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Parky To Manage Former U's Side

Team comes together for charity fixture

25 April 2019

Former Colchester United boss Phil Parkinson will take the reins one more time on May 20th, when the 2005/6 U's squad face their Southend counterparts at Roots Hall in a charity fixture.

Parky, now in charge of Bolton Wanderers, will be in charge of the U's with most of that squad set to be in attendance on the night.

The U's playing personnel will be led by former skipper Karl Duguid, who said: "I’m really looking forward to it and it’s for such a great cause as well.

"Most of all I’m just really excited to see everyone again. I still speak to a few of the lads and we have our own WhatsApp groups and things like that.

“But this will get everyone back together and we’re looking forward to facing Southend again too.

“We had some great battles over the years because they were a really good side too. This one will be good fun too but I’m sure both sides will still want to win."

Duguid will be joined by a number of his former team-mates including George Elokobi, Johnnie Jackson, Kevin Watson, Neil Danns and Chris Iwelumo.

"Just like Southend we had a special group at that time and the spirit we had was a big part in our success," said Duguid.

"Phil Parkinson really did his background on all of the lads and it definitely made a difference."

Colchester face the Shrimpers in the Sid Broomfield Trophy on Monday May 20th in a game which has been organised as part of Blues' legend Adam Barrett and Echosport's Chris Phillips fundraising for the London Marathon.

Darryl Flahavan, Kevin Maher, Mark Gower and Freddy Eastwood are among those in the Southend squad.

But Duguid hopes the event could happen more regularly.

"It would be great to have it taking place at our ground next year and make it an annual event for charity," said the 41-year-old.

"It's going to be great."

Tickets for the game, which cost £5 adults and £1 concessions can be bought on the Shrimpers Trust website or on the night of the game.

And Duguid is hoping to see a number of U’s fans in attendance.

"It would be great to have some fans there and to see them again too,” said Duguid.

"It’s a night which is going to bring back some great memories for everyone connected with Colchester."

U's current squad: Cousins, Halford, Baldwin, Elokobi, Brown, Stockley, White, Richards, Duguid, Danns, Watson, Jackson, McLeod, Yeates, Iwelumo, Fagan, Williams, Hughes

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