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Fan's View Fan's View 23/24 - No.53: Play-off Final

Please don't stop Paul. I can't get to away matches and only make 50% of home games (my ST is half charitable gift!). Reading FV brings it all to life and makes me feel that I was there.
 
Great read as always Paul.
Thank you for all of your FVs and I hope that these continuing in the Championship!
I look forward to hearing your view of the games, the pubs and ales.
Presumably the numbers will be many times bigger if Colin continues his financial analysis of Championship clubs.
 
Thank you for another season of these! Enjoy your well-earned summer break!
 
Enjoy your summer well, and thank you so much for writing this for us every week, I really enjoy the read. Thanks again.
 
Having done the financials last season, it was a lot more work than I thought it would be, and getting it all done in time (particularly when we had three home games in a week!) was quite a pressure.

When I think I only did it for half of the games, whereas Paul does it for all of them, and he also has to remember what has happened during the games, whereas mine was all external research, it puts it very much into perspective. So hats off to Paul for doing it over all of the several previous seasons, it really is quite a discipline to turn out something as high quality as he does every week.

I'm not sure if I'll do the financials next season, I'll think about it over the close season, and I'd understand if Paul decided to call it a day, but hope he continues, as I also look forward to the FV every week.
 
Let me echo what everyone else has written--I'm enormously grateful to you, Paul, for all of the hard work that you put in. Yes, OK, it might well be a labour of love, but that still is labour. I copy your report and send it to various friends here in the U.S., friends who, partly thanks to you, have become firm fans of the Mighty Yellows.

So it would be a sad day indeed if you decided to stop. Understandable, but nonetheless sad for so very many of your fervent followers.
 
Having done the financials last season, it was a lot more work than I thought it would be, and getting it all done in time (particularly when we had three home games in a week!) was quite a pressure.

When I think I only did it for half of the games, whereas Paul does it for all of them, and he also has to remember what has happened during the games, whereas mine was all external research, it puts it very much into perspective. So hats off to Paul for doing it over all of the several previous seasons, it really is quite a discipline to turn out something as high quality as he does every week.

I'm not sure if I'll do the financials next season, I'll think about it over the close season, and I'd understand if Paul decided to call it a day, but hope he continues, as I also look forward to the FV every week.
I also really appreciate all of the hard work that you've put in, Colin; it really adds so much to our knowledge (very partial knowledge, in some cases) of other teams and how they're run. Also a lot of work for you, of course, but I hope that you continue, at least on an occasional basis. Your analyses are always well worth reading. Many thanks!!
 
Many thanks Paul (and Colin) for the FV's over the season, it is one of the joys of the season I look forward to is the FV, especially the real ale bits. Hopefully that will spur you on to do them again next season.
 
I'll echo the above - thanks to both Paul and Colin for the match reports. Always interesting and informative. Sometimes I even agree with them ;)
 
I can only say what others have already said, which is a big thankyou to Paul for your continued efforts in providing an entertaining and considered account of not just the matches, but all elements of a day at the football and the experiences of being an Oxford fan. And from a financial perspective, Colin you’ve definitely stepped up to the mark, thanks, and let’s hope you both find the energy and enthusiasm to continue!

Norwich will be the first fixture I’ll be looking out for on 26th June, it certainly is a fine city for real ale. I was converted whilst there at Uni and living less than 5 mins walk from the CAMRA National pub of the year, which used to and I believe still has 26 real ales on handpump at all times! A case of a misspent youth/student loan perhaps!
 
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I can only say what others have already said, which is a big thankyou to Paul for your continued efforts in providing an entertaining and considered account of not just the matches, but all elements of a day at the football andthe experiences of being an Oxford fan. And from a financial perspective, Colin you’ve definitely stepped up to the mark, thanks, and let’s hope you both find the energy and enthusiasm to continue!

Norwich will be the first fixture I’ll be looking out for on 26th June, it certainly is a fine city for real ale. I was converted whilst there at Uni and living less than 5 mins walk from the CAMRA National pub of the year, which used to I believe still has 26 real ales on handpump at all times! A case of a misspent youth/student loan perhaps!
There are over 30 pubs in Norwich in the 2024 Good Beer Guide. Just saying.
 
I'm not sure if I'll do the financials next season, I'll think about it over the close season, and I'd understand if Paul decided to call it a day, but hope he continues, as I also look forward to the FV every week.

Maybe you should pick a few of the biggest basket case clubs - a financials report on Plymouth or Millwall probably wouldn't be that interesting but Blackburn or QPR.....might be fun to research (and then for us to read) how deep the rabbit hole goes!

(and in general, just echo what everything else has said - a big thank you from an exile to both Colin and Paul for their efforts in bringing FV to life! Away days in particular!)
 
Top work old boy. Leading the SSUOGU - south stand upper old gits ultras - ever onwards as well.

Time for a Yellows Pensioners Podcast next season!
 
Top work old boy. Leading the SSUOGU - south stand upper old gits ultras - ever onwards as well.

Time for a Yellows Pensioners Podcast next season!
PRB, as a fellow member of the SSUOGU (elite back row member) may I add my humble appreciation of thin blokes contributions? I always look forward to his reports as I am usually able to compare his written comments, to his ‘immediate’ reactions to the home games given whilst standing in the Queue for a space at the 3rd world urinals

Long May he continue, both versions are worth it

(I could have simply said ‘Thanks Paul’ but …..)
 
Finally caught up on this report, great stuff as usual. @Paul B, thanks for your efforts throughout the season, the articles are greatly appreciated.

The issues of getting between Wembley and Bicester remind me that Mrs M and myself made the correct call on the day. We took an early (9:30ish) train from Bicester Village and went straight past Marylebone. Pre-match drinks on the Tattershall Castle in Embankment, meal just over the river, before heading back to Wembley Park Tube for the walk up Wembley Way. Much better choice for food and drink, but at the cost of losing the atmosphere of the massed yellow hordes. After the game, tube back to Baker Street for some more drinks, before train home from Marylebone. A seat for the journey from there, but when we got back to Wembley the train filled up with Yellows and was standing room only.

When we are there again, I'd definitely recommend doing it that way.
 
Finally caught up on this report, great stuff as usual. @Paul B, thanks for your efforts throughout the season, the articles are greatly appreciated.

The issues of getting between Wembley and Bicester remind me that Mrs M and myself made the correct call on the day. We took an early (9:30ish) train from Bicester Village and went straight past Marylebone. Pre-match drinks on the Tattershall Castle in Embankment, meal just over the river, before heading back to Wembley Park Tube for the walk up Wembley Way. Much better choice for food and drink, but at the cost of losing the atmosphere of the massed yellow hordes. After the game, tube back to Baker Street for some more drinks, before train home from Marylebone. A seat for the journey from there, but when we got back to Wembley the train filled up with Yellows and was standing room only.

When we are there again, I'd definitely recommend doing it that way.
I'm not from Oxford but before any Wembley game Baker Street is always my go-to.
 
I'm not from Oxford but before any Wembley game Baker Street is always my go-to.

Was full of Bolton fans early doors, not so afterwards strangely enough, still a few in there for a chat post match though. A lot of them know their football as does @Paul B to whom I doff my cap for the articles.

There`s a book in there somewhere....................
 
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