Cambridge United (H) 16th Nov, 3pm

“Smart blue suit and you went to Cambridge too
You miss page three, but The Times is right for you”

- Mr Clean, The Jam (1978)

Having moved house this week @Welsh_Saddler is enjoying a well deserved rest in Spain, so I’ll be taking the match preview reins this week. Apologies.

Cambridge United

Currently sitting in 12th, the U’s have had a mixed start to the league season, with a record of P17 W6 D5 L6. Their form at home (12 points from 9 games) and away (11 points from 8 games) has been similarly balanced, but the recent 4-0 defeat of high-flying Exeter proves they can match anyone.

Sam Smith, on loan from Reading, would appear to be their danger man. The 21-year-old forward has 7 goals and one assist to his name so far this season.

Recent League Form

Oct 12 Salford City (A) Lost 1-0
Oct 19 Exeter City (H) Won 4-0
Oct 22 Grimsby Town (H) Drew 0-0
Oct 26 Northampton (A) Lost 2-0
Nov 02 Crawley Town (H) Won 2-1

Previous Meeting

We last played Cambridge at Bescot on 23rd December 2000, midway through the season that would end with promotion at the Millennium Stadium. Sandwiched by defeats at Millwall and Swansea, the Saddlers won this one 3-1 with a fantastic first half brace from Gabby Bukran and a 90th minute solo effort from Pedro Matias. Paul Connor got the visitors’ goal on 72 minutes.

A multinational affair, the starting line-ups had players from no fewer than 10 different countries represented; England (11), Scotland (2), Spain (2), Antigua and Barbuda (1), France (1), Germany (1), Hungary (1), Jamaica (1), Portugal (1) and Sweden (1),

The game, enjoyed by 5,277, was refereed by the superbly named Mike Pike.

Played for Both

Former Saddler Jabo Ibehre joined Cambridge in 2017 but is sidelined with a long term knee injury that has kept him out since September. Rory Gaffney made his Football League debut with the U’s, scoring two goals in six games before he was signed by then Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke.

Martin Butler left Walsall for the Abbey Stadium in 1997, a move that kick-started his career. He scored 41 goals in 104 appearances for the U’s and struck up a revered partnership with Trevor Benjamin. Both would enjoy successful careers before re-uniting in the second half of Walsall’s 2007 title winning campaign under Richard Money, who went on to manage Cambridge between 2012 and 2015.

Zeli Ismail, Chris Dunn and John Ruddy have also represented both clubs.


The League Two form guide suggests a Walsall loss, but could Tuesday’s 6-0 win in the Mickey Mouse Cup be an unlikely catalyst for an upturn in fortunes?

Probably not. We’ve conceded two goals or more in each of our last seven league games and two against Darlington in the Cup last weekend. The humbling of a young FGR side might show we can score goals but Cambridge will be a far greater test of our defensive capabilities.

Some selection consistency and a front pairing of Gordon and Lavery will help the cause, but a defensive improvement is needed in order to win this or any other league game.

Score draw.

Match Poll

  • Walsall Win
  • Draw
  • Cambridge Win

0 voters

AFKALS Jr and I will be there, weather permitting.
DC to tell everyone that the power of prayer has paid dividends, even better than training.

Jeff to trade his helicopter in for an ark.
He says it’s safer these days, he read it in the Bible about some bloke called Elijah.
Rev Liddle to preach to the masses that it is better to give than receive.

A hard fought 2-1 victory for me in front of a bumper audience of 5,900.

As mentioned we need to keep Sam Smith quiet, heard lots of good things about them, they make really good runs and they are a good finisher as their 7 goals this season attests to.

2-1 loss

Please please prove me wrong boys

4211 attendance

A win for us…I am back on the optimist pills!!


I will take a scruffy 1-0 win just to get a bit of wind in our sails, get us moving up the table,

Let’s face facts our lucks got to change sooner rather than later

Although I voted for a draw we will, in actual fact, win handsomely as I can’t make this one.

Indeed. Sounds like he’s had his ■■■■■■■■ caught in a mandrel.

4-2 more happy pills here!

Cambridge are very much a Jekyll and Hyde side. With that said though, our unbelievable win over table topping FGR six nil means we are SURELY winning on Saturday!!!

We want seven, we want seven!

Thanks for the preview @simon

So they’ve lost their last two away league games without scoring? Here’s to them completing a hat-trick.

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6-0 win Josh Gordon hat trick

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Any chance of a lift back to the 80’s?


:rofl::rofl: quality mate got my almanac out as we speak and no almanac is not the pet name for my penis…

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That’s gonna be removed lol not my penis the post before it oh forget it I’ll get my coat


2-1 lavery and gordon 4957 in attendance at a guess does anyone have any idea how sales are going so far?

The pen is mightier than the sword, after all! Or is that equally inappropriate!?

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Draw to stop the rot, 2-2.

Just hope the sensible attacking line up is put out and then hopefully you can build a more threatening attack in run up to xmas.

Problem is of course that we have Clarke in charge, and we all know that he will change the side again, after all, we will have to be strong defensively against the mighty Cambridge!
Just hope I’m wrong, we all live in hope. The pressure will mount if he ■■■■■ this one up!

Anyone know if it’s still a fiver if you buy from the ground on the day?

As usual, the information from the club doesn’t make it clear.