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Getting Shirty!

An Icy response to U`s wallet-raiding

Colchester United tried to sweeten the deal that announced a new shirt sponsorship on the last day of the season with Southend United backers Haart, a property company also known as Spicer McColl, by handing out free flags.

Well, I`m not convinced; especially not when it means having to buy a new shirt less than a year after purchasing one for the season just gone, hailing the arrival of MuturalPoints for the club`s maiden Championship campaign.

I wouldn`t mind, except it`s the U`s forth new home strip in as many seasons. Even though Colchester United are offering a 10 discount on the new shirt if you bring an old one - from any season - to the club shop, I still will not buy it.

Fine, so with a new stadium on the way, I`ll accept that we need as much money as possible.

But when Greg Halford`s 2.5 million transfer fee is injected back into the club, rather than used as disposable transfer income, you know there`s a real issue with the tightness of those purse strings.

A lot of 'hard-core` fans, meaning the few thousand max we take to most away games, will not be happy, but can accept our counting-the-pennies philosophy, if it means long-term prosperity and a continued return of investment through successes on the pitch.

Ok, so even that is a bit over the top. We can play badly, even, as long as the club makes an effort to hang onto good players like Chris Iwelumo and Richard Garcia, whose close-to-expiring contracts are defiantly worth their weight in goals.

I dismiss the freezing of ticket prices for 2007/8 as little more than a token gesture, also, because the cheapest standing price remains 361.

Forgive the icy response, but they say the prices here are among the cheapest in the Championship. Maybe, although some quick research shows that a Sunderland season-ticket, while set for a rise following promotion, was about 120; quality football, quality price.

As an aside, I`ll register that this is not a complaint about match-day quality or commitment; the football on show, with a surprise promotion followed very nearly by a play-off flourish, has been a joy to behold. Our programme was voted the best in the Football League, too.

Yes, money may talk. But so do the fans.

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

The Journalist

Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 14 2007

Time: 1:44PM


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