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Saturday 31st August 2013 ko 15.00

League 2

OXFORD UNITED 1 (Constable 24)

ROCHDALE 1 (Lund 50)

Att 5,260 (203 away)

Entry – Season Ticket

Programme £3 (including free Oxford Mail)

With the plethora of organised groundhops (too many to tell the truth) this season, this was my first visit this season to Grenoble Road. A lot has changed since last season, especially on the playing side with over a team’s worth of players released, and replaced, some from the youth team. There’s been some high-profile recruits, Dave Kitson from Sheffield United, and Johnny Mullins from Rotherham to name but two. Off the pitch, community officer Peter Rhoades-Brown has moved to a job on sales, and surely I wasn’t the only one to feel his loss before kick off, as much as a fine job Nathan Cooper does on the radio mic’?

On the other hand everyone I sit near to in the South Stand Upper has returned, the catering prices are still stupidly high, our flask paid for itself in two games last season, and the feeling of unease about home games still lingers.

It really shouldn’t be that way, Oxford United were top, with a 100% league record after all, but even when new dad James Constable fired United into the lead, you hoped that life’s conveyor belt would bring another win, but the listlessness of the knowing fan was there for all to see. And so it came to pass, a cross from an overlapping full-back and a header from a forward exploiting a leaden-footed David Hunt at the back-post, gave Rochdale a deserved draw.

The booing of the team at full-time was moronic, yes I could be more tactful, but why bother. No, they weren’t all booing the referee, as poor as Fred Graham was. You boo the ref when he reaches the tunnel, I’ve seen that before, and this wasn’t it. Frankly, a minority need show a little thought before they engage their mouths.

The bottom line here is that despite a slightly disappointing performance, Oxford United are unbeaten, and second in the table. So far, so good.