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Cans & Megabus Away Guide: Everything Sunderland fans need to know about their trip to Oxford

Sunderland are off to Oxford for a big game tomorrow - here’s everything that the fans travelling down need to know, including the best places to grab a pint, how to get there, what the ground is like and loads more.

Sunderland v Oxford United - Sky Bet League One Photo by Iam Burn/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who Are These Jobbers?

It seems like only yesterday we were heading down to the unfinished Kassam Stadium to watch Phil Parkinson’s glorious boys be bodied out of the League Cup. Yet, here we are again, on Valentine’s weekend of all things, ready to watch Karl Robinson’s waistcoat flounce around the touchline like a lo-rent James Corden.

Oxford were at one point threatening to force a promotion challenge but have since been on the end of numerous bodyings themselves and are now tenth. So, sucks to be them.

Sunderland v Oxford United - Sky Bet League One Photo by Iam Burn/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

What’s The Ground Like?

If you enjoy the chill of the February wind caressing your face, or want an unobstructed view of a bowling alley, then roll up to the Kassam Stadium. All your favourite stars are here! Three stands, bobbly pitch, and balls being hoofed into a car park? You bet!

Oh, and the clincher?

It’s a hearty four miles away from the town it’s meant to represent! Hooray!

Oxford United v Newcastle United - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Replay - Kassam Stadium Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images

How Do I Get There?

For those legends among you that have decided to drive down, then hit the A1(M) and M1 down to junction 15A, just outside of Northampton. Take the A43 until junction 9 and join the A34 heading towards Oxford. Pass the fancy university town before taking the A4074 and subsequent Grenoble Road, following the signposts for the Kassam Stadium.

There’s parking available at the ground, or take your pick from the industrial estates surrounding the ground. If you get lost plop OX4 4XP into your sat nav.

Oxford railway station is just the four miles away from the ground, so you can either take the 3A or number 1 bus, or jump in a taxi.


Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?

Hey, do you like to get your rocks off in the civilised surroundings of a Holiday Inn Express or a cinema and bowling alley complex known as Ozone? Well, you are in for the greatest treat alive because these are beverage options available to you within the near vicinity of the Kassam Stadium.

Fear not, however, as take a wander into the nearby village of Littlemore and you’ll find the humble surroundings of the George Inn on Sandford Road. Alternatively, you could try The Golden Ball on College Lane, and that’s your lot!

I mean, you could actually venture into Oxford where you’ll find a myriad of exquisite alehouses in some of the most opulent surroundings in these fine isles, but, come on, would you really want to do that?


What’s To Do Around Here?

Why spend your afternoon fretting over how you’re going to get to the Kassam Stadium in time for kick-off when there’s someone who can take care of all that for you. And, if that wasn’t enough, you could meet Kevin Phillips in the process. Wait, what? What is this magnificent event?!

Well, our fellow comrades at Wise Men Say are hosting a very special podcast at Phantom Brewery in Reading before the Oxford game. Sky Sports’ Tom White will be hosting alongside Super Kev, and all your WMS favourites. Phantom Brewery are teaming up with Vaux for a special beer, available on the day.

And, AND, you get return transport to the game with your ticket. It all kicks off at 11am and tickets are priced at £15 (plus fees). There are only a handful left, so get yours here.

Kevin Phillips of Sunderland Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images