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Where Are They Now?

25 June 2014

Where are the team that played in the last game at Layer Road?

Mark Cousin's departure from Colchester United earlier this week marked the end of an era at Colchester United.

With Mark's move to Dagenham & Redbridge and Karl Duguid's retirement in the summer, there are now no players in the U's squad who played at the club's former stadium, Layer Road.

There are, of course, numerous connections on the club's coaching staff, but here's the XI and subs that played in the final game against Stoke back in April 2008.

Dean Gerken
Dean left the U's to sign for Bristol City in the summer of 2009. He found first team chances relatively restricted as he deputised for David James at Ashton Gate, but he now plays just up the A12 at Ipswich and played 39 times for them last season.

Phil Ifil
Phil was one of the U's signings in the January transfer window in 2007/8 as the club looked to stave off the threat of relegation. He moved across with the club to WHCS, but left in 2010, surfacing next at Dagenham. After one season there, he moved into non-league football, particularly with Kettering Town. Had an unsuccessful trial with Wrexham and is currently working in personal fitness.

Chris Coyne
After a short stint in China with Liaoning Hongyun, Coyne returned to his homeland of Australia to play for Perth Glory. He is still out in Australia and has now moved over into a coaching role, helping to manage Bayswater City. 
John remained at the U's for the first five seasons at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, before setting out for pastures new in the summer of 2013. He went to the south of the county to join Southend United and took up the captaincy, as he led them into the play-offs in 2013/14.John White


Having spent the season on loan with the U's, he then moved back to his first ever club Brighton that summer. He went on to play for Yeovil and Bristol Rovers, before calling it a day on his professional career. He has now started to take his first steps into media punditry.Adam Virgo

After fourteen years at the club, Karl left the U's that summer for a stint at Plymouth Argyle. Having been a regular in turbulent times at Argyle, he came back to the U's and, as his playing career came to a close, he made the full time switch over to the coaching team this summer.Karl Duguid

Johnnie was a regular in the heart of the U's midfield after the move to WHCS, but left the club in August 2009 to join Notts County. It was a short spell with the Magpies, before he moved to Charlton, where he has become a mainstay of the Addicks side, and currently holds the captain's armband.
Johnnie Jackson

Medy left the U's in 2011 to join Dagenham & Redbridge, for whom he had already had a loan spell whilst with the U's. He has become a key player for the Daggers and now plays through the middle for the League Two side.
Medy Elito

Dean joined Southampton from Colchester United and gained promotion to the Premier League with the Saints. After a loan spell with former club Brighton, he went to Leicester City in the summer of 2013 and played 28 times as the Foxes also secured promotion to the top flight.Dean Hammond

Kevin was snapped up by Ipswich Town for a substantial six figure fee, but after a season with Town, he returned to the U's on loan for a season. A similar spell followed with Millwall before he moved to Leyton Orient, with whom he came agonisingly close to promotion to the Championship in 2013/14.Kevin Lisbie

Scott Vernon
After a series of loan spells during his time with the U's, Scott decided to venture north to spend time with Aberdeen. He helped the Dons to the Scottish Cup in 2014, but left the Granite City club to join League Two Shrewsbury Town this summer.

Mark spent six seasons with the U's after their move to WHCS and battled with a number of keepers for the number one spot in that time. He moved to Dagenham this week to start the next stage of his career.Mark Cousins


Subs

The Hungarian international is now back in his home country and spent last season playing for Bela Balogh
Pécsi MFC as they finished 7th in the top division.

Kem remained a mainstay of the U's side over the next five seasons after the move to WHCS. He moved into the top ten appearance makers for the club, before leaving last season. He is currently with Needham Market and running his own coaching academy in the local area.Kem Izzet

Teddy Sheringham
Teddy retired after leaving Colchester United and, as well as being a regular in covering games for the media, he has now returned to football in taking up a position as attacking coach at West Ham.
After two years at WHCS, Clive moved to Coventry City to team up with former boss Aidy Boothroyd. He then went to Northampton with Aidy for two years, before moving to Bury in January.Clive Platt


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