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Leigh and Edwards Win Second League One Promotion
Saturday, 18th May 2024 20:07

Former Town pair Greg Leigh and Kyle Edwards won promotion from League One for the second season running after their current club Oxford United defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in the play-off final at Wembley this afternoon.

Having helped the Blues to second in the table last season, Leigh, who joined the U’s in August, came on as an 87th-minute sub during today's game in which Josh Murphy netted twice in the first half.

Edwards, who signed on a permanent basis in January having been on loan in the first half of the campaign, wasn’t in today’s squad having previously been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

Left-back Leigh made 24 League One starts and seven sub appearances this season, scoring six times. Prior to his move to the U’s, he had made a sub appearance in the Blues’ opening Championship victory over Sunderland and a start in the Carabao Cup win against Bristol Rovers.

Winger Edwards made three starts and came off the bench twice in an injury-hit season at the Kassam Stadium, finding the net once.

Oxford, who are back in the second tier for the first time in 25 years, were managed by former Blues reserves midfielder and academy coach Liam Manning until November when he moved on to Bristol City and Des Buckingham took over.

Photo: Gepa Pictures

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Edmundo added 23:27 - May 18
Superb. Oxford to follow us up next season??

bobble added 10:28 - May 19
go oxford....back in the 1st in a while like us

kpblues added 11:56 - May 19
Greg never let us down when he came on.

When I first saw Edwards I thought he was electric but it was disappointing that he never quite reached the dizzy heights that Omari did.

Good luck to these two.

ArnieM added 08:16 - May 20
Congratulations Oxford. That’ll mean a lot to those fans and club …. I think they’re trying to get a new stand built but costs are an issue?

Steelmonkey added 11:29 - May 20
Always thought Greg Leigh looked a good acquisition for us. Really unfortunate for him that we then signed Lief and totally saw the fact he wanted more playing time, hope he’s happy there.

MickMillsTash added 11:31 - May 20
Oxford are trying to get a new 16K capacity stadium built in another location
Would not be surprised to see a Gillingham style away end go up at Oxford, made of scaffolding.

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