Bonfire Night 2011 – Cambridge City v Redbridge FC
Bonfire Night Baby and Redbridge fan Adam Dennehey recalls Redbridge’s Trophy win over Cambridge City last season. Happy birthday Adam!
As you get older, it can always be difficult to remember what you did on your birthdays. Where you were? Who you were with? What you did to celebrate it, etc.
Up until my 18th birthday which I celebrated at home with about 20 friends, my tenth birthday was probably the birthday that I remember most vividly. Why?
Because 10 of my friends (and a kid – who I wasn’t even friends with – I had to invite him because he’d invited me to his birthday only a month before) plus a few parents went out to play Quasar. It was a great night and afterwards I got back home and watched Andrew ‘don’t call me Andy’ Cole score a hat-trick for Manchester United in a famous 3-0 win over Feyenoord in the Champions League.
Anyway last year my birthday was unique. Not only was it the only time I’ll have my 24th birthday but I went and watched Redbridge win in the FA Trophy away at Evo-Stick side Cambridge City. Life couldn’t get any better?
The journey up to Cambridge was a pleasant one. After being picked up by Adam Silver at Debden, Daniel Needleman his fellow club web-master and I (the passengers) were quietly confident that the side could manage to go home with a draw, which would mean a replay in the competition back at the Oakside on the following Tuesday.
After all Cambridge were flying high in the Eveo-Stick South and were many people’s tips to secure promotion to the Blue Square South, so surely a win against them in their own backyard might be too much of an ask.
After arriving at Cambridge’s Milton Road ground, I was given a new red and black club-tie by Mr Silver. For some unknown reason, I hadn’t done my tie up to the liking of our first-team coach Darran George who in a ‘father-to-son’ moment proceeded to stop me on the sidelines to do my tie up properly much to the amusement of our squad and our manager Terry Spillane who was also celebrating his birthday too. He’s just the 20 odd-years older than me!
I thought despite wearing my suit and best-shoes that it would be ‘fun’ to join in a ‘keepy-uppey’ session with some of our squad’s fringe players who had joined a circle at the side of the pitch. At the time this seemed a good idea, not only to get a sense of what they felt the team could do this afternoon, but to show of my skills.
I impressed with a couple of deft flicks but almost had my head kicked off by Shane Stamp when after keeping the ball up after five touches thought it would be funny to try and head the ball, the winger nicked the ball of off me just as I was about to head it into the path of our Polish midfielder (and wanabee rapper) Jonny Glowacki.
As for the match itself we fought really hard and came back with a deserved 2-1 victory despite being reduced to 10 men for the final 20 minutes thanks to one of the most farcical red-cards you could ever see. Ben Bradbury our star-winger from last season who had already picked up a booking for a tough challenge in the first half, took a quick corner before the referee Adrian Sannarude had blown his whistle and was given a second-booking much to the amusement and shock of everyone inside
Thankfully both our goals that day came with just the littlest dollop of luck. Jamie Haywood put us ahead when his cross was deflected in. In Cambridge’s report they had it down as an own-goal. Our second to win the game nine minutes from time scored by Joe Gardner went in via a deflection as well completely wrong-footing City’s goalkeeper.
It had been a great result for us which kept our great start to the season going. Cambridge played well and would go on to secure promotion to the Southern League Premier at the end of the season. Their ground at Milton Road is a fantastic football setting. Sadly the club will be moving out of the ground – which has got a fantastic directors box – at the end of this current season. Hopefully they can stay up and continue to grow as a club, hopefully the FA Cup money they’ve earned so far this year will help them do just that.
Thanks to Adam for this report. You can wish him a happy birthday on twitter: @TheMotormen