Oxford United FC currently play in League One, and they’re the nearest professional football club to Cumnor Hill House. Founded in 1893, the team was originally known as Headington United and changed its name in 1960. In more modern history, Oxford were playing Fleetwood at home on Saturday, so we decided to go along and show our support.

One of our new residents had always wanted to see Oxford United play, having been an avid football fan for many years, and after chatting about it in our home, we soon realised that a few other residents also fancied visiting the stadium and seeing a match. Here at Cumnor Hill House, we always try to go the extra mile, so we arranged for a small group of residents to see the first home game of the season against Fleetwood. We travelled in style in the Cumnor Hill House minibus and were greeted by staff at the Kassam Stadium when we arrived, which was a lovely touch.

Showing our allegiance by wearing Oxford United scarves, with programmes in hand and oozing enthusiasm for Oxford to win, residents and staff sat in prime seats watching the game. We waved our flags and cheered from the stands as Oxford’s players ran onto the pitch and stayed warm and hydrated with hot refreshments, watching on intently.

After 34 minutes, Ched Evans scored for Fleetwood, leaving home supporters a little disheartened, but we kept the faith until the visitors scored a second goal, this time by Paddy Madden in the 89th minute – significantly, this was Joey Barton’s first victory as Fleetwood’s Manager.

Residents loved watching the game, and so did the staff! We all really enjoyed the game despite losing 2-0. Maybe Oxford will fare a little better in the return fixture in January…