Evening fellow U’s. A nice early in the season evening game and plenty more to follow this season, for once. And after a two year break the A1M’ers(southbound) return with their management team of, let’s say, some notoriety. And no lack of success, I might add.
When one talks of the date that is 15 August it is impossible to ignore its place in the folklore of CUFC. I know we’ve covered it before but that day in 1970 of course heralded our entry in to the Football League which I’m sure older readers will recall still with some fondness. I think the programme cover for the entirety of that season with its “INTO THE LEAGUE” banner headline said it all really. And on that first encounter even now reading the programme you do get a heady sense of euphoria and a sense of rightful self-congratulation amongst all the officials of the club.
Imp utility man Derek Trevis has the distinction(never to be lost) of being the first league goalscorer at the Abbey when he slotted home before half time. Scottish defender Colin Meldrum started what was to be his last season of professional football by heading in the equaliser during the second half so that the spoils were shared on this historic occasion. The nine page edition is full of ads for the usual pubs, garages, takeaways, bookies and other food outlets. Worth highlighting a few of the names in the Imps’ squad that day; right back Graham “do I not like that” Taylor, Ray Harford(Fulham manager amongst many others), Bobby Svarc who might be remembered by U’s fans more at Col U - scored 117 league goals in 268 career appearances - and Percy Freeman who became a legend at Sincil Bank ending up with 64 league goals over 152 appearances.
The crowd that day was 6,843 which I well recall the directors were disappointed with although 5k+ was required in the budget for the season. In the end the average was 4,919 so all were reasonably happy although the 20th position finish, one spot above the re-election zone, would have caused a few jitters.
Enjoy the game(and the floodlights).
50 years as a Football League Club for Cambridge United.
hen Cambridge United unveiled a limited edition all-white replica strip for their SkyBet League Two match against Newport in October, it got supporters thinking of the club's first forays playing in the Football League fifty years earlier. Back in 1970, United finally succeeded in being elected as a league club after many failed attempts.
To watch the video see the link below
This was filmed in October 2020
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