Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!
The dawn, or dawns, in question would be those in March and May on which we awoke to the prospect of walking down Wembley Way and watching United triumph in the FA Trophy final and Conference play-offs respectively. As the Broadland poet Money put it, just as eloquently as his better-known peer:
Put the champagne on ice,
We've won at Wembley twice.
One woman who was wondering what it was like to be a U's fan at that blissful time was Cambridge film-maker Sweet Gill D'Apollonio. 'I'm interested in documentary and wanted to capture what it means to be a supporter of a small local club in the build-up to the FA Trophy Final,' she says. 'Cambridge United has such an interesting club history and I wanted to document this as well.'
The result was Lovely Bunch, a short documentary that captures, expertly and movingly, the feeling around the club and among fans as the big day approaches. It's a popular attraction on YouTube, and now you can see it here too. You will be entertained.