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.



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

More Reliable Than A League 2 Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League Two positions for 2016/17.

League Two 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (21/4/17)

With all playing 43 League Two games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

2016/17 Play Off Details

The Football League have now released the details for this year's Play Off battles in the Championship, League One and League Two.

EFL Safe Standing Survey

Safe seating campaigners and the Football Supporters' Federation have launched a survey to see whether crowd funding could see the first safe standing areas introduced to an EFL club.

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 win59%
Rochdale win33%
Draw8%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Doncaster 44 25 10 9 85 33
P Plymouth 44 25 8 11 83 24
P Portsmouth 44 24 9 11 81 33
4 Luton 44 18 17 9 71 22
5 Exeter 44 20 8 16 68 18
6 Blackpool 44 17 16 11 67 22
7 Stevenage 44 20 6 18 66 7
8 Mansfield 44 17 14 13 65 5
9 Wycombe 44 18 11 15 65 4
10 Carlisle 44 16 17 11 65 -1
11 Cambridge 44 18 9 17 63 7
12 Colchester 44 17 12 15 63 6
13 Accrington 44 16 14 14 62 3
14 Grimsby 44 17 10 17 61 -2
15 Barnet 44 13 15 16 54 -6
16 Notts County 44 15 8 21 53 -22
17 Crewe 44 13 13 18 52 -11
18 Morecambe 44 14 9 21 51 -18
19 Crawley 44 13 11 20 50 -16
20 Yeovil 44 11 16 17 49 -13
21 Cheltenham 44 11 14 19 47 -16
22 Newport 44 11 12 21 45 -22
23 Hartlepool 44 10 13 21 43 -21
R Leyton Orient 44 10 6 28 36 -36
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
May 6 2017 5:30PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Vital Football Comment