Above from left: Josh, Troy, Deborah, Carl, Sheridan and Jack Hardy with Colin Proctor at the Cambs Glass Stadium, Saturday, 18 February 2017. Right from left: Robin Hardy's sons Carl and Troy accept Colin's caricature of their father.
It was with great pleasure that 100 Years of Coconuts and representatives of Cambridge United welcomed members of the late Robin Hardy's family to the Cambs Glass Stadium for the game against Newport County on Saturday, February 18. Following United's thrilling late 3-2 win over the Exiles, they've been told they can come again.
Robin and Marilyn's sons Troy and Carl, who lived on Newmarket Road, almost opposite the Abbey, while Robin plied his trade for the U's between 1967 and 1971, were accompanied by daughter-in-law Deborah, granddaughter Sheridan and grandsons Jack and Josh.
They dropped in to see former neighbours Rodney and Josie Slack, and after the game were presented with a caricature of Robin in his playing days by the artist: United director and fan extraordinaire Colin Proctor.
In return, Jack sent us the photograph on the right: Robin tossing the coin before – we believe – the game against Kettering Town in 1969 which United won to claim the Southern League title for the first time.
Robin Hardy tosses up at an Abbey Stadium match – the Kettering championship-clinching match of 1969?