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Happy World Goth Day
by Fruitbat at 09:44 22 May 2017

Although 'happy' probably isn't the right word!

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Support your local team
by gerry_us at 10:28 21 May 2017

Mine (Cleethorpes) yeah, Cleethorpes are at Wembley today in Vase final.
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Same again
by bwildered at 18:35 19 May 2017

Season ticket prices to remain the same for next season 2017-8 . A good move on the club / chairman .
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Retrospective bans for diving
by Leadbelly at 23:38 18 May 2017

I confess I was somewhat ambivalent when I first heard about this but Sam Allardyce has called the proposals "utter rubbish" and put forward a very limp case for why it shouldn't happen. Thanks Sam...I'm now all for it!
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Just a few more
by bwildered at 17:11 18 May 2017

JM states U's would have made the play- off's with a few more games !! Well perhaps if did not play way or go on a winless run or play any of the top three !
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Olly Murs at WHCS
by noah4x4 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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Another new ground next season
by durham_exile at 16:44 14 May 2017

Forest Green currently 3-1 up at Wembley against Tranmere.

85 mins played

Up the U's
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Chuckaturd Trophy
by Daniel at 13:56 13 May 2017

The competition is going to continue with under 21 sides for at least another two years.

http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/checkatrade-trophy-backed-by-league-one-and
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Political comment of the highest order?
by Leadbelly at 17:51 11 May 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39873120
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Eurovision type table
by Itsnotunusal at 09:56 11 May 2017

Interesting table created by fans with a Eurovision format.....

http://www.thesackrace.com/news/10th-may-2017/eurovision-league-two-manager-of-t
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U'sual Champions League - final
by wessex_exile at 23:01 10 May 2017

Without further ado, the semi-finals have finished as follows:

Burnsieespana......8-v-2......Colukev
Despite a spirited rearguard action from Kev with outcomes for both Juve's home and away wins, Burnsie has battered his way into the U'sual Champions League final with 8pts, courtesy of Real's home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick in the first leg, Mbappe's goal last night, and in excellent form Atletico Madrid's 2-1 win spot-on tonight.

Gate16......5-v-8......MFB
Similarly, MFB's blistering form in all competitions continues, also with Real's first leg home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick, backed up by Juve's first leg away win outcome plus two goals for Higuain, and Juve's home win outcome last night, for an equally impressive 8pts. Particular commiserations for Gate though, as his spot-on for Juve's 2-0 away win in the first leg, their home win outcome for the 2nd leg match yesterday, and Griezmann's goal tonight, kept matters very close right to the end with 5pts.

So, the U'sual Champions League final is between:
Burnsieespana......v......MFB

And the 3rd place match is between:
Gate16......v......Colukev


The final is Juventus v Real Madrid on Saturday 3rd June 2017 (kick-off 1945).

As usual, there are nine categories to predict, so please PM me your predictions for the following: 
(A) Result - 3pts spot-on, 1pt for the outcome; 
(B) Goal scorer - pick one, get 1pt for each goal they score (including own goals); 
(C) Attempts on target - 2pts for spot-on, 1pt if within one; 
(D) Attempts off target - ditto; 
(E) Corners - ditto; 
(F) Fouls - ditto; 
(G) Yellow cards - ditto (a straight red is not two yellows); and 
(H) Red cards - ditto (two yellows will count as two yellows and one red). 
(TB) The tie-break is the minute for the first substitution, closest (either side) wins. In the unlikely event that there are no substitutions, this will be 0 (zero) minutes.

Note that for the final alone, a spot-on result will not count towards the tie-break.

As usual, all predictions will be for the normal time match stats as provided by BBC Sport online, extra-time or penalties will not count. The only questions you can't match exactly on are (A) and (TB), so whilst there is no other advantage to predicting first, predicting last may mean having to change one or both of those predictions. Assuming I have time, I will warn anyone of this situation, but if you send your predictions too close to kick-off, I really can't guarantee I will be able to respond in time.


...and finally, as a tie-break wasn't required, I can now share your predictions for the U's v Yeovil attendance, as follows:
Actual attendance = 6,565
Burnsieespana = 7,084 (519 off)
Colukev = 5,997 (568 off)
Gate16 = 6,781 (216 - well done sir!)
MFB = 6,245 (320)
You are all to be collectively praised for this, because your average of 6,527 was just 38 off the actual attendance!
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Non league gems?
by Leadbelly at 21:08 8 May 2017

Do they still exist? If so, are Col U still trying to unearth a few? Or do the resources ploughed into the academy mean that is now the only route for a young player to make it into the first XI?
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Time to take the positives
by RSCOSWORTH at 13:40 8 May 2017

In what overall has been a good season for the U's I think now would be a good time to reflect on the last nine months and highlight anything positive relating to the club on or off the field.

Rules are only one positive per post and no consectutive posts. So control yourself Durham!
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HL 2016/17 Charity Shield & Division One Play-off Finals - Deadline Sat. 15.00
by mfb_cufc at 21:19 7 May 2017

Semi-final Results

BOURNEMOUTH 2 STOKE 2
BURNLEY 2 WEST BROM 2
HULL 0 SUNDERLAND 2
LEICESTER 3 WATFORD 0
SWANSEA 1 EVERTON 0
EXETER 2 CARLISLE 3
HARTLEPOOL 2 DONCASTER 1
NEWPORT 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1
STEVENAGE 0 ACCRINGTON 3
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0


CHARITY SHIELD SEMI-FINALS

mfb_cufc 5 (0) ethicsgirl 4 (0)
A repeat of this seasons Happy Cup Final, and it is mfb_cufc who came out on top again, in a game that could have gone either way.

burnsieespana 8 (1) sevebalo 2
By being the only one this week to predict a win for Hartlepool, this brave decision got burnsieespana a vital 3 pointer. Though his five other outcomes were more than enough to get him a comfortable win.

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS

basher2010 3 (0) durham_exile 4 (0)
With the 3 pointers being difficult to find, this was another game that was decided by other outcomes, and it is durham_exile claiming the Final spot.

mrhappy 0 gsy163 3 (0)
This game turned out to be an administrators nightmare, well it was for me anyway. With mrhappy posting too late for the 15.00 kick-offs, his blind 1-0's for the other six games got him a very good 8 points. That was obviously enough to win the game, but unfortunately those predictions were posted at 17.31, one minute after kick-off time. The rule that I have consistently applied, is that any predictions posted after the kick-off deadline, have to be made void. So sorry mrhappy, in the order of fairness, I have to abide by the rules.

CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

mfb_cufc v burnsieespana

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL

gsy163 v durham_exile


These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please.

The Fixtures To keep the suspense going there are five games on Saturday, and we finish with five games on Sunday. All 10 fixtures to be predicted by the 15.00 Saturday deadline please.

BOURNEMOUTH v BURNLEY
MIDDLESBROUGH v SOUTHAMPTON
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA
STOKE v ARSENAL (17.30)
FULHAM v READING (Championship Play-off 17.30)
CRYSTAL PALACE v HULL (Sun 12.00)
HUDDERSFIELD v READING (Championship Play-off Sun 12.00)
TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED (Sun 16.30)
BLACKPOOL v LUTON (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)
CARLISLE v EXETER (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)

Good luck everybody.

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Contracts
by Fruitbat at 09:58 7 May 2017

A lot of players out of contract.

Those with first team appearances to their names:

Akinwande
Briggs
Brill
Brindley
Doyley
Eastman
Edge
Elokobi
Kinsella
Porter
Vincent-Young
Wright

Who stays?
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Research on our everyday use of electronic devices
by theacademic at 06:19 7 May 2017

Thanks to those who took part in an earlier version of some university research I am involved in that is looking at how we conduct our everyday relationships through smartphones, computers, tablets and other electronic devices. I have now moved on to a second phase of questions and I hope you can spare a few minutes to share your important views.

https://teesside.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/screen-society-2

Thanks in advance.
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Play-off contenders
by wessex_exile at 22:56 6 May 2017

So, now all is said and done, who do we want to say cheerio to in the play-offs? With apologies to our Northern Branch, Carlisle are front and centre as my preferred team to be victorious in the play-offs...
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IT’S SQUEAKY BUM TIME SO PREPARE FOR THE BIG ONE WITH BRYN, BILL, & JIM
by BrynandBill at 07:33 6 May 2017

We've just posted the latest Bryn and Bill Football Show number 20 on Colne Radio play again for you to enjoy.

https://www.mixcloud.com/brynandbill/

In the show we talked about all the events at Leyton Orient & concluded Becchetti Out. The show includes a Leyton Orient Fans Trust speech. Eventually we even talked about the match!

Jim French joined us to review the Colchester United season as play of four parts. In the studio we were all looking forward to the finale!

We celebrated and mourned the successes and failures of all our local clubs at every imaginable tier of North Essex & Suffolk borders football.

A final match of the season to fight for a playoff place was what we all dreamed about. We distracted ourselves, from our squeaky bums, by talking with a cowboy from Yeovil. Finally there was an unexpected appearance from a DJ in an Arsenal shirt! Is nothing sacred?

All this and the best music too...because this is Real Football Radio

Can I also add remind you about ‘Your Community Sport Show’. Bill and our friend Iain's new show is on Colne Radio every other Thursday evening from 8.00pm, the shows are all available now for you to listen to ‘on demand’ at www.mixcloud.com/YCSScolneradio

Colne Radio is now broadcasting LIVE on 106.6FM in the North East Essex area, as finally we become an FM station! So now you can join us in your car, in your kitchen, and even in your bathroom!

So make it a date EVERY week, Thursday at 8.00pm on Colne Radio

Social Media

FaceBook https://m.facebook.com/brynandbill/
Twitter @BrynandBill or @ColUBryn

FlipBoard http://flip.it/-tIrTT

Regards @brynandbill @ColUBryn
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Day of reckoning at the WHCS on Saturday evening - Up the U's
by durham_exile at 14:14 5 May 2017

JM and SB are preparing their charges for the 46th game of the League Season. Now of course there may be another three games to come, potentially ending in glory at Wembley on 28th May, but let us for now focus on the requirement to defeat the Glovers on Saturday evening. The 5.30pm kick off means that we will not know our fate until about 7.15pm.

Darren Way’s Yeovil Town of course would like to be the party spoilers and with our considerable history of final game dramas (May 2006 takes some beating) JM knows that the U’s must be fully focussed to achieve the three points that will give them a fighting chance of the play-offs.

Sadly, the matter is not in our own hands. Not only do Colchester have to win, but also three of Carlisle, Blackpool, Stevenage and Cambridge must FAIL to win.

The other final day League Two fixtures that count are as follows;

Blackpool v Orient – Blackpool sit firmly in the box seat with 67 points and a plus 21 goal difference. Can Leyton Orient and their depleted supporters (the EFL has agreed to Blackpool’s request to limit the away ticket allocation to 1000 die hard Orient supporters) manage an almost impossible result and win or draw at Bloomfield Road. I suppose it comes down to who their supporters believe is the most loathsome, Oyston or Becchetti. Can Orient end their League status in some style and give something back to their long-suffering supporters.

Exeter v Carlisle – This really is the “game of death”. Now, after the EFL have launched an investigation into Huddersfield Town’s 10 changes for last weekend’s game at Birmingham (in the knowledge that they already had secured a play-off berth) will the Grecians risk saving their “stars” and play a weakened team against the Cumbrians, for whom Jabo Ibehre is on fire at present or will they attempt to ensure some psychological influence over their opponents and send them back to Carlisle pointless and possibly knocking them out of the play-off running to boot . It will be a fascinating game at St James’ Park. Exeter are of course already assured of a play-off place and cannot be unseated from their 5th place finish.

Stevenage v Accrington – Last season Accrington Stanley lost their opportunity to be promoted automatically on the last day and then lost in the play-offs. They have achieved mid table mediocrity this season, whilst achieving the double over Colchester; the game at the Crown Ground was probably our worst first half performance of any game this season. Will Accrington really want to lose to another rival on the last day or will they try to spoil the Stevenage party or will they be in flip flop mode. Stevenage after their magnificent run of games have well and truly gone off the boil. They cannot afford to slip up on Saturday and will be under some considerable pressure to secure the three points, which will probably confirm their play-off position, providing other results go their way.

Wycombe v Cambridge – The Chairboys were odds on for a play-off position several weeks ago and then embarked upon self-destruction with a shocking run of defeats, which almost put them out of contention. Their goal difference (+4) means that even a victory on Saturday is unlikely to see them into the 7th position, but can Cambridge with their 10 away victories and marginal better GD than Colchester secure a crucial victory. Certainly, a draw is no good for either side and should lead to a classic encounter.

It is clear that the fixture computer has not let anyone down with such key last day fixtures, that will determine the 6th and 7th place finishes in League Two this season.

The table currently stands thus:

Plymouth 45 +25 86 Promoted
Doncaster 45 +31 85 Promoted
Pompey 45 +34 84 Promoted

Luton 45 +25 74 Play-offs
Exeter 45 +20 71 Play-offs

Carlisle 45 0 68
Blackpool 45 +21 67

Stevenage 45 +7 67
Cambridge 45 +9 66
COLCHESTER 45 +8 66
Wycombe 45 +4 66
Mansfield 45 +4 65

Colchester managed to pick up two further injuries prior to last weekend’s game; Brennan Dickenson and Cameron James. Dickenson of course deservedly scooped the top two awards this week as Colchester United’s Official POTY and the Player’s POTY.

Sadly, our unprecedented injury crisis cost the club an automatic promotion berth and that makes the achievement of the remaining players to be battling for 7th place on the final day all the more remarkable.

Kurtis Guthrie, Sammy Szmodics, Craig Slater, Frankie Kent, Denny Johnstone and Luke Prosser remain long term absentees and their returns next season will make it almost seem like a whole new team has been procured.

JM will ponder whether Cameron James will be fit enough to play against Yeovil. If so then Alex Wynter will give way. Should he not make it then I would imagine that an almost unchanged starting line-up will be announced on Saturday. The one other place potentially up for grabs is a second out and out striker, given that not only is the win required but also the need to better Cambridge’s scoreline (assuming they win at Wycombe of course). That would mean Macca Bonne getting the nod after his fine goal against the Orient. JM must decide and choose wisely.

Team

Walker

Eastman Wynter Elokobi

Brindley Lapslie Murray Briggs

Wright Porter Fosu

Subs:

Brill Vincent-Young Kinsella Loft O’Sullivan Bonne Pyke

A decent crowd is expected, probably 6,000+ with only 200 or so from Somerset.

Weather set fair, pitch immaculate, three points to cap a superb home season with potentially 14 wins, what is not to like.

Let us hope that the U’s can secure that final play-off spot on Saturday evening; after all we have had four successive years of struggle with last gasp escapes, it would be great to secure an opportunity to return to league one at the first attempt and to play Luton Town, a team that we have done the double over this season in the semi-finals.

Enjoy the game.

Up the promotion chasing U’s



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Orient Video
by BFG at 20:16 4 May 2017

You may have seen this viral of the Orient match, worth a watch. Unless you're OhOri ;)

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