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In The Blue & White Corner #3 (22/8/09 - 28/8/09)

What a week! Greg Halford`s throw`s not long enough, Perkins piles on the transfer pressure and fans ask MK supporters if they want fries with their franchise...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Daily Mail mock-up of the Wolves XI set to take on Manchester City - they lose by a single goal - mentions that former Colchester right-back, Greg Halford gets "very defensive about the fact that his throw-in isn't as long as Rory Delap's at Stoke" and, although describing him as a pleasant chap, suggests Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has been on his back, as he "sometimes opens his mouth before he realises the consequences of what he's about to say."

Maybe there`s the answer to that enigma about how someone originally tracked by half the Premier League and attracting attention from scouts at Arsenal and Manchester United can shed clubs so quickly. Big throw but an even bigger mouth, Greg?

Central midfielder, David Perkins, also comes up a not-so-bright idea of handing in a transfer request. He`s a northern lad who basically says he`s sick-to-death of southern softies.

This unexpected and unwelcome announcement becomes public after Colchester`s failed fightback, in losing 2-1 to Paul Ince`s MK Dons, falls short. I`ve got no problem with Perks wanting to go per say, apart from that it caps a week of transfer misery, in which Paul Lambert, Dean Hammond and Johnnie Jackson have also already scurried away.

I do think it`s ill-advised for someone with shockingly bright light-bulb-yellow hair to express a desire to quit while expecting immunity from criticism. It just aint gonna happen, son.

Best Match Chant: "Do You Want fries with your franchise, fries with your franchise?" U`s fans make a variant of that 'One Team in Essex` chat, after Scott Vernon grabs a goal back. Nobody likes a made-to-order football team. Apparently.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

U`s blues set in on Sunday as the injury to right-back Lee Beevers seems worse than expected and the club admits new signings could be on the way.

Steve Wignall warns the U`s off potential big-name managerial candidates, like Steve Coppell. He claims he "knows" most fans only want a raw, young, manager over an famed older hand. Well, I wouldn`t mind either way - but would take Coppell or Aidy Boothroyd over, say Paul Buckle - so long as the person who gets the job is committed.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nip back up to fan shop, U`s Central, during the day to get a ticket for the Leeds visit next weekend and clam my 1 prize, thanks to that lucky Mickey Cook legends scratchcard.

The till operator is surprised that someone`s actually one something. I`ve learnt nothing from the small-scale gamble and want to spend the quid on another card. So I did and lost second-time around, right? Nope. Just boringly pocketed it!

It`s a slow newsday on Vital as no new links materialise about the club`s next dugout man.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

That`s better! Not so slow, today! Well, a bit anyway.

The EADT writes about either one, or a combination of, Matt Holland and Mark Kinsella wanting the job. Except there`s no quotes, so it`s just recycled gossip. Who says journalists don`t read message boards?

Resort to writing about two U`s loanees appearing in the League Cup against Hull for our rivals, but only one of them does.

Maybe it is a slow newsday, again, after all...


Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Club says next week will be the mother of all weeks as a new manager draw from a list con "world-renowned." They`re steadfast in a commitment to the interview process, which won`t be completed until the end of the week, at least... (so stop asking, alright?!)

CE Steve Bradshaw`s been over-egging it a little, so part of me wants to kick back in inferiority club complex mode and suggest that they are lying. My optimistic side, though, has gone into kiddywink-at-Christmas overdrive... until someone opines that the only unemployed, world-renowned manager ready to take on a fire-fighter role at Colchester is 'Big` Ron Atkinson... cue some comedy parp parp music!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ok... change the track now! It`s a new day but still caretaker Joe Dunne implies without promising a fact that his last game will be against Leeds. That it was "always his understanding" that "something might happen" after the Leeds game.

(By 'something' he means an appointment. And by 'might' he means maybe.)

So I go the whole hog and put renewed speculation about Boothroyd having agreed in a golden handshake to become U`s boss with Dunne`s date estimate to tell anyone who will listen that we`ll have a new boss by Tuesday. Oh, ok, alright... we might have a new boss by Tuesday.

This makes either the football club, for telling everyone they`d no nothing until just before the Southampton game, or myself, for telling everyone it`s bound to be announced sooner, look very stupid.

Get my coat? Fine!

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Vital Colchester site gets a glossy make-over and I feel like a very smooth operator on it indeed. And Leeds are in town within the next 24 hours. The stage is well and truly set...!



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Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 30 2009

Time: 8:30PM

Your Comments

Top stuff! Could well be the reason Halford doesn't last long at clubs! Up the U's!
StevieG Col U
Like I said, there's got to be some reason why, after being looked at supposedly by Arsenal and Manchester United, he's not lasting that long at Reading, Sunderland, Charlton, and Sheffield United. Although some were loans, he must be loaded from the signing-on fees; I recall when Doogs said he still had the worst dress sense despite his new salary!
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