Luke Chadwick: Cambridge United goal against Southport best memory

Luke Chadwick
Luke Chadwick appeared against Bayern Munich in the 2001 Champions League semi-final

Ex-midfielder Luke Chadwick thinks about his first goal for Cambridge most days, despite winning the Premier League with Manchester United in 2001.

The 35-year-old also played in the Champions League semi-final that year.

He joined his hometown club in 2014, with them in the Conference Premier.

"My dream as a kid was always to play for Cambridge United so that moment when I scored against Southport at the Newmarket Road End is without a doubt the best moment of my career," he said.

"I have a little think about it most days. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a little one-two with [Andy] Pugh and then a bad touch before a left-foot finish."

Luke Chadwick and David Beckham
Luke Chadwick playing alongside David Beckham against Panathinaikos in the Champions League in 2001

Chadwick helped the U's win promotion back into the Football League after joining on loan from MK Dons and signed a one-year deal with the club in the summer.

After appearing 30 times for the League Two side in 2014-15, including against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round, he left the club and after a brief spell in non-league with Soham has retired from playing to take up a coaching role with Cambridge's academy.

He continued to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's the end of my football career so it's a bit of a strange transition period.

"But to play for the club I love and now have such a great role is really thrilling for me.

"As a player you can't go on forever, even though in my head I still think I could. It's time now to concentrate on the next stage of my life as a coach and I couldn't be any happier."

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