Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

U's Legend Believes In Dunne

U's Legend Believes In Dunne

U's legend Micky Cook has affirmed that he is positive that Joe Dunne is the man to not only keep the U's up this season, but also to help the club rise again in the years to come if he is given the necessary time.

Cook, now aged sixty-one, is the club's all-time record appearance holder having made over six-hundred appearances in the blue and white throughout the seventies and early eighties.

He told the club's official website during Saturday's victory over Preston that he sees no reason for the U's not to be fine this year.

'I'm sure that they can stay up with Joe and Mark [Kinsella] at the helm and the passion and experience they bring,' he admitted. 'He just needs the time to bring in his own ideas and bed his players through.

'If he is allowed that, which I think he will be, then the club will just rise further and further up the table.

'Joe is Colchester United through and through; he's one of those characters who is passionate and wants the club to do well but it comes down to time.

'He needs time to implement changes, and there are lots of new, innovative things going on that are very exciting.'

Cook spent a number of years at Layer Road involved heavily in the youth development side of the club, and it is an area that has undergone significant changes in the years since he left in 2004.

Notably this year is the introduction of the Elite Performance Player Plan (EPPP), as well as the huge investment made into both the training facilities and the youth side of the club by chairman, Robbie Cowling, this year.

The veteran was one of those responsible for bringing through Lomana Tresor Lua Lua, for example, and he confesses that selling players such as Lua Lua on is one of the key purposes of such development.

'The demands of youth development have to be getting youngsters into the first team, which is starting to happen,' he continued, referring to the emergence of talent such as Drey Wright and Alex Gilbey, amongst others.

'Can they establish themselves as we've all had to and then the economics; can they go on and be sold like Lua Lua or [Greg] Halford to help get some money back into the coffers.

'The money involved now means it is a very exciting time for youngsters, but do they have the necessary ingredients to make it?

'The opportunity is now wide open for young boys to become professional footballers.'


For the latest U's news and views, follow us on Twitter



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

Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Tuesday February 12 2013
Time: 5:22PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features?

Sky Sports being their festive 10 in 10 this week, so who features in the football screening overload for 2016/17?

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

How Do Colchester Fare In The BBC's 2016 Survey?

The BBC's Price Of Football survey for 2016 was released a week last Wednesday evening and as ever they looked at everything from the price of tickets through to the price of pies...

McGreal In Team Of The Week (28/11/16)

Colchester United are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win38%
Rochdale win50%
Draw12%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 19 12 3 4 39 14
2 Carlisle 19 10 8 1 38 14
3 Plymouth 19 12 2 5 38 8
4 Portsmouth 19 9 4 6 31 12
5 Luton 19 8 7 4 31 10
6 Yeovil 19 8 4 7 28 1
7 Wycombe 19 8 4 7 28 1
8 Blackpool 19 7 6 6 27 11
9 Barnet 19 6 9 4 27 0
10 Grimsby 19 7 5 7 26 2
11 Crewe 19 6 8 5 26 -3
12 Cambridge 19 7 4 8 25 -2
13 Mansfield 19 6 7 6 25 -4
14 Stevenage 18 7 3 8 24 -1
15 Colchester 19 6 5 8 23 1
16 Crawley 19 6 5 8 23 -11
17 Morecambe 19 7 2 10 23 -13
18 Hartlepool 19 5 7 7 22 -4
19 Notts County 19 6 4 9 22 -8
20 Accrington 19 5 6 8 21 -5
21 Exeter 19 6 2 11 20 -5
22 Leyton Orient 19 5 3 11 18 -5
23 Cheltenham 19 3 9 7 18 -8
24 Newport 18 4 5 9 17 -5
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 7 2017 3:00PM : Carlisle United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
The Vital Football Members League