It wasn’t until the 13th November 2006 that the club would receive full planning permission for a brand new stadium. Fantastic banter between the two sets of fans, As I left one of them shouted 'don't worry about tonight, you'll thrash us the form we are in' …famous last words. [8], After ten years of sponsorship, it was announced that the naming rights would switch from Weston Homes to JobServe in another ten-year deal. The ground looks okay but again, nothing doing inside for the hard of walking. I guess for a Saturday game this would have been easier. Ipswich London Road, … They then charge different amounts for different areas of the ground as well as different prices for different age groups. The game itself from a Yeovil point of view was awful, but for Colchester it was a massive win. The only major change that could take place is the filling in of the corners of the ground, though that won't happen unless the club establishes itself in the Championship. So by the start of the break, all the food had gone. 71 North Station Road, Colchester, CO1 1RQ. The Posh fans, however, were pretty quiet and seemed to expect to turn Colchester over with minimal effort. The weather was beyond awful, and the tailbacks along the A12 and M25 were a complete nightmare. The stadium can hold just under 700 cars in the main car park, and there are two drop off zones situated around the stadium. The toilet facilities were very clean and very well lit which is good so you can see where you're going. [9], Colchester United's previous ground, Layer Road, was built in 1910, homing United's predecessors Colchester Town. You would never get that down The Den! I got the train from the Southend Victoria line on Greater Anglia and minus having to wait at Shenfield for a connection for 20 minutes, it was fine. The stadium is currently known as the Jobserve Community Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The toilets and other facilities all fine. I queued for around 10 mins for some food, there was the usual choice of pies, burgers etc, they had run out of a few things already so I went for the foot long hot dog at £4. The first match at the club’s new ground was played against Spanish side Athletic Bilbao on the 4th of August 2008, with Bilbao running out 2-1 winners. All the stands have translucent panels built into their roofs as well as a perspex strip just below them, which allows more light and facilitates pitch growth. The ground and its location – almost in the middle of nowhere – was very reminiscent of Yeovil's ground. The few home fans I saw around town kept themselves to themselves though. I took the supporters coach up to the stadium due to the fact the nearest train station  is 2 miles away. Spoke to a few fans in McDonalds who all seemed very friendly. From there we stopped at a nearby car park and took the ten minute walk towards the ground. I got home in just under three hours, with minimal fuss and got to enjoy the delights of Sports Report and 606 whilst driving. A word of warning if you are heading back to the train station on a dark night, then try to take motice, as its not immediately obvious that you are at the train station stop and the bus then heads onwards into Colchester. I would just about accept a fee of £6 if the parking area was a decent surface but not for something which rivals the area of a building site. Ipswich Town, Southend United and from further away Wycombe. My first impressions of the ground were impressive. In this event the club direct fans to an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate (about a 10-15 minute walk away from the stadium) which costs £8. The park and ride took 15 minutes which was apparently a few minutes later than normal but then the reason behind that was due to it being rush hour. There’s a pleasant little cafe at the ground with tables inside and outside. Situated on a piece of council owned land known as Cuckoo Farm, plans were submitted and approved by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and construction began on the site in June 2007. I was impressed. Copyright (c) 2016 Colchester Recreation Facilities Assoication, This is for individuals to practice their skills. However, I had a burger before the game and it was poor with no flavour to it what so ever. This car park has 1,000 spaces and fans attending games are welcome to use the car park. The journey could not have been simpler: A3; M25 (not forgetting to pay the Dartford Crossing toll charge online the previous night!) 4. Colchester did not have a lot of fans there. Both the interior and exterior of the ground was modern, clean and well presented. One of the home fans came over to us and was very kind to one of our disabled supporters, and wished us good luck – good to see. Overall, despite the appalling weather and travel conditions (seven hours to get from Cardiff to Colchester is a joke quite frankly), we thoroughly enjoyed the away trip itself. Post code for Sat Nav The postcode of the stadium is CO4 5UP, but you may find that your sat nav system does not acknowledge this postcode at present. It was still a pretty good vantage point though. Don't expect all the mod cons, this place is one to visit for its' history. It took ages to get off the car park. The facility accommodates a number groups and activities throughout the year, with hockey and skating serving as the primary focus from October to March. West Colchester United Arena Participant Screening Registry Form. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? Close player. The Chicken balti pie lovely and hot. England's opposition scored for the first time at the Community Stadium when Ghayas Zahid scored Norway's consolation with the score at 4–1. We got there 30 minutes  before kickoff and getting the tickets was the priority. I sat out in the sunshine and met a couple of very friendly Colchester fans, we talked about all things football. A crowd of 7,240 watched the game on 7 September 2010. We were allowed to stand up the whole game with no hassle. The stadium itself upon arrival looked very nice from the outside. It took us about 25-30 minutes get out even though there were only just over 3000 fans in total at the game. The ten-year sponsorship deal would be worth up to £2 million and would also include shirt sponsorship for the 2008–09 season. Alcohol available includes; Lager, Bitter, Wine, plus Whisky and Brandy (all at £3.80). Inside the stadium, it was alright, nothing to shout about. For that reason, the home of Colchester United is available for hire for events such as school proms, private parties, exhibitions and conferences. Boudica had a valid point. The Young Lions cruised to a 5–0 victory against Iceland on the night, with goals from Marvin Sordell, Martin Kelly, Craig Dawson and two scored by Gary Gardner. That said , all the facilities at the ground such as ticket office booths and turnstiles are state of the art, and it is quite clear that alot of thought has gone into the design of every aspect of the stadium. On top of all of that they offer further discounts if you buy your tickets in bulks of six or twelve games. About one and half miles away on the Ipswich Road (A1232, off A12/A120) is the Balkerne Gate pub, which is part of the Brewers Fayre chain. 7 November 2020 14:50 7 November 2020 14:50. The ground is very near exit 28 of the A12. I haven’t been to Colchester yet and was looking forward to the first away game of the season. The Council had backed the £14.23 million stadium by taking out a £10.23 million loan. Argyle had a fair amount of possession but little end product whilst Colchester had a real threat in front of goal but were wasteful with their opportunities. The views were good from all sides of the stadium and the Colchester fans were in good voice (despite having an annoying drum!). We're delighted to announce that we've been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark by Visit Britain. Watch Colchester United FC live stream here! Share. Because we are on the push for the playoffs. It’s inside The Weston Homes Stand and welcomes both sets of supporters, so it’s a good place to head before the game for a bit of atmosphere. Continue straight on this road and after around 15 minutes walk, you pass the Dog and Pheasant pub on your left (the closest pub to the ground) and the Myland Fish & Chip Shop (which closes at 2pm on Saturdays). As mentioned above, we stopped off in town beforehand, had a drink and a sandwich in the local Wetherspoons (The Playhouse) allowing ourselves plenty of time to get to the ground. The application was submitted simultaneously with plans for a new major junction (junction 28) on the A12. Close player. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? I went round the ground taking a few pictures and managed to get an obliging steward to let me in to take a few photos inside.The usual club shop visit followed with the purchase of a badge and match programme and then it was time to get some refreshment. The game finished 2–1 to the Spanish club. A few pints in the Bricklayers – very friendly staff with home and away fans welcome. Even with an out of town location its easy to get to and from and the outside of the ground catering is really good. We left Mansfield shortly after 2pm and arrived at the Weston Homes Stadium just before 6pm. We went into the Bricklayers pub, near the station for a pint. The actual pub itself was one of the best I've ever been to, it was fantastic, next time I'm in Colchester I will go back again. Shuttle bus from outside the ground to the railway station and I was back so quickly I got an earlier train back to London. The pub is mainly dominated by Colchester fans, but after they spotted me in my Yeovil shirt and then had 4 or 5 lads sit down with us and have a drink and discussed the game before hand. I hadn't visited the Jobserve Stadium before and I had my photography request to accepted on the day of the game so I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss what about in regards to how good this ground is and why it continues to stage the Essex Senior Cup final. The journey down from Sheffield was fine. Colchester's Layer Road stadium was built in 1910 and was home to United's predecessors Colchester Town.

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