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Simon Dobbin trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following United's game with Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trail of thirteen men accused of being involved in an attack on a Cambridge United football fan have, in the last hour, begun to consider their verdicts.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was left unable to walk or talk after he was brutally attacked after a match at Southend's Roots Hall in March 2015.

He spent a year in hospital after being hit and stamped on repeatedly.

A total of 13 defendants standing trial at Basildon Crown Court charged in connection with the attack, deny conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

Ade Azeez: Cambridge United sign pacey forward

Ade Azeez in action for Partick Thistle. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed forward Ade Azeez from Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.

The U's beat off competition from other League Two clubs to land the 23-year-old who has agreed a two-year deal at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

Azeez started his career at Charlton Athletic and has also played for AFC Wimbledon.

I'm quick, play off the shoulder and like to play in behind the defence to cause as many problems as I can. Hopefully I can get a lot of goals for this club.

I actually scored against Cambridge United the last time I played here, but I'm looking forward to plenty of occasions going forward where I can score at the right end this time!

I've had a few weeks training up in Scotland already, so I'm ready to go and will work hard to be in the right shape for the start of the new season.

– Ade Azeez, Cambridge United

Meanwhile, Northampton Town have signed former Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor on a three-year contract.


Simon Dobbin trial: Defendant claims he 'saw nothing'

The defence has begun in the trial of 13 men accused of attacking a Suffolk father after a football match that left him needing round-the-clock care.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, suffered a life-changing brain injury when he was assaulted in March 2015 outside The Railway Pub in Southend.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home in March 2016. His condition means he is unable to move or speak.

The prosecution said the only defendant who was giving evidence was maintaining he "saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing."

Dimitar Mitov: Cambridge United move for goalkeeper

Dimitar Mitov was a free agent after leaving Charlton Athletic. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have continued their busy start to the summer with the signing of Bulgarian goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov.

The 20-year-old, who was recently released by League One side Charlton Athletic, has agreed a two-year deal at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

Mitov is the U's fifth signing of the close season already and will be expected to challenge Will Norris for the number one jersey.

We all feel Dimitar has the major characteristics to progress his career here at Cambridge United.

Physically and technically he has all the key ingredients to become a very good goalkeeper.

Working with Kevin Pilkington and Will Norris everyday will no doubt bring his game to a whole new level.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United Head Coach


Cambridge United pair ruled out for the season

Uche Ikpeazu will play no further part this season. Credit: PA Images

Cambridge United strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Adam McGurk have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Ikpeazu dislocated his shoulder in last weekend's defeat to Portsmouth and will undergo surgery on Thursday, while McGurk tore his hamstring in training earlier this week.

The news will come as a blow to the U's play-off hopes, with the club currently three points outside the top seven with just two games remaining.

Chesterfield's O'Neil in Cambridge United return

Liam O'Neil (left) is back at Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Chesterfield midfielder Liam O'Neil for an undisclosed fee.

23-year-old O'Neil was born in Cambridge and used to be part of the club's Centre of Excellence.

He started his professional career at West Brom before joining Chesterfield on a permanent basis in 2015.

He is a Cambridge boy returning home and is a fantastic fit for us.

We’re also delighted to have brought Liam in as a permanent signing, our third of the current transfer window, which is testament to the long-term vision of the club.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Cambridge United sign Blackburn defender on loan

The 19-year-old has played four times for Rovers' first team Credit: PA

League Two Cambridge United have signed defender Scott Wharton on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.

The 19-year old made his debut in August with the Rovers against Burton and went on to score his first goal for the club in their 4-3 win over Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup three days later.

With the loss of Tom Dallison and Josh Coulson injured, U's manager Shaun Derry told the club website his new appointment adds defensive options.

We knew that we needed to add someone in this position because we want to have competition for places across the squad.

Scott certainly adds that competition for the centre back positions, and would allow Harry to go out on loan, whilst also bringing his own qualities to the squad. He is an up and coming defender, who is keen to learn and will provide a strong challenge to both Leon Legge and Mark Roberts.

He’s had experience of senior football this season and has developed well at Blackburn, but this is a great opportunity to pull on the shirt for Cambridge United and show his credentials.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager
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