Exeter City welcome early League Two pacesetters Cambridge United to St James Park on Saturday as they look to pick up their first home league win of the season.
Here’s all that you will need to know about Saturday’s opponents…
- Founded: 1912
- Nickname: The U’s
- Honours: Football League One champions: 1990/92. Football League Two champions: 1976/77. FA Trophy: 2013/14
Cambridge spent their formative years outside the Football League and it was not until 1970 that the club finally emerged from dark into the fourth tier of English football.
That fateful year of promotion earmarked a fruitful and sustained period in the Football League, consolidating their position for the preceding thirty-five seasons before relegation in 2005.
In that time period the U’s won the Third Division in 1990/91 and then went so close to promotion to the Premier League, before coming up short in the play-off semi-finals.
The late 80’s and early 90’s were the most exciting times in the club’s history as they reached back-to-back FA Cup quarter-finals in 1989/90 and 1990/91, as well as the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 1992/93.
Cambridge bounced back from a nine year hiatus in the Conference in 2014 and have since retained their position in League Two.
34-year-old Mark Bonner has been in charge at the Abbey Stadium since Colin Calderwood left the League Two club on 29 January, winning four of their seven matches.
Bonner has been academy manager, first-team coach and assistant boss with the U's,
- Name: Abbey Stadium
- Capacity: 8,127
- Year opened: 1932
- Address: Cambridge United, The Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LN
The Abbey Stadium was built in 1923, following demand for a new stadium as then Abbey United couldn’t fit enough fans in their old stadium, Parker’s Piece. The land for the Abbey Stadium was purchased in 1931 by then Club President Henry Francis, who kindly donated the land to the club following their desperation to move to a bigger stadium. After decades of intense development, the final stand in the stadium was constructed in 1954, where the west stand was constructed.The south end of the stadium was redeveloped in 2002, when the South Stand (pictured) was opened. A structure familiar with away supporters, it also houses medical facilities and a police control box.
Cambridge United surprised a few when they announced the signing of 38-year-old former Norwich City star Wes Hoolahan midfielder Wes Hoolahan in the summer. The Irishman - who played over 300 times in a ten-year period for the Canaries, including in the Premier League – joined the U’s after a year with Australian A-League outfit Newcastle Jet and scored his first goal for the club in a 5-0 win at Morecambe two weeks ago.
Hoolahan has also played 43 times for his country, retiring from international football in 2017 having scored three goals, most famously one against Sweden in the Euro 2016 group stages in Paris.
Exeter City 2 Cambridge United 0 | January 11 2020 | Sky Bet League Two
City made it nine games unbeaten thanks to goals from Ryan Bowman and Randell Williams.
Exeter City 1 Cambridge United 0 | November 19 2019 | Emirates FA Cup R1 Replay
The Grecians qualified for the next round of the FA Cup following a goal from Alex Fisher in the second half.
Cambridge United 1 Exeter City 1 | November 9 - Emirates FA Cup R1
A last-minute goal from Sam Smith denied Exeter a victory at The Abbey in the first round of the FA Cup.
Head to Head
- Exeter City wins: 18
- Draws: 12
- Cambridge United wins: 28
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