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League Two Opponents - Cambridge United

3 June 2017

We Take a look through the sides that we will come up against in League Two next season.

Who Are They?

Founded in 1912 as Abbey United, the club didn't become Cambridge United until 1951. From 1970 through to 2005 they competed in the Football League, but relegation at the end of the 2004/05 season meant they dropped into non-league where they stayed for nine years. League Two football then returned to the Abbey Stadium, however, as the U's gained promotion from the Conference.

In recent years Cambridge have enjoyed some good results in the fourth tier, but their goalless draw at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round in January 2015 will live long in the memory. They lost the replay at Old Trafford by a three-goal margin, but the revenue earned from that cup run has aided the club's ambitions to progress.


How Did They Perform Last Season?

As well as progressing to the third round of the FA Cup before being beaten by Championship outfit Leeds United, Cambridge United enjoyed a positive season in League Two. Shaun Derry's men ended the campaign sitting 11th in the division, just four points off a play-off spot.

After nine league games, the U's actually propped the division up as they sat bottom of the table. However, improved form saw them rise to seventh at one point before some inconsistencies meant they were to fall away from the play-off picture. They also made it to the second round of both the EFL Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy, where they lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bradford City respectively.


Our Last Meeting

With Cambridge falling out of the Football League for a lengthy period, Vale's last meeting with the U's came way back in February 2002 as Stephen McPhee scored the only goal of the game to hand the Valiants victory at the Abbey Stadium.

An evenly contested game saw both teams spurn numerous chances, but McPhee's close range header in the first half was enough to separate the teams.


How To Get There

From Vale Park, the journey to the Abbey Stadium is 81.3 miles via the M6 and M42.

Take M6 to M42 and then M6

Take the A1 and A14 to Cambridge, heading towards Newmarket.

Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport.

At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton.

Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road.

Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.


By Train

You can also get to the Abbey Stadium via train.

The nearest railway station to the stadium is Cambridge which is approximately two miles away and around a 30-minute walk, although getting a taxi is advised.


Odds On Promotion

According to Sky Bet, Cambridge United are 7/2 to get promoted from League Two this season. They are also ranked at 16/1 to lift the league title.

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