Oxford United Manager Chris Wilder is intent on writing a new chapter of success into the club's history on their return to The Football League.
The U's have come back with a bang from the non-League scene, particularly in the Carling Cup with a great 6-1 win against npower League 1 team Bristol Rovers to earn themselves a dream second round tie at Premier League side West Ham United.
After four years of exile United are flying high again under Wilder, who in his first full season in charge led the club out of the Blue Square Premier via May's 3-1 Wembley Play-Off Final win against York City.
Now Wilder, whose side collected a well-earned goalless draw at Burton Albion in their opening League 2 match last week, is preparing for Oxford's first home League game - ironically against Bury, where he was assistant manager before taking over at the Kassam Stadium in December 2008.
After Tuesday's Carling Cup triumph, euphoric supporters will be hoping for more of the same as the U's look to make their mark back in The League.
So Wilder, well-versed in the club's history, is having to manage expectations as well as a team whose initial aim this season will be consolidation.
"There's been a lot of hype around the club since Wembley," said the Manager, "so once we got into the new season I had to make sure we focused on getting results.
"We're in The Football League now and we've got to be realistic. Nothing gets handed out to you in this League, but we've earned the right to be here and now we've got to be good enough to pick up points on a regular basis.
"We've done alright so far and everyone saw the standard we set on Tuesday night, but the players have to go on producing that. I want them to be ambitious, to want to play at the highest level they can and to go on keeping the club moving forward.
"The history of this club speaks for itself, and with the ground we've got and the attendances we have we are undoubtedly a Football League club.
"But we found ourselves out of the League and the biggest thing I wanted to get across when I came here was that we had to do whatever was needed to get back.
"Well, we managed to do it and that goes into the history of the club along with winning The League Cup (in 1986) and playing in the old first division (1985-88).
"Now we're trying to do our bit in moving the club forward again, and we've certainly not come back into The League just to make up the numbers.
"We've got some decent players who'll learn and get better at this level. We may get punished along the way, but as long as we re-establish ourselves as a Football League club and keep moving forward I'll be happy."
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