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Oxford United F.C. - Struggle to the Top

Started on 24 April 2014 by LFC
Latest Reply on 27 April 2014 by pompeyblue
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Nice start to the story can't wait for the season to start.

Price was great for me in FM 13
A great start to the story LFC, and good luck with Oxford!
Swindon > Oxford

Just joking; this is a good story with a decent League Two club.
Nice signing in Price, hopefully he will do well for you!
I really don't like Price, just gonna be honest :P

Two Sign for Houghton's Oxford

Montaño had a loan spell with The U's in 2011, making 8 league appearances.

Oxford United have announced the capture of two young players, after manager Ray Houghton sent scouts to watch a game between the England Trialists on Friday. The game featured several players released by their clubs at the end of last season, and Houghton snapped up two of them quickly after watching the game, which ended in a 4-1 win for one of the sides.

Dean Santangelo and Cristian Montaño join United, both on free transfers, and the two players both are former employees of Barclays Premier League teams. Montaño had played for West Ham United, while Santangelo has played for both Reading and Manchester United.

Controversial he may be, but Montaño is a fine player, who can really help Oxford's battle for promotion. He actually came on loan from West Ham United, making eight appearances and scoring twice. Released by West Ham, he joined Oldham, but was sacked by the club after it was alleged that he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal. He will also be in and out of court for a while, and could even face a jail sentence, after he was charged with a rape that occurred in London.

Oxford United are known for signing some fairly controversial players, and the 21-year-old winger is just one of a few who have signed for the club in the past few years. Goalkeeper Billy Turley signed for the club in 2005, but despite becoming a legend among the fanbase at Oxford, he didn't arrive at The Kassam Stadium with a clean slate. In 2002, while playing for Rushden and Diamonds, Turley became the first British player to test positive for an anabolic steroid, and escaped with just a warning. However, in 2004, he tested positive to another drug - cocaine.
He was sacked by the club and given a six-month ban from football. Now aged 40, Turley plays for Skrill North side Brackley.

The other player to sign for The U's is Iran U21 captain, Dean Santangelo. Far less controversial than his Colombian counterpart, he joins the club having played for Manchester United and Reading in the past. Considered a promising player during his time with The Royals, it seems his career has stagnated since joining United, and he was released. The goalkeeper was born in Switzerland, and is eligible to play for Norway, England or Iran, and is set to have a promising career ahead of him. The signing of the 19-year-old signals the end of Lewis Price's loan - the Welshman only joining three days ago. Both players sign on short term contracts, lasting one season.

Two great signings! I've never used Montano but he looks really good! As for Santangelo, I've used him before and he's a decent goalkeeper, hopefully he'll keep your goals conceded to a minimum.
Montano will fire you to glory, I can guarantee it :P

Red Devils and Oxford United Announce Partnership

Oxford United and Manchester United chairmen Edward Woodward and Ian Lenagan have announced that the two clubs have linked up in a partnership that will allow The Red Devils to send youngsters on loan to the League Two club to gain first team experience.

This has came into practice already, as Oxford United confirmed that they had signed Welsh midfielder Tom Lawrence on loan from their new 'parent' club. They also revealed that they were close to loaning Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane from the club, only to be rejected by the two Englishmen.

Lawrence, 19, has made two appearances for the Welsh U21 side, and is considered to have an exciting career lying ahead of him. The Wrexham-born attacking midfielder was subject to interest from League One side Walsall, but chose to move to Oxford to benefit the partnership. He is eagerly awaiting the chance to get first team experience, he tells us.

"I think these kind of partnerships are genius. It gives players like me, who aren't good enough to play in the first team for Manchester United, the chance to develop our skills, while gaining crucial match experience. It's good for Oxford too. It gives them the chance to boost their promotion chances, and I'm happy to be part of that."

In addition to the loans that will be made, Oxford will also be paid £80,000 by David Moyes' side, as well as a friendly between both of the first teams being played, with Oxford getting to keep all gate receipts.
A strong parent! Good luck, and I hope to get some good players from them.
The best parent club you can ever ask for! ;) Great deal getting Lawrence, that kid is amazing and will help you on your quest for promotion.

South American Duo Join United

Colombian winger Esteban Lopez, and Uruguayan winger Franco Parlacino have signed contracts with League Two club Oxford United.

Lopez, 18, who supports Spanish giants Real Madrid, had previously played for Barclays Premier League side Newcastle United, while Parlacino, who has been without a club since 2011, last played for amateur Italian side Modica.

Both sign on free transfers, with Lopez looking like a player for the future, while Parlacino should slip right into United's first team squad. Lopez looks set to have a promising future in football, but he was released by Newcastle United last season, and snapped up by Oxford after Ray Houghton had sent scouts to watch him during the England Trialists match - the same game that Oxford decided to snap up Lopez's fellow Colombian national, Cristian Montaño.

Parlacino, 29, plays primarily as a left winger, and his experience should be enough to get him into the first team. He is considered by the few that know of his abilities as a set-piece expert, and he has been practicing while he has been without a club. Houghton has told reporters that it looks as though there will be no more signings coming into the club during this transfer window.

Ewww, Man U :P.. Are the signings key-players or just rotation?

Pre-season 2013

Decent pre-season in all. Sexy graphics I must say ;)

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