Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Loyal Pat Baldwin Couldn`t See Life After U`s

Loyal Pat Baldwin Couldn`t See Life After U`s


Pat Baldwin has revealed, despite receiving some "very good offers" in summertime, he just could not contemplate a future without Colchester United.

An immediate almost immediate, if lucky, reward for his loyalty to the Essex side was a deserved promotion to the rank of captain after Dean Hammond`s departure.

Should the sturdy defender affectionately christened 'Rio', after England`s Ferdinand who plays in his position, see through his current contract with the club then he will be rewarded with a testimonial come 2012.

"This is my eighth season - I`ve always said from day one that I`ve absolutely loved every moment I`ve been at this club," he told Dream 100 FM.

He continued: "My contract was up in the summer and I had some very good offers on the table, but in the end I knew I wouldn`t be able to pull myself away from the club; I really enjoy it. I`m settled in the area, living very close to family and friends and couldn`t see any reason to leave, especially as I thought at the start of the season I saw everything put in place to give us a really good chance of promotion."

The talismanic Baldwin also admitted a huge respect for ex-boss Phil Parkinson, whose new team Charlton were suggested as a possible destination for player when it appeared he was stalling over his future.

He also showed his passion last week when saying any player incapable of preparing for the league game against Leeds United shouldn`t be in the professional game.

"Phil Parkinson was also fantastic to play under - I played some of the best football of my career under him - so I`ve got a tremendous respect for him," Baldwin gushed, before saying that successor Geraint Williams was proving the doubters wrong with accomplishments at Leyton Orient.

Let`s hope Baldwin is chosen to lead the side permanently under a new manager.



Bookmark and Share


So what do you think?

Let us know with a comment below, or chat about this article in the forum. Not yet a member? Don't panic, click on the banner below to join in.




We want to know YOUR thoughts...


VITAL COLCHESTER; YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE!


VITAL COLCHESTER IS 100% UNOFFICIAL - FOR THE FANS, BY THE FANS!









Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Share article via email
Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Monday August 31 2009
Time: 12:39AM

Best of Euro Vital

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
The man's a total legend!
StevieG Col U
06/09/2009 16:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

League 1 - Barnsley v Colchester

The League 1 season continues with weekend games, with most played on Saturday. Among this schedule is a game for Colchester against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Match Day Officials v Barnsley (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Barnsley this weekend.

Colchester - Football League Dates 2016/17

The Football League, or the brainless EFL rebrand, have today released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

League 1 - Colchester 0-3 Burton

We'll not be seeing any great Colchester escape this season with relegation into League 2 confirmed following a three-nil defeat against title chasing Burton.

Vital Colchester Social Media

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Have Your Say

Suggest an article
Suggest a poll
As featured on NewsNow:Colchester United newsColchester United News 24/7

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Barnsley v Colchester
Suggested By:
Colchester win25%
Barnsley win75%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Wigan 44 23 15 6 84 36
2 Burton 44 24 9 11 81 19
3 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
4 Millwall 44 22 9 13 75 20
5 Bradford 44 21 11 12 74 12
6 Barnsley 44 21 7 16 70 13
7 Gillingham 44 19 12 13 69 17
8 Scunthorpe 44 19 11 14 68 10
9 Sheff Utd 44 18 12 14 66 9
10 Rochdale 44 18 11 15 65 6
11 Port Vale 44 18 11 15 65 4
12 Coventry 44 17 12 15 63 14
13 Southend 44 16 11 17 59 -4
14 Peterborough 44 17 6 21 57 4
15 Bury 44 15 12 17 57 -15
16 Swindon 44 15 10 19 55 -10
17 Oldham 44 12 18 14 54 -9
18 Chesterfield 44 14 8 22 50 -13
19 Shrewsbury 44 13 11 20 50 -17
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 44 12 10 22 46 -15
22 Doncaster 44 11 12 21 45 -14
R Colchester 44 9 12 23 39 -41
R Crewe 44 6 13 25 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet League One
May 8 2016 12:30PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One

Breaking League News