1970- Without doubt the most important promotion United have won and the only one gained non-playing as well as playing achievement . Back in the day when Football League status was gained by election by the existing member clubs. United had just finished champions of the Southern League for the second consecutive season and were quite rightly being branded as the best team outside the Football League. This together with a League standard ground, stable finances due to the biggest lottery in the country, a good size fan base and a very active campaign of conversing for votes led to United gaining Football League status and national recognition.
For me, a fourteen year old school boy, it was all down to my personnel heroes of the time. The duel strike force of Bill Cassidy and Tony Butcher were often referred to as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. For me they were more like Captain Kirk and Spock from Star Trek the popular Saturday evening viewing on BB1.
Taking the U’s to the “Final Frontier”
By Nigel Browne