U’s to take on neighbouring Hoops as popular friendly returns

The two sides didn’t meet last summer as the Hoops had their 3G pitch re-laid, but the clubs will go head-to-head at Court Place Farm on July 19, with kick-off at 7:30pm.

Tickets have been priced at £10 for adults, £7 for students and blue light workers, and £5 for under-16s.

Hoops season ticket holders will have the game included in their season ticket package.

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The fixture will be United’s first appearance in Oxford since their open-top bus parade, following promotion to the second tier of English football.

The U’s beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in the Sky Bet League One play-off final at Wembley, securing a place in the second tier for the first time in 25 years.

As for the Hoops, they finished bottom in their first season in the Vanarama National League, and are looking for a new boss after Ross Jenkins left for Boreham Wood. City will play in National League North next season.

United won 5-2 in an action-packed encounter when the teams last met, in July 2022.

Zac McEachran’s stunning early opener was wiped out by a Cameron Brannagan brace, and strikes from James Henry and Sam Long.

Latrell Humphrey-Ewers scored early in the second period, before Marcus Browne restored United’s three-goal cushion.

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