U's thrash Bees to seal League One status

On target - Marcus Bean, pictured with Tom Eastman after scoring the U's opener against his former club Brentford. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90950-29)

On target - Marcus Bean, pictured with Tom Eastman after scoring the U's opener against his former club Brentford. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90950-29)

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Colchester United are effectively safe after a magnificent 4-1 victory over already promoted Brentford.

The U's have not yet mathematically secured their League One status.

But their superb victory over the Bees means only a mathematical miracle can now prevent them from staying in the division, ahead of their final game of the season at Walsall next Saturday.

Jabo Ibehre wasted a good chance early on for Colchester when he fired wide when through on goal while David Button foiled Freddie Sears.

Colchester took a 25th-minute lead through Marcus Bean, who bundled in Brian Wilson’s free-kick under pressure from George Saville.

And Joe Dunne's side doubled their lead three minutes later when Alex Wynter powered home a fine header from Ryan Dickson’s corner.

When Sears scored from the spot to make it 3-0 four minutes before the break after Alan McCormack had fouled Sanchez Watt in the area.

Brentford pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage-time when Stuart Dallas lashed in from 20 yards from Donaldson’s lay-off.

However, Sears restored Colchester's three-goal cushion in the 64th-minute when he followed up to fire into an empty net, after James Tarkowski and Button had failed to deal with a long ball on the edge of their own area.

U's goalkeeper Sam Walker made a fine save to deny Alan Judge from the spot with 16 minutes remaining, as Joe Dunne's side claimed a memorable win.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's game with Brentford, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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5:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

itsawedge says...

So where's all the doom mongers????
So where's all the doom mongers???? itsawedge
  • Score: -89

5:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

itsawedge says...

So where's all the doom mongers????
So where's all the doom mongers???? itsawedge
  • Score: -37

5:27pm Sat 26 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

Just got in still cant believe it 4-0 and not a lucky 4 either could have been 6 or 7.oh how good it feels to come away from the mausoleum with a win.then there is the little matter of league one again next year.doom and gloom what?
Just got in still cant believe it 4-0 and not a lucky 4 either could have been 6 or 7.oh how good it feels to come away from the mausoleum with a win.then there is the little matter of league one again next year.doom and gloom what? stevedawson
  • Score: 76

5:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

We'll done Colchester, I think everyone on here will be happy with the result.

However it's important not to get carried away and this will be second season we go down to last game (still mathematically could go down). There needs to be a look into the team, management and off the field set up.
Attendances are still poor, shown today - considering this was one of the biggest games played cuckoo farm, and had been advertised (successfully, with the back the boys camping/ paint the town blue and white) there was still only 4,000 home fans.
We seem to be on the right track with the youth, but lacking behind in many others.
Mine easy step for next season move the away fans next to s1, then creating a decent attmosphere in that part of the ground. Also means we don't have a family enclosure both sides of which have fans singing swearing etc. The planing at the moment is simply ridiculous, turning away people that want to go and have a bit of attmosphere ( the old barsiders), away fans ( lots of away fans surveys have us as the worst in the league) and family as it most be intemidating being sandwiched between both sets of fans.
Also more deals ie buy one get one free to encourage people to bring friends and families, more Friday games too as so many if Colchester support a prem team.
We'll done Colchester, I think everyone on here will be happy with the result. However it's important not to get carried away and this will be second season we go down to last game (still mathematically could go down). There needs to be a look into the team, management and off the field set up. Attendances are still poor, shown today - considering this was one of the biggest games played cuckoo farm, and had been advertised (successfully, with the back the boys camping/ paint the town blue and white) there was still only 4,000 home fans. We seem to be on the right track with the youth, but lacking behind in many others. Mine easy step for next season move the away fans next to s1, then creating a decent attmosphere in that part of the ground. Also means we don't have a family enclosure both sides of which have fans singing swearing etc. The planing at the moment is simply ridiculous, turning away people that want to go and have a bit of attmosphere ( the old barsiders), away fans ( lots of away fans surveys have us as the worst in the league) and family as it most be intemidating being sandwiched between both sets of fans. Also more deals ie buy one get one free to encourage people to bring friends and families, more Friday games too as so many if Colchester support a prem team. angryman!!!
  • Score: 185

6:08pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Mr Honest says...

We were lucky to play a team with nothing to play for. Hope Cowling sacks Dunne now and a season like this isn't repeated.
We were lucky to play a team with nothing to play for. Hope Cowling sacks Dunne now and a season like this isn't repeated. Mr Honest
  • Score: 221

6:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

Sorry must have been the excitement of course it was 4-1.
Sorry must have been the excitement of course it was 4-1. stevedawson
  • Score: 35

6:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Yes a marvelous, much needed win! Well done U's! Very impressed with Alex Wynter at centre half in for Magnus Okunghae. And survival comes a week earlier this season compared to last season. I have to say that I was pleased with the overall performance and hard work shown by every member of the team. I am only sad that we couldn't have performed like this previously in the games against Crewe, Notts County, Tranmere to name but a few. Nevertheless, it was a great win and we all went home happy for once. Just hope, regardless of whether Mr Dunne is in charge or not next season, that we do not have to suffer this roller coaster ride in division one again. Up the U's!
Yes a marvelous, much needed win! Well done U's! Very impressed with Alex Wynter at centre half in for Magnus Okunghae. And survival comes a week earlier this season compared to last season. I have to say that I was pleased with the overall performance and hard work shown by every member of the team. I am only sad that we couldn't have performed like this previously in the games against Crewe, Notts County, Tranmere to name but a few. Nevertheless, it was a great win and we all went home happy for once. Just hope, regardless of whether Mr Dunne is in charge or not next season, that we do not have to suffer this roller coaster ride in division one again. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 97

7:02pm Sat 26 Apr 14

25414nora says...

itsawedge wrote:
So where's all the doom mongers????
Doom Mongers ? Oh do you mean ''the armchair critics"? (clan Negative)
I reckon they're having an early night,, crying themselves to sleep.
[quote][p][bold]itsawedge[/bold] wrote: So where's all the doom mongers????[/p][/quote]Doom Mongers ? Oh do you mean ''the armchair critics"? (clan Negative) I reckon they're having an early night,, crying themselves to sleep. 25414nora
  • Score: -108

7:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

22EssexMale says...

itsawedge wrote:
So where's all the doom mongers????
Shut up you tit. You don't even support Col U anyway.
[quote][p][bold]itsawedge[/bold] wrote: So where's all the doom mongers????[/p][/quote]Shut up you tit. You don't even support Col U anyway. 22EssexMale
  • Score: 36

7:13pm Sat 26 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up.

However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up.

My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up
Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up. However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up. My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up seikothrill
  • Score: -73

7:14pm Sat 26 Apr 14

itsawedge says...

Now let me think, who was the manager when i started going to Layer Rd., oh yes, that's right Neil Franklin. Was there before Duncan Forbes. Tit?
Now let me think, who was the manager when i started going to Layer Rd., oh yes, that's right Neil Franklin. Was there before Duncan Forbes. Tit? itsawedge
  • Score: -30

7:15pm Sat 26 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

2nd paragraph should read there not they - apologies
2nd paragraph should read there not they - apologies seikothrill
  • Score: -17

7:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Well Noah you being the prophecy , I've now got to believe, that miracles, can happen. Everyone single Col Utd supporter must be chuffed to bits this evening. Great result. That makes the score Noah's positive team 1 Negative clan 0 LOL
Well Noah you being the prophecy , I've now got to believe, that miracles, can happen. Everyone single Col Utd supporter must be chuffed to bits this evening. Great result. That makes the score Noah's positive team 1 Negative clan 0 LOL crazy comments
  • Score: 24

7:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

25414nora wrote:
itsawedge wrote:
So where's all the doom mongers????
Doom Mongers ? Oh do you mean ''the armchair critics"? (clan Negative)
I reckon they're having an early night,, crying themselves to sleep.
No Nora were not having an early night, instead all the lads are going out to get ****.

Lets be honest Nora,you being a lifelong supporter like myself , you must agree the football has been pretty dour this season. Worst for a long time.
I think people have every right to speak their feelings regards how the club is run,but it does not take away that they are ardent supporters of the club,
and not what you insinuate that they don't care. Why would they want to cry themselves to sleep. You blog utter garbage at times.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsawedge[/bold] wrote: So where's all the doom mongers????[/p][/quote]Doom Mongers ? Oh do you mean ''the armchair critics"? (clan Negative) I reckon they're having an early night,, crying themselves to sleep.[/p][/quote]No Nora were not having an early night, instead all the lads are going out to get ****. Lets be honest Nora,you being a lifelong supporter like myself , you must agree the football has been pretty dour this season. Worst for a long time. I think people have every right to speak their feelings regards how the club is run,but it does not take away that they are ardent supporters of the club, and not what you insinuate that they don't care. Why would they want to cry themselves to sleep. You blog utter garbage at times. crazy comments
  • Score: 136

8:08pm Sat 26 Apr 14

down the line says...

Great game today. But still a terrible season, the same as last season. Major changes needed in the summer starting with a new manager being appointed. Also a major clear out of the playing staff, as most of them are just not up to it. However Alex Wynter has been absolutely brilliant since signing for the club, would love him back next season on a year loan. I would play the youth team next week to see who's up to first team football.
Great game today. But still a terrible season, the same as last season. Major changes needed in the summer starting with a new manager being appointed. Also a major clear out of the playing staff, as most of them are just not up to it. However Alex Wynter has been absolutely brilliant since signing for the club, would love him back next season on a year loan. I would play the youth team next week to see who's up to first team football. down the line
  • Score: 202

8:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

It was far and away the best performance of the season by a county mile. Well done and congratulations to all concerned for preserving league one status for a further season. However, it does beg the question as to why we can't produce this type of performance on a more regular basis? Everybody worked hard and played more as a unit. Why only put the effort in at the end of the season when needs must. It could have been far more comfortable with more dedicated performances throughout the season.
It was far and away the best performance of the season by a county mile. Well done and congratulations to all concerned for preserving league one status for a further season. However, it does beg the question as to why we can't produce this type of performance on a more regular basis? Everybody worked hard and played more as a unit. Why only put the effort in at the end of the season when needs must. It could have been far more comfortable with more dedicated performances throughout the season. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 148

8:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

25414nora says...

seikothrill wrote:
Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up.

However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up.

My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up
seikothrill..clearly you are a fervent Col U supporter, and many of us on here
value some of your input. That said, it would be a pity if you were removed
from this site for using aggressive language.
'Just no need for it'.
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up. However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up. My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up[/p][/quote]seikothrill..clearly you are a fervent Col U supporter, and many of us on here value some of your input. That said, it would be a pity if you were removed from this site for using aggressive language. 'Just no need for it'. 25414nora
  • Score: 31

8:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

25414nora wrote:
seikothrill wrote:
Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up.

However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up.

My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up
seikothrill..clearly you are a fervent Col U supporter, and many of us on here
value some of your input. That said, it would be a pity if you were removed
from this site for using aggressive language.
'Just no need for it'.
Nora - point taken. My apologies
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Check all my previous posts as I predicted we would stay up. However I feel the club must do a full review of the season as they have been some major concerns. I even feel Joe Dunne's position may be under threat despite staying up. My ONE major comment is to Old Bamtonian who gleefully quoted 'going down, going down,going down' on this website. Well OB all I can say is go F**K yourself you miserable sod. I bet you are gutted we stayed up[/p][/quote]seikothrill..clearly you are a fervent Col U supporter, and many of us on here value some of your input. That said, it would be a pity if you were removed from this site for using aggressive language. 'Just no need for it'.[/p][/quote]Nora - point taken. My apologies seikothrill
  • Score: 22

8:32pm Sat 26 Apr 14

seikothrill says...

Old Bamtonian - my apologies to you. Think the relief of the match got to me
Old Bamtonian - my apologies to you. Think the relief of the match got to me seikothrill
  • Score: 42

8:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

Very pleased thery have kept their League One status, but it has taken 45 games for the team to do the business. Major rethink on priorities and spending needed for next season by Cowling. Fresh faces will definately be needed to replace those not up to standard!
Very pleased thery have kept their League One status, but it has taken 45 games for the team to do the business. Major rethink on priorities and spending needed for next season by Cowling. Fresh faces will definately be needed to replace those not up to standard! Ontheball
  • Score: 90

9:00pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Notts Yax says...

Great result U's, thank goodness Freddy remained injury free to see us safe, why does a winger score more goals than the two recogonised centre fowards combined, if we had a striker capable of scoring 20+ goals the play off's would have been a probability. Maybe the groundsman could make the goal posts 2" higher and wider.
Great result U's, thank goodness Freddy remained injury free to see us safe, why does a winger score more goals than the two recogonised centre fowards combined, if we had a striker capable of scoring 20+ goals the play off's would have been a probability. Maybe the groundsman could make the goal posts 2" higher and wider. Notts Yax
  • Score: 44

9:08pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Guys leave all the tooing and froing and goods/ bads until the end of the season yeah? Who wouldn't have taken 4-1 at 2.59pm?

For once let's bask in an excellent game (which we deserved to win and although Im sure if promotion was still an issue for Brentford there may have been some further urgency) but Brentford did not roll over. They chased every ball that went off to ensure we were not time wasting and certainly did not allow us to have an easy ride.

It was the first time in a long time where the fine margins went our way. Bean was in the right place at the right time, we had decent delivery from set plays, a well taken penalty and the good fortune with another team making a defensive howler that we took advantage of. And let;s not overlook Walkers save either. Too often these things have not fallen in our favour so let's welcome it when they do.

A difficult season for sure but we should be okay. Revel in one of the best, certainly most important, performances, we have seen at the WHCS and be happy that the players rose to the challenge.

Great performance, great result. Happy days :)
Guys leave all the tooing and froing and goods/ bads until the end of the season yeah? Who wouldn't have taken 4-1 at 2.59pm? For once let's bask in an excellent game (which we deserved to win and although Im sure if promotion was still an issue for Brentford there may have been some further urgency) but Brentford did not roll over. They chased every ball that went off to ensure we were not time wasting and certainly did not allow us to have an easy ride. It was the first time in a long time where the fine margins went our way. Bean was in the right place at the right time, we had decent delivery from set plays, a well taken penalty and the good fortune with another team making a defensive howler that we took advantage of. And let;s not overlook Walkers save either. Too often these things have not fallen in our favour so let's welcome it when they do. A difficult season for sure but we should be okay. Revel in one of the best, certainly most important, performances, we have seen at the WHCS and be happy that the players rose to the challenge. Great performance, great result. Happy days :) Eddy D
  • Score: -100

9:11pm Sat 26 Apr 14

In Joe we trust says...

Great result today, well done to Joe & the boys. Onwards & upwards next season .....In Joe We Trust!!!
Up the U's
Great result today, well done to Joe & the boys. Onwards & upwards next season .....In Joe We Trust!!! Up the U's In Joe we trust
  • Score: -89

9:11pm Sat 26 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

Main priority has to be an out and out striker, yes they cost a premium but it simply something we've missed since the championship and have been getting worse season after season.
Tonight though let's just enjoy today's result
Main priority has to be an out and out striker, yes they cost a premium but it simply something we've missed since the championship and have been getting worse season after season. Tonight though let's just enjoy today's result angryman!!!
  • Score: 12

9:15pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

crazy comments wrote:
Well Noah you being the prophecy , I've now got to believe, that miracles, can happen. Everyone single Col Utd supporter must be chuffed to bits this evening. Great result. That makes the score Noah's positive team 1 Negative clan 0 LOL
Thanks Crazy.

This superb result didn't surprise me, albeit that I didn't expect us to score four goals. Brentford had taken only 12 points from their previous ten away games; Division One Player of the Year Adam Forshaw was injured and I expected a scrappy 1-0, but it just got better and better. When we play confidently with our tails up we look like a different side.

Whilst delighted that we sealed our fate in a positive way (e.g. 50 points), my longstanding prediction that somebody will stay upon merely 48 points remains highly likely. I suspect that Crewe will now lose to Preston yet stay up on 48 points whilst Tranmere will lose to Bradford and Carlisle will lose to Crawley/Wolves (hence the latter two go down).

It's been a troubled season; and Joe Dunne has had to work with a less than ideal squad; and a host of injuries and issues. He now has four months to sort things out; and bring through more of our promising youngsters, and find a striker (maybe Bonne or Szmodics?); a centre back (Frankie Kent?) and a fullback (O'Donahue?). It wasn't until his third season that Phil Parkinson got his squad right.; so my view is that next season is judgement time.

I am hoping that at Walsall Joe Dunne will offer some glimpse of the future and will give some of these lads a run out and hence league experience in a game that doesn't actually matter. We can just relax and party in the excellent Saddlers Bar. Hope to see you all there.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Well Noah you being the prophecy , I've now got to believe, that miracles, can happen. Everyone single Col Utd supporter must be chuffed to bits this evening. Great result. That makes the score Noah's positive team 1 Negative clan 0 LOL[/p][/quote]Thanks Crazy. This superb result didn't surprise me, albeit that I didn't expect us to score four goals. Brentford had taken only 12 points from their previous ten away games; Division One Player of the Year Adam Forshaw was injured and I expected a scrappy 1-0, but it just got better and better. When we play confidently with our tails up we look like a different side. Whilst delighted that we sealed our fate in a positive way (e.g. 50 points), my longstanding prediction that somebody will stay upon merely 48 points remains highly likely. I suspect that Crewe will now lose to Preston yet stay up on 48 points whilst Tranmere will lose to Bradford and Carlisle will lose to Crawley/Wolves (hence the latter two go down). It's been a troubled season; and Joe Dunne has had to work with a less than ideal squad; and a host of injuries and issues. He now has four months to sort things out; and bring through more of our promising youngsters, and find a striker (maybe Bonne or Szmodics?); a centre back (Frankie Kent?) and a fullback (O'Donahue?). It wasn't until his third season that Phil Parkinson got his squad right.; so my view is that next season is judgement time. I am hoping that at Walsall Joe Dunne will offer some glimpse of the future and will give some of these lads a run out and hence league experience in a game that doesn't actually matter. We can just relax and party in the excellent Saddlers Bar. Hope to see you all there. Noah4x4
  • Score: -124

11:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Boris says...

None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points.
In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee.
Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh."
After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time.
None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points. In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee. Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh." After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time. Boris
  • Score: 69

6:56am Sun 27 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Boris wrote:
None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points.
In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee.
Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh."
After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time.
No chance
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points. In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee. Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh." After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time.[/p][/quote]No chance Col utd
  • Score: 62

7:28am Sun 27 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

Fantastic result for Colchester United. Let's not forget, ths thread is about this game and the impending league one status, not if Joe Dunne is te right man for the job. That comes later.

I am not going to gloat that I was right, you were wrong or anything. I am sure that most of clan negative are happy with our league one status. Crazy, Baz and Steve86, I am talking to you. However, the no show of Medicated soap and negative text by Mr Honest brings a real smile to my face this morning.

Well done Col U, it was a game to remember.
Fantastic result for Colchester United. Let's not forget, ths thread is about this game and the impending league one status, not if Joe Dunne is te right man for the job. That comes later. I am not going to gloat that I was right, you were wrong or anything. I am sure that most of clan negative are happy with our league one status. Crazy, Baz and Steve86, I am talking to you. However, the no show of Medicated soap and negative text by Mr Honest brings a real smile to my face this morning. Well done Col U, it was a game to remember. super waluigi
  • Score: -102

2:15pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Boris says...

Col utd wrote:
Boris wrote:
None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points.
In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee.
Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh."
After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time.
No chance
The Brentford fans I spoke to agreed that they have to play a lot better than yesterday if they are to stay in the Championship. Since we are staying in League 1 (no chance of us going up with our modest budget) I think there is every chance that the Bees could do a Yeovil and come straight back down to our level. However, if you have inside knowledge of their chairman's plans to buy new players, then of course you are better placed than me to know what is likely to happen.
[quote][p][bold]Col utd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: None of the family went with me because they felt it was just going to be another miserable day. I went out of a sense of duty and also a hope that, since the U's play better against the stronger teams, we might at least draw. Some Brentford fans on the bus from Bruff Close were surprised when I said I hoped they would share the party atmosphere with us, and share the points. In the event, what a pleasant surprise. As others have said, the boys all played well, the luck was with us for a change, and we had a fair referee. Yes, they were missing their best player, but a team which has won automatic promotion should have played better than that. "Championship? You're having a laugh." After the game, how nice to see the 2,343 Bees fans still in party mood. Their team had been spanked, but they were still going up, so they were as happy as us. Some of them were on the bus to the Fat Cat, in no hurry to go home, they wanted to enjoy their day out in Colchester. A nice crowd of people, but I have the feeling we may be meeting them again in a year or two's time.[/p][/quote]No chance[/p][/quote]The Brentford fans I spoke to agreed that they have to play a lot better than yesterday if they are to stay in the Championship. Since we are staying in League 1 (no chance of us going up with our modest budget) I think there is every chance that the Bees could do a Yeovil and come straight back down to our level. However, if you have inside knowledge of their chairman's plans to buy new players, then of course you are better placed than me to know what is likely to happen. Boris
  • Score: 35

3:11pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home!

The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement!

Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season.

Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding.

Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations.

Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed!

Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend!
Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home! The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement! Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season. Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding. Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations. Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed! Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 134

4:22pm Sun 27 Apr 14

25414nora says...

It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night.
Sad or what?
It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night. Sad or what? 25414nora
  • Score: -96

5:53pm Sun 27 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

I wouldn't be that caustic but med has a point about the seasons performance.two half descent games and saturdays rescue did not make my time over the eseason at the whcs mausoleum one to remember with joy.
I wouldn't be that caustic but med has a point about the seasons performance.two half descent games and saturdays rescue did not make my time over the eseason at the whcs mausoleum one to remember with joy. stevedawson
  • Score: 86

8:16pm Sun 27 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Things now looking very gloomy for the Canaries. Going down YES YES YES.
Things now looking very gloomy for the Canaries. Going down YES YES YES. crazy comments
  • Score: 71

2:33am Mon 28 Apr 14

Boris says...

crazy comments wrote:
Things now looking very gloomy for the Canaries. Going down YES YES YES.
Now now, Crazy. That is called Schadenfreude and it is not nice at all. But I'm sure we all agree with you about the Budgies. My heart bleeds for them. Not.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Things now looking very gloomy for the Canaries. Going down YES YES YES.[/p][/quote]Now now, Crazy. That is called Schadenfreude and it is not nice at all. But I'm sure we all agree with you about the Budgies. My heart bleeds for them. Not. Boris
  • Score: 54

2:48am Mon 28 Apr 14

Boris says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home!

The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement!

Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season.

Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding.

Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations.

Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed!

Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend!
Medicated, you talk about "we need to spend....", but it is not for you or me to spend anything. We only need to buy our tickets (season or otherwise).
CUFC is the sole property of Robbie Cowling and he will spend his money as he sees fit. There is actually a good case for him spending plenty of money on the academy, because it could just bear fruit in the shape of some good young players. Once the has-beens have left, we should be seeing more of them. Against Brentford, Szmodics was on the bench but not used, while Bonne wasn't even on the bench (presumably he is still crocked). There are others who no doubt could enhance our line-up.
Contrast this with the amounts of money that the club must have spent on loan players. Most of them - with the shining exception of Luke Garbutt - have been disappointing. .We could do better with the young players.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home! The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement! Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season. Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding. Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations. Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed! Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend![/p][/quote]Medicated, you talk about "we need to spend....", but it is not for you or me to spend anything. We only need to buy our tickets (season or otherwise). CUFC is the sole property of Robbie Cowling and he will spend his money as he sees fit. There is actually a good case for him spending plenty of money on the academy, because it could just bear fruit in the shape of some good young players. Once the has-beens have left, we should be seeing more of them. Against Brentford, Szmodics was on the bench but not used, while Bonne wasn't even on the bench (presumably he is still crocked). There are others who no doubt could enhance our line-up. Contrast this with the amounts of money that the club must have spent on loan players. Most of them - with the shining exception of Luke Garbutt - have been disappointing. .We could do better with the young players. Boris
  • Score: -46

7:28am Mon 28 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

itsawedge wrote:
So where's all the doom mongers????
Morning, clan negative here, credit where credit is due but why did we have to wait the whole season to see this performance? My comments and thoughts throughout the season will not change, the club may have reached safety but Dunne still has to go if you don't want to go through all that again next season, we need to see progress and development sadly two Skills Dunne doe not possess!
[quote][p][bold]itsawedge[/bold] wrote: So where's all the doom mongers????[/p][/quote]Morning, clan negative here, credit where credit is due but why did we have to wait the whole season to see this performance? My comments and thoughts throughout the season will not change, the club may have reached safety but Dunne still has to go if you don't want to go through all that again next season, we need to see progress and development sadly two Skills Dunne doe not possess! totallyfootball
  • Score: 108

8:27am Mon 28 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home!

The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement!

Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season.

Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding.

Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations.

Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed!

Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend!
Sadly, more inaccurate and ill-informed data from Medicated Soap to further his vile propoganda.........

The squad that Phil Parkinson's inherited went on a slow downward slide over three seasons and in the season before promotion ended 15th having won only 14 games at home. If the U's beat Walsall on Saturday we can potentially go 16th in 2013-14 having lost only two more home games in what some are claiming to be "our worst". Frankly, there really isn't a lot of difference from 2004-05 except that the top five teams in 2013-14 have been so dominant; hence points have been at a premium for everybody else. That's why safety in 2013-14 has been achieved with so few points (n.b. we might even have been safe on a record low 47 points if Tranmere and Carlisle both lose on Saturday; as I have been predicting for some weeks).

Both Parkinson's and Dunne's teams were/are in transition with a manager making progress towards squad improvement as fast as possible in the context of that era, albeit that Joe Dunne is having to do this largely via the Youth Academy due to the Fair Play Rules. One could potentially argue that Joe Dunne is a year ahead of Parkinson in that his team is already back on an upward (table) path after just 1 + 3/4 seasons in charge. But let's not be that silly; except to note that Parkinson was in charge for almost DOUBLE the amount of games (compared to Dunne) before we entered our promotion season. Hence Joe simply deserves a bit more time before any fair comparisons with Parky should be made.

Our problem is that having briefly sipped at the Championship cup of success after 70 years of lower league mediocracy; some fans have become unreasonable in their expectations. Many of the current players Dunne would probably wish to replace are still locked into long term contracts by John Ward. Today, teams can't buy a host of players at the Chairman's benevolence; and instead, we have to improve gates and turnover. Med' Soap you are also talking absolute rubbish regarding the First Team Budget and (as Boris has already said) the battle (for all clubs) has been to bring the First XI playing budget down to 60% not up to it. We can't spend more on senior wages than the fans and other revenue generators put into the club x 60% (was 65% last year). Frankly, we have had to cut the budget from well over 100% of turnover, but have suffered that pain. This summer, some very big Division One teams have some very painful financial decisions to be made. Imagine what Coventry must do having had average home gates of lower than ours. Bristol City might also have problems; whilst the Blades will be grateful for their cup run. But it may not be during this next transfer window that Joe Dunne sorts it all out. Too many that we might want rid of are still locked in for another season.

Lastly, Joe Dunne is a family man. Nobody would have been hurt more than he and his family had we been relegated and he sacked - so all the vile suggestions about him and his players are a disgrace. Imagine how his children must feel if he they read such poison. The U's have had 27 managers in 55 years and this constant baying for blood is the characteristic that I hate most about some folk in this town. The witchfinder general has been dead for long enough for us to become civilised.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: Absolutely delighted that we have secured our League One status for next season! A huge thank you to Brentford, and in particular ex-Shrimp Alan McCormack, for not bothering to turn up this afternoon! A great performance, albeit against a side already on their summer break, which finally gave the U’s faithful something to shout about at home! The Brentford players (allegedly) spent the entire journey up to the game **** about taking ‘selfies’ of themselves, which demonstrates the mentality they went into the game with. The fans of Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe, and Notts County quite rightly will be seething that the Bees’ simply rolled over for one of their relegation rivals. Just another huge slice of good fortune for Joe Dunne this season; safety achieved purely by luck and not managerial judgement! Let’s be clear, unless there are stringent and wholesale changes at the club over the summer, there is no doubt whatsoever that we be in yet another relegation battle next season. Firstly in the event that we fail to obtain Category Two status in the close season we need to cut the academy budget down to Category Three levels! It is an intolerable situation where money is funnelled from the first team playing budget to prop up an academy level we can’t afford without the central funding. Secondly we need to spend 60% of the club’s turnover on the first team playing budget i.e. an increase in the playing budget not the cut advertised. A team of our size cannot be competitive in the Third Division without using the largest playing budget allowed under the FFP regulations. Thirdly, with regret, we must acknowledge that Joe Dunne simply is not at the level of competence required to take this club forwards. The manager of the day has to earn his place at the club, just as the player should, with two successive relegation battles and the most woeful cup record of any U’s manager Dunne simply does not deserve to remain in post. Phil Parkinson in stark contrast earned 31/2 stint as U’s manager with 3 credible mid-table finishes before the promotion season with impressive cup runs (reaching the 5th and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons) on a considerably smaller budget than Joe Dunne has enjoyed! Yesterday’s freak result and survival has afforded Cowling and the U’s an unlikely ‘get out of jail free card’, we cannot squander the opportunity to re-establish ourselves at this level by maintaining the status quo and thus condemning next season to all relegation and no battle. There is absolutely NOTHING in Joe Dunne’s performance as U’s manager that suggests he is capable of turning things around. Robbie Cowling must show some bravery by sacking Joe Dunne and his entire backroom staff next weekend![/p][/quote]Sadly, more inaccurate and ill-informed data from Medicated Soap to further his vile propoganda......... The squad that Phil Parkinson's inherited went on a slow downward slide over three seasons and in the season before promotion ended 15th having won only 14 games at home. If the U's beat Walsall on Saturday we can potentially go 16th in 2013-14 having lost only two more home games in what some are claiming to be "our worst". Frankly, there really isn't a lot of difference from 2004-05 except that the top five teams in 2013-14 have been so dominant; hence points have been at a premium for everybody else. That's why safety in 2013-14 has been achieved with so few points (n.b. we might even have been safe on a record low 47 points if Tranmere and Carlisle both lose on Saturday; as I have been predicting for some weeks). Both Parkinson's and Dunne's teams were/are in transition with a manager making progress towards squad improvement as fast as possible in the context of that era, albeit that Joe Dunne is having to do this largely via the Youth Academy due to the Fair Play Rules. One could potentially argue that Joe Dunne is a year ahead of Parkinson in that his team is already back on an upward (table) path after just 1 + 3/4 seasons in charge. But let's not be that silly; except to note that Parkinson was in charge for almost DOUBLE the amount of games (compared to Dunne) before we entered our promotion season. Hence Joe simply deserves a bit more time before any fair comparisons with Parky should be made. Our problem is that having briefly sipped at the Championship cup of success after 70 years of lower league mediocracy; some fans have become unreasonable in their expectations. Many of the current players Dunne would probably wish to replace are still locked into long term contracts by John Ward. Today, teams can't buy a host of players at the Chairman's benevolence; and instead, we have to improve gates and turnover. Med' Soap you are also talking absolute rubbish regarding the First Team Budget and (as Boris has already said) the battle (for all clubs) has been to bring the First XI playing budget down to 60% not up to it. We can't spend more on senior wages than the fans and other revenue generators put into the club x 60% (was 65% last year). Frankly, we have had to cut the budget from well over 100% of turnover, but have suffered that pain. This summer, some very big Division One teams have some very painful financial decisions to be made. Imagine what Coventry must do having had average home gates of lower than ours. Bristol City might also have problems; whilst the Blades will be grateful for their cup run. But it may not be during this next transfer window that Joe Dunne sorts it all out. Too many that we might want rid of are still locked in for another season. Lastly, Joe Dunne is a family man. Nobody would have been hurt more than he and his family had we been relegated and he sacked - so all the vile suggestions about him and his players are a disgrace. Imagine how his children must feel if he they read such poison. The U's have had 27 managers in 55 years and this constant baying for blood is the characteristic that I hate most about some folk in this town. The witchfinder general has been dead for long enough for us to become civilised. Noah4x4
  • Score: -104

8:52am Mon 28 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

I should have perhaps added;

Average attendance 2005-05 3,534 (e.g. Parky's penultimate season).
Average attendance 2013-14 3,735

So current gates are up 5.68% compared to the season before Parky took us up. Even in our promotion season we enjoyed a Division One average of only 3,969. So the variance between success and failure isn't great. It is the away fans that make the most difference as they did on Saturday; and we have not had fixtures against Norwich, Millwall, Southampton, Leeds or the many home derbies that have boosted gates in earlier seasons at WHCS. So all the talk about falling Division One attendences is rubbish now the season's HOME data is concluded.
I should have perhaps added; Average attendance 2005-05 3,534 (e.g. Parky's penultimate season). Average attendance 2013-14 3,735 So current gates are up 5.68% compared to the season before Parky took us up. Even in our promotion season we enjoyed a Division One average of only 3,969. So the variance between success and failure isn't great. It is the away fans that make the most difference as they did on Saturday; and we have not had fixtures against Norwich, Millwall, Southampton, Leeds or the many home derbies that have boosted gates in earlier seasons at WHCS. So all the talk about falling Division One attendences is rubbish now the season's HOME data is concluded. Noah4x4
  • Score: -91

9:45am Mon 28 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
I should have perhaps added;

Average attendance 2005-05 3,534 (e.g. Parky's penultimate season).
Average attendance 2013-14 3,735

So current gates are up 5.68% compared to the season before Parky took us up. Even in our promotion season we enjoyed a Division One average of only 3,969. So the variance between success and failure isn't great. It is the away fans that make the most difference as they did on Saturday; and we have not had fixtures against Norwich, Millwall, Southampton, Leeds or the many home derbies that have boosted gates in earlier seasons at WHCS. So all the talk about falling Division One attendences is rubbish now the season's HOME data is concluded.
I think we are all aware of the fine line between success and failure is minimal, but I can't get excited about an increase of 201 people in eight years is a very small increase and will show you that the growth maybe reflected in the standard of football in that time. If we like what we see we will tell people about it and word of mouth is the best and cheapest form of advertising, in a stadium of that size I would not be happy unless the average was 4,500 to 5,000. If we want to maintain our status or in fact improve it, that surely has to be the target?
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I should have perhaps added; Average attendance 2005-05 3,534 (e.g. Parky's penultimate season). Average attendance 2013-14 3,735 So current gates are up 5.68% compared to the season before Parky took us up. Even in our promotion season we enjoyed a Division One average of only 3,969. So the variance between success and failure isn't great. It is the away fans that make the most difference as they did on Saturday; and we have not had fixtures against Norwich, Millwall, Southampton, Leeds or the many home derbies that have boosted gates in earlier seasons at WHCS. So all the talk about falling Division One attendences is rubbish now the season's HOME data is concluded.[/p][/quote]I think we are all aware of the fine line between success and failure is minimal, but I can't get excited about an increase of 201 people in eight years is a very small increase and will show you that the growth maybe reflected in the standard of football in that time. If we like what we see we will tell people about it and word of mouth is the best and cheapest form of advertising, in a stadium of that size I would not be happy unless the average was 4,500 to 5,000. If we want to maintain our status or in fact improve it, that surely has to be the target? totallyfootball
  • Score: 70

9:56am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

25414nora wrote:
It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night.
Sad or what?
Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night. Sad or what?[/p][/quote]Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 89

8:08pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

The latest item on the Late Kick-Off programme completely vindicates my arguments!

We are in the process of being assessed for Category Two status again; surely the academy experiment will have to be downscaled if we fail to make the grade again (which is a distinct possibility).

The playing budget for next season is being cut, not because of Financial Fair Play, but because money is being actively shifted from the first team playing budget to the academy budget. We are CHOOSING to operate on a much smaller playing budget than our rivals which is why relegation is inevitable next season! Cowling even admits he is fully prepared to accept relegation as he puts all his eggs in the academy basket!

The average attendance for this season has obviously been massively inflated by the Wolves game and the fact that we played Brentford shortly after their promotion. Thus any argument using this highly misleading stat can only be the crudest of propaganda!
The latest item on the Late Kick-Off programme completely vindicates my arguments! We are in the process of being assessed for Category Two status again; surely the academy experiment will have to be downscaled if we fail to make the grade again (which is a distinct possibility). The playing budget for next season is being cut, not because of Financial Fair Play, but because money is being actively shifted from the first team playing budget to the academy budget. We are CHOOSING to operate on a much smaller playing budget than our rivals which is why relegation is inevitable next season! Cowling even admits he is fully prepared to accept relegation as he puts all his eggs in the academy basket! The average attendance for this season has obviously been massively inflated by the Wolves game and the fact that we played Brentford shortly after their promotion. Thus any argument using this highly misleading stat can only be the crudest of propaganda! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 84

8:29pm Mon 28 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
25414nora wrote:
It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night.
Sad or what?
Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess.
'Oh No' It seems our resident Idiot Bert has sneaked back on site.
I bet the gazette people are keeping him firmly on their radar.
On a finer note, so pleasing to see so many happy Col U fans staying in their seats and celebrating after the final whistle on Saturday.
Whatever the result at Walsall, it looks almost certain, we'll be playing league one football next season... Late kick off on TV tonight, cant wait.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night. Sad or what?[/p][/quote]Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess.[/p][/quote]'Oh No' It seems our resident Idiot Bert has sneaked back on site. I bet the gazette people are keeping him firmly on their radar. On a finer note, so pleasing to see so many happy Col U fans staying in their seats and celebrating after the final whistle on Saturday. Whatever the result at Walsall, it looks almost certain, we'll be playing league one football next season... Late kick off on TV tonight, cant wait. 25414nora
  • Score: -56

9:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

25414nora wrote:
Bert_Stimpson wrote:
25414nora wrote:
It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night.
Sad or what?
Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess.
'Oh No' It seems our resident Idiot Bert has sneaked back on site.
I bet the gazette people are keeping him firmly on their radar.
On a finer note, so pleasing to see so many happy Col U fans staying in their seats and celebrating after the final whistle on Saturday.
Whatever the result at Walsall, it looks almost certain, we'll be playing league one football next season... Late kick off on TV tonight, cant wait.
At least you've stopped denying it now. That's the first step. I hope you get better soon.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: It's taken med' soap 22 hours to compose his usual pile of poo, Looks like he's been up all night. Sad or what?[/p][/quote]Almost as sad as having multiple IDs on this site and having imaginary conversations between them. Takes all sorts I guess.[/p][/quote]'Oh No' It seems our resident Idiot Bert has sneaked back on site. I bet the gazette people are keeping him firmly on their radar. On a finer note, so pleasing to see so many happy Col U fans staying in their seats and celebrating after the final whistle on Saturday. Whatever the result at Walsall, it looks almost certain, we'll be playing league one football next season... Late kick off on TV tonight, cant wait.[/p][/quote]At least you've stopped denying it now. That's the first step. I hope you get better soon. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 43

10:09am Tue 29 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
The latest item on the Late Kick-Off programme completely vindicates my arguments!

We are in the process of being assessed for Category Two status again; surely the academy experiment will have to be downscaled if we fail to make the grade again (which is a distinct possibility).

The playing budget for next season is being cut, not because of Financial Fair Play, but because money is being actively shifted from the first team playing budget to the academy budget. We are CHOOSING to operate on a much smaller playing budget than our rivals which is why relegation is inevitable next season! Cowling even admits he is fully prepared to accept relegation as he puts all his eggs in the academy basket!

The average attendance for this season has obviously been massively inflated by the Wolves game and the fact that we played Brentford shortly after their promotion. Thus any argument using this highly misleading stat can only be the crudest of propaganda!
Nothing like being happy. Why don't you consider some morale help or a red bull? You are the most depressing person on this site. Season after season, while every Col U fan, negative or positive through out the season rejoiced in the fact of a 4 - 1 win and league safety, you remain miserable and once again make stupid predictions.

Let me tell you (and this is fact) only the past is definite, the future is negotiable. There is a chance of relegation, and based on the last 3 seasons it's a fair one. But there is always a chance of progression too. Meaning mid table or better yet, top half.
So blabbering on about relegation and made up statistics only mean you have a good chance of being wrong (again) and if you are right, you would be miserable anyway.

Try and get out more. Meet people and support something.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: The latest item on the Late Kick-Off programme completely vindicates my arguments! We are in the process of being assessed for Category Two status again; surely the academy experiment will have to be downscaled if we fail to make the grade again (which is a distinct possibility). The playing budget for next season is being cut, not because of Financial Fair Play, but because money is being actively shifted from the first team playing budget to the academy budget. We are CHOOSING to operate on a much smaller playing budget than our rivals which is why relegation is inevitable next season! Cowling even admits he is fully prepared to accept relegation as he puts all his eggs in the academy basket! The average attendance for this season has obviously been massively inflated by the Wolves game and the fact that we played Brentford shortly after their promotion. Thus any argument using this highly misleading stat can only be the crudest of propaganda![/p][/quote]Nothing like being happy. Why don't you consider some morale help or a red bull? You are the most depressing person on this site. Season after season, while every Col U fan, negative or positive through out the season rejoiced in the fact of a 4 - 1 win and league safety, you remain miserable and once again make stupid predictions. Let me tell you (and this is fact) only the past is definite, the future is negotiable. There is a chance of relegation, and based on the last 3 seasons it's a fair one. But there is always a chance of progression too. Meaning mid table or better yet, top half. So blabbering on about relegation and made up statistics only mean you have a good chance of being wrong (again) and if you are right, you would be miserable anyway. Try and get out more. Meet people and support something. super waluigi
  • Score: -50

11:21am Tue 29 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

PMSL. So, tell me Super Deluded, do you get out a lot? Have you met the following people?

+ Eddy D
+ 25414nora
+ Hungry student
+ In Joe we trust
+ chance2228

Table for one you lunatic.
PMSL. So, tell me Super Deluded, do you get out a lot? Have you met the following people? + Eddy D + 25414nora + Hungry student + In Joe we trust + chance2228 Table for one you lunatic. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 71

9:31am Wed 30 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

Well well well.the moons a balloon.
Well well well.the moons a balloon. stevedawson
  • Score: 8

9:51am Wed 30 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
PMSL. So, tell me Super Deluded, do you get out a lot? Have you met the following people?

+ Eddy D
+ 25414nora
+ Hungry student
+ In Joe we trust
+ chance2228

Table for one you lunatic.
Love this. It's brilliant. A bunch of people disagree with you and they all must be the same person!

First time I've been online since Saturday and now I'm five other people. Brilliant. Made my day.

Thanks Bert for your fantastic sense of humour
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: PMSL. So, tell me Super Deluded, do you get out a lot? Have you met the following people? + Eddy D + 25414nora + Hungry student + In Joe we trust + chance2228 Table for one you lunatic.[/p][/quote]Love this. It's brilliant. A bunch of people disagree with you and they all must be the same person! First time I've been online since Saturday and now I'm five other people. Brilliant. Made my day. Thanks Bert for your fantastic sense of humour Eddy D
  • Score: -29

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