How Oxford United became kings of the road

Jake Wright congratulates Alfie Potter's winner at Dagenham - which began United's run last April

Jake Wright congratulates Alfie Potter's winner at Dagenham - which began United's run last April

First published in Sport Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

AS FAR as omens go, a scruffy 1-0 win in the East End did little to suggest it would set Oxford United on the way to a record.

But Alfie Potter’s winner in the drizzle at Dagenham last April kicked off an unbeaten run which stretched for 16 games until Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at Newport County.

From Torquay to Teesside and Fleetwood to Field Mill, the U’s have gone to all four corners of the country and come back with a result.

The run eclipsed the previous best by just a single game, set between January and September 2009.

Anyone who attended all the games will have clocked up more than 4,250 miles and seen some memorable moments along the way.

They were headed by a sensational 4-1 win at Fratton Park in August.

Potter, along with Deane Smalley, bagged two against Portsmouth and the winger produced a flash of brilliance a month later, slaloming through Burton Albion’s defence to set up a 2-0 win.

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James Constable’s thunderous volley at Plainmoor and Dave Kitson’s last-gasp equaliser against the Cod Army also sparked wild celebrations in the away end.

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It was also about grinding out results under pressure.

Coming from behind twice at Cheltenham with an under-strength side took plenty of spirit, as did holding off Bury this month.

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The run may be over, but it has given United a blueprint for success as they head towards the run-in – combining quality with a gritty determination.

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United's away run

April 13: Dagenham & Redbridge 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Potter)

April 27: Accrington Stanley 0, Oxford Utd 3 (Constable, Smalley, Rigg)

Aug 3: Portsmouth 1, Oxford Utd 4 (Smalley 2, Potter 2)

Aug 17: Torquay United 1, Oxford Utd 3 (Smalley, Constable, Hall)

Sept 7: Burton Albion 0, Oxford Utd 2 (Potter, Rose)

Sept 14: Cheltenham Town 2, Oxford Utd 2 (Kitson, Mullins)

Sept 28: Hartlepool United 1, Oxford Utd 3 (Williams, Smalley, Hall)

Oct 19: Accrington Stanley 0, Oxford Utd 0

Oct 26: AFC Wimbledon 0, Oxford Utd 2 (Constable, Smalley)

Nov 16: Mansfield Town 1, Oxford Utd 3 (Rigg, Constable, Williams)

Nov 30: Fleetwood Town 1, Oxford Utd 1 (Kitson) 

Dec 21: York City 0, Oxford Utd 0

Jan 18: Wycombe Wanderers 0, Oxford Utd 1 (Wroe)

Jan 28: Exeter City 0, Oxford Utd 0 

Feb 4: Bury 1, Oxford Utd 1 (Ruffels)

Feb 8: Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford Utd 1 (Constable)

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7:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Richard Wickson says...

It's over, let's move on and start another one, unbeaten home and away until the end of the season. Promotion is the aim!
It's over, let's move on and start another one, unbeaten home and away until the end of the season. Promotion is the aim! Richard Wickson
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7:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Joe1 says...

Automatic would be NICE!!!! We are capable of that if we play to our strengths.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Automatic would be NICE!!!! We are capable of that if we play to our strengths. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
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12:52am Fri 21 Feb 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

A worthy article after a fantastic effort. Huge credit to Chris WIlder, the players, and all involved including (of course) the fantastic away support.
A worthy article after a fantastic effort. Huge credit to Chris WIlder, the players, and all involved including (of course) the fantastic away support. BenkiuGuasu
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