This has been quite the week for Oxford United with the club recording two massive wins, on and off the pitch.
On Tuesday, the club was approved a leasehold on a site for a proposed new stadium while on Saturday, the U’s picked up another win to move up to second in League One.
Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Double Win With Stadium News and On-Pitch Result
Oxfordshire County Council Approve Lease on Grounds for a New Stadium
Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to lease a piece of land just north of the city to Oxford United.
The U’s are looking to build a new stadium and conference facilities at ‘the Triangle’ with the lease at the current site on Grenoble Road due to expire in 2026.
At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted to approve the lease to the club.
While the move is vitally important, it’s just another hurdle the club must overcome as they now require planning permission from Cherwell District Council.
Councillor Susan Brown, leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Oxford City Council are strong supporters of Oxford United and their fans and have been over many decades, including providing land for their training facilities at Oxford Sports Park.
“We want what’s in the best interests of Oxford United and the fans, and so we’re delighted that Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to provide the club land to build a new stadium.
“If planning permission is granted, the stadium will not only provide the U’s with a new home, it will become a hub for sport, entertainment and tourism that will support jobs and Oxfordshire’s economy.
“With new training facilities and a new stadium secured, we hope Oxford United has the platform to thrive, grow and get back to the successes I remember growing up in Oxford in the 1980s.”
U’s Move Up to Second With Win Over Exeter
Oxford recorded a second successive 3-0 win in the league as they found a way past Exeter City at Grenoble Road.
Ruben Rodrigues netted his first U’s goal since his summer arrival before Cameron Brannagan netted two late goals with both coming from the penalty spot.
Oxford ended the match with under 40 per cent possession but it showed another dimension of play, grinding out a result, being physical and defending in style.
The result moves Liam Manning’s side up to second in League One, one point behind Portsmouth but with a game in hand.