Yellow Army get behind United legend to help him raise money selling medals (From thisisoxfordshire)
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Yellow Army get behind United legend to help him raise money selling medals
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WHEN Oxford United legend David Langan walks on to the pitch on Saturday, he admits that it may be hard to hold back the tears.
The one-time full-back had faced having to sell off his Milk Cup and Division 2 winners medals to make ends meet.
But now supporters have raised £5,146 to buy the 56-year-old’s medals for posterity and help him out of financial trouble.
Mr Langan, who has already had to sell his house in Peterborough and the 26 caps he earned playing for the Republic of Ireland, will use the money from the medals’ sale to buy a mobile home.
But his glorious Oxford United winners medals will go on display at the Kassam Stadium.
The handover will be a highlight in a day of activities that will see fans get the chance to meet U’s legends past and present at a fundraising party after the game.
On Monday, members of fan group Yellow Army manned phones at the Kassam Stadium to call fellow supporters to sell them tickets.
Mr Langan, who will be presented with the cheque before Saturday’s Chesterfield game, said: “It will be very emotional.
“The fans have got me out of big trouble. I do not know why they have done it, but they have just always supported me.
“Sometimes a thank you is not enough. I really appreciate it so much and I am looking forward to seeing them all again.”
The full-back, who played for the club in the 1980s, added: “It will be emotional giving away the medals but the club have told me I can see them whenever I want, so they are always there.”
Greig Box Turnbull, of the Yellow Army, said he expected it to be an emotional moment when the cheque is handed to Mr Langan.
He said: “Some of his old team-mates will be there with him and I expect there will be a few tears.
“David is held in such affection by Oxford fans and the way everyone clubbed together to raise money for a former player in his hour of need shows just what a special club and community we’re all part of.
“It’s what the Yellow Army is all about – the spirit of Oxford United, pulling together and being united.”
Mr Langan will be joined on the pitch by former team mates Alan Judge and Peter Rhoades-Brown, along with current club captain Jake Wright.
More than 200 people are expected to attend the Yellow Army Day and 150 tickets have already been sold.
The event will take place straight after the match at the club’s training ground off Roman Way, Cowley.
Twelve current players and 12 legends will attend the event to meet fans.
Those confirmed include Alan Judge, Mickey Lewis, Anton Rogan, Andy Melville, Joey Beauchamp, Chris Allen, Jamie Brooks, Paul Wanless, Peter Rhoades-Brown and Jeremy Charles.
The event will also feature a disco, casino, bouncy castle, barbecue and charity auction.
All the money raised, including profits from the bar, will go towards handing U’s manager Chris Wilder a £20,000 boost for the January transfer window to strengthen the squad.
Mr Turnbull said: “Saturday is gearing up to be a big day for Oxford United and the Yellow Army and there’s a real buzz around the city about it.
“Ticket sales are going well and it’s all coming together for a great day.
“Let’s hope we get three points as well.”
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