Cambridge United v Ipswich Town: East Anglian derby a reminder of the sad fall of Tractor Boys

CAMBRIDGE AND IPSWICH are around 50 miles apart, but given the lack of top-class football entities in East Anglian, the clash between the two clubs is always keenly anticipated. At League One level, Ipswich Town are a big club, along … Continue reading Cambridge United v Ipswich Town: East Anglian derby a reminder of the sad fall of Tractor Boys

Nice try Cambridge, but pre-season’s pre-season

It seemed a little too good to be true: Cambridge United – newly promoted to the Football League – hosting West Ham United, Espanyol and Shakhtar Donetsk. Surely, there was some mistake? And at £ 12 per ticket, it seemed remarkably good value. I was told that Cambridge had pulled off a coup in getting European opposition to the R Costings Abbey Stadium. There was precious little information in the media about the Absolute Sports Travel (AST) Cup, a two-day tournament very much in the style of Arsenal’s celebrated Emirates Cup. But just a day before the first games, I … Continue reading Nice try Cambridge, but pre-season’s pre-season

Wembley resembles tumbleweed junction on Trophy day

Just 18,000 people saw the FA Trophy final at Wembley, a second-half stroll for Cambridge United against Gosport Borough. The attendance doesn’t sound impressive, but it’s probably five times the combined average gates of the two participants. But 18,000 in a cavernous Wembley that still had space for the entire populations of two small towns was a bare, echoey and apathetic place. There was no atmosphere at all. If you can’t hear the opposition at the other end of the ground, you know the place is empty. A couple of Gosport fans boasted before kick-off that their club had sold … Continue reading Wembley resembles tumbleweed junction on Trophy day