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Since we last met: Colchester United

23 April 2024

Club News

Since we last met: Colchester United

23 April 2024

Both sides are in need of the points as Rovers visit Colchester United in the penultimate game of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Rovers are in search of a tenth consecutive win as they visit the Jobserve Community Stadium.

Hosts Colchester sit 22nd in the table, knowing a win will secure their survival. 


Rovers ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners when the two sides met at the Eco-Power Stadium back in November 2023.

The hosts opened the scoring through a Tom Smith own goal on 33 minutes but the U’s would strike level just before the break through Joe Taylor.

Rovers would come out the stronger of the two sides in the second half but they would be made to wait for their rewards with Mo Faal putting McCann’s side back in front on 73 minutes before Joe Ironside secured all three points from the penalty spot.


The U’s have been dealt a mixed bag of results as of late having won two of their last six in Sky Bet League Two.

That run started with a 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers on the first day of April before back-to-back 2-1 losses against promoted sides, Wrexham and Stockport County.

United returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-2 defeat of Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium before following that up with a 2-0 win against Grimsby Town.

Most recently, Colchester lost at Notts County at the weekend with Macaulay Langstaff finding the only goal at Meadow Lane.


Notts County 1 Colchester United 0

Sky Bet League Two, Saturday, April 20, 2024

Line-up: Hornby, Iandolo, Hall, Harbottle, Mingi, Richardson (Wilkinson 68), Chilvers, Read, Fevrier, McGeehan, Hopper (Akinde 61). Subs not used: Goodman, Kelleher, Cooper, Thorn, Ihionvien.


A player on the non-league circuit during his playing days, Danny Cowley rose to prominence with an impressive managerial spell with Lincoln City between 2016 and 2019.

At the Imps the Cowley brothers collected both National League and League Two titles across three seasons and also won the EFL Trophy with the club in the campaign in between.

Since leaving North Lincolnshire the Englishman has managed at Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth before arriving in Essex on January 4.


Goalkeeper: Sam Hornby

Shot-stopper Sam Hornby joined the U’s on a permanent in 2022 after an initial loan spell with the club from Bradford City.

The 29-year-old spent the first half of this season on loan with National League side Solihull Moors but returned in January and has recently claimed a spot in Danny Cowley’s squad to keep one clean sheet in three.

Defender: Connor Hall

Centre half Hall signed for the U’s in the January transfer window of last season and first captained the side in March 2023.

He won National League promotion and the FA Trophy with Harrogate in the 2019/20 season but his most recent success came with Port Vale, where he won the League Two play-offs in 2022.

In the middle: Noah Chilvers

Attacking midfielder Chilvers graduated from Colchester’s academy in 2019 and has remained with the club ever since having only departed to Bath City on loan early on in his career.

He has gone on to score 23 goals in 187 appearances for the U’s as well as contributing a further nine assists.

Up top: Cameron McGeehan

Northern Ireland international McGeehan joined Colchester in 2023 having collected a haul of trophies throughout his career so far.

The forward first won the FA Youth Cup with Norwich City before winning the National League title with Luton Town in 2014. More recently the Irishman won League One promotion with Barnsley in 2019.


Formed in March 1937, Colchester first competed in the Eastern Counties League before being elected into the Football League in 1950. Six promotions since then saw the U’s climb up to the

Championship in 2006 but that was the club’s last promotion campaign.

Rovers first met Colchester in the 1958/59 Division Three season and ran out 2-0 winners at Belle Vue in the October of that campaign but the U’s would take a 1-0 success in the return fixture three months later. The sides have met 51 times in total and Rovers lead the head-to-head rivalry with 24 wins in comparison to Colchester’s 19.

Rovers last win at the U’s came in August 2014 when Kyle Bennett’s second half strike secured all three points with a 1-0 win in League One.


Both sides enjoyed the services of centre half Bongani Khumalo between 2013 and 2015 having featured for both on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The South Africa international joined Rovers after loan spells in both England and Greece and went on to play 32 times in South Yorkshire – scoring once against Rochdale in the EFL Cup.

Khumalo’s next loan spell came at Colchester but he only made 10 appearances in the blue and white before the expiration of his stint with the club.

The defender featured at the 2010 South Africa World Cup and scored his country’s opening goal in their 2-1 defeat of France in Group A. Now 37-years-old, Khumalo has been retired for six years after leaving native side Bidvest Wits in 2018.

Contributor: Jefferson Hall-Nolan


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