My U's top 10 of those late, late goals

Posted over 5 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

There’s no better feeling than seeing your team score a goal, right at the death, to either clinch victory or avoid a defeat. That happened to Colchester United supporters at Rotherham ’s impressive New York Stadium last Saturday, when striker...

From loan rangers to star captures

Posted over 5 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

THE U's have a proud recent record of signing former loanees on a permanent basis. And Craig Eastmond’s recent arrival at Colchester United, on a permanent basis, will have been greeted with smiles and cheers from the U’s faithful. Eastmond...

In the running for player-of-the-season

Posted over 5 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

IT'S that time of the season again, when thoughts turn to the annual player-of-the-year awards - at least this takes the mind off all those lingering fears of relegation. It's been a strange old campaign, and no one Colchester United player has stood...

Will the U's go down?

Posted over 5 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

SO we come to the business end of the season, the last month when promotions and relegations will be thrashed out and decided, once and for all. I still think that League One, this year, has been weaker than in previous seasons, especially with the previous...

Woody will strut his stuff in the Championship

Posted over 5 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

HAVING watched Anthony Wordsworth at close quarters, for most of his still fledgling career, I am confident that the silky midfielder can blossom in the Championship. Only a recent two-match suspension has denied Wordsworth a chance to celebrate his 200th...

My top 10 favourite games as a U's reporter, over the last two decades

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

IT is now a fraction over 20 years, since I reported on my first ever Colchester United game for the East Anglian Daily Times and old Green'Un newspapers. The date was precisely Saturday, November 21, 1992, and the match, between Colchester United and...

Attack, attack! Roll on the good times under Joe Dunne

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

IT’S still very early days, but it looks as though Colchester United, under new boss Joe Dunne, are going to be no shrinking violets. While you got the feeling that previous manager John Ward’s priority was always to avoid defeat – not...

Falling attendances reflect the hard times

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

THESE are hard times at Colchester United, and not just because of the side’s current plight near the foot of the League One table. Results-wise, the U’s are still waiting to celebrate their first win of the season, following seven failed...

Oh, we do miss Odejayi!

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

HE may have only scored five goals for the U's last season, and only four of those in the league, but the early signs are that Kayode Odejayi will be sorely missed this campaign. Odejayi's decision to turn down the offer of a new contract, and instead...

Freddie the most exciting arrival since Teddy

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 1 comments

IT had been a largely depressing summer for U's fans, until the arrival of Freddie Sears - remember, he's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy! First we had the departures of Kayode Odejayi and Steven Gillespie, who both decided to drop down a level...

So much rests on what happens to four key U's players

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

COLCHESTER United fans will be sweating over the future of four of their key players this summer. While the bulk of the U’s out of-contract players look like signing new deals, including the likes of Brian Wilson, Matt Heath and Lloyd James, there...

No fall-outs, but a few differences of opinion

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

THE recent stand-off between AFC Bournemouth and the local paper - 'The Bournemouth Daily Echo' - had me thinking about any near fall-outs that I may have experienced over the last 20 years or so. The Daily Echo has won a lot of admirers for the...

Don't tell the wife!

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

I've been playing away from home for two months, but don't tell the wife! In fact, I've forgotten what home comforts are like, since the turn of the year, although this has little to do with me being led astray by some "lady of the night...

Be careful what you wish for

Posted over 6 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

“WARD out, Ward out!” You must be joking. John Ward has done a satisfactory job, as Colchester United boss, and he certainly does NOT deserve to lose his job. The odd chant of “Ward out,” after the recent home games against Scunthorpe...

Good or bad? The U's are an enigma

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

SO how good are Colchester United this season? That might seem a strange question to ask, on the back of a humiliating 6-1 home defeat to Stevenage on Boxing Day, and just five weeks after an equally demoralising 5-1 home reverse at the hands of MK Dons...

Under-whelmed by news of Underhill's impending demise

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

CALL me a sad old hack, but I always sigh when I hear the news of another Football League ground about to bite the dust. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Shrewsbury’s Gay Meadow, Oxford’s Manor Ground, Chesterfield’s Saltergate...

The worst U's squad for a generation?

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

I AM not one of those crying out for a change of manager at Colchester United. John Ward has a difficult job on his hands, working within a tight budget and a small squad, while trying to manage such high expectations - of mounting a challenge for the...

This was no Wind in the Willows ... and other terrible tales of terrible weather

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

YOU should never blame the weather, however bad the weather, for your team's failings. Colchester United didn't fall into that trap, following the recent 1-0 defeat at Carlisle - John Ward and his players mentioned the strong, gusting winds, but...

When 'home' doesn't sound like 'home' anymore

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

FOOTBALL fans, for all their bravado and desire for success, are traditionalists at heart. And I am no different. I would love to play Devil's Advocate, and congratulate Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley on his recent decision to rename St James'...

Hits and misses

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

WHENEVER a club dips into the loan market, it is always fraught with danger. Colchester United can vouch for that. Over the years, there have been many success stories, and yet just as many torrid tales of loan players who have failed to live up to expectations...

Please give Gillespie a start!

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

NOW is the time to start with Steven Gillespie. I find it incredible that we have already had 17 league games this season, and yet Gillespie, the most natural finisher and most proven goalscorer at the club, has still not started a league match. I thought...

Diamonds are forever?

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

YOUR team might not win every week, but at last they exist! That must be the sentiment of supporters from the now defunct Rushden & Diamonds, a club that has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. I was at the Diamonds' old home last week...

Just print the truth!

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

Be ware the dangers of getting carried away by sensationalist headlines and, in the words of Colchester United boss John Ward, ‘scurrilous’ reporting. Poor Tom Bender has been in the news, and trending on Twitter, following his unfortunate...

It was just like playing at home, only there was atmosphere!

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

BLINK, and you could have been forgiven for thinking that Colchester United were playing a home match last Saturday, except for a few notable differences. Chesterfield's B2net Stadium bears an uncanny resemblance to the U's Weston Homes Community...

More miles than a long-distance lorry driver

Posted over 7 years ago by Carl Marston with 0 comments

I RECKON I've clocked up as many miles as a long-distance lorry driver this month! Well, not quite, but by the end of September I will have totalled 2,545 miles on the road, following the trails blazed by Colchester United, Ipswich Town and Braintree...