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Born and Bred: Colchester United

Started on 14 March 2017 by ScottT / First Post
Latest Reply on 31 August 2017 by De Magere / Last Post

She buried a girl she didn't even know...

"This isn't real... This isn't you.." I said backing away from the person, "It's just a dream.." I slapped myself slightly, an attempt to wake myself up from my slumber but I realised this was real life. "Crystal... I understand this is strange, in fact very strange but please..." I still didn't believe this, it had to be some sick joke set up from somebody, surely. They were dead. Long gone. Nobody can awake from the dead. "Who's SICK joke is this?" I screamed, "Get out my house and LEAVE!" I sobbed.

"Please, this is me. Your sister..." She began to cry, "This is Megan, I never died.." She smiled at me, wiping away her tears from her eyes and indicated for me to approach her. "That night, I left the town – the girl who died was never me. I never knew that someone died and I never knew that you all thought it was me. I only found when I was out of the country and I couldn't contact you, I had nothing to do so." I sat down on the sofa in disbelief, this couldn't be real.

"Mum doesn't know, I would ask her to come round here and we can... address this to the best we can." Megan said, taking my hand as I picked up the phone trying my hardest not to break on the line. How was my mother going to cope when she finds out that she cried for a random girl, who we all believed was Megan and who we buried six feet under, thinking she was our flesh and blood? My heart was still racing from this all, something wasn't right.

Mum raced round quickly, I told her it was pretty urgent and she came rushing into the house, searching for me and calling my name. She took one step into the front room and screamed, falling onto the floor and backing off, similarly to what I did when I saw my 'dead' sister in the doorway. "Mum... please-" I tried to say to her, she cut me off "It can't be... Megan?" She cried.

"Yes, it's Megan." I said, tears forming in my eyes as Megan looked into mum's eyes as they both weeped.

"But.. You died?" She stuttered out. From there the whole story was told to both of us in full. Megan told us that on the night 'she died' she only left the house to leave from 'him' as she described and didn't want to tell any of us in fear that we may get upset. Little did she know that her ex boyfriend was plotting to kill her and mistakenly killed a homeless girl from a village nearby, in which everyone believed was her. She got on the plane and met numerous people who took her around the world and kept her safe, as there was no other way. With no way of contact, there was nothing she could do.

All the years we mourned for Megan, the girl we all loved to find out that instead, we mourned for a homeless girl who we had never met up until her death. The two were so alike, although a lot of her face seemed to be ripped off in some kind of fashion, nobody could explain that. The police were informed, the death certificates were changed and discarded and progressively more family turned up to the house to be made aware of the news.

The reactions to seeing my sister were all the same; complete and utter shock. There was no other way to describe the atmosphere when people arrived than pin drop silence until the screams and sobs made. I'm surprised neighbours didn't worry or phone the police themselves, it was that bad – the story was told over and over again on repeat as everyone reacted and soon the whole community seemed to welcome back 'the dead girl.'

My mother was shaken from it all, she was one of the people who carried her coffin to the front of the church before she was buried. She buried a girl she didn't even know, who was of no family and had nobody in life, the positive were that she got a good send off, even if it was from people who didn't even know her. After a while we began to adjust to some sense of normality, the room was filled by my parents, Paddy, who was texted the news during a training session, imagine having to explain that one... my grandparents, my auntie's and my uncle's as well as now close friends.

Time went by so slowly as we all sat there trying to adjust to what was going on. "So, why come home now?" I said, in an attempt to ask a question it seemed many were too scared to ask.

"Because I was ready to, you know I love you all so much and to leave you was the hardest thing I will ever do In my life. To think... that you all thought I had gone in that way... I won't ever be able to forgive myself for that and I know this is going to be hard for us all but I want to go back to the way things were previously." She said. With that, everyone crowded into the center of the room and hugged, a whole family reunion. The dead girl was back home...
holy crap dude. Writing like this is why you won SotM

Szmodics Will Miss End Of The Season!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg

Colchester United midfielder Sammie Szmodics will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a broken foot in the 3-1 win to Luton Town last weekend.

Szmodics, 21 has only made three starts this season, with most of his appearances coming off the bench due to the impressive performances of summer recruit Sean Murray, alongside Thomas Lapsile and the returning Craig Slater, who featured in the win after a torn hamstring injury in December.

The Englishman is one of few players who came through the ranks at the club in 2012 and has gone on to make 55 appearances, although his opportunities have been limited in the past two seasons despite making 31 starts in the 2014/15 season. Tipped for more starts this season, following a successful short loan spell at Braintree last season, it hasn't worked out for him.

Colchester boss Paddy McLaughlin spoke about the injury saying, "It's a massive shame to see Sammie's season cut short, he had been playing some good footballing coming off the bench and is a good lad to have in the dressing room. He'll be a big miss both on and off the pitch in that respect and we wish him a speedy recovery and can't wait to see him back."

Szmodics has another year on his contract with the deal ending in July 2018 after he penned down a four year deal in 2014. A number of players have yet to sign deals that are set to expire this summer such as Dean Brill, Chris Porter, Tom Eastman and Richard Brindley.
Great story mate. Tough injury though
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MJK- Completely missed your comment sorry! Thanks mate, I really appreciate it. I try my best :P

Redvee- Thanks a lot mate. It is a tough injury but hopefully we can pull through.

March Results

Cambridge United - Colchester United

Colchester United - Portsmouth

Colchester United - Mansfield Town

Crewe Alexandra - Colchester United

Colchester United - Luton Town

League Two Table

I am really happy your top. The club deserves a bigger league
Pretty nice results there
Redvee- A well run club are Colchester to be fair, shame they missed out on the playoffs irl.

MJK- Thanks mate!

Table Toppers

March has been an incredible month for the club in our push for the title and promotion this season to League One. It was always going to be a tough one with games to the likes of Portsmouth, Mansfield and Luton however we have done enough to move top of the division.

To begin we started the month to Cambridge United, a side currently in free fall and we came out with a 2-0 win, something very much expected due to the current form of the hosts. Tarique Fosu continues an enjoyable season and he was accompanied by Bradley Fewster on the score sheet – a man who was bringing to become a force in front of goal as of late.

Next up followed a home game to Portsmouth, a side trying to consolidate their playoff position and one of the 'giants' of the division. Eoin Doyle gave them the lead after 25 minutes, continuing a good goalscoring season for him but the lead didn't last long as Tommie O'Sullivan, who had become a key figure over the course of the month for us with injuries taking over, equalised. With the game looking like ending 1-1, Fewster stepped up in the 92nd minute to steal the three points for us and enable us to move top of the table for the first time this campaign.

Mansfield were the team we dislodged off the top of the table and they were also the next opposition in front of us. Perhaps the favourite for the title over recent months, times were changing and it shown during the game at The Weston Homes Community Stadium. We ran out 4-0 winners, in what proved a brilliant performance from ourselves and a bad day at the office for the Stags.

The two men who were perhaps the two biggest spearheads in our quest for the title at this point over the course of March were the reason for two quickfire goals. First O'Sullivan would provide the first and turn provider for Fewster to bag his third in three games. Joe Aribo would score his first goal for the club since his loan spell to make it 3-0 just after the hour mark and the game was wrapped us in the second half as Fewster scored a second in the 57th minute.

The only disappointment of the month was the next result away against Crewe Alexandra, who seemed to be under a bit of resurgance as of late. The man on loan from 'Boro would give us the lead, Fewster's fifth in four games. However a double from Callum Saunders in the second half saw a complete turnaround at The Alexandra Stadium as the home side proved victorious.

Capping off the month was a game to Luton Town who when we last met beat us by four goals to nil. Yet the scoreline would be completely different this time around, in a 3-1 win. A hat-trick from Fewster meant he had scored eight league goals in five starts, earning himself the player of the month award in the process. A Jordan Cook goal wasn't enough for Town, as Brad's form meant we came out of the month top and in good form going into April.

April's fixtures would see: Notts County (A,) Stevenage (H,) Doncaster Rovers (H,) Morecambe (A,) Plymouth Argyle (H) and Leyton Orient (A.) The season would then be concluded with a home game to Yeovil Town.

Colchester Extend McLaughlin's Contract

Colchester United have announced via the club website that the contract of boss Paddy McLaughlin has been extended by a further year.

The Irishman's contract was set to run out in the summer, but due to an impressive season that has seen the U's end the month top of League Two, his deal has been extended meaning he will be at the club until the summer of 2018.

In a statement the club has said, "We are delighted to announce the contract of first team manager Paddy McLaughlin has been extended and this will allow him to remain at the club until the end of next season. With the opportunity of returning to League One at the first time of asking, it has been a remarkable season so far and it wouldn't be possible without the fantastic leadership shown under Paddy's management."

"We look forward to further success I'm sure and hopefully the current form can be sustained and we can secure promotion in the coming weeks. We continue to have full faith in the team and talks are ongoing over many other aspects such as player contracts – we expect more to be released on that soon."

The news comes after uncertainty over the future's of the manager and players alike however with the contract extensions of McLaughlin and also defender Tom Eastman over the past few days, it looks like answers will be revealed soon.
Congrats on the extension

Colchester Extend Contracts

Colchester United have extended the contracts of five players this morning adding to those of Tom Eastman and manager Paddy McLaughlin.

First team players Drey Wright, Dean Brill and Frankie Kent have all had their deals extended until next summer, similarly to Eastman and McLaughlin. Whilst youth players Kane Vincent-Young and Femi Akinwende have also fell into the same catogary.

The club have adopted a new approach to contract renewals this season, tying down staff to one year deals to ensure the financial stability is maintained following a number of cases within the Football League pyramid in which clubs have failed to pay staff over several months. Whilst money doesn't seem to be drying up for the U's, the board have been quoted as saying that the approach is 'a safety mechanism.'

There are still a number of first team players yet to be offered deals, but it has also been revealed that Jamaican international Jermaine Grandison has openly refused to sign a deal with the club after being frozen out of the starting eleven over recent weeks. Chris Porter, Owen Garvan, Lloyd Doyley, George Elokobi and Richard Brindley are amongst those affected.

Whilst some of the individuals perhaps could have been expected, Porter is certainly not one of them. Now 33, the striker has eleven goals this season which is his highest amount of goals scored since joining in the January of 2014. He was a key part of the squad at the start of the season, but a lack of chances due to the performances of loanee Bradley Fewster has seen him only make the bench since returning from a back strain in December.

McLaughlin has openly admitted that talks are still ongoing when it comes to the extension of contracts within the first team squad and that 'nothing is to be ruled out,' ahead of trip to Notts County on Saturday.
George Elokobi is a legend
MJK- Not for us, barely featured :P

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