Tuesday’s game will not go down in history as a great Cambridgeshire Derby. In fact, it’ll probably be forgotten about as quickly as Jordan Slew drives down the A14.
But it’s been donkeys since we last beat that lot, so let’s remind ourselves just how good it actually is, with these classic victories.
3rd January 1989 P*sh 1-5 United
A thousand members of the Amber Army crammed in to Cripple Sidings Lane for this encounter, and they were treated to one of the most legendary U’s performances ever, one that’s still sung about thirty years later.
Dion Dublin got United off to a flying start smashing in a cross from Gary Clayton after just two minutes. P*sh equalise a few minutes later through Dave Swindlehurst (no relation to UTAS’ own Jack), before Dion adds a second through an error by their keeper. United go in at the break 3-1 up as Laurie Ryan follows up from a blocked Dublin shot.
The pair combine in the second half as a Ryan shot is parried to the feet of Dublin who fires it into the roof of the net to make it four to the mighty U’s. Two minutes from the end Chris Leadbitter makes it five and a famous victory for United.
17 December 1989 United 3-2 P*sh
Taylor and Dublin. What a forward line. After Dion’s heroics at London Road earlier that season it was Shaggy’s time to write himself into United folklore with a B*ro-busting hat-trick of his own.
21 April 1990 P*sh 1-2 United
Three thousand U’s fans packed into London Road for this one as United surged towards the playoffs. Like our previous visit United got off to a quick start, with Michael Cheetham squirming a shot under the keeper after just 21 seconds. Could another hiding be on the cards? Sadly not. Another rough game saw U’s players kicked and dragged all over the shop by the neanderthals in blue. B*ro equalise and look set to make home advantage count until Dion Dublin shows lightning quick reactions to stab home an Alan Kimble cross to send the U’s back to civilisation with all three points.
3rd December 1994 P*sh 0-2 United
The FA Cup Second Round saw both rivals drawn against each other at London Road, and Dean Barrick’s speculative shot put the U’s 1-0 up, and Darren Hay doubled it before half time. Jon Sheffield in the U’s goal kept us in it, and the following video features a large number of glum B*ro fans, which we LOVE to see.
11 April 1998 United 1-0 P*sh
A United forward line of Michael Kyd, Martin Butler and Trevor Benjamin showed promising signs this season and went on to greater things under Roy McFarland the season after. B*ro visited the Abbey on a rainy afternoon, and as their fans got their annual shower on the open Allotment End terrace it was left to Michael Kyd to score the games only goal, a long range effort past Mark Tyler. A sweet touch by the tannoy announcer saw him play Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again as the P*sh fans dragged their knuckles back to their coaches, this defeat all but ending their playoff hopes for another season (familiar, that).