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Dave Kitson, Lionel Perez and Josh Coulson among new inductees to Cambridge United Hall of Fame

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Josh Coulson is one of the inductees into the Cambridge United Hall of Fame. Picture: Keith Heppell
Josh Coulson is one of the inductees into the Cambridge United Hall of Fame. Picture: Keith Heppell

On and off-field stars have been inducted into the Cambridge United Hall of Fame.

At an awards ceremony in the Signature Suite at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday night, the new inductees were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the story of the U's.

Players Roly Horrey, Malcolm Webster, Brendon Batson, Lindsay 'Wolfie' Smith, Derrick Christie, Lionel Perez, Andy Duncan, Dave Kitson and Josh Coulson, manager Ron Atkinson and off-the-pitch stars Dave Matthew-Jones, Colin Proctor and the late Carol Looker were selected by a 100 Years of Coconuts/Cambridge Fans United electoral college system.

All inductees were selected by a Coconuts/CFU electoral college this year.

The Hall of Fame is managed by 100 Years of Coconuts, the heritage arm of Cambridge United supporters' trust CFU, and its chair, Andy Fox, said: "The Cambridge United Hall of Fame idea was relatively slow getting off the ground compared to some of our peer clubs but we'd like to think since 2016 we have more than caught up and yet we are aware there are many more names to be mined from the files of history pertaining to Abbey & Cambridge United who are deserving of such recognition."

Horrey, Webster, Christie, Smith, Kitson, Duncan, Perez, Coulson, Matthew-Jones and Proctor were present to receive their awards on the evening, and Carol's award was accepted by her husband and son by old friend and U's stalwart Ian Elliott.

Carol's induction to the Hall of Fame also served as the second implementation of the Andrew Bennett Award, which is intended to recognise extraordinary inputs to the club and its community.

It was instituted in memory of the late honorary club historian, archivist, writer and author of the Celery & Coconuts history of Abbey/Cambridge United.

Previous inductees since the Hall of Fame was launched on 2016 have been commercial manager Dudley Arliss, player/supporter Russell Crane, players Alan Biley, Dion Dublin, Wilf Mannion, Rodney Slack, Paul Wanless, the late Terry Eades, Tom Finney, Steve Fallon, player/managers John Beck and John Taylor, team managers Bill Leivers, Richard Money and Roy McFarland, stadium manager Ian Darler, commercial powerhouse Bill Cawdery and supporter and fundraiser Lil Harrison and finally club historian, the late Andrew Bennett.

To find all of the citiations of the Hall of Fame inductees, visit cuhalloffame.org.uk.

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