Celery & Coconuts Collection volume V - A Big Emotion
United in emotion
Interim Cambridge United manager Claude Le Roy confessed he was feeling ‘a big emotion’ after a rare win in 2004.
United fans knew just how he felt as their club, which had been knocking at the door of the Premier League in 1992, endured adversity and ignominy – and very nearly extinction.
Following an all-too brief resurgence around the millennium years, in 2005 United plunged back into the non-Football League abyss from which it had emerged in 1970, flirting with ruination as it did so.
The club had grown from a group of boys kicking a ball about in the back streets of the poor Barnwell district of Cambridge, before World War I, to one that threatened to storm the stronghold of the game’s elite. Now emotions ran unbearably high as it stared extermination in the face.
The fifth volume of Celery & Coconuts, Andrew Bennett’s exhaustive history of Cambridge United, consists of a blow-by-blow account of those troubled years, imparted in Bennett’s inimitable, highly readable style.
An indispensable volume for U’s supporters and football history enthusiasts everywhere, A Big Emotion is published by Lovely Bunch and is available for.
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