Dunne wants to improve bond between U's players and fans

Sociable - Colchester United boss Joe Dunne is hoping to recreate the bond that existed between players and supporters at Layer Road. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO96567-02)

Sociable - Colchester United boss Joe Dunne is hoping to recreate the bond that existed between players and supporters at Layer Road. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO96567-02)

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Joe Dunne wants his Colchester United players to create a stronger bond with their supporters this season.

The U’s boss is keen for his squad to recreate a similar relationship to that evident between the team and their fans in the club’s Layer Road days.

Colchester supporters will get the chance to mingle with Dunne and his players at the club’s annual Open Day at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, on Sunday.

He said: “One thing we want to do more if we can this year is socialise a bit more with the fans, before and after games.

“We want to bring back that community feel that we had at Layer Road.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to try and bring in and the Open Day will help that."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including Freddie Sears' vow to beat his goal tally of last season for the U's, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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9:46am Fri 18 Jul 14

angryman!!! says...

A big difference is back at layer road players were probably on the same kind of wages as the fans now, you see the players leaving in fancy cars etc there isn't that same bond. A good idea though and hope it works. Will help with a lot of the younger players from the area coming through
A big difference is back at layer road players were probably on the same kind of wages as the fans now, you see the players leaving in fancy cars etc there isn't that same bond. A good idea though and hope it works. Will help with a lot of the younger players from the area coming through angryman!!!
  • Score: 4

11:03am Fri 18 Jul 14

down the line says...

I was at the Heybridge friendly and didn't see any interaction between the players & fans. In the second half the substituted players where sitting on the side of the pitch right in front of quite a few U's fans and no effort was made to talk to any fans.....unfortunate
ly my lasting impression from that game was that the players couldn't care less that a few fans had made a effort to come along.
I was at the Heybridge friendly and didn't see any interaction between the players & fans. In the second half the substituted players where sitting on the side of the pitch right in front of quite a few U's fans and no effort was made to talk to any fans.....unfortunate ly my lasting impression from that game was that the players couldn't care less that a few fans had made a effort to come along. down the line
  • Score: 3

12:07pm Fri 18 Jul 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

It works two ways down the line. I'm sure if the fans approached the players, they would have been quite happy to have a chat.
It works two ways down the line. I'm sure if the fans approached the players, they would have been quite happy to have a chat. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Fri 18 Jul 14

down the line says...

Sanchez Watt was more interested in playing with his mobile phone than even watching the match, let alone having a chat with the fans!
Sanchez Watt was more interested in playing with his mobile phone than even watching the match, let alone having a chat with the fans! down the line
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

Reading the comments above it seem to be a bit one way?
Reading the comments above it seem to be a bit one way? totallyfootball
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

angryman!!! says...

I remember the likes of danns and big chris used to always have a chat with fans out and about. Doogie is always good, as is joe hopefully some of the younger lads follow their example
I remember the likes of danns and big chris used to always have a chat with fans out and about. Doogie is always good, as is joe hopefully some of the younger lads follow their example angryman!!!
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Fri 18 Jul 14

southstand says...

The team this year is younger and hungrier, we may not win every week but as long as they try they should do well, we have talent in the squad, no doubt, I hope the wannabe managers in the west stand lay off Joe as well
The team this year is younger and hungrier, we may not win every week but as long as they try they should do well, we have talent in the squad, no doubt, I hope the wannabe managers in the west stand lay off Joe as well southstand
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Fri 18 Jul 14

crazy comments says...

The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip.
I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them.
Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do.
The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip. I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them. Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do. crazy comments
  • Score: -1

8:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Eddy D says...

This has to be a welcome development. Uner Aidy B there was a good relationship between fan and player, we had Woody et al run into the South stand and jumping on Eddy etc.

That has seemingly dwindled in recent years with some of the players referencing the negativity effecting them and there was a clear distance.
Any attempts to redress this is great and whatever efforts are made has to be a positive.

Stadium staff defo need to be worked on, I agree 100% with crazy on that one (car park stewards are hard work in particular).

Bottom line is decent, commited performances on the pitch will create a positive atmosphere. Anything else is a bonus.
This has to be a welcome development. Uner Aidy B there was a good relationship between fan and player, we had Woody et al run into the South stand and jumping on Eddy etc. That has seemingly dwindled in recent years with some of the players referencing the negativity effecting them and there was a clear distance. Any attempts to redress this is great and whatever efforts are made has to be a positive. Stadium staff defo need to be worked on, I agree 100% with crazy on that one (car park stewards are hard work in particular). Bottom line is decent, commited performances on the pitch will create a positive atmosphere. Anything else is a bonus. Eddy D
  • Score: 5

12:54am Sat 19 Jul 14

linton68 says...

After the feast of fabulous world cup football, it's gonna be a stark reality check to get excited over English lower league football again. The way our national team got dumped out, highlights how far we have fallen behind the rest of the footballing nations. I'll still buy my Col u season ticket, but keep my expectations in perspective.
After the feast of fabulous world cup football, it's gonna be a stark reality check to get excited over English lower league football again. The way our national team got dumped out, highlights how far we have fallen behind the rest of the footballing nations. I'll still buy my Col u season ticket, but keep my expectations in perspective. linton68
  • Score: 0

1:20am Sat 19 Jul 14

co4 says...

crazy comments wrote:
The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip.
I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them.
Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do.
To be fair, I very much doubt even the club had much of a choice in the design of the shirts as most if not all teams outside the Premier League use generic kits supplied by the manufacturers but with the club colours.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip. I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them. Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I very much doubt even the club had much of a choice in the design of the shirts as most if not all teams outside the Premier League use generic kits supplied by the manufacturers but with the club colours. co4
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Oliver Guiness says...

co4 wrote:
crazy comments wrote:
The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip.
I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them.
Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do.
To be fair, I very much doubt even the club had much of a choice in the design of the shirts as most if not all teams outside the Premier League use generic kits supplied by the manufacturers but with the club colours.
Its also blue and whites stripes - no much to decide on amyway
[quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: The club could start by improving things, firstly getting a decent PR team in place. If the club wants to form a relationship and involvement with its supporters, why not let them help choose the new team strip. I see that the new strips are being shown at the open day. Be interesting to know who chose them. Also the club needs to get those blo-dy stewards off people backs. They drive me bonkers, with what you can do and what you cant do.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I very much doubt even the club had much of a choice in the design of the shirts as most if not all teams outside the Premier League use generic kits supplied by the manufacturers but with the club colours.[/p][/quote]Its also blue and whites stripes - no much to decide on amyway Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Boris says...

I don't expect to chat with current players (only ever met one to speak to recently, and he has since left), but I do expect decent players who are fit and committed to the club to be kept on. You build up a feeling of respect or even admiration for players, but that takes time. it is hard to develop a relationship with on-loan players or with players who have played for more clubs that most of us have had hot dinners.
I don't expect to chat with current players (only ever met one to speak to recently, and he has since left), but I do expect decent players who are fit and committed to the club to be kept on. You build up a feeling of respect or even admiration for players, but that takes time. it is hard to develop a relationship with on-loan players or with players who have played for more clubs that most of us have had hot dinners. Boris
  • Score: 1

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