John prepares to take charge of first game.Colchester United face a long trek north on Saturday as they face Hartlepool United in the first game of the new season.
The U's will be without Matt Briggs who needs surgery on a hip problem, but otherwise they're in good shape for the new season.
That includes goalkeeper Sam Walker, making his return to competitive action after injury a year ago against Reading.
Tickets will be on sale on the day at Hartlepool, but fans will need to visit their Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles. U's: Walker, Bransgrove, Vincent-Young, Brindley, Kinsella, Prosser, Wynter, Kent, Eastman, Lapslie, Loft, Garvan, Slater, Szmodics, Dickenson, Guthrie, Sembie-Ferris, Wright, Porter, Johnstone, Bonne, Dunne