Claud Archer

Claud Archer, who featured in the Lilywhites programme for their match against Romford in the Eastern Professional Cup on January 19th, 1965, was for many years the head groundsman at Milton Road. 

Claud Hartley Archer, was born at Walsingham in Norfolk on January 16th, 1916 and came from a farming family. Claud lived for a time in Thetford area of Norfolk before moving to Cambridge to take up a job working of the Chivers' Farms at Histon. Then when the groundsman's job at Milton Road was advertised in 1952, Claud applied for the position, was accepted and this proved to be a first-class choice by the City. 

During the week Claud could always be seen around the ground tending to his various duties, both on and off the field. At the start of the season the pitch looked immaculate and ready to stand up to the hard season ahead. No praise could be too much for his hard work and one evening someone said when seeing Claude putting covers over the goal areas, "there's Claud tucking his baby up for the night". Over his tenure many visiting Club Managers and Officials have said that many football league clubs would have loved a playing surface as good as Milton Road. Many visiting Southern League managers also stated that they loved to come to play Cambridge City as they knew that their players would put up a good show, or at least have a chance to, as they had such a wonderful pitch to play on. One opposition player, who had lead his previous club out at Wembley, said that it was the only time he got to play on such a good playing surface.

For a time Claud was assisted on a part-time basis by Bill Gordan, a very active old age pensioner who also took a great interest in the club. Bill would attend all the home Southern League and Metropolitan League matches, helped Claud on four mornings a week. Bill was also the treasurer of the local referees association for over 30 years and a local cricket umpire. In his younger days he had also played football for the county.

After retiring, Claud in later life went to live in Suffolk and was to die in Martlesham in 2005.