26.09.2016 - U’s Legends roll back the years in Mick George Charity Match
Some familiar faces returned to the Cambs Glass Stadium on Friday evening, bringing some much needed smiles to the faces of the U’s faithful, and perhaps even had a hand in the clubs change of fortune, following the first league win of the season.
The Charity Match gave U’s supporters the opportunity to replicate their heroes, playing alongside former legends, raising a commendable £3,200 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
A night that will live long in the memory of the fans that participated in the fixture, as well as the family and guests that came along to witness their relations live out a dream. The excitement was clear to see from the moment the players arrived, walking through reception with an extra spring in the step, making their way to the designated changing rooms.
Greeted with their names in lights as the replica shirts hung around the dressing room, the players eagerly changed to get out on to the pitch to warm up alongside the professionals before regrouping for a team talk, ahead of the customary handshakes that take place prior to kick-off.
A fantastic encounter that was contested in a light hearted, yet competitive manner witnessed numerous magical moments.
Despite the ‘dazzling’ skill and ‘mazey’ runs on show from Luke Chadwick, the reliability of Danny Granville or the watchful eye of former international, Jack Collison, who managed the team, they could do little to prevent the resounding victory of those wearing the Amber Shirts.
A ‘masterclass’ from Micah Hyde, and the energetic Omer Riza stole the show, while the amateurs certainly played their part in the victory. Much of the plaudits will go to the goal scoring prowess of Nathan Stokes and Josh Maltby, but the box-to-box ‘dynamo’ Mat Hope set the scene, not to mention the goalkeeping heroics of Cambridge News representative, Ryan Ferrara. Club CEO, Jez George even joked: ‘not to make any arrangements, as the players will be required at Newport County’ the following day.
The evening didn’t finish there. The players regrouped in a packed hospitality suite post match, whereby U’s supporter, Stuart Proudfoot was presented with the signed match ball for his relentless dribbling, twisting and turning all night long. Proceedings were brought to a close with each of the signed professionals shirts raffled off to raise additional funds.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’This is the second time we’ve hosted the event, and in doing so have raised just shy of £10,000 for two wonderful causes, whilst providing ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities for Cambridge United fans. Once again, it was a fantastic night for all involved.’'