A small selection of the photos I have really enjoyed seeing again from Colchester versus Swindon in League 1
Colchester have to be one of the most friendly clubs in the lower leagues. their season is not going well. Currently sitting bottom of league 1 and seemingly destined to be visiting league 2 grounds next season. But despite this the fans were cheerful, friendly and carrried on supporting their team until the 90th minute even when losing at home 4-1 to Swindon.
These photos give some flavour to a thoroughly enjoyable day. You see friendly media folks busy at work, friendly stewards smiling, the referee and officials having a good chat with some younger fans pre-game. Raises plenty of questions for me, why exactly can this not happen at any game?
The photos of the Press box remove the illusion that reporters and commentators sit in some luxury palace, far from it. The wind was howling even when the fans were not. The Swindon fans were here to have a good time and were nosiy from the start, a decent number in a smallish crowd.
Dillon Barnes a 19 year old goalkeeper was signed from Bedford Town Sept 2015 on a one year contract. Previously he has played for a couple of league of clubs including Fulham Under -21 , loan to Farnborough Town ( making 15 appearnaces) and Barnet Under-19.
Currently playing in the Colchester under 21 team and played versus Brentford today January 2016.
If anyone has a spare couple of hours on mondays it is well worth going to watch the Bees under 21 side in action as you might be seeing the stars of the future. A decent game of which there are plentiful and excellent match reports elsewhere, so I will limit this to a few photographs on mostly a blustery day. The two players who did stand out for Brentford were Josh Clarke and Jan Holldack . A highly competitive and physical game.
Jan Holldack in action