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Norwich 1 - 7 Colchester Utd
at 18:36 28 Mar 2020

Spent the afternoon enjoying a re-run of the whole of the game courtesy of the U's website. What a day! Remember it well.

Was my first wedding anniversary. Well, actually it was my third first wedding anniversary. Mrs Noah 1 & 2 might never have allowed me to go. But Mrs Noah 3 always buys me my season ticket for my birthday so that she can enjoy her Saturdays with her buddies on whatever antidote to sport they desire, usually involving alcohol and food (so not that different to us). But I digress....

The best bit of the video stream is the commentary by Radio Norfolk. It starts with criticism of Division One Football and a misplaced arrogance. Then focuses on Norwich mistakes. Not a word uttered gracefully praising a clinical U's performance.

Was good to see some of our former fan favourites, Lisbie, Hackney, Perkins etc.

Shame we lost the return 0-5 on a day where the weather skewed the result (should never have been played), but a 7-6 aggregate still gave us the bragging rights. Crazy that Norwich recovered suffice to win the league as champions.
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All non-league football to immediately end below National League
at 20:43 26 Mar 2020

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52052351

No promotion, no relegation.

Surely, a fair outcome would have been average points per game played?

This decision questions how Division Two might now be resolved if no football before August? Average points per game, top four promoted would be reasonable outcome. But would deny the U's a play off opportunity. But what do we deserve?

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£50M support for EFL Clubs.
at 20:28 18 Mar 2020

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51951389

The sum for Macclesfield will be just enough to pay one of its reported debts to HMRC or Sol Campbell. The sum for Southend might satisfy HMRC. But for clubs not already in trouble it is welcome support.

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U's U23 4 - 4 Coventry U23
at 23:20 17 Feb 2020

Brilliant goal by Norris after 90 seconds. Looked lively, also bagged a penalty, hit a post and his work rate impressed.

By contrast, Senior looked disinterested. Along with Poku the pair repeated all their routine failings. Running into dead ends; selfish; losing ball etc. By the time they were substituted we were losing 2-4. Neither contributed anything in defence, in a game littered with defensive errors and gifted goals. Example, Sowhumi passed to their CF inside our area. Coventry much the better side until the substitutions (Norris, Senior and Poku were withdrawn).

The youngsters then showed determination and passion taking control of the last 20 minutes, albeit Coventry carved out some good chances too. Pulled back to 4-4 and might have won it with better fortune (twice hit post etc). Might be time to give a couple of youngsters their opportunity. They can't do worse than Senior.
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Do real fans wear gloves?
at 11:21 16 Feb 2020

Have you noticed that the U's are repeatedly awful in the cold, wind, rain, but in sunshine and dry conditions can be excellent? But whatever, the weather, real fans don't wear gloves? That is because muffled thuds offer no benefit to applause and chants and hence our contribution as "twelfth man"

So why do some lazy thud players wear gloves? Goalkeeper excepted!

To me that is a sign that they don't really want to be in the pitch in poor weather, and so that proved yesterday. Like the real fans, hardy players won't wear gloves or long skin pants or socks above knees.

Yesterday, just as at windy cold Cambridge, few had a good game (except Stevenson), but those wearing gloves were the stand out "not fit to wear the shirt" candidates. So get those gloves off them McGreal and pick those that actually want to play in the rain, wind and cold. Else fans will not venture out either.






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No park and ride
at 18:31 24 Dec 2019

The Park and Ride will NOT be open for either of our two festive season home matches. Combine that with Sunday Service buses and I suspect we won't enjoy the normal decent festive period attendances. The Victoria Inn is also closed on New Years Day, but is opening early on Sunday for U's supporters.

Frankly, it's time bus services to the Stadium were resolved. The nearest stop (Bedford Road/Mill Road) is too distant for the less able, whilst the Chesterwell Estate has bus stops but no services. With the Northern Gateway sports complex opening soon, something really must be done.


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Ruiz versus Joshua2
at 20:15 5 Dec 2019

Was at Joshua v Povetkin at Wembley and at the first Ruiz fight in NYC. Both awesome nights, but markedly different outcomes. We decided against a trip to Saudi Arabia due to its human rights record (and no alcohol!), but all set up for a big night in front of the TV with my boxing mad pals on Saturday after the U's record a victory over Salford.

BTW, if going to the match, I believe that it is being shown at the Dog & Pheasant (10:00pm walk on) if you don't have access to Sky TV. Great line up on the undercard...from 17:00 on Sky Box Office, so a good move by the Dog & P.

Michael Hunter v Povetkin
Dillian Whyte v Markius Wach
Filip Hrgovic v Eric Molina
Mahammad Majidov v Tom Little (don't think that one is televised).

Anybody else planning to watch? Sorry, I already have a house full else I would invite you round.

I do fear another upset. Frankly, I have never seen a boxer with hand speed as fast or as powerful as Ruiz since Ali. Ruiz is also looking markedly fitter than he did during the first fight in June where Joshua was strangely careless. William Hill is offering an incredible 25/1 for a Joshua win (but paid in winning bets) to NEW customers. I don't normally bet, but it might be worth a quid, albeit unless I put my free bets on the Happy League I suspect I will eventually lose my stake...
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Bob Willis RIP
at 16:31 4 Dec 2019

Met him a few times. Super bloke, called a spade a spade. 1981 Headingley will always be "Botham's Ashes" (149 n.o in 148 balls). But the real hero was Bob's 8-43 to dismiss Aussie for 111.

RIP
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What if Macclesfield go bust?
at 18:13 2 Dec 2019

The Silkmen face a winding up petition from HMRC on Wednesday whilst the players announced today the intent to strike over unpaid wages. Doesn't sound good.

How sad for the fans as this situation doesn't look like Bury FC style mismanagement and is perhaps merely evidence that small clubs on small gates will struggle to survive in the EFL.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50634040

However, if they do fail and their 2019-20 results were expunged, Swindon, Grimsby, Carlisle, Morecambe and Cheltenham would be the biggest point losers each suffering a deduction of 3 points. The U's would only lose 1 point after scraping a draw away. That wouldn't affect our league position as Newport, Bradford and others around us would suffer the same fate. We would then be two points closer to some in the top seven. The biggest beneficiary is likely to be Morecambe or Stevenage avoiding relegation.


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No Szmodics again
at 20:03 27 Nov 2019

Sammy not even on bench for Bristol City. Is he injured?

Strikes me he should have gone to Leeds or stayed with the U’s to play football.
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Was anybody else bored by England tonight?
at 22:07 14 Nov 2019

First 30 minutes enjoyable, but after that I was bored. In the second half were the England players even interested? Much prefer the cut and thrust of Division Two.
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FA Cup tickets on sale Monday.
at 18:44 31 Oct 2019

First batch (multiple tickets pp) available to ST Holders on Monday, but to ease purchase, all tickets will be available on line, but as a result CUFC "CAN'T guarantee that ST holders will get their usual seat". In effect, first come, first served for YOUR regular seat.

Rather than ease the burden, I predict an even bigger queue at the ticket office than normal at 10:00 am Monday as many ST holders will demand their normal seats to ensure that they are with their usual pals. Why do the U's management consistently get the cup ticket process so badly wrong?

See https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2019/october/fa-cup-ticket-news/
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What price an Essex Championship and T20 double?
at 22:04 19 Sep 2019

Colchester & EE win SNEL Essex Division One and promotion.

Essex look favourites for the title in the County Championship given post hurricane rain will wash out Taunton and we are currently 12 points clear.

Essex in T20 Finals (I have tickets - will watch U’s on I-Follow later).

Has the local cricket season ever ended on a better high?

Will be at Spurs and on the bus to Macclesfield, but cricket is still top of my agenda.

Anybody else heading for Edgbaston?



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Colchester to win the league... nailed on certainty IMHO.
at 09:34 25 Aug 2019

After defeating Shenfield yesterday, Colchester & East Essex CC move within touching distance of the Division One title and promotion. A single draw or decent batting points from their last two games should seal it.

Yesterday, for Shenfield, former England bowler Monty Panesar bowled 16 overs taking 2 -72 whilst (17 year old) Colchester youngsters Joe McGregor scored 40 off 47 balls and Guy Haines 67 off 77 balls. Monty's England record is 76 matches taking 191 wickets; whilst he took an overall 709 First Class wickets. That statistic illustates the quality of our defiant developing young talent at Castle Park (n.b. Joe MacGregor is now featuring for Essex II's).

On Bank Holiday Monday (at Halstead CC) the Colchester Sunday First XI compete in the finals of the NECL T20, whilst the Under 19 XI is simultaneously featuring at the CloudFM County Ground contesting the Essex League's U19 T20 Final versus Saffron Walden U19.

Then, the First XI is away next Saturday (versus Woodford Wells) and then home to Upminster on 7th September. Essex Division One Matches start at 12:30 and typically don't end until until around 19:30. So there is one further opportunity for you to watch the likely Champions at Castle Park, before and after the U's v Walsall game. Free admision.

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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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