Fleetwood Town are set to face Oxford United this Saturday in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 16 September 2023
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Ave, Fleetwood, FY7 6SP
After picking up a win in the EFL Trophy last time out, Saturday will give the Cod Army the opportunity to pick up their first win of the season in the league. Town will have a new manager in the dugouts on Saturday, with Lee Johnson leading his side out against Liam Manning's Oxford United.
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Fleetwood Town have had a rocky start to the season and will be looking now to turn things around on the field of play. With that victory over Tranmere Rovers - which saw Jayden Stockley and Phoenix Patterson score their firsts of the season, it's now a stepping stone for the players with 40 games left of the campaign.
Carl Johnston, Stephen McMullan, Bosun Lawal have all return from international duty, and are all in contention to start on Saturday. Brendan Wiredu still remains on the sideline but it's nearly a fully-fit squad for the new gaffer to pick from come 2pm.
With a week on the training ground, the players have had time to get used to the new tactics and new philosophies instructed on the pitches at Poolfoot Farm, and with hype around the place, let's get Highbury buzzing once again come 3pm on Saturday.
The Sky Bet League One side have had a great start to the new season with four wins from their opening six matches. They have lost two, with the last defeat coming to Port Vale on home soil, with the Valiants coming out 2-1 winners thanks to Alfie Devine's 90th minute penalty. The hosts had two players sent off, with Mark Harris and Greg Leigh seeing red cards.
Looking at the U's four victories, they all came after an opening day defeat to Cambridge United. The first win came against Carlisle United, the second one against Barnsley with the last two being against Derby County and Charlton Athletic.
Liam Manning - Oxford's head coach - began his coaching career at West Ham in their Academy and has since gone on to manager Lommel SK, MK Dons and now Oxford. Manning favours a high possession, high press style of football and that has suited the Yellows this season. He joined his current side in March 2023 and was named Sky Bet League One manager of the month for August after seeing his side top of the table.
WHAT MANAGEMENT HAVE SAID ON THE GAME
Supporters can watch Assistant Manager Darren Way's full interview on iFollow, with Darren talking about his first week on the training ground and the mood ahead of the important clash at Highbury. Whilst on iFollow, why not check out our latest video with goalkeeper Stephen McMullan - who was on international duty last week with Northern Ireland's Under-21s.
IFOLLOW PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE GAME
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)
Those who choose the Audio Match Pass option will get access to just the commentary, which will be provided by our partners, BBC Radio Lancashire. Season passes are available with audio passes for only £45 for the season, for all UK-based members of the Cod Army!
If you want to buy a package for the rest of the season, you can find more details by heading over to our iFollow page.
JIM'S BAR INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW!
For those early birds, who want to make the most out of their day at Highbury, special deals are there for you as, between 12-1pm, all draughts will be £2.50 per pint apart from Madri, which will be just £1 more.
Alongside this, supporters with Onward Cards can get four-pint pitchers for a cut-price throughout the day, with four-and-five-bottle offers also available during the day (specific times listed on the graphic below.
10% off draught beer is also listed as another benefit between 1-2:45pm, at half-time, and the post-match happy hour (5-6pm) so make sure you are in there during these times!
Entertainment will be on offer by the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer Wayne Bibby between 2-2:45pm and you can get involved in the action as he will be providing fan engagement and team announcements during this time.
Please note, due to the club wanting the stands to stay full to cheer on Town as they face the Yellows on Saturday, the bar will close at kick-off and will not open again until 3:30pm so let’s get the Cods cheered on as they bid for three points!
Here are all the offers available in Jim’s Bar this weekend: