Robbie hoping for another England visit

Gazette: Robbie hoping for another England visit Robbie hoping for another England visit

Colchester United are keen to host an England under-21 fixture next year, following the success of last night’s international match.

A bumper crowd of 9,692 packed the Weston Homes Community Stadium to see Brian Eastick’s under-19 side beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly.

And after seeing the ground filled to the rafters, U’s chairman Robbie Cowling wants to see another England game played at the venue in the near future.

He said: “We are expecting to get another chance, maybe next year, of getting an under-21 fixture down here.

“I know the FA are very pleased with the stadium and they have been really complimentary.

“Lord Mawhinney (Football League chairman) came down and was very impressed and Lord Triesman (FA chairman) has also seen the stadium and declared it fit for an international.”

Cowling was delighted to see the Community Stadium almost full to capacity, following its summer opening.

Now he wants to see the venue packed for Colchester games.

And with the U’s in the semi-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Cowling has earmarked a potential southern area final date later this season as another chance to get the ground rocking.

“I was very proud,” said the U’s chairman. “There was a real buzz about the place and it was good to see so many people coming to the ground.

“It was really nice to see the stadium full and I can’t wait to see the same for Colchester United.

“It’s a realistic possibility and with the good cup run we have had in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, if we can get through to the southern final we will have a home and away leg, with the prospect of a Wembley final.”

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10:43am Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Well before you host another major event take a look at the bigger picture Robbie. Look at the issues outside the stadium...or don't you care about these?

What about supporters clogging up local side roads with their cars?

What about the congestion around Mile End and Highwoods before and particularly after the match? When is the road infrastructure going to be improved?

What about the time it takes cars to get off the quadmire of a "laughingly called" car park you sell at £10.00 a throw.

What about the unlit Boxted Road that pedestrians, your supporters, are expected to walk along, in the pitch dark, while buses trudle past them and other traffic is stopped from using the road? Have you applied for any road closures yet Robbie? Or don't you care about the inconvenience this causes to motorists and residents alike?

The road closure after every match inconveniences motorists but allows your buses free access? Totally illegal. Sort it out!

Well before you host another major event take a look at the bigger picture Robbie. Look at the issues outside the stadium...or don't you care about these? What about supporters clogging up local side roads with their cars? What about the congestion around Mile End and Highwoods before and particularly after the match? When is the road infrastructure going to be improved? What about the time it takes cars to get off the quadmire of a "laughingly called" car park you sell at £10.00 a throw. What about the unlit Boxted Road that pedestrians, your supporters, are expected to walk along, in the pitch dark, while buses trudle past them and other traffic is stopped from using the road? Have you applied for any road closures yet Robbie? Or don't you care about the inconvenience this causes to motorists and residents alike? The road closure after every match inconveniences motorists but allows your buses free access? Totally illegal. Sort it out! Say It As It Is OK?
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11:05am Wed 19 Nov 08

Boudicathepessimist says...

I agree with everything that "Say it as it is OK said, I feel very sorry for the residents in the Boxted Road, the Stadium should never have been built until the A12 junction, I think that anyone who agreed this should be in the mental home, if they thought that it would not be a problem.
I agree with everything that "Say it as it is OK said, I feel very sorry for the residents in the Boxted Road, the Stadium should never have been built until the A12 junction, I think that anyone who agreed this should be in the mental home, if they thought that it would not be a problem. Boudicathepessimist
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11:07am Wed 19 Nov 08

Feisty CBC says...

You can't just spirit in and out 10,000 people without causing inconvenience.
We took the bus up from Bruff Close at 6:30 (plenty available) and were in the ground fifteen minutes later.
After the match we walked along Boxted Road to the D&P which was well manned by police and stewards.
Hope we get another match next year!
You can't just spirit in and out 10,000 people without causing inconvenience. We took the bus up from Bruff Close at 6:30 (plenty available) and were in the ground fifteen minutes later. After the match we walked along Boxted Road to the D&P which was well manned by police and stewards. Hope we get another match next year! Feisty CBC
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12:38pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is says...

The Boxted Road Whingers Club, along with their counterparts on Mile End Road, are quite exclusive ones and only operate on match days.

The latest complaint from the Boxted Road residents got onto the front page of the Standard, yet they cannot see the stadium from where they live as there is an established tree line! As for concerns about CO2 omissions that’s a load of old crap as they force everyone to go the long way round to the stadium, did they consider CO2 emissions then? What happens when there is a cup game that goes to extra time, will all the lights go out at 10pm and the referee has to abandon the game?

Then there’s the Mile End Road Whingers club who have complained about shuttle buses trying to get onto Bruff Close, now that the buses have to take a so called ‘alternative’ route they have to negotiate the North Station roundabout, which not only adds to the congestion there it severely effects the shuttle bus system working, which it had been before. At the Orient game there was more than half an hour without a shuttle bus in sight because of this, there was one elderly bloke on crutches having to stand there all that time, I wonder if the Mile End residents considered people like him? Besides, during the planning procedures it was always meant for the buses to use Mile End Road from the stadium and return to the stadium on the Northern Approach Road.

As for Boxted Road being closed, accepted it does not seem right that buses are allowed whereas other vehicles are not, yet somehow it is all right for people to be prevented from parking legally where there are no yellow lines or ‘resident only’ parking, while residents and their mates are, even though they don’t actually own a space just because it happens to be outside their home, though for £50 they would have a situation where they could park there while anyone else couldn’t.
The Boxted Road Whingers Club, along with their counterparts on Mile End Road, are quite exclusive ones and only operate on match days. The latest complaint from the Boxted Road residents got onto the front page of the Standard, yet they cannot see the stadium from where they live as there is an established tree line! As for concerns about CO2 omissions that’s a load of old crap as they force everyone to go the long way round to the stadium, did they consider CO2 emissions then? What happens when there is a cup game that goes to extra time, will all the lights go out at 10pm and the referee has to abandon the game? Then there’s the Mile End Road Whingers club who have complained about shuttle buses trying to get onto Bruff Close, now that the buses have to take a so called ‘alternative’ route they have to negotiate the North Station roundabout, which not only adds to the congestion there it severely effects the shuttle bus system working, which it had been before. At the Orient game there was more than half an hour without a shuttle bus in sight because of this, there was one elderly bloke on crutches having to stand there all that time, I wonder if the Mile End residents considered people like him? Besides, during the planning procedures it was always meant for the buses to use Mile End Road from the stadium and return to the stadium on the Northern Approach Road. As for Boxted Road being closed, accepted it does not seem right that buses are allowed whereas other vehicles are not, yet somehow it is all right for people to be prevented from parking legally where there are no yellow lines or ‘resident only’ parking, while residents and their mates are, even though they don’t actually own a space just because it happens to be outside their home, though for £50 they would have a situation where they could park there while anyone else couldn’t. Say It As It Is
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12:43pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Feisty....Local residents said, long before the stadium was built, that the road infrastructure was inadequate. Some, including me, objected to the conditions being ignored by the Conservative led planning committee and the club knew full wel what the problems would be long before any match was played..

It was a condition of the original planning application for the roads to be improved and now you just say

"You can't just spirit in and out 10,000 people without causing inconvenience"......
as if nobody else matters.

Well hello......yes they could have tried harder by getting the roads in place before building the stadium rather than cause residents inconvenience!

So, as as long as the "supporters" are not inconvenienced then nobody else matters!

It won't get better until action is taken and who better to drive this forward than the club, who have the most to lose in the long run.
Feisty....Local residents said, long before the stadium was built, that the road infrastructure was inadequate. Some, including me, objected to the conditions being ignored by the Conservative led planning committee and the club knew full wel what the problems would be long before any match was played.. It was a condition of the original planning application for the roads to be improved and now you just say "You can't just spirit in and out 10,000 people without causing inconvenience"...... as if nobody else matters. Well hello......yes they could have tried harder by getting the roads in place before building the stadium rather than cause residents inconvenience! So, as as long as the "supporters" are not inconvenienced then nobody else matters! It won't get better until action is taken and who better to drive this forward than the club, who have the most to lose in the long run. Say It As It Is OK?
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12:55pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Say It As It Is.....for info, I understand formal "match day" parking restrictions are being planned for a number of side roads close to the stadium and the club will have to make a formal application to close Boxted Road, for safety reasons, which means the shuttle buses will not be allowed to use it during the closure. They may have to use the Axial Way/Severalls Lane route out of the stadium as well.
Say It As It Is.....for info, I understand formal "match day" parking restrictions are being planned for a number of side roads close to the stadium and the club will have to make a formal application to close Boxted Road, for safety reasons, which means the shuttle buses will not be allowed to use it during the closure. They may have to use the Axial Way/Severalls Lane route out of the stadium as well. Say It As It Is OK?
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1:37pm Wed 19 Nov 08

thelookout says...

At last someone has some sense, why on earth can they not take the buses out the other way, and just use Boxed Road for fans on foot, Axial Way/Severalls Lane is a much better route.
At last someone has some sense, why on earth can they not take the buses out the other way, and just use Boxed Road for fans on foot, Axial Way/Severalls Lane is a much better route. thelookout
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1:48pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Feisty CBC says...

Well we got home alright which is the main thing lol *ducks and hides*
Well we got home alright which is the main thing lol *ducks and hides* Feisty CBC
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2:06pm Wed 19 Nov 08

bruce67 says...

Whilst not denying there are traffic issues and inconvenience caused to residents and supporters alike, this was a major success for the town of Colchester not just CUFC & Robbie Cowling.

If further fixtures are held it can only be a good thing for the town, especially if the football is as exciting as last nights match.

The A12 access road would help relieve congestion but wouldnt cure it all...perhaps the powers that be could focus on getting this important link road sorted asap.

The WHCs is an asset for Colchester!
Whilst not denying there are traffic issues and inconvenience caused to residents and supporters alike, this was a major success for the town of Colchester not just CUFC & Robbie Cowling. If further fixtures are held it can only be a good thing for the town, especially if the football is as exciting as last nights match. The A12 access road would help relieve congestion but wouldnt cure it all...perhaps the powers that be could focus on getting this important link road sorted asap. The WHCs is an asset for Colchester! bruce67
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2:24pm Wed 19 Nov 08

essex_jim says...

The stadium is certianly one to be proud of, and I for one am glad last night happened. The stadium is still teething, bare with it, I have no doubt the problems will be ironed out over the next couple of seasons. The club is finally moving with the times after all these years with a chairman to back it. Lets see the town work together to do the same.
The stadium is certianly one to be proud of, and I for one am glad last night happened. The stadium is still teething, bare with it, I have no doubt the problems will be ironed out over the next couple of seasons. The club is finally moving with the times after all these years with a chairman to back it. Lets see the town work together to do the same. essex_jim
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3:06pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is says...

As for the shuttle buses going down the Axial Way route, don't even get me started on that one because what I think of that is unprintable on here.

It won't work, and when the attendances drop even more as a result, you'll all be on here in your "taxpayer" capacity complaining about it.
As for the shuttle buses going down the Axial Way route, don't even get me started on that one because what I think of that is unprintable on here. It won't work, and when the attendances drop even more as a result, you'll all be on here in your "taxpayer" capacity complaining about it. Say It As It Is
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3:24pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Say It As It Is OK? says...

essex_jim wrote:
The stadium is certianly one to be proud of, and I for one am glad last night happened. The stadium is still teething, bare with it, I have no doubt the problems will be ironed out over the next couple of seasons. The club is finally moving with the times after all these years with a chairman to back it. Lets see the town work together to do the same.
And this comment comes from an Eight Ash Green resident, where the whole village was up in arms about stopping a simple "park and ride" from coming anywhere near to them.

No, teething problems they definately are not! All the road infrastructure issues and pedestrian safety problems were identified and could easily have been dealt with had those who made the original decisions put their brains in gear before signing off the building of the stadium before the proper roads were built.

As they say "you sew what you reap" and right now the council and the club are reaping the backlash from residents.
[quote][p][bold]essex_jim[/bold] wrote: The stadium is certianly one to be proud of, and I for one am glad last night happened. The stadium is still teething, bare with it, I have no doubt the problems will be ironed out over the next couple of seasons. The club is finally moving with the times after all these years with a chairman to back it. Lets see the town work together to do the same.[/p][/quote]And this comment comes from an Eight Ash Green resident, where the whole village was up in arms about stopping a simple "park and ride" from coming anywhere near to them. No, teething problems they definately are not! All the road infrastructure issues and pedestrian safety problems were identified and could easily have been dealt with had those who made the original decisions put their brains in gear before signing off the building of the stadium before the proper roads were built. As they say "you sew what you reap" and right now the council and the club are reaping the backlash from residents. Say It As It Is OK?
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4:01pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Feisty CBC says...

Don't you reap what you sew Sayitasitis? Least me Grandad used to on his allotment LOL
Don't you reap what you sew Sayitasitis? Least me Grandad used to on his allotment LOL Feisty CBC
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4:03pm Wed 19 Nov 08

localyokel says...

Crazy comments, Clacton please note the councilor is not a pr@t just a small minded self interested person like all MPs, councilors etc these days, the sooner we start swinging them from the lamp posts the better
off we will be. By the way nice ground shame about everything else that goes with it, on and off the pitch.
Crazy comments, Clacton please note the councilor is not a pr@t just a small minded self interested person like all MPs, councilors etc these days, the sooner we start swinging them from the lamp posts the better off we will be. By the way nice ground shame about everything else that goes with it, on and off the pitch. localyokel
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4:14pm Wed 19 Nov 08

shauneboy says...

we had to live with it for years with parking around layer road areas. did we complain or did we go down to the ground and support are team.
maybe theres a load of ipswich town supports who live at mile end, that have got nothing better to do then complain about supports going to watch a game of good footy.
we had to live with it for years with parking around layer road areas. did we complain or did we go down to the ground and support are team. maybe theres a load of ipswich town supports who live at mile end, that have got nothing better to do then complain about supports going to watch a game of good footy. shauneboy
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4:23pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Poacher says...

I actually saw an Ipswich fan parading around last night with a ITFC scarf around his neck. Made me sick to the bone to see him walking on the most hallowed football ground in the East with such brazen abandon. If there hadn't been a common foe on the pitch, I would have led the lynch mob! ;-)
I actually saw an Ipswich fan parading around last night with a ITFC scarf around his neck. Made me sick to the bone to see him walking on the most hallowed football ground in the East with such brazen abandon. If there hadn't been a common foe on the pitch, I would have led the lynch mob! ;-) Poacher
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6:01pm Wed 19 Nov 08

e8joe says...

there are 8,760 hours in a year and around 75 hours when people will going to and from or at the stadium can any of these people just live and let live or even walk to the ground and support the team themselves
there are 8,760 hours in a year and around 75 hours when people will going to and from or at the stadium can any of these people just live and let live or even walk to the ground and support the team themselves e8joe
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7:47pm Wed 19 Nov 08

Boudicathepessimist says...

I bet if you spoke to a none football lover at Layer Road, you would have got a different story, I bet they are laughing now that they have got rid of the problem.
I bet if you spoke to a none football lover at Layer Road, you would have got a different story, I bet they are laughing now that they have got rid of the problem. Boudicathepessimist
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