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Where It All Began

27 February 2015

Book detailing the formation of the club is found.

A fascinating glimpse into Colchester United's past was handed into the club recently, among a treasure trove of archive material.

In a box of old photographs and newspaper clippings recently donated to the club was a minutes book which, after reading a few pages, soon revealed itself to be the notes made in the formative days of the football club, back in 1937.

The book chronicles the very first board meetings of Colchester United, chaired by Maurice Pye, as the club decide on the fundamentals of getting started, from the colours to be worn to the U's very first manager.

With the U's superceding Colchester Town as the town's football club and stepping into professional football, the book makes for a spell-binding read as the cornerstones of the club as it stands today were laid at Pearl Assurance's offices (now thought to be Hughes Electrical) and at the then Salisbury Hotel.

The club's media department is currently working with historian and statistician Graeson Laitt and others to transcribe the minutes of the book and it is hoped that we will be able to document some of the highlights on the website and in upcoming programmes.
The book is also likely to be hosted in a display case at the Weston Homes Community Stadium later this year as we continue to build our home at the new stadium.

Do you have any archive material that you would like to donate to the club? We are always looking to build our archives! Please contact us on
media@colchesterunited.netif you are able to help. 

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