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Cambridge United

Formed 1912

Elected to Division Four 1970. Relegated to the Conference 2005.

Promoted to Sky Bet League Two 2014.

Kit History




Abbey United



1924-1925 a

1926-1928 a

1928-1929 a

1932-1933 a

1933-1936 a

1938-1939 a

1947-1948 a

abbey united 1948-49

1948-1949 l

abbey united 1949-50

1949-1950 l




Cambridge United



1950-1951 l

1951-1952 a

1953-1954 a l

1954-1956 a

1956-1957 a

1957-1960 a l

cambridge united 1960-61

1960-1961 j l m

1961-1963 a

cambridge united 1963-64

1963-1964 l

1964-1965 a

1965-1967 a

1967-1968 a

cambridge united 1968-69

1968-1969 l p

1969-1971 a l

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cambridge united 1971-72

1971-1972 l


1972-1974 a d l

1974-1975 a g r


1975-1976 g r


1976-1977 a g l r


1977-1978 a d g l

cambridge united 1978-79

1978-1979 l


1979-1982 a


1982-1983 a


1983-Feb 1985 a l


Feb-Nov 1985 a l


Nov 1985-1986 f k


1986-1987 a k l

cambridge united 1987-88

1987-1988 l


1988-1990 a f k l

Sponsored by Fujitsu away
cambridge united 1990-91

1990-1991 f k

Sponsored by Fujitsu away

1990-1991 late e f k

Sponsored by Fujitsu away

1991-1993 a e


1993-1995 a k n


1995-1996 a


1996-1998 a q


1998-1999 a k

Sponsored by Phillips Lighting away
Super League

1999-2001 a i

Sponsored by Phillips Lighting away
TFG Sports

2001-2003 b f

Sponsored by Kershaw away

2003-2005 c f q

Sponsored by Kershaw away
2005-2007 Cambridge Kit

2005-2007 c

2007-2008 Cambridge Kit

2007-2008 c h

Sponsored by Kershaw away
cambridge united 2008-09 home

2008-2009 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away
cambridge united 2009-10 home kit

Aug-Oct 2009 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away
cambridge united october  2009-10 home kit

Oct 2009-2010 c

Sponsored by Kershaw away. Oval logo from 30 November
cambridge united fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2012 o

cambridge united 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 c q s

cambridge united 2013-14

2013-2014 c

cambridge united 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 c

cambridge united 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 c

cambridge united 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 c

cambridge utd 2017-18 1st kit

2017-2018 c

cambridge united 2018-19

2018-2019 c

cambridge united 2019-20 1st kit

2019-2020 c



The first Cambridge United FC was formed in 1908 followed four years later by a second club known as Abbey United. With the outbreak of the First World War both teams disbanded. When the young men who had survived the fighting returned, Abbey United was re-formed in 1919 and this date is taken as the formation of the modern football club. Until the Second World war, Abbey United were no more than a minor club on a par with a decent village or works side. The major team in the city was Cambridge Town (who became Cambridge City in 1951) and although the two clubs met frequently in local competition, it was not until 1952 that Abbey United recorded their first win over their rivals.

abbey united crest 1947In 1947, Abbey United introduced a crest, a simple black shield with the letters "AU" superimposed in amber, which was used until 1951. After the war the mood of the club changed: United signed their first professional player in 1949 and a more ambitious approach brought a change of name to Cambridge United in 1951. The club now competed in the Eastern Counties League but later moved up to the Southern League. In 1956 they sensationally signed Wilf Mannion after he had been banned from the Football League after making allegations of illicit payments in the newspapers. During the 1960s United forged a reputation as one of the leading non-league sides in England with their sights firmly set on League status.

cambridge united fc crest 1974On 2 May 1970, United won the Southern League championship for the second season running and four weeks later the club was elected to the League at the expense of cambridge united fc crest 1975Bradford Park Avenue. United changed from their traditional amber and black to wear an all-white strip in their inaugural season. After narrowly avoiding re-election, they reverted to amber and black in 1972 and were rewarded with promotion to Division Three. Although they managed to stay only one season before they were back in the basement. The young Ron Atkinson took charge in 1974 and United stormed up to Division Two with successive promotions in 1977 and 1978. Atkinson reintroduced the striped jerseys worn in the club's early days and this certainly appeared to inspire his team. Another innovation was the introduction of a crest, representing the cambridge united crest 1977connection between the club and academia, which appeared in 1974. The "book and ball" badge was dropped in 1977 and for the next nine seasons, a simple cypher (which appeared in several formats) was used.

cambridge united crest 1983After five seasons in the Second Division Cambridge plummeted back into Division Four and had to apply for re-election in 1986. Perhaps the board thought a change of image would help revive the team's fortunes: a new badge was introduced and over the next five seasons United's traditional amber was replaced by a paler shade of yellow. In the Nineties, history repeated itself when United gained successive promotions in 1990 and 1991 to return to Division Two. The following season they even qualified for the play-offs. They could not sustain their achievements, however, and in 1993 they started on the downward path that would take them back to cambridge united crest 1986the lowest division.

cambridge united crest 1996In 1996, Patrick designed quartered shirts inspired by those of Abbey United in the late 1940s. To complement this retro design an old-fashioned crest was designed but this failed to catch on and was replaced by the familiar "football badge" when this strip was retired in 1998.

After thirty-five years of League status, Cambridge United returned to non-league competition in 2005, having finished last in Coca Cola League Two (once the old Fourth Division). Facing debts in excess of £1m, and with relegation inevitable, the club went into administration before the end of the season, taking a ten-point penalty rather than face sanctions in the Conference the following season.

cambridge united centenary crest 2012-13For the clubs centenary in 2012-13, a smart retro strip was introduced while a re-creation of the white outfit worn when they first joined the Football League was used as their change kit. A commemorative crest was comissioned that combined elements from the old Abbey United badge with the modern version. This was worn only on the home strip.

After nine years in the Conference, Cambridge were promoted back to the Football League in 2014.

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