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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Charlton Athletic

15 March 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Charlton Athletic

15 March 2023

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Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Charlton Athletic, take a read of our Match Preview...


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.

Please note, only supporters with prior purchase history can buy tickets for this game.

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: 9:30am
  • Hospitality: 12pm
  • Kids' Zone: 1pm
  • Turnstiles: 1:15pm
  • All Food & Drink outlets: 1:30pm
  • Fan Zones: 1:30pm

Match Sponsors...

Thanks to this weekend's Match Sponsor, Prosperity IFA. Prosperity IFA are a firm of independent financial advisers dedicated to delivering unbiased financial advice in a way that suits their clients.

Level Playing Field Unite(d) for Access...

Cambridge United is celebrating Level Playing Field's Unite for Access campaign on Saturday, as the Club reaffirms its committment to making the Abbey Stadium as accessible as possible to all supporters.

The Club will be highlighting these facilities and services in the build up to and on the day of the game, whilst celebrating its disabled supporters, players and community participants.

First Team players will wear Level Playing t-shirts during their warm-ups and both captains will enter the pitch wearing ear defenders along with their autistic mascot walk-out buddies.

Adam May is joining the acclaimed ‘Audio for All’ commentary team for the first half of the game, joining our expert group who provide an audio-descriptive commentary for supporters with a visual impairment, additional sensory needs or the elderly. The service is broadcast to all parts of the stadium. For more information or to book onto the service, please click here.

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The Community Trust’s Pan-Disability team is soon celebrating their one-year birthday and members of the group will be taking part in a half-time demonstration on the Abbey pitch, showing off their skills in-front of the U’s faithful.

You’ll be able to read more about the team in the Matchday Programme, which will also include other features on the Club's commitment to disability inclusion.

An Autism Awareness demonstration area will be situated in the Kids’ Zone prior to kick-off, which will help educate fans on the various Matchday services on offer to supporters, including free Sensory Bags and the Picturepath Visual Visitor Guide.

Mascots, Matchday Experiences and Ball Crew..

On Saturday we have another 12 Mascots joining us for the game! We can't wait to welcome Charlie Atkin-Girling, Lily Mae Cook, Rocco Marlow, Rory McCaig, Ben Turner, Ollie Warren, Chloe Boukersi, Theo Boukersi, Archie Lewis, Poppy Lewis, Xavier and Amy.

Click here for more information on our Matchday Mascot packages.

Fordham Dragons U9s and Little Thetford Eagles Football Club are our Gold Matchday Experience teams, who will participate in a pre-match penalty shoot-out on the pitch and help form the Guard of Honour as the teams come out for kick-off. ​Guildhall Feoffment Football Club are also joining us in the stands.


This Saturday's Ball Crew is Cambridge United's Emerging Talent Centre U14s.

Academy Day...

Cambridge United's Academy schoolboys are invited to the Abbey on Saturday for the Club's annual Academy Day. The youngsters and their parents will watch the game from the Habbin before the players are paraded on the pitch at half-time.

Please show your support and give them an experience they will never forget!

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 Charlton's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium. Please note, there are no away tickets remaining from the Addicks' allocation. There will be no tickets available on the day.

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 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 9:30am until kick-off.

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

  • Burton Albion vs Cambridge United - Saturday 25th March, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Port Vale vs Cambridge United - Saturday 1st April, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Fleetwood Town - Friday 7th April, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers - Tuesday 18th April, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One

Visit us before the game to pick up your tickets or shop official Cambridge United merchandise.

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.

A refreshed food menu is in operation all across the stadium, with Pie and Mash, Gourmet Burgers, Street Food and Chicken or Vegetable Curry some of the options on offer. Supporters can also enjoy lager, ale and cider in the Fan Zones behind each of the Abbey Stadium stands.


All pints of Amstel, Wild Wave and Ghost Ship are on offer for just £4 in all drinking areas around the ground from 1:30pm-2pm and 5pm-6pm, including inside the Dion Dublin Bar after the final whistle.

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.

Junior U's Kids’ Zone...

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

Featuring an inflatable goal, 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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Check out the Audio For All team's Autistic Awareness stand, which will be located in the Kids' Zone for this weekend's Level Playing Field fixture.

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 Award (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 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...

Christian Smith is back at the Abbey on Saturday, performing his Americana-style rock music for supporters in the NRE Fan Zone.

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Also joining us at the weekend is The Melodybeats - a Cambridge-based band that have been performing on the local circuit for over 40 years! They will be playing in the Main Stand Fan Zone.

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

Sticker Album...

The 2022/23 Cambridge United Sticker Album is also on sale from 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.

Matchday Programmes…

Priced at £3.50, this Saturday's Programme celebrates Level Playing Field's Unite for Access campaign, featuring some of our disability football players proudly splashed on the front cover.

As always, Saturday’s programme will also include another eight stickers for you to continue building your Cambridge United Official Sticker Album collection.

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Get your copy for just £3.50 from the Club Shop or around the Abbey Stadium on Matchday.

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 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.

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!

Our Matchday Host, Michael Barnes, will be looking for contestants in the build-up to kick-off, so if you would like to take part, be sure to grab his attention!

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Show your support for Saturday's contestants as they take to the pitch at half-time.


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.

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.

Supporters have also been reported to park on the long cycle lane down Barnwell Road. We kindly ask that these sites are not used for matchday parking.

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

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.

Cambridge United prides itself on being an inclusive football club and providing the best customer service for its disabled supporters. The following services are available to both home and away fans.

Supporters with additional sensory needs can access a free sensory bag courtesy of the Audio For All team at Cambridge United. Both home and away fans can access the bag which includes the following 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.

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

Cambridge United has teamed up with picturepath, to provide a visual visitor guide for supporters with an aim to help reduce anxiety for SEN Children.

All fans are able to benefit from using picturepath's visual timelines. The app based timelines will support fans, in particular those with additional needs and heightened anxiety such as autism, in preparation for and during their visit to the stadium.

The guides are available within the existing app that can be downloaded for free via your app store (Apple/Android), simply navigate to add routine, and then “visit with picturepath” to access the guides.

For more information on our provisions for disabled supporters, 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.

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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