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Paul Hinshelwood
at 17:33 24 Jan 2022

Noted that Crystal Palace were wearing black armbands, for the passing of former player Paul Hinshelwood . Signed by Mike Walker, a solid right back for the U’s which reached the Div Four play offs in the eighties.
Condolences to his family.
The Circle of Strife — Your preference ?
at 10:44 21 Jan 2022

The Circle of Strife — Your preference ?

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Big night for the U’s U18’s
at 09:04 17 Jan 2022

COLCHESTER United's youngsters are aiming for FA Youth Cup progress tonight.
The U's under-18s make the long trek up to the North East to take on Newcastle United, in the prestigious competition.
Liam Bailey's side go head to head with the Magpies in the fourth-round tie at St. James' Park, with a 7pm kick-off.

Best of luck to the boys and what a experience of playing at St. James Park, pity the game is not on iplayer .
Only Connect Post Christmas Quiz.
at 12:47 27 Dec 2021

If you are not familiar with the concept from the TV show, a quick brief.
Four clues in all , the idea is to predict clue four , but more importantly to work out the link / connection between all clues.

So here goes - easy one

Clue 1 - RB 91-92
Clue 2 - GP 92-98

Clue3 & 4 to follow .
Look into my eyes , look into my eyes …..
at 13:54 17 Dec 2021

Look in my eyes, look into my eyes …… Paul McKenna new man driving the Tractor boys.
Oops hold on there is another, Kieran. Any jobs for John ?
PJT -Quaters
at 14:50 4 Dec 2021

U’s drawn Sutton away
Young Guns.
at 21:14 18 Nov 2021

Away win for the U’s in the FA Youth Cup, now brings a home draw against Arsenal in the next round.
Let’s hope they get a decent attendance for this most attractive tie for the future U’s.
Solihull Moors vWigan
at 13:33 14 Nov 2021

Solihull Moors v Wigan is live on ITV 4 this Tuesday, for those who want a quick glimpse of our future opponents.

Remember watching the Everton v Chelsea game to decide the U’s future away cup opponents, which was a little bizarre.
Cox Out
at 13:40 1 Nov 2021

Scunthorpe United have sacked boss Neil Cox with the side bottom of League Two.
The Iron, who were beaten 2-1 at Colchester on Saturday, have won just one of their past 10 league games.
Wonder how many that is, managers sacked after being defeated by the U’s ?
After the next two cup games at Sudbury and Tractors will the U’s be still ?
at 09:56 31 Oct 2021

After the next two cup games at Sudbury and Tractors will the U’s be still ?

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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 !
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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.

3. Aplomb
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

Courtney Senior
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 .
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