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Season Preview: Cambridge United

8 July 2019

We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Cambridge United -

Nickname : The U's, United

Stadium: The Abbey Stadium

Capacity : 8,127

Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 314.6 miles

Last Season : 21st

It was to be a disappointing season last time around at The Abbey, as Cambridge finished just two places above the drop-zone.

Not only that, a dismal run of form saw The U's end the campaign without a win in the last six which prolonged their survival worries to within a week of the last game.

They will undoubtedly be looking for a change of fortune this season and will be looking to bring in an array of new signings to aid their cause.

The Gaffer - Colin Calderwood.

Colin has been in charge of Cambridge United since December 2018, having previously been Steve Bruce's assistant at Aston Villa.

This is Calderwood’s fourth permanent managerial position since his playing retirement in 2001, with the former Scotland defender primarily taking assistant roles since leaving Hibernian in 2011.

After starting his coaching career as the Assistant Manager with Tottenham Hotspur Under 21s in 2001, Colin went on to take the reins at Northampton Town two years later.

After a successful spell with The Cobblers which saw the club win promotion from League Two, Calderwood moved to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2006 - replacing Gary Megson at the City Ground.

After losing out in the League One Play-Offs during his first season in charge at Forest, Calderwood guided his side to promotion into the Championship in his second season with the club.

After a poor start to the following season, Calderwood was dismissed in 2008 and he subsequently went on to take the Assistant Manager role at Newcastle United.

During his spell on Tyneside, he would find himself assisting Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton - before taking another managerial role at Hibernian in October 2010.

After just over a year at Easter Road, Colin found himself as assistant to Chris Hughton once more - this time at Championship side Birmingham City.

The Scotsman would then follow Hughton to Norwich in 2012, before leaving in 2014 as The Canaries suffered relegation from the Premier League.

Colin would then move to Brighton and Hove Albion - again as Hughton’s assistant, before joining Steve Bruce at Aston Villa in November 2016.

He would leave Villa Park alongside the former Manchester United defender two years later and was appointed Cambridge United Manager shortly after.

Having started his playing career at Mansfield Town, Calderwood signed for Swindon Town in the summer of 1985 before joining Spurs eight years later.

Subsequent spells at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Notts County followed, with the tenacious defender amassing over six hundred career appearances in total.

Transfer Dealings.

Out - David Forde, Emmanuel Osadebe, Jake Carroll, Lee Watkins, Matt Foy, Sam Squire, Jevani Brown.

In - Luke Hannan, Kyle Knoyle, Harvey Knibbs, Callum Burton

Our Last Meeting.

Silkmen fans will be well aware of the last meeting between the two sides, as we secured our EFL status against The U's on the final day of the last campaign.

Former Silkman Paul Lewis opened the scoring just before the interval, yet Sol Campbell's side restored parity in the 66th minute when Brice Ntambwe's innovative through-ball was majestically fired home by Elliott Durrell.

Our Next Meetings.

Home - Saturday 4th January

Away - Saturday 5th October


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