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RIP Paul Wright 22:07 - Mar 22 with 306 viewsBlue4U2

Sad to see this on Twitter although I didn't know him personally
Did anyone here know Paul?
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RIP Paul Wright on 19:32 - Mar 23 with 248 viewsnoah4x4

I knew Paul as well as anybody, but you will all know him, at least by sight…

He didn’t have the social media profile of the Wealdstone Raider or Portsmouth’s John Westwood. He didn’t have their infamy and was instead, one of the most gentle, generous, football supporters on the planet. However, he was a character of no lesser stature at Colchester United.

Affectionately known as ‘Bingo’ (I know not why), Paul was a member of our group that congregate post-match in the Victoria Inn. He wore his Colchester United shirts, Monday to Sunday 24/7, whether in Tesco or Town. The only day that he didn’t and turned up in a suit (for a 'Buffalos' event), some wag convinced me he was an ‘Undertaker’. That stuck for a while, even to the extent that we bought him a Bradford City branded tape measure to enable him to perform his ‘professional duties’. Paul actually worked for many years at Equity Insurance, but his passion was Colchester United.

Paul served the club for over 30 years, first as a cushion seller at Layer Road, then as a draw ticket seller at the corner of the South Stand. White beard, Colchester United cap and a coat that at one time was so long it looked like he was stood in a hole. “50/50 only a pound”. He always occupied the rear corner back seat of the CUSA Bus, and typically only ever missed one game per season home and away, that on a Boxing Day, when he visited family.

A sadness is that his U’s pals are unable to properly pay our respects to Paul because given the current health crisis and social distancing, he is unable to have a conventional funeral. In that sense, he departs somewhat like he lived, often alone, except on match days, where we did what we could to watch his back. Paul will certainly never be forgotten and we will all be raising a glass to him once the Victoria Inn reopens.

Bingo RIP.
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RIP Paul Wright on 19:37 - Mar 23 with 244 viewswessex_exile

RIP Paul Wright on 19:32 - Mar 23 by noah4x4

I knew Paul as well as anybody, but you will all know him, at least by sight…

He didn’t have the social media profile of the Wealdstone Raider or Portsmouth’s John Westwood. He didn’t have their infamy and was instead, one of the most gentle, generous, football supporters on the planet. However, he was a character of no lesser stature at Colchester United.

Affectionately known as ‘Bingo’ (I know not why), Paul was a member of our group that congregate post-match in the Victoria Inn. He wore his Colchester United shirts, Monday to Sunday 24/7, whether in Tesco or Town. The only day that he didn’t and turned up in a suit (for a 'Buffalos' event), some wag convinced me he was an ‘Undertaker’. That stuck for a while, even to the extent that we bought him a Bradford City branded tape measure to enable him to perform his ‘professional duties’. Paul actually worked for many years at Equity Insurance, but his passion was Colchester United.

Paul served the club for over 30 years, first as a cushion seller at Layer Road, then as a draw ticket seller at the corner of the South Stand. White beard, Colchester United cap and a coat that at one time was so long it looked like he was stood in a hole. “50/50 only a pound”. He always occupied the rear corner back seat of the CUSA Bus, and typically only ever missed one game per season home and away, that on a Boxing Day, when he visited family.

A sadness is that his U’s pals are unable to properly pay our respects to Paul because given the current health crisis and social distancing, he is unable to have a conventional funeral. In that sense, he departs somewhat like he lived, often alone, except on match days, where we did what we could to watch his back. Paul will certainly never be forgotten and we will all be raising a glass to him once the Victoria Inn reopens.

Bingo RIP.


A moving tribute Noah, thanks for sharing. Like many, I only knew Paul by sight, but I'm sure he would have been touched deeply by your words.

RIP Paul

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RIP Paul Wright on 20:08 - Mar 23 with 239 viewsLeadbelly

RIP Paul Wright on 19:32 - Mar 23 by noah4x4

I knew Paul as well as anybody, but you will all know him, at least by sight…

He didn’t have the social media profile of the Wealdstone Raider or Portsmouth’s John Westwood. He didn’t have their infamy and was instead, one of the most gentle, generous, football supporters on the planet. However, he was a character of no lesser stature at Colchester United.

Affectionately known as ‘Bingo’ (I know not why), Paul was a member of our group that congregate post-match in the Victoria Inn. He wore his Colchester United shirts, Monday to Sunday 24/7, whether in Tesco or Town. The only day that he didn’t and turned up in a suit (for a 'Buffalos' event), some wag convinced me he was an ‘Undertaker’. That stuck for a while, even to the extent that we bought him a Bradford City branded tape measure to enable him to perform his ‘professional duties’. Paul actually worked for many years at Equity Insurance, but his passion was Colchester United.

Paul served the club for over 30 years, first as a cushion seller at Layer Road, then as a draw ticket seller at the corner of the South Stand. White beard, Colchester United cap and a coat that at one time was so long it looked like he was stood in a hole. “50/50 only a pound”. He always occupied the rear corner back seat of the CUSA Bus, and typically only ever missed one game per season home and away, that on a Boxing Day, when he visited family.

A sadness is that his U’s pals are unable to properly pay our respects to Paul because given the current health crisis and social distancing, he is unable to have a conventional funeral. In that sense, he departs somewhat like he lived, often alone, except on match days, where we did what we could to watch his back. Paul will certainly never be forgotten and we will all be raising a glass to him once the Victoria Inn reopens.

Bingo RIP.


I didn’t recognise the name but I know exactly who you mean from the description. As you say, a real character.

Unconventional funerals are, sadly, the order of the day. Maximum of 6 people for my mum’s next week.

RIP Bingo

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RIP Paul Wright on 20:21 - Mar 23 with 238 viewsnoah4x4

RIP Paul Wright on 20:08 - Mar 23 by Leadbelly

I didn’t recognise the name but I know exactly who you mean from the description. As you say, a real character.

Unconventional funerals are, sadly, the order of the day. Maximum of 6 people for my mum’s next week.

RIP Bingo


Our thoughts are with you too Lead.

Yes, Bingo was one of the true Col Utd characters.
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