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End of a myth?
at 02:43 21 Apr 2018

In past seasons I have argued that the U's could stay up on as few as 47 points when most would argue that 51 is the historic minimum. Fortunately, we don't have that worry.

However, might Grimsby stay up on well under 50 points? I think their survival might hit a record low points tally. Serves to emphasise how poor the bottom two sides were. Shame, we got dragged down to their level!
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No one is bigger than the Football Club
at 20:09 27 Feb 2018

Quotes....the Mansfield Chairman as Steve Evans resigns along with his deputy, with Mansfield fifth in the table. Must be 'mutual consent' if it's a resignation.

Has he got out whilst his CV is still intact having "guaranteed" promotion pre-season and bought an entire team in August yet never in an automatic play-off place? Plenty of higher ranked clubs will welcome him.
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Another great option on a match day?????
at 16:58 1 Feb 2018

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2018/february/another-great-option-on-a-matchday/

"Fans in other parts of the ground can be assured we are working on suitable options for facilities in other parts of the ground"

Few real ale fans will ever drink at WHCS when the only dishwater on offer is Green King IPA. It's why I rarely support Theme and Comedy Nights and drink elsewhere pre and post match. Who wants to eat and drink under the South or East stands that have concourses indistinguishable from the urinals (e.g. concrete block)? Compare with fan facilities at Port Vale, Exeter, Barnet, Grimsby etc. Will this be just an excuse to hike West Stand prices?
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Junior MUST play on Saturday!
at 15:41 29 Jan 2018

Just returned from the U23s versus QPR (U's win 3-2).

I am seriously impressed with Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. He scored two. His first, he dribbled through a number of defenders to slot home a perfect finish. His second, he deflected a powerful header from Prosser to put it out of reach of the goalkeeper. Powerful, fast, holds the ball well. With his back to goal; will receive the ball on his chest and has a brilliant turn to beat a defender. Takes up good positions; was always a handful. I would love to see him paired with Dickenson and KVY as wing backs. Reminded me of Iwelumo at his very best. Ryan Gondoh (also ex-Maldon) scored the third. Very young, but he looks decent too.
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U's (under 23) 3 - 4 Swansea
at 21:22 25 Jan 2018

The U's were just edged out by their Premier League visitors in an entertaining match.

Rooney - looks like an inspired signing! Awesome headed goal. Unfortunately scored at both ends. Impressive young player.

Dickenson - played almost 30 minutes. It looked like he had never been away. Delivered a number of superb crosses and is what we have been missing. Not lost any pace and outsprinted his opposite number on most occasions. Frankly, I would put him on the bench on Saturday assuming that his stamina is adequate to offer 30 minutes..

Gondoh - (careful as predictive text insists on condom) looks a fine skilful player too. Needs to beef up a little, but troubled the visiting defence. Would like to see him with his Maldon & Tiptree buddy Junior, but I guess he is in Saturday's First XI squad (and is over age 23).

Where the U's lost this match was because a couple of the very youngest team members carelessly gave the ball away in situations where there were easier options and we were ruthlessly punished by a class centre forward (Baker-Richardson). Those mistakes apart, we looked like the better side for much of the game.
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Big New Year Draw
at 17:40 3 Jan 2018

Only three winning tickets drawn at half time.....

......"Look on the website for the remaining winners".

Er...... where?
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Changing faces
at 11:29 29 Nov 2017

Just watched my recording of the U's v Spurs FA Cup game (oh, the joy of retirement).

What really struck me is just how much the U's starting XI has changed under John McGreal (having taken over from Kevin Keen) and how many of the previous squad have departed the club. I compare with last Saturday's XI (Notts County) = now.

Then Now

Kean Walker
Brindley Kent
Wynter Innis
Eastman Eastman
Vincent-Young Vincent-Young
Gilbey Lapslie
Garvan Comley
Massey Wright
Moncur Jackson
Ambrose Mandron
Porter Szmodics
(Sorry about the lack of spacing between columns).

Then, there was massive criticism of "too many Academy players" ( a couple) but on Saturday there were five. Only two of that Keen XI remain at the club, both still crowd favourites.

My point is McGreal can justifiably claim 'now' to be his personal XI given his previous involvement with the youth set up and subsequent signings. He therefore deserves any credit for the success that may be on the horizon.

The U's have since suffered relegation from Division One. When this Spurs game was played we were seven points adrift in the relegation zone. Note how many of the 2016 XI have since left the club! Perhaps this thread might foster thoughts about who we miss from the earlier XI? How are they doing now? Do we really miss them?

Might it be that our current squad is better equipped for Division One?

Could be an interesting discussion.......!


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BBC price of football
at 22:53 15 Nov 2017

Published tonight. Interesting, considering the regular WHCS moans....

In Division Two Colchester United offers the second cheapest single ticket @ £14.50 albeit you do need to purchase this in advance and on-line. This ticket is cheaper than many National League cheapest single tickets.

Our season tickets also suggest decent comparative value.

Best value, cup of tea at £1.

Overall, we offer the cheapest day out in the division.....and also the most expensive!

......one can bet we won't have a season ticket price freeze for 2018-9!!!!
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Away results encouragement?
at 12:41 29 Oct 2017

We have now passed a third of the season and the U's have risen to 13th and sit five points off the play-offs. It's progress considering our injury problems and awful start.

But have any other boarders noticed that of the 12 teams located above us we have already played 6 (50%) away in just 34% of the season? So have we already battled through a disproportionate number of our most challenging (e.g away) fixtures?. Our poor results against Accrington and Luton also reflect the U's coming up against two teams currently in an automatic promotion place in our first two away trips.

Then by the half way stage, we will have additionally played Notts County away, Swindon away and next up after that is Wycombe away. In essence, this might suggest that we will face almost ALL our greatest (away) challenges in this first half.

Many of these teams are losing on the road, and it's home results that have benefitted them. Yes, it is true that these same teams must come to WHCS, but I am sure they would prefer to face us at home in the crucial second half of the season. . If we can be in touching distance of the play-offs in January (with Guthrie and Dickenson fit?) then I wonder, might the apparently easier run in see us up into the automatic promotion slots? Or am I sounding as optimistic as Durham Exile?
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Stags boss Evans appeals for Forest support
at 11:51 16 Sep 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39752799

I thought I had heard it all from the Fat Stag until I read this.

Mind you, I suppose we do have some in the West Stand that might attend Ipswich one week and then the U's the next. Perhaps less so since our fixtures started to clash.

I must confess that until I became a seasoned away traveller with the U's I sometimes did so, but I always sat in the away end at Portman Road cheering on the visitors. But its a bit rum asking people in greater numbers to show allegiance to local rivals. Now I regularly go to U's home and away, but do slip in visits to Orient and to others when we don't have any game.

Anybody else do any ground roving?...

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Blue & white forever
at 09:44 3 Sep 2017

OK, our travel woes continue, yet at home we are OK. There must be some psychological influences at play. Yesterday, 600 fans did their best to make the team 'feel at home' and still the players didn't respond with enough pride and passion to win.

Might a good place to start is play home and away in blue & white if no colour clash?

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Why do we discard so many strikers?
at 07:39 22 Aug 2017

Porter, Bonne, Sordell, Ibrehe all on Saturday's score sheet AGAIN

Our current crop don't even look like scoring.

Is it because our management team are all defenders? But that doesn't explain why we can't defend. I have never been this disillusioned at the start of a season.
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Colchester Cricket Club Beer Festival
at 16:57 17 Jul 2017

Forgive the blatent plug, but this event is in aid of the pavilion development fund.

To be held in Castle Park, dates as shown below. There is no local Essex Cricket Festival in 2017, so please support this different event. There will be large marquees for inclement weather, also food and music as below.

Beer Festival each day 11:00am until Midnight (Sunday until beer runs out).
30 beers + 10 ciders, also wines, Pimms etc. Cricket as follows;

Thursday 27th July T20 versus Mistley at 18:00.

Friday 28th versus Gents of Essex at 11:30.
DJ Sam Leppard from 20:00 until midnight.
Note; the U's play Gillingham this same evening, kick off 19:30, so why not do both?

Saturday 29th versus Loughton at 12:30.
Local 'covers' band Rekovered from 20:00 until midnight.
There is no footie, so what else are you going to do?

Sunday versus Wivenhoe Town CC at 13:00.

Food available on Thursday (Peck) and Friday/ Saturday (the Chip Chaps) ; BBQ lunch and hot snacks every evening. £3 admission.


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Essex double?
at 22:15 29 Jun 2017

What price now for Essex to win the County Championship Division One and the U's to win Division Two? Wish I had deposited a quid with Ladbrokes on 1st January.

Is 2017-18 going to be the Renaissance of North Essex sport?

Exciting times!

Sporting and boozing date for your diary....

Colchester & EE CC Cricket and Beer Festival 27th to 30th July.
Castle Park. www.beerfest.colchestercricket.org
Cricket every day (T20 on 27th). NECL, SNEL league.
Live music Friday & Saturday.
The U's play Gillingham on the Friday.... Beer Festival open 11:00 until Midnight.....



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Olly Murs at WHCS
at 19:12 16 May 2017

Parking £15 per car at Stadium
£10 at Colchester (near WHCS) Park & Ride
£10 at Ardleigh

I am not going, and as a local resident now fear nuisance street parking.

These prices are just exploitive (notably Park & Ride; which is normally £3). Bet these won't pay for a new striker. Wonder what cut the borough council will get?
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Opponents points per game
at 18:00 8 Mar 2017

Very interesting table this....

http://www.soccerstats.com/table.asp?league=england4&tid=10

It shows the average points per game achieved by any team's remaining opponents.

It is perhaps a guide to the perceived difficulty of that team's run in. With a quarter of the season to go, it is obviously more statistically significant data than if only two games were left, and my appraisal below is just aimed at provoking debate!

Amongst the top nine in the league table, the U's will face teams with amongst the lowest average points per game (1.32). The cynic might suggest that is because they have not played us! But does it offer us an advantage?

If this is extrapolated forward, their average 1.32 might suggest 1.68 per game is likely for us. Sadly, we are going to have to do much better than that!

With 11 to play, that would give us 51 + (1.68 x 11) = 69.48 points.
We will evidently struggle to catch Doncaster already on 69!

But consider the others in play off contention above us.

Luton 57 + (11 x {3 - 1.47} = 73.83
Stevenage 55 + (11 × (3 - 1.50}) = 71.50
Exeter 54 + (11 x {3 - 1.35}) = 72.15
Mansfield 52 + (11 x {3 - 1.72}) = 65.75
Colchester 51 + (11 x (3 -1.32)) = 69 48

This is evidently going to be tough! But somebody is bound to slip up.

But we are third in the home form statistics across the season and with seven from eleven to go at home....fingers crossed.
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Essex Senior Cup
at 22:46 29 Nov 2016

U's 6 - 0 Witham
Bonne (hat trick)
Dunne
Sherriff
Not sure about third.

Witham kick off, back pass to keeper, Bonne charges down clearance; regains control of ball; taps in after 15 seconds. There follows 89 minutes of showboating and U's arrogance. We hit the bar; hit post; miss three sitters and still score six. Should have been ten. Witham had one shot on target, from about 40 yards.

Witham fans outnumber us and at the death one is still singing "we gonna win 7-6". Fair play, Reminded me of me in past seasons. Keep the faith.

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Olly Murs to perform at WHCS
at 14:03 28 Nov 2016

No disrespect to the lad, but he is hardly in the same league as Elton & Lionel.

We won't be bothering this year, notably at £40 minimum a ticket (n.b. we paid £70 last year). Maybe we would pay £20 to hear him in Castle Park, but this announcement is disappointing when we were expecting another rock-deity.

Last year Lionel made the stadium rock despite the rain; the overcast cold June evening. I just can't see Olly Murs raising the roof, oh....WHCS hasn't got one.......exactly!

I predict tickets will be available on the day. There are over 500 left for his Christmas Special at the O2 next week. Any Usual boarders likely to attend in June?
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Notts County
at 15:55 23 Nov 2016

Today, second HMRC winding up order of the year.

So is the ELF's oldest club about to go into administration?
Problems too at Morecambe.
Others being investigated for Financial Fair Play irregularities.

10 point deductions looming?

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U's under 23 4 - 1 Millwall
at 22:03 21 Nov 2016

What a delight, driven forward by a fit again Doug Loft and Dexter Peter (surely a future centre back) the U's youngsters produced an awesome performance.

Really looking forward now to the trek to Cheltenham having been inspired by this. Sat behind Kurtis Guthrie. Hope he too was similarly inspired....
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