On the 15th May 1968 the second leg of the Cambridgeshire Professional Cup Final 2nd Leg (0-0) was taking place at the Abbey Stadium between Cambridge United and Cambridge City in front of 2,195 spectators
The first leg had resulted in 1-1 draw. Dudley Banson scored first for City before Alan Payne equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later. The match then continued to be played in what has been described as a niggly atmosphere.
The second leg was played the following night and trouble started when a Ian Hutchinson goal was ruled out for offside. This angered United players and fans. Both sets of players started pushing and shoving and surrounded the referee who sent off United's Dai Ward.
This led to a all out fight on the pitch and spread into the stands. The referee had no choice but to abandon the match after all control of the game was lost and the players hacked, tripped and even hit each other for another eight minutes before a United player was knocked out'
Did you attend or play in the match at Milton Road or the Abbey Stadium. What do you remember of the matches. Why was the match played in such an atmosphere? Was the goal off side? Please tell us by leaving a comment below. Do you have a copy of the match reports from the period?
The below quote is taken from 'Risen from the dust', the second volume of Celery & Coconuts.
Teams line up match at the Abbey
United - Slack, Lindsey, Grant, Lord, Baker, Payne Habbin, Chambers, Hutchinson, Ward, Harley
City - Peacock Moyse McNally Brennan Scott Foley Spears Cartwright Banson McVittie McGeorge
Teams line up match at the City
United Slack R Lindsey Grant Lord Baker Payne Habbin Chambers Hutchinson Ward Harley
City -Peacock Moyse McNally Brennan Scott Foley Spears Cartwright Banson McVittie McGeorge
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