Varsity football squad profiles

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It is just over a year ago now that Oxford succumbed to an agonizing 3-2 loss at the hands of Cambridge at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park. Following months of hard training and a promising end to the season which saw the Dark Blues eventually steer well clear of relegation, the side are ready to go again at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The Oxford Student runs you through the men who have been chosen to stop the rot of successive Varsity defeats. * denotes returning Blue

You can follow live text of the game from the Oxford Student from 14.30 onwards on Sunday.

adriaenssensElias Adriaenssens

15 Appearances & 1 Assist – 2013/2014

College: Wolfson
MSc Pharmacology
Defensive Midfielder
Team Supported:
Anderlecht (Belgium)
Style of play in 5 words:
Left foot, 50-50s, headers, much talking
Career highlight to date:
Winning the league in the Belgian 3rd (2008-2009) and 5th Division (2012-2013)
Views on Varsity:
I expect it to be a close game with few chances for either side. One goal might be enough in this game and we should therefore make sure that our organization is perfect for the full 90 minutes. We are peaking at the right moment, we are ready and hopefully the Oxford fans are as well because we will need their support to win the Varsity trophy


Beck-FriisPeder Beck-Friis *

19 Appearances, 4 Goals & 2 Assists – 2013/2014

College: Christ Church
Course: M.Phil. Economics
Position: Striker
Team Supported: Djurgarden (Sweden)
Style of play in 5 words: Physical target man. Good awareness.
Career highlight to date: BUCS Final, Bramall Lane 2011 (with Edinburgh University)


Jamie Farmer

9 Appearances – 2013/14

College: Balliol
Course: Law
Position: Goalkeeper
Team Supported: Portsmouth
Style of play in 5 words: Confident, organised, communicative, shot-stopper
Career highlight to date: Playing for Millwall Reserves


FletcherJack Fletcher

13 Appearances – 2013/14

College: Exeter
Course: Classics
Position: Centre Midfield
Team Supported: Newcastle
Style of play in more than 5 words: high intensity, short-passing and ball winning
Career highlight to date: Playing in Stade Oceane [Le Havre] in front of 12,000 people as a warm-up act to Zidane.
Views on varsity: Varsity games are always very tight. It’s going to come down to who takes their chances on the day, who shows more composure and who comes out of the blocks fastest.


GingerDan Ginger

13 Appearances & 1 Goal – 2013/14

College: Keble
Course: Geography
Position: Centre Midfield
Team Supported: Blackpool
Style of play in 5 words: Lanky, play-making from deep midfield
Career highlight to date: Playing Real Madrid Youth in Madrid, but a win in Varsity will top that!
Views on varsity: The team has come into real form at the end of the season, and plenty of competition for places has led to a massive step-up by all. We’ll win by staying calm and trusting each other 100%.


Adam Heardman

19 Appearances, 1 Goal & 2 Assists – 2013/14

College: St John’s
Course: English
Position: Right/Left Wing Forward
Team Supported: Newcastle United
Style of play in 5 words: Almost entirely unlike Hughie Gallacher.
Career highlight to date: Matty Smith’s free-kick in training this one time. It was really good. Or scoring twice in Centaurs Varsity.
Views on Varsity: Howay the lads!


hobbyTom Hobkinson

17 Appearances & 1 Assist – 2013/14

College: St Edmund Hall
Course: Engineering
Position: Right Back
Team Supported: Arsenal
Style of play in 5 words: Wannabe Sagna without the hair
Career highlight to date: Winning the Premier League with Teddy Hall
Views on Varsity: Feeling confident and hoping that half a year of hard work pays off!


MayBen May

22 Appearances, 1 Goal & 1 Assist – 2013/14

College: Exeter
Course: Engineering Science
Position: Centre Back
Team Supported: Chelsea
Style of play in 5 words: one step ahead of opposition
Career highlight to date: Scoring a last minute equaliser against Atletico Madrid U18s last year on tour
Views on Varsity:  After a slightly slow start to the season which is expected due to the large influx of players into the squad, we have grown as a team and have been looking really good recently both in our defensive shape and in building our attacks and it is safe to say that the talent of players we have is the best I’ve been involved with in my time at Oxford. Cambridge have had a hold of the Varsity trophy for the last few years so it’s time it fell back into dark blue hands and with the quality of our squad I am feeling confident about producing the right result on Sunday.


monekeMichael Moneke *

16 Appearances & 1 Goal, 2013/2014

College: Trinity
Course: Medicine
Position: CB/RB
Team Supported: Chelsea FC
Style of play in 5 words: I eat strikers for breakfast
Career highlight to date: Almost being sent off by Lee Probert in Varsity 2013 (said it was ‘a good yellow’. I disagree)
Views on Varsity: Pretty unlucky to lose last year after going ahead twice. It’ll be a tight match, but there’s only one winner here.


RubensteinEzra Rubenstein *

26 Appearances, 14 Goals & 6 Assists – 2013/14

College: Trinity
Course: BPhil (Philosophy)
Position: Winger
Team Supported: Manchester United
Style of play in 5 words: Drift infield, find holes, dribble
Career highlight to date: Winning Varsity at the Kassam in 2011
Views on Varsity: Most people would have us as underdogs going into the game, but I’m quietly confident we can pull off a Dark Blue win.


Matt Smith

26 Appearances, 7 Goals & 7 Assists – 2013/14

College: Linacre
Course: DPhil Chemical Biology
Position: Striker
Team Supported: Manchester United
Style of play in 5 words: Quick movement and throw balls
Career highlight to date: University of Bristol Varsity at Bristol Rovers ground.
Views on Varsity: The build up has been super exciting. We are going to score more than them. It really doesn’t matter who the opposition are, we are going to win.


Ben Szreter

10 Appearances – 2013/14

College: Wadham
Team Supported:
West Brom
Style of play in 5 words:
Agile and intimidating shot stopper
Career highlight to date:
Playing for the Blues vs. Atletico Madrid U18’s
Views on Varsity:
I’m confident in our ability to handle the occasion better and play our style of football confidently and get a result!


Alex Tsaptsinos

16 Appearances & 2 Assists – 2013/14

College: Pembroke
Course: Mathematics
Position: Centre Midfield
Team Supported: Reading/AEK Athens
Style of play in 5 words: Small but battling, nippy and dedicated
Career highlight to date: Nutmegging Ezra
Views on Varsity: We won’t give them any ground, they won’t have the levels of commitment and teamwork we have.

BarryAidan Barry

26 Appearances & 1 Assist, 2013/14

College: St John’s
Course: Law
Position: Left Back


Brook Tozer

18 Appearances & 1 Goal – 2013/14

College: Wolfson
Course: PhD in Geophysics
Position: Centre Midfield

Mike Essman

24 Appearances, 8 Goals & 3 Assists – 2013/14

College: Pembroke
Course: Masters’ in Public Health
Position: Attacking Midfield Midfield


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