A blast from the not-too distant past as I get on the road with my matchday sidekick Steve, venturing into Southampton. It`s an atmosphere nostalgic not because of a potential for reliving the great Jamie Cureton inspired win watched here during those Championship days in 2007 so much as because Dean Hammond is ubiquitous.
The U`s ex-sipper appears thrice in the main matchday supplement thrice as well as on a double-spread poster. For the overly-obsessed also comes the chance to win a singed shirt... you get the picture. Not very amusing for staunch supporters, who unexpectedly saw him walk just weeks ago.
Hammond claims he sees more potential in the current sleeping-giant club Southampton, although must mean in future, since they currently still languish at the bottom of League.
Much more amusing is the dance routine performed by Papa Waigo N'Diaye - apparently it`s a hot flick on Youtbue.
He`s Southampton`s loan signing from Fiorentina, without a work permit but still the licence to strut it some!
On the pitch, despite two late efforts from Hammond - who else - the U`s survive to draw their first game under new manager, Aidy Boothroyd. It`s a great point, albeit coming in a game nothing like the last time I was at Saint Mary`s.
Best Match Chat: "12 men, and you still can`t win!" A chant in response to some apparently harsh refereeing against Colchester!
Sunday, 6th September 2009
Southampton couldn`t beat a very resilient Colchester with ten men and were, at times, reduced to having shots with their defenders. Ex-U`s man Neil Trotman still insists they are not a million miles away from dishing out their first win or thrashing.
Reacting to the game, he says: "Maybe it wasn't meant to be today but I think we're due to give a team a hiding soon."
Mark those words and don`t laugh. At least not too much!
Monday, 7th September 2009
Blue Monday? Maybe! But not a very Blue & White one. Headline: defender Magnus Okuonghae hails Aidy Boothroyd as a bit of a Mr. Motivator, praising his positive weekend teamtalk.
Anyone with some spare time and a penchant for Photoshop could have fun splicing pictures of Aidy and Derrick Evans, the original Mr. Motivator himself!
Don't tut - I've seen far worse!
Tuesday, 8th September 2009
More good fallout from the game last Saturday as Pat Baldwin is only out for a fortnight.
As news is slow, I ponder running an article Vital about how Colchester`s last-gasp exit from the Johnson`s Paint Trophy denied them a chance to meet Paul Lambert`s Norwich in the next round.
Since we`re a lively networked series of sites, I think better of it because I`m sick of City fans moaning on our site about U`s-related opinions. Yes, I know, now I`M the one moaning...
Still, read the banner heading this page and weep, Norwich fans: it`s a Col U zone!
Wednesday, 9th September 2009
The reserves face Ipswich and draw 0-0. Nothing to write home about, from Portman Road, where the score is concerned.
Phil Ifil and Steve Gillespie enjoy decent cameos for the U`s.
Thursday, 10th September 2009
Medy Elito, Colchester`s young winger of international recognition sheds more light of Paul Lambert`s apparently misanthropic style of man-management by revealing he too, like others in the squad, was mysteriously shunned by the previous manager.
People become pundit-like with their own views on the latest comments, seemingly either very shocked or apparently not at all surprised.
Friday, 11th September 2009
The quietest week of the season so far draws to a close, whimper-style.
News picks up ahead of the upcoming encounter with Swindon and I have trouble trying to fit a comic chant the name Magnus Okuonghae into Dorris Day`s "Whip Crack Away," as suggested by site member, Tubbsy.
Here; I`ve come over all Art Attack and will use that old Neil Buchanan phrases: "Now try it yourself!"
The slayables breakdown thus: Magnus O-KONG-A-HAY O-KONG-A HAY O-KONG-A-HAY
Enjoy making it fit!
UP THE U'S!
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