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A Team Of Our Own

7 March 2014

The latest of our Fans Forum reports.

Just under two weeks ago, the U's held a special Fans Forum for Season Ticket holders to attend at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

"A stronger atmosphere will come with bigger crowds, and over time I'm learning the things that do and don’t work to get people here. 

"We get good feedback from the league on this side of things.

"I get a lot of pleasure when you see home and away fans enjoying a drink together before the game, and we put on a lot of activities.

"When we first started, there were a lot of things that weren't quite right, but the marginal gains we have made off the pitch have made it a better experience.

The weekend Family Day is just one way in which the overall experience of coming to watch football at the new stadium has improved, and chairman Robbie Cowling believes things are heading in the right direction.

Alongside the efforts on the pitch, great strides have been made over the last six years in making the Weston Homes Community Stadium a good place to come and watch football.

"I think if we can get a team playing to our philosophy, we will get to crowds of 5,000 to 6,000 regularly."

"Season Ticket holders and other loyal fans are imperative to providing the base for this, you'll always be with us regardless of how the team is getting on.

"I believe that if I can get this team performing with young players who are playing for their local team, we'll see crowds grow.

He told Season Ticket holders: "The people that do come to games are precious to us.

Amidst last season's race to stay in League One, the fans were a crucial part of how we succeeded and boss Joe Dunne believes that a homegrown team with a core of Colchester born players will resonate with the town.

Whilst Colchester United do not gain the crowds that some in League One achieve, those that do attend are fervent in their support of the team. Fans Forum Report

In a week where attendances have come under the spotlight and with Season Tickets for 2014/15 due to be announced on Saturday, we take a look at what was said at the forum.
"We are always trying to work out what we can do, including the experience. We welcome feedback too – we don’t have all of the answers."

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