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2015/16 preview - introducing Colchester United FC

1 June 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents


Founded: 1937

Stadium: Weston Homes Community Stadium

Nickname: The U's

Position: 19th in League One

Manager: Former Ipswich and Wrexham defender Tony Humes was appointed manager in September 2014 following Joe Dunne's departure from the Colchester United hotseat.

Born in Blyth, Northumberland, Humes kicked off his playing career at Portman Road, spending seven years with the Tractor Boys and making 120 appearances.

His move to Wrexham saw Humes add 209 further appearances to a career total of 329, and after hanging up his playing boots in 1999, he remained at the Racecourse Ground following his retirement.

Humes returned to Ipswich as youth team coach in 2001 before being promoted to Academy manager - a position he held until 2009 when he joined U's Centre of Excellence.

His coaching qualities shone through as he guided The U's U18s team to a League and Cup double during the 2013–14 season. and when Dunne departed as Colchester manager in September 2014, Humes was offered the opportunity to step up, steering the team to League One safety with a final day of the season victory over Preston NE.

Key Player: Physique-wise, defender Tom Eastman certainly fits the bill of a classic centre-half with a solid 6ft 3in, near 14 stone frame.

U's fans quickly took to Eastman, who joined on a free transfer in May 2011 from near neighbours Ipswich Town.

Having lived in Clacton most of his life, the 23-year-old jumped at the opportunity of joining his local club and was voted Young Player of the Year in his first season.

Eastman has gone from strength to strength with some commanding displays in the back of the U's rearguard and his performances were again recognised by the fans and he was crowned Colchester's 2014/15 Player of the Year.

Top scorer: George Moncur (9 goals)

Head-to-head: Millwall hold an excellent statistical record from previous encounters with Colchester, winning 23 of the 46 meetings between the two teams.

The U's have bagged maximum points on 11 occasions in the League, but have also chalked up two victories in Cup competitions.

The Lions recorded a win double against Colchester when the sides last played in the same division, recording 2-1 successes at both The Den and Weston Homes Community Stadium during the 2009/10 campaign.

Last time we met: Millwall's charge towards the League One Play-Offs really picked up speed with this hard fought tussle in Essex on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th April 2010.

The Lions weathered an early Colchester storm and took the lead with a clinical finish from Steve Morison just before half-time.

Former Den striker Kevin Lisbie looked to have earned the home side a share of the spoils when he levelled five minutes into the second-half.

However the introduction of sub Shaun Batt rattled The U's, and following a trademark gallop down the right flank, Batt's inviting cross hung in the air tantalisingly, with Colchester sub Danny Batth sending a spectacular looping header over his own keeper and into the back of the net to secure maximum points for Kenny Jackett's side.

Colchester Utd: Williams, Okuonghae, Tierney, Quedrue (Batth, 52mins), White, Vincent (Henderson, 62mins), Izzet, WOrdsworth, Prutton, Platt, Lisbie. Subs not used: Cousins, Ifil, O'Toole, Fox, Gillespie.
Scorer: Lisbie (50mins)

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Craig, Ward, Schofield, Hackett (Obika, 73mins), Abdou, Trotter, Harris, Morison (Batt, 61mins). Subs not used: Sullivan, Frampton, Barron, Smith, Laird.
Scorers: Morison (43mins), Batth (78mins og)

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