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at 19:33 26 Aug 2018

Much as I hate to say it (and rarely do about visitors to the JSCS) Northampton were the better side over the 90 minutes on Saturday and deserved their win. When they took the field I actually said to my near neighbours in the South stand, ' Christ, they're a big side. Lets hope they aren't a well organised one too because I think they are going out muscle us in midfield and could be our biggest test yet.' Sadly, I was right. But, more worryingly, it also occurred to me by the final whistle that in order to get out of this league, you need more than just a set of skilful players. You also need a side with high degree of physicality, which I personally feel that we do not have at the minute. So, Cowling, put your hand in your pocket for a change and do what is needed - and reinstate the supporters buses!
When Saturday Comes.
at 08:12 25 Aug 2018

Is there anything in the World that can compare with the feeling you get on match day? Yes, ok, passing your driving test, birth of your first child etc. etc. are all pretty wonderful experiences, but there is nevertheless something very special about waking up on a Saturday morning, knowing that in a few hours time you will be making your way to the ground, surrounded by thousands of like-minded folk, all hoping and praying for the same thing - three points and a glut of goals. I have tried to explain this to my family on numerous occasions, especially during the Xmas shopping season, when they cannot fathom why I prefer to watch the U's rather than stand outside of Debenhams for an hour or so and then repeat the same lonely vigil outside of M and S. They just don't get it and probably never will. Nor do they understand why I follow the same ritual every time we are at home. Lucky shirt, leave home at 12.30 precisely, the same route to the ground, car parked in the same 'lucky' place, pie and pint on arrival, same seat - you get the picture and I'm sure you probably have your own set of special. sometimes weird and wonderful things that you do on match day. Talking of which, would anyone like to share theirs on this bright, sunny morning, as you wake, like me, full of hope and excitement and praying and hoping for 3 points and maybe even a top of the table spot come 5 p.m.
History repeats itself?
at 09:54 24 Aug 2018

I have followed the U's since I came to live in Colchester in 1983. My first ever game was a dismal 1-1 draw, at home to Darlington, in front of one of Layer Roads smallest ever crowds. Not a great start, but since then I have enjoyed and sometimes suffered, a fantastic roller coaster of a ride watching Colu. Promotion to the Championship, relegation to the Conference, 2 wins at Wembley and the totally brilliant night when we beat Bristol Rovers 5-4 at home. Sadly, this will be my last season watching my beloved Col U as I am soon to move abroad. I will return whenever possible but for the record, the season I left my previous home of Plymouth, after many years watching the Argyle doing naff all, they got to the semi final of the FA Cup and were promoted to Division !. Lets hope that history repeats itself eh!
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