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Super U's to prevail against FGR tonight.
at 16:16 20 Oct 2020

Short and sweet for tonight.
Very busy day and that's enough said.

Team tonight

Gerken

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Bramall

Pell Stevenson Chilvers

Brown Norris Bohui

Subs
George Scarlett Gambin Senior Harriott Sowunmi Marshall Miranda

I said on Saturday that I wanted SB to be bold and play Bohui from the get go.

Josh Bohui must play from the start with Norris and Brown.

If Stevenson is fit then he lines up with Pell and Chilvers.

SB played Brown too deep on Saturday and in the final 10 minutes he played in the attacking role that he was playing earlier in the season. Result we almost secured an equaliser.

Tonight I want to see a positive attacking formation and we will prevail. Giving a side a two goal start as we did at the weekend was shocking.

Prediction 3-0 Colchester with Bohui netting alongside Brown and Norris.

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Super U's to prevail at Brunton Park against the Cumbrians
at 23:10 16 Oct 2020

Another trip to Cumbria and another game where the U’s faithful cannot watch their heroes in action. Of particular regret to me as at only 55 miles it is one of my closest Away grounds and one where I have seen some famous victories (and a couple of shocking defeats!).

It was only March 7th this year when we won 3-0 at Brunton Park to secure a play-off spot.

Carlisle under Chris Beech have improved considerably and have moved up to 8th in the table on 9 points. The table remains tight:

Morecambe 5 12
Cambridge 5 10
Newport 5 10
Salford 5 9
Cheltenham 5 9
FGR 5 9
Walsall 5 9
Carlisle 5 9
Harrogate 5 8
Exeter 5 8
COL U 5 7

One look suggests that whilst we are unbeaten, the failure to turn draws into wins has seen us slip down the table and three points at Carlisle is now a priority.

Now the lack of player updates from the JSCS would make MI5 envious and not even the Cambridge traitors (Blunt, Burgess, Cairncross, MacLean and Philby) would be able to prise the information out of Colchester and so I have had to make my own assessments of just who is likely to travel and who is likely to play. Is the Colchester team a matter of National Security? Certainly not therefore I fail to understand the dearth of information ahead of the game.

First, I would like to see SB be bold in his selection. Given that Luke Gambin is unlikely to play after Malta’s heroics and I am unsure whether Harry Pell is fit to play, likewise Welch-Hayes, therefore if SB can be positive then the following side would secure the points at Brunton Park.

Gerken

Scarlett Eastman Smith Bramall

Chilvers Stevenson Poku

Bohui Norris Brown

Subs:
George Sowunmi Cowan-Hall Marshall-Miranda Senior Harriott

Reasoning: the defence largely picks itself. Either Scarlett or Welch-Hayes can play at Right Back and the other three are undroppable.

Midfield Noah Chilvers has shown that he is perfectly at home in the centre of the park, Ben Stevenson is playing superbly well, and Kwame Poku likes playing at Brunton Park.
Although he only has a cameo role last week Josh Bohui looked very fit, skilful and was not afraid to track back and challenge in the left back position. Jevani Brown is a must start and after three weeks starting from the bench Chuck Norris should be given a large T-bone steak and thrown in as the Number 9.

That would be an exciting and flexible team. Courtney Senior could have no complaints about a bench place and similarly Callum Harriott gives his best contribution when given 20 minutes from time.

The one player who must also be looking for a start is Paris Cowan-Hall who seems to be fit and well and looks sharp when he comes on as a sub near the end of the game.

The team will be delighted to see that the forecast for Carlisle is 12 degrees Celsius with cloud and only a 20% chance of precipitation. The faithful will be aware that in the past few seasons we have endured, snow, strong winds, rain and sometimes all three in the same game!

Those watching on iFollow are all doing their bit for the club financially. I reckon I must wear my new Away shirt tomorrow to improve the atmosphere!

This week will see the Parliamentary debate on the possibility of returning supporters to the stadia. The current lockdowns are colouring judgements on this thorny issue, but it is a fact that League One and Two clubs are suffering grievously from a financial viewpoint at present.

We should be positive and take the game to the Cumbrians. It will be a tough game but there is no reason why we cannot extend our unbeaten run and secure all three points in a 2-0 win.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


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Luke Gambin
at 19:32 13 Oct 2020

Played 89 mins for Malta today as they overcame Latvia 1-0

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Saddlers to be leathered by the Super U's at the Banks' Stadium
at 23:14 9 Oct 2020

After the disappointment of losing two points to Oldham Athletic last weekend in an otherwise entertaining 3-3 draw, the U’s travel to the Bescot Stadium Walsall on Saturday to attempt to improve on a lamentable record. I have watched several games at Fellows Park and now the Bescot or Bank’s Stadium and we have often come out on the losing side.

Way back in 1975 we lost 5-2 after leading the game and then in 2009 someone called Troy Deeney scored the second goal for the Saddlers in a 2-0 victory. Points over the years have been hard to come by, but as they say records are there to be broken and our luck must change spooner or later.

Darrell Clarke has started the season in similar vein to Colchester with a win and two draws and they will be a difficult opponent, but we must travel with more than a little hope.

Early days but the table is already looking tight in league Two:

Newport 4 10
Morecambe 4 9
Salford 4 8
Cambridge 4 7
Port Vale 4 7
Exeter 4 7
Crawley 4 7
Cheltenham 3 6
COL U 4 6
FGR 4 6
Carlisle 4 6

Losing two points has not only cost us the chance of a top seven position, but also it casts shadows back to last season where points were dropped from winning positions and ultimately cost us an automatic promotion spot. Even when we achieved a play-off spot, we lost the match cheaply at Exeter after throwing away a winning position. Still we move on and season 2020/21 affords us another chance to return to League One which frankly is long overdue.

Watching Fleetwood Town winning 4-1 against Hull City tonight only reinforced the view that we should have been there this season.

Now SB will once again be without the services of Harry Pell, Tom Lapslie and Diaz Wright and probably Callum (Ainsley) Harriott, but dare I ask if Martell Taylor-Crossdale will be considered fit enough to play some League Two minutes tomorrow. After all he is on a season long loan and has already missed the first four games. Luke Gambin is away on International duty but he did not make an appearance against Gibraltar the other evening.

I really do hope that MTC does travel with the squad and at least gets a place on the bench and plays some minutes. Frankly, I want to see him link up with Jevani Brown.

So, the team is likely to be 4,3,2,1:

Gerken

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Bramall

Chilvers Stevenson McLeod

Poku Brown

Norris

Subs:
George, Cowan-Hall, Taylor-Crossdale, Sowunmi, Scarlett, Senior, Marshall-Miranda

I want to see SB be brave and play Norris and Brown from the start and to bring on MTC at some stage. If we are serious about promotion, then we need to take games to the opposition and to turn draws into victories.

The weather tomorrow in Walsall is going to be rain showers with a high of 12 degrees Celsius, there might also be some sunny intervals.

If SB plays a cautious game, then we might witness another draw but I prefer to believe that he wants to secure all three points and so 3-1 to the U’s is my predicted scoreline.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


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Latics to be tamed at the JSCS by the Super U's
at 21:52 2 Oct 2020

After Tuesday night Colchester are left with the FA Cup and the league for honours this season. The former to bring in some much-needed revenue, the latter the much-vaunted promotion.

The Hammers goal that proved to be the difference between the two sides was a bit special and we have now seen three spectacular goals since the weekend fixture against Barrow.

My programme for Saturday against the Latics arrived today and so with my iFollow pass to be obtained tomorrow, I will be all set to enjoy the game from the JSCS.

Harry Kewell has the unenviable task of delivering a positive season for Oldham and they have started poorly. But let us not get carried away that tomorrow will be a walkover. The one thing to say about League Two this year, in these unparalleled times, is that it is so wide open that almost anyone (except Scummend) could win the league.

Therefore, it is all about starting strongly and remaining positive throughout. SB was unhappy with the performance against the Hammers, but it was a much-changed U’s team.

The programme features an in-depth account of Jevani Brown, the player with the ability to become IMHO the player of the season for Colchester. He received little service at Barrow but hitherto has shown his ability and flair in front of goal. 20 goals this season especially if he plays alongside MTC.

And that brings me to the likely line up tomorrow.

Harry Pell is still unfit and although Tom Lapslie and Diaz Wright are both back in training neither will be fit for tomorrow. Therefore, expect a similar line up from SB but I would like to see a bold and innovative team in a 4,3,1,2 formation:

Gerken

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Bramall

Stevenson Chilvers Gambin

Brown

Taylor-Crossdale Norris

Subs.
George Sowunmi Harriott Cowan-Hall Scarlett McLeod Tovide

Now I know that Courtney Senior has once again come in for a lot of criticism for his laissez faire approach to his football. He always seems to take one or two touches too many or take on an extra player and loses the ball cheaply or simply runs down a blind alley. He has ability and skill but too often this is wasted and causes frustration amongst the faithful.

Frankly, he should be dropped tomorrow and asked to think seriously about his contribution to the team and his playing style. He is the Jesse Lingard of Colchester United at the moment.

Now I have championed the arrival of Martell Taylor- Crossdale who scored goals for fun in the reserves for Chelsea and Fulham before joining on a season long loan. But apart from 20 minutes at Reading he has been consigned to the training ground and the occasional U23 appearance for our Development squad.

I want SB to name him in the squad tomorrow and for him to get some game time. But ideally start him with Chuck Norris and Jevani Brown and let us see what the three of them can do in a front three. Too radical (perhaps so) but if we are not going to play him why bother to waste everyone’s time.

Interesting to note that Macca Bonne has left Charlton for QPR for a fee in the region of £2m. Happy Days.

The weather in Colchester is forecast for rain showers with a temperature of 14 degrees Celsius with occasional sunny intervals. No need to water the pitch then and the surface will be slick.

However, you watch or listen to the game enjoy it.

Score prediction 4-0 to the Super U’s

(Jevani Brown hattrick)

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Carabao Cup
at 22:18 1 Oct 2020

Suddenly we are at the Quarter Final stage which has come around very quickly.

Just over a year ago since THAT night at the JSCS.

Never mind three points on Saturday and we're all happy.

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Super U's v Hammers
at 20:02 29 Sep 2020

George

Welch-Hayes Sowunmi Kensdale Scarlett

Senior McLeod Chilvers Gambin

Cowan-Hall

Norris

Coulter Brown Poku Marshall-Miranda Tovide Cracknell Sayer

HT 0-0

Incidentally Mourinho has lined up against Chelsea without any strikers!!!!!!!!!

They are also losing 1-0
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Who would be a Newcastle supporter
at 15:57 27 Sep 2020

Another game with no shots on target and then the most unlikely penalty gives them a point.

Football must resolve this controversial hand ball rule.

It is killing the game.

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Bluebirds to be all at sea against the rejuvenated Super U's
at 11:15 24 Sep 2020

Had it not been for the latest COVID 19 restrictions, I together with many more of the faithful would have been standing at the Holker Street end of the ground in Barrow watching the Super U’s this Saturday. I have ordered my programme and will sign up for an iFollow match pass, but it just is not the same.

The sadness for me is that it would have been a new ground and a new team. Although we have played the Bluebirds 14 times, I have not seen them once yet! The last time we met Barrow we were both playing in the Vauxhall Conference and it was 2 May 1992 at Layer Road where a Mike Masters hattrick, Nicky Smith goal and player manager Roy McDonough all scored in a 5-0 win in front of 7,193. The other noteworthy fact is that Graham Poll was the referee that day!

Barrow were voted out of the Football League in 1972 the year that Hereford United were elected. After 48 years they are back and still playing at Holker Street. Although Barrow is now in Cumbria, the town was formerly in Lancashire and the red rose badge is sported on their club badge together with a submarine because of the links to shipbuilding. BAE systems currently manage the facility in Barrow, and they are building the latest Vanguard Class Trident submarines for the Royal Navy.

Managed by David Dunn following the previous manager’s exit to Bolton Wanderers, Barrow are looking to consolidate this season in the Basement League. A draw and a defeat so far in the league following two penalty shoot out cup defeats, but they are happy to be back with the league clubs.

Buoyed by a comprehensive victory over Bolton on Saturday, Steve Ball and Hayden Mullins will travel north full of confidence that their charges can secure the three points at Holker Street.

SB has clearly made his mind up that until Martell Taylor-Crossland is considered match fit he will not entertain a place in the team or on the bench. I suspect that he is hoping that Chuck Norris will return to the team soon. Personally, whilst I acknowledge the need for fitness, I would like to see MTC and Jevani Brown strike up a forward partnership on the field. The video that MFB posted on the U’sual suggested that MTC would be a great addition to the team and I do not want to see him languish in the reserves whilst we wait for the more experienced but mercurial striker to return. We would be missing a trick.

SB does seem to have the defence sorted though. The back four of Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, and Bramall look to have cemented themselves as permanent fixtures. We must retain Bramall’s services; he is a real diamond in the rough with incredible pace and a wicked left foot free kick.

Dean Gerken has also started the season brightly in goal and his double save against Bradford and safe handling last weekend bodes well.

It is the midfield where SB has yet to decide on his best three or four.

I would go for Pell, Stevenson, and Chilvers but there are others like Senior, Gambin, McLeod, Cowan-Hall, Harriott and Poku, who can all operate either in the centre or out wide.

Jevani Brown already is a contender for player of the season. His return to the team has contributed greatly to our decent start to the season. He has pace, trickery on the ball and gets into goalscoring positions.

If only SB can be encouraged to pay MTC with Brown as a front two or with Brown just behind MTC, I think we could see a player score more than 20 goals in a season for the first time for Colchester since Jamie Cureton.

This Saturday if the game position allows it, I would like to see Samson Tovide given 15 minutes at the end to see what he can do for the team.

No one was more disappointed than me to see Colchester lose 6 quality players at the end of the season, but incredibly we do not seem that have missed Jackson, Prosser, Robinson, Nouble, Comley and Ross so far. A testament to shrewd signings or perhaps the youngsters now called into action have the talent and ability to perform in league two.

The winter months with the heavy pitches and inclement weather will ultimately determine things, but when we played at Salford last season, the weather could not have been more challenging that day and it was Kwame Poku who was Man of the Match that day in the worst of conditions.

Now I do not want you to think that I am wearing my rose-tinted specs and they have coloured my judgement, but there does seem to be a willingness to play for the side and much of the approach play is bright, crisp and pacy.

SB is definitely getting the best out of Jevani Brown, but then JM did not give him many opportunities before his wilderness months with Forest Green Rovers.

The last two days have seen almost constant rain in Durham, but the weekend looks more promising in Cumbria. Weather for Barrow suggests 14 degrees Celsius with some sunshine and cloud but no rain. The pitch surface should hold up well and we can play our passing game.

Harry Pell should be fit for Saturday and if so then SB could do worse than line up as follows:

Gerken

Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Bramall

Pell Stevenson Chilvers

Harriott Brown Poku

Subs:
George Sowunmi Cowan-Hall Scarlett McLeod Norris Senior

An important update Chuck Norris is apparently fit to travel with the squad. I would imagine he will be on the subs bench instead of Tovide and get about 20 minutes in the second half.

The mistake would however be to replace Brown with Norris rather than playing them both for the last 20.

Another shut out at the back and two more goals in another 2-0 win should secure the points for the U’s

Enjoy the game whether watching or listening on iFollow and Up the U’s


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The Chairman speaks
at 17:17 21 Sep 2020

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2020/september/club-statement/
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Colemanballs - alive and Trotting!
at 22:01 20 Sep 2020

"If you take the goals out of the game, we completely dominated it."

Ian Evatt quote after the defeat at Colchester.

Must remember to use that one - not!

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Trotters in Town on saturday
at 14:12 17 Sep 2020

My programme arrived in the post today. Good news.
My match preview to follow on this thread tonight hopefully.

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Royals v Hatters
at 19:55 15 Sep 2020

No glory tie for Reading
Luton will play Man Utd
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Bantams v Imps
at 19:54 15 Sep 2020

4-0 to Lincoln at HT

Shoes the difference when you play with strikers
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Brighton and Hove Albion
at 20:23 14 Sep 2020

GOSBTS I see that Brighton are joining the club's who are beginning to dispense with the blue and white stripes on their home shirts.

Enjoy the game tonight.

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Bantams would do well not to count their chickens against the resurgent U's
at 21:01 11 Sep 2020

After the disappointment of a narrow defeat to Exeter City in the play offs, Colchester United, now under the new management of Head Coach Steve Ball and Assistant Hayden Mullins, start their fifth successive season in League Two away to one of the favourites for promotion Bradford City at Valley Parade.

The Bantams are managed for the fourth time by Stuart McCall and include some well-known players Lee Novak, Billy Clarke, and everyone’s favourite pantomime villain Kurtis Guthrie. Normally a 14,000 attendance would have been willing them on, but COVID-19 has put paid to that. Even Cambridge United’s 2,000 supporters will not be present at the Abbey Stadium after the Government’s new restrictions on social gatherings.

All of this is bad news for Colchester United Exiles like me who will miss vital away games in the coming weeks. Still restricting the possibility of a second wave must take priority however disappointing for the spectators at various sporting events.

I will be considering a “prospects for the season” in the coming days but for now must content myself with a preview of this Bantams game only.

Pre-season injuries to Chuck Norris and Tom Lapslie have affected the team, but after the loss of six first teamers we have redressed the balance somewhat with new arrivals in the form of Shamall George, Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Tommy Smith. There is the further possibility of another striker from Pompey Reeco Hackett-Fairchild but competition from Hull City.

Now I am totally clear about the U’s starting XI in a 4,4,1,1 formation and squad numbers:

Dean Gerken (1)

Miquel Scarlett (17) Tom Eastman (18) Tommy Smith (5) Cohen Bramall (3)

Noah Chilvers (14) Harry Pell (8) Ben Stevenson (24) Kwame Poku (23)

Jevani Brown (10)

Martell Taylor-Crossdale (15)

Subs:
Shamal George (29), Miles Welch-Hayes (2), Omar Sowunmi (6), Courtney Senior (7), Luke Gambin (26), Callum Harriott (11), Paris Cowan-Hall (12)

Thinking - the back four has had a reshuffle with Scarlett and Smith coming in. Miles Welch-Hayes would be another possible right back, but I think Scarlett just has the starting XI nod over him at present.

In midfield Noah Chilvers is a definite with new club captain Harry Pell and my favourite Ben Stevenson with Kwame Poku giving a youthful look.

Playing in the 10 position that he was originally bought to occupy is Jevani Brown (revitalised after three early goals) and then as the lone striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale who simply must start tomorrow.

The weather tomorrow will be 14 degrees Celsius and mostly sunny. The advantage of playing at Valley Parade early in the season means that the playing surface will not resemble a battlefield or beach as it does later in the season.

Now after some difficult pre-season games and two tough cup ties Bradford offers the opportunity for the U’s to test themselves against a potential promotion rival. After all the comings and goings, the prospect of league action is to be warmly welcomed. And I reckon we can prevail in a close encounter by 2-1 with Brown and Taylor-Crossdale on the scoresheet.

Enjoy the game whether watching on iPlayer or listening to the radio.

Up the U’s


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Pompey Chimes could ring true for another Striker for the U's
at 22:10 10 Sep 2020

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild could be loaned out from Pompey for the season and Colchester and Hull City are both interested in signing him.

The 22 year old striker has made just one appearance for the South Coast outfit since a transfer from Bromley in early 2020.

Well I for one would be delighted with another striker to score those elusive Colchester goals and surely the Londoner would prefer the North Essex air to the North Sea frets of Hull.

Let us hope for the best.

I wondered why we went easy on them the other evening!!!!

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Royals v Super U's
at 15:23 5 Sep 2020

Very short and sweet today.

Reading away in the League Cup South Round 1

Team

Gerken

Scarlett Eastman Smith Bramall

Pell Stevenson Chilvers Brown Harriott Poku

Subs
Welch-Hayes Senior Sowunmi Marshall-Miranda George Hutchinson McLeod

Jackie Oatley at the game for Sky and Colchester playing the ball around very well.

0-0 after 22 mins

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Here we go again!
at 15:40 6 Aug 2020

Brentford should be told to bee off but sadly money talks and we are likely to lose Cohen Bramall to the Championship club.

Personally I think that when he does leave us it should more properly be to a bigger club but our failure to achieve promotion is proving very very costly with an exodus to clubs higher in the football pyramid.

I reckon that he is definitely worth £750k and the club should place that price tag on the promising youngster.

A grim period since losing to Exeter. We blinked first and dispensed with quality players all of whom have been able to move on for free.

Incandescent you bet I am and continue to be.

A reduced wage bill might be the outcome but no money to swell the coffers or create a war chest.

The £1m Cup run profit has been used up to absorb the effects of Covid but whilst our rivals continue to splash the cash, we sit arms reversed waiting for something to turn up.

I am beyond angry.

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Final League Two place decided today
at 15:29 2 Aug 2020

Harrogate v Notts county

The North Yorkshire side have started the better at Wembley and are deservedly in front by 2-0.

Personally I would like to see them prevail against the Nottingham side.

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