Actually a lot cheaper – head for the CFU online store (click here) or the caravan on a matchday to profit from a discount price when buying the first two volumes of Celery & Coconuts.
Celery & Coconuts: Volume I – Newmarket Road Roughs The Story of Abbey United and Cambridge United Football Club: 1912-1951 by Andrew Bennett Published by Lovely Bunch 2016
In the early years of the twentieth century, many residents of the Cambridge district of Barnwell had little going for them. It would take a long time for the poverty and squalor of the dense warren of housing, erected hurriedly during the Victorian industrial boom, to be alleviated.
From 1912 onwards, they had something to lift their spirits: their own football club.
Abbey United sprang up in the gloomy streets and on the bumpy commons of Barnwell. Sustained by the aid of the church, local benefactors and a steadfast band of devoted supporters, the club made rapid strides. As the 1950s dawned, it was contemplating the big time.
Andrew Bennett’s meticulously researched and engagingly written Newmarket Road Roughs is the first volume in the Celery & Coconuts series, which will tell the entire history of Abbey/Cambridge United. This volume examines in depth the birth and early years of a club that would one day threaten to storm the Premier League stronghold.
Celery & Coconuts: Volume II – Risen from the Dust The Story of Abbey United and Cambridge United Football Club: 1951-1970 by Andrew Bennett Paperback; 388 pages Published by Lovely Bunch 2017
In 1951, Cambridge United were a lowly United Counties League football club, although one with huge ambitions. As they prepared for their first season in the Eastern Counties League, they appointed their first full-time player-manager and looked towards the stars.
Supporters and players alike rolled their sleeves up and started work on the rapid rise that in 1970 took them to their promised land: the Football League.
Risen from the Dust, the second volume of Andrew Bennett’s brilliant Celery & Coconuts, the definitive history of an extraordinary club, takes readers on a breathtaking surge upwards through the leagues.
Backed by painstaking research and Bennett’s eye for a story, Risen from the Dust reveals what can be achieved by a community determined to succeed.