During the 1960's the Cambridge News produced the sports paper called the Sports Review and later on the Light Blue each Saturday during the football season.
100yearsofCoconuts have been donated copies of the Light Blues by Trevor Hobson-Frohock covering the period from the 60's
Everyone of a certain age will remember the Light Blue that was produced on a Saturday evening within hours of the match ending. Remember it was in the days before modern technology and techniques were in place.
Phones were hardwired in those days and reports had to be rung in by the journalist and then transcribed. It would then need to be set up manually so the paper could be printed. The Cambridge News offices were based in Newmarket Road at the time
We have been able to re-produce the weekly copies on line for your information. Below is a selection from 1964 and 1965 season.
We hope you enjoy reading the papers and also the memories they hold within them
Thank you to James Taylor for scanning the copies and enabling us to enjoy them again
Click here to go to see the papers on line or on the photo above
Going through the photographs on my phone I came across these ones. They were taken on my last day we worked at the Abbey Stadium before the lockdown took place
The day was spent seeding the goalmouth areas and the the parts that needed attention
There is work still ongoing. Ian and Mick are carrying maintenance and pitch care at the site
Ian Darler answers your questions Part 5--- DO YOU CUT THE PITCH ALL YEAR AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
We do generally cut the pitch all year apart from a 3-4 week window when we carry out the annual renovation although the time of year determines how often we cut and when we cut.
During the months of June, July & August we do tend to cut almost every day to keep the playing surface in top order and keep on top of the daily growth once we get to September the growth can start to slow a little and we drop the cutting to 3 days a week depending on what fixtures we have during that period.
Above cutting in progress with both mowers being used.
Our aim is to keep the grass as active as possible for as long as possible as this helps recovery after a fixture.
We are often asked why we walk with a mower and do not have a seat on the back well it is simple we always try to keep as much weight off the pitch as possible to avoid compaction as this causes serious problems within the turf and soil structure causing shallow root growth, water logging and anaerobic layering which leads to root break and an unstable playing surface. And let’s be honest it has other benefits in that it keeps you fit.
The winter months does see a reduction in the use of a mower and we generally mow before a fixture and after a fixture to clean the surface up after the game. We do also sweep the playing surface on a more regular basis from October to March to keep the mower shades in place and more importantly to dry the surface to help prevent disease within the surface.
As mentioned in one of the earlier questions we try to cut between 25-30mm in height.
The EFL and EFL Trust have today launched an online FIT FANS campaign to provide a safe way for fans to get active in the safety of their homes.
In support of Sport England’s ‘Stay in Work Out’ campaign, the programme will ensure fans have a safe way to start and maintain exercise safely, during this current period.
According to new research released by Sport England, over 65% of people believe that exercise is helping them with their mental health, making an active lifestyle more important than ever for EFL fans and the nation.
Over the next 12 weeks we will feature sessions developed by two fitness coaches, Scott Copeland and Steph Thompson from the Club Community Organisation (CCO) network and will be released twice a week for fans to follow and get involved.
The sessions will introduce the concepts of safe warm up and cool down, increasing daily step counts and activity levels gradually, before moving onto sessions including aerobic strength and training. The exercises will vary and be fun to really give fans the chance to keep moving and see improvements in their fitness.
The sessions will be released each week on Wednesday at 5pm and Saturday at 11am on the EFL and EFL Trust YouTube channels, and will be available for fans to watch at their own leisure within the safety of their own homes.
Stay home, save lives and join the FIT FANS movement as we find new ways to keep moving in around our homes.
The cutting height of the grass can vary from manager to manager although most will allow me to operate between 25-30mm
Typical heights of cut;
The pitch: playing season ideally 25 – 30mm
Training ground ideally 25mm to 30mm to ensure protection of the surface and allow the players to adapt to the playing height.
The above heights are recognised across the football world as a guide. Pitches cut higher than this will result in dramatically slowing down the roll of the ball and make its movement erratic across the surface so reducing the quality of the game. It will also make running more difficult and be tiring for the players as well as increasing the risk of injury.
Quality of cut is one of the most important areas of management of a football pitch
Quality of cut is affected by the setting of the mower blades. Implications of incorrect mower adjustments are:
b. tram lining
All of the above will detract from the look of the pitch and are easily avoided by attention to detail when setting the mower up and ensuring that the mower cylinder has a re-grind and set which involves a new bottom blade and the cylinder being sharpened.
I feel that I have to pay special thanks to everyone who contributes towards the Cambridge United Lottery who have simply saved the day with the generous donation that enabled the football club to purchase a tractor. This will enable Mick Brown and myself to continue to work on the playing surface and also other areas within the stadium.
What’s it all about? - The football club has had an Iseki tractor and aerator on a lease for four years via Ernest Doe. The lease came to the end of its life on 30th March and we were due to replace the equipment with a new tractor and aerator but the Covid 19 virus came along and the finance company stopped the pre-arranged deal from proceeding. This was totally out of our control at the football club and nobody could have foreseen this coming when the lease arrangements were put in place.
I approached the lottery to ask if there would be any possibility of a contribution towards the cost of buying the tractor which we had previously had on finance back from Ernest doe, the support I received from the lottery committee was simply amazing! I negotiated a really good deal with Ernest Doe on the tractor and the committee accepted and supported what was on the table. From the minute I asked for help to the time we received the tractor back at the stadium was just 36 hours.
I have to thank Dave Matthew-Jones, Brian Thorby and Nigel Browne for all their help they have given the football club and myself during these challenging times, and of course all the people who contribute towards the lottery every week, without your support this would never have been possible.
Thank you for your continued support stay safe & well.
Stadium Manager / Head Groundsman
The COVID-19 pandemic has, quite clearly, brought about challenges which extend beyond the game we all love, and led to an unprecedented and testing situation for everyone.
In these circumstances, open and honest communication is more important than ever, and it is with this in mind that I am writing directly to supporters of every EFL Club today on the 132nd anniversary of the foundation of the Football League.
I want to start by offering my condolences to those who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease. I would also like to acknowledge once again the incredible work being carried out by key workers, including front-line NHS staff and carers, at this difficult time. Their collective sacrifice for the health and wellbeing of others is something to be truly proud of, and one which – on behalf of the EFL – I would like to sincerely thank them for.
It is often said that football is like a family, and we have seen that many of those undertaking vital work are fans of EFL Clubs. From Bristol to Bolton and Colchester to Carlisle, supporters across the country are among the heroes making a positive impact, and it has been heartening to see and hear the stories of people coming together at such a crucial time.
Our Clubs are also rising to the challenge and are carrying out important work in their local communities. We know that eight in 10 people in England and Wales live within a 15-mile radius of an EFL club, so whether it’s offering practical, emotional or physical support, the help football Clubs are providing should not be underestimated.
It is, of course, by continuing to adhere to Government guidelines that we can all play our part in the national effort against coronavirus and so I’d also like to take this opportunity to urge you all to stay at home. In doing so, you will save lives.
When it comes to footballing matters, I understand the desire among fans for definitive answers, particularly around the conclusion of 2019/20 campaign. As I am sure you will appreciate, the situation presents significant operational and financial challenges, including the logistics of Clubs returning to full operational status, the practicalities of playing football behind closed doors, and the possible knock-on effects for the 2020/21 campaign. Please be assured that we are working hard on these and will update you as soon as we can once decisions have been made.
To give you an honest assessment of the current situation; the point at which you will be able to attend games again remains unclear. Please be assured, however, that we are going to welcome you back to stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. Your contribution to the matchday experience and atmospheres created in stadia up and down the country is something we should never take for granted. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you today when football will resume, though whenever we do return, matches are likely to be played without crowds.
And whilst we are unfortunately without the presence of the hundreds of thousands of supporters who pass through EFL turnstiles each week, we will endeavour to bring live football direct into your homes once it returns. Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence.
The contribution to football’s finances made by match-going supporters should not be underestimated. It is critical to the business model of league football. Perhaps the biggest challenge right now is not knowing when we will be able to reintroduce football in front of crowds. We can only hope that the situation develops in such a way that we will be able to do with the shortest possible break.
With or without spectators, delivering a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season remains our goal to ensure the integrity of our competitions. This, of course, means that a number of factors – including when, where and within what timeframe fixtures will be played – must be given careful consideration in line with Government advice. Similar factors must also be taken into account when agreeing an approach towards player training and testing, not least the appropriate level of medical resource and creation of an effective and efficient medical matchday protocol.
As we’ve previously stated, the health and wellbeing of our Clubs, their players and staff, and you – the fans – remains our first priority, and so you can appreciate that we want to give thorough and rigorous thought to these matters.
From the outset, we have committed to regular dialogue with each of these groups, as well as the Government, in order to tackle the challenges we face as effectively as possible. As well as taking into account the current climate in terms of public opinion, including those views of fans, we are regularly taking ideas and suggestions from our Clubs.
Aside from two catastrophic World Wars, this pandemic is arguably the most challenging issue to have affected football since the League was founded 132 years ago. Our Clubs have been left with significant outgoings while facing a sudden loss of income. With this in mind, I’m sure you will be aware of talk about wages and deferrals. Good progress is being made in these areas, with a view to this assisting in delivering medium to long-term solutions that protect our game for years to come.
As I said when I arrived, the EFL and its Clubs matter to many people, but most of all to the supporters. It is natural, at this stage, that you will have many questions, and we will endeavour to continue to provide answers and solutions, but we must do so with your health – as well as that of the entire nation - in mind.
I thank you for your patience so far and ask for more of the same; this is a serious situation which is changing by the day, and one which requires informed and considered decisions. The next few weeks will bring more clarity when it comes to our operational plans and, as always, we’ll look to maintain regular communication.
One thing we can be sure of is that football, and normality, will return, and will so do more quickly if we remain united.
For now, thank you for your ongoing support and, please, stay safe.
Dear CUFC Lottery Member,
Thank you for your continued support of the CUFC Lottery.
CUFC Lottery 'Accumulator' Results (17 April 2020) - this weeks winning 'Accumulator' numbers are (0146)
-there was a winner of the weekly 'Accumulator' this week winning a total of £1300.
-next weeks 'Accumulator' will be £500.
CUFC Lottery 'Main Draw' Results (17 April 2020) - this weeks winning 'Main Draw' numbers are (9247)
-there were no winners of the 'Main Draw' jackpot this week.
-next weeks 'Main Draw' jackpot will be £300.00.
As the 'Main Draw' jackpot was not won this week
-there are 2 CUFC Lottery members matching the first pair winning £10.00 each
-there are 0 Lottery members matching the second pair
If you are a winner of either the 'Accumulator' or 'Main Draw' you will be notified individually by email.
The CUFC Lottery Team
“With the difficult times we find ourselves in the future of all football clubs is precarious, to say the least. There is no better time to help support your club and give them a chance of getting through the current situation.
It may surprise people to know that the designs we install on the pitch when cutting all take a similar time to string out design and then cut.
The design below had a little piece of everything.
Diamonds in the centre circle followed by 5 circles leading in to straight lines with diagonals running through them which is a very simple process which takes 3-4 hours per cut.
It is which way that the grass lays that’s determines the light and dark shades that you see on the pitch.
I GUESS IT IS LIKE AN ARTIST LOOKING AT A Canvas AFTER IT HAS BEEN PAINTED
Above you can see the strings set out to ensure we had the Christmas tree shape to the correct dimensions.
To install the 2 trees and other decorations around the pitch only took a couple of hours.
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The 100yearsofcoconuts website have added a photo of John Docherty to their facebook site. Click here to see.
John joined Cambridge United as coach during Ron Atkinson's time at the club and went onto manage the side during the period when we were in Division Two, the now equivalent to the Championship. There were big sides coming to the Abbey week in, week out in those days. He also had to manage the reduction to the way teams were funded via the split gates that dramatically reduced our income at the time. This would eventually cause many clubs to have difficulty competing against the big boys. It was the beginning of the polarisation of the funding within the game and the smaller sides not being able to compete.
He was part of the coaching and management team that helped the club to achieve one of its most successful periods. If not the most successful period
When supporters talk about great managers. John does not seem to get the recognition he deserves for the contribution he made to the club.
How good was he? Is it me being sentimental or was he one of the best if not the best manager the club ever had?
What do you think?
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