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Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:46 pm

As a Clarets fan living in Cambridge all my life. I have a lot of fond memories of Burnley coming for away days.
One that sticks in mind was Adrian Randall and his run on goal and scoring Fa cup 1994.
I also got arrested and released without charge, mistaken identity. October 1993. Got a lift to the match from police on blue lights :lol:

Any memories of this fixture? Good or bad

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Fretters » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:49 pm

I think we won 1-0 there in the 99/00 promotion season, a night game. Could be wrong on the result. We might not have even played them!
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:51 pm

Yes we did. It was my dads birthday. 19/10/99 0-1 Andy Cooke. Very early if I remember

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by ClaretTony » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:52 pm

I remember the refreshment bar having a fire where the sausages were cooking.

Seen some wins there including the 4-0 when Hansbury was in goal for them.

Also a defeat in 1987/88 when we had two players sent off.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by ClaretTony » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:52 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:51 pm
Yes we did. It was my dads birthday. 19/10/99 0-1 Andy Cooke. Very early if I remember
First minute possibly
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:54 pm

Hansbury Christ had forgotten about him! Could not catch a beach ball! 1987/88 I think one of our lads swung the most deliberate elbow ever!
Grewcock?

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Bin Ont Turf » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:56 pm

I vaguely remember an FA Cup game there mid 90's I think.

Walking through a field to get there and it was rammed with Burnley fans behind the goal.

Edit- It's mentioned in the OP you daft sod. :roll:
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:56 pm

ClaretTony wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:52 pm
First minute possibly
Yes I think you are right. Then one of there players jumped for a header fell awkwardly and broke his leg? Possibly against Mitchel Thomas?

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:58 pm

Bin Ont Turf wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:56 pm
I vaguely remember an FA Cup game there mid 90's I think.

Walking through a field to get there and it was rammed with Burnley fans behind the goal.
Yeah Coldamms common. Yeah it was rammed.
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Bin Ont Turf » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:01 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:58 pm
Yeah Coldamms common. Yeah it was rammed.

And some of our nutters started lobbing stuff at their goalie.

Until it was put a stop to. :twisted:

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Fretters » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:02 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:51 pm
Yes we did. It was my dads birthday. 19/10/99 0-1 Andy Cooke. Very early if I remember
Damn it, I almost went with Cooke too! No idea how I remember that, I wasn't even there!

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Clarets4me » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:02 pm

My favorite Andy Payton goal came at home against Cambridge Utd in the 1999-2000 promotion season. Andy picks up a flick on from Steve Davis with his back to goal and two defenders on him, a " Cruyff turn ", one touch and blasts left footed past a non-plussed Lionel Perez into the top corner. Brilliant goal !

Andy then sets off for the Burnley bench where Ian Wright's sitting, " How about that then ? " :lol: :lol:
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by tim_noone » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:03 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:54 pm
Hansbury Christ had forgotten about him! Could not catch a beach ball! 1987/88 I think one of our lads swung the most deliberate elbow ever!
Grewcock?
Tbf most goalies would at a windy Turf Moor 8-)

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Buxtonclaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:06 pm

ClaretTony wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:52 pm
First minute possibly
It was.
I bloody missed it still trying to get in. We heard our fans celebrating before I got through the turnstile. :(

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:07 pm

Bin Ont Turf wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:01 pm
And some of our nutters started lobbing stuff at their goalie.

Until it was put a stop to. :twisted:
I remember local news reporting the next day that some school kids had been verbally abused in stand opposite.
There had been trouble a few months before in the October hence my arrest. I was arrested because I was wearing a Burnley shirt and gave my Cambridge address. They repeatedly asked me for correct address. After 30 mins of trying to explain. I was arrested on public for calling policeman a ****.
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:10 pm

Buxtonclaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:06 pm
It was.
I bloody missed it still trying to get in. We heard our fans celebrating before I got through the turnstile. :(
To long in the pub Buxton? Or trying to park?

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Vegas Claret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:11 pm

I think my only visit was for the cup game too on the poxy little terrace behind the goal

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Buxtonclaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:13 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:10 pm
To long in the pub Buxton? Or trying to park?
Bit of both.
There were quite a few still going ahead and behind us. :)
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:15 pm

Vegas Claret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:11 pm
I think my only visit was for the cup game too on the poxy little terrace behind the goal
Think Im right in saying this was a all ticket game for seating? They completely underestimated fans standing. There was another standing section towards the main side stand, but they never opened it, because concrete and brickwork was crumbling

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Vegas Claret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:19 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:15 pm
Think Im right in saying this was a all ticket game for seating? They completely underestimated fans standing. There was another standing section towards the main side stand, but they never opened it, because concrete and brickwork was crumbling
yeah I think that is correct, I remember Clarets sitting off to our left (I think, my memory is crap!!). One of the lads was driving and we ended up at Cambridge City's ground first ! Got to the United's ground (Abbey Stadium ??) just before kick off :lol: :lol:

Good times but makes me enjoy our current status even more
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Silkyskills1 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:19 pm

The game in Oct. 93 was a 1-0 win with a David Eyres first minute goal down at the other end from our fans. The first outing for Rossendale Clarets because I was on it with my son.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by bodge » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:36 pm

My only visit to Cambridge was on New Year's Day 1990.

I remember two things, Pearce being constantly asked to do the Lambada by our fans behind the goal and me losing my scarf on the A1, as i forgot it was hanging out of the window and i wound it down cos i was too hot :lol:

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by IanMcL » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:43 pm

I remember us having 9 men and losing 2-0.

I remember walking along a tow path to get to the ground, then our end of it.

I remember leaving my wife and mother in law in the centre and me and father in law watching the match.

I remember not knowing the way to the ground. I stopped the car and asked the way....over and over and over again! No one knew Cambridge!

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by cricketfield73 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:46 pm

My abiding memory of going to Cambridge was from a night match in 1999.
I got home in the early hours and when I went to bed my girlfriend groggily asked me the score. Excitedly I told her the result to which she replied "phhhh, all that way for 1-0".
Still makes me chuckle that one.
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Herts Clarets » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:56 pm

My one and only visit was the 4-0 win when Hapless Hansbury was in goal for Cambridge. We were crap back then but still managed to score 4 in the first half.

I may have travelled on a Boxcar/Scholes chara to this game. I do recall being on a coach and we passed the team coach and the driver announces that we are about to pass your idols. And they don't come much more f***ing idle than this lot......

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Rowls » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:14 pm

Only went there the once, must've been 1999 for the 1-0 win. Don't remember much.

But my Dad has a story about Cambridge which is both amusing and also terrible.

There was a single footpath and ditch which was the only access to the away end and was about a mile long. You obviously wouldn't go down there unless you were an away fan. However, one night as the Burnley fans piled out of the away end, a posh university student riding his sit-up-and-beg bicycle was taking a short cut down this single, narrow path. He very suddenly and unexpectedly found himself negotiating a route through a streaming crowd of angry northerners.

Unwisely, he tringed his bell and tried to politely ask people to make way for him. One Burnley fan took offence at this and pushed the student into the ditch before hopping on the bike and pegging it to the end of the footpath. Cue uproarious laughter from the majority of the crowd.

The way my Dad describes it makes it sound simultaneously hilarious and shamefully cruel.

I'm glad to report that the student was helped up by some kindlier Clarets and his bike was retrieved at the end of the footpath.

Anybody else heard the same story or witness this?
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by NL Claret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:27 pm

Went in 1993 (1-0 win) and 1995 (4-2 win). Can't remember much about the 1993 game apart from having a couple of pints in a pub on the main road.

The FA Cup game it appeared that most of the away following were bladdered and the chant of the day was "your sh!t and you ride a bike". Think we had a few before in the same pub, possibly Wrestlers.

Vague memories of allotments near the ground.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by bfcjg » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:43 pm

Remember going late seventies on the Viscount Central coaches herded back to coaches through a narrow bridge and police with dogs letting them take a nip at you if you got to near, there was one dog and it was a massive poodle style dog apparently used in Germany for crowd control, vicious thing, also on our coach was a bicycle someone nicked.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by gawthorpe_view » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:55 pm

I went there In the very late 70's, or early 80's for a 2-2 draw.
Anyone wearing Doc Martens or similar had them confiscated, I saw a couple of lads sat on the crush barriers to keep their feet off the freezing concrete steps.
There were allotments behind the away end. And a stand that stopped at the half way line.

There was a match at Turf Moor when we won 5-2 or 3 they had two sent off by referee McNally (I think).
He did not tolerate any dissent.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Local cricketer » Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:01 pm

Lionel Perez what a keeper

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by diamondpocket » Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:01 pm

Went to the Tuesday night 1-0 win with my Mum on the Burnley Supporters Coach. Think it was the only time I went to an away game with just me mam hence I remember the day well. Dad was working so couldn't come. It was my one & only visit to the ground on the very small terracing behind the goal before they built the new stand.
Awful game, was windy and maybe even rained, and a goal in the first minute. Think that was about it. But one of those scrappy away wins that takes you up!!

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by gawthorpe_view » Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:01 pm

bfcjg wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:43 pm
Remember going late seventies on the Viscount Central coaches herded back to coaches through a narrow bridge and police with dogs letting them take a nip at you if you got to near, there was one dog and it was a massive poodle style dog apparently used in Germany for crowd control, vicious thing, also on our coach was a bicycle someone nicked.
When I went, people were knocking on the gates, parking their bikes under the stand, exiting and then going back through the turnstiles, paying on the way through.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by mdd2 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:28 pm

April 4th 1987 on the Turf lost 2-0. Only 1800 on and we were bobbins. But things could only get better-after getting even worse

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by yorkyclaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:52 pm

cricketfield73 wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:46 pm
My abiding memory of going to Cambridge was from a night match in 1999.
I got home in the early hours and when I went to bed my girlfriend groggily asked me the score. Excitedly I told her the result to which she replied "phhhh, all that way for 1-0".
Still makes me chuckle that one.
No she phoned you shortly after you left the ground, as I remember it.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by NL Claret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:56 pm

gawthorpe_view wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:55 pm
I went there In the very late 70's, or early 80's for a 2-2 draw.
Anyone wearing Doc Martens or similar had them confiscated, I saw a couple of lads sat on the crush barriers to keep their feet off the freezing concrete steps.
There were allotments behind the away end. And a stand that stopped at the half way line.

There was a match at Turf Moor when we won 5-2 or 3 they had two sent off by referee McNally (I think).
He did not tolerate any dissent.
The 2-2 is another memory of Cambridge away even though I didn't go.

Think my dad and his mates hired a van to go the game. They were sharing the driving (I'm guessing before drink drive laws came into force) and having met some these characters a few years on (like a booze) the standard of driving on the way home might have been questioned today!

I'll still have the programme somewhere.
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by ten bellies » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:48 pm

My only visit to the Abbey Stadium was November 1986 Cambridge 3 Burnley 1. Travelled up from NW London by train. Met a Claret at Liverpool St who'd travelled up from Southampton. Had a few beers pre game before we got played off the park. Remember walking across what seemed to be a very large park back to the train station thoroughly miserable. A crowd of 2500 according to some stats page.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by MRG » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:00 pm

I had a relative who was kind of a big deal at Cambridge City

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by claretdj » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:28 pm

I remember going on my 15th birthday October 93, behind the goal sunny day, We won 1-0 with David Eyres scoring in the first minute..

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by MrTopTier » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:38 pm

I have a memory not sure if was Cambridge, but enough detail on this thread to suggest it is.
Late 8O’s got beat ( no surprise) , coach left on the car park (Rossy Clarets) all on the bus went round Cambridge on a stag do( could have been Selwyns)
Got back to the coach and all the windows smashed in.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Clarets4me » Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:46 pm

MrTopTier wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:38 pm
I have a memory not sure if was Cambridge, but enough detail on this thread to suggest it is.
Late 8O’s got beat ( no surprise) , coach left on the car park (Rossy Clarets) all on the bus went round Cambridge on a stag do( could have been Selwyns)
Got back to the coach and all the windows smashed in.
I heard about that, apparently it was the King's College Choir " Firm ", seeking revenge for what had happened to one of their mates who'd been cycling near the ground some years previously ( see Rowls' post ). Rumour has it, they weren't necessarily the hardest of lads, but they could sing " You're gonna get your f*****g heads kicked in ! " really quite beautifully !! 8-)
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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by TomtheClaret » Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:46 pm

MRG wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:00 pm
I had a relative who was kind of a big deal at Cambridge City
Do Tell?

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Steve-Harpers-perm » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:28 am

Remember the 1.0 win and the cup match think Big Bad John Gayle bagged one down our end? Also remember the walk through the allotments!

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Cajun » Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:18 am

NL Claret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:56 pm
The 2-2 is another memory of Cambridge away even though I didn't go.

Think my dad and his mates hired a van to go the game. They were sharing the driving (I'm guessing before drink drive laws came into force) and having met some these characters a few years on (like a booze) the standard of driving on the way home might have been questioned today!

I'll still have the programme somewhere.
That 2-2 game was my first away day to Cambridge, November 78. I was living in Staffs at the time and had arranged to get picked up at Keele Services by a van running out of the Swan pub, my regular pre-match boozer in those days. Wonder if this was that same van you refer to? I remember it was packed with the usual 12-14 lads. Always a lot of beer flowed on those trips.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by Pearcey » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:14 am

I remember an FA Cup game. It was the first time I’d seen Alan Lee in a Burnley shirt. Think we won 1-0.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by MRG » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:07 am

TomtheClaret wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:46 pm
Do Tell?
Gary Grogan

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by turfytopper » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:40 am

My only visit and I can only recall how forgettable the experience was.....it was foggy and from the away end which was down by the corner flag you could see very little of the key moment, which came very early in the game...neil grewcock receiving a red.....
Game over...but I think we managed a 2nd red and a heavy defeat....guess it was mid 80s?

Strangely I also remember chatting to a youngster who lived in Southampton....but had been brought up as a claret.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by todclaret » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:25 am

I recall a train trip there with Selwyn back the 80s.Think we came back from 2 down to win 3-2.
Also seem to recall some excellent bacon butties served in the ground.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by clansman » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:18 am

Meg
Gary was a good striker and if memory serves me right he played for Cambridge city and Soham Town Rangers in the Eastern Counties league. Good player and a claret!
I played for Ely City. Cambridge City hated united as they always thought they should have got in the league and not united.

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Re: Any memories of playing Cambridge Utd

Post by MRG » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:38 am

clansman wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:18 am
Meg
Gary was a good striker and if memory serves me right he played for Cambridge city and Soham Town Rangers in the Eastern Counties league. Good player and a claret!
I played for Ely City. Cambridge City hated united as they always thought they should have got in the league and not united.
Yes, his brother is Tex who is well known locally and was a very good goalkeeper at local level

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