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Smith & Dunne Inducted

18 March 2014

Duo added to the Hall of Fame.

Two more heroes from Colchester United's past were inducted into the club's Hall of Fame after the recent game against Coventry City.

With over 100 players and guests in the Layer Suite on March 8th, winger Nicky Smith and right back - and current manager - Joe Dunne became the latest names to be added to an illustrious list.

Nicky was a winger who joined the U’s from Essex rivals Southend United. He played 157 times for the U’s in the next four years as the club returned to the Football League under the management of Roy McDonough. 

After a brief stint with Northampton, he joined Sudbury, for whom he played over 200 games in two spells, with another 150 games for Braintree sandwiched in between. Now a serving policeman.

Joe has nearly twenty years service under his belt for the club in a range of positions. 

Signed from Gillingham, he briefly left the club under the short spell with Mick Wadsworth in charge of the club. He returned under Steve Whitton and continued to put in all action, passionate displays in defence.

After injury forced an early retirement, he put his undoubted passion into the coaching of youth. 

He has subsequently moved through a number of jobs on that side of the club, before becoming first team manager in 2012. His links with youth development remain strong to this day, with a number of academy products making their first team debuts.

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