Over the past couple of years ‘100 Years of Coconuts’ have been working hard to assemble a full set of Abbey/Cambridge United match-day programmes for the club’s museum/archive. The library is coming together very well but there are still a lot of gaps (mainly 1948-1970).
Coconuts also has a similar sized library of spares which it has been selling in order to raise funds to purchase required ones (when they become available).
If you would like to donate any United programmes (or enquire about the availability of spare programmes), email:
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
Individual Books Post Only
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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