And it’s the local derby today that never was, really! Our ‘league’ record against these other U’s is mixed, seven wins against eight defeats and eight draws. Some great player connections though over the years going right back to the 1960s including (the late)Graham Atkinson(brother of Big Ron), the one man engine room that was Paul Wanless and of course ‘new’ striker Sam Smith.
Time to wander back down Cut Throat Lane way and 7 August 1985 it is. It seems we have never commenced a League programme at home as early as 7 August(see below) so I am wrestling with pre season friendlies here and “odd” early cup competitions! Everybody knows the history of the Cambs Professional Cup and the fact that it was steeped in some rivalry in the 1960s when Utd and City were tearing lumps out of each other. Sadly the relative demise of City post 1970 meant that “Cambs” was in effect moved all round the country(Cheshire at one point) to provide opposition for the U’s. Come 1985 and Norfolk came to town in the form of the Canaries. As you might expect for a non-league fixture that early in August and a Wednesday evening affair to boot, the programme is a thin effort, costing just 10p(about 30p in new money) and it’s fair to say the cover gives the game away a bit in terms of more recent apathy on Utd’s part towards the competition.
Anyway the visitors left chirping with a comprehensive 4-1 victory, Utd’s sole hitting of the back of the onion bag coming from a penalty by Steve Massey, our recent signing from Hull City. The Norwich line-up wasn’t exactly second string and featured the likes of Chris Woods in goal, Steve Bruce, Mike Phelan, Dave Watson, Kevin Drinkell and John Deehan……..blimey.
My only bone of contention on a day like today in early August is we are still amidst the first test match(of five) against our friends from India. It doesn’t take much to get this old lag confused, you know; I’m still dealing with the U’s v the U’s as it is! And is the Olympics still on…
Talking of athletics, on this day in 1954 Roger Bannister beat Australia’s John Landy in the mile at the Empire Games in Vancouver, the first time a mile was run in under four minutes by two contestants.
Enjoy the game.