It’s probably about time we did something again in this competition. 1998 and the City Ground does seem a long while ago now.
On this day in 2002 we entertained the Quakers from Darlington in the curtain-raiser for our return to League Two action having enjoyed three seasons in the third tier. It also marked the first league encounter played out in front of the new South Stand. I suspect it wasn’t filled with Darlo fans that day, though. Looking at the U’s line up that day I can’t help but think that it wasn’t a bad side. To think that within three years we had fallen off the abyss and in to the Conference. A little taster of things to come perhaps saw us lose 1-2, only our eighth defeat in what was to be 32 league and cup outings against the men formerly from Feethams. Dave Kitson got our solitary goal that day.
Finally, for you guitar freaks out there, a certain Leo Fender was born on this day in 1909. He founded the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company and was responsible for such greats as the Telecaster, Stratocaster and Precision Bass. Fender was inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a year after his death in 1991.
Enjoy the game.