PROGRAMME PREVIEW: CLUB CONNECTIONS - DION DUBLINRead a preview of the pre-season programme here, available from around the Cambs Glass Stadium and the club shop at tonight’s game against Aston Villa for just £3.
In a new feature for the 2016/17 season, the Cambridge United match day looks at one player to have featured for the U’s and their opponents on the day. This evening we look at the one and only…DION, DION, DION!
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As a Leicester-born youngster, naturally Dion Dublin’s footballing journey began within his home county, initially showing early talent with local youth teams Wigston Fields and Thurmaston Magpies, before Norwich City came calling in 1985 upon the completion of his school days.
Despite three seasons with the Canaries, the striker - although then known for his abilities as a centre back - failed to make his professional debut at Carrow Road, which eventually led to his departure in 1988. However, Norwich’s loss, was certainly the U’s gain, as Dublin signed on a free transfer.
Iconic Cambridge United Manager Chris Turner, soon recognised Dublin’s ability further up the field and it was to be a decision that would lead to successive promotions for the U’s, driven by the striker’s prolific goal scoring record.
His greatest day in amber and black came when he registered the first ever play-off final goal at Wembley Stadium, to earn promotion from the fourth division against Chesterfield at the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. However, arguably his continued form for United over the course of the next two seasons, which saw the U’s reach their highest ever League position (fifth in the second division), were equally impressive achievements.
When eventually he was sold by the club for a fee of £1.5m to Manchester United in 1992, Dublin’s Cambridge United record stood at 156 games played, 52 goals scored and two promotions.
Also in the programme are features with Manager Shaun Derry, Captain Luke Berry, Head of Medical Nick Irwin, columns with Chairman Dave Doggett and CEO Jez George. Also included 100 years of Coconuts, one-to-eleven quiz, Football World with Mike Barnes plus more!
Tickets for the match can be purchased online until 5pm, with supporters able to make a £2 saving off full match day prices. Supporters can also walk up to the ticket office and buy in person up to kick off.