We take a look at some new stadiums and places we haven’t visited for a while ahead of the 2017-18 Sky Bet League One fixture release on Wednesday 21 June.
- Wigan Athletic Away Days: Oxford United.
- Latics to head to the Kassam Stadium for the first time in the 2017-18 season.
- Previous fixtures in Oxford played at the Manor Ground.
Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium is one of the two new stadiums for Latics next season, as Paul Cook’s Latics look to win a third consecutive promotion from League One after previous successes in 2002-03 and 2015-16.
The Stadium is on the outskirts of Oxford and interestingly only has three stands, with the West end of the stadium not open to supporters.
Named after the club’s former Chairman Firoz Kassam, the Stadium has open corners and outside the stadium at the open West End, there is a bronze statue of an Ox.
The bronze Ox outside the Kassam Stadium.
The attendance record at the Kassam Stadium is 12,243. This was for Oxford's final match of the 2005–06 League Two season, a 3–2 defeat by Leyton Orient that sealed their relegation from the Football League.
Leyton Orient won promotion whilst relegating Oxford from the Football League in 2006 in front of the Kassam Stadium's biggest crowd to date.
Latics supporters will be housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground.
OUR RECORD AT THE MANOR GROUND
Latics won on their last two visits to the Manor Ground, having failed to score in their first two.
The first meeting between the two sides in Oxford came in the 1982-83 season as new manager Jim Smith continued his good start to life as the club’s new manager with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from George Lawrence and Andy Thomas. That win coming after previous boss Ian Greaves had led the Us to a 1-0 win at Springfield Park the previous December thanks to a goal from Peter Foley.
Smith led Oxford to promotion in his first full season in charge, starting a run of consecutive title wins that would lift the Us to the First Division. Latics played out a 0-0 draw at the end of the 1983-84 campaign at the Manor Ground, with Smith’s side on their way to the third tier title.
It wasn’t until the turn of the Millennium that the sides met again with Latics winning 2-1 at the Manor Ground midway through the 1999-00 season as Simon Haworth’s late double secured the win for John Benson’s side after Jamie Cook had put Oxford ahead. The Us were under the caretaker charge of Mickey Lewis for the game following the resignation of Malcolm Shotton.
Simon Haworth celebrates the first of his two goals at the Manor Ground in January 2000.
A season later, Latics now under the stewardship of Bruce Rioch, won 2-0 at Oxford thanks to goals from Scott Green and Andy Liddell before winning the reverse fixture 3-2 to take Latics to four consecutive wins against the Us.
Scott Green sends Latics on their way to a 2-0 win at Oxford United in October 2000.