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Ipswich Town to face Cambridge United in pre-season

Ipswich Town will face Cambridge United in pre-season. Credit: PA

Cambridge United will face Championship side Ipswich Town in a pre-season friendly at the Abbey Stadium.

The Blues will take their first team squad across the border for the clash on Tuesday 21th July. The game will kick off at 19:45.

Keith Keane in action for Preston. Credit: PA

Town will also travel to Ireland for a pre-season training camp in early July, as well as the traditional visit to Colchester United on July 28.

Cambridge have set up a friendly with League One side Coventry City on the same day.

Cambridge announced their third signing of the summer yesterday, with Preston North End midfielder Keith Keane joining on a two-year deal.

Cambridge United bring in former Stevenage captain Roberts

Mark Roberts has joined Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed former Stevenage captain Mark Roberts on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old defender established himself as a fans' favourite at Boro before moving onto Fleetwood Town.

Roberts is Cambridge's second new arrival of the summer, following the capture of former Gillingham centre back Leon Legge.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Cambridge, it’s a fantastic football club and the people involved with the club that I have met so far have got a clear vision of where they want to go. I’m really happy to be a part of that.

“The club has a good history but more than anything it wants to create history moving forwards and I can’t wait to get going."

– Mark Roberts, Cambridge United


Fans bid fond farewell to "legendary" former manager Chris Turner

Friends and family bid farewell to Chris Tuner today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Football fans have bid a fond farewell to former Peterborough United and Cambridge United Manager Chris Turner.

Fans joined friends and family at the funeral for the 64-year-old which took place at Peterborough Cathedral this morning.

He died last month after being diagnosed with dementia eight years ago.

Chris Turner. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There's only one word for Chris and that's immense.

He is the epitome of the word legend. He's done everything at the Football Club, right through from owning it, running it, managing it, playing for it.

He's never to be forgotten. He was a wonderful man."

– Bob Symns, Peterborough United Chief Executive

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Stewards to breathalyse fans at football games as part of new trial

Cambridge United it involved in a trial to breathalyse football fans if they're thought to be drunk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new scheme to help stamp out anti-social behaviour at football grounds has been trialled at Cambridge United.

It's the first trial of its kind for a football club in the country.

Stewards can now breathalyse any fans they believe to be excessively drunk as police try to crack down on alcohol fuelled violence.

Ian Darler from Cambridge United says it's not about taking the fun out of football.

"I would hope that after a couple of games they'll see that's not what we're doing it's the opposite. I've probably made errors in the past where we have ejected people who have had a bit to drink and they weren't inebriated but at least this extra piece of kit gives us a little bit more to support the needs of my staff and their welfare and also other supporters in the stadium."

– Ian Darler, Cambridge United
Cambridge United fans get ready for Saturday's game at the Abbey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial is an extension of a system where pub and club doormen use breathalysers to bar entry to people who are too drunk.

The results from those trials have shown a reduction in the number of disorders by around a third.

The breathalysers will only be used at the stewards' discretion and will only detect anything above twice the legal drink-drive limit - that's usually between 4 to 6 pints.

If the scheme works well it could be introduced at other grounds.

"I would suggest this scheme wouldn't affect 99.99% of fans. People who come up here with their families are here to watch football, it's not aimed at them, it's the small minority of people who get heavily preloaded with alcohol and then seek to cause problems either during the game or after the game."

– Sgt Ian Wood, Cambridgeshire police


Cambridge United sign former £1million striker Slew

Slew in action for Rotherham United where he spent time on loan in 2013. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have announced the signing of striker Jordan Slew on an 18-month deal.

The 22-year-old was regarded as hot property while at Sheffield United, and eventually signed for Blackburn Rovers in a £1million deal in 2011.

However, his career has stalled since and he was released by Rovers on deadline day.

Slew has been handed the number 9 shirt at the Abbey Stadium.

"Jordan has some fantastic attributes and a fantastic pedigree.

Obviously his career has not progressed in the way he would have wanted since joining Blackburn for such a big fee at such a young age and he is yet to realise his potential.

Our club is all about developing talented young players though, so this signing is really exciting. We believe that we can be good for each other."

– Jez George, Cambridge United Chief Executive

Cambridge United's FA Cup run over despite valiant Manchester United effort

Juan Mata celebrates scoring Manchester United's opener. Credit: PA

Cambridge United's hopes of causing an FA Cup upset in their fourth round replay at Old Trafford were dashed after they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United.

The U's had a great chance to open the scoring in the first minute when Tom Elliott was put through by Daley Blind's mistake, but he could only find the post.

Cambridge United players clap their fans at the end of the game. Credit: PA

They were made to pay for that miss in the end as the Premier League side took control.

Juan Mata opened the scoring midway through the first-half, and United added another shortly after through Marcos Rojo.

Substitute James Wilson put the game to bed in the second-half with a fine strike from outside the box.

United will now go on to play Preston North End in the fifth round.

C'mon you U's! Fans set off for the Theatre of Dreams

Cambridge United supporters are well on the way to Old Trafford for their FA Cup clash with Premier League giants Manchester United. Coaches and cars left the city earlier this afternoon. We caught up with some of the fans as they set-off from the Abbey Stadium for what promises to be a night to remember whatever the result.

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