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Matches of Yesteryear - U's v Wivenhoe 23/2/91
by wessex_exile at 18:46 27 Jan 2020

And so the unbeaten run goes on. Ahead of yet another vital match against a promotion contender on Tuesday night, we pay our first visit to a yet to be featured competition, going back nearly thirty years in the process. Last time in the Matches of Yesteryear series we explored our furthest distance for a ‘local derby’ match at Wycombe, this time we reflect on what must surely have been the shortest distance ever between the U’s and opponents for a competitive match?
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Matches of Yesteryear - Wycombe v U's 23/3/02
by wessex_exile at 16:18 24 Jan 2020

Ahead of another vital match in our bid for promotion back to League 1, this time at t’other St James’ Park in Devon, we return to our previous spell at that level, and dip again into one of the odder football rivalries (given that over 100 miles separates us from them).
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Matches of Yesteryear Special - U's v Bradford City 30/12/61
by wessex_exile at 13:57 20 Jan 2020

This one is a special for the Matches of Yesteryear series, as we step slightly outside the original concept of blogs related to my football memorabilia collection. I am delighted that our very own pwrightsknees approached me with an absolutely fantastic idea just before Christmas, and an idea that really deserves this specific slot in our football calendar. It is also particularly appropriate given the terrible coincidence that Martyn King sadly passed on Christmas Day, the all-time record league goal-scorer for the U’s with 130 goals (1959-64).
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Matches of Yesteryear - U's v Lincoln 27/10/18
by wessex_exile at 12:59 18 Jan 2020

Firstly, my apologies that this is a bit later than usual – it’s been a pretty hectic week at work, and by the time I got home last night, I was ready for a few beers and not a lot more. As we approach a vital double-header at home for the U’s promotion challenge, and on 12 games unbeaten, we come right up to date with an equally vital home game from last season.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Cheltenham v U's 22/2/03
by wessex_exile at 19:25 10 Jan 2020

The U’s travel to the Globe Arena tomorrow, aiming at the very least to keep the unbeaten run going – though in truth after three somewhat disappointing draws against Exeter, Crawley and Stevenage, surely nothing less than three points is acceptable? Ahead of this trip, the Matches of Yesteryear random number generator has chosen a match which for me has a particularly bitter-sweet poignancy.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Newport v U's 14/1/17
by wessex_exile at 16:07 3 Jan 2020

Ahead of tomorrow’s match at Stevenage, the Matches of Yesteryear random match selector has chosen one with some familiar faces in, one or two of whom we will see tomorrow, and one we probably won’t.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Notts County v U's 21/3/98
by wessex_exile at 18:23 31 Dec 2019

And so we come to the end of 2019 – halfway through a season that promises much, so it seems appropriate that we dip into the 1997/98 season for this blog. May I take the opportunity to wish you all a very Healthy, Prosperous and most of all Happy New Year, starting of course with three points for the U’s against Crawley tomorrow.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Brighton v U's 27/10/01
by wessex_exile at 13:38 29 Dec 2019

A little later than usual for this one, as I was actually in Colchester yesterday seeing family. Not particularly good timing given the U’s are at home today, but we’re all fairly far flung these days, so the opportunity to get a sizeable amount of the family in one place at the same time couldn’t be overlooked lightly.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Bees v U's 6/5/00
by wessex_exile at 16:37 25 Dec 2019

First and foremost, let me take the opportunity to wish all the U’sual ‘boarders and occasional visitors, lurkers and alike a very Merry Christmas, and hope you all have a healthy, wealthy and happy New Year! Unseasonably, for the time of year, the random match selector for the first game of the 2019/20 festive period has chosen a match from the balmy end of the football calendar, when shirt-sleeves and shades are very much the order of the day.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Bournemouth v U's 27/3/99
by wessex_exile at 15:54 20 Dec 2019

After our memorable trip to Old Trafford mid-week, we’re back to earth with a bump this weekend, with a visit from one of our fellow CUFC’ers – Carlisle United…and to keep in step, The Matches of Yesteryear series does likewise and returns to the daily grind of being at the wrong end of a lower league table.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Stoke v U's 28/4/07
by wessex_exile at 19:25 17 Dec 2019

So here we are, on the eve of probably one of the most important matches in the history of Colchester United for many years. Fitting then, I think, that the random match generator has chosen another very significant match in the history of the U’s.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Yeovil v U's 4/11/03
by wessex_exile at 16:58 13 Dec 2019

Ahead of a tricky trip to Scunthorpe tomorrow, our Matches of Yesteryear series returns to the EFL Trophy in November 2003, back when it was known as the LDV Vans Trophy.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Swindon v U's 1/9/01
by wessex_exile at 12:41 6 Dec 2019

I have the first of several Xmas work outings tonight, so I'm posting this a bit earlier.
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Matches of Yesteryear - The Blue Eagle (Issue 39)
by wessex_exile at 16:29 3 Dec 2019

Well it had to happen eventually…
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Matches of Yesteryear - Exeter v U's 27/11/91
by wessex_exile at 20:16 22 Nov 2019

So, back again after my break for international duties. With our ongoing exploits in two of the three domestic cup competitions, it’s nice that the random match selector has chosen one of our earlier forays into a cup competition – albeit the one competition we’re no longer involved in this season…
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Matches of Yesteryear - U's v Gills 5/11/94
by wessex_exile at 21:16 11 Nov 2019

Interesting that on the eve of our Mickey Mouse game against Ipswich, the match selected is from 1994, when we were managed by George Burley. We know a song about him…
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Matches of Yesteryear - Mansfield v U's 18/8/18
by wessex_exile at 12:55 9 Nov 2019

Another busy week, so apologies this has had to wait until today. Once again the random match selector throws a curve ball – with the cheers from our imperious victory at Field Mill last Saturday still fresh in the memory, we return to Field Mill (aka The One-Call Stadium) for this one.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Tranmere v U's 12/1/02
by wessex_exile at 17:45 1 Nov 2019

Well, after a tremendously exciting week for U’s fans everywhere, what better way to calm things down than remembering the daily grind of league football.
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Matches of Yesteryear - U's v Doncaster 8/1/93
by wessex_exile at 19:56 27 Oct 2019

With school half-term upon me, and with much to do before leaving early for Crawley on Tuesday night, I’m going to have to post this one a bit early I’m afraid.
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Matches of Yesteryear - Bees v U's 31/12/05
by wessex_exile at 17:43 25 Oct 2019

Well here’s a first, the random match selector has chosen the very next match I was at following Shrewsbury in the FA Cup back in December 2005 – spooky.
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