This Sunday will see two of the highest profile Varsity matches contested within just meters of each other in central London. (Photos Matt Henderson)
- Football Varsity kick-off 15:00pm
- Boat Race start 17:55pm
The Varsity Football match is the first of the day’s clashes between the dark blues and light blues, beginning at 3pm it will be played at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage ground.
Following this at 5:55pm will be the Men’s Boat Race, broadcast live on the BBC and acting as a fitting conclusion to a packed weekend of sport.
Inside Fulham’s 26,000 seat stadium, the dark blues will be determined to avenge last year’s 3-2 defeat in what is the 130th Varsity encounter between the teams; whilst just behind the Riverside Stand the dark Blue Boat will be hoping to follow up last year’s victory on the Tideway and justify their favourite’s tag.
Speaking this morning, Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore conceded that the Oxford Boat will likely to be tipped for successive victories, commenting:
“Oxford have 3 Olympic medallists in their boat so they are the favourites”
However, with the Cambridge crew weighing nearly 5kg more on average per man, they will undoubtedly prove a powerful threat – particularly if the forecasted bad weather appears on Sunday evening.
Such concerns about the weather and Cambridge’s extra weight do not appear to feature in the minds of the Oxford Blue Boat, however, with OUBC President Malcolm Howard saying:
“We’re very focused on what we do as a crew”
This was a message that the Oxford Cox, Laurence Harvey, who was part of the victorious Isis crew in the reserve race last year, echoed:
“I have been totally focused on our performance and on our boat”
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Below: Olympian Constantine Louloudis (Photo Matt Henderson)