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11 Years to the Day

11 years ago today City played their last first team game at Milton Road, Adrian Cambridge scoring the only goal to bring down the curtain on almost exactly 91 years of football at the ground.

Over this period about 2,800 first team games were played. The opening match was a 3-0 win over Merton in the Southern Amateur League on 29th April 1922.  The ground was expanded in the early 1930's when the Town club took up an option to buy adjoining land and at the same time the familiar wooden main stand was constructed. 


Further expansion took place in the early 1950's when the club joined the Athenian League and again in the late 1950's when City moved into the Southern League. 


The introduction of a greyhound track changed the outlook of the ground forever in 1968.  The club sold off a large portion of the site in 1984 and the new ground opened in August 1985. 


The venue was gradually improved over the next 25 years or so until departure in 2013.

 

Thousands of other matches took place at Milton Road over the years, taking into account games played by the reserves, 'A' team, 'B' team, youths, ladies and girls.  In addition Milton Road hosted a huge number of representative games and local cup finals over the years, especially in the amateur era up until the late 1950’s.

Other sports that took place at Milton Road over the years include the aforementioned greyhound racing (1968 to 1984), American Football (1985 to 1987), baseball (during world war two), boxing, cycling and athletics to name a few.  Milton Road also hosted many other events including the Cambridge Beer Festival but perhaps the most famous one over the years was when the BBC’s “It’s a Knockout” came to town in 1975.



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