1973- Bill Lievers finest moment as a manager, taking United into the third tier of English football. A packed Abbey Stadium watches a winner takes all final match of the season against Mansfield Town. Both clubs need a win to be certain of promotion. Twice Mansfield take the lead and twice United pin them back with goals from Ronnie Walton and a Bobby Ross penalty. An end to end encounter is settled by Walton’s second twenty minutes from the end. Cue a massive pitch invasion by celebrating U’s fans and some disgruntled Stags. The referee is Jack Taylor the following year’s World Cup Final referee.
Cambridge Evening News Light Blue edition makes the occasion with the classic headline “Ding Dong, its Promotion Day”. No segregation in the ground in those days, I had to walk around the ground twice, mingling with lots of Mansfield fans before I found my mates. Much less strict capacity regulations then as well 11,524 squeezed into the Abbey before the Main Stand extension!