Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Summer is over, football starts
Tuesday 19th July 2011, Cambridge United 2 Ipswich Town 2 - Pre season friendly.
What a start, two down in 4 minutes!! Still need a centre back, right back, midfielder, left back --- but at least we have a goalscorer - Michael Chopra!
It was funny to be back at the Abbey Stadium (or as it is known now - the R Costings Abbey Stadium), my last visit was also for a pre season game in 1980, 31 years ago! We then stood in an open end but today behind the same goal we sat in a very smart stand, but the rest of the ground has not changed much. On my last visit in 1980, we were just starting a season that would see us play our greatest football ever, since then both clubs have had their ups and downs. United may have suffered more as they are now back playing non league football.
Other changes? we probably had more fans at the game this week than we did in 1980, and no hooligans!
Still a very quaint ground to visit and as it is Cambridge, plenty of bike racks - and all being used!