2014–15 Oxford United F.C. season

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Oxford United
2014–15 season
Chairman Ian Lenagan (until 4 July 2014)
Darryl Eales (from 4 July 2014)
Manager Gary Waddock (until 4 July 2014)
Michael Appleton (from 4 July 2014)
Football League Two 13th
FA Cup 2nd round (eliminated by Tranmere Rovers)
League Cup 2nd round (eliminated by West Bromwich Albion)
Football League Trophy 1st round (eliminated by Cheltenham Town)
Top goalscorer League: Hylton (14)
All: Hylton (16)
Highest home attendance 9,406 (v York City, 6 April 2015, League Two)
Lowest home attendance 4,111 (v Accrington Stanley, 16 September 2014, League Two)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 season was Oxford United's fifth season in League Two after returning from the Conference, and their first under new manager Michael Appleton. They finished 13th in the table, following an 8th-place finish in League Two in 2013–14. It was the club's 121st year in existence, their 115th of competitive football and their 66th since turning professional. This article covers the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

In July 2014, private equity broker Darryl Eales took over the club from previous owner Ian Lenagan and installed Mark Ashton as Chief Executive and former Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton as head coach. The new management team had little time to assemble a side, with Danny Hylton (signed by outgoing manager Gary Waddock to replace long-serving forward James Constable) the only new player among the first-team squad at the time of the takeover. The season opened badly: a series of four narrow defeats left United pointless and at the foot of the League Two table and fearing a second relegation to non-League football. Matters gradually improved, but the team never reached the top half of the table and calls were heard during the season for Appleton's dismissal. An unbeaten run of eight games (including five wins) at the end of the season eased relegation fears and led to a 13th-place finish, the club's highest position during the season. This late upturn, alongside the solid strike record of leading scorer Hylton and the performances of loanees Tyrone Barnett and Kemar Roofe (the latter to sign permanently after the season ended), gave cause for optimism for the following season, and dampened criticism of what was ultimately an underwhelming season.

United beat Grimsby Town of the National League in the first round of the FA Cup, but were eliminated by fellow League Two side Tranmere Rovers after a second-round replay. After an eye-catching first-round away victory over higher-division opposition in the shape of eventual League One champions Bristol City, the club were narrowly eliminated from the League Cup in the second round, losing 7–6 on penalties to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion after a hard-fought 1–1 draw at The Hawthorns. Oxford fell at the first hurdle in the Football League Trophy, losing to Cheltenham Town in the first round.

Team kit[edit]

Home colours
Away colours

Match fixtures and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

League Two[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
11 Morecambe 46 17 12 17 53 52 +1 63
12 Northampton Town 46 18 7 21 67 62 +5 61
13 Oxford United 46 15 16 15 50 49 +1 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 17 8 21 58 59 −1 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 54 60 −6 58
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results[edit]

The fixtures for the 2014–15 season were announced on 18 June 2014 at 9am.[1]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 15 16 15 49 48  +1 61 7 9 7 26 23  +3 8 7 8 23 25  −2

Last updated: 2 May 2015.
Source: BBC Sport

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H H A A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H A
Result L L L L D D D W D L W L W W L L W D D W D L W L D L D W D L L W D D W D L L W W D D D W W W
Position 21 20 21 24 23 23 22 22 22 23 20 23 20 19 19 19 18 19 19 17 17 17 16 16 15 17 16 15 15 17 19 17 17 19 18 17 19 19 16 15 16 16 16 15 14 13

Last updated: 2 May 2015.
Source: see below
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

The draw for the first round of the FA Cup was made on 27 October 2014.[2]

League Cup[edit]

The draw for the first round was made on 17 June 2014 at 10am. Oxford United were drawn away to Bristol City.[3]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 2 May 2015
No. Pos Nat Player Total League Two FA Cup League Cup JP Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Ryan Clarke 34 0 31 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Wales Jonathan Meades 10 0 5+2 0 0+1 0 1 0 1 0
3 DF England Tom Newey 15 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
3 DF England Joe Skarz 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF England Michael Raynes 5 0 3+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 DF England Richard Brindley 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF England Johnny Mullins 49 2 42+2 2 3 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF England Jake Wright 48 0 42 0 3 0 2 0 1 0
7 MF England Danny Rose 34 3 25+4 2 3 1 1 0 0+1 0
8 MF England Junior Brown 15 0 6+5 0 0+1 0 2 0 1 0
9 FW England Carlton Morris 9 1 5+2 0 0 0 1 1 0+1 0
10 FW England Danny Hylton 49 16 41+3 14 2 0 1+1 2 1 0
11 MF England Alfie Potter 18 3 9+4 2 2+1 1 1 0 1 0
11 MF Scotland Alex MacDonald 14 3 13+1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 DF England George Baldock 12 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 DF England David Hunt 5 0 2+1 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0
14 MF England Josh Ruffels 38 0 30+4 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
15 FW England Callum O'Dowda 42 4 21+18 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF England Andrew Whing 23 0 18+3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
17 DF England Matt Bevans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 GK England George Long 11 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 GK England Jamie Ashdown 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Republic of Ireland Michael Collins 43 2 38+1 2 2 0 1+1 0 0 0
20 FW England Giorgio Rasulo 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 GK New Zealand Max Crocombe 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
22 MF England Sam Long 10 1 8+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 FW England Josh Shama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF England Josh Ashby 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF England Joe Riley 28 0 22 0 3 0 2 0 1 0
25 FW Ivory Coast Armand Gnanduillet 4 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 FW Wales Wes Burns 8 1 6+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW England Tyrone Barnett 14 6 11+1 4 1+1 2 0 0 0 0
27 FW England Kyle Vassell 6 1 2+4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 FW England Alex Jakubiak 10 1 2+7 1 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
29 MF England Brian Howard 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF England Kemar Roofe 16 6 12+4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF England Sam Humphreys 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England James Roberts 25 5 5+19 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
32 MF England Aidan Hawtin 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF England Chey Dunkley 9 0 7+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF England Tareiq Holmes-Dennis 17 0 14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW England John Campbell 3 1 1+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW Republic of Ireland Patrick Hoban 20 1 15+5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 FW England Will Hoskins 6 0 2+2 0 0 0 0+1 0 1 0

Top scorers[edit]

As of 2 May 2015
Place Position Nation Number Name League Two FA Cup League Cup JP Trophy Total
1 FW England 10 Danny Hylton 14 0 2 0 16
2 FW England 27 Tyrone Barnett 4 2 0 0 6
MF England 29 Kemar Roofe 6 0 0 0 6
4 FW England 31 James Roberts 3 2 0 0 5
5 FW England 15 Callum O'Dowda 4 0 0 0 4
6 MF England 11 Alfie Potter 2 1 0 0 3
MF Scotland 11 Alex MacDonald 3 0 0 0 3
MF England 7 Danny Rose 2 1 0 0 3
9 MF Republic of Ireland 19 Michael Collins 2 0 0 0 2
DF England 5 Johnny Mullins 2 0 0 0 2
11 DF England 12 George Baldock 1 0 0 0 1
FW Wales 26 Wes Burns 1 0 0 0 1
FW England 36 John Campbell 1 0 0 0 1
FW Republic of Ireland 9 Patrick Hoban 1 0 0 0 1
FW England 28 Alex Jakubiak 1 0 0 0 1
FW England 22 Sam Long 1 0 0 0 1
FW England 9 Carlton Morris 0 0 1 0 1
FW England 27 Kyle Vassell 1 0 0 0 1
Own Goals 1 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 50 6 3 0 59

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 2 May 2015
Number Nation Position Name League Two FA Cup League Cup JP Trophy Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
1 England GK Ryan Clarke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 Wales DF Jonathan Meades 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
3 England DF Joe Skarz 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
5 England DF Johnny Mullins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
6 England DF Jake Wright 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
7 England MF Danny Rose 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
8 England MF Junior Brown 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
9 England FW Carlton Morris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 England FW Danny Hylton 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
11 Scotland MF Alex MacDonald 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12 England DF George Baldock 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
14 England MF Josh Ruffels 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 England DF Andrew Whing 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
18 England GK George Long 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Collins 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
21 New Zealand GK Max Crocombe 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
22 England MF Sam Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
25 England DF Joe Riley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
25 Ivory Coast FW Armand Gnanduillet 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 England FW Tyrone Barnett 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
29 England MF Brian Howard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 England MF Kemar Roofe 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
39 Republic of Ireland FW Patrick Hoban 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
44 England FW Will Hoskins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
TOTALS 57 1 3 0 3 1 1 1 63 3

Transfers[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name From Fee Ref.
6 June 2014 FW England Danny Hylton England Rotherham United Free [4]
15 July 2014 MF Republic of Ireland Michael Collins England Scunthorpe United Free [5]
31 July 2014 MF England Junior Brown England Fleetwood Town Free [6]
25 August 2014 FW England Will Hoskins England Brighton & Hove Albion Free [7]
15 September 2014 MF England Brian Howard England Birmingham City Free [8]
21 November 2014[a] FW Republic of Ireland Patrick Hoban Republic of Ireland Dundalk Undisclosed [9]
27 November 2014 FW England John Campbell England Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association Undisclosed [10]
24 January 2015 DF England Joe Skarz England Rotherham United Free [11]
2 February 2015 MF Scotland Alex MacDonald England Burton Albion Undisclosed [12]
3 February 2015 GK England Jamie Ashdown England Crawley Town Free [13]
9 February 2015 FW France Jeremy Balmy England Notts County Free [14]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name To Fee Ref.
8 May 2014 MF England Scott Davies England Dunstable Town Free [15]
8 May 2014 MF England Sean Rigg England AFC Wimbledon Free [15]
20 May 2014 FW England Deane Smalley England Plymouth Argyle Free [16]
21 May 2014 FW England James Constable England Eastleigh Free [17]
24 December 2014 FW England Tyrone Marsh England Ebbsfleet United Free [18]
7 January 2015 MF England Junior Brown England Mansfield Town Free [19]
9 January 2015 DF England Michael Raynes England Mansfield Town Free [20]
16 January 2015 MF England Alfie Potter England AFC Wimbledon Free [21]
27 January 2015 DF England Tom Newey England Northampton Town Free [22]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
25 July 2014 GK England George Long England Sheffield United January 2015 [23]
28 July 2014 DF England Joe Riley England Bolton Wanderers 1 January 2015 [24]
4 August 2014 FW England Carlton Morris England Norwich City 23 October 2014 [25][26]
13 August 2014 FW England Alex Jakubiak England Watford 4 November 2014 [27][28]
10 September 2014 FW England Tyrone Barnett England Peterborough United 12 December 2014 [29]
16 October 2014 DF England Tareiq Holmes-Dennis England Charlton Athletic 2 February 2015 [30][31][32][33]
20 November 2014 DF England Chey Dunkley England Kidderminster Harriers 1 January 2015 [34][35]
27 November 2014 FW Wales Wes Burns England Bristol City 2 February 2015 [36][33]
29 January 2015 DF England Richard Brindley England Rotherham United 29 February 2015 [37]
12 February 2015 DF England George Baldock England Milton Keynes Dons 30 June 2015 [38]
13 February 2015 MF England Kemar Roofe England West Bromwich Albion 30 June 2015 [39][40]
19 February 2015 FW England Giorgio Rasulo England Milton Keynes Dons 26 March 2015 [41][42]
2 March 2015 FW Ivory Coast Armand Gnanduillet England Chesterfield 26 March 2015 [43][44]
26 March 2015 FW England Kyle Vassell England Peterborough United 30 June 2015 [45]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
5 August 2014 FW England Tyrone Marsh England Welling United 24 December 2014 [46]
29 August 2014 FW England Josh Shama England Banbury United 26 September 2014 [47]
29 August 2014 DF England Matt Bevans England Farnborough 26 September 2014 [47]
29 August 2014 MF England Aidan Hawtin England Banbury United 26 September 2014 [47]
30 October 2014 DF England Tom Newey England Northampton Town 2 January 2015 [48]
31 October 2014 DF England David Hunt England Barnet end-January 2015 [49]
20 November 2014 MF England Sam Long England Kidderminster Harriers 1 January 2015 [35]
27 November 2014 MF England Junior Brown England Mansfield Town 3 January 2015 [50]
17 February 2015 FW England John Campbell England Torquay United 30 June 2015 [51]
20 February 2015 GK New Zealand Max Crocombe England Nuneaton Town 30 June 2015 [52]
13 March 2015 FW England Josh Shama England Farnborough Town 30 June 2015 [53]
13 March 2015 FW France Jeremy Balmy England Oxford City 30 June 2015 [54]


  1. ^ Hoban agreed to join Oxford United on 21 November 2014, and officially joined the club on 1 January 2015.

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