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Cashless
at 06:56 18 Aug 2019

Call me Luddite but I am not using a credit card to buy a £1-59 cuppa, nor pre-loading a plastic card to make Cowling my unlicensed banker. I simply won't spend a penny at the club now my cash is no longer legal tender.

I wonder how this is going?
Are you spending more or less?
Are there cash facilities in the away end?
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Tears for fear concert (Sunday 28/07)
at 20:30 24 Jul 2019

Tickets from £32.50.......Wanna listen for free?

"Everybody wants to rule the World" .....

Never mind "Raoul and the kings of Spain" ...come see the "kings of Spin"....

Colchester Cricket and Beer Festival in Lower Castle Park!

Free admission, just a glass deposit.......FREE music (Sunday...its wafting over....).!

Thursday 25th T20 v Mistley (18:00), plus Comedy Night after.
Friday 26th all day game v Gents of Essex (11:30) live music after.
Saturday 27th, all day game; disco after.
Sunday 28th; afternoon, women's cricket; then "Tears for fears" (in adjacent field at 18:00 - no admission via cricket club - but you can listen).

Sorry, no concert parking at cricket club (please use adjacent Kings Meadow).
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Colchester cricket, beer, cider and gin festival is back
at 06:07 28 Jun 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, July 28, 2019 (All day)

Third year of the annual beer festival held at Colchester & East Essex Cricket Club in Castle Park. Real ale, cider, gin, sparkling wine and prosecco all available. Music, food and, of course, cricket during the festival too. Added feature this year, Thursday 25/07 Comedy Night with three acts performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, including popular local funny man Ryan Curtis.

Venue: 
Colchester & East Essex Cricket Club
Catchpool Road
Colchester , ESS
United Kingdom
Essex GB

Tomorrow (29/06) Saturday: First XI versus Woodford Wells.
12:30 start; 50 overs; coloured clothing; pink ball; an exciting format.

It was great to see a few Col U fans come along last week to watch some awesome cricket where we beat Monte Panaser's Shenfield. The standard is very high and the chicken & bacon pies in our pop up cafe are delightful. ...and did I mention beer is available (note 60 + ales at forthcoming beer festival)? With no footie for a few weeks, it's a great alternative to shopping.
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Monte Panasar at Castle Park - tomorrow (22/06)
at 19:18 21 Jun 2019

Top of the table clash between Colchester & EE and Shenfield in the Essex League Division One. Lots of quality cricketers are on show...

The Shenfield team is likely to feature Monte Panasar (former England spinner) and Jack Plom (Essex II's and England U19).

Colchester team includes Johnny Bassett-Graham (Auckland); Denson Narayan (Guyana); and Jack Hobbs (who scored 113 n.o. and 96 in successive innings last weekend).

50 Limited Overs per side; Coloured Kit; white ball; match starts 12:30.
(This standard is almost as good as county cricket).
FREE admission; bar; catering (pop up cafe).
All are welcome.
Come and support your local team.
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Baseball - first time- love it
at 12:13 3 Jun 2019

Last night watched Yankees v Red Sox (Live) and it counts as one of the most thrilling nights of sporting entertainment I have witnessed, even better than the boxing at MSG (which was marred by 1-25 odds on favourite Joshua not turning up).

Hadn't a clue what was going on for first innings where it looked to me like low scoring rounders, then some charming people took the trouble to explain stuff. By the third innings we were addicted. Having watched Baseball before on Sky, my opinion is that TV can't do justice to this sport. Will be first in the queue for tickets when they repeat this fixture in London.

The Americans have also now embraced the craft beer culture. Have had no difficulty in finding some outstanding porters, ambers and blondes. That will be our main focus today. Now planning our next jolly boys outing. None of us have seen Sumo Wrestling.......
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Watch Essex CCC over the Internet or highlights.
at 20:23 30 Apr 2019

www.live.nvplay.com (just type Nvplay live to find).

Select Essex versus XXX, then match centre and Video.

Matches from CloudFM ground are now broadcast live, with BBC radio audio commentary. Shame we lost on the last ball today. Highlights are also available (free).

Colchester matches from Castle Park will also soon be similarly broadcast. The new free software from ECB is awesome (we just need to get a camera affixed).
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It is still in our own hands
at 16:46 28 Mar 2019

Seven to play means 15% of season still remains. The Play Offs are still within our reach because others must drop points. Key fixtures to come...

Exeter v Mansfield
Forest Green v MKD
Tranmere v Carlisle
Carlisle v Bury
MKD v Lincoln
Bury v Colchester
Tranmere v MKD
Tranmere v Forest G
Lincoln v Tranmere
Col U v MKD
Tranmere v Bury
FGR v Exeter
Lincoln v Col U
MKD v Mansfield

Have faith! Just need to batter Cambridge to regain confidence and momentum.
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Goalkeeping crisis
at 22:54 4 Mar 2019

Gilmarten had a shocking game on Saturday, but was not as poor as Dillon Barnes tonight for the under 23's in a 0 - 4 defeat by Barnsley.

Distribution poor; at fault for three goals. Not an option for Newport.
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Crawley 2-0 U's
at 17:03 1 Jan 2019

On way home. Speechless.

We can't blame McGreal for this. He threw on two attackers at 0-0 and a man advantage and still we can't score. Crawley two on target, two goals.
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25% discount when the U's win
at 08:44 27 Oct 2018

Offered in the hour after a game to persuade more to stay after a game and drink in the Supporters Bar. Still makes the alcohol expensive, but it is a positive move.

I like the facility and have supported it pre-game. But that is largely because I arrive at least 30 minutes earlier than previously as I fear the now limited bus service might let me down. Two problems with the offer.....

1. Last home game it ran out of Speckled Hen (Greene King IPA is awful).

2. If you stay an hour after the game, bus services are even more limited.

Today, a big crowd is expected. Cue street parking misery for the new housing developments. Something has to be done about the lack of public transport before the Supporters Bar can be more successful. The surrounding new housing estates have bus stops, but no buses. Surely, a service will be essential to the Northern Gateway when built. Can these not be resolved now at least on match days?

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Grimsby
at 22:14 23 Oct 2018

Night of missed opportunity. 20 shots, all wasted, never once troubled the keeper. Two on target both feeble. Senior should have scored twice from headers with the keeper beaten. By contrast, one shocking stray pass by Jackson, gave them one chance 1-0 defeat. North of Colchester jinx yet again. Need to bounce back Saturday.
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IFollow
at 17:56 17 Sep 2018

The £4.99 per month interviews and highlights package available via the U's website now offers video recordings of the whole of a U's match (albeit not 'live' which costs a FURTHER £10 when available).

I missed both the Cheltenham and Tranmere away trips due to cricket commitments but caught up with both today. The victory over Cambridge is also already available. I can see this impacting on the number of away fans travelling to some more distant grounds.
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Southampton - Checkatrade Cup
at 11:53 4 Sep 2018

Park & Ride NOT open tonight.
No shuttle buses.
Number 65 or 2 bus merely every 30 minutes.
A huge distance to walk to any bus stop.
General fan apathy towards competition....
But I have a ticket.

Crowd tonight....My guess 399.

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Shame on the Gazette....
at 12:16 31 Aug 2018

In today's online Colchester Gazette. Headline "Free travel for West Ham Fans" links to an article inviting local people to travel to the London Stadium for free on match days.

I would be happy to pay £4 return to the Jobserve Stadium if the bus stops were closer. Is this all a plot to get us to become Hammers fans Mr Cowling?

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Colchester Cricket and Beer Festival - starts Thursday this week
at 22:37 22 Jul 2018

Thursday 26 July - Sunday 29th July.
Please support your local cricket club in Castle Park.
Over 30 Real Ales + Ciders.

Thursday 11.00 until Midnight (Colchester XI v Gents of Essex starts 11.30)

Friday 11.00 until Midnight (Colchester XI v MCC starts 11:30).
Evening Entertainment = DJ Sam Leppard from 20:00

Saturday 11.00 until Midnight (Colchester 2nd XI v Chelmsford)
Evening entertainment - live music = "Rekovered" from 20:00
Brillant 'covers' band - they were awesome last year.


Sunday 11.00 until we "run out of beer" (Colchester versus Copdock).

Admission £2. Includes programme and glass.

The standard of cricket is high - example, at least two of the matches will feature Tauri Muzarabani who has 8 x ODI caps for Zimbabwe (including one in the current year). I will be scoring the matches on Thursday, Friday and Sunday (but away with the First XI on Saturday, but back for the band on Saturday night).

Please spread the word - last year it was an awesome event.

Thanks

Noah4x4

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Colchester United Customer Charter.
at 07:39 7 Jul 2018

This can be found at https://www.cu-fc.com/club/customer-charter/ . This is an extract...

CONSULTATION AND INFORMATION
Colchester United FC Football Club will maintain regular contact with its supporters; ......................(blah blah blah)...

..............In line with EFL regulation 111, Colchester United FC will continue to consult supporters on a regular basis through Forums and through our Supporters Association Chairman, Jon Burns.

The following decisions have evidently involved ZERO consultation...

1. Spectators must now pay for an inclusive 'paper' programme within the ticket price (n.b. a ticket price increase means it isn't free!!!).

2. The removal of shuttle bus services.

Printing over 5,000 paper programmes when only about 500 actually want them is a shocking waste of the planet's limited resources. The stadium litter bins will be full of discarded paper or more likely the concourse littered with them. Hopefully, paper recycling bins will be provided? This cost management decision was bonkers as it is no longer mandatory for EFL clubs in Divisions One and Two to produce paper programmes. Surely it was either time to go wholly digital or for those that actually want paper programmes to pay their real cost of prouduction (what newstand magazine costs under £5?).

The suggestion that only 166 fans use the shuttle buses was ridiculous. But it is probably true that only 166 pay cash at Bruff Close. For example; I buy a £4 'Colchester Rover' ticket early in the morning and use it all day. Others legitimately use regular OAP bus passes. We (or the Council) have hence already paid our fares. So why didn't First Bus take account of this instead of charging the football club the apparent shortfall?

Had we been told that these were NOT valid then we would have instead paid £3.00 return to town and then not baulked at paying £2.50 for ther shuttle. Hence a not unreasonable £5.50 in total. But we had already paid EXTRA for the combined ticket. Now the closest we can get to the ground by regular bus is the Water Tower Mill Road. That is just too far to walk for many older, disabled and infirm supporters. So will the hours of the Park & Ride be extended for evening matches?

This decision will result in extra car journeys; nuisiance street parking; increased congestion in North Colchester. It is clear that the football clubs commitment to the environment is waning. Sadly, we can't all be like Robbie (Trump) Cowling and ride a bike. We need adequate public transport. If it is mandatory under EFL regulation 111; when will consultation commence about these and like matters?

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Compulsory programmes at WHCS...No buses...
at 07:46 9 Jun 2018

An extra £23 has been added to ST's and £1 to tickets to give all a "free" programme. Why didn't the clowns that run the club not wait until the EFL actually voted instead of upsetting fans? Programmes are now only compulsory at WHCS!

The shuttle bus decision is creating mass discontent. The solution was patently obvious. Ensure First Bus was taking account of those that had already paid (bus passes, Colchester Rovers etc.) and charge those that didn't pay (those that use the buses only on the home leg). Then there would have been no deficit. Instead, fans are now saying they won't renew STs as they won't be attending any evening games (only #65 bus option) and the discount isn't suffice if you miss too many.

I despair; who is progressively ruining our match day experience? Is it Cowling (the decisions) or Waddington (surely he produces the numbers that Cowling uses to make decisions?).

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No shuttle buses in 2018/9
at 18:23 30 May 2018

See https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2018/may/robbie-issues-shuttle-bus-update/

To be fair, the club probably can't continue to subsidise the high cost, and for most of us a #65 to Mill Road or the Park & Ride do offer a reasonable alternative service at merely £3.00 return (e.g. well below the cost per person if no shuttle subsidy). But not for the disabled. It is far too long a walk from the Water Tower to WHCS for many elderly supporters.

We also need a safer pedestrian route from the park & ride or a bus stop at the Stadium. Also what happens for evening games when the Park & Ride isn't operating? It is the return journey that is the problem. How will 200 ex-shuttle people get on a single #65 that operates merely every 30 minutes?

I am not sure what the solution is, except that when the Northern Gateway is built this will become an even bigger problem as public transport to it and the Stadium doesn't exist. Dedicated fans will find solutions, but I suspect that a few hundred may be lost. Economically, that might even be the best solution for the club, but it may kill the atmosphere as a majority of the older South Standers depend on shuttle buses.

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U's release four
at 16:20 8 May 2018

Loft, O'Sullivan, Johnstone and Slater released.

Loft always injured. No surprise. Johnstone and Slater homesick for Scotland. No surprise. But O'Sullivan is a surprise.

Last time I saw him he hit a hat trick. But apparently he didn't inspire anybody whilst on loan. Maybe attitude problems?

With Carlisle, Morecambe and Forest Green also releasing about thirty players between them will be plenty of quality in the National League.
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End of a myth?
at 02:43 21 Apr 2018

In past seasons I have argued that the U's could stay up on as few as 47 points when most would argue that 51 is the historic minimum. Fortunately, we don't have that worry.

However, might Grimsby stay up on well under 50 points? I think their survival might hit a record low points tally. Serves to emphasise how poor the bottom two sides were. Shame, we got dragged down to their level!
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