Overlooked teams in a league of their own

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Photograph: Richard Lee/REX/Shutterstock

I enjoyed your piece on the use of the word Albion in football club names (Pass notes, 10 January), but was dismayed to see Stirling Albion omitted from your list of footie Albions. The ancient Albion name was favoured by the club’s founder, Tam Fergusson, though many fans prefer the apocryphal tale of it being taken from the Albion coal trucks used as stands in the club’s early days. Stirling Albion were, in 1966, the first professional British team to play in Japan. I would have thought that alone would merit a place in your list. And we are, for the moment, above Albion Rovers in the league, making us Scotland’s leading Albion – just!
Colin Sinclair

• Ewan Murray describes Cambridge United’s run of 31 games without a win as their previous “claim to fame” before they knocked Newcastle United out of the FA Cup last Saturday (Report, 10 January). I witnessed many of those bleak, winless games in 1983-84. I also watched a club only elected to the Football League in 1970 win promotion from the Fourth Division to the Second Division in consecutive seasons in 1977-78, and then spend six seasons among such exalted company as West Ham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, as well as knocking Aston Villa out of the League Cup in the season they won the First Division championship. I could go on. The wonderful memories are plentiful, and the mighty Us march on.
Bill Hawkes

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