Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

U's Chairman Ready To Push On

U's Chairman Ready To Push On

U's chairman Robbie Cowling admits that he is pleased that the side have pulled through a 'transitional year', but that he is hoping next season is an opportunity to push onwards up the League One table.

Plenty has changed at the U's over the last twelve months, with the switch to the new training facilities in Tiptree, a change of manager and a leaning towards the burgeoning youth system at the club.

With investment in the side having to decrease, the campaign was always going to be more of a struggle than the recent top ten and, although it was perhaps more testing than hoped, there is plenty of optimism for next season.

Speaking to BBC Essex, Mr Cowling said: 'It means so much to stay in this league. We're in a transition, but it was important to keep our status so that we can push on from on here.

'When it really mattered, credit to Joe and the team as they went out and did what they had to, and you can't ask for more than that. We've had the transitional year now though, and let's hope that we can push on a bit.'

The U's went into the game at Carlisle knowing that just a point would guarantee their League One status, and when Tom Eastman headed home a second goal with ten minutes remaining, the U's were home and dry.

Greg Abbott's hosts had failed to test the U's who looked comfortable and, with Swindon winning at Scunthorpe at the time too, it looked like game over.

However, three late, late goals from Scunny secured them the 3-1 win that would have been enough to overturn Dunne's men had they lost, and Mr Cowling admits that he was always wary of something going dramatically wrong.

'Even though it needed a big turnaround, you're still trying to work out the maths,' he revealed to BBC Essex. 'Even in the last few minutes, I couldn't breathe easily.

'The Scunthorpe game shows how quickly it can change as they got their turnaround, and it just shows that what the boys did was needed, so well done to them.'

It's been a testing first season for the U's manager, who even admitted that he was considering his future after a club record ninth successive defeat towards the end of January.

But Dunne received thorough backing from his chairman and, looking back on the situation, he admits that the U's boss makes it far easier to back him than most.

'When you have somebody prepared to work hard, then you're prepared to back them,' Mr Cowling explained. 'I think Joe and I work well as a team, and Joe is the hardest working manager that I've ever known, and one of the hardest working people I've ever known.'

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:Thursday May 2 2013
Time: 5:33PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Colchester United Articles

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

No More ******* Bad Language - EFL

The Football League, or EFL for those with a rebrand nature, have called on fans across the country to say no to 'starry' language or no more...

FA Cup First Round Proper - Full Draw (17/10/16)

The draw for the first round of the FA Cup took place earlier this evening.

Colchester's FA Cup Ball Number Known (17/10/16)

With the FA Cup first round draw later this evening (Monday), clubs have been allocated ball numbers for the first stage of this year's competition.

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 win50%
Rochdale win50%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
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)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Crewe Alexandra (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
The Vital Football Members League