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at 22:20 18 Mar 2017
R.I.P. Great Man. Thanks for all the great music.
at 18:15 12 Nov 2016
At 3.00pm on 6th May 2007, the U’s kicked off against Crystal Palace at Layer Road. If we had won, and other results gone in our favour, there was an arithmetical, albeit unrealistic, chance that we could have made the play-offs for the Premiership.
The club had even written to the Premier League asking, if promoted, for permission to play one season at Layer Road, while out new stadium was under development.
That was May 2007. Two months later in July 2007, Mr. Cowling replaced Peter Heard as Chairman of the club.
Less than a decade later, and under Mr. Cowling’s stewardship, we find ourselves just one point (and with our usual inferior goal difference) and one position above the relegation zone to the National League.
Mr. Cowling cannot be blamed for all our ills – the Fair Play finance system for example, has worked against us. Nor do I think that he doesn’t care about the first team. But I do think that he should take an urgent, long, hard look at our situation and develop a short-term plan for survival, and mid-term and long term plans for future success.
I would like, at least, to have a statement from the club as to what happens next. Fat chance, I suspect!
|The U's and League 2|
at 17:47 22 Oct 2016
My hope that the U's would spend no longer than one season in League 2 looks like it may be fulfilled. Regrettably, our escape looks as if it may be through the trapdoor rather than the fanlight.
at 23:28 16 Feb 2016
I have a nasty cough, so thought it unwise to go out into the cold air tonight. Did I miss much?
|Inevitable after his post match comments|
at 12:13 26 Nov 2015
Irrespective of TH's performance and record, and whatever the provocations, no chairman of any company or football club could tolerate the comments made by his manager in public criticism of their paying customers.
at 18:07 15 Aug 2015
Have you noticed how many former (and 1 current) U's players scored this afternoon?
Ibehre, 3, (Carlisle)
Just an observation!
Back from hols now, so will get to my first match of the season on Tuesday. Let's hope we can kick-start our season with a decent win.
at 01:25 1 May 2015
Do you regulars have any plans for a glass of lemonade (or stronger) after the match? If so, where and when? I'd like to join you for a small libation if possible.
|61 Years Ago today.........|
at 07:56 3 Apr 2015
3rd April 1954, and a significant point in my life. I was 7 (so now you can work out how old I am) and my Dad and my Uncle took me to my very first match to see the U's at Layer Road. A 1-1 draw with Brighton. We kids were allowed under the metal rail (no white wall then) to sit on the shingle surrounding the pitch. I didn't know which team was which, but everyone was cheering for the team in blue and white stripes, so I did, too. The ball had a lace, I remember.
The crowd was 8,282 (I had to look that up) for a re-election battle, but we ended up having to apply for re-election to Div3 (south) with Walsall, anyway.
The team for nostalgia buffs (I had to look this up, too) in proper 2-3-5 formation was:
Goal: George Wright (wearing a green roll-neck jumper and no silly number on his back).
2. Right Back: John Harrison.
3. Left Back: Fred Lewis.
4. Right Half: Bert Hill (who scored).
5. Centre Half: Reg Stewart (who else?).
6. Left Half: Jimmy Elder.
7. Outside Right: Augie Scott.
8. Inside Right: Bob Dale.
9. Centre Forward: Ken Plant.
10. Inside Left: Johnny McKim.
11. Outside Left: Doug Keene.
It seemed only the no 4 and no 6 were allowed to take throw-ons and only the nos 7 and 11 were allowed to take corners.
Well, for better or worse, the day changed my life forever. I wouldn't have been in touch with you boys and girls, otherwise, would I?
Play up, play up, the U's and good luck today.
[Post edited 3 Apr 2015 7:59]
|Well Done BBC2|
at 21:46 15 Feb 2015
For showing a repeat of the highlights of U's v Leeds United this morning. Ah memories!
|Can someone help me with a question that I can't answer, please.|
at 18:29 15 Feb 2015
My son-in-law, who is an Ipswich Town supporter (but, then, my daughter hasn't read my will) has asked me why the U's are called the Eagles. And I don't know.
I know that the old Colchester Town amateurs were called "The Oysters", but to me the U's we always just "the U's" and nothing more.
But I lived in Glasgow for about 15 years, and when I came back to Colchester, the U's had become "the Eagles".
How and why did that happen?
[Post edited 15 Feb 2015 18:37]
|Now, Here's A Thought|
at 01:09 26 Oct 2014
In our promotion season, 2005/6, after a poor start to the season, after 15 games, we were lying 16th in the table with 18 points and a -2 goal difference.
Tonight, we are 14th, with 17 points and a -1 GD.
Can history repeat itself? Or have I had one nightcap too many?
|U's Best Strike Partnership?|
at 15:18 21 Sep 2014
The U's having struggled to find the net this season made me wonder which was the best strike partnership we've had. The following come to mind:
Kevin McCurley and Ken Plant
Neil Langman and John Evans
Bobby Hunt and Martyn King
Ray Crawford and Dave Smith
Roy McDonough and Mike Masters
Chris Iwelumo and Jamie Cureton
As and old-timer, I just favour King and Hunt over Iwelumo and Cureton. But what do others think? And are there any I haven't included or didn't see while I was living away?
|Brazil 1 Germany 7|
at 12:16 9 Jul 2014
Deja Vu! 0-5 at half-time; 1-7 final score; home team playing in yellow shirts. 8th August 2009 at Carrow Road, Norwich City 1 U's 7.
at 01:36 27 Jun 2014
I have heard that CFR Cluj, who, in the 2008-9 UEFA Champions League beat Roma, and then drew with, then Champions, Chelsea, have put in an offer for Luis Suarez.
To save you looking it up, Cluj is in Transylvania!!
at 21:43 25 May 2011
Interesting announcement from Mr Cowling. I can't comment on the figures, but I respect the fact that he is not trying to spend money we haven't got. Our most successful period was in the mid-00's with Peter Heard and Marie Partner when they were adamant that we wouldn't overspend. Let's hope it can be repeated.
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