If we look at the team photograph above, what happened to the players after they left the club?
Below is Part 1 of a series to provide some information of what happened as the players moved on.
Today we look at Rodney Slack, Robin Hardy, Bill Cassidy, John McKinven
His final Cambridge United match came during a tournament in Germany where the players found out that the club would playing next in the Football League
Many thought it was shame that a player who gave so much to Cambridge United in the Southern League years was not present at its first match against Lincoln,
Rodney went on to be involved in local football playing for Soham and served also the local community as a fireman.
He is often seen at the club nowadays and was a member of the 100yearsofcoconuts group until recently. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, one of first former players to be inducted.
You can watch Rodney tell his story in a four part interview captured by 100yearsofcoconuts .
Unfortunately, injuries would restrict his starts during the 1969/70 season,. His is influence and knowledge of the game was still important to the side.
Robin was retained by the club for their first season in the Football League and played alongside Terry Eades in the first match against Lincoln. He had been replaced by Colin Meldrum as the captain of the side and through the season started just 15 league matches.
Although starting the season in the team by the end of the 1970/71 season he was one of the players not retained by the club as it looked to improve its competitiveness in the league. He had been in and out of the side all season. Never able to hold down a place for any length of time.
Before joining Cambridge United he was a professional footballer with Sheffield Wednesday from 1958 to 1965, Rotherham United from 1965 to 1966. However, he gave up football to become a landlord. He was lured back into football when Bill Leivers came calling.
Robin sadly died on the 16th January 2017
Bill Cassidy or King Cass as he was known to supporters.
Joining Cambridge United following his release by Detroit Cougars,underneath the noses of Chelmsford. His goals in the Southern League were one of the main reasons that Cambridge United were such a force in the two Southern League Championship winning seasons.
Like Robin he played in the first League match against Lincoln but was unable to hold down a regular first team spot.
Born in 1940 he was now approaching 31 at the end of the 1970/71 season and was released. He went on to play for Kettering and Ramsgate before returning to Scotland with Brora Rangers as player/coach and managing Ross County in the Highland League.
Bill didn't need much encouragement to lighten any periods of gloom as in addition to his footballing skills he had a natural ability to make people laugh.
Then tragedy struck. Aged 42 he was diagnosed with thrombosis and registered as disabled.
Bill during the eighties continued to suffer some further personal problems and sadly at the age of 54 died in Oxford on the 9th March 1995
You can read more about Bill's life as a footballer and afterwards in a story produced by the Argus in 2001 here
John McKinven will be remembered in U's history for taking the perfect corner that Colin Meldrum headed in against Lincoln to score the clubs first ever league goal. John arrived at the Abbey in December 1969 from Southend where he had entertained supporters and players alike for nearly ten years. In 1962 he was Southend's Player of the Year and has now been inducted in their Hall of Fame
In October 1968 while at Southend, he suffered a broken leg as a result of a late tackle by future England manager Graham Taylor. This resulted him missing the remainder of the season.
In the 1970/71 season he broke his leg again this time against Barrow while playing for the U's. The injury led to him being out of contention for several months.
John was released at the end of the season
John died 25th July 2014 in Wishaw at the age of 73 following complications that followed a hip operation.
He had moved back to his native Scotland in 2000