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West Life
at 21:53 1 Jul 2022

Tomorrow, Colchester & East Essex CC versus Hornchurch CC cricket. Then West Life are playing in Castle Park. If you want to listen for free, our Pavilion bar is open!

All Usual boarders welcome!
Season tickets
at 22:51 29 Jun 2022

Supposedly on sale from 27/06 via on-line ticket site?

Anybody know what is going on? Website still refers to 2021-22 and “bubbles”.

[Post edited 29 Jun 22:52]
Jackson leaves Charlton
at 11:52 4 May 2022

News in the Gazette.

Also, U's Head of Performance de Souza and the Maldon & Tiptree Chairman/Treasurer/Head of Laundry and Chief Bottle Washer have gone to Charlton. Hopefully the other wonky leg of the U's back-office stool will soon follow them.

WB turned down permanent manager when previously temporarily in charge. I don't think there would be too much surprise if Johnnie Jackson now comes to Colchester and WB goes back to M & T?

I think JJ would be a great appointment. Who could not respect a club legend of such stature? He only left us because he was discarded, then proved Lambert (or was it Boothroyd?) wrong and became a Charlton Legend. Charlton won three of their last five league games and they finished 13th in Division One, after JJ became temporary manager in October 2021 and permanent in December. Limited experience perhaps, but deserves a chance if WB isn't appointed. Jackson and Joe Dunne.....a dream team?

[Post edited 4 May 11:57]
Rochdale charged with breaches of EFL regulations following terminated takeover
at 16:29 16 Mar 2022


"Having comprehensively reviewed the relevant issues, the EFL has now determined there is sufficient evidence to justify issuing various charges of misconduct."

Rochdale FC sit 17th in the table, merely one point above the U's. I wonder what penalty the EFL might impose if found guilty? A points deduction would be interesting.......?

Put this in your diary. Taylor v Serrano!
at 07:32 8 Feb 2022

Challenger Amanda Serrano wants her upcoming bout against Katie Taylor to take place over 12 rounds of three minutes, but undisputed lightweight champion Taylor says the fight is "already iconic as it is". Ireland's Taylor, 35, will meet seven-weight champion Serrano on 30 April in the first female bout to headline New York's Madison Square Garden in a 20,000 sell out.

I was there when AJ failed against Ruis Jnr, but by far the bout of the night was KT versus Persood. Serrano looks an even tougher opponent than the battling Belgian. Women's soccer, cricket and rugby might always struggle, but boxing and tennis offer a real opportunity for parity of purse and recognition of EDI status for females in sport thanks to the brilliant efforts of KT. It is going to be the best scrap ever! Don't miss it!

Maybe we can keep this thread alive by debating where we think women's professional sport is heading? Does it justify prime time TV? Boxing yes!

U's v Hartlepool postponed due to covid
at 11:46 17 Dec 2021

When over 30% of EFL players won't get jabbed, is this announcement surprising? Utter disgrace that so many footballers are acting irresponsibly.

Black Lives Matter? What about ALL lives matter during this pandemic? It is the responsibility of all players to show leadership and get jabbed to help protect others, even if they don't care a shi5 about their own health.

Hope they get their wages deducted for screwing up our weekend and the travel plans of Hartlepool fans that probably have non-refundable train tickets. Indeed, sack them if they won't get jabbed as they will kill lower league football if more matches are postponed. Vaccination should be mandatory, as in NHS and in Europe.

Ipswich sack Cook
at 00:06 5 Dec 2021

No surprise, but will they appoint McGreal?

Perhaps the ultimate irony?
Sudbury Live!
at 19:12 5 Nov 2021

U's side to face AFC Sudbury is George, Tchamadeu, Eastman, Chambers, Clampin, Wiredu, Skuse, Chilvers, Dobra, Jasper, Sears (two changes)

Just settled down on sofa, beers on hand. Let’s go you mighty U’s!

Recording my second team (Villa). It’s going to be a long night of footie on the box.
When will Cowling listen?
at 15:59 2 Oct 2021

0-2 down HT.
Abysmal half, utterly outplayed.
Ipswich rejects too old/slow.
Zero forward line.
Crowd chanting for Tom Eastman.
No fans bar
No Hotshots
Lowest League Two U’s crowd that I recall.
No catering in East Stand.
HT Queues abysmal in South Stand.
No shuttle buses
Awful match day experience.
Humes, De Souza and Waddington - OUT!

at 22:04 7 Sep 2021

How did we lose that?

We looked great H1, then Judge and Sears come on to change the game and blunt our attack. Then having made three early subs, we are soon down to ten men as Beadle limps off. One effective attack by the league one side and they score.

Dobra looked awesome and has to play instead of Sears. But we are still missing a striker.
Live Streaming - confusion?
at 07:28 13 Aug 2021

Just received my (seasons pass) invitation for my Northampton ticket. It suggests that if I decline for covid reasons the game will be live streamed for my benefit, which is contrary to EFL guidance. I am now confused. Has the ticketing office not changed the 2020/21 system or can I actually view live on the Internet? Could others living distant and unable to travel buy a match pass then decline it?

I can't attend the match, but if sat at cricket waiting for the rain to stop.......

It could only happen on my watch
at 19:45 26 Apr 2021

I was video scoring and live streaming Saturday's Chelmsford v Colchester Dukes Cup game when this happened....

Android tablet problems?
at 17:32 1 Feb 2021

For some reason, my Android tablet has ceased updating posts from the U'sual.

I can see Mick's Happy League post for week 22 on my I-Phone in its browser . I can see this post on my Windows PC in Firefox or Edge. But not on my Android.

I suspect there might be a browser compatibility issue with Android?

Mick originally only posted skeleton details as he had a problem. So I am flagging this so that Android users don't fail to post and to enable Daniel to investigate.

BBC fake footie news
at 08:25 27 Jan 2021

Did anybody else spot the blunder on BBC TV local news at 7.32am this morning?

It reported in a caption (and verbally) last night's result as Cambridge United 2 -1 Salford (which was a previous result from 3rd November). Then 7 minutes later, I noticed a report on the BBC website that correctly confirmed last night's outcome was Salford P - P Cambrdge due to a frozen pitch with Gary Neville agreeing to refund Cambridge travel expenses. Rubbing my eyes, I re-wound my Sky Box back to confirm that it had been misreported on TV. Yes, alongside Stevenage 0 - 0 Colchester and the Southend defeat to Bradford was the incorrect Salford/Cambridge outcome

I bet there is a bit of confusion in the bookies!

Good job it wasn't a Happy League Fixture!

In the 8.32 local broadcast no mention of any Football results.

Wonder if we can keep this thread alive with folk reporting other like blunders.
[Post edited 27 Jan 2021 8:36]
Leeds 1971 and 2021
at 15:01 10 Jan 2021

50th anniversary of the U’s triumph soon, but it looks like Crawley are giving the overpaid prima-donnas another bloody nose. Well done Division Two!
Oh Anthony Joshua
at 00:08 13 Dec 2020

I was at Wembley for Povetkin. At Madison Square Garden NYC for the Ruiz disappointment. Could not get tickets for Ruiz II or Pulev.

But tonight, in overcoming the resilient Bulgarian, Joshua proved he is the greatest heavyweight these shores have ever produced. Bring on Tyson Fury! I actually think Fury's young cousin is a bigger threat after watching him tonight. Imagine the finesse of Joshua versus Fury.

Please let me have tickets, even if this takes place in Timbuktu.

Arise Sir Anthony Joshua!

Grimsby - Ticket news.
at 15:07 30 Nov 2020

I have just received information from the club that Season Pass holders will soon get an email inviting them to either accept or decline their match day ticket.

If they accept, they must confirm that they are not suffering from Covid-19 (etc) and agree to accept the special terms and conditions of admission.

If they decline, they will be entitled to a free (£10) I-Follow pass and a refund of the excess paid as has been normal this season (e.g. £0.18 if a senior citizen and about £4 if younger).

I think this is eminently sensible given that many loyal fans that have committed to season passes are still deemed to be in a Covid-19 vulnerable category. It means they can watch the match on I-Follow without the health risk and not be blocking a seat for somebody wanting in person admission.

Well done Colchester United for thinking this through. My guess is that a surprising number of the 540 existing SP holders might decline hence permitting more than 460 to gain admission. Then when it moves to 2,000, the club will have a better idea of how many tickets they can sell without needing ballots etc.

[Post edited 30 Nov 2020 15:08]
Sam Walker
at 12:52 21 Nov 2020

Watching Gerkens blunder last night and Bournmouth v Reading today has caused me to enquire after fan's favourite Sam Walker who made 155 appearance between the sticks for the U's.

Sam signed a three year contract on 25th July 2018 with Reading and looked destined for Championship fame. But....

Season 2018-19 made 7 league appearances
2019-20 made 0 appearances (but 5 in cups)
2020-21 made 0 appearances (not even on the bench today)

Still only 29. I suppose he will be well paid until next July for doing nothing, but what a waste of a talent. Might he be on our watch list for when out of contract?
[Post edited 21 Nov 2020 12:53]
I Follow Codes - where to find them..
at 15:45 20 Oct 2020

If you are a season pass holder you will have been emailed a pass code for home games. I didn't use mine for the last home match as I was watching with some other season ticket holding friends, but not so tonight given the indoor meeting prohibition.

I deleted the original email expecting that I would get emailed a new code each home match. When I didn't receive one for tonight I phoned the ticket office = shut!

I doubt if I will be alone. Trying to "chat" with the I-Follow help facility was another blind alley. I managed to track somebody down at the stadium and can report that if you log into the Colchester United ticket hub you will see the your personal IFollow code alongside the relevant match.

I thought this information was worth sharing to save other folk having to chase information that really ought to be on the club website (e.g. where to find your code if you don't get an email).

New signing
at 14:12 10 Oct 2020

Went a bit under the radar this one. Appears when you are digging around the club website trying to find today’s stream rather than a link directly under News.

Age 21, former England under 17. Three years with Man Utd, then heads to Europe, then “contract terminated by mutual consent” before joining Col U. Sounds like a bad boy to me or is he a Macauley Bonne that has to go backwards to advance? But seemingly known to DeSouza.
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