The Reckless Guide to... Colchester United
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 24th February 2018
Kick Off: 3.00 pm
Stadium: Weston Homes Community Stadium United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Telephone: 01206 755 100
Club Colours: Blue and White
Nickname: The U's
John McGreal is the current Manager at Col U taking the reins from Kevin Keen in April 2016. Birkenhead born defender John had a 17 year playing career at Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich Town and Burnley. This is his first taste of management.
Brief Directions by Road:
There is a dedicated junction for the stadium. Leave the A12 at its Junction 28. Turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way.
There is space for some 700 cars at the Stadium cost £6.00. Please book in advance for this at www.colutickets.com A Park and Ride is available from the Town Centre for £2.50 return but once again please check the Colchester United website for details. Parking close to the stadium is awkward although there is an overspill parking area at the nearby Industrial Estate which will set you back about £8.00
Directions by Train:
The nearest station to the ground is Colchester North which is just under two miles away from the stadium. Normally located near to the station at Bruff Close is a shuttle bus service that will take you to the ground. It takes around 10 minutes to reach the stadium. A cab will cost around £4.00.
Eating and Drinking Locally:
The Stadium is “out in the sticks” therefore pubs are some distance away and one loses out to an extent. “Plastic” food and alcohol is available inside the stadium. Can I just say at this point.... having a brand new state of the art stadium on the outskirts of town is wonderful but sometimes a huge part of a traditional footballing supporting day can be missed.
Col U's home for over 70 years, Layer Road was, as every U's fan would admit,
well past its sell by date for 21st century football; quaint and fascinating as it was. The new stadium has room for around 10,000 all seated. It holds no airs and graces except that it is functional and well presented, but bereft of character. We will be housed (subject to attendance level) in the Jobserve North Stand.
Our Previous Meeting & Memories:
Last season’s visit finished 2-1 to the U's, John Akinde with our goal that afternoon. The Johnstone Paint Trophy tie in August 2011 saw a fine 3-1 win featured goals from Ricky Holmes, Izale McLeod and Steve Kabba. I can admit to witnessing a 0-1 defeat at Underhill in the FA Cup 3rd Round in 1971 – Col U after beating Rochdale in Round 4 were then drawn against the mighty Leeds Utd in the 5th Round and beat them 3-2. Glory for us was that close!
Bravely standing in the centre of the West Bank as a 10 year old straining to see the game – those were the days of Les Eason and Lou Adams, Paddy Powell and Ricky George! Revenge in 2007 in the 3rd Round as Ismail Yakubu and Jason Puncheon saw us home 2-1
We have had may toe to toe battles since and the pick of the best I suppose was the 1998 two legged Division 3 Divisional Playoff tie when the Bees lost 3-2. Should we have had a penalty in the last minute when Dean Samuels has hacked down to win on away goals? – yes for sure, I will confront the Referee Terry Heilbron one day!
Another Referee, Ken Ashton the man who dreamt up the idea for red and yellow caution cards was born here, as was royal surgeon Sir William Gull a front runner in the betting list for the real identity of Jack the Ripper. By the way did you know that the foundations of our football club Barnet FC were formed the day after second Ripper victim Annie Chapman was found murdered in Whitechapel in September 1888? Anti Permissive Society Campaigner Mary Whitehouse lived here, as did, allegedly, nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty – buy me a beer in Legends and I will explain.