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Why I'm On Board

31 May 2013

A tale of strong family bonds for our latest contributor.

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In the latest in our series, long term fan Daniel Woodrow explains why he's decided to get a full Season Ticket next year, as well as introducing a new face to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Friday is the first deadline for renewals, giving fans the chance to get the best value club vouchers with their Season Tickets.

Joe Dunne and his players will be well supported in 2013/14, as the current rate of renewals is well ahead of where they were this time last year.

It has been a hectic couple of weeks as U's fans have flocked to get on board for their Season Tickets next season. Why I'm On Board - Daniel Woodrow 
I’ve still got the VHS of it somewhere at home, and I’m not sure anyone has had a more spectacular start as a Season Ticket holder before or since.

It was a game that had everything: Titus Bramble badly injuring his knee giving away the penalty that Jamie Cureton thundered against the bar, four goals in the last ten minutes and a marauding Lomano Lua-Lua coming on to score the winner with one minute to go.

I’ll never forget my first ever game as a Season Ticket holder – the 5-4 win against Bristol Rovers on Saturday 8th January 2000.

The Season Ticket was a Christmas present from my family, who had decided that now I was back from university my days of trying to get into the Family Enclosure for £2 should really be over.

My Dad, who had been keeping me updated with his own match reports while I was away, got one too and so we began our Col U adventure together.

Through promotion, relegation and the occasional cup run, our season tickets gave us great views of the action, helped us make friends and, even more importantly, gave my Dad and I the opportunity to strengthen the father-son bond through a shared passion for Colchester United. 

This year, things changed. I became happily engaged to a girl from Ipswich who had never watched a game of football in her life, and wasn’t sure how the land would lay for Season Tickets or even football attendance of any sort.

Luckily, my bride-to-be overcame her Suffolk heritage/disadvantage and came along to a Col U game when my Dad was away – and she loved it!

Now she’s a Weston Homes regular who even came to the odd away game last year, and as soon as the Season Ticket prices were announced she was desperate for one of her own.

So now there are three of us and a new chapter in our family begins. For me, that’s what my Season Ticket is all about.

Yes, the reduced prices are welcome, the club shop vouchers are a great idea, the football will be exciting and there are lots of reasons to be optimistic.

But I would have got a Season Ticket regardless of all that. Football at Colchester United for me is about family, and I can’t wait to take my fiancée, then our children and then our grandchildren along.

Who knows, they might even start with a 5-4 thriller… Have you got a story to tell? Are you a renewing fan? Or one that has bought for the first time? Or maybe you're back after a gap. Tell us your story - drop us an e-mail to 
 media@colchesterunited.netand we'll tell you what we need!

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