Luke Chadwick will wear the captain’s armband this Friday at the same ground where he was scouted by Manchester United as a youngster.
The midfielder, who was born and bred in Cambridge, will lead the team out in the FA Cup with Budweiser First Round Proper against Cambridge City on Friday night on his return to Milton Road.
Growing up Chadwick - a hardy Cambridge United fan - spent time at the ground as a youngster playing District and County level football, and Club skipper Dean Lewington will hand over the armband for a one-off occasion.
Speaking ahead of the game, Chadwick said: “It will be great to go back there, obviously I have some fond memories of my time there – I used to score a lot of goals there as a kid for the school’s and the county team and I can’t wait for the game.
“It should be a great occasion, it will be great for Cambridge City to have the game on telly and it should earn them some money. I know they’re looking to move stadium so the money will be a positive for them.”
In his youth Chadwick was renowned for his goal scoring ability and last week the 31-year-old rolled back the years as he netted twice to help the Dons to a 3-0 win at Scunthorpe.
Chadwick will be hoping for more of the same in the FA Cup in a game that will be shown live on ESPN.
“That’s where I got spotted by Manchester United when I was playing at Milton Road in Cambridge. I have a lot of fond memories of the place.
“When I was a kid I remember breaking a goal scoring record for the Cambridge Schools’ team. I remember scoring six goals at Milton Road once, against Huntingdonshire, if I remember right, in a 6-0 win so I have some great memories of the place. I was a gangly goal scorer back then and I’m a gangly winger nowadays.”