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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Ian Darler - Answers your questions Part 1 - HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUT NEW PATTERNS ON THE PITCH
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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John Docherty - what do you think?
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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