Continuing our look at the reporting that the Cambridge News has done over the years. Read the memories of Randall But.
He's seen them come and he's seen them go. During a Cambridge Evening News career that spanned over 30 years, Randall Butt had a unique insight into happenings at Cambridge United. When he joined in 1973, Bill Leivers' side were about to have a crack at joining the Third Division. When he left to go freelance in 2004, United were staring into the abyss of administration and a return to non-League football.
In 2012, as the U's celebrated their centenary, Randall sat down to write his memoirs, starting from his early days in the South Wales valleys. Whenever we see him at the Abbey, at Fen Tigers speedway in Mildenhall or in the Cambridgeshire Collection, we try to persuade him to finish the job.
Click on the thumbnails below to read each episode of Randall's memories. They start with a tribute to the best U's manager he's known.
It is now fifty years since Cambridge United won the Southern League for the second time in succession and were elected into the Football League; this was achieved with a squad of primarily sixteen professionals most of whom stayed on for the first season in the Football League.
Below is Part 4 and the final part of a series to provide some information of what happened as the players moved on.
Today we look at Terry Eades, Brian Grant, Roly Horrey, John Gregson
In January Roly was allowed a free transfer and moved to Chelmsford. It was just a few month after the 6 nil defeat of Darlington when he was reported to have run their defence ragged. Chelmsford who paid a small fee for him. He only play a few Southern League matches for them but lots in other competitions like the Eastern Professional Floodlit League. Their manager at the time, Dave Bumpstead, told him he only bought him to gee the other players up! It must have worked as they won the Southern League Championship that season. Along with a £28 per week basic wage he was promised a part-time job at Marconi. The job didn’t materialise, which may have been because of the the three day working week which was enforced at the time. He managed to find part-time work on building sites.
After Chelmsford Roly played at Bedford Town who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Histon who were managed by Roly’s old pal and former United team mate Brian Grant. After the match Brian asked the Bedford manager Brian Garvey if he would be willing to let Roly join Histon. The request was met with a very blunt no!
Bedford was Roly’s last club before he retired from football and became a Hod carrier on building sites, earning more than he was as a footballer.
He has now been retired for a few years and lives in Saffron Walden. He looks upon his years at Cambridge United as the happiest of his playing career.
He still follow the fortunes of the U’s and likes to get to the Abbey with his grandson Louis, who is a United fanatic, whenever he can.
He moved onto Kettering followed, by management positions at Histon, Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge City and Saffron Walden and the Cambridgeshire County team.
He has remained in the local area and worked as a painter decorator
Most supporters during his time at Cambridge United will remember his ability to complete impeccably timed sliding tackles
Terry made his final appearance for Cambridge United F.C. in his testimonial in 1980, when Cambridge played Ron Atkinson's West Brom at the Abbey stadium
21/04/1980 WBA 1-2 3,660
Goalscorer Smith L
Key Donaldson Murray Jm Smith L Eades T Gibbins Christie Watson G O'Neill T Finney T Biley Silvester, Evans D, Cassidy F
Goals Barnes, Trewick
Godden Batson Statham Moses Wile Robertson Trewick Deehan Mills Benjamin Barnes Brown A, Brown T, Monaghan, Green
After leaving Cambridge United he returned to Chelmsford for a short period before becoming player manager of Histon
Terry worked for various car dealerships locally starting off at Holland Motors on Mill Road while enjoying playing the odd round of golf. He went on to win several tournaments
He still lives locally to Cambridge.
The end of my career came early on when we started the season on league four, I broke my ankle and had to retire, Bobby Robson who was manager of Ipswich Town brought his first team to the Abbey Stadium for a testimonial for me.
Can I finish by saying Cambridge United offered to fix me up with a job on the staff, but thanked them, but decided to return to Lancashire and qualified as an Engineer and worked at Leyland Trucks until my retirement around 2001.
Below are the clubs I played for.
Celery & Coconuts Volume 1, 2 & 3
The Story of Cambridge United Football Club
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The following was first published in 2018.
It was great to see Roly Horrey back at the Abbey again. I hope it won't be long before he returns again and perhaps Brian can join him. (Both have have since come to the Abbey Stadium again)
Roly and Brian recently got together for Roly's birthday celebrations and put their heads together to create their perfect side from when they played for Cambridge United
See below for the lineup - what is your opinion? Some great players in there
Manager - Bill Leivers
1 - Rodney Slack
2- Keith Lindsey
3 - Brian Grant (or Tiger as he likes to be known)
4 - Robin Hardy
5 - Terry Eades
6 - Jackie Scurr
7 - Roly Horrey
8 - John Gregson
9 - King Cass (Bill Cassidy)
10 - Dai Ward
11 - Peter Leggett
Subs - Trevor Roberts & Gerry Baker
It is now fifty years since Cambridge United won the Southern League for the second time in succession and were elected into the Football League;this was achieved with a squad of primarily sixteen professionals most of whom stayed on for the first season in the Football League.
If we look at the team photograph above, what happened to those players after they left the club?
Below is Part 3 of a series to provide some information of what happened as the players moved on.
Today we look at Malcolm Lindsay, Dennis Walker, Colin Meldrum, George Harris
Colin died Rossall Nursing Home Fleetwood on 4 October 2019, at the age of 77
When he returned to the UK where he worked as operations manager of the Arndale shopping complex. He was working there at the the time of a terrorist attack in 1996.
Dennis Walker died in 2003
He had been a free scoring winger whose goals had helped the U's reach their aim of joining the Football League
When he left the Abbey Stadium he moved back to Berkshire and joined Wokingham Athenian League until he ended his career
George still lives in the Reading area.
Malcolm was signed by Boston midway through the 1970/71 season after being released by Cambridge United. He scored twice for the club on debut for them. The manager at the was Jim Smith
When leaving Boston he returned to Kings Lynn and carried on coring goals for them
Malcolm returned to the Abbey Stadium at the end of 2019 to record his story that can be heard below. It is worth listening to the story about his honeymoon in Aberdeen
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It is now fifty years since Cambridge United won the Southern League for the second time in succession and then were elected to the Football League this was achieved with a squad of primarily sixteen professionals most of whom stayed on for the first season in the Football League.
If we look at the team photograph above, what happened to the players after they left the club?
Below is Part 2 of a series to provide some information of what happened as the players moved on.
Today we look at Jimmy Thompson, Mel Slack, Peter Leggett, Keith Barker
The club paid off his contract and his insurance company paid a small amount arguing that the knee had already deteriorated. Bill Leivers was furious at the decision made by the company. Cambridge United made him a field manager for the clubs spot ball competition.
On the 2nd May 1975 a testimonial was organised for him against Norwich. An excellent crowd of 7257 watched an All Stars side play against Norwich City.
All Stars -- Walker P Worthington D Worthington B Smith Mancini Waldron Collins, Shinton Hutchinson Carr Armstrong Watson G, Tully
Goalscorers -- Watson G 70, Hutchinson 80
Norwich - Keelan, Stringer, Sullivan, Morris, Forbes, Powell, McGuir,e MacDougall, Boyer, Suggett, Peters, Steele,
In 2019 Jimmy attended the match between Grimsby and Cambridge United at Blundell Park. Sadly for Jimmy he is now sadly suffering from Dementia. It was reported he could still remember some details of his time at the Abbey Stadium
Jimmy Thompson was a player who was always reliable and was one of those players whose name is included first on the team sheet. Sadly his career was cut short before its time.
After leaving Cambridge City, Mel played in the Cambs League and was well known as the landlord of The Rose & Crown in Teversham.
Mel died 6th August 2016 aged 72 years
Released at the end of the 1970/71 season. He had talks with Cambridge City but these broke down when he suffered a recurrence of a groin injury, and his professional career was over.
Peter later worked as a manager for the Britvic soft drinks company in Chelmsford.
Peter died on November 2nd, at the age of 72
Unfortunately, during a scouting trip to watch Keith, Ian Hutchinson came to their attention and the rest is history.It is also mentioned that Manchester United and Tottenham were interested in the goalkeeper.
After leaving the Abbey the Stoke born goalkeeper signed for Barnsley and during the 1971/72 season made 9 appearances for them before moving onto Cambridge City.
Keith died in January 2008
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