On the 11th May 1939 Abbey United took part in their last competitive match before war commenced with Germany in the September of that year.
The match taking place was for the Creake Charity Shield against Histon Institute at Milton Road in front of 1200 spectators
It resulted in victory for United 2-1.
Both Abbey United goals that day were scored by Herbert Smart who was father of the future Cambridge United Chairman Reg Smart.
I wonder how many players who took part that day would have known how events were going to turn out over the coming months and how their lives would change forever?
Above is a photo produced by the Cambridge Daily News of the Abbey United team that played on the day
Back from left: Herbert Smart, Reg Kimberley, A 'Buck' Arnold, Herbert 'Tickle' Sanderson, Ernie Caston, Reg Wilson. Front: Fred Mansfield, Monty Bull, Wally Wilson, Bob Brown, Joe Richardson, Jim Langford.
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