The A-Z of Cambridge United: U-Z

U: Uche Ikpeazu

Powerhouse forward plucked from obscurity and turned into a fearsome goalscoring machine and the only exciting thing about the club during the tenure of Shaun Derry. Posed in a Hearts shirt before his contract had expired, but didn’t make the step up to the SPL. Now joined up with fellow “big man up top” Adebayo Akinfenwa at Beck protégé Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers, currently trying to work out why a tactic that was found out in 1992 isn’t working in 2020 as they slide out of the Championship.

V: Vans, specifically LDV Vans

Now defunct commercial vehicle manufacturer who sponsored the Football League Trophy during the early 00’s. We got to the Final in Cardiff under manager John Taylor only to be torn apart by Blackpool. Still, it was a good weekend until the football kicked off.

See also: van Heusden, Arjan. Goalkeeper during Roy Mc’s promotion season who happened to be simultaneously better than, and worse than, Shaun Marshall.

W: Wrestlers

The only pub within miles of the ground, and also home to Cambridge’s best Thai food. Where you’ll find at least one of the UTAS crew knocking back a couple of pints and enjoying a Pad Thai before the game, much to the dismay of those who have to sit around him.

Honorable mention: White Swan. Another favourite UTAS haunt. Football on the telly, free-flowing Guinness and open late.

X: X-Rated

CFU Produced a pretty steamy calendar during the Mid-00’s to raise some funds for the club. Look at the picture of Lionel Perez in a towel and tell me you don’t want to donate.

Y: Yellow

Colour of Cambridge shirts during the late 80’s/early 90’s heyday, now reverted to a more traditional amber. Also our much-missed scoreboard (bought on the cheap from Glasgow Rangers) used to spell out YELLOWS every now and again, when it worked.

Z: Zig Zag to the Onion Bag

Footballing philosophy of one Mr John Beck. We’re not sure quite what it meant, but whatever it was, it worked as the United almost gatecrashed the Premier League.

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