Cambridge United Club Profile
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Cambridge United : Club Background
The Main Stand at the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Abbey United was formed in 1912 and spent the early years of its life playing in the local Cambridgeshire League. The club turned semi-pro in 1949 in the United Counties League and changed its name to the more familiar Cambridge United in 1951 when it joined the Eastern Counties League, from where it was promoted to the Southern League in 1958.
Three years later and the U's had made their way into the Southern League Premier Division, finishing second in the 1961-62 season, 3rd in 1967-68 and winning the division outright the following two seasons, a record of success that persuaded even the fossilised Football League chairmen that it was worth breaking open their closed shop to admit some new blood: In the summer of 1970 Cambridge were voted into the then Division Four of the Football League at the expense of Bradford Park Avenue.
The U's gained promotion to Division 3 two years later but came straight back down to the basement the following season. They gained their first honours in league football at the end of the 1976-77 season when they became Division 4 champions, and the following season were promoted again, finishing 2nd in Division 3. They remained in the Second Division for six seasons but succesive relegations saw them back in the basement by the 1985-86 season.
United muddled along in Division 4 for a while, and in 1989 promoted the reserve team manager, a young man named Gary Johnson, to the post of first team coach to work alongside manager John Beck. It was a partnership that gelled from the start and led to a quite remarkable period in the club's history. That season the U's were promoted back into Division 3 via the play-offs at Wembley - the first team to gain promotion in such a manner. As well as gaining promotion Cambridge also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, a feat they equalled a year later as well as again being promoted, this time as 3rd Division champions.
Beck and Johnson led the U's to the 2nd Division play-offs the following season, however Leicester's win stopped Cambridge from being the first club to be promoted from the 4th to the 1st Divisions in succesive seasons. The advent of the Premiership and the subsequent reorganisation of the Football League meant that Cambridge found themselves in Division One in 1992, but the sale of the likes of Dion Dublin and Steve Claridge meant that the U's began to struggle on the field. Beck was sacked and replaced by Ian Atkins, an unpopular choice amongst the fans. Relegation followed and Atkins himself was shown the door, to be replaced by Gary Johnson in his first professional managerial appointment. Johnson's style of football was popular with the fans but after a decent first season in charge and more forced player sales to balance the books Gary was himself forced out, Tommy Taylor taking over. The U's finished 5th from bottom that season but found themselves back in Division 3 the following season anyway as the League was restructured.
A four year period in the basement followed, Roy McFarland eventually taking the U's back into Division Two in 1999. Once again however key players had to be sold to balance the books, including top scorer Trevor Benjamin to Leicester for £1.5 million, and it was McFarland who paid the price, being replaced by old boss John Beck as United struggled in the higher division. Beck managed to keep the club in Division Two the next season, but the writing was on the wall and he too was sacked in November 2001, to be replaced by Abbey crowd favourite John Taylor in January 2002. Taylor wasn't able to save the club from relegation that season although they did reach the final of the LDV Vans Trophy, and 2002-03, his first full season in control, saw Cambridge finish in mid-table, in 12th place.
The Newmarket Road Terrace, sometimes known as the North Terrace
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
By 2003-04, Cambridge were starting to go off the rails a bit. In March 2004 Taylor got the chop, whilst they were in the lower half of the division. The club seemed to be taking on a bit of a dual face - in the public eye, they were creating huge fanfares with the arrival of Claude Le Roy as manager, but his view of the world was that he was only there as a short-term favour and that it was his less experienced assistant Herve Renard who was the main man.
Whilst Le Roy did give them a bit of short-term success to ensure their survival that year, Renard did not have that sort of effect on the team, sending them towards the foot of the division. He lasted just five months until Steve Thompson (no, not that one) took over, but by then chairman Gary Harwood couldn't hide the fact that Cambridge were a sinking ship. They finished in 23rd place in the League Two table, ensuring relegation out of the Football League, and debts of around a million quid, they filed for administration six days later - a neat move given that it made their 10 point deduction, under the Football League rules that existed at that time, a complete irrelevance.
Life in the Conference, and under new ownership, wasn't much better, as Cambridge floundered, with financial problems still circling around them. It wasn't until 2007 that they began to get things together, although found Devon football clubs not to their liking. Twice they finished as Conference runners up, twice they went to Wembley Stadium for the play-off final, and twice a team of Ambrosia lovers saw them off - Exeter City and Torquay United leapfrogged them on the big day.
Cambridge drifted back into mid-table wilderness for the following four seasons, but in 2013-14 they made it third time lucky at Wembley Stadium, and indeed celebrated by doing the double. Their FA Trophy Final win was coupled by another second place league finish, but this time, under the management of Richard Money, they gained promotion back to the Football League, defeating Gateshead - about as far away from Devon as you can get - in the eventual final. A 19th place finish in their first season back in the League has been followed by bigger ambitions since then, and the suggestion that there's a bit of financial backing going on at the Abbey Stadium. Shaun Derry replaced Money in November 2015, and he took them to 9th place which was a decent return for him. A horribly slow start to the 2016-17 season almost lost Derry his job, but he recovered well during the second half to grab an 11th place finish. This season they're stuttering once again, although at least have the stability of midtable.
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|Cambridge United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Cambridge United
|24/01/1959||Home||SL||W||4-2||Phillips, McConnon, Emmonds(2)|
|18/11/1961||Home||SL||W||5-1||Taylor(3), Foley, Ashe|
|09/10/1963||Home||SL||W||3-1||Foley, Hall, Taylor|
|12/04/1965||Home||SL||W||5-2||Albury, Hirst(3), Ashe|
|18/03/1967||Home||SL||W||4-1||Muir, Albury, Harding(2)|
|16/04/1970||Away||SL||W||2-1||K Thompson, Myers|
|25/04/1970||Home||SL||W||4-1||K Thompson, Housley, Plumb(2)|
|25/10/2003||Away||DIV3||W||4-1||4072||Edwards 16, 59, Gall 61, Way 87|
|28/02/2004||Home||DIV3||W||4-1||5694||G Williams 18, Bishop 19, Stansfield 27, Miles 48|
|28/12/2004||Away||CCL2||W||5-3||3828||Jevons 55, 81, Way 56, Johnson 69, Stolcers 90|
|22/01/2005||Home||CCL2||W||2-1||6204||Terry 46, Jevons 86|
|24/10/2015||Home||FL2||L||2-3||3224||Bird 44, Sheehan 79|
|03/02/2018||Home||EFL2||W||2-0||2569||N Smith 54, Fisher 84|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Cambridge United
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Cambridge United : Club Statistics
|24/03/2018||Carlisle United||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||4652||Maris 50|
|30/03/2018||Crawley Town||Home||EFL2||W||3-1||4131||Ibehre 4, Maris 22, Brown 58|
|07/04/2018||Exeter City||Home||EFL2||L||2-3||4054||Internal Error: Scorer/Score Mismatch|
|07/04/2018||Exeter City||Home||EFL2||L||2-3||4054||Jay 84, Taylor 87|
|14/04/2018||Stevenage Borough||Away||EFL2||W||2-0||3269||Corr 55, 82|
|21/04/2018||Cheltenham Town||Home||EFL2||W||4-3||3853||Taylor 10, Maris 53, Brown 60, Corr 81|
Highest League Attendance: 6722, vs Luton Town, 03/03/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 3328, vs Yeovil Town, 17/10/2017
Average League Attendance: 4464
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||1
||Games Without Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||4
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||5
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||1
|Games Without Conceding: ||1
||Home Results Sequence: ||WDLWLW
|Away Results Sequence: ||WLDDWD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||DWLWWD
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Cambridge United : Club Information
Address : Abbey Stadium
(Click for map)
Telephone Number : 01223 566500
Fax : 01223 566502
Chairman : Dave Doggett
Press Officer : Tom Stewart
Fixtures Secretary : Andrew Pincher
Manager : Shaun Derry
Capacity : 8,127.
Seated : 4,376
Covered Terrace : 3,750
Record Attendance : 14,000 v Chelsea, 1st May 1970
Nickname : The U's, United
Colours : shirt - amber with black trim; shorts - black; socks - amber
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's 2017-18 League Two fixture are as follows:
Adults (Aged 22-63): £20.00; Seniors (Aged 64 and over), Students (with NUS Card), Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00; Under-5s: FREE.
There is a £2.00 surcharge on all tickets when purchased on the day of the game.
Away allocations at Cambridge tend to vary according to season and circumstances - in the past we've been given a terrace allocation via the South Habin Terrace, which has around 1,000 capacity. For our 2017-18 season visit, we will only get the South Stand, which is an all-seater covered area behind one goal and holds 1,500 seats.
Disabled Info : 25 covered wheelchair bays of mixed home and away supporters in the Newmarket Road End, plus 12 spaces for home supporters in the Main Stand. There's one adapted toilet at the corner of the Main Stand and Newmarket Road Stand but it is not wheelchair friendly. Car parking is limited to 8 spaces and you should contact Cambridge to book in advance of the game. Ask stewards on arrival, as there are no signs. Access via ramp to pitch level areas.
There is commentary available for visually impaired supporters. Cambridge can provide iPod style headphones and a pocket-sized receiver of 10x6x2cm in size. This is a free service - contact Nick Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07929 589925.
Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant age band as above but can admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair users will be charged £15.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge. Contact Cambridge United on 01223 566 500 to purchase tickets.
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Cambridge United : Directions To The Ground
A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2016-17 season visit, although Cambridge have varied what you get over the years.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Cambridge may be in the south, but it's one heck of a trek. Up the A303, then the M3, then half of the M25 (clockwise is better) and then up the M11. It's straight-forward if you like motorway driving but at 180ish miles each way, it's deceptively long.
From South - M11 to Junction 14, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:
From North - A14 from Huntingdon, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:
Then exit the A14 at the third junction, up the slip road to the 'T' junction (signposted Fen Ditton). Turn right onto the B1047, and go straight through Fen Ditton village to the traffic lights at a 'T' junction. Turn right onto the A1303 towards the City Centre, and go approximately 150 metres to a roundabout. The Ground's floodlights can be seen from here.
At this stage Cambridge give you a route that takes you around the back end of the ground as a recommended route, presumably to steer traffic away from the main stadium entrance. Turn left onto the Ring Road (A1134). Turn right at the first roundabout (a large Sainsbury's is on the left here), and go along Coldham's Lane. After half a mile Coldham's Common is on the right and you'll need to park up somewhere around here. You'll end up walking up through the Common to the ground. The entrance to the Common is at the end of the railings, just before the road rises, leading up to a Railway Bridge.
If you really want to go via the front end of the ground, then at the roundabout mentioned in the first paragraph, go straight on at the roundabout (rather than left) and this leads into Newmarket Road. As this is on the ring road, don't expect to be able to park there, and given Cambridge don't seem to want to advertise this as a route, we're guessing there will be road cones out on matchdays.
Cambridge itself is pretty awkward to park in but the stadium is far enough away from the city to mean you shouldn't find it too bad. One recommendation is to park in areas off Coldham's Lane, on the south-west side of the stadium. As is often the case in such circumstances, the later you arrive before kick-off, the further your legs will have to travel to the ground, as car spaces closer to the stadium fill up.
With the exception of provision for disabled supporters and club officials, there is no parking at the ground itself. Disabled supporters must pre-book spaces.
There are regular services to Cambridge Railway Station. Click here for details.
Note - the station is around 2.5 miles from the Abbey Stadium, so a good half an hour to forty minutes away on foot. Walk from the station (Station Road) and take the first road on the right, (Tenison Road). Take the first road again on the right, (Devonshire Road), follow this round to the left, up to the next junction. Turn right - again - onto Mill Road. Walk over the railway bridge, then take the third road on the left, (Sedgewick Street). Follow this road, pass a set of traffic calming barriers, and shops (at this point you are in Cromwell Road) to a T-junction, (Coldham's Lane). Ahead of you should be a large field (Coldham's Common). Go into this field and follow a path under a railway bridge to the away turnstiles.
An alternative is to use a new Cambridge North station, which is situated in Chesterton. Not all services stop there, so check the timetable carefully.
Again, you're looking at a 30 minute walk from the station to the ground. Coming out of Cambridge North Station, turn to the left and walk through the Bike Parking area and onto the Cycle/Footpath running parallel with the train tracks. This leads to a Cul-de-Sac called Moss Bank. On exiting Moss Bank, turn right on Fen Road. Continue straight on Fen Road (and later Water Street) for about half a mile until you reach the Green Dragon Pub. At the pub, cross the river using the footbridge and then cross over Stourbridge Common to join Oyster Row and Garlic Row. At the end of Garlic Row you will join Newmarket Road – turn left, cross over the railway lines and you will see the stadium on your right.
A Citibus C3 bus run by Stagecoach stops within a few yards of the ground (Ditton Walk stop) in Newmarket Road and runs from the Railway Station and through the city centre every ten minutes during the day, and at longer intervals in the evenings.
Habbin Terrace, split between home and away fans but not always available to visitors.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
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|Cambridge United : Web Resources|
Cambridge Fans United
This is Cambridge's Supporters Trust website. They've been operational for over a decade, which is just as well for some of the financial issues their club has been through.
Cambridge United Official Website
Cambridge's main club website. Over the years this has been one of the better updated examples, even if the PTV template inevitably ties one hand behind its back.
|Web Message Boards|
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Cambridge News ... bringing you news from Cambridge! With a dedicated section for the football club.
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Cambridge United : Food & Drink
A second view of Cambridge's South Stand, housing away supporters
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Club Bar :
The Supporters' Club, at the Newmarket Road End, is open to away supporters, although it has been known for large groups to be turned away, or when they've reached capacity. Food is available in the bar.
There is an admission charge of £1.00. The venue is owned and operated separately from the football club.
Local Pubs :
Newmarket Road is probably still the most obvious area to head to for a selection of easy to find pubs close to the ground, even if the number of options has shrunk horrifically since we first started
playing Cambridge in the Football League. Still surviving are the The Corner House, The Wrestlers, the Burleigh Arms and the Rose & Crown. The Wrestlers is a reasonable walk from the ground, but does an above average range of beers, and excellent Thai food of all things. The Greyhound, which had been a popular haunt for away fans over the years, is now gone, along with The Five Bells which had been the closest pub to the ground.
Having as it does a huge student population and large numbers of tourists the city of Cambridge has a vast number of 'traditional' pubs - some more genuinely traditional than others. And there is a large enough market for places to cater for particular niches. There are gay pubs, a pub that refuses to stock any corporate lagers (hurrah!!) - the Kingston Arms - pubs that specialise in vegetarian food, and so on.
The local cider is Cassels, and the Live & Let Live is one of the establishments stocking it. The most local breweries are City of Cambridge which started up in 1997 and supplies about 25 outlets in the area from it's range of 6-7 beers; and Milton Brewery (founded 1999), which supplies around a hundred pubs in Cambridgeshire and beyond with its range of six regular and many seasonal beers.
|Cambridge Blue: Carries a wide range of regularly changing beers from all round the country. Also has Cassels cider in the summer months. Serves food both lunchtimes and evenings. There's a large garden, and children are welcome until 9.00p.m. in the conservatory area. Their past ban on mobile phones in their pub has thankfully been relaxed.|
Cambridge Blue, 85-87, Gwydir Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2LG. Tel: 01223 361382. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Champion Of The Thames: One of the few completely genuine traditional pubs remaining in the city centre. No reproduction horse brasses here. The ownership of the pub means that the beers are from the Greene King range, but they do up to three guests. Meals at lunchtimes only. Opening hours are from noon until 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday, whilst on Sunday they shut half an hour earlier.|
Champion Of The Thames, 68, King Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1LN. Tel: 01223 352043. Map: Click Here.
|Corner House: This pub is in the same road as the stadium. They do a lot of live music and comedy in the evenings. Beers are Green King IPA and two guests. Food is served all day on weekends - during weekdays they have a break from food during the afternoons. Food includes stone-baked pizzas and West African goat curry. Opening hours from noon until midnight, with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights, whilst they shut an hour early on Sundays. On Mondays they have a lie-in until 4.00p.m.|
Corner House, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8JE. Tel: 01223 500257. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Elm Tree: This was a Charles Wells pub but now is far more attractive as it serves ten micro-brewed real ales, over 50 specialist Belgian beers, plus traditional ciders and perrys. It's a single bar pub, with no food served. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. except for Sundays where they slice off an hour at each end.|
Elm Tree, Orchard Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1JT. Tel: 01223 363005. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Kingston Arms: This pub is very good for real ale fanatics - options rotate a bit but in March 2016, they had up options such as Jaipur, Hopback Summer Lightning, Oakham JHB, Woodforde's Wherry, Timothy Taylor's Landlord. At one point they didn't even serve lager - they are now stocking more traditionally brewed varieties such as Meantime London Lager and Konrad Premium Lager - note that this is different to your Carlsberg fizz! Fairly convenient for the railway station, all meals are freshly cooked and served lunchtimes and evenings (all day on Saturdays). The food is trendy and expensive. The pub is very popular, and booking for meals can be useful on busy days. It has a walled garden - which is the only area in which children under 14 are allowed.
Kingston Arms - great beer, very pricey food
© Hugh Gleave
Kingston Arms, 33, Kingston Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2NU. Tel: 01223 319414. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Live and Let Live: Another back street local, with home cooked food lunchtime and evenings. The food is in the standard pub fare style, but absolutely excellent. All top notch ingredients, freshly cooked, with no microwave in sight. Means you have to wait longer than normal - but it's worth it. Beers are Adnams Bitter, B&T Black Dragon Mild and Everards Tiger, plus guests. The Damson Porter from Burton Bridge Brewery was one of the best beers I've ever drunk - completely sublime. Cassells and Stowford Press ciders are also available. For those into the more exotic, or wishing to relive the pre-season tour, the pub boasts a wide selection of bottled Belgian beers.
Live & Let Live - if on the Damson Porter is to DIE for!
© Hugh Gleave
Live and Let Live, 40, Mawson Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2EA. Tel: 01223 460261. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Portland Arms: Large two bar pub. The public bar has Internet access stations (drinking pre-match and still able to post rubbish on social media - heaven!), and there are bands playing in the back room (check out their website for listings of what's coming up). Beers are Greene King XX Mild and IPA, Ruddles Best and Abbot, plus guests. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings.|
Portland Arms, 129, Chesterton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3BA. Tel: 01223 357268. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|St. Radegund: Bit of a University type pub this one, so pack your college scarf and tie. Only cricket and egg chasing are allowed on the TV - football is for the lower orders. And no mobiles - if the butler isn't at home taking the calls what is he doing? Don't know why we've included it. Oh, yes I do - serves good beer, including Bateman XB.|
St. Radegund, 127, King Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1LD. Tel: 01223 311794. Map: Click Here.
|The Grapes: |
The Grapes, 19 Histon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3JB. Tel: 01223 506038. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Wrestlers: This is more of a Thai restaurant than a pub, but it does have a bar from its former status as a bulk standard pub. However, it is one of the closer venues to the ground and so may be worth a visit, particularly if you're after some food at the same time.|
The Wrestlers, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8JE. Tel: 01223 566554. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
It depends which natives you come across really. If they're students then they're all hoity-toity public school types who only speak received pronounciation, and if they're proper locals they all speak some incomprehensible local dialect of English which you have to have six fingers and webbed toes to understand; so us simple Somerset country folk are knackered basically. Take our advice and pretend you're a tourist, at least you'll be able to read the guide books..
Don't be afraid to have a go on a punt, you'll love it. Just don't ask where the motor is....
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Cambridge United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
Cambridge is a university town, in case you didn't know, and boasts more museums than you can shake a stick at. It's one of the more interesting and historical towns the Glovers will be visiting this season and is well worth making a weekend of it there if possible. See the Cambridge page on the About Britain website for more information.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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