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Colchester United

Colchester United

Nickname The U's
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Stadium Layer Road   

The U's were founded in 1937 and admitted to the League in 1950. Originally they shared ground at Layer Road with Colchester Town (who no longer exist). The original Chairman was a Huddersfield Town fan so they adopted blue and white stripes as their home strip. The Eagle on the club badge represents the Towns Roman roots.

Colchester stayed in the lower leagues but at the end of the 2005/6 season they finished second in the first division to gain promotion to the Championship. Perhaps their most famous achievement was when they beat the mighty Leeds United team in 1971. The game was a 5th round tie in the FA cup and is the Clubs best FA Cup run to date.

In 1990 the club dropped out of the League as they had been relegated to the Vauxhall conference. This was a depressing time as there were concerns that the Club would slip into football oblivion. However, Roy McDonough guided them to second place in their first season back and things were looking positive. In the second season the U's finished top so gained promotion back to the League. They also achieved success in the FA Trophy by beating Witton Albion at Wembley to complete the non-league double.

United reached the third tier play-off's in the 1995/6 season but were unsuccessful. However, two years later they made the grade to ensure first division football the following season. The team survived the first season and made gradual progress in the division. However, it was the arrival of new manager Phil Parkinson in 2003 that really made a difference to the club. In his three years he completely overhauled the squad and achieved relative successes in cup competitions. This included a victory of Premiership outfit West Brom Albion. The team had become more attractive to players so the Club were now able to sign better players. Then came the historic 2005/6 season which saw them finish the highest in the league in their history (second in the first division). As well as gaining promotion to the Championship the club equaled their highest ever victory by beating Leamington 9 - 1 in the FA Cup.

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