Then Ridgeon showed his hand: a Cambridge bid for League status would undoubtedly be stronger if the clubs were to merge, he said.
But Proctor warned against ‘scampering into a merger’, adding: ‘I’m not sure this would be to the ultimate good of football in Cambridge …’
A subsequent poll of the city’s football-supporting public found that nearly two-thirds favoured amalgamation, with more ‘ayes’ coming from north of the river than from the south and east.
Proctor responded by insisting his efforts were directed at establishing Newmarket Road as the centre of Cantabrigian football, while Ridgeon stated: ‘I still say if you want the best in football in Cambridge, there is still only one answer.’
The debate rumbled on … and on.
100 Years of Coconuts continues to work in partnership with Cambridge United Community Trust and Dementia Compass in running monthly sports cafés at the Abbey Stadium, helping people with dementia to recall the past.
The monthly sessions use memorabilia, photographs, memory cards, newspaper cuttings and other objects to help evoke memories of days gone by. This kind of activity can have a positive effect on health and wellbeing, and can also help to combat depression and loneliness. Feedback from guests and their partners and/or carers is heartening.
Over tea and biscuits, participants discuss their memories of sporting triumphs (and failures), great teams, star performers and remarkable events. Sometimes there's an extra element – a behind-the-scenes tour of the Abbey, a visit to Coconuts' mini-museum or a talk from legendary U's goalkeeper Rodney Slack.
The next sports café will take place at 2pm on Wednesday, June 13. If you know of someone who would enjoy and benefit from taking part, contact Andy Farrer (email@example.com) or Pat Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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