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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Port Vale

20 September 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Port Vale

20 September 2023

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


Tickets are quickly selling out around the ground, with the Buzz Catering Main Stand officially, NRE and Intelligent Membranes Habbin North all sold-out.

The only remaining home tickets left in the ground are in the South Habbin.

Buy your tickets online, over the phone by calling 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 near-capacity 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, Novotel Cambridge North.

Mascots and Ball Crew...

On Saturday we welcome Sonny Warrender, Dan Taran, Jamie Wilding, Felix Wilding, Serena O'Gorman, Amelia Haworth, Ruth Asanga, Ava Asanga, Tommy Chamberlain as Mascots for the game!


We also also excited to have Elsenham U8s as our Gold Matchday Package and Ely City Crusaders U12s as our 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 Port Vale's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium. If there are any remaining tickets from the away allocation, 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 10am until kick-off.

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

  • Derby County vs Cambridge United - Saturday 30 September, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Barnsley - Saturday 3 October, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Burton Albion vs Cambridge United - Monday 9 October, 8pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Shrewsbury - Saturday 14 October, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Colchester United - Tuesday 17 October, 7pm - EFL Trophy
  • Cambridge United vs Portsmouth - Tuesday 24 October, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Wycombe Wanderers vs Cambridge United - Tuesday 31 October, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One

Pop in-store ahead of the game and browse our new Umbro range, including Replica Shirts, Training and Matchday Wear.

Kit Aid collection...

We are collecting for KitAid this Saturday, a charity that recycles once loved football kit and distributes to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Staff across the club have already donated their old training kit for re-distribution and we are now asking for fans to also give what they can to support this brilliant cause.

Bring your old kit to the Ripples Bathrooms Junior U's Kids' Zone before the game to help make a difference to somebody in need.

Junior U's Takeover...

Young Cambridge United supporters are taking up Matchday roles this Saturday as part of the Junior U's Takeover!

Helping lead the team is 11-year-old Josh Hamilton, who will assist Mark Bonner as our Junior Manager.

Zachary Line, 10, will be with the Media Team throughout the afternoon as Junior Media Officer whilst fellow 10-year-old Pippa Neal and her family will enjoy the finest Matchday Hospitality in the Boardroom as a Junior Director.

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Ollie Oswald, 10, will be working alongside Kitman Gordon to get the players prepared with their shirts and shorts as our Junior Kitperson, and eight-year-old sister, Elsie Oswald will not only be stationed in the control room as our Junior Safety Officer, but is responsible for the fantastic Programme Cover artwork this weekend.

Finally, 10-year-old Isaac Wood will be joining the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire commentary team as our Junior Commentator.

If you see our youngsters out-and-about around the Abbey, make sure to give them a wave and show your support.

Fan Zones and Food/Drink...

The big news in the Fan Zones this weekend is that all pints of BrewBoard are on special offer for just £4.50 all day Saturday!

If you are either already a fan or haven't yet tried their fantastic craft beer, this weekend's game is the perfect opportunity to enjoy BrewBoard's finest.

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.

Also new this season, courtesy of our prinicipal partners, BrewBoard, are two of their favourite beers, Rex and Cambstar, which will be on draught for just £4.50 in all areas of the ground, whilst their famouns BeerBus will be in the Intelligent Membranes Habbin Fan Zone at every home game.

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 is back for another season and 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.

Marvin the Moose...

Our resident mascot, Marvin the Moose will be strutting his stuff 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!


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.

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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!

ll scoreboard requests must be submitted by midday on Thursday 21 September.

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

Live Music...

We have musical acts in the Main Stand and NRE Fan Zones on Saturday, with Simon Cragg and Pyramid Park back at the Abbey.

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Get in the ground early and enjoy some live music whilst building up to the game.

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

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…

Issue 5 of this season's Matchday Programme is designed by Elsie Oswald, 10, as part of our Junior U's Takeover!

This weekend's edition is available from around the ground on Saturday for just £3.50.

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As mentioned above, fans will also receive their next batch of Ultimate U's cards with every purchase.

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.

Fans should also note that there is a road closure on Coldhams Lane from the A1134 and Brooks Road junction, to east of the junction with Nuttings Road. This may cause some delays to supporters who travel along this route.

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.

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.

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. 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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