Who could be a more fitting addition to the Cambridge United Hall of Fame than the local boy who went on to play more than 300 times for the club he had watched from the terraces? Who else but Josh Coulson could the football gods have chosen to score the first goal of United’s second era of League football?
Josh knows what it means to be a U’s legend: he’s watched enough of them over the years. And from the moment he made his debut in an amber first-team shirt in December 2007, he showed he had the determination, will to win, work ethic and natural ability to join the ranks of United’s biggest names.
Over the course of 325 appearances he ensured that he would be added to those ranks: always competing hard but fairly; always playing for the shirt, and for the friends who were cheering him on; always working hard to reclaim his place after injury or omission; never forgetting that he was representing every other Cantabrigian who ever dreamed of setting foot on the hallowed Abbey turf.
The football world at large probably knows Josh as the centre back who came so close to putting Manchester United out of the FA Cup, with a close-range header that just cleared the bar, one cold Abbey night in January 2015. We know him just as well as the ever-smiling, gentle giant who is the best ambassador for the U’s we could ever wish for.