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Could be worse
at 15:50 17 Mar 2019

Whilst most of us are less than happy with recent performances and results at Col U spare a thought for the fans of Fort William in the Highland League.

Following a hard fought 12 - 1 loss at Turriff Utd yesterday they remain bottom of the table. The mind boggling numbers are:

P27 W0 D2 L25 F17 A199 GD -182

They really do have something to moan about.

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Another wasted loan
at 15:59 13 Mar 2019

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2019/march/roberts-returns-to-newcastle/

And this time it was a decent player.

Of the January arrivals Roberts had the best pedigree and I looked forward to seeing him play but he has been woefully underused. As this can't be the fault of anyone at Col U (it never is) what exactly did Roberts do wrong?
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Darren Moore sacked by West Brom
at 19:50 9 Mar 2019

Really disappointed to hear he was sacked after the game against Ipswich. 4th in the Championship and very likely to secure a play off spot. Seems crazy to me.
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Freddie Sears
at 13:58 12 Feb 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47201153

Rough luck for Freddie.
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What's in a name?
at 17:32 23 Nov 2018

Not wishing to make light of a very sad situation but I couldn't help but take notice of the assistant coroner's name. Any other examples of name fitting the job or describing the job so well?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-46319779
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Clap banners?!
at 11:52 23 Nov 2018

https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/34912/town-advise-fans-to-arrive-early

Insert you own joke!
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Jamie Cureton
at 14:19 21 Nov 2018

Worth a read

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46262119
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Ipswich high school in his thirties
at 12:40 2 Nov 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-46070239

No mention of the number of fingers though.
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Macauley Bonne
at 11:57 23 Sep 2018

For those with access to BT Sport there is a 15 programme about Macauley Bonne at 16.30 this afternoon.
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Nolan sacked by Notts County
at 18:49 27 Aug 2018

Premature?
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Am I missing something?
at 14:03 21 Aug 2018

https://www.essexhighways.org/uploads/docs/ar_pr.pdf

Park & Ride timetable lifted from the club's website just now. It would appear to me that the last bus heading back to town leaves 15 minutes into the second half of an evening game. This alternative to the defunct shuttle bus service appears of no use to me or have I missed something painfully obvious.
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Transfer dealings
at 15:31 8 Aug 2018

The transfer window closes at 17.00 tomorrow.

Should we expect any further business involving Col U, either arrivals or departures?

If yes to the above, where do we need further recruits, who may be interesting other clubs and who may benefit from a loan period elsewhere?

Has the club dealt with this transfer window in a more or less satisfactory manner than we've seen in recent years?
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Luke Norris
at 18:22 26 Jul 2018

Whilst working in the M4 corridor today I had a long football related chat with a client who is a Swindon Town ST. I asked him for his opinion on Norris which is as follows:

Arrived from Gillingham with quite a fanfare but, in the opinion of most Swindon fans of his acquaintance, Norris never lived up to the hype.

Will score goals but not prolific.

Good at penalties.

Bit of a carthorse.

He was injured at the end of last season.

Not upset that Norris has moved on.

We shall see how he gets on very soon.

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Wordsworth now a Womble
at 17:35 12 Jul 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44807616
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Season ticket announcement
at 17:58 23 May 2018

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2018/may/season-tickets-launched-for-201819/

I'd decided not to renew anyway but I wonder what effect the increase in price will have on season ticket sales.
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Musical chairs?
at 17:38 22 May 2018

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/sport/16241752.Colchester_United_academy_coach_Way
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Ryan Jackson
at 15:48 15 May 2018

Extends his contract for another two years. I find myself somewhat less excited by this than those at the club claim to be.
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Stadium sponsor, season ticket prices and new signings
at 13:29 9 May 2018

Is all the good news being saved up for a blockbuster press release?
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At No. 1 it's...
at 13:55 2 May 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43546096
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10 years at Weston Homes
at 15:55 1 May 2018

I thought it might be interesting to see how things have changed (or otherwise) since we left Layer Road. There could be any number of statistics to mull over but I think final league position is a reasonable guide to how we've fared on the pitch and average attendance ought to be a fair reflection of how fans see things.

Season Finish Average attendance
08/09 12th 5,084
09/10 8th 5,529
10/11 10th 4,223
11/12 10th 3,865
12/13 20th 3,530
13/14 16th 3,631
14/15 19th 3,782
15/16 23rd 4,299
16/17 8th 3,637
17/18 10th -13th 3,320

Weston Homes no longer, that much can be agreed. But what do the above numbers show, if anything? Can the chairman rest easy and continue running the club as he does or do those figures cause even him some concern? Do these figures cause concern at the highest level within the club? If there is no concern how do those figures validate the current philosophy?

There have been a number of recent redundancies at the club due, I'm told, to difficulties on the corporate hospitality front. Is this a sign that not everything is as it should be? Will there be more to come in other areas of the operation?

My own view is that Colchester United has been in a steady decline for some time. Not everyone will agree and I'm sure lots of people still derive enormous enjoyment from attending games. The problem, in my opinion, is that there are becoming fewer of them as time goes by. From my seat in the south stand it is patently obvious that fewer people are attending games, regardless of what the official attendance may show. Some are season ticket holders which bodes ill for imminent renewals.

There seems to me to be a significant disconnect between the club hierarchy and much of the fanbase. Very limited information escapes into the public domain and when we do hear something from the chairman I usually wish he'd stayed quiet! Much of the decision making seems baffling to me, with no obvious meaningful consultation with fans about what they would like to see. We are supposed to be United...I wish it felt that way.



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