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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Wed Jan 5, 2011 9:53:15 am

Recent results:

Won 2-1 at home to Forest Green in the FA Trophy thanks to a last minute own goal. Drew Alfreton away in the next round who are 2nd in the league below.
Next 2 games called off. Took on Mansfield at home on the 28th, and lost....5-1. Score flattered them a little bit scoring their last 3 late, and we missed a golden opportunity to make it 2-2 right before they made it 3-1. Pretty wank though.
New Years Day, home to lowly Histon, 0-0 draw. Dire performance, manager now under serious pressure, rumour that failure to win in the next game will result in his sacking.
2 days later away to Eastbourne, who hadn't won since the start of October, and thanks to 2 early goals, from Willmott and Gray, we get a 2-0 win.

We're now 12th, 10 points off the playoffs and a similar amount off relegation. Far from out of reach but the problem is we can't beat anybody good. Occassional bad results against the likes of Histon therefore mean that Ling is still under pressure despite the latest result, as we've not really progressed since last season. Furthermore, the club is in serious financial trouble again, as we budgeted for crowds of 3,200 and are only averaging 2,400. We're losing £12k a home game, and with 7 of our next 8 games away from home, we could be facing a serious financial problem. Probably going to have to sell at least 1 of our 2 best youngsters this window.

Title race is between Crawley, Luton and Wimbledon. 7 or 8 teams fighting for remaining 2 playoff spots.

Goals from December:

January looks like this, radio for all on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire website:
Sat 8th - Barrow away (7am PST)
Sat 15th - Alfreton away (FA Trophy) (7am PST)
Tue 18th - Newport away (11.45am PST)
Sat 22nd - Wrexham home (7am PST)
Tue 25th - Crawley away (11.45am PST)
Sat 29th - Bath away (7am PST)
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Unread postby MMClark » Wed Jan 5, 2011 5:58:08 pm

How much would it take for the ECS to purchase CUFC
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:49:32 pm

In case anyone is bored for the next 30-45 minutes, we're currently in extra time in our FA Trophy replay at home to Alfreton. Drew 3-3 on Saturday scoring an 88th minute equaliser, and done the same today!

5 mins into extra time. Link here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bb ... _cambridge

Edit: 3-4 now. Bloody 'eck.
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Unread postby nuthatch » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:14:52 pm

ugh...tuned in just in time to see it made 6-3 (!) :twisted:
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:34:12 pm

So, January has been, um, shit.

We followed up the win at Eastbourne with a 2-1 win at Barrow, who we struggling, but another away win and we were starting to look up.
We then went to Alfreton in the FA Trophy and drew 3-3, going 1 up before falling behind twice and equalising in the last minute. The replay then followed exactly the same pattern, before going to extra time where they tore us apart and ended up beating us 6-3 on our own patch.
We then took on Wrexham at home, a real test as to whether we could hack it against the better teams and make a playoff push. We were 3-0 down in 25 minutes, at which point Wrexham switched off. We got 1 back but had Brian Saah sent off and lost 3-1. Pressure mounts on Ling.
Next up was a trip to (despicable) league leaders Crawley, we held on for an hour but eventually caved in and lost 3-0.
Then yesterday, we went to part-time Bath City, got to 0-0 at half time.....and lost 4-0.
22 goals conceded in 5 games. The only reason Ling hasn't been sacked yet is because we can't afford it, he sounds like a dead man walking, he knows this will be his last full-time football management job as he's well and truly screwed it up. Whether the board decide to act or wait until the summer, we'll see. With us slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone again, and crowds plummeting, it could be costly.

Last Friday we also sold Robbie Willmott to Luton for £50k. Was worth more but as he's out of contract in the summer, we didn't have much room to manouvere. Wayne Gray was also released. No-one brought in all month, no money at all.

February looks like this:
Tues 1 Feb - Rushden Away
Sat 5 Feb - Rushden Home
Sat 12 Feb - Grimsby Away
Tues 15 Feb - Darlington Home
Fri 18 Feb - Kidderminster Home (Live on Premier Sports)
Tue 22 Feb - Histon Away

No video has popped up yet for last month, probably a good thing.
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Tue Feb 1, 2011 10:22:17 am

Cambridge United can confirm the Club has terminated Martin Ling's contract with immediate effect and has relieved John Schofield of his first team coaching duties.

The Board have asked Jez George with the assistance of Paul Carden to take the first team tonight for the Blue Square Bet match at Rushden & Diamonds.

The Club will make a further announcement tomorrow (Wednesday 2 February 2011).

:D :beer:

Renewed sense of optimism for tonight's game. Come on you U's!
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:41:35 am

Since the sacking, things haven't improved. We put in a spirited display at Rushden but lost 2-1, then lost at home to Rushden the following Saturday 2-0, got a good point away to Grimsby last Saturday, and then lost 1-0 at home to Darlington Tuesday night, missing an early penalty. Our caretaker manager is our youth team manager, and as a result all the senior players have been pushed out the way and our average age is currently about 21 (no shit).

Shipped out capitan and assistant manager Paul Carden to Luton, put veteran striker Daryl Clare available for loan, and signed 3 young players on loan. We are now only 6 points above the relegation zone, and we're in a lot of trouble as I can't see where the goals are coming from.

Anyway, the main point for this is that we're live on tele tonight, so if you can bare to watch, it should be available at one of the following:

http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?match ... art=sports
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Thu Mar 3, 2011 6:12:32 am

Monthly update, although half has been covered already.

First the game referenced above at home to Kidderminster. We dominated from the off but went behind to a deflected goal in the first half. Battered them 2nd half and eventually a thumping Adam Marriott free kick got us an equaliser in the 91st minute.....only for them to go straight up field from kick off and get a 92nd minute winner. Absolute ballache of a result and at this point and we were only 5 points above the drop zone after everyone else had played on Saturday. For the 2nd game in a row the crowd dipped below 2,000, with only 1,700 home fans in attendance, very worrying sign.

Marriott's free kick

Then we went to Histon the following Tuesday, a defeat there would see us really dragged into the mire, was the biggest game of the season to date. Showed up at the ground at 7.10 to find 2 turnstiles open and 500 United fans queuing to get in, by kick off the away end was pretty much full but there were still 300-400 people queuing outside. Histon panicked and open the gate and let them all in for free, which apparantely caused a bit of a crush near the turnstile entrance. Official attendance was 1900 with 1200 Cambridge fans, but add on the extras and we had 3 times what they had (there was never 700 home fans there).

Couple of smokes let off at the start and a decent amount of noise from us, we had it going for about 70% of the game which is pretty good by our standards. And it was rocking once we took the lead right on half time when Danny Wright latched onto a long ball, took it round the keeper and made it 1-0 Cambridge. Soon after the restart, and thinks to some poor Histon defending, Adam Marriott knocked in a 2nd from close range off a corner and we were looking comfortable. In true Cambridge style though we did our best to screw it up and gave away a penalty with 15 minutes left. Luckily, Simon Brown managed to save it, and despite a couple of further fluffed chances by Histon, we held on for a 2-0 win and a massive 3 points.

2nd goal

Penalty save

Bit of pre-match/start of match singing


No game on the Saturday due to Luton's involvement in the FA Trophy, so our last game of the month was Tuesday just gone away to Newport, who hadn't won since December 28th. Started brightly and after Marriott beat the offside trap and hooked a ball back to Simon Russell on the edge of the box, we were 1-0 up when Russell curled a left foot effort into the top corner. Held on until half time but Simon Brown then gave away a penalty 10 minutes into the 2nd half, and couldn't repeat his Histon heroics and Newport made it 1-1. After that we had to put up with a sustained amount of pressure from the home side seeking that first win in 2 months, but towards the end it was us pushing, and we managed to hit the post, and then not get a stonewall penalty in stoppage time for handball, which you'll see below. What you don't see below, is that the linesman actually flagged for the penalty, and the referee ignored him. 1-1 is how it finished, which is still a decent point.

Full match highlights - http://www.blip.tv/file/4831335

We're not quite out of it yet, but considering our upturn in form, the gap we've now established, and the fact that the teams below us are truly awful, we shouldn't have any worries, and I'd like to think by this time next month we'll be mathematically safe.

17 Cambridge 35 -7 38
18 Southport 33 -4 35
19 Forest Green 34 -18 35
20 Hayes & Y 35 -28 32
21 Barrow 32 -17 29
22 Altrincham 33 -37 29
23 Histon 34 -24 27
24 Eastbourne B 33 -31 26

Before the Histon game it looked like we were about to make a panic managerial appointment, but the 2 recent results seem to have put pay to that. Interviews have taken place but I still doubt we'll appoint anyone before the summer.

March fixtures:
Sat 5th Mar - Away vs Darlington, k.o 3pm
Sat 12th Mar - Away vs Southport, k.o 3pm
Tue 15th Mar - Home vs Luton, k.o. 7.45pm (worth a listen, got a bit tasty last season)
Sat 19th Mar - Home vs York, k.o 3pm
Sat 26th Mar- Home vs Forest Green Rovers, k.o. 3pm
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:33:48 am

One month to go now. Still not quite settled.

5/3/11 - Darlington 1-0 Cambridge - Came for a point, were unbelievably negative, and only had one chance first half when Marriott blasted wide when the goal was open. They eventually scored halfway through the 2nd half, we had no answer.

12/3/11 - Southport 1-1 Cambridge - Robbed by the ref in this one. Their keeper should've gone early on for taking out Danny Wright, and then Marriott was given a straight red rather questionably. They then should've had a defender sent off 2nd half for an even worse tackle than Marriott's, only got a yellow though. They took the lead with a screamer, but we snatched an equaliser in stoppage time, and had a chance to win it after that too. Useful point

Highlights - http://videos.splmedia.com/football/vid ... season_id=

15/3/11 - Cambridge 0-0 Luton - Good point at home to Luton who are in the playoffs, had 2 goals chalked off too, 2nd one very questionably as well.

Highlights - First game on this video is Eastbourne away from January (already seen), but then follow the goals from Grimsby away in February, and then the Luton game:


19/3/11 - Cambridge 2-1 York - Vital win at home to playoff chasing York. Took the lead early with a great strike from young Liam Hughes, only for them to equalise pretty soon after following some sloppy defending. Even sloppier defending then lead to our winner from Wright 10 minutes from time.

Highlights - [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvT968y31K8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL[/youtube]

26/3/11 - Cambridge 1-1 Forest Green - A win here against fellow relegation candidates FGR would've seen us pretty much safe, and we took the lead with a nicely crafted goal near half time. Got sloppy 2nd half and were punished with 10 minutes left thanks to a great strike from one of their midfielders.


League table:

16 Cambridge 40 -7 44
17 Barrow 38 -12 42
18 Tamworth 39 -16 42
19 Southport 38 -8 40
20 Hayes & Y 40 -30 39
21 Altrincham 39 -35 39
22 Forest Green 40 -21 38
23 Eastbourne B 39 -35 29
24 Histon 38 -32 27

Bit of loan activity in March. Brought in David Bentley, experienced midfielder from Gillingham, on loan, Courtney Herbert, pacy striker from Northampton, and are about to sign Dean Sinclair from Grimsby, the guy who scored above goal for us in the game in February. Player/assistant manager Paul Carden is now (failing) on loan at Luton, £10k summer signing Daryl Clare is on loan at Alfreton, and Ricky Wellard and Dan Walker, both impressing on loan for us, got recalled.

Fixtures for April (all 3pm kickoffs except the last one):
Saturday 2nd April - Altrincham away
Saturday 9th April - AFC Wimbledon home
Saturday 16th April - Forest Green Rovers away
Saturday 23rd April - Hayes and Yeading home
Monday 25th April - York City away
Saturday 30th April - Fleetwood Town home (5.15 kick off)

Wins against 2 of Altrincham, FGR and Hayes should be enough for us. A loss next week will plunge us right back into the mire though.
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:19:17 pm

3 games to go and we're not quite safe yet, but nearly there. Were 2-0 down at Alty before pulling back to 2-2 and getting a useful point, then got torn apart at home by Wimbledon, although only lost 2-1, pulling a goal back late on. Went to Forest Green last weekend where a loss would've put us in a right mess, but we got a point, and the 2 teams that can catch us in the drop zone both lost, which helped (made a decent bit of noise for the first time in a while too). Essentially now 2 points should do it, although we have a tough run in, at home to Hayes who are the form team in the league right now Saturday, and then away at York and home to Fleetwood last 2 games, who are both chasing playoff places.

Wimbledon home:

Forest Green away:

Crawley are now champions, sadly.

17 Barrow 43 -14 47
18 Cambridge 43 -8 46
19 Tamworth 43 -19 46
20 Forest Green 43 -17 45
21 Southport 43 -20 42
22 Altrincham 43 -38 41
23 Eastbourne B 43 -42 33 (Relegated)
24 Histon 43 -44 27 (Relegated)

Anyway, main point of this is if anyone is still interested and wants me to bring any CUFC stuff over when I come in the summer, drop me a PM and I'll pick it up for you in one of our last 2 home games. (Away shirt is half price, everything else 10% off, see here - http://www.cambridge-united.co.uk/page/ ... 38,00.html)
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sun May 1, 2011 7:17:31 am

Season over. Finished with a 1-0 win over Hayes to secure our safety, followed by a drab 0-0 draw at York, and an equally drab 1-0 home loss against playoff side Fleetwood to finish off a drab season.

Hayes home:

Fleetwood home:

Final table:

1 Crawley Town 46 63 105
2 Wimbledon 46 36 90
3 Luton 46 48 84
4 Wrexham 46 17 81
5 Fleetwood T 46 26 78
6 Kidderminster 46 14 72
7 Darlington 46 19 71
8 York 46 5 71
9 Newport County 46 18 69
10 Bath City 46 -4 63
11 Grimsby 46 10 62
12 Rushden & D 46 3 62
13 Mansfield 46 -2 61
14 Kettering 46 -11 58
15 Gateshead 46 -3 57
16 Hayes & Y 46 -24 51
17 Cambridge 46 -8 50
18 Barrow 46 -15 50
19 Tamworth 46 -21 49
20 Forest Green 46 -19 46
21 Southport 46 -21 46
22 Altrincham 46 -40 44
23 Eastbourne B 46 -42 39
24 Histon 46 -49 28

Stockport have been relegated in to the BSP from League 2 and will be joined by Barnet or Lincoln City next weekend. Braintree and Alfreton won the Conference South and North respectively, and will be joined by 1 of Telford, Boston, Guiseley or Nuneaton, and 1 of Woking, Ebbsfleet, Chelmsford and Farnborough in our league next season.

Jez George (caretaker manager, runs the youth team) has been offered the managers job full time because Martin Ling is squeezing us for every penny he can so we can't really afford to appoint a new manager, but Jez has made it known he doesn't want the job and wants to go back to coaching the youth, so we'll see how that plays out. In further exciting news, our playing budget will be 25% less next year, the 2nd lowest we've had in our time in the Conference, so if we pull off a playoff run next year it'll be a fucking impressive acheivement. Mid-table obscurity expected. Fun times.
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Unread postby BVB09Germany » Tue May 3, 2011 11:05:14 pm

Damn, that seemed too close for comfort at the end of the season. 4 points is hardly a comfortable safety net.

Glad to see the U's saw the season out.
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Unread postby ericgi » Fri May 13, 2011 10:30:28 pm

been crazy busy so I didn't get a chance to follow as closely this season. A bit too uncomfortable being that close to the bottom...

any word yet on Hanauer's exit and additional investors in the club?
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sat May 14, 2011 1:40:30 am

You didn't miss much, the only game I'll look back on with any fondness from this season was Huddersfield away, and only 91 of 94 minutes of that anyway! There's normally one team that don't spend a lot and do well in the BSP, but I find it hard to believe that it'll be us next season.

It's gone absolutely dead quiet on the buying the club front. The supporters trust (CFU) launched a bid back in January/February to turn the club into a supporters run one, much like AFC Wimbledon (and Exeter, who came out of financial problems much like ours under that new system, beat us in the playoff final 3 years ago, and have just finished 8th in League One), but the club and them didn't seem to see eye to eye and after both issuing a couple of statements throwing a few insults at each other nothing came of it. Since then, bugger all. We're cutting costs left, right and centre at the moment so it looks like Barry knows no-one is going to come any time soon and he just wants to save some of his (and Adrian's) money.

We ended up appointing Jez George as manager too. We had a manager watching us the last few games and we thought it was going to be him, but it seems like we've taken the cheap option in Jez, which could work brilliantly, or could be a catastrophic failure (he's the brains behind our fantastic youth system that basically keeps this club running), mainly because we think Ling is still holding out for every last dime that he can.
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