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Peterborough United to face rivals Cambridge United in tribute to Turner

Chris Turner. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough United have tonight announced they'll play local rivals Cambridge United in a friendly this summer as a tribute to former player and manager Chris Turner.

Mr Turner is a legend at both clubs. He passed away in April following a battle with dementia.

The game will be played at Peterborough's ABAX Stadium on August 1 (3pm kick-off).

"Chris was one of those rare breed of people who have played for and managed both Cambridge United and Peterborough.

The game is a chance for both sets of supporters to pay their respects and thank him for what he did for the two clubs, and we are looking forward to taking our team and supporters over to London Road.

In terms of what he achieved for Cambridge United, he signed many of the players that formed one of our most successful teams.

He loved by both clubs, was equally adored by many people and we look forward to the occasion doing his memory justice."

– Dave Doggett, Cambridge United Chairman


Four more arrests over attack which left Cambridge United fan in a coma

Simon Dobbin (centre) at a Cambridge United match.

Four more people have been arrested in connection with an attack which left a Cambridge United fan in a coma.

42-year-old Simon Dobbin was assaulted by a group of men outside a pub in Southend back in March.

He'd been watching his team play at Roots Hall.

He's still in hospital where's he's in a serious but stable condition.

Today, four men from Essex were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder- meaning eight have been arrested in total.

Berry is back with Cambridge

Luke Berry returns to Cambridge United on a four-year deal Credit: Cambridge United FC

Cambridge United have re-signed midfielder Luke Berry from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder, who is 22-years-old, has agreed a four-year-contract with his former club.

He left the U's to join Barnsley last season and made 31 appearances for the League One side.

His first game back with Cambridge will be next month against Norwich City.

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

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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
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