Bit of a change of scene for this week’s trundle of nostalgia down Cut Throat Lane and the fixture on this date. 23 February 2008 saw us entertain FGR - blimey I must have been about 25 then - and an opportunity in a much improved season guided by Jimmy Quinn to break the hoodoo of not beating our visitors in five previous attempts. We all remember the first attempt, I suspect, back in 2005. The game itself was probably more exciting than the programme although we mustn’t forget things like the ‘South Stand Initiative’ being in play which boosted the gate to an unlikely near 4,800 that day. Not forgetting the 66 hardy stalwarts from Nailsworth way. Anybody who attended this fixture 13 years ago, if they remember one thing it will be the U’s first goal which was a wonder free kick strike from Wayne Hatswell from 40 yards out after just 4 minutes. His first U’s goal and the first of 8 in total over the course of his two season career before heading off to pastures green in Dundalk. Utd went on to win 2-0 to break the spell and the main season ended well two and a half months later in the playoff positions. Heartbreak of course returned in floods at Wembley.
On this date in 1996 the film ‘Trainspotting’ was released in the UK and Ireland. A good film although not as good as the book, I didn’t think. A pound for every time that was said?
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention the passing last week of another U’s fan, Ian “Animal” Shaw. I didn’t know Ian personally, many Coconutters did, and I know he will be missed by many both inside and outside CUFC. Our thoughts are with all those involved.
Enjoy the programme attached, cheer on the U’s to the next step to the fourth division title(!) and of course stay safe.
Bye for now,