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INTRODUCING: Oxford United

29 June 2016

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the teams new to Sky Bet League One this season.

Oxford United

Nickname: 
The U’s

Founded: 
1893

Ground: 
Kassam Stadium

Capacity: 
12,500

League position last season: 
2nd - Sky Bet League Two 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Kemar Roofe (22)

Manager: 
Michael Appleton - The 40-year-old led his side to promotion last season, finishing second in Sky Bet League Two behind Northampton Town.

The manager joined Oxford United in 2014 and guided his side to a 13th placed finish in his first season.

He reshaped his squad last summer and created a side which would push for promotion and he did that, gaining 86 points from 46 games to finish second.

Appleton’s playing career had ended earlier than anticipated through after a surgeon wrongly operated on his knee.

He started his playing career with Manchester United, before spells on loan with Wimbledon, Lincoln City and Grimsby Town.

He spent four years at Preston North End after they paid £500,000 for his services, whilst in 2001, he joined West Brom for £750,000.

Following his retirement from football in 2003, he went into coaching and worked his way up the ranks at the Baggies.

He was placed in temporary charge in 2011 before leaving the club to become the new manager of Portsmouth. 

After Portsmouth were relegated, he had spells with Blackpool and Blackburn before taking over at Oxford.

He will be hoping his side kick and continue the momentum into the upcoming 2016/17 campaign. 

Key player:
Kemar Roofe - The striker notched 22 goals last season which helped secure Oxford a second-placed finish in Sky Bet League Two.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at West Brom before making the move to the U’s in 2015. 

Roofe has attracted attention from higher league clubs but will be focused on helping his current side next season.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics and Oxford United have faced each other 28 times.

Oldham Athletic have beaten the U’s 12 times, whilst losing on seven occasions.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 12/1
Promotion: 4/1
Relegation: 8/1

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