Remember, remember, the 1st of November.

(Above: a crowd of 1990 watched the Rushden/Oxford clash earlier in the season)

In what has taken on something of a derby atmosphere in recent years, Rushden take on Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday. Thanks largely to the presense of controvertial ex-Diamonds at the club in recent seasons (namely Billy Turley, and Brian Talbot) RDFC/OUFC games have had extra buzz about them of late. Tuesday’s clash will be the 13th meeting between the sides; will it be a lucky day for the whites?

Rushden have enjoyed their meetings with United of late, winning the last four, and having not lost since 2003, 8 games ago. The last tie between the two sides famously ended in a 5-0 Rushden win at Nene Park; two seasons prior, Rushden won the same fixture by three goals.
The games have generally been high-scoring affairs, with 34 goals being scored in 12 games.
(Above: Turley, and the Oxford fans, did not enjoy their visit to NP in November)
Like Rushden, Oxford have underachieved this term. Despite being tipped to be challenging for the title, United currently sit in 10th place, 14 places off of the play-offs. Much like the Diamonds form of late, Oxford have enjoyed a mini-revival, winning three on the bounce. They did, however, lose to Northwich at the Kassam in mid-March, and just beat Stafford soon before.
Oxford currently boast the highest average attendance in the league: 4733; a stat higher than some League One sides, and not far off Championship side Colchester.
Despite this, Kassam does not seem to be the fortress that it could be; Oxford have won just 9 games at home all season (from a possible 22).



One Response to Remember, remember, the 1st of November.

  1. RushdenTom says:

    Can anyone tell me why the kassam has 3 decent stands and a CAR PARK?

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