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McGreal - U's youngsters are staking their claim

Essex County Standard: Up for the cup - Wayne Brown (left) and John McGreal will be hoping to lead Colchester United under-18s to victory in their Youth Alliance Cup Final tonight. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO72711-22)

7:00am Wednesday 12th November 2014

Colchester United’s youngsters boosted their chances of first-team recognition following their 3-3 draw at Queens Park Rangers.

U's midfielder Szmodics on a high after memorable 24 hours

Essex County Standard: Promise - Sammie Szmodics made a big impression after forcing his way into Joe Dunne's first team at Colchester United, last season.

6:00am Wednesday 12th November 2014

Colchester United starlet Sammie Szmodics is riding the crest of a wave after bagging his first senior goal - and then meeting a World Cup superstar.

George hoping to end Grand Slam on a high

Essex County Standard:

10:43am Tuesday 11th November 2014

Richie George will go all out to finish his Singha Beer Grand Slam Of Darts challenge on a winning note tonight.

We should not fear Posh, insists U's boss Humes

Essex County Standard:

10:31am Tuesday 11th November 2014

Tony Humes admits Colchester United have been handed a tough tie after being drawn at home to Peterborough United in the second round of the FA Cup.

U's to host Posh in FA Cup

Essex County Standard:

7:21pm Monday 10th November 2014

Colchester United will host Peterborough United in the second round of this season's FA Cup, following tonight's draw.

Bonne bags brace as U's under-21s play out a thriller with Queens Park Rangers

Essex County Standard: Concern - Macauley Bonne was stretchered off in Colchester's under-18 area final win over Portsmouth. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO83735-28)

2:56pm Monday 10th November 2014

Kevin Lokko’s late headed goal helped Colchester United’s under-21s secure a thrilling 3-3 draw with league leaders QPR this afternoon.

Humes hoping for home tie for U's in FA Cup

Essex County Standard:

9:38am Monday 10th November 2014

Tony Humes says he would love a home draw in the FA Cup second round following Colchester United’s thumping win at non-league Gosport Borough.

In-form Sears happy with U's ruthless streak

Essex County Standard:

9:00am Monday 10th November 2014

Two-goal hero Freddie Sears says Colchester United showed a ruthless streak in thrashing Gosport Borough 6-3 to progress in the FA Cup.

U's sweep aside Gosport to march on in FA Cup

Essex County Standard:

3:49pm Sunday 9th November 2014

Colchester United booked their place in the FA Cup second round for the first time in three years after winning 6-3 at Conference South side Gosport Borough this afternoon.

Gosport Borough v Colchester United - live!

Essex County Standard: Ready - Freddie Sears is raring to go

11:46am Sunday 9th November 2014

Stay here for live updates of Colchester United's FA Cup first-round tie at Gosport Borough this afternoon from Privett Park!

Humes - we found it tough against Valiants

Essex County Standard: Billy Clarke clears the danger with Gavin Massey in close attendance

7:53am Sunday 2nd November 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes was disappointed with the "soft" goals his side conceded in sliding to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Port Vale.

Sears' strike is only a consolation as U's lose to Port Vale

Essex County Standard: Past and present - Colchester United striker Freddie Sears tussles with former West Ham United team-mate Mark Noble during the pre-season friendly between the two sides on Saturday. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO60205-51)

5:04pm Saturday 1st November 2014

Colchester United's unbeaten run was ended this afternoon after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Port Vale.

Colchester v Port Vale - live!

Essex County Standard: Boost - Sanchez Watt's return will lift Colchester United when they play Rotherham United tonight. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO89001-13)

2:56pm Saturday 1st November 2014

Stay here for live updates for Colchester v Port Vale from the Weston Homes Community Stadium!

Eastmond in line for U's recall

Essex County Standard: Road to recovery - Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond will continue his comeback from injury tonight at

10:01am Friday 31st October 2014

Craig Eastmond is in line for a Colchester United recall for their home clash with Port Vale tomorrow.

Focused Magnus not thinking about potential new contract at U's

Essex County Standard:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Magnus Okuonghae says he is willing to put any potential contract talks on hold in a bid to be a consistent performer for Colchester United.

U's running the rule over West Ham defender

Essex County Standard:

8:07am Thursday 30th October 2014

Colchester United are running the rule over West Ham United youngster Jamie Harney.

Humes to speak to Ipswich over Hewitt stay

Essex County Standard:

4:10pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes plans to speak to Ipswich Town this week about extending defender Elliott Hewitt’s stay with the club.

U's bow out of Essex Senior Cup after losing to Concord on penalties

Essex County Standard:

9:57pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Colchester United were knocked out of the Essex Senior Cup at the third round stage tonight after losing 4-2 on penalties to Concord Rangers.

Watson hoping to take England chance with both hands

Essex County Standard:

12:50pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Colchester Royal Grammar School pupil Matt Watson is hoping to make a big impression when he takes part in England trials this week.

Colchester rack up a century of points to put Woodford to the sword

Essex County Standard:

8:45am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Colchester racked up the points after thrashing struggling Woodford 100-0 at Mill Road.

Jon Waldron - my views on the U's

Essex County Standard:

1:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

When was the last time Colchester United boasted so many attacking players at the top of their game?

McGreal wants U's to rise to Concord challenge

Essex County Standard:

10:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Colchester United’s trip to Concord Rangers in the Essex Senior Cup tonight represents a different kind of challenge for the club’s young players.

Massey - everyone's fighting for the cause

Essex County Standard:

8:16am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Gavin Massey believes a new-found fighting spirit has been key to Colchester United’s turnaround in fortunes.

U's to face non-league Gosport Borough in FA Cup

Essex County Standard:

7:17pm Monday 27th October 2014

Colchester United have been handed an away trip to play non-league side Gosport Borough after the draw was made at St George's Park.

Watt "surprised" to be left out of U's side

Essex County Standard:

4:02pm Monday 27th October 2014

Sanchez Watt admits he was “surprised and unhappy” to be omitted from Colchester United’s starting line-up for their game against Swindon Town.

Humes happy with potent U's - but still wants more

Essex County Standard:

8:50am Monday 27th October 2014

Tony Humes praised his free-scoring Colchester United side after their draw at Swindon Town – and then challenged them to become even more prolific.

Battling U's claim a point at Swindon

Essex County Standard: On the comeback trail - Gavin Massey is back in training for Colchester United following a hamstring injury. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO77907-08)

4:53pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Colchester United came from behind twice to claim a 2-2 draw with Swindon Town in an entertaining contest at the County Ground this afternoon.

Swindon Town v Colchester United - live!

Essex County Standard: Return match - Magnus Okuonghae's Colchester are due to take on Sheffield United for the third time this season, having already played them in the league and the FA Cup. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO86650-10)

2:49pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Stay here for updates of Colchester United's game at Swindon Town today at a sunny County Ground!

U's striker Holman joins Shots on loan

Essex County Standard:

1:17pm Friday 24th October 2014

Colchester United striker Dan Holman has signed for Conference Premier side Aldershot Town on a month's loan.

U's open contract talks with key duo

Essex County Standard: Happy - Freddie Sears (left) celebrates his goal against Coventry City. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-06)

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Colchester United have opened contract talks with leading goalscorer Freddie Sears.

U's suffer injury blow after winger Wright is ruled out for the rest of the season

Essex County Standard: Comeback trail - Drey Wright has missed much of this season because of a knee injury. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO74606-14)

2:58pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Colchester United have suffered an injury blow after winger Drey Wright was ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament knee injury.

Humes - U's are growing in belief

Essex County Standard:

8:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tony Humes believes the character Colchester United have shown in recent games shows the growing belief that exists among his players.

Duguid could resume playing career after leaving the U's

Essex County Standard:

2:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Karl Duguid has left his coaching role at Colchester United - and is considering reviving his playing career.

U's hopeful over Kent head injury

Essex County Standard:

12:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Colchester United are confident that defender Frankie Kent did not suffer any concussion following his head injury in their 2-1 win over Chesterfield.

Humes hails U's character after Chesterfield triumph

Essex County Standard: Welcome return - Freddie Sears in the U's 2-0 defeat against MK Dons, when he started his first game in six weeks. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

10:49pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes praised his side's character after they came from behind to beat Chesterfield 2-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Sears scores superb late winner as U's beat Chesterfield

Essex County Standard: Happy - Freddie Sears (left) celebrates his goal against Coventry City. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-06)

10:38pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Freddie Sears scored a superb late winner as Colchester United came from behind to beat Chesterfield and record back-to-back home wins for the first time in more than two years.

U's v Chesterfield - live!

Essex County Standard: Gary Liddle battles with Colchester opponent Alex Gilbey

6:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Stay here for updates of U's v Chesterfield at the Weston Homes Community Stadium!

U's keen on extending Hewitt loan from Ipswich Town

Essex County Standard:

2:40pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Colchester United manager Tony Humes says he would be interested in speaking to Ipswich Town about extending Elliott Hewitt's loan spell at the club.

Jon Waldron - my views on the U's

Essex County Standard:

11:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The news that a further three players have extended their contracts at Colchester United has been warmly received by supporters.

Smith at the double as U's youngsters win at Leeds United

Essex County Standard: New arrival - striker Dominic Smith has signed a one-year professional deal with the U's after leaving Crewe. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

11:09am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A brace from Dominic Smith helped Colchester United’s under-21s claim a superb 2-1 win at Leeds United.

Loan spell has made Holman more determined to be a success at U's

Essex County Standard:

10:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Dan Holman says his disappointing loan spell at Wrexham has made him even more determined to be a success at Colchester United.

Gordon urged to fight for his place at U's

Essex County Standard:

11:30am Monday 20th October 2014

Tony Humes has challenged defender Ben Gordon to fight to regain his place in Colchester United’s starting line-up.

We need to kill teams off, admits U's boss Humes

Essex County Standard:

8:36am Monday 20th October 2014

Tony Humes admits Colchester United must be more ruthless if they are to climb further away from the League One drop zone.

Sears strike earns U's share of the spoils

Essex County Standard:

4:52pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A fine goal by leading goalscorer Freddie Sears helped Colchester United claim a point in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

Scunthorpe United v Colchester United - live!

Essex County Standard:

2:31pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Stay here for live updates of Scunthorpe United v Colchester United at Glanford Park!

Humes hoping more players will commit their futures to Colchester

Essex County Standard: Focused - Gavin Massey knows it is vital that Colchester United stay in League One this season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90945-09)

12:44pm Friday 17th October 2014

Tony Humes is hoping more players will follow suit after three of Colchester United’s squad members committed to their future to the club.

Scunthorpe experience proved the making of U's assistant manager Hall

Essex County Standard: Casting his eye - U's reserve-team boss Richard Hall will run the rule over West Ham United teenager Jake Young following his appearance for the U's second-string against Oxford United. Picture: LOUISE SMITH (CO42774-03)

12:38pm Friday 17th October 2014

He was teased for being a “southern softie” during his time there.

Kent puts pen to paper on long-term contract

Essex County Standard:

4:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Colchester United have tied Frankie Kent to a long-term contract after the teenage defender signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the U's.

Massey pens new U's deal

Essex County Standard:

4:27pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Gavin Massey has committed his future to Colchester United after signing a two-year extension at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Eastman signs new U's contract

Essex County Standard:

3:26pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Tom Eastman has signed a new contract with Colchester United.

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