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|Mullins absent .|
at 16:05 23 Sep 2021
HAYDEN Mullins will miss Colchester United's trip to play Swindon Town this weekend after testing positive for Covid-19.
Given the clubs / chairman’s stance regards not having a season allocated seat and bubbles, perhaps Hayden might be given a allocated seat in the wrong dugout for the next home fixture !
On a more serious note Hayden, get well soon .
|Team GB - Tokyo 2020|
at 20:11 8 Aug 2021
They claimed 22 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronze medals in Japan.
Stunning haul of medals, congratulations to all in the GB 🇬🇧 team who took part.
|Fifty years Up - Watney Cup. |
at 11:27 7 Aug 2021
A iconic picture to all U’s fans, Bobby Cram sitting on the shoulders of Graham Smith and Eric Burgess with the Watney Cup .
For the record 4-4 draw after aet at the Hawthorns against first division WBA .
U’s lined up .
Smith, Cram, Owen, Gilchrist, Garvey, Burgess, Bloss, Lewis, Simmonds, Mahon and Gibbs.
PS - Can we put a star on top of the club crest for his trophy !
[Post edited 7 Aug 11:31]
|Out to pastures new .|
at 09:29 24 Jul 2021
DAVID Blacknall says he will always love Colchester United as he leaves for pastures new, following more than three decades of loyal service with the club.
The long-serving U's head groundsman has prepared the JobServe Community Stadium pitch for the last time, having waved an emotional farewell after their friendly with Spurs on Wednesday night.
Perhaps he is to be replaced by one of them wireless mowers
|Mulling over Mullins. |
at 09:36 22 Jul 2021
Now his own man with no Tidsdale looking over his shoulder and now has all the responsibilities.
Looks to have got most things settled. Played likely Xl at the start for seventy mins and with mass subs used finished with Papa Johns side. Judge given set piece job on corners and free kicks.
Will be tested telling some seniors of replacement during the season, although will be easier resting player with Barrow and Hartlepool fixtures over the horizon .
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|Micky Brown .|
at 13:21 21 Jul 2021
Sadly passed away in March .
Played for the U’s from Oct 1968 for couple of seasons, released end of 1971 after missing most of the season from injury.
|Football sayings .|
at 16:11 12 Jul 2021
1. Corridor of uncertainty
An ominous phrase, unashamedly stolen from cricket (football has always happily commandeered phrases from the wider world for its own use) and which fills most goalkeepers with fear on a Saturday afternoon. The “corridor of uncertainty” describes a very specific area of the pitch - straddling the six-yard line in front of goal - into which the ball is often aimed, with the sole purpose of worrying the opposition’s goalkeeper into making a terrible decision.
2. Denied by the woodwork
There’s a curious strand of footballese that seems to attribute responsibility for scoring goals (or, indeed, missing them) to inanimate objects. The static goalframe itself - which is no longer made of wood, despite the charming phrase - is often said to “deny” a would-be goalscorer. If it keeps happening, a team’s goal is said to be “leading a charmed life”...until disaster strikes and they “contrive” to put the ball into their own net.
A lovely word, used almost exclusively by football commentators who wouldn’t think of deploying it anywhere else in life. To “finish with aplomb” is to score a goal neatly, stylishly and with total authority. We all really need to be doing more things with aplomb.
4. Ploughing a lone furrow
The most agricultural football phrase (except, perhaps, for the “agricultural” tackle, which nobody wants to be on the wrong end of) but it’s also tinged with sadness. Team tactics often mean one player has to lead the frontline all by themselves, which involves a lot of hard running with very little reward. The longer a player ploughs their lone furrow, the greater the chance that they will eventually start to “cut a forlorn figure.”
5. Ghosting in at the back post
There are countless ways to describe the way a player moves around the pitch - some “scurry” or “scuttle”, others “glide” or “dart” - but there’s no more stealthily effective way to arrive on the scene than to “ghost in”. This most commonly occurs when the ball is crossed into the box, as a goalscorer creeps beyond the defence, undetected, to score.
6. The world at his feet
Football has had a long-standing obsession with wonderkids, many of whom end up falling from grace and failing to fulfil their early potential. Such is the number of failed wonderkids that the phrase “the world at his feet” is more often used as a retrospective lament than a promise of future success.
7. Potential banana skin
An appropriately slapstick reference that warns a country that it won’t be easy playing against a weaker team in the Euros, a competition in which, particularly this year, we have been reminded that “anything can happen.”
8. Catalogue of errors
Football enjoys its collective nouns - a “flurry” of yellow cards here, a “hatful” of chances there - but none are more devastating to their subject than a “catalogue of errors”. Once again, it’s usually the poor goalkeepers who are affected by this, after they’ve dropped enough crosses and spilled enough shots that their mistakes have to be collected in a proverbial catalogue.
9. Dreaded vote of confidence
The “vote of confidence” that an under-pressure manager gets from his chairman has become such a harbinger of doom (they tend to get sacked soon afterwards) that is has evolved to become the “dreaded vote of confidence”.
10. Come-and-get-me plea
The “come-and-get-me plea” is issued by a player desperate to be allowed to leave for a more illustrious club. It often comes in a two-for-one deal with its hyphenated cousin, the “hands-off” warning, which is the standard, no-nonsense response from the club who don’t want to sell him.
11. Disciplinary tightrope
A precarious place to be, especially if you’ve picked up a yellow card early doors. From then on, you’re walking the disciplinary tightrope, a rather too dainty a task for the clumsy defenders out there.
Does going first in penalties mean you win?
12. Almighty goalmouth scramble
Goalmouth scrambles - a perfect few seconds in which one team’s desire and ability to score is perfectly matched with the opposition’s desire and ability to stop them - are a life-affirming spectacle. Any goalmouth scramble that goes on for long enough earns the suffix “almighty”, and deservedly so.
13. The managerial merry-go-round
Sadly just a figure of footballing speech, rather than an actual fairground ride used exclusively by out-of-work football managers. As a results business, the turnover of managers is unusually high, which keeps the merry-go-round turning all year round.
14. Unceremoniously dumped
Remember that “potential banana skin”? Slipping on one of those usually results in one of the big boys being “unceremoniously dumped” out of the competition. Apart from anything else, the phrase just has a lovely rhythm to it.
15. Silence the boo-boys
On the face of it, booing is a very strange thing. While it sounds quite impressive when thousands of people are doing it in unison, the idea of one grown-up human being being compelled to shout “BOOOOOOOOO” is very odd indeed. Anyway, these “boo-boys” (why not boo-girls, or boo-people?) exist purely to be silenced, usually when the target of their pantomime fury scores a goal against them.
Mostly all common knowledge to the majority on this forum without even thinking about it , but can you think of any completely new ones ?
|Final match ups .|
at 09:23 8 Jul 2021
England v Italy match ups .
Mini v Fiat 1-0
Boudicca v Gladiator 2- 0
Newton v Da Vinci. 2 -1
at 17:26 6 Jul 2021
Ex Colchester United winger Courtney Senior joins Newport.
|Lockdown Up .|
at 20:58 5 Jul 2021
Sports stadiums and events across England will be able to operate at full capacity from July 19 after the government set out the next stage in the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, alongside chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, outlined the latest proposals at a press conference on Monday.
Blow away those bubbles at JCSC .
|And when in Rome .|
at 09:15 30 Jun 2021
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Expectations are understandably high at clubs like Sunderland and Ipswich Town where the fan bases are so large and the history so rich. But that same Sunderland case study goes to show that only in very rare cases do clubs drop into League One and not only secure their immediate return to the Championship, but stay there.
Ipswich are definitely on the right tracks to putting themselves back on the pedestal they belong. Cook is a hugely likeable character and a proven promotion-winner with the likes of Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth. The club is spending money once again and on exciting, young players like Harper. It’s a much brighter time to be an Ipswich Town fan and there looks to be Championship football waiting for them later down the line, but if that prospect isn’t next season then fans don’t need to threat – Rome was neither built nor rebuilt in a day.
|Alan Judge |
at 18:05 19 Jun 2021
Former Blues midfielder Alan Judge admits his time at Town didn’t work out the way he wanted it to having signed a two-year deal at Colchester United yesterday.
The 32-year-old left Town in April after reaching 29 league appearances with a 30th set to trigger another year on his contract, something manager Paul Cook was unwilling to do.
Nine-times-capped former Republic of Ireland international Judge joined Town from Brentford in January 2019 and went on to make 75 starts and 16 sub appearances, scoring eight times, but admits his spell didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.
“There were some good times at Ipswich. I’m not going to beat around the bush – it didn’t happen for me on the pitch because I had a few problems in my personal life, off the pitch and it all kind of coincided,” he told the Colchester Gazette.
“I think anybody that knows me there and the fans knows I always gave 100 per cent when I played. For one reason or another, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out.”
While with Town his daughter Emily had to undergo two operations, then earlier this year his mother died having been ill with cancer for some time.
The Dubliner says he had a number of options to stay at League One level before deciding to join the League Two U’s: “I had a few offers from League One and I took them all into consideration.
“But with family and when I saw the vision of what they want to try and do, it ticked all the boxes for me. They’re going to try and have a go this year.
“I know it didn’t go the way they wanted it maybe last year – Covid had an impact on a lot of teams and maybe it’s going a little bit different, this year.
“They’re going to have more experience in the team, through the middle of it anyway and hopefully we can help bring those young players through again and try and get into the play-offs – that’s what we’re hoping for anyway.”
With former skipper Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears all joining Colchester this summer Judge and Dean Gerken having been a Portman Road team-mate early in his time with the Blues. He also previously worked with Jon De Souza, the U’s performance director, from his time with the Bees.
“I knew quite a bit about the club, because there were one or two players here I knew,” he added. “I know Jon from my time at Brentford.
“I spoke to Jon quite a bit and he sold me on the idea of what he’s trying to do. I know the club usually brings young players through and they’re going a little bit differently, this year.
“They want a good strength through the middle of the team and then help the young players in and around that and it’s something that I’m interested in.
“It would be good for the young lads to have more experienced players around them, players who know what it takes to be playing Saturday-Tuesday continuously.
“I know the lads who have come in well – they’re great lads and they’ll be good for the young lads, I’m sure. That’s what we’re here for – we’re here to help the young lads come through.”
|Mulling over Mullin’s|
at 09:33 19 Jun 2021
First Xl for opener .
Chambers Eastman Smith
Hammant Skuse Wiredu Clampin
Not to shabby, but lacks pace, hopefully ball retention will vastly improve .
|Man in Black. |
at 18:34 17 May 2021
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored an injury-time winner against West Brom in the Premier League last Sunday . But anyone else notice that he was a man in all black, the same colour kit has referee Mike Dean. A vital three points for Liverpool in qualifying for Europe next season .
Considering replays on VAR disallow goals for less than a centimetre or a bootlace, a colour clash with the officials should also not have been allowed ?
|FA Cup Final. |
at 15:32 16 May 2021
A brilliant goal to win any final, several wonderful saves by the keeper and the now invariable VAR decision, made it a entertaining 90 mins with victory to the underdogs.
Strange considering all the spitting throughout the clubs could not then climb the steps and gantry to collect the cup due to social distancing.
One wonders why two verses of National Anthem are not sung, here and at Internationals, has the cameraman had to do a Linford Christie down club line ups in the pre match preparations.
Anyone else notice Bobby Roberts in the No4 shirt in the highlights of their last appearance in the Cup final together with now West Mersea resident Peter Shilton.
at 09:19 9 May 2021
Spring is late....but the perennials have largely come up, or down again. No not in the garden, but club lawns of England, Fulham, WBA , Nodge , Watford, Rotherham, Northampton, Swindon and Grimsby are still going strong with promotion relegation every other season .
|Dressing room 101.|
at 19:42 8 May 2021
Ben Stevenson, Jevani Brown, Dean Gerken, Courtney Senior and Omar Sowunmi all missing from the U's squad today, along with Callum Harriott and Harry Pell - all seven players are out of contract at the U's, this summer.
Thanks lads, can all collect your boots Monday .
|EFL D2 - Team of Season |
at 10:58 30 Apr 2021
Sky Bet League Two
Sadly but unsurprisingly no U’s players do not feature, and expect nobody came anywhere close in any department.
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|John Williams |
at 11:44 21 Apr 2021
Sadly passed away in January .
Signed on a free from Watford in the mid 70’s, played over hundred games for the U’s and always went unnoticed in his left back role due to his consistency. Featured in the promotion winning team of 1976.
|Let’s play Countdown Rachel. |
at 21:08 20 Apr 2021
Vowel - A
Vowel. - I
Vowel - O
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