Afternoon. Thick and fast, eh? You know I said winning all the time can get boring well…... I lied!
Today we welcome the Trotters from Bolton. Some of you out there are still smarting I hear from the last time we played Bolton...Trevor Benjamin is still seething. The thirteenth and unluckiest fixture for the U’s saw us pitted against the Premier League opposition on 29 January 2000(OMG) in the FA Cup 5th round and the visitors were fortunate to escape in to the next round after some questionable refereeing decisions. I’ll leave it there. The previous dozen encounters saw three wins and five draws for the U’s, I’d suggest the most significant being one evening on 2 April 1991 when a 2-1 home victory saw us continue our rampage towards the D3 title that season. And I can still smell Phil Neal’s sour grapes in his post match interview.
So 24 October, what have we been up to on that date in the past? Looking down the Lane I see four home fixtures since we entered the Football League and all round a bit average, two home defeats v Colchester and Northampton in 1987 and 2000 respectively. A goalless draw v Shrewsbury in 1998 and saving the best until last, an emphatic 4-2 win v Port Vale in our first season in division three in 1973. Messrs Greenhalgh, Ferguson, Foote and Lennard got the goals in front of 3,612. We won only two games away from the Abbey though that season which tells you how it all ended up. Immerse yourselves in the programme from that day.
Finally, spare a thought (but not for long) for this day in 1933 when a couple of famous East End gangster twins were introduced to earthly proceedings. I think football was probably a little pedestrian for them.
Bye for now,