1. Colchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Colchester, Essex, England. The club was founded in 1937 and initially played in the Southern Football League.

2. Colchester United's home ground is the JobServe Community Stadium, which has a capacity of 10,105 spectators. The stadium was opened in 2008 and replaced the club's former home, Layer Road.

3. The club's most successful period was in the 2000s, when they won promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in their history in the 2005-06 season.

4. Colchester United's traditional rival is Southend United, with whom they contest the Essex derby. Other rivalries include Ipswich Town and Wycombe Wanderers, who are both located in nearby counties.

5. The club's all-time leading scorer is Tony Adcock, who scored 149 goals in all competitions for the club over two spells.

Home of Colchester United FC

Opened 2008

Capacity 10,105

Rating: 4.3

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Come here for work training, conference rooms modern and well equipped. Food very good as well as a range of teas. Highly recommend
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3 months ago
Conference room hired for the day. Large spaces modern building. Plenty of light, air conditioning and carpeted. Excellent facilities including bar serving hot and cold drinks. Bathroom facilities also very good. Large car park. Easy access from A12 and city centre. Ideal for larger events.
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a year ago
Nice stadium, home of Colchester United FC. Well built located just off the A12. Also has facilities for conferences and meetings. Parking readily available
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9 months ago
Have been supporting ColU since 1966 and loved Layer Road BUT, whoever's designed the steps up to the seats at the new stadium? They are dangerous if you suffer from a dizzy condition as I do now. I had great difficulty getting to row D and could quite easily have fallen. Where was H&S when the plans were approved?
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10 months ago
Pretty soul-less location by the A12 which youd think would be easy to get to...factor in the hours getting out of the p&r sfter the game. Decent atmos for a dead rubber game, with just over 6k fans in, helped by the away following. Biggest gripe was how narrow the seats appeared to be...but that may have been the fat bloke sat next to me...
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9 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

Colchester United's previous ground, Layer Road, was built in 1910, homing United's predecessors Colchester Town.[10] Town were an amateur club and were wound down in 1937 to begin a professional club for Colchester that would be known Colchester United, as the new club moved into Town's Layer Road ground.[11] With an ageing stadium, throughout the 1970s to the mid-2000s, Colchester United and Colchester Borough Council had been looking to re-home the club. Attention was first brought to the idea of relocation during the 1970s, when club chairman Maurice Cadman announced that Layer Road required £280,000 of basic improvements to meet the required safety legislation of the time. When the ground was purchased from the Council in 1971, a covenant was placed on Layer Road that the site could not be sold to be developed as housing. Potential resolutions for the problem included moving the pitch and building a new main stand, but proved to be too expensive for the club's ailing finances. The plans would have created an 'adequately' sized stadium with an 18,000 capacity, though the season ended with an average of just 3,818 in attendance.[12]

In 1976, Colchester Borough Council set up a stadium working party to work towards solutions, locations and study the feasibility for a new stadium for the town.
[5] During the 1980–81 season, plans were submitted for an all-seater stadium at the Avenue of Remembrance, Colchester. However, the club ended the season 22nd out of 24 in the Third Division table and relegated to the Fourth Division, with an average gate of just 2,641 and a new all-time lowest attendance of 1,430. The stadium plan was rejected by the council on the grounds of the covenant restrictions.[12]

In the wake of the 
Bradford City stadium fire on 11 May 1985 which left 56 people dead,[13] owing to the stadium's antiquated wooden structure, it became of utmost importance to accelerate Colchester United's move from the timber-constructed Layer Road stands to a new stadium.[12] Just 18 days later, the Heysel Stadium disaster occurred, leading to 39 deaths and hundreds of injuries.[14] Layer Road faced £500,000 of safety improvements, but with no money, the club closed sections of the ground which reduced capacity to 4,900. A new location for a replacement stadium was mooted at Turner Rise, Colchester, as new owner and chairman Jonathan Crisp introduced developers Norcross Estates as shirt sponsors for the 1987–88 season. Crisp considered selling Layer Road and ground-sharing Portman Road with neighbours and rivals Ipswich Town whilst the Turner Rise stadium was constructed. However, the plans were delayed and eventually scrapped, with Crisp's plan to ground-share swayed by a group of Colchester United's former directors. A later plan to build a stadium at Wick Lane, Ardleigh saw plans thrown out as Colchester were relegated from the Football League for the first time in 40 years.[12]

Layer Road was sold back to the Council for £1.2 million in the early 1990s in order to clear Colchester United's debts, with the club leasing the stadium for three years. Following this, the Football League required all clubs to have a minimum lease of ten years on all stadia, to which the Council extended the arrangement. Meanwhile, the Borough Council also determined ten potential sites for a new stadium to be contracted, with each examined. With the lease on Layer Road due to expire in 2002, 
Kirklees McAlpine were commissioned as consultants for a new stadium in 1998. A preferred site at Cuckoo Farm was identified, with additional benefit being that the land was already owned by the Council.[15][16]


With a site now chosen, plans were submitted in April 1999 which would include an earmarked 30-acre site, ten acres of which would accommodate car parking and a park and ride system, and a further ten for commercial use, including hotels and leisure facilities. The application was submitted simultaneously with plans for a new major junction (junction 28) on the A12.[17] Outline planning consent was approved in July 2003, including approval for 1,500 homes, a police station and a primary school.[18]
With the 
Community Stadium Now! petition set up by Colchester's Evening Gazette newspaper and with 13,000 signatures in support, the Cuckoo Farm plans were submitted to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott for a decision to be made on the application.[19] Prescott gave his approval for the regeneration project for the north of Colchester in January 2005, meaning construction work could begin as early as 2006 after planning application had been submitted in autumn 2005.[20]
On 13 November 2006, Colchester United chief executive Marie Partner announced to United fans gathered at Colchester's Moot Hall that the stadium had received the go-ahead after clearing a major hurdle. The Council had backed the £14.23 million stadium by taking out a £10.23 million loan. At this point, the petition had also gathered over 30,000 signatures.
[21] The remaining £4 million came in the form of grants from the Football Foundation and local government and development agencies.[7] More good news followed with the announcement by Colchester Councillors that work could begin on the stadium prior to the opening of a new access route linked to the A12 in January 2007.[22] Scottish firm Barr Construction were then announced as contractors for the new stadium just two weeks later.[23]

Construction and opening[edit]

Work began on the Cuckoo Farm site in June 2007, with temporary buildings and construction vehicles arriving on site from 4 June.[24] Building work finally began in July 2007 with the intention of completion in time for the beginning of the 2008–09 season.[7] With building work nearing completion, Colchester announced the name for the stadium would officially be the Colchester Community Stadium, but owing to a deal with building firm Weston Homes, the ground would be known as the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The ten-year sponsorship deal would be worth up to £2 million and would also include shirt sponsorship for the 2008–09 season.[25]
The first fixture to be played at the Community Stadium was a friendly between Colchester United and Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, on 4 August 2008.[26] The first goal to be scored at the stadium was from Aritz Aduriz for Bilbao after 15 minutes, but Colchester forward Scott Vernon equalised from the penalty spot on 32 minutes, registering the first Colchester goal at the Community Stadium. The game finished 2–1 to the Spanish club.[27][28]
The first competitive fixture at the Community Stadium came on 16 August 2008 when Colchester hosted 
Huddersfield Town in front of a crowd of 5,340.[29] Mark Yeates scored the first competitive goal at the stadium in a 2–2 draw with Oldham Athletic on 30 August 2008[30] but the U's had to wait until 25 October 2008 to register their first win at the ground. They won emphatically against Carlisle United, scoring five with goals from David PerkinsDean HammondAkanni-Sunday Wasiu and two netted by Mark Yeates.[31]

Things to do in Colchester.

The Castle Museum.

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Great historical displays inside the picturesque castle as well as in the extensive park grounds. One of the best collections of British Roman glass from... Read More

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Tons of touchable things, and interesting history presented in many different ways. Not the biggest Castle around and parking was quite a distance for us... Read More

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A great few hours out. The main museum shows the history of Colchester from pre-Roman to today. Exceptionally good if you have kids with 'hands-on'... Read More


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I can say without a doubt that this has been my favorite restaurant meal since arriving in the UK! I know my experience of British food is fairly limited,... Read More

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- gorgeous 400 year old, timber framed cafe/restaurant in the historic town of Colchester - the family run restaurant offers a comprehensive, value for... Read More

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On our very first visit to lovely Colchester we needed a place for lunch as the tummies were starting to grumble. I think I've got a nose for sniffing out a... Read More