Greetings from Coconuts! What a start! Can we finish the season now?
Hope you enjoyed the first digital programme offering, lots of positive feedback so far. Somebody said last week it was a hundred days to Christmas so with that in mind, if you weren't one of the 200 people to buy The Moose that Roared, volume 4 of Celery & Coconuts, then we are hoping to print some more copies, if not for you then dad or grandad even (eek)so get your pre-order in on the CFU website as soon as you can.
Last time round we delved down Cut Throat Lane for historic fixtures on that day. 26 September is probably a bit more interesting and living memory records show we have played nine competitive fixtures going back to 1959 when we entertained Trowbridge Town in the Southern Football League. And yes it was 0-0. Bit of a mixed bag overall, a 1-0 win v Worcester in 1964, 2-1 v the Shaymen in 1987 and who could forget our first non-league encounter v Luton Town in 2009, although I have tried to.
Today we are concentrating, again, on our inaugural season in the Football League in 1970/71. Hartlepool Utd were the visitors, managed by a certain John Simpson who the following year joined the U's as trainer/physio and oversaw two promotions in 1973 and 1977. The programme that day is linked below for your indulgence. Oh and we won by the way, 2-0 with goals from John McKinven and Ron Howell in front of a very healthy 5,225, our fourth league victory of that campaign. Neither McKinven nor Howell scored again for the U’s and by 1971 had moved on to pastures new.
Is there an opposite to a bogey team? Well Hartlepool were one such for us. We were unbeaten for 14 games from 1970, the run coming to an end at the Victoria Ground(as was) on a very dank January afternoon in 1986. Which probably felt a lot danker come 5pm.
Bye for now,