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Like every football club playing professional football in England’s top four divisions, Cambridge United odds have become more popular within betting circles in recent years. With League Two being a division well renowned for its unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this league. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Cambridge United relegation odds are as popular as odds on Cambridge United to get promoted.

In big League Two clashes, such as a playoff match, or a game against rivals in a cup competition, Cambridge United odds can be subject to a variety of bookmaker promotions. As an example, odds on Cambridge United v Peterborough United can be offered as enhanced odds or price boosts, with bookmakers such as Coral offering enhanced odds often during the football season.

Odds based on possible events happening on the pitch are of course common, and many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes as well. For example, Cambridge United manager odds or Cambridge United transfer odds can also be popular, offering more opportunities to make profit when betting on football.

History

Cambridge United are a professional football club located in the city of Cambridge, in the county of Cambridgeshire. First entering the Football League system in 1970, the club have played in all but the top Football League divisions. Cambridge United currently play in the fourth tier of English football, League Two.

The history of Cambridge United Football Club begins in 1912. This club was first known as Abbey United, after the district in the city of Cambridge where the club was formed. At this time, there was a club in existence called Cambridge United, but this club has no ties to the club we know as Cambridge United today.

Abbey United played in a wide variety of amateur leagues and friendly competitions during the club’s first years of existence. Playing their home games at a range of different stadiums in and around the Cambridge area, the club moved into the Abbey Stadium in 1932, the home of Cambridge United to this day.

Abbey United left their amateur status and became a professional football club in 1949. Two years later, the club changed its name to Cambridge United.

Cambridge United joined the Eastern Counties League, and following a second place finish in the 1957/1958 campaign, the club earned promotion to the Southern League. A further promotion followed three seasons later, and the club became a Southern League Premier Division side.

Cambridge United applied to be elected to the Football League for the 1970/1971 season, and the club’s application was successful. After only three years as a Football League club, Cambridge United finished third in the Fourth Division, enough to see the club promoted to the third tier of English football. 

However, the club struggled in the Third Division, and their first season at this level ended in relegation. Cambridge United, though, soon earned promotion once more, winning the Fourth Division title in the 1976/1977 campaign to see them return to the third tier.

Success continued for the club as Cambridge United achieved a successive promotion. A runner up spot in the Third Division was enough to see the club elevated to the Second Division for the first time in Cambridge United history.

The club enjoyed a series of mid table finishes in the Second Division, and Cambridge United looked like they had established themselves as a steady second tier side. However, from the 1983/1984 season, the club returned to the Fourth Division as quickly as they had left it, with two consecutive relegations.

Before the end of the 1980’s, the club returned to the Third Division. A Fourth Division playoff victory was followed by the Third Division title a season later. Cambridge United came close to becoming one of the founder members of the Premier League after reaching the Second Division playoffs in the 1991/1992 campaign. Looking for a third straight promotion, the club were beaten in the semi final of the playoffs, and remained a second tier club.

In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This new league replaced the First Division and the other divisions in the Football League were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Cambridge United began the 1992/1993 campaign as a Division One side.

Rather than playing in the inaugural season of the Premier League, the club spent the 1992/1993 season fighting relegation from Division One. The club lost this battle, and two seasons later were relegated once more as Cambridge United headed back to the fourth tier of English football.

The end of the decade saw Cambridge United earn their third tier status back, following a runners up finish in Division Three. Back in Division Two, the club struggled and after two close calls with demotion, the club finally succumbed to the drop in the 2001/2002 season, after finishing bottom of the Division Two table.

In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were once again rebranded. Division One was changed to the Championship, Division Two became League One and Division Three became known as League Two. Cambridge United spent the 2004/2005 campaign as a League Two side.

This campaign also resulted in relegation too, and Cambridge United could no longer call itself a Football League club. For the first time in 35 years, Cambridge United were back playing non-league football.

Cambridge United suffered Football Conference playoff heartbreak for two consecutive seasons. The 2007/2008 season saw the club qualify for the playoffs after finishing in second place. However, after beating Burton Albion in the semi final, the club were beaten by Exeter City in the Football Conference playoff final held at Wembley Stadium.

It was a case of history repeating itself the following season. Cambridge United once again finished in second place and once again made it to the Football Conference playoff final, but were beaten again, this time 2-0 by Torquay United.

The club had to wait another five years for another chance of promotion. This time, the club were successful. Another second place finish saw Cambridge United qualify for the playoffs, where the club met Halifax Town in the semi final. Cambridge United won this tie 2-1 on aggregate, and headed to Wembley to face Gateshead. Cambridge United won this encounter 2-1 and returned to the Football League for the first time in ten years.

The 2018/2019 season sees Cambridge United play as a member of League Two. The club are now in their fifth consecutive season in League Two.

Crest

The first Cambridge United crest featured a shield split into four sections. These sections contained part of the city of Cambridge coat of arms, an image of Cambridge Castle, two roses and the club motto ‘United in Endeavor’.

A new Cambridge United football badge was created in the 1970’s. This Cambridge United badge featured a football with a book titled United in Endeavor, with the club name featured in a banner underneath.

The current Cambridge United football crest was designed in the 1980’s. This badge features a black and white football containing the letters CU, with the club name featured in a banner underneath the ball.

Colours

Cambridge United colours are traditionally amber and black. Aside from the period between 1969 and 1972, and from 1957 to 1963 where the Cambridge United players wore an all white strip, amber and black have always been the Cambridge United kit colours.

As Abbey United, the kit featured a half amber half black shirt, before changing to amber and black striped jerseys in the period between 1926 and 1936. Half and half shirts were then brought back, before the club shirt changed to an amber and black quartered design.

When the club became Cambridge United in 1951, the Cambridge United players wore amber shirts, with black shorts and amber and black hooped socks. This kit was worn on a regular basis until 1974.

Between 1974 and 1979, the Cambridge United kit colours featured amber and black striped shirts worn with black shorts and black socks, before the club adopted a plain amber shirt once again. The Cambridge United strip has alternated between plain, striped and quartered shirts since then, but all have featured the Cambridge United kit colours of amber and black.

The 2018/2019 Cambridge United kit consists of an amber shirt with faded black stripes and black trim, worn with black shorts and amber socks.

Cambridge United Stadium

The Cambridge United stadium is the Abbey Stadium. Cambridge United have played their home games here since 1932, and was also the home of Cambridge Regional College Football Club between 2006 and 2014.

The Cambridge United stadium capacity currently stands at 8,127, 4,376 of which is seated.

The Cambridge United stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Main Stand, which is an all seater stand; the Habbin Stand, which is a terraced stand and named after famous Cambridge United supporter Harry Habbin; the North Terrace, which is also known as the Newmarket Road End or the Corona Stand; and the Marston’s Smooth South Stand.

Supporters

The majority of Cambridge United supporters hail from the city of Cambridge and its surrounding areas. There are a wide range of Cambridge United supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Cambridge United Supporters Trust, Cambridge Fans United. This Trust also owns Cambridge United shares, and represents the fans on the Cambridge United board of directors.

Cambridge United supporters did enjoy a big rivalry with local rivals Cambridge City, but the two have rarely met in competitive fixtures. Peterborough United are considered by Cambridge United supporters as the club’s biggest rivals, with Northampton Town, Luton Town, Colchester United and Histon also considered rivals.

Ownership

The Cambridge United chairman is Paul Barry. At the time of writing, the position of chairman is vacant.

Stats

The list of Cambridge United stats begins with the club’s all time leading league appearance maker. That record belongs to Steve Spriggs, who made 416 appearances in the league for the club between 1975 and 1987. 

David Crown holds the record for most Cambridge United goals scored in a single season, netting 24 times in the Fourth Division in the 1985/1986 campaign. Steve Butler has the record of most goals scored in a single game, scoring five times against Exeter City in 1994.

The Cambridge United all time record transfer signing is Steve Claridge. Claridge cost the club £190,000 from Luton Town in 1992. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received for a player is £1.5 million, a fee paid by Leicester City for Trevor Benjamin in 2000.

The club’s record victory is 7-0, and this scoreline has been achieved on three occasions. Firstly, Cambridge United beat Weymouth by this scoreline in the Conference Premier in 2007, followed by a 7-0 win over Forest Green Rovers in the Conference Premier in 2009. Most recently, Cambridge United beat Morecambe by this scoreline, in League Two in 2016.

The club’s biggest defeat is also 7-0. Sunderland beat the club by this scoreline in the League Cup in 2002. The club’s biggest loss in league football is 6-0, and this scoreline occurred on three occasions. Firstly, against Aldershot in the Third Division in 1974, then against Darlington in the Fourth Division in 1974 and then against Chelsea in the Second Division in 1983.

Cambridge United Players

The current Cambridge United players list consists of 29 members of the first team squad, supported by the Cambridge United youth squad.

Notable ex Cambridge United players include Wilf Mannion, who is the only former Cambridge United player to have been given a place in the English Football Hall of Fame. Others include Russell Crane, Tony Butcher, Luke Chadwick, Teddy Bowd, Peter Rapley, Rodney Slack, Bryan Boggis, Danny Potter and Dave Stringer.

Cambridge United Manager

The current Cambridge United manager is Joe Dunne. Dunne took on the Cambridge United manager job in 2018, replacing Shaun Derry.

Since 1967, the longest serving Cambridge United manager is John Docherty. Docherty took charge of 251 Cambridge United matches between 1978 and 1983.

In terms of win percentage, the most successful man in Cambridge United manager history is Gary Brabin. Brabin took charge of 54 Cambridge United matches, winning 27 of them, giving Brabin a win percentage of 50%.

Honours

The Cambridge United honours list consists of one third tier title (1991); one fourth tier title (1977); two Southern League Premier Division titles (1969, 1970); one FA Trophy (2014); and one Southern League Cup (1969).

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