Oxford United’s traveling support left the manager and the team they support shocked by turning up in force for their first pre-season game of the tournament.
The English side saw off a plucky Portmarnock outfit thanks to a 22 minute Cameron Brannigan goal at Tolka Park on Monday night.
Whilst the LSL side brought a sizable support and a host of neutrals took in the game it was the Oxford fans and the numbers in which they traveled that stood out.
More than 500 supporters made the trek across the Irish Sea to watch their side in the first of their pre-season friendlies.
Manager Karl Robinson is a fan of bringing his sides to Ireland and has held pre season camps in Dublin with MK Dons and Charlton Athletic, but claims he never seen anything like the support given on Monday.
“I’m shocked and humbled by the amount of people who came across, I’ve never seen that before and I’ve been on an awful lot of pre-season tours.
“We’re very fortunate to be associated with Oxford United and we don’t take that lightly.”
U’s owner Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth flew in from Thailand for the game and departs again today, but the turnout made an impact.
He said: “I’ve never seen that kind of passionate fans before – wow.
“After seeing that we have to work even harder.”
Brannagan added: “It’s great, you see the fans singing and they deserve everything they get.
“It’s not easy to come away and it’s very good to see them come out.”
— Oxford Mail OUFC (@OxfordMailOUFC) July 10, 2018