The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

CAM­BRIDGE UNITED may be spend­ing some of their FA Cup wind­fall on new toi­lets, but Ryan Don­ald­son has a re­quest on be­half of the play­ers – track­suit bot­toms for the subs!

Richard Money’s League Two U’s held Manch­ester United – com­plete with An­gel Di Maria, Radamel Fal­cao and Robin Van Per­sie – to a 0-0 draw in the fourth round.

Now they travel to Old Traf­ford on Tues­day night to face the 11-time FA Cup win­ners in a tele­vised re­play ex­pected to boost their bank bal­ance by more than £1m.

And while chair­man Dave Doggett says a loo up­grade at their R Cost­ings Abbey home is on the agenda, Don­ald­son is dreaming of warmer legs.


“The subs don’t get long pants on the bench so I think that might be our first re­quest,” Don­ald­son joked. “If it’s cold then your legs are freez­ing. We get a big coat but ev­ery­one else gets bot­toms.”

For­mer New­cas­tle United young­ster Don­ald­son shone with his pen­e­trat­ing runs show­ing up the Pre­mier League gi­ant’s shaky de­fence.

In­side the first ten min­utes he had nut-megged Hol­land World Cup star Da­ley Blind to set the tone for an ex­cel­lent evening.

“It looked good that – we wound it back a few times!” smiled Don­ald­son, who lives with team-mates Richard Tait and keeper Will Nor­ris. “I got ab­so­lutely smashed that. It was nice, but then I got brought back down to earth pretty quick.

“We had Satur­day off so we chilled out be­cause we were ex­hausted. We put the game on to en­joy it in a dif­fer­ent way. When you know the re­sult you can en­joy it that bit more.

“I thought we did well and we got praise from the com­men­ta­tors. I think they were im­pressed.”

As were the writ­ten me­dia, who were housed in the south stand’s academy play­ers’ class­room for post-match in­ter­views.

“When I walked in with Champs (cap­tain Tom Cham­pion) I said, ‘Flip­ping hell, what’s hap­pened here, where are all the ta­bles?’

“We nor­mally get shov­elled into the ref’s room while the ref has a shower to do in­ter­views, so it was a nice change.”

Money’s men were back to re­al­ity on Tues­day night with a 1-1 draw against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge be­fore a cru­cial league clash at Lu­ton yes­ter­day. But the club proved they can han­dle big oc­ca­sions last sea­son, by win­ning the FA Tro­phy at Wem­b­ley and us­ing it as a spring­board for pro­mo­tion to the League.

Don­ald­son said: “We’ve had great suc­cess over the last 18 months. The club is full of good peo­ple who work hard and that trans­lates onto the pitch. We’re all good pros and we want to do well.

“It’s the cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­one’s ef­forts over the last year-and-a-half that we can match Man United and give a good ac­count of our­selves. We’ll en­joy the re­play.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

JOB DONE: Ryan Don­ald­son cel­e­brates at the end of the draw with Manch­ester United

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