Over 100 years of footballing history: Museum of Cambridge display tells story of the U’s

The century-plus story of Cambridge United Football Club is being told in a six-week display at the Museum of Cambridge.

The exhibit, launched by 100 Years of Coconuts, a Cambridge Fans United initiative, forms part of a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Running until November 27, it covers the 103-year history of the club, from the earliest days of Abbey United, as it was then known, through decades of progress and the change of name to Cambridge United, to the present day.

On display are photographs, rare documents and other artifacts, fascinating memorabilia and examples of players’ kit from years gone by.

“This display is an important part of the work we’re doing, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to tell the story of the U’s,” said 100 Years of Coconuts chair Pat Morgan.

“In everything we’re doing – displays similar to this one, appearances at community events, work with primary schools and the opening of a mini-museum at the Abbey Stadium – we want to emphasise that Cambridge United reflects, supports and is supported by its community.

“Putting on this exhibit has been a learning experience for Coconuts volunteers, and that will stand us in good stead when we come to assemble the mini-museum in Cambridge United Supporters’ Club. We couldn’t have told this story without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museum’s people” he said.

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100 Years of Coconuts was launched by the supporters’ trust - Cambridge Fans United - as an online museum in 2012 as part of the football club’s centenary celebrations.

The website has since been re-launched and the group has branched out into other areas including events, an active social media programme, the collection of oral history and a range of merchandise.

The group is also planning the launch of a former players’ association and a hall of fame as part of the two-year Heritage Loterry-funded project.

The Museum of Cambridge is located at the corner of Northampton Street and Castle Street, Cambridge. The display is open from Tuesday to Sunday and for more information, please visit www.folkmuseum.org.uk.