Would Cambridge United exist today were it not for Frank Pettit? That's highly debatable. Treasurer of Abbey United from 1932 to 1950, Secretary in 1934 and 1935 and Chairman between 1939 and 1945 – and even, briefly, a player in 1924 – he almost single-handedly kept Abbey United alive during the war years. There was no alternative, he says, for if football had stopped at Newmarket Road the ground would have had to be sold.
In this recording Frank recalls his earliest attachment to the club, its rise from the Cambridgeshire League, the war years, the transition to professionalism, progress to the Football League and the reason for his departure in 1970.
Please listen to the tape recording of Frank's story on radio coconuts via the link
The tape was produced many years ago.
The quality in places is not very good, but the story is excellent
Frank Pettit's positions with Abbey United