers had refused the contract offer, I believe that this player isn't Chapman DuberryandBeanofan
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2:59pm Wed 30 May 12

jonny1976 says...

not if hes still in talks with both
not if hes still in talks with both jonny1976
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3:18pm Thu 31 May 12

jonny1976 says...

Rotherham have signed a Scunthorpe midfielder..... in chappy we trust
Rotherham have signed a Scunthorpe midfielder..... in chappy we trust jonny1976
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