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Your opinions and input would be greatly appreciated
at 14:36 15 Feb 2017

Hi All,

I have recently started a new business venture and I am looking to get some opinions and market research under our belt.

For obvious reasons, I cannot digress much information on the project, however I can promise that all responses will be ever so greatly appreciated.

I know you guys are all busy so understand not everyone will want, or be able to oblige.

I will be rolling this out on any forum I can find for FL clubs, but thought where better to start than with you lovely bunch!

Whilst I appreciate that some personal details are asked, I'm more than happy for PM'd replies should you not wish to disclose on this thread.

Here goes;

1) Your age?

2) Town of residence?

3) How many home games do you attend on average per season?

4) How many away games do you attend on average per season?

5) Do you prefer to pay on the day for match tickets, or upfront?

6) If paying for ticket upfront, do you prefer eTicket, Physical ticket or collect ticket at stadium?

7) What issues prevent you from attending away games, or more than you currently do?

8) Personal/family issues aside, if these problems were resolved, how many away games in addition to your current average, would you like to think you'd attend each season?

9) When travelling to away games, do you prefer to drive yourself, or take coach/train?

10) When away games fall further afield, do you generally look to make a weekend of it with overnight stays, or squeeze your experience into same day only.

As I say, I appreciate any replies that you can give, and there will be a pint waiting for you should we cross paths at a match in the near future!

Thanks

Kev
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Freddy lapado
at 11:30 19 Oct 2016

Scored last night for Oldham!
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Expectations...
at 09:07 10 May 2016

It would be nice to hear from the club on what targets have been set for next year. I know it's early but after such a torrid season and being relegated, the one sentence I think every U's fan wants to hear is that we are targeting promotion at first go.

We should have some decent pull in recruitment of players as I think generally we should be perceived as a front runner to have a good season.

Johnny M has said this morning they have 6-7 players they want to get tied up quickly within the next few weeks.

I'd like to think this is a real statement of intent, but seems to be no firm note of fight from anyone at the club just yet.

Out of interest, where do you guys think we should be aiming for next season?

I cannot look past what my heart is telling me, and that we have to have a real go at the top 3. I fear failure to go up first season will leave us trapped and acclimatised to what is the basement of the football league. The day that happens will be when the conference is tapping us on the shoulder, and every season is about looking down rather than up.
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Does any one else miss Humes
at 15:57 25 Mar 2016

Can't help but think we may be better off in the league with him in charge.
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Keen out!!
at 17:55 27 Feb 2016

I joke.

But seriously, is KK going to be with us for league 2 next year.

Will he want to stay?

If we do not win a game for the rest of the season, should the choice be taken from him? At any other club, this run without a win is only going to end with the inevitable sack. Although, I'm not sure we are like any other club at this moment in time.

I'm seriously worried about how we will fare in lg2 next season.
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Today's game...
at 11:50 6 Dec 2015

Does anyone know where I can stream online?

Thanks
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Heres hoping for a 7-0 on Saturday....
at 13:38 25 Nov 2015

To Burton. If last night didnt register something in RC, then that should do the trick nicely.

We are going to lose anyway, so hell, we might aswell get smashed if it gets the job done.

Yes TH, you are right...i would be more than happy to see us fail more than normal on Saturday, especially if i never have to hear a post match interview from you again.

I expect a backlash from you guys...but ask yourself honestly, if a big defeat on saturtday would spell the end, wouldnt it be worth it.

Bigger picture n'all

Up the fans U's
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Jamie Jones
at 01:30 22 Nov 2015

Can't wait for Sam walker to be back.

Just seen the goals from yesterday, and I find a similar thought in my head.

Much has been made of our shocking defense, but 90% of goals appear to be savable. Also seems Jamie doesn't get the luck with an awful lot going through legs!

I can't help but think with big Sam in goal our goal difference would be a lot healthier. We are getting stuffed every week, where previous seasons we were losing by the odd goal (mk dons games the exception!)

Agree?
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Tony Humes - chapter 2
at 14:29 16 May 2015

http://m.gazette-news.co.uk/sport/12951723._/

Just had a read of his latest interview on the gazette.

I'll admit to being very harsh on him this season. I wrote off our chances after the crawley defeat. How ironic that we survived at their expense!

Whilst I stand by my view that TH wasn't the man for the job...I'm quietly impressed how he has handled the pressure, and the fans negativity towards him. The outcome of the season finale was totally unexpected and just short of miraculous. For that, I take my hat off to the man.

Going forward into next season, and referring back to the interview today, I'm starting to come round to next season with him in charge. How many years have we been crying out to get our business sorted early and not signing the scraps left from the pre-preseason scramble.
If it allows us to get a couple of players who may have that touch more quality than previous preseason signings, coupled with a completed squad for the whole preseason, I believe that may be the difference between bottom 12 season or top 12.

Nobody will ever know the full extend of the goings on with the senior pros excluded from the side, however it took some balls to make that call, considering the plight and the stakes on the line. Whether he was in the right or wrong. .he made the call, and stuck with it. Some may even call it inspired. Not sure Joe dunne or John ward would have put themselves in that precarious position.

It seems as if TH was beginning to learn some hard lessons in the run in, and had started to mould into his own philosophy. If we had that form over the season, playoffs would have been achievable at least.

So I guess whilst I'm still undecided, TH has at least given me the mind to support him fully blooded next season, as I'm struggling to find a reason why I couldn't.

Feeling very optimistic he may well just move us in the right direction, and with a potentially very ordinary looking league next season, what a time for it all to fall into place.

In TH's U's I believe...please bring on better times than the last 3 years.

Respect
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Preston game on Sky
at 17:26 27 Apr 2015

Makes sense....lets hope all is still to play for
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Tony Humes
at 10:33 17 Mar 2015

Strangely quiet from Tony Humes since Saturday. Notice Richard Hall did the post match interview.

Think I prefer it this way rather than listening to the same old drivelling boll***s, which we have all become accustomed to disbelieving.

Does anyone else think he will resign at the end of the season? Here's hoping.
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Chris Iwelumo hangs up his size 20's
at 12:18 29 Oct 2014

Big Chris called time on his career yesterday. Nice article on official site. Reading through makes me think that we will never see the Iwelumo/Cureton success again in our lifetime! Wonder if we will ever get that close to the Premier League again! Was definitely an exciting time to be a U's fan!

Only sour point to his affiliation with the U's was on his return with Charlton with his theatrical fall getting the U's defender sent off (Wayne Brown?)


One of Colchester United’s most popular strikers called time on his career on Tuesday afternoon.




Chris Iwelumo, who was an integral part of the U’s promotion to the Championship and that memorable first season in the second tier, has decided to finish an illustrious time in football that saw him score 121 goals.




37 of those goals came in a Colchester shirt, with Chris striking up a once in a generation partnership with Jamie Cureton, with the little and large duo troubling defences up and down the country in a memorable two year spell.




Chris’ arrival at Layer Road was typical of the squad building that Phil Parkinson had undertaken during his time as manager of the U’s.




The big forward had made his name at Stoke City, but was brought back into English football by Parky in the summer of 2005, having been playing out in Germany with Alemannia Aachen.




It was a new name for many U’s supporters, but they would soon fall in love with the powerful forward who played an instrumental role in the 2005/6 campaign.




He got off to a steady start in Colchester colours but exploded into life with the arrival of strike partner Cureton, who initially arrived on loan in October of that season.




By the end of the campaign, the Scotsman had scored 19 goals, with three coming from the penalty spot in what was soon to become his trademark style of starting with his back to goal.




Cureton returned to the U’s that summer and the little and large partnership were to enjoy a memorable season at Championship level.




The diminutive Cureton grabbed the divisional golden boot as the U’s went within a hair’s breadth of the play-off spots for the Premier League, but Big Chris weighed in with an equally as important 19.




Perhaps his finest hour amongst many memorable games for the U’s came in the game against Hull City.




Against the manager that brought him back into English football, Chris powered home four goals in a 5-1 triumph that was typical of the swashbuckling style of play that brought the U’s so much success that season.




Chris’ 37 goals put him 35th in the all time U’s goalscorers list and his performances earned him a move to Charlton.




Now pursuing his own business ventures and taking his first steps in working within the media, Chris will no doubt be a popular face upon any visits to Colchester in the years to come and it would be no surprise to see him in the U's Hall of Fame at some point in the future.
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Elokobi signs for Oldham
at 12:49 8 Aug 2014

Great signing, would loved to have seen him back with the U's.
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Garbutt recalled
at 11:32 28 Jan 2014

Luke has been recalled by Everton today, for cover to Leighton Baines after Brian Oviedo's horrific leg break......such a shame, although Dickson will do the job. JD must act quick to get a loan signing before Fridays deadline.
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