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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Leyton Orient

30 December 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Leyton Orient

30 December 2023

Ahead of our New Year's Day Sky Bet League One clash with Leyton Orient, take a read of our Matchday Guide...


Availability is limited for Monday's game, with the NRE, Buzz Catering Main Stand and Intelligent Membranes North Habbin all completely sold out.

There is ample space still left in the South Habbin, so join the Amber Army and buy your tickets online, over the phone on 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office ahead of kick-off on Monday.

Opening Times...

  • Club Shop & Ticket Office: 11:30am
  • 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 our Match Sponsor, Cambridge Lifts Limited and Match Ball Sponsor, Premier Travel.

Mascots and Ball Crew...

On Monday we welcome Joshua Clements, Jayden Chapman, Joshua Simons, Isaac Martindale, Henry Pope, Len Turner and Braxton-Leigh Baxter as our Mascots for the day!

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We also also excited to have Witchford U12s as our Ball Crew for the afternoon.

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 Leyton Orient's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium. If there are any remaining away tickets they will be available 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.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…

The Club Shop and Ticket Office is open from 11:30am until kick-off.


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

  • Blackburn Rovers vs Cambridge United - Saturday 6 January, 3pm - Emirates FA Cup
  • Cambridge United vs Fleetwood Town - Saturday 13 January, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Burton Albion - Saturday 27 January, 3pm - Sky Bet League One

MNGIE bucket collection...

Cambridge United supporters are encouraged to band together and show their support for a U's supporting family that have been affected by an extremeley rare and life threatening disease.

Sisters, Zillah Scorer and Verity Grainger have MNGIE, a rare degenerative genetic disorder with only 200 cases reported worldwide. It affects all areas of their lives and currently there is no treatment nor cure – their older sister Gail's death in 2021 is a constant reminder. She was only 42 years old.

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They continue to work and enjoy family life when they are well enough to do so but with constant health implications, relentless medical appointments this can pose a huge challenge.

They are looking to raise money to set up a London-based clinical trial which would enable the enzyme they are missing to be replaced. They have raised one third of the £500,000 needed in a year, but still need more.

We are calling on the Cambridge United family to do what they can to try and push them a little bit closer to their target.

Supporters can either donate with cash at the game on Monday, where bucket collectors will be stationed around the ground, or donate online via their JustGiving page.

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 in all bars once again.

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 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!

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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!

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!

We have artists in the Main Stand and Habbin Fan Zones on Monday as Simon Cragg and Matt Thompson entertain supporters ahead of kick-off.


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 Monday for just £3.50.

Jack Stevens is on the front-cover, whilst Jubril Okedina 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 the Cambridge Matchday Park & Ride service is not in operation on New Year's Day.

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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