Steve Fallon with friends and admirers in the Dion Dublin Bar, Abbey Stadium, 30 November 2015. From left, Kevin Higgins, Brian Higgins, Coconuts treasurer Tom McGrane, chair Pat Morgan, Steve Fallon, Coconuts committee member Alan Burge. Photo: Peter Leete.
Coconuts is pursuing its aim of welcoming at least one former player or manager to the Abbey at every home game – when we run out of players we'll start at the beginning again – and it was a real pleasure to have Steve Fallon among us last Friday.
Need a reminder of the facts and figures? Steve started a massive 446 games for the U's in all competitions, and made five sub appearances, between 1975 and 1987; he scored 30 goals, including one at Gillingham that some
say was the best U's score they've ever seen; he turned into a highly successful manager with Cambridge City, Histon and Soham Town Rangers, and has just started his second spell at Bridge Road; Ron Atkinson, who signed him for United from Kettering, once called him the best young centre-half in the country, and not many people argued at the time.
Steve is a lovely bloke: modest, unassuming, affable, generous. It was great to have him with us.