Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Vintage U’s Fizz

Vintage U’s Fizz

This column appears in the Colchester United Matchday Programme, U’s Review, 2007’s Best Matchday Supplement at the Football League Awards.

Vital Football Colchester would like to thank Matt Hudson for his continued support, while the scribe of this page reserves a special mention for the editor of this site, Deeno for his invaluable advice, patience and willingness to help whenever needed.

Vintage U’s Fizz With Hogan’s Sweet Tango

Colchester United served a stunning recipe for success in this year’s Coca-Cola Championship, boiling reputations like that of Sunderland, Derby and Southampton as part of their staple diet.

After having Hull for breakfast, Luton for lunch, and Southend for supper, the Layer Road faithful show no sign of indigestion. Last on the menu comes Crystal Palace, set to see more gourmet football on the green carpet of our pitch.

Most of the footballing fraternity laughed at a distinct lack of prawn sandwiches and executive boxes in Britain’s oldest recorded town last August. Now even the cynics have come to love Colchester’s superior brand of al fresco entertainment.

From outside the stadium’s fortress walls, it must still seem to those in the media that Geraint Williams has been turning water into wine. The troops were able to successfully declare their war on relegation over, before Christmas.

That champagne strikeforce of Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo soon made sure people were eating their words. After all, it has been a good few months since anybody mentioned that old line about this being the only league club where a female chief executive still has to use an outside toilet.

By December, the press were already drunk on the U’s play-off-making possibility. In the interest of noting end-of-season miracles, it is not yet mathematically written that Colchester cannot finish one place higher than magnificent seventh.

What kind of a written web will they spin on the nation’s back pages as the season reaches its end? Amid grey-stodge rumours about who may leave, I’d welcome more stimulating transfer brain-food: Hogan Ephraim should be first on the U’s shopping list.

By all accounts, this season’s number twenty-four would consider only another loan spell in Essex over a permanent move, but the attacking midfielder’s fizzing runs put more than a spark in the eye of an average Colchester fan.

His talents are such that they merit more use than just as a novel piece of bench-warning equipment back at West Ham. In London, he might as well have been skinning potatoes – not demoralised defenders – for a living.

If the loudest League crowd are bubbly at the best of times, they erupt when Hogan’s volcanic pace brings on another slalom assault. His sweet tango routine is easy on the eye, even if those watching him are, apparently, not so.

Readers of one lad’s mag may have recently voted United fans the Football League’s most ugly, but they can point to a superb home record, of only three Championship losses at home all season, as the perfect rebuke.

In the house still predominantly built by former boss Phil Parkinson, a spirit embossed by pretty football – which is what counts – definitely roams unchained and free.

“When I first came here,” said Parkinson last year, “people saw us as little old Colchester; a good place to come and finish their careers. I saw a unique spirit, a chance to achieve.

“I wanted young, hungry players who had an expectation and who would follow my formula.”

As manager Williams pursues the same line, there is no need to ask what exact shape that formula takes; not when it is so obviously a winning one.

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



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

Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Sunday May 6 2007
Time: 6:37AM

Comments

0
You must be very happy with the season you have just had.
dazza71
07/05/2007 10:55:00
0
Yup; beyond what everyone here could have wished for!
Matt_Us
09/05/2007 11:20:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Colchester Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Stats: Barnsley v Colchester

All the stats from Barnsley (2) vs (2) Colchester, Oakwell, 30/4/16 Att: 12,021

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.

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)

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

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Wigan 45 24 15 6 87 40
2 Burton 45 25 9 11 84 20
3 Walsall 45 23 12 10 81 17
4 Millwall 45 23 9 13 78 23
5 Bradford 45 22 11 12 77 13
6 Barnsley 45 21 8 16 71 13
7 Scunthorpe 45 20 11 14 71 11
8 Gillingham 45 19 12 14 69 16
9 Coventry 45 18 12 15 66 16
10 Sheff Utd 45 18 12 15 66 7
11 Rochdale 45 18 12 15 66 6
12 Port Vale 45 18 11 16 65 3
13 Peterborough 45 18 6 21 60 5
14 Southend 45 16 11 18 59 -5
15 Bury 45 15 12 18 57 -18
16 Swindon 45 15 11 19 56 -10
17 Oldham 45 12 18 15 54 -12
18 Chesterfield 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Shrewsbury 45 13 11 21 50 -18
20 Fleetwood 45 11 15 19 48 -6
21 Blackpool 45 12 10 23 46 -19
22 Doncaster 45 11 12 22 45 -16
R Colchester 45 9 13 23 40 -41
R Crewe 45 7 13 25 34 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

May 8 2016 12:30PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One