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Anyone on here a referee or former referee?
at 10:53 16 Jun 2022

Is it possible to get a decent referee's whistle that can be personalised? 40th birthday gift idea for a friend but I have no idea if the whistles I've seen that can be personalised would be any good to actually use whilst refereeing.

League One North and South
at 12:19 10 Jun 2022

With apologies to Durham, Wessex and other exiles is it time to bring back North and South divisions? With ever increasing costs both financial and environmental would having more local games reduce travelling costs for both clubs and fans whilst increasing revenue and having a lesser impact on the environment? I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks being in a division that looks like this seems a lot more attractive?

AFC Wimbledon
Bristol Rovers
Cambridge United
Charlton Athletic
Cheltenham Town
Colchester United
Crawley Town
Exeter City
Forest Green Rovers
Ipswich Town
Leyton Orient
Milton Keynes Dons
Newport County
Northampton Town
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Sutton United
Swindon Town
Wycombe Wanderers

The Northern division would look like this:

Accrington Stanley
Bolton Wanderers
Bradford City
Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra
Derby County
Doncaster Rovers
Fleetwood Town
Grimsby Town
Harrogate Town
Hartlepool United
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
Port Vale
Salford City
Sheffield Wednesday
Stockport County
Tranmere Rovers

The Southern division is currently one team short and the Northern division two teams short as I can't decide where these poor Midlanders should go!

Burton Albion
Shrewsbury Town

Geography is not my strong point, so if anyone has any better suggestions on the makeup of the divisions please feel free to put them forward.

The winners of each division would be promoted to the Championship with the next four teams in each division going into the North V South play offs. So 2nd in the Northern division plays 5th in the Southern division and 3rd in the Northern division plays 4th in the Southern division and so on. One legged quarter finals with the team finishing higher having home advantage, two legged semi finals and then the final at Wembley as normal. Bottom of each division would find themselves relegated to the National League.

Brown, Dunne and Huzzey Appointed Permanently
at 12:54 17 May 2022

I think they did enough in the time that they had to earn the right to have a crack at it personally.
Wayne Brown - Has he done enough to get the job permanently?
at 10:40 12 May 2022

For me unless he was set a points target that he didn't achieve, seems unlikely, I can't see how the job won't be his should he want it.

When he took over from Mullins we were 22nd in the table with 22 points from 24 games and only Scunthorpe (19 from 25) and Oldham (18 from 24) were below us at the time. We’d lost seven of our last eight games in all competitions, the other being a 0-0 draw, and hadn’t won in the league for nearly two months. Brown was in charge for 22 league games and managed 33 points from those games. His record is as follows:

Manager Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG GFPG GAPG
Brown 2021-22 22 9 6 7 29 25 4 33 1.50 1.32 1.14

1.5 points per game put us 9th in the form table for the period that Brown was in charge for. Incidentally Mullins/Tisdale also managed 1.5 points per game from the eight games they were in charge for at the end of last season. 1.5 points per game over the course of a full season (69 points) is generally good enough for 8th or 9th in League Two but has snuck into the play off’s a few times. I think to get 33 points from the 22 games he was in charge, I think Sutton were the only side we didn’t play, was quite some achievement given the position and confidence of the team when he took over. Under Brown I think we’ve shown a lot more fighting spirit and gained points from losing positions eight times. We’ve also looked more dangerous going forward, goals per game up by over 66%, and defensively more solid. There have been disappointing performances, Stevenage, Northampton and Exeter especially, but there were some really good ones as well, Bradford and Salford for instance. A high percentage of this squad are contracted for next season and with a few additions and the confidence they can take from the end of this season I see no reason why we shouldn’t be competing in the top half of the table.

Our record since we’ve been back in League Two is as follows:

Manager Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG GFPG GAPG
McGreal 2016-17 8 46 19 12 15 67 57 10 69 1.50 1.46 1.24
McGreal 2017-18 13 46 16 14 16 53 52 1 62 1.35 1.15 1.13
McGreal 2018-19 8 46 20 10 16 65 53 12 70 1.52 1.41 1.15
McGreal 2019-20 6 37 15 13 9 52 37 15 58 1.57 1.41 1.00
Ball 2020-21 29 7 12 10 31 39 -8 33 1.14 1.07 1.34
Brown 2020-21 9 1 3 5 5 14 -9 6 0.67 0.56 1.56
Mullins/Tisdale 2020-21 8 3 3 2 8 8 0 12 1.50 1.00 1.00
Mullins 2021-22 24 5 7 12 19 35 -16 22 0.92 0.79 1.46
Brown 2021-22 22 9 6 7 29 25 4 33 1.50 1.32 1.14

Brown’s record is very similar to McGreal’s first season, which was good enough for 8th position, and obviously he’s still pretty inexperienced at this level so you’d like to think he’ll improve. For me Brown has done enough to be given the job permanently and hopefully next season we won’t have to look at the wrong end of the table for the first time in a while.

Is George on his way?
at 14:25 9 May 2022

Has there been a reason given as to why Hornby played the last two games of the season rather than George? He was fit enough to be on the bench which would imply he was fit enough to play if required. Was Wayne Brown preparing for next season perhaps? A similar thing happened when we knew Walker was leaving and Barnes played the last couple of games of the season. Will be a shame if George does leave but we'll be due a fee and Hornby seems like an able replacement.
Anyone know what was going on at the stadium today?
at 22:42 7 May 2022

Looked like a football match/es of some sort. The car park was pretty full and they had more than one stand open.

Dean Gerken
at 15:36 27 Apr 2022

When it comes to football I'm generally pretty sentimental and, if his body is up to it, I'd like to see Gerken get some minutes on the pitch on Saturday. He's been a very good keeper for us over two spells and it's a shame that physically he's been unable to be more involved this season. I always thought it was a pretty poor that Walker didn't get the chance to get a proper send off as he didn't play in the last two games of his final season.
Junior wins League Two Apprentice award
at 15:27 27 Apr 2022

For all those that haven't seen it yet.

Well done Junior. A bright spark in a pretty dim season. Hopefully he'll continue to improve and progress next season.
End of Season Awards 2021-22
at 15:25 27 Apr 2022

Annoyingly I forgot to vote before the closing date but my picks would've been as follows:

Player of the Season: Freddie Sears
Young Player of the Season: Noah Chilvers
Goal of the Season: Alan Judge V Rochdale (a goal I saw live from the South Stand).

I think George has had a good season, red cards apart, and I also thought Skuse has been decent on the whole. Lots of others would have "could do better" on their report card. Special mention for Junior who despite still being raw and naive is continuing to improve and progress.
Family Enclosure
at 09:50 6 Apr 2022

Is the Family Enclosure, if it's still called that, E7 and E8 at the stadium or just E8? Thought it was probably quicker to ask on here than contacting the club. Going to take my daughters to the Bradford game and want to make sure we're sat in the right part.

RSCOSWORTH's League Two Final Table Predictions
at 12:10 23 Mar 2022

Position Team Points
1 Forest Green Rovers 86
2 Exeter City 84
3 Bristol Rovers 80
4 Mansfield Town 80
5 Newport County 77
6 Port Vale 76
7 Northampton Town 76
8 Tranmere Rovers 74
9 Swindon Town 73
10 Sutton United 72
11 Salford City 70
12 Hartlepool United 68
13 Crawley Town 59
14 Walsall 57
15 Carlisle United 55
16 Bradford City 54
17 Harrogate Town 51
18 Leyton Orient 50
19 Colchester United 49
20 Rochdale 48
21 Barrow 45
22 Oldham Athletic 40
23 Stevenage 40
24 Scunthorpe United 27

I'd take this right now to be honest.

A Game For Ukraine
at 19:53 7 Mar 2022

Something that I believe the club should be applauded for personally.

Anyone seen us play in blue and yellow before? We probably won't be allowed by the league anyway.

Col U V Port Vale - 11th August 2018
at 13:44 4 Mar 2022

I saw this on Col U TV and it struck me how much quicker we seemed to move the ball back then. This was the second game of the 2018/19 season and Eastman and Nouble are the only players from the squad that day still at the club. Incidentally Hannant started for Port Vale and Hornby was on the bench. I look at that side and would take the majority of them over our current crop although I did see Comley has just signed for Dagenham and Redbridge after barely playing in his one and a half seasons at Bolton.
A trip down memory lane...
at 18:05 18 Feb 2022

Stumbled across this on YouTube today, a week too late really but still worth a watch. Those were the days!

Anyone on here go to that game? And/or know the scorers?

Debuts in the 2021/22 season
at 15:54 31 Jan 2022

Surely this season must be a record for debuts for the U's? 19 and counting...

Jake Turner
Ted Collins
Luke Chambers
Tom Dallison
Myles Kenlock
Gene Kennedy
Charlie Daniels
Cameron Coxe
Cole Skuse
Luke Hannant
Alan Judge
Owura Edwards
Sylvester Jasper
Emyr Huws
Chay Cooper
Corie Andrews
Armando Dobra
John Akinde
Shawn McCoulsky

Anyone I've missed? That's a full match day squad plus one right there!
[Post edited 31 Jan 15:55]
Freddie Sears - The Best (most important) Striker In England
at 17:56 21 Jan 2022

I’m not sure anyone is going to agree with the title of this post but you can pretty much prove anything with stats. Obviously Freddie’s nine goals in the league doesn’t even come close to Mitrovic’s 27 for Fulham, Stewart’s 18 for Sunderland, Telford’s 18 for Newport or Salah’s 16 for Liverpool. It’s probably safe to assume though that it’s much easier to hit the back of the net regularly when you’re playing for a free scoring Fulham or Liverpool but what if you’re playing for a shot and goal shy team like say Colchester United? Well then your percentage of your team’s goals becomes the key stat and that is where Freddie reigns supreme.

Freddie has scored nine of our measly 19 goals this season, a whopping 47%. This is better than any other player at one of the other 91 clubs in the league.

The Top 10

Player Team Goals Team Goals %
F Sears Colchester United 9 19 47%
C Stockton Morecambe 16 35 46%
B Brereton Blackburn Rovers 20 44 45%
Dominic Telford Newport Co 18 42 43%
D Solanke Bournemouth 18 43 42%
J Piroe Swansea City 11 27 41%
A Mitrovic Fulham 27 70 39%
A Weimann Bristol City 12 32 38%
M Cornet Burnley 6 16 38%
E Dennis Watford 8 23 35%

Salah, arguably the best footballer in the world right now, is way behind Freddie with 29% and Ronaldo, who could be the best footballer of all time, is even further back on 23%. Proof, if any was needed, that as well as being the best striker in the country Freddie Sears is in fact the best footballer on the planet.

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