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The inside track on Colchester United

18 November 2022

Club News

The inside track on Colchester United

18 November 2022

Rovers travel to take on Colchester United this weekend looking for their third straight Sky Bet League Two victory.

Danny Schofield’s side beat Grimsby Town 3-1 last time out, with George Miller scoring either side of a superb strike from Harrison Biggins.

Here we provide all the details on our latest opponents.

Manager 

Matt Bloomfield joined Colchester as head coach at the end of September 2022.

Bloomfield arrived from Wycombe Wanderers, where he played and coached for the majority of his career. He played more than 550 games for the Chairboys and captained the side for almost a decade and in his playing career he managed four promotions, three from Sky Bet League Two and one from League One.

Bloomfield was a player-coach for Wanderers for two years before fully retiring from playing in February 2022.

Form

Colchester are winless in their past six league fixtures, stretching back to a 1-0 defeat to Swindon Town on October 15. They were beaten by the same scoreline at Newport County a week later, before picking up back-to-back draws against Crawley Town and Stevenage respectively.

They have been on the road throughout November so far, and are still looking for their first point of the month after losing at Barrow and Crewe Alexandra.

Key men

Experienced defender Luke Chambers arrived at Colchester in the summer of 2021 after leaving Sky Bet League One side Ipswich Town.

Chambers, who can play at right back or centre-half, came through the ranks at Northampton Town and made his first team debut for the Cobblers in May 2003. He went on to make almost 150 appearances for the club before joining Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee in January 2007. He established himself quickly at Forest and had another successful spell, helping the club to climb up the EFL and back into the second tier. He spent five years at the City Ground before moving to Ipswich.

Even after the success earlier on in his career, Chambers continued to improve and be a regular starter for the Tractor Boys. He is now approaching 850 career appearances, which includes more than 70 since signing for Colchester.

Irish midfielder Alan Judge started his career with Blackburn Rovers and and enjoyed productive loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Notts County early on in his career before making a permanent move to Meadow Lane in 2011.

Judge spent two years with the Magpies before returning to Blackburn on a free transfer, but again struggled for game time at Ewood Park and signed for Brentford a year later. He played a key role in helping the Bees win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and enjoyed the best spell of his career in the capital.

The 34-year-old made 140 appearances in five years with the club, before joining Ipswich. He was a regular starter at Portman Road and added another 90 games to his career tally, before joining Colchester last summer.

Well travelled striker Frank Nouble is now in his third different spell with Colchester, who are one of the 16 clubs he has had in his career.

The first really productive spell for the front-man came with Ipswich in 2013, where he played 60 times over two years at Portman Road. He has since featured for Coventry City, Newport County and Plymouth Argyle, as well as his stints with Colchester.

He has now made 160 appearances for the U’s, and is approaching 50 league goals for his career in total.

Last league meeting

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw when they last met in Sky Bet League Two back in April 2017. Ben Dickenson gave Colchester the lead 16 minutes in before Mathieu Baudry headed home on the stroke of half-time to secure a point for already promoted Rovers.

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