Cambridge United

Cambs Glass Stadium

Capacity: 9,617 (4,376 Seated)
Address: Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8LN
Telephone: 01223 566 500
Fax: 01223 729 220
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 1931
Shirt Sponsors: Mick George
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Amber and Black Stripes
Away Kit: White With Black & Amber Trim

Looking Towards The South Stand
Looking Towards The South Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Habbin Stand
Habbin Stand
North Terrace
North Terrace
South Stand
South Stand
Abbey Stadium External view
Abbey Stadium External view

The Main Stand on one side is a covered two-tiered all seated stand, part of which is used as a Family enclosure. This stand has a number of supporting pillars. Opposite is the Habbin Stand, which is for home supporters and is mostly covered. Again there are a number of supporting pillars. At one end of the ground is the Marstons Smooth South Stand, which was opened in 2002. This good sized covered single tiered, all seated stand, replaced a former open terrace. The seating area is raised in this stand, meaning that supporters enter the stand via a small flight of stairs. The North Terrace at the other end of the ground is covered. However, it only runs for about half the width of the pitch, with one side ending in line with the eighteen yard box. Thus there is a large open area at one corner of the ground, that is unused for spectators but houses the supporters club.

In 2016 the Abbey Stadium was renamed the Cambs Glass Stadium, in a corporate sponsorship deal.

The owners of the Abbey Stadium, Grosvenor Estate have announced ambitious plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to around 11,000. This would be achieved by building a new 3,500 capacity terrace at the Newmarket Road (South) end of the ground. This would be followed by replacing the current Habbin Terrace with a new 3,000 all seated stand complete with corporate areas. The final phase would see the current Main Stand being refurbished and extended. However the scheme is dependent on Grosvenor Estates being given permission to pursue other developments in the Cambridge area, the profits from which would be used to fund the Abbey Stadium Developments.

An artists impression of how the redeveloped stadium would look (image courtesy of Cambridge United FC)

Abbey Stadium Redevelopment Plans

Away fans are housed in the Marstons Smooth South Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 1,600 supporters can be seated. This relatively new covered, all seated stand has good facilities. For some larger games then the South part of the Habbin terrace can also be made available. This covered terrace can accommodate almost 1,000 supporters. The entrance to the away section is reached by walking along a path through what appears to be a common field that is used from time to time to graze cows (well judging from the number of cow pats!). Not much fun at the best times and especially when it is a bit more difficult to see for those night games! Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan informs me; 'The away end is a nice modern stand with good views of the playing action. The refreshments on offer included the legendary bacon rolls (£3), which have apparently returned after an absence, due to demand from fans'. Other food on offer include Cheeseburgers (£3.50) and Burgers (£3). Whilst Graham Young tells me; 'On the whole Cambridge is a good day out as it is generally relaxed and friendly'. 

There is a supporters club at the ground itself, that normally allows in away supporters, except for high profile games. The club charges a £1.50 entrance fee and also serves food. However as you would expect on matchdays it gets rather busy and sometimes has to turn away fans because it is full. With a number of pubs in the local area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans in the way of a pre-match pint. Along Newmarket Road going to towards the city centre is the Wrestlers pub, which also offers Thai food. Otherwise it may be in an idea to drink in the centre of Cambridge before the game or enroute.

Jeff Beastall a visiting Mansfield Town fan adds; 'Unable to get admittance into the supporters club at the ground, the police directed us towards Cambridge town centre. We set off down Newmarket Road then bore a left into East Road (A603). Just past KFC on the right is Dover Street and here well tucked away is a little gem of a pub – The Tram Depot. As its name implies, it was once where the trams into town would have started from. It is a character pub offering a broad selection of beers and lagers, with meals and snacks,  It is just over a mile away from the ground which took me around 20 minutes to walk back to. However the pub prefer that you keep team colours covered. Postcode for the Tram Depot is CB1 1DY with a bit of off street parking nearby if you wish to call for swift one before heading to the game'.

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From the North:

Take the A1 and A14 to Cambridge, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.

From the South:

Take the M11 to Junction 14 and then join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

From the West: Take the A428 to Cambridge, then join the A14, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

Car Parking

There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. Otherwise some off road car parking is available behind the ground. To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane. Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and over a railway bridge, The car park entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the bridge. Thanks to Chris Armstrong for providing the directions and car parking details.

Cambridge railway station is over two miles away, so best to catch a taxi (about £9). If you decide to walk to the ground, then it is a fair old stroll, and a mazey route, but should only take 30 minutes at a good pace. Leave the station and take the first right hand turn into Tenison Avenue. Just beyond the traffic lights turn right into St. Barnabas Road. Follow this road along over the traffic lights and into Gywdir Road. Go through the traffic barrier and take the first left turn into Norfolk street. Then take the first right turn just past the newsagents into St. Matthews Street, pass the church and take the 4th right into New Street. Follow all the way along until you reach Coldhams Lane. Head left here and then take the first right onto Newmarket Road, continue along this road for the ground. Thanks to 'Main Stand Matt' for providing the directions. 

Steve Horabin suggests an alternative walking route from the station with beer and food stops along the way; 'When exiting the station entrance immediately turn right and cut through the car park. At end of the car park you will see a pedestrian exit which takes you onto Devonshire Road. Turn right and just before the end of the road you will see the entrance to the Devonshire Arms on your left. This pub shows BT & Sky Sports on large screens and has up to five real ales from the Milton Brewery, it is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. On exiting the pub turn left and at the crossroads turn right into Mill Road (or if you go straight across into Kingston Street, there is another CAMRA Good Beer Guide pub, the Kingston Arms up on the left). Proceed over the bridge and pass a pub on your left called the Earl Of Beaconsfield, then in the next parade of shops is good fish and chip shop called the Seatree. Take the next left into Sedgwick Road which becomes Cromwell Road. Where the road forks, keep to the left (still Cromwell Road) and at the end of the road cross straight over onto to the common and there is a pathway running to the left, which leads you over to the the stadium. The total walking time from the station to the ground using this route is around 25 minutes.'

Richard Green a visiting Macclesfield Town fan adds; 'There are frequent buses that run to the Abbey stadium before and after the game. I got on the C3, although the bus drivers in Cambridge directed me to several different numbered buses before a more 'down-to-earth' Cambridge fan (who was actually a bus driver), correctly directed me to the C3 bus. The bus journey takes 10-15 minutes'. The fare is £2.50 return.

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Official Programme: £3

Home Fans*
Main Stand (Centre): Adults £20, No Concessions
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 18's £10**
Main Stand Family Enclosure: Adults £18, Concessions £13, Under 18's £8**
North and Habbin Terraces: Adults £16, Concessions £12, Under 18's £8**

Away Fans*
South Stand (Seating): Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 18's £10 
Habbin Terrace: Adults £16, Concessions £12, Under 18's £8

* These ticket prices are for those tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more.
** Under 16's can qualify for further discounts on these prices if they become club members.
Concessions apply to Over 64's, Under 22's and Students with an NUS Card.

Cambridge United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Peterborough United, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Stevenage, Histon and Cambridge City.

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Record Attendance

14,000 v Chelsea Friendly, May 1st 1970.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 5,274 (League Two)
2014-2015: 5,108 (League Two)
2013-2014: 3,085 (Conference Premier)

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Cambridge United v Grimsby Town
Football League Two
Saturday 15th October 2016, 3pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Abbey Stadium?

Another new one for me, though not sure why I've never been before, as it's within comparatively fairly easy reach of Grimsby. It's actually our fifth closest away game this season.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I chose to go the country route via Louth, Horncastle, skirting round Boston, (noted bottleneck), down to Spalding, then via March and Ely, and finally down the A10 to Cambridge, where I joined the A14 then the B1047 to the Abbey Stadium. Apart from a few tractors on the fens, I had no problem until I got to Newmarket Road, where traffic was almost at a standstill. I managed to get parked on the Ditton Fields Estate just across the road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

It being almost 2pm when I arrived, I chose to go straight in to the ground, passing plenty of friendly locals on the way. The field through which you walk to the away end was free of cows today!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Abbey Stadium?

The away South Stand is a relatively new addition, although the rest of the ground, much like our own, has seen better days. The South Stand is all seated, and there is plenty of leg room, and a good view of the pitch with no pillars in the way. The home end is a covered terrace, and the Main Stand is again all seated. Opposite this is another covered terrace, which was occupied to the halfway line by more home fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, steward s, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was the best we have played for a number of games, and we deservedly took the lead in the 26th minute through Jame Berrett's first goal for the club. In the second half, Cambridge changed formation, and put us under a bit of pressure, but fortunately their strikers had an off day, so the score stayed at 1-0. The 1,149 Town fans sung all the way through the second half, which, with the Cambridge fans in the home end giving it a good go, created a great atmosphere. Stewards were friendly and chatty, and the burgers, hot dogs and chips on sale looked pretty good. Toilets were spacious and clean.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

An absolute nightmare. When I walked across to the car, traffic was still at a standstill on Newmarket Road, and it took the best part of an hour to get out of the estate. If I visit again, I will certainly park in a different place. Despite this, I was still home by 8.15pm, following the same route as my outward journey.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A friendly place to visit, one I would gladly visit again.

Cambridge United v Doncaster Rovers
FA Cup 2nd Round
Sunday 6th December 2015, 2pm
Owen Hodson (Doncaster Rovers fan) 

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Abbey Stadium?    

Cambridge United are in the league below Doncaster, so this cup tie provided an opportunity to go to a different stadium. Also Cambridge had a new manager in Shaun Derry who was previously interviewed for the Donny job.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I went on the supporters coach from Doncaster. As the coach neared the Abbey Stadium, it seemed to pass through a council estate and then strangely the coach was parked on a nearby industrial estate (Behind Topps Tiles). The Doncaster supporters then had to walk through a field for a good ten minutes walk to reach the away turnstiles. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I had a walk around the stadium and went into the club shop. Everyone was friendly around the ground. There is a supporters club located next to the club shop.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Abbey stadium?    

The away end from the outside looked big. When you got through the gates there was lots of space behind the stand. The stadium has a seated Main Stand and away end with the rest terraced. The away end has great leg room and comfortable seats.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was dominated by Cambridge in the first half and they got a penalty which we saved but they scored rebound. However Fergie (Darren) gave the hairdryer treatment at half time and the second half was Donnys. 3 goals in 11 minutes from Lund and 2 for Conor Grant including one of the best of the rounds. Cambridge hit the bar and Donny had a few chances but the game stayed at 3-1 Doncaster. They was 672 Doncaster fans and the Cambridge fans was loud aswell so they atmosphere was great. The stewards seemed friendly and was seened to be laughing at some of the songs. There was a fair few police officers around the ground. At half time I had a bacon roll due to reviews I've read and they don't lie, best bacon sandwich I've ever had! The toilets was quite clean as well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we walked back through the field. A Cambridge fan went past on a child's bike and was upset when he said it was "just a game of football", he was clearly masking his true emotions.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a great day out. Out of the League One stadiums I've been to this stadium is better then most of them. Good leg room, food and atomosphere lead to a great away day.

Cambridge United v Portsmouth
Football League Two
Saturday 10th October 2015, 3pm
Matthew Penny (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Abbey Stadium?    

This was a stadium that I hadn't done before - so another one to tick off my list! Also - I knew that the away stand was relatively bigger than the others in the stadium and had good views. Plus with our huge visiting support, and the noisy home fans, it would be an awesome atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

Relatively easy journey on train from Bath. Taxi to the ground and a short walk through a field to get to the away end. But I had researched this before hand so no surprise!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I was very surprised to find that no beer was being sold in the away end! So instead I  just grabbed some nice chips and a rubbish burger. The home fans seemed fine. Stewards were friendly making sure we were in the right area (as Pompey had the whole away end some terracing down one side).

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Abbey stadium?    

Impressive away stand - the rest of the stadium was okay. Impressive group of fans opposite the away stand in the home terrace.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Awful start to the game, with Pompey conceding within five minutes.. But we held out until half time. A scuffle at half time resulted in the Cambridge captain being sent off! In the second half, Pompey dominated and scored 3 goals to win the game 1-3. But Pompeys style of football was pretty boring at times. Not that we cared in the away end. With plenty of celebrations going on!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Quite easy - we left on the final whistle. Getting a cab after the game back to the train station though was horrific. I would advise pre-booking one.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very nice day out. Good weather. Great game and result obviously. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere from Pompey and enjoyed the banter between us and the Cambridge fans. I would recommend a visit to the Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge United v Stevenage
League Two Saturday 26th September 2015, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan) 

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Abbey Stadium?

I was looking forward to this game as it is one of the easiest of our away games to get to (just a short hop on the train from Stevenage) and it's one of the few local derbies for us. We had also won three and drawn one of our previous four ties against Cambridge so I had reason to be confident. On top of that there was the possibility of four ex-Stevenage players lining up in the Cambridge team, so that added a bit more spice to the occasion.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As previously mentioned, we got the train and so it was easy. We got on at Knebworth Station, and 50 minutes (plus 10 stops) later, we arrived in Cambridge just after 1.30pm. A brisk 25 minute walk later, and we were arriving at the stadium. It's a simple walk to the Abbey Stadium from the station, and you even get to walk through a large cow field!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We arrived at the ground just before 2pm and so went straight into the away end. Next stop was to visit the programme seller (priced at £3 each) and then to get some food (Chicken Balti pie, chips and a bottle of Sprite costing £7 in total - a very good price and fantastic quality too). We didn't encounter any home fans enroute.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Abbey stadium?

With this being my fifth visit to the Abbey Stadium, I knew exactly what to expect and I always enjoy coming here. Wide concourses and raised seating, as well as a big space at the corner of the pitch to stand and chat with people if you need to stretch your legs.

View From The Away End

View From The Away End At Cambridge United

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a flat contest, with us just shading thr first half, and should've gone in 2-0 up. Charlie Lee and Tom Hitchcock came very close at either end of the half, with the former hitting the bar. The second half was largely dictated by Cambridge and only some very good stops from Jesse Joronen kept us in the match, until Cambridge made their pressure count late on injury time (the 97th minute) through Harrison Dunk.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was simple as all we had to do was walk out of the stand, turn left and we were already walking through the field that leads to the station. 25 minutes later we were on the platform, which gave time for a quick visit to Smiths for a drink for the train home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was an okay away day. easy journeys and a decent enough atmosphere, with only the late goal ruining the day for us. At least I was home in time to watch England v Wales in the rugby!

Half Time: Cambridge United 0-0 Stevenage
Full Time: Cambridge United 1-0 Stevenage
Attendance: 5,503 (573 away fans)

Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley
League 2
Saturday 11th April 201, 3pm
Adam Houlden (Accrington Stanley fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Abbey Stadium?
It was my very first visit to Cambridge and another new ground to add to my list.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Despite taking the long route via the M6 and across the A14 the journey took 4 and a half hours. We decided to stop in Cambridge town centre for lunch and parked in a multi storey easily enough. After asking someone the right way to the ground we found it easily enough, even though it was two miles away. Parking was easily found on a council estate opposite the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 
We had some lunch in Cambridge city centre. After the game which was drawn we went in the clubhouse at the home supporters end for a drink before going home and found the Cambridge fans very friendly especially with Adam who has autism.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    
A nice old fashioned ground with plenty of atmosphere. Accrington supporters were put in a small section on one side, opposite the Main Stand, as there were only about 50 Stanley fans who had made the trip. There were no sign of the legendary cows on the walk along to the away turnstiles!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a bit of a nervy affair, as both teams were still not quite safe from the prospect of relegation, so the draw was a fair result. Facilities and stewards pretty good and there was an excellent atmosphere inside the ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Would have been slow because of heavy traffic, but as mentioned before we spent half an hour in the clubhouse at the end of the game, to let the traffic clear. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A nice day spent in a pleasant city and a new ground with Stanley gaining another point towards their 10th season in League Two.

Cambridge United v Southend United
League Two
Friday, December 26th, 2014, 1pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

We had visited some years ago but had forgotten most of the memories about the ground, apart from getting lost trying to find it! Plus we always like to see a Boxing Day match.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey for us as North Wales exiles was straightforward down the M6 and A14 following satnav and the guidance on this website. It was a cold dry day. The 1pm kick off made for an early start on the 200 mile journey. The route home, however was a different matter with heavy rain as we set off home, turning to sleet in Birmingham, and then snow about 5 miles from home, and the local hills and lack of gritting ensured a rather difficult end to the day. The ground was easy to find and we parked in Ditton Walk, opposite the main entrance, as advised by helpful stewards.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We collected our tickets and made our way over a cattle grid and on a path through a field behind the Main Stand to meet up at the entrance to the away end, with my brother and his daughter. Home fans were friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first sight of the ground was the floodlights and then main entrance to the ticket office and the ground appears small but on entering the stadium, we were impressed by the South Stand which appears to be the best of the stands. There is plenty of leg room and friendly stewards told us we could sit anywhere. There is a large area of grass between the pitch and the South Stand which makes the pitch appear shorter than it really is, and further away. The stand behind the opposite goal makes for a lopsided view as it does not go the full width of the pitch.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was hard fought, with neither team offering much of a goal threat. It was freezing cold too, which didn't help the atmosphere, despite a good crowd of over 7,000, including 1200 Southend fans. Southend managed to score the only goal of the game in the 2nd half to ensure Southend stayed in the League top 7.

We didn't bother with food at the ground due to long queues at the kiosk at the rear, outside the South Stand. The 68 page programme, £3, was good value with a number of interesting articles.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy enough, once the inevitable traffic cleared from the surrounds of the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An away win on Boxing Day, despite the cold was more than we expected. Cambridge is a nice ground to visit. The only disappointing part of the day was the return journey due to the foul weather, driving through torrential rain and sleet, before skidding through the snow as we neared home.

Cambridge United v Exeter City
League Two
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 7.45pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground and how easy was the journey?

I was looking forward to going to the Abbey Stadium, as for me it was a new ground to visit. The journey was straight forward as I travelled on the official supporters coach, leaving Exeter at 12.30pm and arriving six hours later in Cambridge.

2. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

On arrival at the ground I went to the supporters clubhouse bar, where there is a £1.50 entry charge for visiting supporters. Prices of drinks started at £3. Home fans I encountered were friendly.

3. What you thought on seeing the ground,  first impressions of away end and then other sides of ground?

Getting to the away end, entails a walk down a footpath in-between the back of the West Stand and a field. If it is a night game then keep your eyes peeled, as there is a cattle grid at the entrance to the path and the pathway itself is not that well lit. However volunteers from the CFU (Cambridge fans united), were on hand to point you in the right direction and to make sure you find your way to the away turnstile. They were also happy to help with any other queries you may have.

Away fans are housed in the modern South Stand, at one end of the ground. The stadium is all seated apart from the West Stand, to our left, which is half terraced and half seated. On the whole it was a traditional looking ground.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments and toilets.

The game was played in good spirit, with Exeter playing the better football and running out as 2-1 winners. The atmosphere in the ground was good, helped by the fact that all the stands are covered which aided the acoustics of the crowd.

The stewards were helpful and very much low key, the refreshments are reasonably priced with hot food starting at £3, drinks from £1.50. Toilets under the stand were clean.

5. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game.

No issues getting away after the game, as our supporters coach was parked just opposite the main entrance the journey home was relaxed after watching Exeter get their first win of the season. We arrived back in Exeter at 3.30am!

Cambridge United v Barnet
Conference Premier League
Saturday 29th March 2014, 3pm
James Sweeney (Barnet fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Abbey Stadium? 
I was optimistic about going because there would be a good away support and it is fairly local so we went up to see what the ground had to offer. Also, I had never been to Cambridge before and wanted to see what it was like. Also the earlier fixture at the Hive between the two Clubs had been a lively affair with the game finishing 2-2. Barnet should have won that game when a late goal by George Sykes was disallowed for the Bees.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 
The journey was quite difficult, as once we came off the M11 and on to the A1134, we got lost driving around Cambridge. We did eventually find the ground, back on a road that we had previously driven along, so we must have taken a wrong turning somewhere! We found some street parking and walked to the ground. I think next time, we might get the train up to save us the aggro of getting lost again!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 
We went to a nearby chippy for lunch and we then took our place in the away end which was a very decent stand. The home fans were making a lot of noise and so were Barnet fans so the atmosphere was really good.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
The away end is a new stand, which is raised above pitch level, so we had to climb a small flight of stairs to get to the seats, which were comfy and had plenty of leg room. Opposite to us was the home end which I noted had a disabled enclosure towards one corner. Adjacent to us was a terrace for home fans which was in many ways a lot like the old east terrace at Underhill as it went the whole length of the pitch and had a TV gantry on top. Opposite to the East Terrace was the Main Stand, which looked to be of a good age as was the old Main Stand at Underhill. It had the same structure and shed roof and the blue seats behind where the teams emerge from.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 
A 1-1 draw similar to the fixture played at the hive earlier in the season. Both teams had evens in terms of possession and both continued to press each others box and there was a brilliant atmosphere from both the home side and the 606 travelling Barnet fans that made the journey from the Hive.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We decided to get onto the A1 from the A14 as it was easier to get into London this way. But to do this we had to drive around Cambridge and passing the Cambridge City ground as we did so. We were on the A1 pretty quickly and passed the Stevenage ground as we approached London.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was a very good game with a great atmosphere and on a lovely spring day. It was also nice to visit an older proper football ground. I probably will go again if Barnet play but I will get the train up then bus it to the stadium. 


Cambridge United v Grimsby Town
FA Trophy Semi Final 1st Leg
Saturday, February 15th, 2014, 3pm
Sam Walker (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Our team Leicester City were not in action due to it being FA Cup weekend, so my Dad and I decided to spend the weekend watching a local side. The weather had not been pleasant around the country and despite East Anglia getting off comparatively lightly, many games had been called off, so we plumped for this game because it was most likely to go ahead. Also because it would be my first FA Trophy game and my Dad's first since 1971.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Living in Norwich, we caught the 11:40 train to Cambridge. Despite the possibility of delays of up to an hour due to a fallen tree on the line, we were not held up and arrived in a very windy, but thankfully, a dry Cambridge at around 12:55. We caught the bus from outside Cambridge station and arrived at the ground at about 1:20pm.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

With the ground not opening until 1:45, we bought a programme and waited for the turnstiles to open. Whilst waiting we saw the Grimsby team coach pulling up and the alighting players were warmly welcomed by a group of Cambridge fans standing nearby. After initially being sent to the wrong part of the ground, we found the entrance for the Main Stand. For both of us, it was £18 each. We bought food in the ground. I had no problems, though Dad claimed on his visit that the staff 'wouldn't receive any customer service awards!'

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

This was my second visit to Cambridge, having previously visited in 2011. After visiting so many identical stadiums, it was nice to visit a 'proper' football ground, albeit one that was showing its age in places.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Grimsby kicked off and with the wind on their backs tried an audacious shot which flew over the bar, and it was their only real effort for another 85 minutes. Cambridge took the lead on 21 minutes through Ryan Bird, and then the rain came down, which along with the wind restricted play somewhat. Cambridge went 2-0 up on 55 minutes through Ryan Bird's second of the game. Grimsby were second best throughout but kept going and got their reward in the 95th minute, to make the final score 2-1. The game was never going to be a classic with the high winds but fortunately the long ball was few and far between, with Cambridge in particular highlighting their attacking potential. Both sets of fans got behind their team and were vocal throughout. The attendance was 3,264 and the 1,000 or so Grimsby fans were roundly applauded by the home fans.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left on the final whistle, and we caught a bus directly outside the ground. We caught a train at around six o'clock and arrived back in Norwich at around 7:10pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very enjoyable afternoon. The high winds and rain were testing but both sides coped very well. A 1-1 draw in the second leg saw Cambridge win 3-2 on aggregate to set up a Wembley final with Gosport Borough. I would welcome a return to the Abbey in future, though hopefully with better weather.

Cambridge United v Barrow AFC
Conference League
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, 7.45pm
Mike Kimberley (Neutral fan)

I was looking forward to visiting Abbey Stadium as my last visit was for a League match some thirty-four years before. The journey by train from London is quick at just under an hour and then a fifteen minute walk to the ground. Unsure of the route we paid £8.80 in a cab.

There are no pubs in the immediate vicinity of the ground although away supporters were admitted to the Club House. All fifty-four away fans were put in the South Stand. The general ambiance and attitude of the stewards was friendly enough.

The South Stand is several yards from the pitch as it appears, and I am only guessing, that the original stand/terracing was demolished after the new and impressive stand was built behind it. This does not detract from the overall view. The cheese-burger I had at £3 was perfectly acceptable without being extraordinary but there was no Bovril available.  

My enjoyment of watching my seventh Barrow away game of the season was improved by the very positive way the team played but then dashed by Cambridge’s winner on 88 minutes against the run of play.

We returned to the station by cab after getting delayed in traffic and arrived at the station at the same time as those that had walked. The nearest pubs to the station are ten minutes walk away towards the City centre which is not long enough when only having twenty-five minutes before the train.

The return journey to London is slightly longer at an hour and two minutes. In summary Abbey stadium is a pleasant Conference venue. For those attending a Saturday match, the City is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of hours wandering so early arrival is recommended.

Cambridge United v Tamworth
Conference Premier League
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 3pm
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Having visited Cambridge before I know that the Abbey Stadium is a tidy stadium and there are also a few decent boozers around the ground.

2.  How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

My journey was very easy getting the 10:19 train direct to Cambridge. We decided to get a taxi from the city centre to Newmarket Road which is where the ground sits so there were no problems in finding the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy? Home fans friendly?

We made the mistake of going into the first pub we came to upon leaving the station. The Live and Let Live is a few minutes’ walk from the station and has long seen better days so one to avoid. We then headed to The Wrestlers on Newmarket Road which was a nice little pub although was quite busy approaching matchday. Before kick-off we headed into the clubhouse, which was a decent size although gets very busy. It does charge a small fee to enter but we encountered no problems with the home supporters, as with the few Cambridge fans we spoke to were on the whole a friendly bunch.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:

The ground is of a decent size and is awash with bright yellow and black paint on the approach so doesn’t look bland and unwelcoming. It was a case of waiting to see where we would view the action as on our previous visits we have occupied both the South Stand and Habbin Terrace although both are annoying to get to having to walk through the common by the side of the stadium. This season we were in the new South Stand which is a nice all seater stand, which sits raised over the pitch giving you a very good view of the action. The Habbin Terrace is an old terrace with number of supporting pillars which do impede your view (I’ve found this from previous visits). The Main Stand is a two tiered all seater stand which is also quite old. The North Stand sits behind the goal and runs about half way with a small enclosure next to it.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

I think this game was the definition of a smash and grab, Cambridge spent the vast majority of the game on the attack and ran the possession, and had numerous chances, but Tamworth put in a fantastic defensive performance with Hedge in goal and the back four defending resolutely. The only goal came from a deflected shot from Liam MacDonald which looped over the keeper into the net. The atmosphere was very good with both sets of fans making noise, the home fans quietened as the game wore on clearly frustrated with their team but the Tamworth fans made a decent noise despite the lowish number of fans. The stewards were fine and we encountered no problems, the food was actually very good having a cheeseburger, it was very tasty and a lot better than most of the fare at games.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Despite the decent crowd the roads around the stadium weren’t too bad, we decided to get a taxi from the stadium to the train station for the 17:43 train back to Ipswich where we live.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Cambridge is normally a relaxed and friendly away day and I’ve never encountered any problems. There are some very good boozers close to the ground and the facilities at the Abbey Stadium are good, overall a good day out and an excellent result for Tamworth against a decent Cambridge side.

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Updated 20th October 2016