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Flat tyre sees fan miss first match in 23 years

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A die-hard Oxford United fan missed his first match for 23 years after a flat tyre ruined a trip to watch his side face Burton Albion.

Andy James had travelled all over the country to watch Oxford and had not missed a match, home or away, since February 1989 — five months before the Berlin Wall was demolished.

The 59-year-old set out for last weekend's game with Burton with friends but disaster struck just 20 miles from the ground when the BMW he was travelling in got two punctures on the motorway.

"I am gutted. I did not expect to miss one so close to home," Andy from Cowley told the Oxford Mail.

"We hoped to get there just after kick-off — but we were taken to a garage about 3.30pm and it was 5pm by the time we got away from there.

"There was nothing we could do. We were all disappointed."

At least Andy picked a good match to miss as Oxford went on to lose  4-0.

Andy has been an Oxford fan since he was five and says he plans to start a new run straight away.

"I am really pleased with my run. I knew it was going to end sometime, and I expected it to be a breakdown — it would not have been intentional!

"I am Oxford born and bred and Oxford United will always be my team."

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