In The Blue & White Corner #4 (29/8/09 - 4/9/09)
Saturday, 29th August
Colchester host Leeds and just as I`m thinking about starting the countdown before anyone mentions the 1971 F.A. match, a fan across in the ticket cue does. It`s only the seventh time the two sides have faced each other but the irreverence of their fans grates slightly; they are outnumbered by two to one and incidentally win by the same score.
Alan Maybury seems to forget he`s left Leeds for a moment after the ball comically bounces of his back as he faces the wrong way, only to recover quickly enough to assist Jermaine Beckford for what turns out as the winning goal. Ops! Leeds fans continue vocally addressing their anachronistic feud with Premiership Chelsea during the game, which seems quaint now.
Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes later accidently seems to tip Dagenham & Redbridge manager, John Still, for the vacant manager`s job, acting on e-mails from their concerned fans. They appear dampen their own evening, which have been spent in peace, celebrating going top of League Two. Own-goal!
N.B. Former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd seen at the ground (for the second time) by a few Colchester fans. Alas, not me!
Best Match Chant: "Super, Super Kev, Super, Super Kev, Super, Super Kev; Super Kevin Lisbie!" Sung to drown out the Leeds version as he nets a penalty.
Sunday, 30th August
Not much CUFC news today, except something to both annoy and amuse both at once.
A Leeds fan blog, called Clark one-nil, mentions a first experience at Weston Homes, first saying the vista is redolent of a Middle Eastern-setting before, adding the seats feel "cheap". I`ll hold my tongue while you decide if he was lucky to get any form of seat at all, after Colchester fans didn`t enjoy being moved around to incorporate swathes of their supporters, for a first-ever sell-out at home last season.
As for the ground, that`s fair comment, really. Add the Middle Eastern remark to our recent dealings with a prospective boss who claimed, if he was appointed, he could persuade a sheikh to invest in the side and I feel a machday dress-theme coming on...
What I don`t like about the Leeds blog is the critical undertone used when talking about Paul Lambert`s departure. Enough Norwich fans say we need to stop moaning - heaven knows they would had we induced someone there to quit - but I can`t let the Leeds commentary pass.
The blogger writes that our programme notes (healthily partisan, I think, plus part of an award-winning product not so long ago) have been angrily assembled on that point of order. He suggests that a town-sized club should simply expect these things with humility and decide to comment just because we`re in League One.
"This "smaller" club mentality at Colchester United didn`t stretch to dealing with the departure of manager Paul Lambert to Norwich City; the programme notes bulged with resentment and a touch of anger. That did, however, have an advantage of limiting the number of references to the 1971 F.A. Cup game, which is always good."
How do I loathe this? Hummm, let me count the ways...
Monday, 31st August
Bless my non-football following mum. She thinks there is a game today and has washed my shirt in readiness... except there isn`t! I tell her that happens on Easter Monday, like in this season and every other year; still, she isn`t convinced.
Football gossip doesn`t stop though, thankfully. Speculation gets fun as we report that any new Colchester boss may have already had to have chosen a new central midfield target prior to his appointment.
And although all the banks are slacking in, Vital has to play catch up as three new names go into the potential appointment frame.
Tuesday, 1st September
Colchester`s Johnston Paint Trophy game seems little more than a charming sideshow as the managerial speculation goes into hyperdrive and many news outlets say Aidy Boorthroyd will get the job! Such a sideshow, in fact, that even the BBC Essex commentary I`m listening to includes a competition to name a Paint Pot XI.
Ex-U`s player, David Gregory, comes up with Paint Paddy Kenny and into the side goes Michael Dulux-berry. And Colchester end up losing thanks to a missed penalty... sigh! Roll on, Wednesday...!
Wednesday 2nd September
RED LETTER DAY! Boothroyd unveiled as manager and before I know it, I`m at the Community Stadium to greet him with the press conference party. It`s my first venture inside the year-old stadium`s labyrinth of still refreshingly new corridors and complexes, which, I`m proud to say, doesn`t make me hanker after Layer Road`s old style one little bit!
I still shower, despite Boothroyd shaking my hand twice and even fulfil the prize task of guarding the shirt christened with his surname before the 12 pm start. Plenty of banter and also a reflection on Matt Lockwood`s controversial comments about Lambert`s tenure from the previous night.
He says Lambert "bullied" him, among other things and he`s surprisingly one of a number of players to hint at the discontent after the fact.
But this day was not about Lambert or Norwich, it was about Boorthroyd, who was frank, professional and honest.
I`m proud to be there and am extremely delighted with my football club!
Thursday, 3rd September
Boothroyd says he`ll leave, shocker... if Manchester United come in for him, that is. Some waspish and sceptical fans refuse to be as bowled over as I am and give him a rough ride. He answers with jokes and tells them that they should have a go at the job!
Nice touch as he says he`ll get the town`s Garrison onside and also reveals his wife supports him during every game. Awww.
Friday, 4th September
England youth sensation, Medy Elito, is thawed in from the cold quicker than you can say Igloo, given a new contract and a place in Boothroyd`s first squad.
He`d been training with the youth team for the past ten months in the wilderness. How`s that for a recall?!
UP THE U'S!
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