Posts Tagged ‘layer road’

Away form returns

18 April, 2009

img_0422_webIt’s a shame they only give full commentary on the second half on BBC Essex.  It would have been good to hear today’s goals go in at the time they happened.  I’m in desperate need of listening to a winning performance (given that home performances recently have left me completely bewildered).  The second half today sounded rather drab and although a 2-0 win away from home is quite desirable at any time, when you look at the quality of the opposition you have to feel we should have bagged a few more.

img_0459_webCuckoo Farm was announced this week as the second stop on a world tour of football league grounds by the BBC Sport team of Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs.  See their blog.  I just had to have my say of course, and a collection of my photos from the first season here at Cuckoo Farm is now available on Flickr.  It just goes to show that despite our lack of performance recent history has put us on the map.  Sometimes we forget what a rich set of experiences we have had in Colchester in the last 30 – 40 years.  I dragged out my old matchday programmes the other day and found the visits of top flight teams such as Leeds (1971 of course), Aston Villa (1979), and Manchester United (1979).  As a matter of interest today’s opponents Hereford played their first ever Football League match at Layer Road in 1972!

At Last, a Cup Run

14 August, 2008

Great result against the Gills. Not only did we win, but we kept a clean sheet and we are now on our first cup run in three years. A clean sheet! When was the last of those you may ask. Well, it wasn’t that long ago actually – 5th April this year. It’s worth a mention because we beat the tractor boys 2-0 at Layer Road. You have to go back to 25th August 2007 for the previous one to that, 3-0 away at Preston.

Talking of the tractor boys, they are our prize for having dispatched the Gills in the Carling Cup. How about that then? It’s a shame we can’t have them at home, but perhaps we’ll get drawn against them again in the FA Cup later in the season. You never know!

First home league game at Cuckoo Farm coming up this weekend. I wonder how big a crowd we’ll get? Surely we must get somewhere near capacity for the first one.