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League One Preview: Colchester United

30 June 2015

A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - today we look at Colchester...

About Colchester

Nicknamed The U's, Colchester are a club based in Essex. The U's are a former Championship side, who were promoted from League One in 2006 after finishing the season second in the table. The following season they achieved their highest league finish in club history, ending the campaign 10th in the Championship. The club returned to League One in 2008 following relegation from the Championship, and they have remained in League One for the past seven seasons. 

How did they get on last season?

The U's ensured their League One status for the eighth consecutive season on the final day of the campaign by beating play-off side Preston North End 1–0. They stayed up by two points, finishing 19th in the table.

Who's the Gaffer?

Tony Humes. Humes took over at Colchester in September 2014 after Joe Dunne left the club by mutual consent following the U’s poor run of form in League One. His role at Colchester is his first in management after coming up from a youth coach in the U’s academy set up. Humes began his career in football as a player at Ipswich Town; joining their youth system in 1982. He turned professional three years later and went on to appear 120 times for Ipswich before moving to Wrexham in 1992. He went on to make over 100 appearances for the side before retiring in 1999.

Who’s the star player?

Last season’s stand out man was Tom Eastman; voted by the fans as Player of the Year. It was the second year in a row that he lifted the honour at the club's End of Season Awards. The commanding centre-half is a classic no-nonsense player with a solid 6ft 3in, 14 stone frame. Eastman enjoyed a strong 2014/15 campaign despite having to adjust to a number of defensive partners throughout the season.

About the ground

Weston Homes Community Stadium has a capacity of just over 10,000. When the Shakers make the 482 mile round-trip to Colchester we will be housed in the North Stand.

vs record

Games won: 17

Games drawn: 16

Games lost: 17

What are the current odds on Colchester getting promoted next season?

Colchester are priced at 28/1 to gain promotion from Sky Bet League One this coming season. 

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