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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Accrington Stanley

17 November 2022

Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Accrington Stanley, take a read of our Matchday Guide...

Tickets...

Fans can buy tickets for Saturday’s match, which are available online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

Save money and guarantee your place by purchasing your tickets ahead of the fixture date, as all prices increase by £2 when buying in-person on the day of the game.

Opening Times...

  • Club Shop & Ticket Office: 09:30am
  • Hospitality: 12pm
  • Turnstiles: 1:30pm
  • All Food & Drink outlets: 1:30pm
  • Kids' Zone: 1pm

Match Sponsors...

Saturday's Match Sponsor is in Memory of former Cambridge United Chairman Terry Baker.

Mascots & Matchday Experiences...

On Saturday we welcome George Doggett, Olivia Doggett, and Dylan Fordham as Mascots for the day! Click here for more information on our Matchday Mascot packages.

We also welcome Warboys Colts U9s, Royston Crows U8s and Papworth Blasters U8s as our Matchday Experience teams who will participate in a pre-match penalty shoot-out/game of football on the pitch and help form the Guard of Honour as the teams come out for kick-off.

Youth Development guests...

The South Stand will be full of participants from our Youth Development programmes this Saturday as players from Soccer Schools, the Regional Development Centre, Girls Football and Goalkeeper programmes have all been invited to the game. 

A warm welcome to everyone who be joining us this Saturday!

Abbey Helpers...

If you have any questions or queries on the day of the game, please speak to our Abbey Helpers who are wearing high-viz jacket and will be located around the ground.

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Away Fans...

Cambridge United looks forward to welcoming Accrington's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium, who will be housed in the South Habbin and South Stand for Saturday’s game. Away tickets are available from the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office on Newmarket Road. Accrington fans should enter the ground through the Habbin South turnstiles.

For Away Fan Information including how to find the ground, catering options and travel information, please click here.

Cashless Venue...

The Abbey Stadium has adopted a cashless policy for the new season, affecting all outlets inside the ground. Cash will still be accepted outside the stadium - in the Shop, Ticket Office and by roaming Programme and 50/50 sellers outside the ground.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…

The Club Shop and Ticket Office is open from 9:30am until kick-off.

In addition to tickets for Saturday's game, the Ticket Office is selling Match Tickets for the following fixtures:

  • Forest Green Rovers vs Cambridge United - Saturday 3rd December, 1pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs West Ham United - Tuesday 6th December, 7pm - Greg Taylor Testimonial
  • Cambridge United vs Plymouth Argyle - Saturday 10th December 2022 - Sky Bet League One
  • Fleetwood Town vs Cambridge United - Saturday 17th December, 3pm - Sky Bet League One

The Club Shop is now fully stocked with Replica Shirts, Matchday and Training Wear, so pop in-store ahead of kick-off to get kitted out and match ready.

Thinking about Christmas already? The popular 100 Things I Love About Cambridge United has been reduced to just £10 and is the perfect stocking filler. Pick up your copy from the shop on Saturday.

Junior U's Kids’ Zone...

The LittleAqua Junior U's Kids' Zone is open from 1pm-2:45pm.

Featuring an inflatable goal, garden games and the popular Encore Passign Ring, the Kids' Zone is the place to be for youngsters and their family ahead of each home game.

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Face Painting

We are pleased to welcome Whatsaface face painting to the Kids' Zone this Saturday! Stop by to get your little one's face decorated with Cambridge United and football themed designs.

Please note, this service is only for children aged 4 years old and over.

Matchday Passports...

Junior U's should bring along their Matchday Passport to the Junior U's Kids' Zone Kiosk to receive their latest opposition sticker to track their attendance during the 2022/23 season.

Youngsters who attend the most games throughout the season will be eligible to receive a Bronze (15-17 games), Silver (18-20 games) or Gold Medal (21-23 games) from First Team Manager Mark Bonner.

If your little one isn't yet a member, visit the Club Shop on Matchday or sign up online.

Marvin the Moose...

Our resident mascot, Marvin the Moose will be strutting his stuff in the Kids' Zone and around the Abbey in the build up to kick-off, so make sure to say hello, give him a wave or stop for a photo if you see him out and about!

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First Time Visits...

If you are bringing an Under 12 to a game for the very first time, please let us know their name/s to receive a free "My First Visit" certificate to help commemorate the special occasion.

Scoreboard Announcements...

If somebody you know has their big day coming up soon, send an email to announcements@cambridgeunited.com with all the relevant details to receive a scoreboard shout-out!

Please note, due to the large number of requests, birthday announcements will no longer be read out on the PA system. All scoreboard requests must be submitted by midday on the Thursday before a Saturday game.

Live Music...

We have two musical debuts at the Abbey Stadium this weekend, as The Main Event and Rob Godfrey bring their talents to CB5.

Prior to kick-off, Rob Godfrey will be performing behind the Habbin Stand whilst The Main Event play in the Main Stand Fan Zone. After the game, Rob Godfrey will entertain supporters in the Dion Dublin Bar.

Sticker Album...

The 2022/23 Cambridge United Sticker Album is also on sale from CUFCDirect.com or via the Club Shop. The 40-page publication - produced in partnership with Curtis Sport - is available for just £5 and includes eight free stickers to begin your collection.

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There are a whopping 192 stickers to collect in total and the easiest way to collect each and every one is by purchasing a Matchday Programme at every home league game. Click here for more information.

Ian Darler Half-Time Challenge...

Ian Darler will complete his Walk to Qatar this Saturday ahead of kick-off. The U's Stadium Manager is raising money and awareness for Shout 85258 - the Club's Mental Health partner - by walking the equivalent distance from London to Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

He is on-target to reach his goal ahead of this Saturday's match during a public walk from Parkers Piece to the Abbey Stadium. All supporters are invited to join him and share in the moment of celebration.

If you would like to take part, meet Ian and the rest of the team by the football monument opposite Parkside Swimming Pool at 1:45pm for a 2pm departure, with arrival at the Abbey Stadium estimated for 2:40pm.

Matchday Programmes…

Priced at £3.50, you can pick up the latest Matchday Programme from the Club Shop or around the Abbey Stadium on Matchday. Saturday's cover is dedicated to Ian Darler's London to Qatar challenge and features the first set of 2022/23 player stickers to continue building your Cambridge United Official Sticker Album collection.

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If you cannot attend the match, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out - place your order online through the Curtis Sport website or sign up for a subscription.

50/50 tickets...

50/50 tickets can be purchased for £1 from our new Programme and 50/50 Kiosks around the ground. A winner will be picked at half-time with the winning number declared across the stadium PA system.

The Club's share of the prize pool this week will be donated to Ian Darler's London to Qatar challenge.

Mick George Chip in the Skip Half-Time Challenge...

One lucky home and one lucky away fan will get the chance to compete for Mick George vouchers in the Half-Time Chip in the Skip challenge! Show your support for Saturday's contestants as they take to the pitch at half-time.

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Food and Drink…

Chicken or Vegetable Curry, Pie and Mash and pastries from Piglets Pantry have recently been added to the menu at food outlets around the ground.

Following supporter feedback, the Club has made a number of changes to its food and drinks offering, whilst all the usual favourites such as Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs and Nachos will still be available.

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As with the majority of fixtures this season, only supporters with a Signature Suite Hospitality ticket can use the Dion Dublin Bar before the game.

All food and drink outlets will open in conjunction with the turnstiles at 1:30pm and supporters should please be reminded that the Abbey Stadium is a cashless venue.

£4 pints before and after the game...

In addition to the 1:30pm-2pm £4 pints promotion that has been running for the past few months, supporters can now take advantage of £4 pints after the game from 5pm-6pm.

The Dion Dublin Bar is open to all supporters from 5:15pm, whilst the Abbey Dispensary is open as soon as the final whistle blows.

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With live music playing courtesy of Rob Godfrey, football on the television and a warm, friendly atmosphere to take in, extend your visit to the Abbey Stadium by dropping by the Dion Dublin Bar after the game.

Travel…

There is no on-site car parking available at the Abbey Stadium and supporters are advised to use alternative modes of transport or the Cambridge Matchday Park & Ride service.

Home and away supporters can take advantage of the Cambridge Park & Ride, with a Matchday return ticket priced at £2.50 from Newmarket Road Park & Ride, CB5 8AA.

The ticket is valid for one passenger only. However, if travelling with children, the normal £3 Park & Ride ticket is also available to purchase, allowing children under the age of 16 to travel free with one fee-paying adult. Click here for more information on the Park & Ride service.

For supporters who have difficult accessing public transport, the Club has partnered with Dial a Ride to offer home-to-stadium transport. For more information, please click here.

If you require disabled parking, please call the Club on 01223 566500.

Alternatively, supporters can cycle or scoot to the game. The Abbey Stadium is home to both bicycle and Voi scooter racks, allowing fans to park their ride safely whilst at the ground. Make the most of the Club's new partnership with Voi, the UK and Europe's leading micromobility operator, by taking advantage of the following discount codes:

  • CAMUNITED - 1 x 15min free for all New Users 
  • CAMUNITED_VOI - 3 x 20% off a ride existing users

To redeem the codes, download the Voi app on your Android or iPhone device, open the in-app wallet and click on ‘Redeem a Voucher’ to enter the releveant code. Both codes are only valid in Cambridge and must be redeemed by the end of regular season on 6 May 2023.

If driving to the ground, supporters are reminded not to park on the drives or grass verges of local residents. This reminder comes following reports of supporters parking at Cambridge Dialysis Centre on Ditton Road, which has meant that patients have been unable to attend treatment appointments. We kindly ask that this site is not used for matchday parking.

Please be considerate if parking on local streets and always follow local guidance and parking laws.

Sensory Bags...

Supporters with additional sensory needs can access a free sensory bag courtesy of the The AFA (Audio For All) team at Cambridge United.

Both home and away fans can access the bag which includes the ofllowing items:

  • Sunflower sticker to make stewards aware of any support needs
  • Ear defenders and in-ear plugs to help with noise control
  • Sensory stress style ball to help ease any anxiety
  • Selection of puzzles and a pen to help keep the mind occupied
  • Pass to enable a queue jump style access through an allocated gate

As these bags are free of charge supporters are politely asked for them to be returned after use. Please click here for more information.

Audio for All Commentary...

Home and away supporters with a visual impairment, additional sensory needs or the elderly can receive audio-descriptive commentary courtesy of the Audio For All team.

Expertly trained volunteer fans of Cambridge United provide a highly professional, neutral and entertaining match description for free of charge.
 
The service is broadcast to all parts of the stadium and service users with a visual impairment must have a personal assistant with them to comply with ground regulations.  

For more information or to book onto the service, please click here.

Supporter Behaviour...

Cambridge United would like to remind its supporters of new tougher measures and stronger sanctions relating to anti-social and criminal behaviours at football grounds across the country.

The FA, Premier League and EFL have introduced a new set of actions, which will be implemented across all English football leagues this season and are backed by the Football Supporters’ Association.

The new measures target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects - as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

These acts are dangerous, illegal and have severe consequences. They have no place in football, or anywhere. Click here for more information.


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