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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Blackpool

14 December 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Blackpool

14 December 2023

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


Tickets for Saturday's game are selling well, with availability in the Buzz Catering Main Stand and NRE now limited.

Avoid the possibility of disappointment - buy your tickets online, over the phone on 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

Opening Times...

  • Club Shop & Ticket Office: 10am
  • Hospitality: 12pm
  • Kids' Zone: 1pm
  • Turnstiles: 1:30pm
  • All Food & Drink outlets: 1:30pm
  • Fan Zones: 1:30pm

With another big crowd expected, fans are requested to arrive at the ground as early as possible to help aleviate any delays in getting into the stadium.

Match Sponsors...

Thanks to this weekend's Match Sponsor, CB Groundworks and Match Ball Sponsor, Cypherlife.

Mascots and Ball Crew...

On Saturday we welcome Archie Lewis, Harry Leigh-Brown, Theo Boukersi and Charlie Hadfield as our Mascots for the day!


We also also excited to have Bottisham FC U8s, Chesterton Eagles U9s and Newmarket Town U10s as our Gold Matchday Package teams. Cambourne U13 Blues are the afternoon's Ball Crew.

Click here for more information on our Matchday Mascot packages.

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 Blackpool's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium. Away tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office ahead of kick-off.

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

Cashless Venue...

The Abbey Stadium will remain a cashless policy this 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.

Abbey Gold Launch...

For the very first time, fans will be able to buy a pint of Abbey Gold from the stadium bars on Saturday.

Abbey Gold is BrewBoard's new lager that has been chosen by the fans, for the fans. Available for just £4.50 this weekend, Abbey Gold is the result of a month's worth of consultation with supporters from the Club's primary sponsor.

Fans will be able to try before they buy, with tasters available from all of the Fan Zones.

So please, if you like to enjoy a pre-match or half-time beer, give Abbey Gold a go this Saturday and support the brewery that support us.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…

The Club Shop and Ticket Office is open from 10am until kick-off.


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

  • Cambridge United vs Exeter City - Friday 22 December, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Oxford United vs Cambridge United - Tuesday 26 December, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Stevenage vs Cambridge United - Friday 29 December, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One

Pop in-store ahead of the game and browse our Club Shop, including the 2023/24 Umbro range, Christmas Gifts and the new Cambridge United's Greatest Moments hardback.

Jordan Patrick Fundraise...

Cambridge United supporters are encouraged to show their support for former U's player, Jordan Patrick after a recent accident has caused a bleed on the brain.

Jordan came through United's Cambridge Regional College Scheme as a youngster and went onto play for the First Team, memorably socring against Hayes and Yeading in 2011 to all but seal the Club's place in the Conference Premier for another season.

The 32-year-old who was most recently playing for Hadleigh United is now unable to work or play football for the foreseeable future after suffering a brain injury, and supporters are therefore asked to play their part in helping him and his family.

There are four options on how you can show your support:

  1. Click here to donate towards an online crowdfunder that is being organised by Hadleigh Town.
  2. Click here to bid for a signed Jordan Patrick print
  3. Click here to bid for signed Jack Lankester boots
  4. Or buy a raffle ticket from the CFU outlet ahead of the Saturday 16 December game against Blackpool. One lucky raffle player will also win a signed shirt.

On behalf of everyone associated with Cambridge United, we hope for a speedy recovery and send our very best wishes.

Cambridge United's Greatest Moments Book Launch...

The official launch of Cambridge United's Greatest Moments will take place outside the Club Shop from 12:30pm.

Fans can pick up a copy of the new book for just £14.99 — with a limited number of signed editions available on the day.

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Wembley-double hero Tom Champion and U's legend Harrison Dunk will be on hand to sign books from 1:30pm, while author Russell Greaves will also be in attendance.

Cambridge United's Greatest Moments and 100 Things I Love About Cambridge United are also available to buy online at

Fan Zones and Food/Drink...

Fan Zones in the Newmarket Road End, Main Stand and Habbin are open from 1:30pm, offering supporters space to get together and enjoy a range of culinary and beverage options before kick-off.

New covers have been installed across all three Fan Zones, meaning supporters will be protected from all of the elements throughout the season.

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After receiving feedback from fans, a refreshed menu is in operation around the ground, which offers greater choice and flexibility with your matchday meal.

The BrewBoard Beer Bus will be in the Intelligent Membranes Habbin Fan Zone and Abbey Gold will be on draught for the very first time for just £4.50.

Fans should please note that only supporters with a Signature Suite Hospitality ticket can use the Dion Dublin Bar before or after the game.

Junior U's Kids’ Zone...

The Ripples Bathrooms Junior U's Kids' Zone will be feeling all festive this Saturday and is open from 1pm-2:45pm!

Featuring an inflatable goal, new garden games, fun activities and visits from First Team players, the Kids' Zone is the place to be for youngsters and their family ahead of each home game!


For young fans in the Main Stand, play our Christmas Presents Picture Hunt!

We have 10 Presents hidden behind the Main Stand - just let our staff in the Kids' Zone know if you'd like to play and then hand in your completed sheet to the Ticket Office window after the game for a chance to win some special prizes!

If you're bringing your little one/s to the game, make sure to stop by before heading through the turnstiles.

Matchday Passports...

Junior U's should bring along their brand-new Matchday Passport to the Junior U's Kiosk in the Kids' Zone to receive their latest opposition sticker to track their attendance during the 2023/24 season.

If your Under 12 Season Ticket Holder/Junior U member doesn't have their Passport yet, simply visit the Kiosk to pick one up.

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

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 with all the relevant details to receive a scoreboard shout-out!

All scoreboard requests must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 14 December.

Please note, due to the large number of requests, birthday announcements will no longer be read out on the PA system.

Live Music...

Get in the ground early and enjoy some live music whilst building up to the game! Audio Fiction are one again performing in the Habbin, whilst we welcome Elliot Porter to the Abbey for the first time, who will play in the Main Stand Fan Zone.


If you are interested in performing at an upcoming home Matchday, get in-touch!

Des Driver...

Des Driver the A2B Taxicabs Mascot is at every home game adding to the Matchday experience by giving away prizes to U's fans.


Supporters can win signed shirts, mascot experiences, hospitality tickets and more, all paid for by Signature Suite sponsors, A2B Taxicabs.

Simply find Des Driver and scan his lanyard for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes!


Ultimate U's...

Following on from the success of last season's Sticker Book, check out Ultimate U's - the Official Cambridge United Card game

Collect cards of current and former players - complete with stats and scores for various attributes, allowing you to play and compete with friends - by buying each copy of the Matchday Programme.

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Pick up your next pack of four in this Saturday's Matchday Programme! Click here for more information.

Matchday Programmes…

The latest edition of the Matchday Programme is available from around the ground on Saturday for just £3.50.

Neil Harris is on the front-cover, whilst John-Kymani Gordon is our featured player. As mentioned above, fans will also receive their next batch of Ultimate U's cards with every purchase.

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If you can't make the match, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out - place your order online through the Curtis Sport website.

BrewBoard Zorb Half-Time Battle...

Watch out for the BrewBoard Zorb Half-Time Battle, as a home and away fan will face each other to win a beery prize, courtesy of our Prinicipal Partners, BrewBoard.

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If you would like to take part and represent the U's, please follow BrewBoard on Twitter. Contestants must be 18+.

50/50 tickets...

50/50 tickets can be purchased for £1 from our 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.


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 £3 from Newmarket Road Park & Ride, CB5 8AA.

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

Need a lift? A2B Taxicabs provide a taxi service to the drop off area of the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road. The prompt and reliable taxi firm provide a service to Cambridge, Ely, Milton, Littleport, Waterbeach, Soham, Grantchester, Stretham, Histon, Sutton and the surrounding villages.

To book a matchday taxi contact A2B Taxicabs on 01223 629 629.

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

Supporter Accessibility...

Supporters with additional needs should visit the new Accessibility Info point by the Newmarket Road End turnstiles for access to the ground and information on the services we have available for disabled supporters.

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Cambridge United prides itself on being an inclusive football club and providing the best customer service for its disabled supporters. To contact our DSLO, please email Matt Casey via

For more information on our provisions for disabled supporters, please click here.

Supporter Behaviour...

To challenge the totally unacceptable presence of football tragedy abuse, for season 2023/24, regulation changes and tough new measures have been introduced which will see people who are found to have committed offences face stadium bans and potential criminal prosecution.

In addition to bans and criminal sanctions, a range of in-stadium, in-classroom and online resources will be rolled out under the ‘Love Football Protect the Game’ banner, to educate adults and children alike about the hurt tragedy chanting causes. Ground regulations have also been updated to incorporate references to tragedy chanting.

The game will also continue its efforts to combat dangerous, illegal and unwelcome behaviour off the pitch, be it in the stands or online. Last season a host of new measures were introduced by authorities which saw enhanced sanctions applied for people identified entering the pitch, using pyros, taking drugs to games, throwing objects or for discriminatory abuse.

For more information, please click here.

Report It...

Safety at the Abbey Stadium remains a key priority on a Matchday and should you witness anti-social or discriminatory behaviour, please speak to a steward, report it via the Club's anonymous reporting textline - 075224 73291 - or through our online Report an Incident page.

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