Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Opening Day Dramas

17 June 2014

The U's first day results as we prepare for fixture release day.

The excitement ahead of the new season will ramp up another couple of levels on Wednesday with the release of the 2014/15 fixture list.

The U's will discover the order of their fixtures at 9am on Wednesday and the planning will begin for fans as they work out their games for the coming campaign.

One of the key fixtures that many supporters look for is the match on the opening day of the season.

Optimism is high for all sets of fans at that stage and, in recent years, the U's have had some memorable first day matches, including a certain game at Carrow Road...

Ahead of the release of fixtures, here's the opening day games from the last ten years. How many were you there for?

2013/14 Gillingham 0 U's 1
The sun was shining on the opening day as the U's made the short trip to Kent. Despite the two teams trading chances, it looked like the game would finish 0-0 until Andy Bond stepped off the substitutes' bench to slam home a late winner.

2012/13 Preston North End 0 U's 0
For the second season running, it was a trip to Deepdale for the U's and they put in a determined and resolute performance to come back from Lancashire with a point. However, a first win of the season was to prove elusive in the coming games and the sequence of results cost John Ward his job as boss.

2011/12 Preston North End 2 U's 4
Goals from Anthony Wordsworth and Ian Henderson put the U's into a surprise lead against highly fancied North End. Neil Mellor pulled one back, but Henderson immediately restored the two goal cushion and Kayode Odejayi put the icing on the cake late on.

2010/11 Exeter City 2 U's 2
A dramatic start to the campaign, with three goals in the first eleven minutes. The U's fell behind, but a quick fire Anthony Wordsworth double, including a trademark free kick, put the U's in front. It looked like they'd bring back the win, but Richard Logan slammed home late on to share the spoils.

2009/10 Norwich City 1 U's 7
An 'I was there' kind of day! City had been relegated into League One and were given the shock of their lives by a rampant U's. Kevin Lisbie, Clive Platt and David Fox had the U's five to the good in an astonishing first half and although Cody McDonald grabbed one for the shell shocked Canaries, David Perkins and Scott Vernon ensured it was a day to never forget.

2008/09 Hartlepool United 4 U's 2
A long trip north for the U's and their fans six years ago. Those that made the journey would have been wishing it was a shorter trip home as the U's found themselves four down, before Steven Gillespie's brace gave them some reward for their trip and to make the scoreline a little less painful.

2007/08 Sheffield United 2 U's 2
On a high from a memorable first season in the Championship, the U's faced a tough test at Bramall Lane. However, a free flowing performance and two great goals from Kevin McLeod and Clive Platt ensured the U's returned home with a point. The season ahead was to prove somewhat tougher, though.

2006/07 Birmingham City 2 U's 1
A Championship debut for the club and a memorable day despite the defeat. They had trailed to DJ Campbell's first half goal but Richard Garcia lashed home an equaliser. When Cameron Jerome was sent off, the U's hopes of a win grew, only for loanee Nicklas Bendtner to score late on.

2005/06 Gillingham 2 U's 1
The U's promotion season started with defeat. Neil Danns scored the first goal of the campaign, only for the U's to fall to defeat with pretty much the last kick of the game by Darren Byfield. Danns was to prove prolific in one of the U's finest seasons.

2004/05 Sheffield Wednesday 0 U's 3
Wednesday went into the season as promotion favourites, but their fans were left astonished by late drama at Hillsborough. The game seemed destined for a draw, until Sam Stockley, Craig Fagan and Joe Keith all scored in the last five minutes to take the points back home.

The U's have not started a season at home since 2002/03, when a Thomas Pinault thunderbolt against Stockport ensured victory. Will they be drawn at home on Wednesday? Find out on the official website!

Advertisement block