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WHAT’S Colchester United FC

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THE OFFI CIAL

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ME OF CO LCHES

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Patron: The Mayor of Colchester Executive Chairman: Robbie Cowling Vice Chairman: Richard Cowling Directors: John Cowling, Kevin Bull Life President: P. J. Heard General Manager: Tim Waddington Manager: John Ward Assistant Manager: Joe Dunne Sports Scientist: Dave Carolan First Team Physio: Tony Flynn Head of Youth: Tony Humes Development Coach: Richard Hall Goalkeeper Coach: Ademola Bankole Performance Analyst: Jonathan Duckett Centre of Excellence Manager: Sean Thacker Laundry Manager: Martyn Cardy Youth Administrator: Jennifer Aves Operations Manager: Sean McQuaid Media Manager: Matt Hudson Communications & PR Officer: David Gregory Sales Team Leader: Michelle Tricker Ticket Office Team Leader: Chris Saward Finance Administrator: Tony Newsham Lottery Development Officer: Paul Dickinson Head Groundsman: David Blacknall Former Players’ Association Chairman: Peter Wright Club Photographer: Richard Blaxall

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Mark Cousins After spending the past few seasons as the U’s number two, this summer finally saw Mark Cousins installed as the U’s number one and he discusses the patience with which he has waited.

HONOURS League One Runners-Up: 2005/06 Division Three Play-Off Winners: 1997/98 Fourth Division Runners-Up: 1961/62 FA Trophy Winners: 1991/92 Football Conference Champions: 1991/92 Football Conference Runners-Up: 1990/91 Football League Trophy Runners-Up: 1996/97 Southern League Cup Winners: 1937/38, 1949/50 Watney Cup Winners: 1970/71 Essex Senior Cup Winners: 2009/10

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME Editors: Matt Hudson & David Gregory Assistant Editor: Liam Smith Contributors: Barry Landy, Jon Burns, Graeson Laitt, Katie Ball, Jim French Design: Daniel Parker www.duplexity.co.uk Tel: 07748 536 306

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The opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of Colchester United FC. All rights reserved. No part of this programme may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of Colchester United Football Club Limited.

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44 - Development Squad

23 - From the Treatment Room

57 - MiPod: Freddie Ladapo

33 - Eric Southernwood

61 - Gazette’s Local Round-Up

24 - U’s Views

69 - Colchester United Managers

37 - My Mate: Magnus Okuonghae

76 - Laitty’s U’s Statistics

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THE MANAGER

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“YOUR SUPPORT ON OUR TRAVELS IN THE LAST FORTNIGHT HAS BEEN FANTASTIC AS USUAL & WE WON the last home game with your help make lots of noise!”

Welcome back for today’s game against a Stevenage side that has started the season well and are unbeaten coming into this match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. I extend that welcome to Gary Smith, his Stevenage team, staff and supporters and hope they enjoy a safe journey home after the game. I have known Gary a long time and he was extremely helpful to me while he was in America, allowing me to visit the Colorado Rapids club, observe and take notes at training and generally give me a fantastic insight and understanding of the way the club ran. We come up against each other this afternoon and will both be doing all we can to get the three points on offer. I am expecting us to go out onto the pitch and put in a performance that gives us the win, a mixture of the work ethic I insist on and the quality and belief on the ball I want us to express. This is our fifth game in the space of fifteen days but I expect the energy levels to be as high as they have been for the last four. Three of those games have come away from home and I would like to thank every supporter who has been at any of the games at Swindon, Yeovil and Northampton. The players appreciate it and so do I. I have only had the job a fortnight and already I can see that the players are taking in all the information that we are giving them. We need them to take that out onto the pitch every Saturday, and Tuesday, and put it into practice. When I was appointed, I said 04

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that I wanted the players to go to any stadium and have the belief and confidence that we could go out and win the game. We will only do that if they have the confidence and belief to get on the ball and be brave. I don’t mean be brave and get stuck into tackles, though I expect every player to put in plenty of hard work, I mean be brave on the ball and play the way we want them to play. The players will make mistakes on the way and another thing I’ve said already is that I’ll accept that if they’re trying to do what we are asking them to.

U’s supporters enjoying the tremendous three points picked up at Swindon last week

Your support on our travels in the past fortnight has been fantastic as usual, bring that along today and make plenty of noise. We won our last game here with your help so keep up the good work. Bleed Blue and White,


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Saturday 29th September 2012 | Weston Homes Community Stadium | Attendance: 3,471 | Referee: Mr M Russell

Colchester United landed their first win of the new season two weeks ago as they left their fans with the widest smiles for a while. A vibrant U’s performance helped them to all three points and, having grabbed three goals, they could have scored more in a scintillating display of football. It was eight games of tension coming out in one ninety minutes as the U’s moved the ball at pace and with intent, throughout the ninety minutes. Jabo Ibehre made himself an instant hero with two goals on his debut, whilst the other loanees more than played their part in an impressive display. The U’s fell behind after just five minutes as the U’s tried to spread the ball wide, only for it to be intercepted in the middle and for Lynch to lash it home past Cousins. Cousins looked like he might have to come off not long afterwards having caught his finger on the crossbar, and had to have it put back in by the U’s medical team on the ptich. He opted to battle on and, for the rest of the half, the U’s lifted their game as they laid siege to the visitors’ goal. Wordsworth tested Flinders with a shot from close range, before sending in Massey through shortly aftwerwards. His ball was just too heavy on this occasion, but it was a signal of the U’s future intent. Seven minutes before half time, they drew level. Another through ball from Watt sent Massey in on goal, and the former Watford man made no mistake as he calmly slotted the ball home. The U’s tails were up now and they got their noses in front just before the break. They had pressed the ball high up the pitch throughout, and Ibehre capitalised on a poor back header to beat Flinders and send the home fans into delirium. Just four minutes after half time, Ibehre forced Flinders into a fine save, before Bean also stretched the Hartlepool keeper with a looping effort that looked destined to find the top corner. Rose tested the keeper from distance, then Wordsworth had a shot deflected over after the two loanees Watt and Ibehre combined to set him up. It was a matter of time before the U’s got their third and it was big man Ibehre who got it, meeting a deep Rose cross to get past the Hartlepool back line and bundle home from close range. It capped off a great day for the U’s, who grabbed their first three points and left their fans singing on their way out of the Weston Homes. www.cu-fc.com

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TWEETED Send us your views straight after the game to @ColU_Official @JamesDwan Not only a brilliant result but great football by the U’s - was enjoyable to watch! @sgrlou I love my football team what a great afternoon at colu #weareunited @Rich_Hudd Great first win today, Ibehre sounds promising #colu @headwhite Great result, our season started today, well done the lads and new management team. @colutd71 Fantastic display by whole team. South buzzing this afternoon. Long may it continue.

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JOE DUNNE All credit to the players who I thought were outstanding. I said I wanted them to play in a certain way and we saw that, it won’t go well all of the time though like their goal. It’s about being brave and I think our players were brave.

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NEALE COOPER Individual errors really cost us and we gifted them their goals which is killing us. They crucified us with balls through the middle, and individual errors are something you can’t work on in training. Every attack they had was a worry.

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IN OPPOSITION:

DONCASTER ROVERS Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders and his team are aiming to return to the Championship at the first time of asking, having been relegated to English football’s third tier last season after a disappointing campaign. It will not be an easy task, however, as has been proved by the mixed start Rovers have endured so far.

“LAST SEASON WAS UNDOUBTEDLY DISAPPOINTING WITH ROVERS FINISHING BOTTOM OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERHAUL OF THE PLAYING STAFF SINCE” 10

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Last season was undoubtedly disappointing for Saunders’ men – in a campaign where a whole host of players were brought into the team at the Keepmoat Stadium, Rovers finished bottom of the Championship. Between then and now, there has been a complete overhaul of the playing staff at Doncaster, with the majority of the highly-paid stars brought in to provoke a promotion-push departing for pastures new. Among those leaving the Keepmoat stadium are nomadic striker El-Hadji Diouf, who joins Leeds United, Pascal Chimbonda and Habib Beye. Manager Saunders has been keen to add quality to his squad in spite of their relegation, and re-building has been an unenviable task given the number of departures from the club over the summer.

“after a stuttering start leaving donny 14th after four games, the rovers manager conceded it will take time for his squad to bed in properly due to the new signings close to the season’s START” In total, 17 players left the Keepmoat stadium over the summer break, but Saunders has managed to acquire 7 players on free transfers, whilst also opening his chequebook for Leeds striker Billy Paynter and promoting four youngsters from the youth team. Among the new arrivals are former Reading


Founded: 1879 Nickname: Donny Ground: Keepmoat Stadium Capacity: 15,231

and Sheffield United midfielder James Harper, who adds experience to the Rovers squad, veteran front-man Robbie Blake and Barnsley’s David Cotterill, who will all hope to have a large impact this season in League One. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it seems to be taking some time for the Rovers squad to blend together and find their feet in the third tier, as a stuttering start sees Donny sitting in 14th after 4 games. After a positive start, where Saunders’ men won their first two league games (a 3-0 win away at Walsall on the first day followed by a 2-1 victory against Bury), as well as progressing to the Third Round of the Capital One Cup after a victory against local rivals Hull City at the Keepmoat

Barnsley’s David Cotterill signed for Rovers over the summer months

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Stadium, Donny have lost their last two league games, against Crawley Town and Yeovil - a wake up call for Saunders’ new-look side. The Rovers manager conceded that it will take time for his squad to bed-in properly, as he admitted to the club’s official website before their defeat to Yeovil. “I assembled a group of players together and three joined in the week before the start of the season, so you’re going to get teething problems because some are playing one way and others another,” he said. “It takes a while

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to get them all doing the right thing. “Once you know where your teammates are, where the ball is going to be and that understanding of how I want them to play is developed, it becomes easier. “It takes a lot of time and it can be boring but the more we do it, the better it gets.” As both teams struggle to kickstart their seasons, we could be in for an intriguing encounter this afternoon here in north Esse at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. www.cu-fc.com

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SCOUTING REPORT Kevin Watson assesses the tactical set-up of Doncaster and their strengths and weaknesses against the U’s Having already played Portsmouth, the U’s face another relegated side as Doncaster Rovers visit north Essex. But for the first time in a good few years, the three teams coming down aren’t the bookies’ favourites to go straight back up. That could be an advantage because people elsewhere might not take them seriously. Doncaster haven’t had the upheaval that Pompey had in the summer but they have still lost a few of their better players to cut costs. That said, Dean Saunders has brought in recognised quality in the likes of Rob Jones, Jamie McCombe and Billy Paynter. So the squad should be comparable to last season’s but playing at the level below, so the U’s should certainly be wary of them. They don’t need to be scared of them though, I saw them in the first game of the season and they looked second best against a York City side that dominated the game. They look to have improved since then but, having won two and lost two, haven’t found any consistency yet. From what I’ve seen, they will want to

play football and move the ball about, but they have certainly got a plan B if things don’t go their way. The pitch at the Weston Homes Community stadium is excellent so be prepared for Doncaster to want to knock the ball around and keep good possession.

With three goals already, the U’s will need to keep a close eye on Chris Brown this afternoon

One player who could make that happen for them last season was Brian Stock but he has left them now, so it will

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THE KEY MEN

05. ROB JONES DEFENDER

Age: 32

Nationality: English

Signed From: Sheffield Wednesday

Centre half Jones was a key member of Dean Saunders’ plans to increase the height and strength of the Rovers back line. He certainly did that with the acquisition of the former Grimsby Town, Hibernian, Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday ‘man mountain’. Following Jones’ release from Hillsborough, where he won promotion from League 1 last term, Saunders swooped quickly to add the vital experience and depth that was missing from the centre half positions. With over 250 league appearances to his name, 32-year-old Jones took the armband for some pre-season games as well as the season opener at Walsall, despite being a new signing.

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be interesting who takes up the baton from him in the midfield. If that isn’t working though, we might see their full backs getting on the ball and just looking to hit long diagonals into Chris Brown. They then look for the midfield to join in and pick up knockdowns and second balls high up the pitch. And it will be Brown who the U’s will have to keep a close eye on, as he’s already scored three goals this season.


06. DAVID SYERS MIDFIELDER

Age: 24

Nationality: English

Signed From: Bradford City

Former Bradford City midfielder Syers signed for Rovers in the summer of 2012 on a 2 year contract following his release from the Bantams. The 24-year-old had gained plenty of experience on the non-league scene with spells at Harrogate and then Farsley Celtic where he became a crowd favourite after his goalscoring exploits from midfield. The box to box midfielder announced his arrival at Valley Parade in his debut season by winning the Players’ Player of the Year award for 2010 before injury heavily disrupted a disappointing campaign for Phil Parkinson’s side last season.

08. BILLY PAYNTER FORWARD

Age: 28

Nationality: English

Signed From: Leeds United

Proven centre forward Paynter arrived at Doncaster Rovers with a real point to prove following his release from Championship outfit – and Yorkshire neighbours – Leeds United. His move to Elland Road, after such a successful spell at Swindon Town, didn’t pan out as planned for the Liverpool-born striker and a continued run in the side never materialised. The 28-year-old still has the touch of a natural goalscorer and early impressions are that Paynter compliments the setup at the Keepmoat Stadium. The last time Paynter played at League 1 level he bagged 29 goals in all competitions and helped Swindon reached the Play-Off Final. Dean Saunders will be hoping for a similar story.

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ONE TO WATCH

DAVID COTTERILL MIDFIELDER

Nationality: Welsh

Signed From: Barnsley

Exciting Welsh winger Cotterill signed for Dean Saunders’ side in June 2012 on a two year deal after his release by south Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley. The 24-year-old, who worked with the Rovers boss on the international stage, comes to the Keepmoat Stadium as a highly rated prospect who is comfortable on either flank. Cotterill moved to Wigan for a seven figure sum, and then to Swansea City via Sheffield United for a record transfer fee, believed to be £600,000. Cotterill cited Saunders’ involvement with the club as a major factor in his signing, and should look to be a key force in helping Rovers bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

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GARY WOODS GOALKEEPER

Nationality: English

Signed From: Manchester United

21-year-old Woods has been at Doncaster Rovers since 2009 following his release from Manchester United. The tall yet agile keeper, a former England youth international, had a disrupted season last term, starting and ending as the club’s first choice keeper, but in between he saw Neil Sullivan, Chris Kirkland, David Button and Carl Ikeme all don the goalkeeper’s jersey. Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson obviously saw the potential in Woods, who now has the opportunity to develop in to a competent performer under the tutelage of former Scotland international Neil Sullivan.

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THE INTERVIEW:

DAVID

COTTERILL Upon putting pen to paper at Colchester United, striker Clinton Morrison stressed that feeling wanted and loved played a big part in his decision to move south and sign for the Weston Homes Community Stadium side.

Often frustrated at his first team opportunities at Sheffield Wednesday, Clinton was impressed by boss John Ward’s pursuit of him over a period of time and was pleased to come to the U’s. In a game where having a manager that likes you can prove crucial to personal success, the choice of club can be a big decision for any player, young or old. Having had an unhappy spell at Barnsley last season, winger David Cotterill hopes that his summer switch to today’s visitors Doncaster Rovers can be the catalyst for him to fulfil his undoubted potential. Breaking through at Bristol City at an early age, the Welshman has had a number of moves since then but hopes Doncaster can be a place where he can settle. Talking about last season at Oakwell, he said: “I signed a short-term contract just to show that I was basically fit. I was in and out really and I didn’t have 5 or 6 games where I played consecutively; I was only playing 3 or 4 games at a time. “I wasn’t doing too well and I think the manager decided to take me out. I know it’s difficult for a manager when you have to keep changing things around. He had his own players that he’d brought from Rochdale and at the end of the season he didn’t want to sign me. To be honest, if he had offered me a contract I probably wouldn’t have stayed anyway as I didn’t really enjoy my time there.” And Cotterill’s availability saw Dean Saunders move quickly to get his man. 14

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Speaking about the former Wrexham boss’ chase for his signature, the winger added: “I think he showed interest quite early on as soon as the window opened. He was in contact with my agent and as soon as he said he wanted me and what the plans were for the club, I was very interested. “I need to get my head down now and start playing well. It’s good to be somewhere where they are playing the right sort of football. Rovers play the sort of football I like to play where you get down there and pass it. “When I first came here it was just so easy to get going as all the lads are really down to earth and everybody is friendly at the club. I think all the new signings probably think that as well; it doesn’t take long to settle in.” Rovers come into today’s game having had last weekend off due to a postponement due to the international weekend. Fresh from that break, Cotterill and his teammates will be hoping to kick on at the Weston Homes this afternoon, having lost the last two in the league after winning their opening pair of matches. With thanks to the Doncaster Rovers media department


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How have the team looked in their early games so far this season?

How are things looking different compared to last season?

We’ve started pretty well, considering the amount of players that left us before the season started. Our new players have gelled together well, and we look much stronger going forward than most of last season. We’ve also added some much needed experience to our defence in the form of Rob Jones.

We are looking far more positive. Obviously getting relegated has caused us to lose many of our better known players, and we’ve had to start from scratch building a team. We’ve added some much needed height to our side, especially in defence. Kyle Bennett has also been a revelation. He’s matured as a player since last season, and I can see his pace giving defenders a headache.

Is the expectation that Rovers will reach the play-offs as a minimum in the coming campaign? I don’t think so. I think many teams who come down from the Championship expect that, but from being in League One before, we know that any team on their day are dangerous! I think a realistic target is a good mid-table finish, with the ability to build on that next season. I think it’s important to never underestimate how good a team can be on the day, regardless of their record. What are the fans’ perceptions of Dean Saunders and the job that he’s doing at the club? The fan’s opinions are mixed so far, but I believe that any manager deserves a chance with their own players, especially in a new league. It was always a tall ask for him to keep us in the Championship, and with our budget compared to other sides – unrealistic. The signings he has made so far this season have been good, mixing the well known experienced players who have played in this league before, alongside young players who have the hunger to score goals.

Kyle Bennett has matured since last season and proven a revelation so far this time out

Which of the summer signings has made the biggest impression so far? I think David Syers has improved what was a bit of a lacklustre midfield last season. He’s an intelligent player, with great positioning, always looking for a way to pass the ball forward on the ground. Despite spending his career in the lower leagues, I believe that, at only 24, he has the ability to play at a higher level, hopefully with us. What are your expectations of Saturday’s match? Hopefully a brilliant game with three points coming back to Doncaster. What’s more, hopefully Clinton Morrison doesn’t extend his endless tally of goals against us! We started our season with a 3-0 win away at Walsall, and hopefully we can emulate that with an emphatic win in Essex.

Questions answered today by Claire Louise Johnson, 23, a season ticket holder at the Rovers for the past ten years. Claire recently finished a Masters in Sports Journalism at the University of Lincoln and loves writing about different sports, although her heart lies in football! www.cu-fc.com

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“ENJOY TODAY’S MATCH AND MAKE PLENTY OF NOISE IN SUPPORT OF THE LADS AS WE GO FOR THAT FIRST HOME WIN OF THE SEASON”

Welcome back for today’s match, as we take on a Doncaster Rovers side that have had a decent start to their season. I’m sure they’ll want to return to the Championship at the first time of asking but we want to get that first home win under our belts so we’ll obviously be looking to really take the game to them. In our last match here at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, we almost got that win through a late Andy Bond effort. Had his deflected shot gone in rather than hitting the post and going to safety, I’m sure Sheffield United would have felt they’d been hard done by. They had the better of things in the first half and took the lead, but we have already been behind and come back this season so we knew we were still in with a shout. We got our equaliser and it was great to see new boy, (if you can call him a boy still!), Clinton Morrison get off the mark. It was also good to see him enjoy scoring against Sheffield United so much. Our heads were up then and we went looking for a winner. Andy Bond almost got it but somehow, his shot came off the inside of the post and didn’t go in. So, it was another single point for us and made it three draws from our first three games. Looking at the three teams we had started against, Preston, Portsmouth and Sheffield United, three draws was a pretty decent return. It would have been better, obviously, if we had held on against Portsmouth at 2-1 ahead or Bondy’s effort had gone in against the Blades, but it wasn’t to be on either occasion. We travelled up to Tranmere confident that we could turn those draws into a win

against Ronnie Moore’s side, another that had started the campaign well. I thought we slightly edged things in the first half but came in at half time a goal down thanks to them scoring just before the break. We talked about how we were going to get back in the game and went out determined to do just that. Unfortunately, Tranmere had other ideas and we couldn’t match their second half performance.

Clinton Morrison celebrates his equalising goal against Sheffield United last time out here

to wait a whole week before we took to the field again. I’ve run out of time now but in Tuesday’s programme, I’ll give you my thoughts on the game at Brentford last weekend. For now, enjoy today’s match and make plenty of noise in support of the lads as we go for that first home win. Enjoy the game

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The past couple of weeks has seen the managerial reins here at Colchester United passed from John Ward to Joe Dunne.

for the U’s under five managers now, but the one constant in the coaching department in his time has been the current boss, Joe Dunne.

The latter had worked as Ward’s assistant for the two seasons previous, but was now the man in the hot seat following a disappointing start to the current campaign.

The twenty-three year old told ‘We Are United’ that he was relishing the new regime, including playing with the three loanees that Joe has bought into the squad. He first let us know that Joe is a driven person, with the ability to get a message across to the players.

His first couple of days in charge saw a flurry of activity in the loan transfer market, with three additions and two departures amongst the U’s squad. Andy Bond and Freddie Ladapo moved temporarily away from the Weston Homes Community Stadium, subsequently followed by Ben Coker, while Jabo Ibehre, Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt were all bought in on threemonth deals. One of the U’s longest-serving players has welcomed the new loanees with open arms and praised their contribution to the cause in their first couple of weeks at the U’s. Anthony Wordsworth came into the U’s youth team in 2006 and signed his first professional contract two years later, just prior to the 2008/09 season. He has played first team football

“THE LADS HAVE TAKEN ON BOARD EVERYTHING THAT JOE WANTS & HAVE TAKEN TO THE NEW SYSTEM EXTREMELY WELL - WE’RE PASSING THE BALL BETTER THAN WE HAVE IN THE PAST & IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING BRAVE”

“I have known Joe a long time and I’ve been coached by him for a long while, in the youth team, reserves and now the first team. He knows what he wants from his team and he always gets his point across very well. “The lads have taken on board everything he wants and have taken to the new system and way of playing extremely well. We are passing the ball around better than we have in the past, and it’s all about being brave on the ball and having confidence in both ourselves and in the way that he wants us to play.” On the introduction of the three new faces Anthony said: “All three have done really well and have settled in perfectly. We played against Craig when he was at Wycombe last season, so we knew that he was quality and the same can be said of the others because we’ve come across them as well. “Sanchez played against us for Southend and Crawley, I think, so we knew what he could do. They are both at Arsenal so they are going to be good players and they both fit well into the way that we play. They are also good friends and that shows in their play, something that will definitely help us in

“ALL THREE OF THE LOANEES HAVE HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THINGS AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS OR SO THAT THEY’RE WITH US INITIALLY” the time that they’re here.” And there was more praise from Woody for the third of the new trio, Jabo Ibehre. “Jabo came in a couple of days before the others and settled in straight away amongst the group. He had a dream debut for us scoring twice, and he’s great as the target man at the top end of the pitch for us. “All three have already had a positive effect on things, so hopefully that will continue in the next couple of months or so that they are with us initially.” Whilst there were those initial changes in the squad ranks when Joe became boss at the end of September, there haven’t been many changes when he’s written the teamsheet ahead of the games. In fact, the same eleven players have started all four of the league games since his appointment. Wordsworth has been in that eleven and has also been given the responsibility of leading the team out as captain. It’s a responsibility that he’s holding in high regard, telling us it’s something that he has wanted to do for a long time. “It’s a big responsibility being captain and it means a lot to me www.cu-fc.com

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“i’m really proud to be captain - you think of playing 100 games or leading the side out, so it’s great to be happening at the moment” because I’ve been at the club for a long time now, so I’ m really proud. When I first came here I was thinking about things like playing 100 or 200 games, or maybe leading the team out as captain. “It’s great that it’s happening at the moment though, because I’m really enjoying my football and I think that the new system we’re playing suits my game really well. Hopefully, that will continue and we’ll carry on climbing upwards in the table.” Recent performances from the gifted midfielder have helped the U’s to three victories in four league matches under Dunne. The one thing that has been missing for Woody since Dunne’s appointment

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With only one goal so far this season, Woody’s hoping to get on the mark more often

has been a goal. His solitary goal this season came in the home draw against Crawley back in the middle of September and it’s one he wants to add to sooner rather than later.

competition in the midfield.

He knows that the midfielders will be expected to pick up their fair share of goals but pointed to last season and the amount of goals coming from the midfield.

“In the wide positions, Ashley Vincent and Michail Antonio got a few each as well so, overall, everyone was chipping in with goals across the midfield. If that happens again this season it will take the pressure off the front men, although Jabo has already proven that he could get a few goals to help us along the way.”

“You always want to do better than you’ve done previously, but I’ll have to get going soon if I’m going to beat the twelve I got last season! Hopefully I’ll do exactly that, and I would like to at least get into double figures again this time.” The twenty-three year old wasn’t the only midfielder to hit the net on a regular basis last campaign, with Ian Henderson almost up with Wordsworth on eleven goals. He also spoke of the

“I managed to get a fair amount last season, but I wasn’t the only one in the midfield to do that. Ian Henderson was into double figures and the likes of Andy Bond and Lloyd James chipped in with goals as well.

On the fight for places in the centre of the pitch, the six-footer said, “With the quality of players that we have and the good

“i’ll have to get going soon if i’m to beat the twelve goals i got last season - hopefully i will and i’d like to at least get into double figures again for this season”


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performances everyone’s putting in, the competition for those midfield places is going to be good and healthy. “There’s about six of us who can play in there fighting for places in the starting line-up at the moment, with a couple of us also able to fill those wide positions.” That quality has been on show in recent weeks, with last weekend seeing Anthony and his side overcome Stevenage. It was the first defeat of the campaign for Gary Smith’s men and one that, according to the U’s skipper, we fully deserved. “They were unbeaten before playing us so it was great to get a positive result against an in form side. “I think we dominated the game

As a result of Kem Izzet’s recent injury, Woody has been given the captain’s armband and taken great pride in doing so

“the gaffer wants us to play in a certain way that allows us to take risks in the right areas if it’s the right thing to do” and always looked the more likely side to score, and it shows us how much we have improved in such a short space of time. The Gaffer has told us all to be brave on the ball and that message is getting across to all of the lads. “He wants us to play in a certain way that allows us to take risks, if you like, in the right areas and if it is the right thing to do. Sanchez could have slowed play up and waited for support or just put a cross into the box but he took responsibility and scored a great goal for us that won us the game and gave us the three points. “Hopefully we can continue to pick up wins and points regularly now.”

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Watford’s loan rangers fly the flag only for short termism and little gain Late last week, Watford manager Gianfranco Zola described the transfer window as, “crazy”, bemoaning the relatively wholesale changes to his playing squad five matches into a new season. What the Italian was not as quick to expand on was Watford’s complicity in said craziness, although he did admit that a summer influx of 16 players was “not ideal.” That such a sizeable clutch of players has found its way to Vicarage Road, for the most part via Udinese and Granada, would suggest that the manager’s full support has been sought and his transfer requirements met. Not so, with Zola and Watford merely third rung facilitators for the long term benefit of their partner clubs. The Serie A and La Liga sides lie far above the Hertfordshire club in the Pozzo family’s, who own all three clubs, food chain in terms of prevalence and capacity for profit. The Watford Supporters Trust, understanding that such relationships often precede loan arrangements but alarmed at just the rate of influx, have already expressed concerns that the club is perceived as no more than a nursery for their surplus stars of the future. The club can hang their hat on a fine recent tradition of producing young players of their own, which may have been a factor in the Pozzo’ family choosing it as the ideal club with which to extend their ownership portfolio. That and the accommodating market price at which it was available, after years of financial uncertainty. But what is the gain for Watford?

Ostensibly, it’s clear. Twelve players on loan, mostly from Udinese with a smattering from Granada. Italian teams traditionally have huge squads and among the excess redeployed to the Hornets are Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi, full internationals for not inconsiderable forces of the Czech Republic and Switzerland respectively. Abdi, alongside Czech youth international Matej Vydra have started the season especially well and their short term loan deals could prove especially shrewd. The gain though is precisely that, short-term. Reports claim Watford will have first refusal to sign certain players on permanent deals at the end of the season but should those in question excel, other clubs are likely to circle. If Udinese or Granada receive good offers for a player from a club outside the Pozzo triumvirate, there is no question that external investment would be valued far above any Watford bid. Besides, it would be simply like moving your loose change from one pocket to another for owners with

Watford boss Zola is merely a third rung facilitator for the long term benefit of their partner clubs

multiple vested interests. Factor in too, the likelihood that Watford would be forced to miss out on players of genuine interest because they would be promised more loan deals next year and beyond. There is a greater issue regarding dual club ownership here. The loan system, operated nowadays to an extreme level like never seen before, also needs thorough examination and reformation. But for Watford, the long term stability, before gain even comes into it, is scarce. Zola can’t plan for next season because his squad will be formed in large part by the situations at their continental feeder clubs. As for the graduates of the Harefield Academy, Watford’s scholarship programme, the skilful Irishman Sean Murray among them, it casts doubt over their future. Other clubs may be the ones to benefit. Colchester already have, with Gavin Massey a new permanent addition to the ranks. www.cu-fc.com

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Who is your best mate in football? Ashley Miller.

How long have you known him? Since we were kids, so it’s about ten years now.

How did you meet? He lives right near me so I knew him from playing against him, but we became friends when I joined West Ham at ten or eleven years old and he was already on the books.

How often do you speak to him/see him now? We still live quite close so I see him regularly, and we aso text or speak a couple of times a week as well.

What are they doing now? He’s at Canvey Island now, trying to get back up the leagues. He got a year’s pro contract at West Ham, but was then released after that when he was about nineteen.

Who’s the best, you or him? It’s a tough one because he’s a right back and I’m a forward. We have had some good battles over the years but I’m going to say I’m better.

What’s his most annoying habit? He’s lazy and always late! We used to catch the bus together, but he was never on time for that.

Who would win in a fight? I’d give him a run for his money but he’d win because he’s a lot bigger than me!

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Position: Goalkeeper Born: 09/01/1987 U’s Debut: 18th August 2007 vs Barnsley (H) 2-2

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RESERVE TEAM: RICHARD HALL

DEVELOPMENT

“WE CREATED A CHANCE IN THE OPENING SECONDS & PLAYED SOME GREAT FOOTBALL IN THE FIRST 20 MINUTES, CREATING MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO OPEN THE SCORING”

SQUAD Welcome back for today’s game, as the manager and the lads look for our third home win in a row. I’m sure Carlisle will provide stiff opposition but the lads are in confident mood and have been working hard in training.

change. On Tuesday afternoon, we were able to put them to the test in a match situation though, as West Ham were happy to provide the opposition and brought their development squad to the Weston Homes Community Stadium for a game.

A lot of that work has involved getting used to how the new manager wants them to play and it’s a way that he wants all the club’s teams to play.

We played them a few times last season at this level and it was a great learning tool for our younger players. The league games this season have lessened the need for friendlies but, being without a league game for a few weeks, it gave us the chance to test ourselves against the Hammers again.

A lot of the lads playing for me in the U21s group have been involved in the first team sessions, but we have also done a lot of work on our own using the system and style that the Gaffer is implementing. We haven’t had an U21s league game since Joe’s appointment, so it has only been in training that the younger group of professionals have experienced the

Ian Hendon bought a young side down, with only Freddie Piquionne as a recognised name in their squad. While ours was also a youthful side, we did have the experience of Matt Heath, John White and John-Joe O’Toole to call on. The game

started with us firmly in the driving seat and that continued for the entire first half if I’m honest. We created a chance in the opening seconds and, in the first twenty minutes, we played some great football and created a few more opportunities to open the scoring. My only criticism would be that we didn’t convert the chances. That changed when John-Joe hit a great right-footed strike from the edge of the box to put us ahead on twenty-six minutes. And it was John-Joe who doubled our lead with an equally good goal three minutes later, volleying in with his left foot. It was his first game for a while having been out injured, and his performance is what you’d expect from a fit and hungry

U21s FIXTURES & RESULTS 12/13 DATE OPPONENTS August Wed 22 Bristol City Mon 27 Swansea City September Mon 3 Charlton Athletic Fri 14 Brentford Mon 24 Brighton & HA October Mon 22 Barnet November Mon 12 Bristol City Tue 20 Cardiff City December Mon 3 Charlton Athletic Mon 10 Millwall Mon 17 QPR January 2013 Mon 21 Brighton & HA Fri 25 Millwall February Mon 4 Ipswich Town Mon 11 Brentford Sun 24 Ipswich Town March Tue 5 Barnet Mon 18 Cardiff City Sat 30 Swansea City April Mon 15 QPR 30

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2 Ramm Ramm

3 Bender James-Lewis

4 Aldred Gilbey

5 Hamilton Wright

6 James-Lewis Coker

7 Sanderson Sanderson

8 Gilbey Hamilton

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Phillips Phillips Pentney

Ramm Olufemi O’Donoghue

Sanderson Roast Bender

Bender Hamilton James-Lewis

James-Lewis Bender Olufemi

Gilbey Sanderson Hamilton

Olufemi James-Lewis Wright

Wright Melaugh Gilbey

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John-Joe O’Toole. Breaking up play and marauding into forward positions is JohnJoe’s natural game - he’s done it for me in games in the past and he did it in this one. Hopefully, he can stay fit now and really push for a first team place. The second half was a bit more even and they did manage to score to make it 2-1. Their goal came from our mistake though and, other than that, Carl Pentney didn’t have a lot to do. He made one straightforward save from a free kick but their defence and keeper were much busier than ours. The one negative from the game came

when Matt Heath limped off injured. We were just about to take him off as we had planned when he went to ground clutching his hamstring. It looked like he had some something serious but, hopefully, that won’t be the case. After that, we had to protect the likes of John White and Bradley Hamilton as defensive cover and, come the end of the game, we had a very young side out on the pitch.

Carl Pentney didn’t have a lot to do in the U’s goal versus West Ham on Tuesday

The likes of Tom Lapslie, Macauley Bonne and Michael O’Donoghue are all still first years in the youth team so it should be a really good experience for them. This is just the sort of progression we want to happen; young players becoming comfortable at the next level very early on. Well done to those youngsters who performed so well against the Hammers.

I said to John McGreal and Wayne Brown that it could be almost their team to play in the FA Youth Cup.

9 Olufemi Eastman

10 Ladapo Ladapo

11 Wright Massey

12 Roast Olufemi

13 Simmons Melaugh

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Ladapo Gilbey Melaugh

Roast Simmons Sanderson

Hamilton Ladapo Ladapo

Melaugh Bonne Simmons

Simmons Lapslie Bonne

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Kent, Lapslie, Nwachuku Curtis, O’Donoghue Phillips, Kent

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9 Colchester

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10 Millwall

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J. WHITE

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SCHOOL REPORT Name: John White Schools: Thurstable School Years Attended: 1997-2002

Where did you go to school? I went to Thurstable School in Tiptree from September 1997 until June 2002. Were you a goody two shoes or always in trouble? I was neither really. I was never the first to hand in homework but I wasn’t often in trouble or in detention. It tended to change from year to year with me working hard and then not really trying much in the lessons. What were your best and worst subjects and why? I know all the lads have already said PE was their best subject but it does stand to reason, doesn’t it? I loved PE but also quite liked History because the teacher was really good and made the lessons interesting. I hated French - everything about it, and I wasn’t that keen on Maths either. I was in the second best set, out of five, but I never found it easy like some of the other kids in the

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class. To be honest, although I got the work done, I just didn’t want to be in Maths! Was it easy to concentrate in lessons knowing that you were on the path to being a footballer or did you have to be encouraged by teachers/parents? I didn’t know that I was being offered a scholarship in the youth team until late into my last year at school so that didn’t really come into it. Looking back, I must admit that I always did only just enough to get ok grades and didn’t really push myself whilst I was there. I was really just grinding it out until I could leave. Who were your best friends at school and do you keep in touch with them these days? I had a few close friends at school but, for one reason or another, I haven’t kept in touch with them. By chance though, I bumped into one of them at the gym the other day after not seeing him for a couple of years.


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All of a sudden we have a new-found love of home games on a Saturday. It is the day when: 1. We no longer find ourselves marooned in our seats, cast adrift and exposed as the home support starts to filter away with five or ten minutes left on the clock. 2. The final whistle is greeted with a roar, clapping and smiles, not gloom and recriminations as BBC Essex and the message boards are bombarded with less than joyous thoughts. 3. The opposition manager has to face the music to explain a defeat, while Joe only had to respond to questions on the lines of ‘Where did it all go right?’ 4. We feel an unnatural urge to stay up until midnight just to watch BBC’s Football League programme, even when sober and of sound mind. 5. The rest of the weekend is generally more cheery, and we don’t dread the question ‘How did your lot get on?’ (OK, so that last one is not necessarily true but, as with goalscoring, 5 is a far more satisfying number than 4). Over-confidence can be a killer, but it feels good that we have another home game so soon, hot on the heels of Stevenage. Ah, Stevenage, the living embodiment of the belief that you can over-achieve in this league if you believe in yourselves, organise and play to your strengths. But the U’s triumphed as we were truly a bit of a handful last weekend. What impresses me is that we are giving opponents too much to think about, so that if they suppress Watt, Massey and Eastmond, for example, Woody, Jabo, Marcus, Freddie, Hendo or the full backs can still get at teams and cause havoc. If we can put one over on Carlisle today then it will be all roads leading to Brisbane Road, Leyton, on Tuesday, for another away day carnival and a late night/early morning. But who cares? When we are winning, you take such things in your stride.

Back to last Saturday. Stevenage manager Gary Smith did himself few favours after the game. In fact, and this is a back-handed compliment, he made the first false step in a league management career that is less than a year old, but probably destined for the heights. Surely, he should have stood before the microphones, cameras and notebooks and admitted that, on the day, his side could have no complaints, rather than go overboard about the referee’s performance? How can a manager tell players never to make excuses, when he is publically doing exactly that? The red mist which descended brought back memories of his brief playing career at Layer Road, when it was a challenge to keep him on the pitch and away from an early bath. I am going to digress a bit here and repeat a little story from Dick Graham on the subject of players making excuses, in the hope that it will provide a bit of light entertainment. Dick says that it was never a good idea to allow a player to have an excuse ready and prepared in advance, as an explanation of a poor performance. Dick tells the tale that he was explaining this to his Crystal Palace trainer, while waiting for a train at Euston Station, en route to an away game. To illustrate the point, Dick said to the trainer, ‘Go and ask ‘BK’ (a fine player, as it happens), if everything is all right’. The trainer dutifully trooped over to the player and popped the question, ‘Everything all right, Bobby?’ The reply was that his new born baby had kept him up all night, he was suffering from lack of sleep, he’d tried to get his head down on the sofa and was aching all over and so on. The point was that Dick knew his player so well that he knew he would take an opportunity to get his excuses in early in case he went on to have a stinker of a game, despite probably sleeping in the spare room and getting eight solid hours sleep, while his wife tended the baby! I love the story, and I hope you will not think of it as a waste of space. I thought of it as was I was listening to Gary Smith blaming the ref last Saturday.

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EALNL P O FOR roaring success The U’s Open Day was once again a Weston Homes the to ed flock last week as thousands Ward and his John t mee to ium Stad ity mun Com players.

turf pitches at the The open training session on the Astro close and personal up get to U’s home venue allowed kids shone down as the sun the and rs playe rite favou their with day. big s U’ the weather favoured raphs in a big John and the players then signed autog e the fans befor , Suite l ennia signing session in the Cent rt for their airpo the to h coac the on off them d wave Holland trip. hday programme: Chairman Robbie Cowling told the matc lent way for excel an such s It’ “It was another good day.

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Quit, quem es popublique nos omaio hala ingulerra revit virtus ad forunum obut quit fica me noruncl udendam tericurbis, Caturbista me tum aus, P. Serorun timusqua nictore fit.

“Hopefully this year I can break into the first team regularly”

Quit, quem es popublique nos omaio hala ingulerra revit virtus ad forunum obut quit fica me noruncl udendam tericurbis, Caturbista me tum aus, P. Serorun timusqua nictore fit. Valem la auc moeredius cum tus, niritique maximpl? Nihintr orbis, nequam iam num mis. Grae aci tes cotientemod conculv itant? Nam ompracchuid fac tum restis popubli entrumus, enatum iam hem orum P. Hebus? Quit, quem es popublique nos omaio hala ingulerra revit virtus ad forunum obut quit fica me noruncl udendam tericurbis, Caturbista me tum aus, P. Serorun timusqua nictore fit.

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“We Were all thrilled to open the season With such a terrific three points” Quit, quem es popublique nos omaio hala ingulerra revit virtus ad forunum obut quit fica me noruncl udendam tericurbis, Caturbista me tum aus, P. Serorun timusqua nictore fit. Valem la auc moeredius cum tus, niritique maximpl? Nihintr orbis, nequam iam num mis. Grae aci tes cotientemod conculv itant? Nam ompracchuid fac tum restis popubli entrumus, enatum iam hem orum P. Hebus?

Serorun timusqua nictore fit. Valem la auc moeredius cum tus, niritique maximpl? Nihintr orbis, nequam iam num mis. Grae aci tes cotientemod conculv itant? Nam ompracchuid fac tum restis popubli entrumus, enatum iam hem orum P. Hebus? Quit, quem es popublique nos omaio hala ingulerra revit virtus ad forunum obut quit fica me. Valem la auc moeredius cum tus, niritique maximpl?

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COMING SOON! In the programme this season, there will be a ‘You Tweet The Questions’ feature, where you can pose the questions to the Col U players. First up in the Derby programme will be Jordan Sanderson, so tweet us at @ColU_Official with your posers for the young midfielder.

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A resolute Colchester United performance got their season off to a solid start on Saturday, as they recorded a fine draw at Preston North End. A summer overhaul from Preston boss Graham Westley meant that North End were unrecognisable from last season’s two games between the two sides, but the U’s retained their voodoo sign over their northern opponents. Whilst Mark Cousins had to pull off two or three great stops, the U’s always looked in control at the back and they kept a lively home side at bay throughout the game. They also had chances of their own and this match offered much to be positive about after the Yeovil disappointment. The first flashpoint of the game involved the Preston wide man, Monakana. Chasing his own ball into the area, he slid in to get it with Cousins and caught the U’s keeper with an ugly challenge by the time he got to the ball. It sparked off something of a fracas but, after considering his options for a fair while, the referee issued the wide man a yellow card. Level at the break, the U’s had the first chance of the second half. A free kick for a foul on Morrison was not fully cleared and, with a nifty turn on the edge of the box, Heath’s lashed effort went just over the bar. After Heath went off with a head injury, to be replaced by Eastman, the home side started to turn the screw and it was another good stop by Cousins to tip over a shot from distance by Laird. Morrison went close on 68 minutes, as Bean broke the midfield lines and pinged a ball across the face of the goal, which the striker turned narrowly wide. The U’s held firm in the dying stages and in fact had chances of their own, and this match went a long way to addressing the disappointment of the cup exit earlier in the week.

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GRAHAM WESTLEY Their keeper was tested half a dozen times and made some magnificent saves, whereas we only had one save to make right near the end. We’ll see a lot of sides come here and be organised defensively but we’re learning.

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JOHN WARD It was a very strong performance from my team. I got a bit bored watching us at Yeovil, but I think we were a bit more incivise today rather than making too many passes. We’re adjustable as a group of people and it was a better performance.

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garcia reflects on his time in england As the One Game, One Community weekend celebrates the diversity within the English game, it is worth noting the range of nationalities that the U’s have had in recent years. Nationalities from Congo to Cameroon and Northern Ireland to Norway have worn the famous blue and white stripes over the years, and the current squad itself contains a range of nationalities with two Irishmen proudly at the managerial helm. One of the most successful foreign imports in recent years is former West Ham man Richard Garcia, who enjoyed a positive spell with the U’s as part of the side that guided the club into the Championship for the first time in their history. Indeed, the attack-minded Aussie grabbed the U’s first goal at that level, smashing home against Birmingham City in the season opener at St Andrews.

time for the family so it just seemed to fit. “I’ve already enjoyed playing in the A League. It’s clear already that it’s a very competitive and physical league, so it’s quite similar to the UK in that respect.” Richard and his family have previously had strong connections with Perth Glory, but Melbourne were the team to grab his signature upon his return to Australia. And he holds out high hopes of success, saying: “I think we can make the top six and get into the finals. They reached the finals last season in their second season in the league, so they are looking for progression every year and it’s a very ambitious club.” So, as he settles back in at home, how does Richard regard his long stay in England? “I spent 15 years in England so it’s almost home as well,” he added.

Following his time at Layer Road, Richard was one of that Championship squad who made Hull City his next destination, and he went on to step up another division, playing with the Tigers during their time in the Premiership.

“I had a fantastic life and career there and both of my children were born there. We still have lots of friends there, so it will always hold a special place in my heart and I’m sure I will be back at some point to visit, especially to show the children where they were born.

But, having come over to the United Kingdom as a teenager, Richard has now returned to his homeland to turn out for Melbourne Glory in the A League.

“I really enjoyed it at Colchester. We had a great bunch of guys and a great team spirit. We achieved a lot together, it’s special when things like that happen and you never forget them. It was such a good atmosphere at Layer Road and we loved to play there.”

And speaking exclusively to ‘We Are United’, he said the time was right to go back Down Under. He said: “I had been thinking of moving away from the UK for about a year, and it was the right

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W HERE’S T HE B A LL?!

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Any player takes a really long throw!

Carlisle score in the first 15 minutes of the match

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The U’s get a corner

The ball hits the corner flag

Either goalkeeper slices one of his clearances

One of the ball boys slips over!

Someone’s shot comes back off the crossbar!

Any player has to be stretchered off injured! Someone manages to clear the ball right out of the stadium! Answers: Where's The Ball: C

Here we’ve brought you our own U’s take on bingo! Simply watch and listen out for these events and tick them off when you’ve spotted them - see if you can complete any rows or even tick them all off!

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ROUND-UP Bury’s poor start to the season continued as they suffered a gutwrenching last minute defeat at Crawley. Nicky Adams and Hope Akpan had given Richie Barker’s team a two-goal lead against his former club, but strikes from Tom Hopper and Andy Bishop levelled the scores. The hosts weren’t finished though as Adams pounced again to leave the Shakers seven points adrift. Contrastingly, Tranmere are now seven points clear at the top of the table after defeating Yeovil 3-2 at Prenton Park. The visitors’ Paddy Madden and Sam Foley gave the Glovers a surprise twogoal advantage. However, Rovers’ James Wallace and Jake Cassidy struck to even the match once more. Their comeback was complete in the 78th minute as Danny Holmes scored the winner and ensured they took another three points. Notts County produced a resounding 4-0 victory away at Carlisle. Jeff Hughes, Neal Bishop, Francois Zoko and a Jamal Campbell-Ryce penalty saw the Magpies comfortably take maximum points and, in the process, extend their unbeaten away record to thirteen matches. Sheffield United dropped points after conceding a last-minute equaliser at

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home to Oldham. Neil Blackman had put the hosts ahead from the spot, yet they couldn’t close out the remaining minutes as the Latics’ Matt Smith poked in to end the match 1-1. Eddie Howe (pictured) watched on as Bournemouth secured a much needed win against Leyton Orient. Two goals in quick succession by Lewis Grabban and Marc Pugh ensured a 2-0 victory for the Cherries. Swindon pulled back a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Coventry at the County Ground. A David McGoldrick brace had put the Sky Blues in control, but the hosts’ Gary Roberts and James Collins struck meaning that the points were ultimately shared. Alan Knill’s Scunthorpe team came from behind to grab a 1-1 draw with Brentford. Harry Forrester gave the visitors the lead just before half-time, however, Leon Clarke scored his sixth goal in eight games to secure a point for the Iron. Struggling Hartlepool were denied three points by a late Doncaster goal. Neil Austin’s penalty looked set to give the hosts a vital victory, but a Rob Jones effort in the 89th minute snatched a draw for Donny. Portsmouth defeated Crewe 2-0 at Fratton

Park. Wes Thomas and an Izale McLeod penalty wrapped up the points for the hosts after only eighteen minutes, leaving the Railwaymen with only three wins in their opening twelve league matches. On Sunday, Shrewsbury defeated Walsall 1-0 at the Greenhous Meadow. Paul Parry grabbed the only goal of the game for the Shrews to move them out of the relegation zone. Preston hosted MK Dons at Deepdale, however, neither team could get on the score sheet meaning the match finished 0-0. Both teams now sit just outside of the Play-Off places.


ONE FOR THE FUTURE:

WEEKEND RESULTS

RYAN COLCLOUGH

Saturday 13th October Bournemouth 2-0 Leyton Orient Carlisle 0-4 Notts County Colchester 1-0 Stevenage Crawley 3-2 Bury Hartlepool 1-1 Doncaster Portsmouth 2-0 Crewe Scunthorpe 1-1 Brentford Sheff Utd 1-1 Oldham Swindon 2-2 Coventry Tranmere 3-2 Yeovil

Winger Colclough was awarded a two-year scholarship in 2011 and, after continuing his promise, he was advanced further into the first team set-up in September this year.

Crewe Alexandra youngster Ryan Colclough has already made rapid progress in his short career, with his breakthrough into the first team picture the clearest indication yet. The 17-year-old was part of the Railwaymen’s renowned academy, and it wasn’t long before he was featuring in the club’s youth teams and U21s side.

He made his first team debut coming off the bench in the club’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient, however, he faced a slight set-back a week later as he suffered a broken jaw against MK Dons. Again, Colclough was a used substitute but, after sustaining the injury, he is now set to be on the sidelines until the New Year. When he has fully recovered, Colclough will be looking to continue the impact he has made on the Alex’s squad.

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O’S ON LOAN deal

Charlton winger Scott Wagstaff has joined Leyton Orient on a one-month loan deal. Wagstaff has found his chances limited for the Championship side this season, featuring only once in the League Cup against the O’s – he was in the losing side as Russell Slade’s team went through on penalties. The 22-year-old came through the ranks at the Valley to establish himself as a first team regular in 2009. He went on to make over

forty appearances for the club in the 2010/11 season and scored ten goals. However he has been unable to make an impact this season as he was an unused substitute in the Addicks’ 2-0 victory at Blackpool a fortnight ago. Manager Slade put Wagstaff straight into his first eleven last weekend, but he couldn’t prevent them slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

Sunday 14th October Preston 0-0 MK Dons Shrewsbury 1-0 Walsall

Hope Akpan scored as Crawley fended off a late comeback at home to Bury last Saturday

Leon Clarke’s rich vein of form on loan at Scunthorpe has launched him into the leading goalscorers

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GRAESON LAITT’S COLCHESTER UNITED STATISTICS

LAITTY’S

U’S STATS When it comes to Colchester United statistics and records, there are few people that know more than Graeson Laitt. The long time U’s fan has become the man to go to when it comes to finding out information, however obscure it might be! This season, he’ll be giving us the lowdown on the teams we’re playing, as well as answering your questions on any statistics or facts that you might want to discover!

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

and, should the U’s score This will be the 40th meeting between the two teams Cumbrians. the t agains goals of ntury half-ce a twice, they’ll complete indscreen’s Shield The most famous meeting, of course, was the AutoW of two hours, end the at ss Goalle Final at Wembley Stadium in 1997. y shoot-out with penalt a after trophy the lift Carlisle saw 45,000 over not to score. current player Karl Duguid one of the unlucky men at Layer Road. The two sides also met in the Watney Cup Semi-Final of just under front in win 2-0 a in Brian Gibbs and Brian Lewis scored 8,000.

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ON THIS COL U DAY

HOME COMFORT

»» 1938: Alec Cheyne scores a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over a Portsmouth ‘A’ team at Layer Road. »» 1951: It’s Vic Keeble’s turn to score three, this time in a 4-1 win over Bristol City. »» 1962: John Fowler made his 300th Football League appearance for the club during a 4-1 defeat at Wrexham in 1962. »» 1981: A Roger Osborne brace helps the U’s to a 4-0 win over Hereford United – their second 4-0 win in four days after beating York by the same scoreline earlier in the week!

The U’s win against Stevenage last Saturday has moved them up to eleventh in League One’s best home records so far this season. Picking up a further three points this afternoon against Carlisle could see them climb up as high as third in the league in terms of points accumulated in front of their own fans.

But they should be wary – Carlisle currently have the sixth best away record in League One and could go joint top of the points accumulated on the road if they pick up a victory today! Jabo Ibehre and Sanchez Watt’s (pictured in action for Southend) recent arrival on loan continues a long list of players who have played for both of the senior clubs in Essex in the last few years.

Essex Connections Since the U’s and Southend were promoted to the Championship in the 2005/06 season, there have been eleven players who have played first team football for both sides. In that time, the following set of players have played for both the U’s and the Shrimpers: Pat Baldwin, Chris Barker, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Luke Guttridge, Matt Heath, Lee Hills, Jabo Ibehre, Garry Richards, Scott Vernon, Sanchez Watt and John White. The connections don’t end there, either, with current U21s midfielder Merrick James-Lewis having come through the ranks at Roots Hall.

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OTHER FACTS en the two »» Martyn King scored in the first four meetings betwe against teams – he remains the leading goalscorer for the club ians. Cumbr the of his four »» Former U’s manager John Ward failed to win any games against Carlisle when in charge of the U’s. in 1981, while »» Tony Adcock made his U’s debut against Carlisle side in Roy McDonough played his last game against the same 1994.

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By Car: Leave the M1 at Junction 14 and head towards Milton Keynes. Go straight over the first roundabout and at the next (where there is a Total Garage on the corner) turn left onto the V11 Tongwell Street. Proceed across one roundabout and at the next turn right onto the H8 Standing Way (A421). Continue alone the Standing Way going across a number of roundabouts. On reaching the Bleak Hall Roundabout turn left into the V6 Grafton Street. At the next roundabout, turn right and the stadium entrance is further down on the left. Ticket Prices: Tickets are on sale for the U’s trip to Buckinghamshire. They can be bought by visiting the Ticket Office or by calling 0845 437 9089. Adults: £20 65+ and disabled: £15 U18s: £5 Carers: Free with a paying disabled supporter

Capacity: 22,000 (all seated) Address: stadium:MK, Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST Main Tel No: 01908 622 922 Ticket Office Tel No: 01908 622 900 Overview: After a couple of close misses, MK Dons will be hoping that this is the season they finally grab promotion to the Championship. They’ve got off to a good start, finding themselves just three points off automatic promotion and their home form will give them a real platform to build on in the coming months.

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DEFENDers

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Goalkeepers

Tue 14

Yeovil Town

Sat 18

Preston North End

A

FL1

0-0

10,034

156

15

GK

U

Tue 21

Portsmouth

H

FL1

2-2

4,335

1,144

14

GK

U

Sat 25

Sheffield United

H

FL1

1-1

4,017

893

16

GK

U

LB

Tom Eastman

FIXTURES &

RB RB RB

September Sat 1

Tranmere Rovers

A

FL1

0-4

4,711

103

20

GK

U

LB

CB

U

RB

Sat 8

Brentford

A

FL1

0-1

5,499

362

22

GK

U

U

CB

U

CB

RB

Sat 15

Doncaster Rovers

H

FL1

1-2

3,262

434

24

GK

U

LB

CB

U

CB

Tue 18

Crawley Town

H

FL1

1-1

2,484

218

22

GK

U

LB

CB

Sat 22

Scunthorpe United

A

FL1

0-1

3,133

80

22

GK

U

Sat 29

Hartlepool United

H

FL1

3-1

3,471

127

20

GK

U

LB

CB

CB

LB

LB

RB

U

CB

RB

CB

CB

RB

CB

RB

U

October Tue 2

Swindon Town

A

FL1

1-0

7,443

121

17

GK

U

LB

CB

U

CB

Sat 6

Yeovil Town

A

FL1

1-3

3,002

118

19

GK

U

LB

CB

U

CB

Tue 9

Northampton Town

A

JPT2

1-2

1,561

174

-

GK

U

CB

CB

SUB

Sat 13

Stevenage

H

FL1

1-0

4,045

716

18

GK

U

CB

U

CB

Sat 20

Carlisle United

H

FL1

2-0

3,335

209

15

GK

U

Tue 23

Leyton Orient

A

FL1

2-0

3,378

627

12

GK

U

Sat 27

Shrewsbury Town

A

FL1

2-2

5,066

252

12

GK

U

LB

LB LB LB

CB CB

CB U

RB RB LB RB RB

CB

RB

CB

CB

RB

CB

November Sat 3

Chelmsford City

A

FAC1

1-3

3,016

1,000

-

GK

U

LB

CB

Tue 6

Notts County

H

FL1

0-2

3,051

195

13

GK

U

LB

CB

Sat 10

Crewe Alexandra

A

FL1

2-3

4,292

138

14

U

Sat 17

Bury

H

FL1

15:00

Tue 20

Coventry City

H

FL1

19:45

Sat 24

MK Dons

A

FL1

15:00

December Sat 8

Oldham Athletic

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 15

AFC Bournemouth

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 22

Walsall

A

FL1

15:00

Wed 26 Brentford

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 29

H

FL1

15:00 15:00

Swindon Town

January 2013 Tue 1

Crawley Town

A

FL1

Sat 5

Doncaster Rovers

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 12

Scunthorpe United

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 19

Hartlepool United

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 26

Walsall

H

FL1

15:00

February Sat 2

Portsmouth

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 9

Preston North End

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 16

Sheffield United

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 23

Tranmere Rovers

H

FL1

15:00

Tue 26

Yeovil Town

H

FL1

19:45

March Sat 2

Stevenage

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 9

Crewe Alexandra

H

FL1

15:00

Tue 12

Coventry City

A

FL1

19:45

Sat 16

Bury

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 23

MK Dons

H

FL1

15:00

Fri 29

AFC Bournemouth

H

FL1

15:00

April Mon 1

Oldham Athletic

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 6

Leyton Orient

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 13

Notts County

A

FL1

15:00

Sat 20

Shrewsbury Town

H

FL1

15:00

Sat 27

Carlisle United

A

FL1

15:00

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CB

CB

RB

CB

RB


Key: U = Unused substitute, = 1st substitute, = 2nd substitute, = 3rd substitute, Bold = Goalscorer, / = Yellow/Red Card

SUB

U

CM

U

CM

CM

LM

CM

CM

AM

U

U

CM

CM

CM

SUB

U

U

SUB

CM

U

CM

CM

U

LW

CM

U

CM

CM

U

U

SUB

CM

U

U

SUB

CM

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RB

CM

CM

CM

U

U

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U

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SUB

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LW

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LW

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CM

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SUB

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RW

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FW

SUB

SUB

FW

FW

U

SUB

LW

FW

RW

FW

SUB

RW

LW

SUB

SUB

RW

LW

U

SUB

SUB

RW

LW

SUB

SUB

FW

SUB

RW

LW

U

SUB

FW

SUB

FW

LW

SUB

U

11

FW

SUB

CM

09 FW

U

CM

U

SUB

CM

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CM

CM

Gavin Massey

RM

U

SUB

Freddie Ladapo

U

U

32

LM

CM CM

Ian Henderson

CM

30

U

Jabo Ibehre

U

28

Freddie Sears

U

CM

27

Clinton Morrison

CM

SUB

Sanchez Watt

SUB

Craig Eastmond

U

CM

21

Jordan Sanderson

CM

U

19

Drey Wright

Ryan Melaugh

U

U

16

Alex Gilbey

Anthony Wordsworth

SUB

40

FORWARDS

Tosin Olufemi

Marcus Bean

26

CM

34

Kem Izzet

22

U

31

John-Joe O’Toole

15

CM

25

Karl Duguid

14

CM

Josh Thompson

10

SUB

Tom Bender

08

SUB

Bradley Hamilton

07

U

John White

Andy Bond

MIDFIELDers

FW2

RW

RW

U

CM

LW

U

CM

LW

SUB

FW

SUB

SUB

FW

RW

LW

SUB

FW

RW

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RW

SUB

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SUB LW

U

FW

SUB

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U

U

U

CM

CM

CM

SUB

SUB

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U

U

SUB

CM

CM

CM

SUB

SUB

FW

RW

LW

U

U

SUB

CM

CM

CM

SUB

LW

FW

RW

SUB

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PORTSMOUTH Tuesday 21st August

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NEIL ALLEN Portsmouth News

It has been such a turbulent time for Pompey, how do you put their predicament into words? The sad fact is that Portsmouth fans have had to endure this for a good few years now and, as bad as it to have to say it, they have become almost used to it. They have seen a procession of different owners come and go, and the situation has, if anything, got worse and worse. Looking in from the outside, it is evident that financial mismanagement has seen the club into its present predicament. How have the fans reacted to the club generally? The fans have been fantastic and rallied round superbly. At away matches, the Pompey fans have been applauded by home crowds across the country and at Forest on the last day of the season, this happened during the game itself. 7,000 season tickets have been sold, even though the fans don’t know if they’ll have a club to watch or what players they’ll be watching if the club survive. What kind of squad are they going to have for the first day of the season? Impossible to answer, there are only a few youngsters that are guaranteed to be here in a week’s time, those who have come up through the youth team. Obviously a lot of triallists have been in with the squad but until the whole club situation is sorted out, I have no idea what players will even be available to the manager. 52

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How has pre-season gone, given the difficulties Michael Appleton must be working with? Surprisingly well, considering. The squad went over to Spain for a training camp and a couple of games. That was paid for externally and, from what I understand, it was a successful trip, with the youngsters and triallists getting some good work done. The games since have also consisted of the youngsters and triallists, something that won’t change until the finances are sorted. Are they any expectations in terms of where Pompey can or

Pompey fans need to give Michael Appleton the chance to rebuild things slowly over the next few years

will finish in League One? Anyone with any sense will go and watch Portsmouth with only supporting their club through a difficult season on their mind. They have no money to spend, so survival will be a massive achievement. There shouldn’t be any talk of promotion, play-offs, it should all be about staying in League One and allowing Michael Appleton the chance to build things up slowly over the next few years.


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match OFFICIALS

WEST

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Referee: Mr A Woolmer

SSEX

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Colchester United Manager: John Ward 01 02 03 04 06 07 08 09 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 35

Mark Cousins Tom Aldred Michael Rose Magnus Okuonghae Matt Heath Karl Duguid John-Joe O’Toole Clinton Morrison Kemal Izzet Freddie Sears Andy Bond Marcus Bean Ian Henderson Merrick James-Lewis Tom Eastman Freddie Ladapo Brian Wilson Gavin Massey Anthony Wordsworth Jackson Ramm Ben Coker John White Ryan Melaugh Tosin Olufemi Alex Gilbey Shaun Phillips Drey Wright Bradley Hamilton Jordan Sanderson Thomas Bender Carl Pentney

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Assistants: Mr S Daly Mr E Kaye

CRAWLEY TOWN Manager: Richie Barker 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29

Paul Jones Scott Davies Mat Sadler Mark Connolly Kyle McFadzean Hope Akpan Billy Clarke Sergio Torres Gary Alexander Jonathan Forte Josh Simpson Joe Walsh David Hunt Nicky Ajose Dannie Bulman Nicky Adams John Akinde Shaun Cooper Charlie Wassmer Mike Jones Scott Neilson Jon Dollery Michel Kuipers Richard Brodie Aaron Wickham Claude Davis Dan Evans

Fourth Official: Mr D Woolford

LEAGUE 1 FIXTURES Tuesday 18th September Bournemouth v Brentford Carlisle v Crewe U’s v Crawley Leyton Orient v Yeovil MK Dons v Notts County Oldham v Scunthorpe Portsmouth v Swindon Preston v Hartlepool Sheff Utd v Doncaster Shrewsbury v Coventry Stevenage v Walsall Tranmere v Bury Saturday 22nd September Brentford v Oldham Bury v MK Dons Coventry v Carlisle Crawley v Tranmere Crewe v Leyton Orient Doncaster v Stevenage Hartlepool v Shrewsbury Notts County v Portsmouth Scunthorpe v U’s Swindon v Bournemouth Walsall v Preston Yeovil v Sheff Utd

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