Mark Ashton, chief executive of Oxford United, says it is essential that the club plays in their own stadium.

Their current home, the Kassam Stadium, is a rented property, owned by Firoz Kassam.

“I want the football club to own its own home,” Ashton told BBC Oxford.

“The stadium, where we are, has to have an identity. That has to be Oxford United. The fans have to know it’s their home and I think that is important.”

The U’s have played at the 12,500-capacity Kassam since its opening in 2001. Then-owner Firoz Kassam sold the club in 2006, but kept ownership of the ground.

Building a new ground on a site at Water Eation was proposed earlier this month, while fellow-tenants London Welsh were looking at moving to the former Witney Stadium site, before recently signing a three-year deal to remain at the Kassam.

Posted on 16/07/2014