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1 hour ago, Dr Faustus said:

Was it Onions or Parky who narrowed it? 

Long before those two. It was Allardyce or Megson.

I remember playing Zenit, under Megson, in horrendous conditions, where we had to extend the pitch to meet minimum UEFA Cup regulations. Inside the revised touchline was a groove, where the linesman ran up and down.

In no time at all there was a  foot-wide stream about 4 feet inside the touchline.

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1 hour ago, Rizlar said:

Oxford sold 15k as of today .

They also have a weird system of eligibility for ticket purchase but I have no doubt they'll bring at least 30k. Wouldn't worry about the gate - it will sort itself out.

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4 minutes ago, Burndens Bogs said:

Typo Shirley?

So according to that, Wembley is more than 8m wider than our pitch?

Fuckin ‘ell

Its wiki. Which is why I said allegedly. No reason to doubt it though.🤷‍♂️

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So I believe as we finished higher than Oxford in the league we get to choose our kit which will presumably be white. Will they then let Oxford play in yellow? Could be well dodgy on a sunny day.

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Northamptons last gasp equaliser at Barnsley meant we played a team and club in disarray, instead of Oxford.

Peterborough would have beaten Barnsley too and got to Wembley. 

We now avoid the clear second favourites Peterborough in the final.

It’s fallen into our lap and after a season where second chances have been squandered time after time, we have yet another one.

If we can’t beat Oxford United then we don’t deserve to be promoted. Simple. 

Let’s see if we have the bottle, because we sure as hell have far more ability than our opponents. 

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Just now, captainmed said:

Northamptons last gasp equaliser at Barnsley meant we played a team and club in disarray, instead of Oxford.

Peterborough would have beaten Barnsley too and got to Wembley. 

We now avoid the clear second favourites Peterborough in the final.

It’s fallen into our lap and after a season where second chances have been squandered time after time, we have yet another one.

If we can’t beat Oxford United then we don’t deserve to be promoted. Simple. 

Let’s see if we have the bottle, because we sure as hell have far more ability than our opponents. 

Bang on. 

Of all the scenarios we've ended with the best one on paper 

4-0

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6 minutes ago, L/H White said:

Bang on. 

Of all the scenarios we've ended with the best one on paper 

4-0

I’d love the seats in Oxford’s half to be almost empty by around 60 minutes as our 4th flies into the top corner.

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12 minutes ago, captainmed said:

Northamptons last gasp equaliser at Barnsley meant we played a team and club in disarray, instead of Oxford.

Peterborough would have beaten Barnsley too and got to Wembley. 

We now avoid the clear second favourites Peterborough in the final.

It’s fallen into our lap and after a season where second chances have been squandered time after time, we have yet another one.

If we can’t beat Oxford United then we don’t deserve to be promoted. Simple. 

Let’s see if we have the bottle, because we sure as hell have far more ability than our opponents. 

Yes, its hugely dropped in our favour, on paper.  For any part of the last few months, the opponents we've all talked about needing to see off to get promoted, excluding Pompey, were Derby, Pompey and Barnsley.  All looked to be very difficult to shake off, yet we've been able to lose 2, draw 1 and win 1 against those, and here we are "just" having to beat a team none of us have really considered until a week ago.  We don't even have to play the surprise package/form team, Lincoln.  Its a dream match, on paper.  

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31 minutes ago, Wanderlust said:

So I believe as we finished higher than Oxford in the league we get to choose our kit which will presumably be white. Will they then let Oxford play in yellow? Could be well dodgy on a sunny day.

A good point, surely they can't play in yellow.  

They wore sky blue in our 5-0 win, could be an element of them not wanting to wear the same kit as they did on that night.  

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53 minutes ago, Wanderlust said:

They also have a weird system of eligibility for ticket purchase but I have no doubt they'll bring at least 30k. Wouldn't worry about the gate - it will sort itself out.

I would the team comes out to as much a sea of white as a sea of yellow.  The previous 2 play offs against day tripping types (Reading, Watford), I felt the initiative in the 1st half was affected by us being outnumbered.  Plymouth did outnumber us slightly last year but everyone was lifted by our turn out/atmosphere and that positivity wouldn't go amiss for the 1st half hour or so.

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7 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

I would the team comes out to as much a sea of white as a sea of yellow.  The previous 2 play offs against day tripping types (Reading, Watford), I felt the initiative in the 1st half was affected by us being outnumbered.  Plymouth did outnumber us slightly last year but everyone was lifted by our turn out/atmosphere and that positivity wouldn't go amiss for the 1st half hour or so.

20k passionate wanderers can out-sing 30k yellow Oxford day trippers

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3 minutes ago, desperado said:

20k passionate wanderers can out-sing 30k yellow Oxford day trippers

I was purely referring to the visibility of a massive turn out, the Watford end (same colours coincidentally) was an impressive sight, the fact that they only had 1 song isn't the point 😀

Stoke another example where the support seemed to impact the 1st half performance, if there's a 5% improvement to be had early in the game I'd prefer that to be in our favour, its not about how many songs we have compared to them.

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4 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

I was purely referring to the visibility of a massive turn out, the Watford end (same colours coincidentally) was an impressive sight, the fact that they only had 1 song isn't the point 😀

Stoke another example where the support seemed to impact the 1st half performance, if there's a 5% improvement to be had early in the game I'd prefer that to be in our favour, its not about how many songs we have compared to them.

Being slightly outnumbered as per last season (39k Vs 35k) was no problem, it's when the outnumbering is significant, like Vs Stoke, that the sight of the fans definitely adds the 5%.

I'm just hoping Oxford don't have the regional day tripper pull Plymouth did last year.

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9 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

I was purely referring to the visibility of a massive turn out, the Watford end (same colours coincidentally) was an impressive sight, the fact that they only had 1 song isn't the point 😀

Stoke another example where the support seemed to impact the 1st half performance, if there's a 5% improvement to be had early in the game I'd prefer that to be in our favour, its not about how many songs we have compared to them.

Wasn’t an issue against Preston. What we take will have no outcome on the game whatsoever in my opinion

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5 hours ago, Popeye doyle said:

Yes, it’s definitely bigger, longer and wider. I checked the other day when my son in law said it’s a big pitch, it’ll suit you

I’ve played on it and it’s huge, seems so much bigger than the Reebok 

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29 minutes ago, tomski said:

Wasn’t an issue against Preston. What we take will have no outcome on the game whatsoever in my opinion

Everyone was in white, it definitely wasn't an issue in that game 😀

IMO getting a bit of a lift from the fans is a smallish factor, but a factor none the less.

Anyway, what will be will be. 

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41 minutes ago, Stig said:

Being slightly outnumbered as per last season (39k Vs 35k) was no problem, it's when the outnumbering is significant, like Vs Stoke, that the sight of the fans definitely adds the 5%.

I'm just hoping Oxford don't have the regional day tripper pull Plymouth did last year.

I think Oxford have quite a large day tripper quota but are restricted by the same rules we are on purchasing. So unless you are good mates with a season ticket holder, member or someone who is a registered user from a few weeks ago then you won't be getting a ticket. I think they won't be bringing as many as they could. 

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8 minutes ago, radcliffe white said:

Find it bizarre folk think we could take 30k plus 

I'm really not wanting to be drawn into this attendance dick swinging nonsense, but someone in the pub has just tried telling me we've sold 32k. Keeping in mind he's a day tripper that hasn't been all season but I was ridiculed when I said that was bollocks. 

So........how many are we on so far?? Anybody actually know? 

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8 hours ago, MickyD said:

Don’t say things you may later regret. Show ambivalence about it by all means but “I am out” is probably something you’ll end up eating your words.

Fair point , I just really hate VAR . 

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