The Procrastinating Colchester Post

A round tuit - have a look in Woolies, they might have one I discover a track by this next band back in December and put it on my to post list but never got a roundtuit. (Pic illustration to the right).

Then in the middle of January I read an article on the Guardian website about Colchester United – currently anchoring the bottom of the old Division 2 – and reminded myself to post that one I found, because it involved Col U.   Forward to a week later and another article appears. This time about the band – who’s song I found which involves Colchester.

So now finally. Here it is !

In a minute. Got to go and do something…

No wait. Get it done. Get the bloody thing out there will you…

Right then so the Guardian article was about how Colchester United (who I went to see a few years back when they were still non-league) are a little club living the dream even though they are guaranteed relegation from the Championship at the end of the season.

Excerpt from the article:

… By Football League standards, Colchester are not a big club. By Championship standards, they’re food for minnows. Their superb front pairing of Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo left for bigger clubs in the close season, because, as usual, Colchester were priced out of the market.

All of which goes a long way to explaining why they are languishing at the wrong end of the table. They are the sixth-highest goalscorers in the league – having scored four more than Bristol City – which tells its own story about their defence. You’re as likely to find clean sheets at Colchester as you are in a boys-only student flat: the last time they stopped opponents from scoring was in August. Boss Geraint Williams sought to rectify the problem by bringing in two new signings who made their debuts on Saturday: Phil Ifil from Spurs, and Chris Coyne, who left the implosion currently swallowing up Kenilworth Road.

And so to Ashton Gate. All around the ground, and in the programme, there were prominent adverts for the visit of Bon Jovi on June 25. Playing Ashton Gate must be a dream come true for Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, but if they’d turned up five months early, they could probably have got a spot in the Colchester defence. Although you wouldn’t want wee Jonny at centre back, now I think of it.

Yet, remarkably, the new signings seemed to make all the difference. Coyne in particular exuded authority, and Virgo, alongside him in the heart of defence, was equally heroic, repelling everything that City threw at them. Indeed, the visitors had much the best of the opening exchanges, and even had the temerity to go ahead in the seventh minute. New signing Ifil’s crossfield pass was brilliantly cushioned by the head of Johnnie Jackson into the path of Kevin Lisbie. Never mind Bon Jovi, Rik Waller could have done a better marking job on Lisbie, who had time to stroll through on goal, darn his socks and make a cuppa before rolling the ball neatly past Adriano Basso in the City goal…

… The game itself was an excellent advert for Championship football, classic end-to-end stuff. City’s superb midfield held sway, their wingers were outstanding, but Colchester’s defence and attack were probably on top. If Bristol City played the neater football, the Colchester work ethic could not be faulted. Both sides had chances to win it, as well as decent penalty appeals turned down (United’s in injury-time, after a clear foul on Lisbie as he bore down on goal).

At the final whistle, the Colchester players celebrated like they’d won the cup, albeit a minor one named after a van or a brand of paint. They went over and acknowledged their fans graciously, although the travelling support was sufficiently small that they probably could have shaken them all by the hand and offered them a lift home.

With players of the calibre of McIndoe, Sproule, Marvin Elliott and Lee Johnson, City look well-placed to continue their promotion push. As for Colchester, I’m reluctant to burden them with the tag ‘too good to go down’, but, suffice to say, they’re good enough to stay up. For a club of their size, that is some achievement.

» Read the full article. Go on it’s worth a look.

Then as mentioned another (BBC) article here about the Colchester-based band who got signed to a recording contract… Is this a good thing though ? With all the record companies imploding and with t'internet being the place to spread the word nowadays... But I digress.

The band got signed to a label after their download only single made it into the charts.
See ! That's what I'm talking about. Radiohead did it. They've done it without any help. Why bother with a record company ?

The name of the band are Koopa and before this download single success they recorded, or to be more precise – re-recorded a single that another local Colchester band did back in 1997.


A punk band called Special Duties released a CD that was made to celebrate Colchester United’s appearance in that year’s AutoWindscreens Shield final.

– May I take a moment to congratulate everybody involved in this. Not for the footballing part, but for doing something that I talked about previously – for going into the recording studio and singing about their bit of success. They know that they will never get the opportunity to appear in a F.A Cup Final, they are realistic about it and celebrate (as the above article mentions) winning anything. Scarborough and Luton did. Your club can too with these tracks.

» Back to Koopa and Colchester and this cover version of the Special Duties song which included the strikers Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo before they were sold:

» Koopa & Special Duties – Stand Up For Col U

Plus a lower quality version of their download only single which snagged them a contract:

» Koopa – Bag, Steal or Borrow

» Lastly we go back to the band who originated all of this and their epic opus celebrating Colchester United’s 1997 Auto Windscreen success. This one has it all – they even take us non supporters into consideration by sing-describing their progress through the rounds up to the final as well as sample commentary from some of the matches:

Special Duties

» Special Duties – Wembley ! Wembley ! Wembley !

Some quality footieandmusical crappiness there.

One Reply to “The Procrastinating Colchester Post”

  1. neven j. carswell says:

    fwiw, our band wembley is named after the town that is home to the fabled “football pitch.” in truth, we took inspiration from a keith moon biography. still, one of our members works at c’mon!


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