Sammie is an inspiration to fellow U's starlets

Gracing the big stage - Sammie Szmodics showed no fear at Molineux after coming on as a substitute in Colchester United's 4-2 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Gracing the big stage - Sammie Szmodics showed no fear at Molineux after coming on as a substitute in Colchester United's 4-2 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Sammie Szmodics' encouraging appearance at Molineux can act as inspiration for Colchester United's other rising young stars, according to the club's head of youth Tony Humes.

The U's academy player impressed as a second-half substitute in their 4-2 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, on Tuesday night.

Humes said: "They all want to strive and emulate what the likes of Sammie and Alex Gilbey have done.

"When those guys get their opportunity, it makes the ones who aren't quite there yet strive for it even more.

"Sammie has done really well and it's fully deserved.

"He featured for the first team earlier in the season and even though he's not been involved over the last couple of months, he's kept working hard.

"It was great for him to be involved at Molineux and that's the kind of experience that we want for them all.

"We want them to go out and play their normal game and not be fazed by anything and I think that's the case with Sammie."

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5:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

The youngsters that finished the game last night; Walker; Sesay; Gilbey; Eastman; Szmodics; Sears and Vose were all superb last night in that magnificent come back where we won the second half 1-2.

Their average age....... 21
The youngsters that finished the game last night; Walker; Sesay; Gilbey; Eastman; Szmodics; Sears and Vose were all superb last night in that magnificent come back where we won the second half 1-2. Their average age....... 21 Noah4x4
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8:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

In Joe we trust says...

The future is bright, the future is Blue & White :-)
The future is bright, the future is Blue & White :-) In Joe we trust
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9:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

These lads are the way forward, time to ditch the dead wood and get more of the youngsters blooded!
These lads are the way forward, time to ditch the dead wood and get more of the youngsters blooded! totallyfootball
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4:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

What the youngsters have is a want to play. They show no fear whoever the opposition are.

During the injury spell Szmodics and Bonne were a breath of fresh air as they wanted to do well and gain experience and certainly haven't disappointed when they have been given their chance to shine.

I was sad to see Mason Spence has been released as he scored a cracking goal against Arsenal Reserves and looked quite promising.

Probably would not had left if Cowling hadn't made the cockup with Category Two as there was no chance of him getting a first team place and with no Under 21 games to look forward to, but it is something he will get at St Neots and I'm sure he will do really well for them
What the youngsters have is a want to play. They show no fear whoever the opposition are. During the injury spell Szmodics and Bonne were a breath of fresh air as they wanted to do well and gain experience and certainly haven't disappointed when they have been given their chance to shine. I was sad to see Mason Spence has been released as he scored a cracking goal against Arsenal Reserves and looked quite promising. Probably would not had left if Cowling hadn't made the cockup with Category Two as there was no chance of him getting a first team place and with no Under 21 games to look forward to, but it is something he will get at St Neots and I'm sure he will do really well for them West Stand United
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5:37pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

West Stand United wrote:
What the youngsters have is a want to play. They show no fear whoever the opposition are.

During the injury spell Szmodics and Bonne were a breath of fresh air as they wanted to do well and gain experience and certainly haven't disappointed when they have been given their chance to shine.

I was sad to see Mason Spence has been released as he scored a cracking goal against Arsenal Reserves and looked quite promising.

Probably would not had left if Cowling hadn't made the cockup with Category Two as there was no chance of him getting a first team place and with no Under 21 games to look forward to, but it is something he will get at St Neots and I'm sure he will do really well for them
Agree with your first two paragraphs; and I too saw that wonderful goal. But can you please enlighten us why Mason Spence left and why "he had no chance of getting a First team place"?

I believe that had already made his First XI U's league debut as a substitute on 8th September v Coventry; having previously made his Football League Trophy debut for MK Dons before being released by them? So why was he released by two Division One clubs in such a short period?

After his U's debut he also went out on loan to non-league Concord Rangers; so why did he only play twice for them (or they not want to sign him?) given he was once a Welsh U19 international? The limited number of available U's under 21 games don't seem too relevant when one adds up so many senior professional opportunities?

Then can you then please describe what precise "**** up" you are attributing to Robbie Cowling as regards the Academy and what that has to do with his release to Non-League St Neots; as didn't Mason Spence sign a FULL professional contract in June 2013;and was released by 'MUTUAL' consent? As an ALREADY senior contracted professional; what has the academy got to do with anything? He got past that stage. I would be intrigued to learn more; or is this just more of the usual West Stand propaganda based on an absence of facts?
[quote][p][bold]West Stand United[/bold] wrote: What the youngsters have is a want to play. They show no fear whoever the opposition are. During the injury spell Szmodics and Bonne were a breath of fresh air as they wanted to do well and gain experience and certainly haven't disappointed when they have been given their chance to shine. I was sad to see Mason Spence has been released as he scored a cracking goal against Arsenal Reserves and looked quite promising. Probably would not had left if Cowling hadn't made the cockup with Category Two as there was no chance of him getting a first team place and with no Under 21 games to look forward to, but it is something he will get at St Neots and I'm sure he will do really well for them[/p][/quote]Agree with your first two paragraphs; and I too saw that wonderful goal. But can you please enlighten us why Mason Spence left and why "he had no chance of getting a First team place"? I believe that had already made his First XI U's league debut as a substitute on 8th September v Coventry; having previously made his Football League Trophy debut for MK Dons before being released by them? So why was he released by two Division One clubs in such a short period? After his U's debut he also went out on loan to non-league Concord Rangers; so why did he only play twice for them (or they not want to sign him?) given he was once a Welsh U19 international? The limited number of available U's under 21 games don't seem too relevant when one adds up so many senior professional opportunities? Then can you then please describe what precise "**** up" you are attributing to Robbie Cowling as regards the Academy and what that has to do with his release to Non-League St Neots; as didn't Mason Spence sign a FULL professional contract in June 2013;and was released by 'MUTUAL' consent? As an ALREADY senior contracted professional; what has the academy got to do with anything? He got past that stage. I would be intrigued to learn more; or is this just more of the usual West Stand propaganda based on an absence of facts? Noah4x4
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8:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

Noah I do not have to justify my comments to you or anybody else. Isn't free speech one of the lovely things about this great Country of ours.

First time I've been accused of propaganda and I have to say I quite like it !

Probably because I've got a sense of humour and don't need statistics to prove it.
Noah I do not have to justify my comments to you or anybody else. Isn't free speech one of the lovely things about this great Country of ours. First time I've been accused of propaganda and I have to say I quite like it ! Probably because I've got a sense of humour and don't need statistics to prove it. West Stand United
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