Match preview: Oxford City (a)

The Spireites will look to continue their perfect start to the National League season when they travel to Oxford City this evening.

The meeting against the Hoops will be the first ever fixture between the two sides.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Opponents: Oxford City

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: RAW Charging Stadium


Please note that tickets for this fixture have gone off sale.

Any tickets not collected will be available for collection at the reception at Oxford City’s RAW Charging Stadium on matchday.

Live Radio Commentary

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Social Media

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The Opposition

Name: Oxford City Football Club

Nickname: The Hoops

Founded: 1882

Stadium: RAW Charging Stadium

Capacity: 3,100

Manager: Ross Jenkins


National League South Play-Off Winners | 2022-23

Southern Football League Play-Off Winners | 2011-12

Southern Football League Division One South & West Play-Off Winners | 2007-08

Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division Champions | 1992-93 & 2005-06

Isthmian Football League Division One Champions | 1995-96

FA Amateur Cup Winners | 1905-06

On Ross Jenkins

Ross Jenkins unfortunately had his playing career cut short due to persistent injuries. The former midfielder joined Oxford City as he moved into a coaching role. Upon David Oldfield’s departure to Weymouth, the 32-year-old was given the chance as caretaker manager before getting the role on a permanent basis in March 2022. In his first full season in charge, Jenkins guided the Hoops to promotion to the National League.

Before Oxford’s game against Rochdale last Saturday, Jenkins spoke about the games coming up.

He said: “We’ve got some big games coming up with Rochdale and Chesterfield visiting us and we’re really looking forward to and both at home which is a big bonus for us.

“We worked so hard last season, everyone associated with the football club, to get here.”

One to watch

Since signing for Oxford City last summer, Josh Parker has become one of the most important cogs in Ross Jenkins’ system. The 32-year-old bagged a number of goals in their play-off winning campaign and has also started this season with a couple of goals.

Last season in numbers:

Appearances – 37

Goals – 21

Assist – 0

Yellow Cards – 4

Red Cards – 1

Minutes Played – 3,141

Played for both

One player who played for both the Spireites and the Hoops really endeared himself to both fanbases with his scoring ability – and that is Kabongo Tshimanga. His time with City was relatively short as he only spent a year down in Oxfordshire. In his 54 competitive games, the striker scored an astonishing 37 goals before making the move to Boreham Wood.

After two years with the Wood, Tshimanga swapped Hertfordshire for Derbyshire as he signed for Chesterfield. He immediately became a fans’ favourite as he raced away to the top of the National League goalscoring charts. An horrific injury at Weymouth stopped his 2021/22 season at 25 goals in 31 appearances. Game time was a little more sporadic for the forward the season after as he bagged eight times in 22 games. Tshimanga would then move to League One side Peterborough United.

View from the dugout

Will Grigg said: “For us, we are everybody’s biggest game of the season at the moment. So, we are going to expect a really tough challenge again.

“It will probably be a different challenge to Dorking and Fylde. It’s another test. We have to watch their strengths and weaknesses, which we have done.”