An edited version of this article appeared in the Cambridge United matchday programme for the game against Accrington Stanley on 11 November 2017. It refers to United's FA Cup match against Newport County played on December 3 of that year. Newport won 2-0.
Which football club plays in amber and black, was formed in 1912 and re-formed in 1919, and experienced a life-changing upheaval in 1989? Which football club apart from Cambridge United, that is?
The answer is Newport County, or at least the Newport County that was formed after the late-80s winding-up of the famous old club that started out in the early years of the 20th century as the Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club.
Our 1989 experience was a little less traumatic than that of the Exiles: late in the year, inspirational manager Chris Turner was mulling over a change that would eventually see John Beck take over his chair and lead the U’s on a rampage that would see them knocking on the Premier League’s door and reaching two FA Cup quarter-finals.
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