Celery & Coconuts: Volume I – Newmarket Road Roughs (Normal Post)
Celery & Coconuts: Volume I – Newmarket Road Roughs
The Story of Abbey United and Cambridge United Football Club: 1912-1951
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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.