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Oxford's Dave Langan and Joey Beauchamp get testimonial

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Oxford United will host a testimonial match for club legends Dave Langan and Joey Beauchamp.

The All Ireland XI versus a Rest of the World XI game will take place on 1 May at the Kassam Stadium.

Langan who won the 1986 League Cup with Oxford, made 136 appearances for the U's, while midfielder Beauchamp scored 77 goals in 428 appearances.

Dublin-born defender Langan told BBC Oxford: "I played my best football at Oxford and the fans were fantastic."

The former Republic of Ireland international added: "There is something about the Oxford fans, they just used to raise the roof a bit more especially when we were losing, they got right behind us.

"I'm quite shocked anybody remembers me to be honest because it's been over 20 years, I know they would remember Joey, but you just never know but fingers crossed."

The full-back, who joined the U's in 1984, enjoyed a successful three-year spell at the Manor Ground, scoring the winner in their 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury in 1985 to help the club secure promotion to Division One for the first time in their history.

"It was one of my rare goals as I rarely scored and I remember giving it to Trevor Hebberd and he chipped the ball over the guy and I then chested it down.

"But I was in foreign land, I didn't know where I was but I just hit it and it went in," said the ex-Birmingham City player.

However Langan admits he struggles to remember his 1986 League Cup win, when the U's thrashed QPR 3-0 to clinch the trophy.

"The day of the Milk Cup went quite quick, you have to watch the video afterwards to get it all together because the day goes so fast and the match is such a blur so you watch it to remind yourself of the events," he said.



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