Afternoon, all. Top of the league going in to the Easter weekend. When was the last time that happened, d’you think? 1999 my trusted sources tell me, prior to playing Cardiff on the Good Friday. I chuckle to this day about that game, standing in the Habbin above the old away seats. Somewhat ironically we were baiting the Cardiff fans with chants of “ sheep, sheep, sheep- shaggers(is this a family publication? Ed). Eventually one tall and rather large member of, I suspect, the Caerphilly branch of the Cardiff Booze Crew piped up and said in reply, “we shag ‘em, you eat ‘em!” BANTZ 1999 style.
We still have some doubters out there on social media - “still be lucky to make the playoffs” was one I clocked this week. Have U’s fans always been so hard to please, I wonder. You could say the previous what 15 seasons going back to 2005, with a couple of exceptions, have been ultimately less than satisfactory but for some those experiences don’t necessarily seem to have raised the appreciation levels of this campaign. Perhaps it’s an emotional safety net? We can all compare notes on 8 May.
Anyway let’s journey back to Tuesday 2 April 1991, the day after Easter Monday and a date with some Trotters tended by ex Kop legend, Phil Neal. I remember two things from that night. The wind which pretty much led to their ‘keeper’s flappy punch in the second half and Taylor back-headed it in to go two up. Lee Philpott had given us the lead in the first half. Tony Philliskirk pulled one back late on and International Johnny Vaughan then pulled off a wonder save with minutes to go to preserve the win, which I don’t remember! I do remember Phil Neal choking on his double portion of sour grapes afterwards, the usual stuff, who’d pay to watch that every week, blah, blah. Crowd of 7,763 of mainly Cambridge admission-paying folk.
Enjoy today’s programme reminiscence, not forgetting that on this day in 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands(a clue there for today’s quiz?!), which a lot of us at the time thought was some feat assuming they were somewhere near the Outer Hebrides.
Since 1912 - United in Endeavour!
Bye for now,
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