CAMBRIDGE UNITED

 

Originally playing their football on Parker's Piece, they had to find a new home when Parker made his piece off limits. Founded in 1919, Abbey United took their name from the Abbey district of Cambridge - a name they retained until they turned professional in 1949, when a national building society stopped sponsoring the club. By this time they had moved on to play in the Celery Trenches, where they established a huge following amongst vegetarians across the city. The club did toy with the idea of changing it's nickname to "The Dreaming Spireites", but this had already partly been taken by another club.

The club really came to prominence in 1970 when they were elected to the Football League and then had a rapid rise in fortune winning promotion to Division Three in 1976-77 as Champions, then finishing second in that division in 1979-80 to go up to the old Division Two. Despite a good run in the eighties in Division Two and in 1992 they lost a play-off and a chance to reach the top flight, over the years the club has slipped back down the ladder. In fact in 1983-84, the club lost 31 consecutive games and were, unsurprisingly, relegated. However, more recently, in 1991 they won the Third Division championship and last season they were runners-up in Division Three and won automatic promotion. Back in 1974, Cambridge United were involved in the first Sunday FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The club’s top crowd was strangely recorded against Chelsea in a friendly, just before the start of their League career.

During their days in Division Two, with John Beck at the helm in the 1980's, the club earned a reputation for bizarre training methods and "dirty tricks" to make their opponents feel ill at ease. These included freezing cold showers for his own players, dirty changing rooms and deflated kick-about balls for the opposition and long grass in the corners of the pitch to slow the long balls into those areas, allowing the U’s forwards to reach them. Beck carried on his dirty tricks even after leaving to take charge of Preston North End - taking nine of the Cambridge United players with him !! He was not the only famous manager at the club, with Ron Atkinson taking the club from Fourth to Second Division and Ex-England and then having Derby County centre-half Roy McFarland sitting in the hot seat.

Before their entry into the League, a local animal sanctuary had an escapee and it was found grazing on the pitch at the Abbey Stadium. This lead to the moose connection with the club, as in the club shop you can buy a range of moose souvenirs to show your allegiance to the U’s. With some good young players, the club need to battle to stay in Division Two and build on it to make the transition to a higher league in due course.

FAMOUS PLAYERS : - Dion Dublin, Don “The Don” Donn, Steve Spriggs, Tom Finney (no not that one), John Taylor, Charles Clare-College.
FAMOUS FANS : - Gary Newbon (Football commentator and broadcaster - Talk Radio), Tom Findlay (Musician - Groove Armada)

 

Club records


Formed 1912

Turned Professional 1949

Became a Limited Company 1948

Former names 1919-1951  Abbey United

Previous grounds -

Nickname "The U's"

Motto "UNITED IN ENDEAVOUR"

Club Colours HOME : Shirts : -  Amber with black trim
Shorts - Black
Socks - Amber 

AWAY : All white with navy trim. 


Record Football League Win 6-0  v  Darlington  Division 4    18.9.1972

6-0  v  Hartlepool United  Division 4   11.2.1989


Record Football League Defeat 0-6  v Aldershot
Div 3            13.4.1974

Record Cup Win 5-1  v  Bristol City  FAC R5r2   27.2.1990

Record Fee Paid 190,000 to Luton Town for Steve CLARIDGE  (November 1992)

Record Fee Received 1,000,000 from Manchester United for Dion DUBLIN (August 1992)

Record Football League Appearances 416  -  Steve SPRIGGS  (1975-87)

Record goalscorer in a season 24 - David CROWN    Div 4  1985-86

Record all-time goalscorer  83 - John TAYLOR 
(1988-92, 1996- )

Most goals in a match 5  -  Steve BUTLER  v  Exeter City  Division 2  4.4.1994

Record Attendance (all-time) 14,000  v  Chelsea  Friendly  1.5.1970

Record Match Receipts 86,308  v  Manchester United  League Cup R2 2L  9.10.1991

Record total of goals in a  League season 87 - Division 4  1985-86

Record  League points total 3 points for a win : -  86 -  Division 3  1990-91

2 points for a win : -  65 -  Division 4  1976-77


Most Capped player while at club Tom FINNEY  7  
(Northern Ireland)

Youngest player Andy SINTON  -  16 years  228 days

Stadium Details

Address :  Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Road, 
Cambridge CB5 8LN

Telephone :  01223 566500
  (Ticket Office) : 01223 566500
09068 555885  (News)
Fax : 01223 566502 
Club Shop : (01223) 566503

Capacity : 9,247
Away Allocation : 
Pitch size : 110 yards  x 74 yards

Official website : www.cambridge-united.co.uk

Unofficial website :  U's Net 
Tom Gurney's Cambridge Football site 
A Potted History 

Fanzines

The Abbey Rabbit

Full results history of Spurs v Cambridge United

Transfers from Cambridge United to Tottenham

Transfers from Tottenham to Cambridge United

Honours

Managers

League Record

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