He had played for Blackburn Rovers and York City in the Football League before joining the U's
Roly played 38 times scoring four times for the U's and was part of the team that took the club into the Football League under Bill Leivers. He remained and played for the club in the Football League before leaving for Chelmsford.
Today, he returned to the Abbey the first time in many years due to work commitments. It was great to see him back and listen to some of his stories.
See Roly with his number one fan from the period CFU Board member Nigel Browne below and above standing in the NRE.
Read below the article from 100yearsofcoconuts
An edited version of this article appeared in the Cambridge United matchday programme for the FA Cup match against Sutton United on 5 November 2017.
In the memory’s eye, the image is crystal clear: a opposition right winger, believing he has got the better of United’s left back, is scampering towards the byline and scanning the penalty area for a forehead on which to plant his cross.
He should have heeded the words of the poet Burns: The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley. A booted foot, attached to a swinging left leg, appears out of nowhere and sweeps the ball out of harm’s way, into the Habbin or an Elfleda Road garden. The winger curses and furrows his brow.
The boot belonged to Brian Grant, one of the best exponents of the sliding tackle ever seen at the Abbey. His right hip must be worn smooth, so many times did he swivel on it.
Read more here from the 100yearsfcoconuts blog Blessed Brian