We head to Slovakia for our latest exiled supporter.
. Hurry, it's only running for a few more days! click HERE To register for the Stand Up and Be Counted initiative, which could see you win an all expenses paid trip to watch the U's in action,
With the season now underway, we've spoken to a number of our exiled supporters to find out a bit more about them!
The campaign encouraged teams to find out where their foreign support was based and thousands have registered across the Football League so far.
Colchester United and the Football League recently asked fans to register for the Stand Up and Be Counted campaign.
In Colchester, I attended school every day, but the hosting family also arranged various trips for me, including visits to the castle and museums.
I was among the first participants and as such I spent nearly two months with a family of a certain Mr Day.
In 1996/97, my secondary school took part in a students exchange programme that linked us with a school in Colchester.
The atmosphere at Layer Road, our old and no longer existing ground, crowds on its terraces, proximity of the pitch, loud chants, banter and everything, it has always been the strongest emotion for any Col U fan.
I am a Slovak national, born and bred in a historical town of Trnava, living here practically all my life. Despite the fact that Trnava is a hometown to one of the most famous football clubs in Czechoslovak and Slovak history, FC Spartak Trnava, I merely look out for their results and very rarely go to see them play.
In the nineties it was quite hard to "nurture my passion" for Colchester United. Back then there was no internet, no social media, nothing but brief results of the English lower divisions in the sports supplement of a Monday newspaper. Often I didn't know who had scored the goals or which players had been sent out on loan.
Down the years I regularly managed to come over and see approx. 1 or 2 matches a season. My last game so far was home against The Blades in February 2014 (ironically, we were defeated thanks to a late goal by our new skipper Chris Porter).
I must confess that in the final stages of the last season, I didn't believe in avoiding relegation. I will be more than satisfied if this time we won’t take it to the wire and on May 8th, 2016 ColU will comfortably sit at the bottom of the upper half of the table!
Year after year our fans have great expectations for the next season and on the other hand Col U are always bookies‘ favourite to go down. In the last 3 seasons our boys have 'disappointed' both followers and bookmakers by fighting for their lives rather than attacking play-off places and by defying the odds and managing to save League One football in Colchester for yet another year.
The U's take on Scunthorpe in their next home game. Get your tickets now at the Saver rate - click HERE to buy!