Cambridge United will tomorrow wear a special edition, commemorative home strip to mark 50 years since the Club’s election to the Football League in 1970 – with a limited number available for U’s fans to purchase.
Bill Leivers’ 1969/1970 Southern League Champions missed out on election the season before, however his United team were duly elected in May 1970 at the expense of Bradford Park Avenue with a 31 to 17 vote in favour of non-league United.
To mark their inaugural Football League campaign, Leivers’ United swapped the traditional amber and black with an all-white home strip, after the team had adopted all-white home colours in February 1970, following a string of good results. United continued with these colours before reverting to black and amber for the 1972/73 season onwards.
To pay homage to that historic achievement by the manager, squad and staff at that time, who helped to establish Cambridge United as a Football League Club, we have worked closely with our technical partners at hummel to re-create the iconic strip half a century on.
The Club have produced a limited edition run of 500-boxed commemorative shirts for retail. United fans will be able to purchase these from midday tomorrow at cufcdirect.com, with the re-make to be revealed tomorrow via the digital match programme and the Matchday Live Pre-Match show on iFollow.
The Club had initially planned for the team to wear the kit on the opening home game of this season; however with no fans able to attend, the commemoration was pushed back to a time when we thought we would be able to welcome supporters back. However, with the current restrictions we are still unable to showcase the strip in front of our fans, but we will be giving supporter an in-depth look at the one-off strip during our pre-match build up tomorrow.
And the U’s will also be wearing the iconic kit in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League fixture against Newport County at the Abbey. So buy your iFollow match pass for the game right now by clicking here, to watch every kick of United in the resplendent white strip.
Cambridge United also wish to thank our front-of-shirt sponsors, Mick George, along with our back of shirt sponsors, Hill Group and short sponsors SOS Leak Detection for working with us to enable the recreation of this iconic strip.
Tune into all the Club’s online channels tomorrow to ensure you don’t miss the reveal!