Pre-match build up – Leeds

It’s a sell out. A full ground. Yes, really, this time we are assured it will be full.  Not ‘full’ like the under-19 international when just 9,692 turned up, but maybe something close to the 10,000 capacity.  The main difference this time will also be that the majority of the crowd will be cheering for club rather than country.  It’s Colchester v Leeds for the third time in 38 years. So far the results are both in our favour.  Crawford (2) and Simmons hit the net for the 3-2 cup win in February 1971.  In April 2007 Iwelumo and and Cureton got the goals that gave us a 2-1 result. Which pair of strikers want the glory today?  It should also be the biggest travelling support.  It might be argued that the result will potentially do more for Leeds than for us since it looks like our play-off hopes have been burned.  We have the chance to dent Leeds’ chances as well, in the hope that we can play them again next season.  We also have the chance of yet another double, having won the fixture at Elland Road in December last year when we attracted one of their lowest home league crowds, just under 20,000.

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