Banter with Burns with Colchester United Supporters Association chairman Jon Burns

I WISH I could be waxing lyrical about Harry Pell booming in a 35-yarder last Saturday against Scunthorpe to make it 3-0.

I wish I could also be going mushy about Tom Eastman rising like a gazelle at the far post to power home the fourth.

Life without football and the U’s (week one) sucks. Let’s be fair, there will be also be week two and three and then there could even be months, which is certainly not worth thinking about.

It’s not a welcoming thought for fans. I am just so glad that I do not own or run a football club, because the pressure of paying your fixed costs stacked up against the fact that a massive income stream has just been ripped out of your cashflow must be totally frightening.

I like to think that Robbie Cowling has the Colchester United financial ship on a much safer and even keel than the vast majority of our football peer group.

That will stand us in good stead but with so much unknown about the future, even a shrewd businessman holding the reigns will start to sweat heavily eventually.

There is a much bigger picture here than the football of course.

We all know that and even though for many of us football has been a priority for more years than we can remember, there are other priorities now so best we leave the football rule makers and lawyers to decide how our season is concluded.

Hopefully that will not be behind closed doors, where I can partly see some of the reasons behind doing so but as many people have said, football is nothing without the fans and big Frank Nouble is not going to hear us scream “shoot” from behind our laptops.

Personally, with the current football hiatus I have come to realise just how great a role football plays in my life as a supporter and volunteer.

I am sure that many of you can relate to that. As sad as these times might be without our favourite sport, at least it does give us the time to get those paint brushes out and dabble with some DIY.

Best wishes to all of the U’s fans and to everyone whose life involves football. Stay safe and keep your pecker up...our great game will be back with us at some point.