U's future is in safe hands

Essex County Standard: Tony Humes - U's future is in safe hands Tony Humes - U's future is in safe hands

COLCHESTER United’s future is in safe hands - as proven by their championship-winning young guns.

That’s the view of proud head of youth Tony Humes, reflecting on the club’s Youth Alliance South East League success.

The U’s youngsters gained the point they needed to cement top spot after drawing 1-1 at home to Wimbledon on Saturday.

It highlights the pool of talent and, with starlets having already graduated into the first team, Humes believes the club - and its supporters - have every reason to be optimistic.

“Winning the title is a great achievement, for the academy and for the club in general,” said the former Ipswich Town defender.

“It’s been a fantastic season and the success is testimony to the hard work of all the players, coaches and staff.

“The club’s philosophy is to produce young talent and there are lots of players coming through.

“It’s exciting, but there wouldn’t be any point having a development programme if there wasn’t an opportunity at the end of it.

“The system we have is a pathway from youth-team level right through to the first team.

“That’s what we can offer and it’s a big selling point in terms of our recruitment programme.

“The test for the players is whether they can go that far, but they’re certainly at a club where they’ve got every chance.”

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4:38pm Thu 17 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

The one encouragement coming from the club. The fact that so many youth players are coming through to first team. This should hopefully encourage a lot of talented players that they have a chance of playing here. Although we need to also get category 2 to stay ahead
The one encouragement coming from the club. The fact that so many youth players are coming through to first team. This should hopefully encourage a lot of talented players that they have a chance of playing here. Although we need to also get category 2 to stay ahead angryman!!!
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8:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

whoopie says...

angryman!!! wrote:
The one encouragement coming from the club. The fact that so many youth players are coming through to first team. This should hopefully encourage a lot of talented players that they have a chance of playing here. Although we need to also get category 2 to stay ahead
Talent you are having a laugh , just trying to push young players through who wont be good enough just for the cheap option . You and your Ipswich crew are a joke
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: The one encouragement coming from the club. The fact that so many youth players are coming through to first team. This should hopefully encourage a lot of talented players that they have a chance of playing here. Although we need to also get category 2 to stay ahead[/p][/quote]Talent you are having a laugh , just trying to push young players through who wont be good enough just for the cheap option . You and your Ipswich crew are a joke whoopie
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9:42am Fri 18 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size!
I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size! totallyfootball
  • Score: 49

10:27am Fri 18 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

Remember someone saying 'you'll never win anything with kids'? Well I guess that depends...
Remember someone saying 'you'll never win anything with kids'? Well I guess that depends... Bampotonian
  • Score: 22

10:54am Fri 18 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Winning breeds confidence and if these lads feel they are part of something positive there is no reason in the years to come that they can't take this positive mindset into the first team. As long as they are surrounded by the right type of senior pro to guide and encourage this can only be a positive step for the club.
Winning breeds confidence and if these lads feel they are part of something positive there is no reason in the years to come that they can't take this positive mindset into the first team. As long as they are surrounded by the right type of senior pro to guide and encourage this can only be a positive step for the club. Eddy D
  • Score: -26

12:57pm Fri 18 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

totallyfootball wrote:
I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size!
My guess is the club are behind not being able to quote on certain news headlines!
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size![/p][/quote]My guess is the club are behind not being able to quote on certain news headlines! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 32

4:33pm Fri 18 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size!
My guess is the club are behind not being able to quote on certain news headlines!
My thinking to, never mind, lets hope they dig themselves out of the whole they put themselves into? One result last week that needs repeating at least one more time!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: I see that we are now forbidden to comment on certain headlines regarding Colchester United, just about sums this daily rag up! I am so pleased that I don't have it delivered any more, its such a waste of money! Freedom of speech a thing of the past in this country? As for youth players being part of the future of this club is no where near enough for a club of this size![/p][/quote]My guess is the club are behind not being able to quote on certain news headlines![/p][/quote]My thinking to, never mind, lets hope they dig themselves out of the whole they put themselves into? One result last week that needs repeating at least one more time! totallyfootball
  • Score: 24

10:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Great news, Luton Town back in the football league after 8 years. Once FA cup finalists and a successful first division club (old div 1):- Until they over- stretched their finances, got deeply in debt, incurring embarrassing points deduction, and eventually free falling into conference ignominy.
But NOT US. Colchester United are in SAFE HANDS. Mr Cowling is absolutely right to keep our football club solvent.
As loyal U's supporters we should expect nothing less. With attendances like ours, and the current financial situation, it's a miracle we're still a league 1 club, even if we are punching well above our weight.
There will always be the "we want more" brigade,.. to them a reality check is in order.
Great news, Luton Town back in the football league after 8 years. Once FA cup finalists and a successful first division club (old div 1):- Until they over- stretched their finances, got deeply in debt, incurring embarrassing points deduction, and eventually free falling into conference ignominy. But NOT US. Colchester United are in SAFE HANDS. Mr Cowling is absolutely right to keep our football club solvent. As loyal U's supporters we should expect nothing less. With attendances like ours, and the current financial situation, it's a miracle we're still a league 1 club, even if we are punching well above our weight. There will always be the "we want more" brigade,.. to them a reality check is in order. 25414nora
  • Score: 8

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