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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.
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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.
[Post edited 10 Oct 2020 14:13]
Jacko goes to Gill, but is it downhill for the U’s?
at 18:28 31 Jul 2020

Ryan Jackson rejoins Gillingham.

Suspect he wanted more wages and a step up the divisions.

Who can blame him.

Open grounds to spectators?
at 13:18 14 Jul 2020

If the wearing of masks in shops is mandatory, and pubs are open, why not.....

1. Sell every other seat/row to create social distancing
2. Stay seated, 100% enforced.
3. Masks mandatory.

It is possible to cheer and sing through a mask.

Outside the Premier Division and Championship most clubs would not need to restrict attendances. At the Jobserve, we could have two in every three seats unoccupied.

County cricket is due to start on 1st August and presumably this will be its plan. County Cricket Clubs can't survive financially without turnstile revenue.
The night football died
at 21:29 13 Jul 2020

Wycombe in the Championship?

Oxford 75% possession
Oxford 13 shots Wycombe 4
First goal lucky.
Ball out of play before Wycombe given penalty?
Player offside before Wycombe penalty?
Should have had VAR!
Wycombe horrible hoof-ball.
The best side lost
Sad day.
Wheels come off for Danny Cowley?
at 14:34 28 Jun 2020

The man with the Midas Touch at Lincoln joined ailing Huddersfield in September 2019 and a six match run gave him Championship Manager of the Month in October. Today, Huddersfield are on the brink of relegation.

If he gets sacked, I'd give him a chance at the Jobserve Stadium, given that he knows the route to Division Two promotion, which I fear our current manager, that I have fervently backed for 202 games, sadly lacks. At least Cowley shows some attacking intent.
Cardboard cut out fans?
at 11:08 3 Jun 2020

OK, who intends investing £25?

Would prefer the sex doll option employed in Korea (if I can keep it), but if Cardboard motivates the players towards promotion, I'm in.
Norwich 1 - 7 Colchester Utd
at 18:36 28 Mar 2020

Spent the afternoon enjoying a re-run of the whole of the game courtesy of the U's website. What a day! Remember it well.

Was my first wedding anniversary. Well, actually it was my third first wedding anniversary. Mrs Noah 1 & 2 might never have allowed me to go. But Mrs Noah 3 always buys me my season ticket for my birthday so that she can enjoy her Saturdays with her buddies on whatever antidote to sport they desire, usually involving alcohol and food (so not that different to us). But I digress....

The best bit of the video stream is the commentary by Radio Norfolk. It starts with criticism of Division One Football and a misplaced arrogance. Then focuses on Norwich mistakes. Not a word uttered gracefully praising a clinical U's performance.

Was good to see some of our former fan favourites, Lisbie, Hackney, Perkins etc.

Shame we lost the return 0-5 on a day where the weather skewed the result (should never have been played), but a 7-6 aggregate still gave us the bragging rights. Crazy that Norwich recovered suffice to win the league as champions.
All non-league football to immediately end below National League
at 20:43 26 Mar 2020

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52052351

No promotion, no relegation.

Surely, a fair outcome would have been average points per game played?

This decision questions how Division Two might now be resolved if no football before August? Average points per game, top four promoted would be reasonable outcome. But would deny the U's a play off opportunity. But what do we deserve?

£50M support for EFL Clubs.
at 20:28 18 Mar 2020

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51951389

The sum for Macclesfield will be just enough to pay one of its reported debts to HMRC or Sol Campbell. The sum for Southend might satisfy HMRC. But for clubs not already in trouble it is welcome support.

U's U23 4 - 4 Coventry U23
at 23:20 17 Feb 2020

Brilliant goal by Norris after 90 seconds. Looked lively, also bagged a penalty, hit a post and his work rate impressed.

By contrast, Senior looked disinterested. Along with Poku the pair repeated all their routine failings. Running into dead ends; selfish; losing ball etc. By the time they were substituted we were losing 2-4. Neither contributed anything in defence, in a game littered with defensive errors and gifted goals. Example, Sowhumi passed to their CF inside our area. Coventry much the better side until the substitutions (Norris, Senior and Poku were withdrawn).

The youngsters then showed determination and passion taking control of the last 20 minutes, albeit Coventry carved out some good chances too. Pulled back to 4-4 and might have won it with better fortune (twice hit post etc). Might be time to give a couple of youngsters their opportunity. They can't do worse than Senior.
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Do real fans wear gloves?
at 11:21 16 Feb 2020

Have you noticed that the U's are repeatedly awful in the cold, wind, rain, but in sunshine and dry conditions can be excellent? But whatever, the weather, real fans don't wear gloves? That is because muffled thuds offer no benefit to applause and chants and hence our contribution as "twelfth man"

So why do some lazy thud players wear gloves? Goalkeeper excepted!

To me that is a sign that they don't really want to be in the pitch in poor weather, and so that proved yesterday. Like the real fans, hardy players won't wear gloves or long skin pants or socks above knees.

Yesterday, just as at windy cold Cambridge, few had a good game (except Stevenson), but those wearing gloves were the stand out "not fit to wear the shirt" candidates. So get those gloves off them McGreal and pick those that actually want to play in the rain, wind and cold. Else fans will not venture out either.

No park and ride
at 18:31 24 Dec 2019

The Park and Ride will NOT be open for either of our two festive season home matches. Combine that with Sunday Service buses and I suspect we won't enjoy the normal decent festive period attendances. The Victoria Inn is also closed on New Years Day, but is opening early on Sunday for U's supporters.

Frankly, it's time bus services to the Stadium were resolved. The nearest stop (Bedford Road/Mill Road) is too distant for the less able, whilst the Chesterwell Estate has bus stops but no services. With the Northern Gateway sports complex opening soon, something really must be done.

Ruiz versus Joshua2
at 20:15 5 Dec 2019

Was at Joshua v Povetkin at Wembley and at the first Ruiz fight in NYC. Both awesome nights, but markedly different outcomes. We decided against a trip to Saudi Arabia due to its human rights record (and no alcohol!), but all set up for a big night in front of the TV with my boxing mad pals on Saturday after the U's record a victory over Salford.

BTW, if going to the match, I believe that it is being shown at the Dog & Pheasant (10:00pm walk on) if you don't have access to Sky TV. Great line up on the undercard...from 17:00 on Sky Box Office, so a good move by the Dog & P.

Michael Hunter v Povetkin
Dillian Whyte v Markius Wach
Filip Hrgovic v Eric Molina
Mahammad Majidov v Tom Little (don't think that one is televised).

Anybody else planning to watch? Sorry, I already have a house full else I would invite you round.

I do fear another upset. Frankly, I have never seen a boxer with hand speed as fast or as powerful as Ruiz since Ali. Ruiz is also looking markedly fitter than he did during the first fight in June where Joshua was strangely careless. William Hill is offering an incredible 25/1 for a Joshua win (but paid in winning bets) to NEW customers. I don't normally bet, but it might be worth a quid, albeit unless I put my free bets on the Happy League I suspect I will eventually lose my stake...
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