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In Focus: Oxford United

25 June 2019

Name: Oxford United Football Club

Founded: 1893

Ground: Kassam Stadium

Capacity: 12,500

Manager: Karl Robinson

Last season: 12th in Sky Bet League One

Oxford United will compete in Sky Bet League One for the fourth consecutive season following on from last term’s 12th placed finish.

Karl Robinson’s U’s ended the campaign in mid-table and will be hoping to push on and cement a challenge for a Play-Off position when the new season gets underway in August.

Seeing out 2018/19 with two wins from their final outings, in their 46 fixtures throughout the duration of the term, Oxford won 15, drew 15 and lost 16, collecting 60 points along the way.

Merseyside-born Robinson has been in the dugout at the Kassam Stadium since his appointment at the club in March 2018.

Having been on the books of Everton and Blackpool as a youth apprentice, Robinson spent much of his playing career around the local North-West non-league football level along with stints across the border in Wales.

Welsh outfit Caernarfon Town was the first side Robinson represented, making 13 appearances before moving back to England where he would turn out for Marine over two spells, and Bamber Bridge.

Two further stays were spent at Shropshire-based Oswestry Town either side of a return to Wales with Rhyl.

The remainder of Robinson’s career saw him play for the likes of Kidsgrove Athletic, Prescot Cables, St Helens Town, Alsager Town before hanging up his boots in 2007 at Warrington Town.

Following his retirement, Robinson worked as a coach with the youth teams of Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers prior to replacing Paul Ince as MK Dons manager at the age of 29 in May 2010, having previously served as Ince’s assistant at Stadium MK.

Robinson would spend a further six-years in Buckinghamshire, leading the Dons to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship as Sky Bet League One runners-up in 2014/15.

In November 2016, Robinson departed MK Dons to become Charlton Athletic boss, remaining at The Valley for 16-months, leaving the Addicks by mutual consent in March 2018.

On the same day as he left the South-East London outfit, the 38-year-old Robinson linked up with Oxford United.

Robinson guided Oxford to 16th position come the conclusion of the 2017/18 season and improved the U’s fortunes as they ended 12th in the division in 2018/19.

Tranmere Rovers will take on Oxford United for the first time since April 2015, when the two sides were playing in Sky Bet League Two.

In their fixtures against the men from Oxfordshire, TRFC have won 11, drawn 10 and lost 15 of their encounters.


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