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|Worth a read|
at 14:09 21 Mar 2018
"Borrowed" from the official board. Makes somewhat depressing reading in my opinion. Also interesting to note the comments, presumably from someone with no Col U axe to grind, about 10 years of decline. A grain of truth in that.
at 18:06 19 Mar 2018
for the Yeovil game arrived at 13.44 today. The Barnet edition was similarly tardy.
I'm not unduly bothered at having not received the programme before the game as I've never been a reader of programmes but it does seem to me a little strange to then receive an email which includes the line "See you on Saturday" almost 48 hours after the game kicked off.
Not the biggest worry I have about Colchester United at the moment but perhaps symptomatic of the state of the club in general?
|World Cup 2018|
at 10:40 13 Mar 2018
Two Russians living in Salisbury have been attacked using a Russian made nerve agent. This has also affected a police officer and could have had far more serious consequences.
The British Government has accused Russia of carrying out this attack on British soil. Although the Russian Government denies involvement it is difficult to believe any other state is to blame.
Assuming Russia is unable to provide a credible evidence that they were not involved should the England football team boycott the World Cup this summer? Or should the competition be boycotted anyway? Or will this all be swept under the carpet and no action taken against the Putin regime (again)?
|Immortalised in song|
at 17:49 6 Mar 2018
Caveat - this may be of limited interest to anyone on here other than me...
The new album by Half Man Half Biscuit, titled rather magnificently "No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your F****n' Hedge Cut", has as its final track "Swerving the Checkatrade". I look forward to hearing what the band have to say on the subject.
As an aside there are stacks of football references in HMHB songs. Of particular note for Us fans are mentions of Bobby Svarc, Layer Road (both in the same song) and the Watney Cup.
at 22:43 20 Feb 2018
Carlisle and Cambridge both won to close to within two points and Exeter got out of jail at the death so we are now 5 points off the last playoff spot. Not a good evening I'm afraid.
|Ticket prices elsewhere|
at 18:01 20 Feb 2018
Work colleague is off to Ukraine tomorrow. He is attending Dynamo Kiev v AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday.
Most expensive ticket for the game? Approximately £15. Cheapest? 91p!
Makes you think.
|Iain Moody & player recruitment|
at 15:49 31 Jan 2018
Lewis Kinsella has left the club after having his contract cancelled. He signed in August 2016. This got me thinking...
Iain Moody was appointed in July 2016 with a brief to handle player recruitment, presumably assisting/assisted by DOF Tony Humes-Out. There have been some good acquisitions and some bad during this relatively short period but what concerns me is what seems, to me at least, to be a surprisingly high level of churn within the group of players that have arrived in that time. This month Slater, O'Sullivan and Kinsella have gone, either on loan or permanently and Denny Johnstone also went out on loan earlier in the season. Three out of five August deadline day signings have also left the club (no loss there IMHO) I'm sure there are other examples which those with more time and a better memory will be able to provide.
If there is a problem here (others may not see it that way) then what is it? Why are players like Slater, arguably our most accomplished midfielder, leaving so quickly? Is it considered a mistake to have signed them in the first place? Has the club management decided that we need a different type of player for the more "functional" football we seem to be playing this season? Why do so many players seem happy to depart even if that is to play at a lower level? Does club management think that shuffling the pack on a regular basis is productive?
There may be a rational explanation but as the club will never provide one I look forward to fellow boarders filling the information void.
at 13:23 22 Jan 2018
Sadly passed away at 82.
627 appearance for Blackpool and 43 England caps, 15 as captain. He always came across as a thoroughly decent man when I heard him on the radio. He also took Leeds Utd to the European Cup final when he was manager.
|Time for a change?|
at 10:41 14 Jan 2018
Very distressing to see turmoil at the Shrimpers this season. Pressure increasing on Phil Brown as his side slide down League One after losing eight of the last nine league games. Plenty of Southend fans calling for Brown to go but I hope he stays for the rest of the season. More chance of an Essex derby next season if he does.
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