The fact that it’s really hard to pick out any outstanding individuals highlights the fact that it was an all-round team effort. If pushed I would have to say Tom Finney with his combative midfield play and the battering ram centre forward play of Sammy Morgan made the most difference. But it’s hard to ignore the contributions of Fallon, Biley, and Spriggs as it was the previous season, also those of Malcolm Webster in goal, Lindsay Smith and the ever reliable Dave Stringer.
Promotion was sealed with a 2-1 home win over Exeter City. United recovering from Exeter taking the lead through ex U Keith Bowker in the 62th minute, with goals from Finney and Fallon in the 73rd and 84th minutes. How fitting that local boy Fallon should score the goal that sent Cambridge United into the second division their highest ever league. Celebrations abounded all over the city. I recall only a few things about the evening. I know it started with in the Cricketers pub in Manor Place and moved on to our regular Saturday night pub crawl which included the Still, The Red Cow, The Eagle and then on to one or other of the various College Bars as most of us work in the colleges it was easy to get in one or other and until the early hours making the most of the vastly reduced prices. How three of us managed to end up with a bottle of Champagne knocking on the door of Chan’s Chinese take away in East Road at 3.00 in the morning beats me. But I do remember an elderly man who was well lubricated trying to walk a dog causing us great amusement. Oh also the pain in my head the next morning.