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Robbie's Message

Prestige friendly set for July 21st

7 July 2021

Colchester United will host a Premier League giant in the build-up to the new season.

In his latest message to the U's supporters, Robbie Cowling said:

"I’m sure that like me you have all been enjoying the Euros. Most of the games have been exciting to watch as a neutral and last Tuesday’s result against the Germans followed by the emphatic win against the Ukraine on Saturday have been just what the country needed.

In fact, it’s all been so good that it’s given me a great idea that I’m sure all fans would get behind; we need a European Super League!

I should hastily add here that I am just joking before someone takes me seriously. There’s always one.

There’s a great buzz around the club at the moment. The players are back in for pre-season and the Season Permits which went on sale last week have been selling really well. Thank you to all of you that have bought again. You really are very loyal supporters.

Following Boris’ public address last night, I’m pleased to turn up the volume and inform you all that we have just secured a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur on July 21st.

We are expecting Spurs to send a strong team, albeit with a few exceptions due to players resting after the Euros, and we remember how popular the game was when we last played Tottenham in a pre-season game before the 2013/14 season.

That game was a sell-out and I’m expecting there to be as much demand for tickets this time around too, but therein lies a bit of a problem because we want to get the tickets on sale ASAP but we don’t yet know for certain what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place from the 19th July until Boris confirms his plans next Monday, (12th July).

Therefore, until Boris confirms the plans he laid out, we are going to start to sell the game under our current Covid protocols which will probably restrict our capacity to around 3,500 fans depending upon group, (bubble), size, of which around 800 will be ring-fenced for Spurs fans who will be allocated the seats in the North Stand.

If Boris does confirm on July 12th that there are no more restrictions on stadiums, then we will release more tickets. I’m not sure how many more just yet because our current capacity is reduced due to the changes we made at the stadium last season and I’m personally a little uncomfortable with the decision to unlock so dramatically and turbo charge a virus that is currently doubling every nine days.

Anyway, I’m guessing that however many seats we do make available, it won’t be enough and we will have more fans wanting tickets than we will have tickets to sell. Therefore the sale of the tickets for this match will be prioritised."

For ticket details, click HERE.

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