“Towns are like people. Old ones have character, the new ones are interchangeable.” Wallace Stegler.
On the face of it,we have much in common with Cheltenham and with Cheltenham Town. Both places are better known for their grand architecture and illustrious history than they are for their football teams. Indeed, compared with the attention paid to tourism and to English Literature, the existence of football has been treated by those with power and influence almost as a guilty secret! However Cheltenham is not just a town for Regency style dandies and fops anymore than Cambridge is just a University. Our teams have been playing each other since those far off Southern League days and I have always felt welcome at their ground. Their fans are always friendly and we are always welcome in their Supporters’ Club. Good chips too.
It seems strange that their stadium should be called the Jonny Rocks because it never seems to. I have usually been more taken by the beauty of the hills in the distance behind the home supporters’ goalmouth .We always seem to have tough games there and we have often been outfought but I have witnessed some triumphs there. Last time I went, I witnessed a master class from Samir Carruthers and thought we would win easily. Sadly, he failed to appear for the second half and we had to settle for a draw. Samir never really recovered after that and became another case of what might have been. Michael Duff has made the Robins hard to beat but we are resilient too. We played with style and passion in the away fixture and I expect the same tonight.
We have been missing some key players and have looked a little leggy of late but the players have had a rare week off and at least Harrison is back. I look forward to seeing more of the Spurs lads who have shown enormous promise. It must be a relief for them playing for a team which actually tries to win games and to play entertaining football-as it should be played. Spurs are a terrible team to watch at the moment , worse perhaps than anyone except Ipswich. Their thoroughly dislikeable manager choses to blame the Referee for his team’s tepid approach. I’m not surprised that Mr Drysdale got so incensed with their players. Their own fans feel the same. Lets hope for all the points and all the plaudits tonight.
Cambridge Fans United