Metropolitan Police Football Club were formed in 1919. They played Friendlies until 1928, when they joined the Spartan League, a League they played in until 1960. The club then switched to the Metropolitan League in 1960 and then switched to the Southern League in 1971. The Club's 1st Trophy came in 1933, when they won the Surrey Senior Cup when they beat Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 in a crowd of 5,672 at the Original Wimbledon FC's Plough Lane ground. They won the trophy again in 2015, beating Merstham 2-0 at Woking's Kingfield Stadium, in front of a crowd of 370. The club have only won the London Senior Cup once, which was in 2010, beating AFC Wimbledon on penalties after the game finished 4-4. Met Police won the game on penalties 4-3. Met Police's best FA Cup run came in 2012-13 season, reaching the FA Cup 1st Round proper, losing to Crawley Town at home 2-1, with a crowd of 1,485. The club became Champions of the Isthmian League Division One South in 2011, winning promotion to the Isthmian League, winning the League bar goal difference to Bognor Regis Town, on 96 points from 42 games. Only a goal was separated between Met Police and Bognor Regis. While originally consisting of serving Police Officers, the rule was officially removed due to the Commissioner of the Met Police refusing to make time for the team. The team hasn't had a officer playing for the team since 2011, and the club are mixed now with semi-professional players. The club's ground is at Imber Court in East Molesey, based in Surrey just outside of London. Imber Court's capacity ground holds 3,000.
The Bill drama programme which ran from 1984-2010, reminds me of Met Police.
It was a choice between 4 games on the night. All Isthmian League games, Enfield Town v Burgiss Hill Town, Harlow Town v Dorking Wanderers, Tooting & Mitcham v Margate or of course, Met Police v Wingate & Finchley. I wasn't majorly fussed on what ground to go to as I hadn't been to either, but looking at pictures online of the grounds, I'd say the top 2 I wanted to go to was either Tooting or Met Police, so was fairly happy when my Twitter poll came out with Met Police finishing on top with 44% after 165 votes. So of course, I planned a bit how to get there and back, and was fairly straight forward. About 35 minutes from Waterloo and a 10 minute walk from Thames Ditton, so not too bad. I left home after 5pm and arrived into Waterloo around 5.50. A quick walk from Waterloo East to Waterloo and left Waterloo at 6.10 and arrived into Thames Ditton at 6.40.
Took a stroll to the ground and arrived to the ground just before 7pm. Walked round the ground and took some pics, then sat on the side of the pitch for the 1st half. I noticed 3 guys walking up in the block I was sitting in, only to recognise them but I can't put my finger on who it was, even now as I'm typing this! He reminds me of Bournemouth's Assistant Manager Steve Fletcher and former Bury boss Richie Barker but it was neither of them two. I did try to take a picture discreetly to try and find out but didn't work. Knowing my luck it will probably come to me at some point! Anyway onto the game, Met Police took the lead after 16 minutes from a good finish by the lad Calum Kealy, and then made it 2-0 12 minutes later from very poor defending by Wingate. 2nd half I decided to stand behind the goal and watch the game from there. Plus it was fairly near to the exit and wanted to get the train fairly quickly as possible after the whistle went. 2nd half there wasn't too much to report, only bit was a brawl which ended up 2 players get sent off, 1 for Met Police and the other for Wingate. I must admit, I saw the brawl but I didn't see anyone get sent off, I think it was because I was looking at my phone seeing how Gills were getting on at Phoenix Sports in the Kent Senior Cup haha! In the end, was nice to see Met Police win as I had them in my accumulator but didn't matter in the end anyway as I had Kettering to win away but they could only manage a 0-0 draw. So, anyway I left Thames Ditton just before 10pm and arrived home just before midnight in the end. Nice to see a couple of goals and also find out that Gills beat Phoenix Sports on penalties to then be drawn with old rivals Maidstone United in the next round. A good night overall!
Cambridge United Football Club were formed in 1912 as Abbey United. Originally there were a football club called Cambridge United which existed in Cambridge from 1909, but it was not linked to the club that exist today. The club played in local amateur leagues which saw some success which happened in the early years, and also moving from ground to ground, before settling down at the Abbey Stadium.
The club turned professional in 1949, and changed the name 2 years later.
The club's 1st League win came in 1969, winning the Southern Football League Premier Division, winning it on 59 points from 42 games, beating Hillingdon Borough to the title by 1 point.
The club's highest transfer fee received was for Trevor Benjamin in July 2000. Leicester City bought Benjamin for £1.5m.
Twice Cambridge United have reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup, which is the furthest they have ever reached. 1990 and 1991, losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace in 90, and Arsenal 2-1 in 91.
Cambridge have won the FA Trophy only the once. They won it in 2014, beating Gosport Borough at Wembley 4-0. A crowd of 18,120 saw the U's win the FA Trophy for the first ever time.
In the same very year, Cambridge won promotion back to the Football League, with a 2-1 win over Gateshead which saw a crowd of 19,613 see Cambridge promoted back to the Football League.
Cambridge's main rivals prior to election into the Football League are Cambridge City. Although the 2 clubs haven't played each other much in recent years, Cambridge's main rivals are Peterborough United. Lesser rivalries include Northampton Town, Histon, Colchester United and Luton Town.
Cambridge have been playing at The Abbey Stadium since 1932. The ground holds 8,127 which of 4,376 is seated.
VISIT 1: Cambridge United 1-3 Wycombe Wanderers 7/10/17
Cambridge United 1-3 Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 7th October 2017
League Two My visit to Cambridgeshire came in October 2017. Gillingham's home game against Portsmouth got moved to the Sunday on Sky Cameras, so of course it gave me a free Saturday. As there were Internationals, there were only League One and Two games in the 92. With only Wigan left in League One, I've already got plans to tick that off in February. So, looking at League Two fixtures, the only grounds I haven't done that were Lincoln City vs Chesterfield, a re-visit to Newport County vs Carlisle as I've only seen 45 minutes of football at Newport, or of course Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers. I chose to go with Cambridge, a ground of course yet to do, same with a mate of mine Barnsey who is a fellow Gills fan and also likes to Groundhop as well. After getting home just after 11 on Friday night and not having much sleep, I left home just before 10am and arrived to Barnsey's at around 10.45. We left Strood at 11, and arrived into King's Cross half an hour later. Left King's Cross at 12.15 and arrived into Cambridge just after 1pm. We had 2 choices, whether to walk to the ground, which probably would have taken around 35 minutes, or bus to the ground. In the end we chose to bus it. To anyone that's reading this on how to get to Cambridge by bus from the station, it's Citi 3 to the ground and you'll see the ground on your right before getting off at the bus stop. So anyway, we arrived at the ground about 1.45pm. Took a slow stroll to McDonald's, and then made our way to the ground. Picked up the tickets which cost £16 for terracing tickets, I prefer terracing myself anyway. Onto the game itself, the game picked up more in the 2nd half. 1st half wasn't at all great, with both sides heading into the break goalless. I had a bad feeling it was going to be another 0-0 as my last 4 games, I've seen 3 0-0's which wasn't great. But 2nd half, it only took Wycombe 3 minutes to score as Ebere Eze put Wycombe in front putting it in the top corner from a terrific pass by former Gills man Adebayo Akinfenwa. Eze scored a 2nd, with Cambridge pulling one back as Uche Ikpeazu was brought down in the box and Cambridge pulled one back from Medy Elito. Wycombe wrapped the game up with substitute Josh Umerah running through with a simple finish past David Forde in goal. Wycombe I felt were the better side on the day, and had some good attacking options up front with Craig Mackail-Smith, Bayo Akinfenwa and Nathan Tyson (before he came off injured) up front and played some really nice football at times. After the game, after waiting just over an hour for the bus back to the station, due to traffic, we finally arrived back to Strood at half 8, been a good day out. Cambridge was my 79/92 ground. My thoughts on the ground, I thought the ground weren't a bad ground to visit, a old fashioned ground. Atmosphere wise wasn't great either, but was nice to see some goals for a change! Anyway, onto my next game which is the next day, Portsmouth at home, followed by a visit to Met Police on Tuesday night.