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🔎 The Opposition: Colchester United (H)

An in-depth look at Saturday's opponents

24 January 2020

Two form teams clash at St James Park on Saturday, as ten unbeaten City take on fourteen unbeaten Colchester United!

Here’s all that you will need to know about Saturday’s opponents…

  • Year Founded: 1937
  • Nickname: The U’s
  • Honours: Conference: 1991/92 FA Trophy: 1991-92 Essex Senior Cup: 2009-10

Colchester United were founded in 1937, as a result of the demand for a professional team in the region. The main team in Colchester before Colchester United were Eastern Counties League side Colchester Town, who were struggling in their division. After their formation, Colchester United entered the Southern Football League, where they finished sixth in their first season as a club.

Colchester didn’t enter the Football League until 1950, where they joined the Division Three (South). In 1991, The U’s won the double, as they won both the Conference and FA Trophy, where they beat Witton Albion 3-1 in the final.

In the modern era, Colchester have found themselves regular competitors in the League One, despite spending their last four seasons in League Two. They even managed promotion to the Championship in 2006, showing that the club has potential to compete at more elite levels than League 2.

Last Match

Colchester United 0 Bradford City 0 | January 21, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Two League Two promotion contenders played out a midweek goalless draw as Colchester just couldnt find a way past Luke McGee in the Bradford goal.

The Manager

John McGreal

John McGreal was appointed as manager of Colchester United in April 2016, following the sacking of Kevin Keen. The former Defender was tasked with turning around the club, following their relegation to League Two. Since his permanent appointment in 2016, McGreal has managed to achieve 190 games, winning 71, drawing 53 and losing 66 in the process.

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His playing career was also fairly admirable, making 414 appearances over the course of 17 years, where he scored 6 goals as a Defender. His clubs included Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich Town and Burnley. 

The Ground

  • Name: JobServe Community Stadium (Colchester Community Stadium)
  • Capacity: 10,105
  • Year Opened: 2008
  • Address: United Way, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5UP

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The JobServe Community Stadium is situated just off the A12, making it easily accessible from the road for cars to use the 700 space car park. The Stadium itself began construction in July 2007, following Colchester wishes to move from their former stadium Layer Road, which had been their home since their formation in 1937.

The record attendance at the Community Stadium stands at 10,064, which was achieved during League game against Norwich, where they were thumped 5-0 by the promotion hunting Canaries in 2010.

One to Watch

Theo Robinson (6 Goals, 3 Assists)

Jamaican international Robinson started his career at Watford, where he made just two appearances between 2006-09, due to loan spells at Wealdstone, Hereford and Southend. In 2009, he left the Hertfordshire based side to join Huddersfield Town where he scored 16 goals in 45 appearances.

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Robinson’s other clubs include the likes of Derby, Millwall, Doncaster and many more. So far for Jamaica, he has played seven games, which were all played during the year of 2013.

Season so Far

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Recent Meetings

Colchester United 2 Exeter City 2 | December 29, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

The points were shared at the JobServe Community Stadium, as City come from behind to salvage a point courtesy of a penalty from Ryan Bowman. Jake Taylor was also on target for the Grecians.

Exeter City 3 Colchester United 0 | March 16, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Exeter City cruise past The U’s at St James Park, as goals from Matt Jay, Lee Holmes and Nicky Law give The Grecians a deserved three points.

Colchester United 1 Exeter City 1 | November 24, 2018 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

Neither team could find a late winner, as Sammie Szmodics’ 67th minute goal is cancelled out three minutes later by Jayden Stockley, with both teams having to settle for a point.

Head to Head

  • Exeter City wins: 31
  • Draws: 22
  • Colchester United wins: 27

Ticket News

Tickets are on advance sale online until midnight on Friday, January 24 City's match against Colchester United on Saturday, January 25 in a 3pm kick-off. Click here to buy now!

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