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🔎 The Opposition: Cambridge United

An in-depth look at City's midweek opponents the Us

21 August 2018

Exeter City make the long midweek trip to Cambridge United as Matt Taylor’s men look to continue their strong start to the season.

Here is all you need to know about the U's...

About Cambridge United:

  • Founded: 1912 
  • Stadium: Abbey Stadium
  • Nickname: The U's, United

Cambridge United was founded in 1912 as Abbey United, and took the name Cambridge United in 1951. It first competed in the Football League in 1970, staying there until relegation in 2005.

Cambridge's Football League status was regained in 2014, after nine seasons in the Conference National.

As of the 2018/19 season, the U's have played 40 seasons in the Football League: 8 seasons in the second tier (Championship), 9 seasons in the third tier (League One) and 23 seasons in the fourth tier (League Two).

The club is based at the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road, approximately two miles east of Cambridge city centre. The stadium has a capacity of 8,127, made up of terracing and seated areas.

The Manager:

Joe Dunne

Appointed head coach in May 2018 on a three-year contract, Dunne had joined the U's in May 2015 as Assistant Manager.

He took interim charge of Cambridge United's last 14 games of the 2017/18 season after Shaun Derry stepped down. Joe helped the U's to a positive end to the 2017/18 season with the club finishing in 12th place.

Form Guide:

The U's opened the 2018/19 EFL Sky Bet League Two season with a 3-0 defeat at Port Vale. They quickly bounced back with an impressive 3-2 victory over last-season's play-off semi-finalists, Notts County with former Grecian Barry Corr netting an injury time winner.

The U's were emphatically dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Newport County, suffering a 4-1 loss at home last Tuesday. On Saturday Cambridge drew 2-2 with Northampton Town, coming back twice from going behind.

Ones to Watch: 

Jabo Ibehre
Veteran striker Ibehre joined the U's in May 2017 on a year's deal after leaving Carlisle United. He has made over 600 career appeaerances and scored over 100 goals. Another powerful striker who is great in the air and a daunting prospect for most defences. Ibehre netted eight times last season, his final goal coming against the Grecians at the Abbey Stadium.

George Maris

Forward-thinking midfielder George joined the U's from Barnsley in the summer of 2016. He hit 10 goals last season, including a fine strike in the U's 3-2 defeat to the Grecians at the Abbey Stadium.

George has started the new season well, scoring in Saturday's 2-2 draw with recently relegated Northampton Town.

Previous Encounter:

It hasn’t been too long since the Grecians made the journey to the Abbey Stadium, and it was a match which will live long in the memory, as City came from behind to win the match 3-2 in dramatic fashion.

Jabo Ibehre’s goal for United put the home side ahead before Jayden Stockley headed City level. George Maris then put Cambridge back in front with an excellent strike from distance, before Matt Jay scored his first league goal for the club to make the score 2-2. Jake Taylor was then on hand to put City ahead late on and confirm all three points for the Grecians.

Ticket News:

Tickets are available on the gate at the Abbey Stadium at match day prices. City fans are housed in the South Stand (Seated).

  • Adult (22-64): £20
  • 64/NUS Student/Young Adult (18-21): £15
  • Under-18: £10
  • Under-12: £5
  • Under-5: FOC

Up next at St James Park:

City take on Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday, November 17, in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to buy tickets.


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