MEMORIES DOWN CUT THROAT LANE WAY
Evenin’, all. “A large number of people gathered together in a disorganised or unruly way.” Now that’s the OED definition of a “crowd”. Sounds a bit harsh? Anyway, welcome back, behave yourselves and follow the obligations.
Welcome to the Stags this evening for this 24 hour-delayed fixture, nicely coinciding with the ending of lockdown. Mansfield are common opponents for us and we have met them 14 times since returning to normal duties in 2014, including a couple of cup ties.
Wandering down Cut Throat Lane it seems that not an awful lot has transpired on this date in the past. With the promotion season of 1972/3 above in mind we are focusing on 2 December 1972 and a home fixture with the Gulls from Torquay. This ended in a rather turgid 0-0 draw in front of just 3,244 although we had suffered a preposterous 5-1 thrashing at Workington the previous week. Not promotion form, seemingly although remarkably after the Workington thrashing we were still third in the table. This week’s featured programme from the Torquay game shows us as well that at that point the Stags were heading the table after twenty games which if nothing else demonstrates a season is a marathon not a sprint. Note the programme price of 5p including the Football league insert(about a fiver in today’s money), manager Bill Leivers was due to collect the October manager of the month award that afternoon(sponsored by Bell’s Scotch Whisky of course) and for Christmas you could buy a Utd rosette for 15p! Enjoy that and of course your return to the Abbey.
Finally, on this day in 1988 “Naked Gun”, based on TV’s Police Squad series, premiered in the US. Always worth a laugh.
Bye for now,
Bill Leivers was the manager who took Cambridge United to Southern League titles in 1969 and 1970 and guided the club through its first few years in the Football League.
The 100yearsofcoconuts interview was carried out at his home in Cornwall in 2014 The interviewer was Patrick Morgan.
This interview is in seven parts and Bill discusses his time time at Cambridge United, transfers, players and moves towards League status, his time in the Football League as manager and his later days at the Abbey.