Colchester United

JobServe Stadium

Capacity: 10,105 (all seated)
Address: United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Telephone: 01206 755 100
Fax: 01206 715 327
Ticket Office: 01206 755 161
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2008
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Texo Scaffolding
Away Shirt Sponsors: Jobserve
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: White and Grey
Third Kit: All Green

Stadium External View
Stadium External View
Main and North Stands
Main and North Stands
Jobserve Stand
Jobserve Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
External View
External View
Aerial Drone Footage Of The Jobserve Stadium

The stadium was opened in 2008 after the Club left their old Layer Road ground, to move to their new home on the edge of town. The stadium is functional and well presented, but as with a number of new stadiums built in recent years, it lacks character and is nothing 'out of the ordinary'.

The ground is comprised of four separate stands. The Main (West) Stand on one side of the pitch is a little taller than the other three stands, which are the same height. All the stands are covered single tiered, all seated stands. The Main Stand has a row of executive boxes/corporate hospitality areas running across the top of it, whilst the others are simply seating areas. The Weston Homes Stand though, at the South end of the stadium, does have a Police Control Box incorporated into it, on one side beneath the roof. All the stands have translucent panels built into their roofs as well as a perspex strip just below them, which allows more light and facilitates pitch growth.

Alison Wells informs me; 'When the stadium was built the necessary foundations were put in place so that the capacity could be easily increased at a later date. This would include filling in the corners, which would increase the capacity to around 12,500. A second tier could also be added onto the Roman Cars (North), Weston Homes (South) and JobServe (East) stands, raising the total capacity still further to 18,000. There are no time scales as to when this may take place.'

Away fans are normally housed in the northern part of the JobServe Stand, which is situated on one side of the stadium. Around a thousand supporters can be accommodated in this area. For Clubs with a larger travelling support then the Roman Cars Stand (the North End), where up to 2,000 supporters can be seated, is allocated instead. As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities and view of the playing action are good. The stands are particularly steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the pitch and resulting in good sight lines. A varied range of food is available on the concourses, including; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.25), Cornish Pasties (£3.25), Chicken Balti Pies (£3.25), Steak & Ale Pies (£3.25), Cheese & Onion Pasties (£2.90),  Sausage Rolls (£2.30) and Wedges (£1.50). Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan tells me; 'The ground is equipped with electronic turnstiles. The stadium is very similar to Shrewsbury's New Meadow with all four stands being of similar height'. Peter Clark an Ipswich Town fan adds; 'There is no facility to pay cash at the turnstiles, so you have to buy your tickets from the Ticket booth if you haven't already bought them in advance'.

Mick Hubbard informs me; 'The ground is not in a great place. Like Chester in the past, the club has been dispatched to a far-flung part of town, sitting the edge of a new business park, surrounded by wasteland.  Although the facilities were excellent, it is quite a depressing location for a "community" club'. Tony Cannan a visiting Plymouth Argyle supporter warns; 'Be careful when climbing the stairs to your seat row in the stand itself. It's very easy to misjudge these steps and lose your footing'. Whilst Sparky a visiting Bradford City fan adds; 'We always look forward to going to a game in Colchester, as we stay overnight in Clacton-on-Sea and then take the train into Colchester and back. The train journey time from Clacton is around 30 minutes.'

The Club allows access to the bar and toilets located on the concourse area of the Weston Homes Stand, before each home game (12.15pm for a 3.00pm Kick-Off). Drinks can be taken back outside the stadium to enjoy the pre-match entertainment such as live bands which are often playing under the marquee. This bar is available to both home and away supporters. Alcohol available includes; Lager, Bitter, Wine, plus Whisky and Brandy (all at £3.80). 

With the stadium being on the very outskirts of Colchester, then there is little in the choice of pubs. David Prior informs me; 'The Dog and Pheasant on Nayland Road, is probably the closest to the stadium, although it is still around 3/4's of a mile away. However, it is only admitting home fans'. Audrey MacDonald a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'We visited the Dog and Pheasant and were admitted okay, although we weren't wearing colours. The pub had a good choice of beer and did food too. To find the pub, go down to the end of United Way, then at the end turn left into Boxted Road and at the mini-roundabout go straight over into Nayland Road. The Dog and Pheasant is on the right next to a fish and chip shop'. About one and half miles away on the Ipswich Road (A1232, off A12/A120) is the Balkerne Gate pub, which is part of the Brewers Fayre chain.

David Prior continues; 'If you are arriving at Colchester North Station then there are a few pubs within a five minute walk. Directly opposite Bruff Close is the Bricklayers, which is more of a home pub, but does admit visiting supporters. If you turn right out of the station and cross at the pedestrian crossing and keep going straight on down North Station road, you will come to the Norfolk, which is a Greene King pub and offers a good selection of lagers and ales. A little further on is the third option being the Albert, which is a Beefeater pub'. John Hill a visiting Huddersfield Town fan adds; 'The Norfolk Arms, which is less than five minutes walk away from the station car park was happy to admit away fans and seems to be the designated pub. It looks like that it has recently been refurbished, plus they serve hand-pulled real ale. Plus Sky Sports on screen & a new-looking pool table, so definitely recommended'. Les Fry a visiting AFC Bournemouth fan adds; 'We and a few other Cherries fans drank in the Bricklayers pub near to the station and experienced no problems.'

Alternatively, you can take the short train ride from Colchester (North) mainline station to Colchester Town, around which there are plenty of pubs to be found. Ed Aitken adds; 'A decent bet for a pub near town station is the Odd One Out pub at the bottom of Mersea road (about a two minute walk). It is the most traditional real ale pub in Colchester, although swearing is banned!' A 5-10 minute walk away is the Playhouse, which is a Wetherspoons outlet. This former theatre is a spectacular setting for a bar, as the original dress circle and stage of the theatre have been preserved and is well worth a visit. Alcohol is also available inside the stadium.

From The North and M11
Leave the A14 and then join the M11. Come off the M11 at J8 (Stansted Airport/A120) and follow the A120 towards Braintree & Colchester. The A120 then joins the A12 and after passing the stadium on your right, leave the A12 at Junction 28. Turn left at the first roundabout, then turn right into United Way from the second roundabout.

From the South
Leave the A12 at Junction 28. Turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way at the third roundabout. 

Post code for Sat Nav
The postcode of the stadium is CO4 5UP, but you may find that your sat nav system does not acknowledge this postcode at present. It is recommended by the club to use CO4 5JS, which is the nearby Rapid Electronics factory. 

Car Parking:

There are 700 car parking spaces at the stadium which cost from £6 to £10, depending on how close to the exit you are parked. It is essential that you pre-book your car parking space in advance via the Colchester United website, as for most games the car park sells out. In this event the club direct fans to an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate (about a 10-15 minute walk away from the stadium) which costs £8. There is also an extensive residents only parking scheme in operation around the stadium, so you may need to journey to over a mile away, before you can find a legitimate parking space. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near in the local area via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Park & Ride Car Park

A new Colchester Town Centre Park and Ride service has been recently introduced, the car park to which is situated on the opposite side of the A12 to the Weston Homes Stadium (signposted just off Junction 28). This car park has 1,000 spaces and fans attending games are welcome to use the car park. It costs £3 to park there and it closes at 7.30pm for Saturday games and 10.30pm for midweek matches. From the car park it is then a relatively short walk five minute across the A12 bridge to the stadium. There is also a McDonalds restaurant located next to the Park and Ride.

Robert Charnock warns; 'Do not park in any of the side roads leading off Axial way, including the entrance to the Volkswagen garage. I and a number of others received £35 penalty tickets for parking there during a recent game. Apparently this side road and others are designated as a clearways, although there wasn't any obvious signage to that affect.'

The nearest railway station to the ground is Colchester on North Station Road, which is just under two miles away from the stadium. From outside the station, you can take the Park & Ride Bus to Mile End. From there it is a short walk to the stadium. On Saturdays, this operates every 15 minutes and costs £3 per adult. See the Colchester Park & Ride website for more details. Alternatively, you can walk to the Jobserve Stadium which should take around 25 minutes. After leaving the station, you will come out by the North Station roundabout. Take the second left turning (with the Big Yellow Storage Building on one side) on to Mile End Road. Continue straight on this road and after around 15 minutes walk, you pass the Dog and Pheasant pub on your left (the closest pub to the ground) and the Myland Fish & Chip Shop (which closes at 2pm on Saturdays). At the next roundabout, take the second exit on to Boxted Road. After another 10 minutes, there is a turning to the right, called United Way, from where you will see the stadium. Thanks to Karl Wringe for supplying these directions.

Further away is Colchester Town Station, which is located nearer to the town centre, whilst Colchester is on the north side. There is a regular train service between the two Colchester Stations and the journey time is seven minutes. Alternatively, you can take the Park & Ride Bus Service from the High Street or St. John’s Street in the town centre up to Mile End, which is near the stadium.

Colchester United run a scheme whereby tickets bought well in advance of the game (2-3 weeks) are offered at an 'Early Bird' discounted price. The Club then increase the prices of the tickets in increments, so they cost more the week before the fixture and again on matchday. The different prices and how far in advance they need to be bought are shown below:

Roman Cars Stand

Adult 
Super Saver (4 to three weeks before): £18, Saver (3 and 2 Weeks before): £20 Advance (1 Week): £22 Matchday: £24

Over 65's/Concessions
Super Saver (4 to three weeks before): £14, Saver (3 and 2 Weeks before): £15 Advance (1 Week): £16 Matchday: £18

Under 18's
Super Saver (4 to three weeks before): £9.50, Saver (3 and 2 Weeks before): £10 Advance (1 Week): £11.50 Matchday: £13.50

Under 14's 
Super Saver (4 to three weeks before): £4, Saver (3 and 2 Weeks before): £4.50 Advance (1 Week): £5 Matchday: £5.50

Under 11's*
Super Saver (4 to three weeks before): £1.50, Saver (3 and 2 Weeks before):: £1.50 Advance (1 Week): £2 Matchday: £2.50

* Please note, under-11s are eligible for a free ticket with a paying adult (up to 4 per adult), otherwise additional under-11 prices apply. 

Concessions apply to Over 65's, the disabled and members of the armed forces.

Matchday Programme: Free with the entrance ticket.

Ipswich Town, Southend United and from further away Wycombe.

Colchester United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

If you require hotel accommodation in Colchester then first try a hotel booking service provided by Booking.com. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Just input the dates below that you wish to stay and then select from the map the hotel of interest to get more information. The map is centered to the football ground. However, you can drag the map around or click on +/- to reveal more hotels in the town centre or further afield.

Booking.com

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the 
Level Playing Field website. 

Record Attendance

10,064 v Norwich City
League One, 16th January 2010.

At Layer Road:
19,072 v Reading
FA Cup 1st Round, November 27th, 1948.

Average Attendance

2018-2019: 3,522 (League Two)
2017-2018: 3,321 (League Two)
2016-2017: 3,973 (League Two)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

The aerial drone footage of the Jobserve Stadium Colchester United was produced by themrlife and made publicly via YouTube.

Colchester United v Oldham Athletic
League 2
Saturday 6th April 2019, 3pm
Bobby (Oldham Athletic)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the JobServe Stadium?
 
Because we are on the push for the playoffs. 
 
How easy was your journey/find ing the ground/car parking?
 
We took the train. The stadium is an easy 20 minutes walk from Colchester Station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went into the Bricklayers pub, near the station for a pint.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the JobServe Stadium?
 
The home fans very friendly and it is a great little stadium for this Level (League 2).
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Good facilities and friendly stewards.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A 20 minute walk back to Colchester Station and we went into the Bricklayers again for another pint.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out and I will come back here next season if we are in the same league.

Colchester United v Mansfield Town
League 2
Saturday 19th January 2019, 3pm
Jeff Beastall (Mansfield Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the JobServe Stadium?
 
The game was billed as a six-pointer with Mansfield just in the automatic promotion places in the League and Colchester not so far behind.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Drove down the A1/M11 with a stop off in Saffron Walden for breakfast. Nice. The satnav got us to the ground from the town itself with no issues until we got to the ground. Because we had a blue badge, the best the stewards could do was find us parking near the away entrance - but I think £7 for the privilege is extortionate.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Second time here. The first time I walked into town, some two miles or more and went to the Playhouse Wetherspoons which is well worth a visit but a taxi back cost £7 - is everything in Colchester a multiple of £7? So this time we drove into the town centre and parked nearby the Playhouse and displayed the blue badge but still got a parking ticket. I'd advise anybody to avoid Colchester altogether. The few home fans I saw around town kept themselves to themselves though.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the JobServe Stadium?
 
The ground looks okay but again, nothing doing inside for the hard of walking. Was directed by the stewards to the far end of the stadium but still had a struggle to get up on to the third row to get a seat. Not good.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Mansfield were two down at half time but launched a second half revival to win 3-2. The game marred by one of our defenders being clattered into and sustaining a broken leg as a consequence. The stewards were, in the most, low key and a couple of them outstanding. The Sausage Rolls on sale on the concourse were good too.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Nightmare. Being parked close to the stadium we were virtually the last out. It was almost 6pm before we got going.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A right mixed bag. Downsides: £50 in fuel, £10 for breakfast, £30 for the senior tickets, £15 in the spoons, £35 parking fine, £7 to park at the ground and some loose change left over from £150 in the concourse at half time. Key defender side-lined for rest of season. Not a satisfactory day out by any means. Upsides: We got a free programme, a worthy victory and took all "6" points back to Notts. Summary: We'll never go back here, the town or the ground, ever again. Boudica had a valid point.

Colchester United v Mansfield Town
League 2
Saturday 19th January 2019, 3pm
Alex (Mansfield Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the JobServe Stadium?
 
It was a top of the table clash. Plus I've never been to the “Community Stadium” before.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Straightforward. The ground is very near exit 28 of the A12. The parking was well organised. I bought a pre-booked parking ticket online, which also had a map diagram of how-to locate the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I got there by 2 pm and eat my lunch in the car - with the heating on, as it was a cold January day.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the JobServe Stadium?
 
Colchester is a big modern ground (capacity c. 10,000). It is a well-designed stadium with good lines of sight and elevation to the pitch. It does though have that out-of-town, retail park feel that purists disdain but is fine by me. It seemed strange that large sections of the stadium were kept deliberately unfilled (including one whole stand behind a goal), especially as our 426 travelling fans were a bit sardined into one section.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewards were good-natured and helpful. The toilets and other facilities all fine. Mansfield had a lackadaisical first half (and were lucky not to be three down on 50 minutes) but dug deep to turn it around and take all the points with a 79th minute winner.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
At full time, there are pinch points at the car park exit, but stewards kept things moving and it only took 15 minutes to get back on the A12.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out for Mansfield fans, largely because of the victorious comeback.

England U20's v Germany U20's
International Friendly
Monday 19th November 2018, 7pm
Andy Wilkins (Neutral but preferred England)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Jobserve Stadium?
 
I hadn't visited the Jobserve Stadium before and I had my photography request to accepted on the day of the game so I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss what about in regards to how good this ground is and why it continues to stage the Essex Senior Cup final.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got the train from the Southend Victoria line on Greater Anglia and minus having to wait at Shenfield for a connection for 20 minutes, it was fine. I got off at Colchester Town to see what the town centre was like given I had two hours spare until I had to get the park and ride to the ground. I arrived at the stadium by 6:30 and it wasn't met with any problems. The park and ride took 15 minutes which was apparently a few minutes later than normal but then the reason behind that was due to it being rush hour.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I popped to the McDonalds next to the Park and Ride carpark beforehand and it was packed out but the staff controlled the situation well.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Jobserve Stadium?
 
It is quite big and reminded me of Leyton Orient and how their stadium is built up. I like it as its got the room for expansion I believe so if the unlikely chance of Colchester getting promoted in a few seasons to the Championship or Premier League was to happen, they could do it with some ease.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a very competitive game with England winning 2-0 despite Germany having most of the possession. The stewards were arguably better than that of Wembley who I had covered for England vs USA on Thursday before. I can't say anything bad about them. The toilet facilities were very clean and very well lit which is good so you can see where you're going. It was extremely freezing and I got caught in the rain somewhat during the first half. It was just as well that I moved to the stand opposite the tunnel as the wind was blowing the rain into that direction. The atmosphere was good but that was only helped by the England band making the music which was also helped by kids joining in with the chants. It started to get a tad boring during the second half that a lot of people started doing Mexican waves.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got a lift by a mate of mine who had also done media coverage on the game. I was home by 10:30pm via a run on the A12.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very good night out at a new ground and I hope to return again at some point to actually see Colchester in action and see what the difference is to that and the club hosting an international game.

Colchester United v Lincoln City
League 2
Saturday 27th October 2018, 3pm
Steve (Lincoln City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the JobServe Stadium?
 
Two teams at the top end of the table.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy - a straightforward walk for 20-30 minutes from Colchester North Railway Station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
A few pints in the Bricklayers - very friendly staff with home and away fans welcome.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the JobServe Stadium?
 
Good ground for this level (League 2).
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The ground facilities were okay - although they could use more staff on the refreshment kiosks. The game ended 1-0 to the home side.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy walking back to the station - downhill this time. Popped back into the Bricklayers for a pint before getting the train.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 
 
Pleasant day out - didn't see the town as the ground is quite a long way from the main town areas.

Colchester United v Cambridge United
League Two
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
Maggie Gray (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the JobServe Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to ticking off another ground from my 92 and also looking forward to visiting Colchester, which turned out to be a very interesting town (follow the self-guided town trail from the Tourist Info office).
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was much easier to get there than I thought - from either railway station, get the Park n Ride bus for £3 day rover. It goes from outside the main Colchester station (not Colchester Town) as well as from the city centre. Currently not on Sundays though.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There’s a pleasant little cafe at the ground with tables inside and outside. I sat out in the sunshine and met a couple of very friendly Colchester fans, we talked about all things football.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the JobServe Stadium?
 
Although a new stadium much like many others, it was clean and bright, with good facilities.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There were three goals for the home side so quite an exciting match. It was nice that the home fans applauded the away manager, as he used to be one of theirs.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Remarkably easy to get the Park n Ride bus back, I got the first one and it wasn’t even full, most people had travelled by car.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A lovely day out, helped by warm September sunshine and a friendly home crowd.

Colchester United v Port Vale
League Two
Saturday 11th August 2018, 3pm
Adam (Port Vale)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Jobserve Stadium?
 
I haven’t been to Colchester yet and was looking forward to the first away game of the season.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The official coach took 4 hours 10 mins and we stopped for 25 minutes at Cambridge services, where we met a lot of Notts County, Wigan and Everton fans who were traveling from all over to watch their teams. It was all quite friendly.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There’s a nice little burger van outside the ground and they open the concourse up for drinks and food as there is nowhere else near to go for food and drink. The club shop was brilliant and the programmes were free for everyone in attendance.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Jobserve Stadium?
 
I thought it looked like a nice clean, smart ground. Obviously you don’t get the good character with newer grounds, however, it was decent.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I can’t put any words to how we played in the game, with it being Vale you can’t expect much for an away game as we haven’t won away since November 2017 but I was being optimistic, to say the least. The atmosphere was pretty dead other than a spell for around five minutes where the home fans sang but that’s about it. Stewards were really friendly and speaking to us all. Facilities were great but if you want any sort of food at half time thing again. They let home fans into our side of the concourse to get drinks and other stuff but won’t let us into their side. So by the start of the break, all the food had gone. However, I had a burger before the game and it was poor with no flavour to it what so ever. Think it’s the worse ground I’ve been for food.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took ages to get off the car park. We had 1 official coach and 1 pub coach. You would think they would let us get off first with it being one road in and one road out but that wasn’t the case. It took us about 25-30 minutes get out even though there were only just over 3000 fans in total at the game.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good little away trip apart from the result (Vale lost 2-0). I would definitely go next year if we are still in the same league.

Colchester United v Coventry City
Football League Two
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7.45pm
Frank Alsop (Coventry City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
I have never been to Colchester's new ground before so another I could mark off the list.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey took 3.5 hours down from Nuneaton. If you have an older satnav you won't find the post code. I had previously booked a car parking space at the ground so that was fine.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is a McDonalds quite close to the ground so went here - nothing mush else around so I would suggest stopping a couple of miles away to get something to eat. Spoke to a few fans in McDonalds who all seemed very friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
The ground looks much bigger from the outside. The away section is pretty good and is down one side of the ground. Very few home fans turned up surprisingly.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
To say we were poor is being very kind. There was only ever going to be one winner. The atmosphere was fine in the away end. Stewards were very efficient and friendly. Didn't get a chance for a pie as there was not enough staff serving refreshments.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy getting away - was on the A12 within 15 minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A long evening getting back home at quarter to one in the morning. I guess for a Saturday game this would have been easier. Very deflated after losing 2-1 on the long drive home in the drizzle.

Colchester United v Wycombe Wanderers
Football League Two
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Iain Burnham (Wycombe Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
This ground is only an hour or so drive for me, so it is now a regular on my calendar, this was my second visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The ground is very easy to find and is right on the A12. I have pre-booked a car parking space at the stadium and have found it easy to get in and out.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The home fans seemed friendly enough around the ground and the stewards were welcoming too.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
The ground is quite impressive and all four sides seem to provide a good view of the game. We were seated behind the goal and had no issues seeing the pitch. The stewards insisted on people sitting at least three rows up, which wasn't an issue, but they had no explanation as to why.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was one of the better games I have seen as a Wycombe fan, with us winning 2-1. Both sides were keen to have the ball and play football, although judging from the moon like atmosphere, Colchester are not on a great run at the moment.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I had around a 15-20 minute wait in the queue to get out the car park, but once out, you're on the A12 and heading back home so no real trouble.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was another good day out at Colchester, and will most certainly be returning.

Colchester United v Aston Villa
League Cup First Round
Wednesday 9th August 2017, 7.45pm
Gareth Davies (Aston Villa fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
I'd never visited Colchester, let alone the football ground itself..Also I had some rare time off work, so decided to make a day of it.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey itself was appalling. The weather was beyond awful, and the tailbacks along the A12 and M25 were a complete nightmare. We left Cardiff (Welsh Villa supporters) at 12:15, and arrived in Colchester at 18:45. A total disaster of a journey from beginning to end. There were quite a few empty seats in the Villa away end, and I'm not at all surprised.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had plans to enjoy the day, and check out the local pubs and bars. However, due to the nature of our late arrival, we headed straight to the ground and had a few Carlsbergs on the away concourse. The home fans seemed friendly enough. No issues as far as I could see.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?
 
My first impressions of the ground were impressive. The Weston Homes Community Stadium looks bigger from the outside than what the capacity suggests. Clean, modern and friendly. I was impressed.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was okay. Villa came away with a 2-1 victory to send us in to round two of the cup. The stewards were more than helpful. Very friendly and the staff selling beers in the concourse were so polite and friendly. I've been to quite a lot of away games, and for me Colchesters stewards and staff were amongst the nicest. Top notch in fact.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy. The club also provides buses for away fans to get back to Colchester Railway Station (roughly a five minute drive) A nice touch.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, despite the appalling weather and travel conditions (seven hours to get from Cardiff to Colchester is a joke quite frankly), we thoroughly enjoyed the away trip itself. Highly impressed with the Weston Homes Community Stadium and their hard working staff. Excellent day out, and we'll be sure to come back again someday.

Colchester United v Plymouth Argyle
Football League Two
Saturday 22nd Apil 2017, 3pm
David King (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Stadium?

After our unexpected home thrashing of Newport County and confirming promotion Argyle fans were in good spirits. This was my first visit to the new home of Colchester United.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I decided to park at Colchester (North) Railway Station where parking is £2.40 for the day on Saturday. From here it is a 20 - 25 minute walk to the town centre.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After walking into the town centre from the station I had a look around for an hour before heading to the Fox and Fiddler pub on St John's Street. sadly this appeared to be closed despite it being lunchtime so I headed next door to the The Playhouse, a Wetherspoons establishment. This pub has a truly amazing interior and retains a lot of it's former character of being a former theatre Despite being really busy I managed to get served and had a couple of drinks here. I then walked back to the station and to Bruff Close intending to visit the Bricklayers Arms however it was restricted to home fans only. I then got on the shuttle bus to the football stadium. A return ticket was £2.50.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Stadium?

As others have stated the Weston Homes Stadium is miles from the town centre and is situated right next to the A12 road. The stadium looks impressive from the outside and we were made to feel welcome. There was pre-match entertainment in the form of a man singing from inside a converted storage container, children's face painting and a few other things. The match programme was one of the best I have seen this season and well worth the £3.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I had a pie and a cup of tea before the game in the away end and it was quite good value and tasty. The toilets did not seem to be big enough to cope with a large crowd. There were only two cubicles per toilet block and both had broken door locks. There were also no hot water and no soap dispensers at the sinks. Rather disappointing as it is a relatively new ground.

Both teams started well with some attractive passing football being played. Argyle had a fair amount of possession but little end product whilst Colchester had a real threat in front of goal but were wasteful with their opportunities. Most of their chances were off target with Chris Porter missing at least one good chance. Colchester had the better of the late part of the first half and this continued into the second half however Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick was not seriously troubled. Argyle upped the tempo later in the second half with a couple of tactical substitutions however chances were few and far between. The game ended as a goalless draw. The atmosphere seemed rather muted at times despite both sets of supporters trying their best to make a noise. Perhaps this was down to the corners of the ground not being filled in.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the final whistle the Argyle fans stayed on for a short while to celebrate with the players and coaching staff. the shuttle bus back to Bruff Close was well organised and had it's own route avoiding most of the traffic. Then it was a short walk to the railway station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Colchester is a lovely place to visit and spend a weekend. The Weston Homes Stadium however is rather remote and soulless. Layer Road was a ground with character and although past it's best on my last visit will be remembered more fondly than the new ground.

Colchester United v Mansfield Town
Football League Two
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 7.45pm
Jack Richardson (Mansfield Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Stadium?

It was Mansfield's first visit to the Weston Homes Stadium and also mine so I was looking forward to the game. It was also a big 'six pointer' in both sides quest for the League Two play offs.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Mansfield shortly after 2pm and arrived at the Weston Homes Stadium just before 6pm. We opted to park at the stadium which costs £5 If you are doing this option please remember to print off your ticket rather than show a booking confirmation, the stewards weren't very happy with me!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Well...this is where my opinion of Colchester as an away day comes crashing down. There is nothing in terms of pubs/supporters bar at the stadium, they do open up the home end turnstiles for you however this doesn't have the same as a proper pub/club bar. I couldn't believe a new stadium based in the middle of nowhere didn't have a purpose built bar for home/away fans. We opted for the away turnstiles for a beer. I did note that there was a McDonald's outlet across the road from the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Stadium?

The Weston Homes is a typical new stadium really, a bit boring and very similar to our arch rivals, Chesterfield. Only three stands were in use due to the low attendance and the fact it was a Tuesday night. The home fans had a drummer and did create a bit of atmosphere but with the lack of supporters in the stands it often dried out. The away end is very spacious and the concourse had Sky TV showing. There was also a nice note thanking the Mansfield fans for attending.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was very frustrating, we lost 2-0 but everyone in attendance will wonder how Mansfield didn't at least get a point. After the game the Colchester chairman stated their team had been hammered. The stewards were friendly and low key, the food outlet was popular and had varied choice.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy as we decided at 88 minutes we were never going to score, it just wasn't our night. Roadworks ruined the journey home and we arrived back into Mansfield shortly after 12.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very poor away day experience, it may be different on a Saturday with more time to explore and other possible modes of transport to get there. A club bar would add to the experience, I still can't get my head around why they haven't done this!

Colchester United v Portsmouth
Football League Two
Saturday 11th March 2017, 3pm
Steve Burghard (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

The Weston Homes Community Stadium is yet another ground I've never been to before and, with it being relatively close to Portsmouth, I thought it was high time to pay a visit to north Essex.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey could not have been simpler: A3; M25 (not forgetting to pay the Dartford Crossing toll charge online the previous night!) and A12. All amazingly quiet for a Saturday morning, allowing us to arrive in Colchester town centre late morning. Having checked beforehand, the plan was to have a drink in the town centre then drive a little closer to the ground later and park on a side street. We did this, parking in Mill Road, then it was a 25 minute walk via Boxted Road to the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As mentioned above, we stopped off in town beforehand, had a drink and a sandwich in the local Wetherspoons (The Playhouse) allowing ourselves plenty of time to get to the ground. There weren't a great deal of home fans in the town centre, but the ones we later encountered walking to the stadium seemed friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

The ground and its location - almost in the middle of nowhere - was very reminiscent of Yeovil's ground. However, once inside, the ground is far less sparse than Huish Park. The concourse where the catering outlets are based is very clean and spacious. We had tickets for the Jobserve Stand, along one side, adjacent to the behind the goal stand where the majority of the away fans were situated. It was still a pretty good vantage point though.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game saw what was probably Pompey's best away performance for a very long time. Despite not being in with the main batch of our fans, we still managed to create a great atmosphere in our stand, and it was nice to see the stewards smiling most of the time, as we celebrated each of the goals in our 4-0 win. As we were right down at pitch level, just three rows back, we were ideally placed to see the three second half goals, and watch the delighted players celebrating right in front of us. That's not something I usually get to experience form my seat much higher up in the home end at Fratton Park!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As I mentioned above, we had a 25 minute walk back to where we'd parked, the only glitch then being that we had to retrace our steps in the car afterwards to get onto the A12, which took us back to the main roundabout outside the stadium. However, we were moving all the time, and managed to get back onto the main road far quicker than has been the case at many other away venues.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Another ground ticked off, a GREAT win and a brilliant day out!

Colchester United v Portsmouth
Football League Two
Saturday 11th March 2017, 3pm
Ricardo Platten (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

I had never been to this stadium before and heard good stuff about it so decided to give it a try.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The stadium is well signposted with brown tourist signs and is very easy to find. Parking is straightforward with 700 spaces at the stadium and 1000 odd at the nearby Park & Ride which is about a 5 minute walk away, which is where we parked. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went and watched some live music that was going on outside stadium with home fans who were very friendly and supportive.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Stadium?

Both the interior and exterior of the ground was modern, clean and well presented. All stands are similar in looks and offer great views from all areas due to being a modern stadium. Only thing I could fault was that the seats in the north (away end) were filthy and made a mess of my coat! I assume this is due to being the stand closest to the A12 and maybe it is not used very often but they could clean/pressure wash the seats every now and again!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was good throughout and was quite the opposite of what I was expecting! The away stand including the concourse and toilets were modern and very clean even come the end of the game which was great. Stewards were good and the food not too expensive either and good quality.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We walked straight back to Park & Ride via Boxted Road and the stewards helped guide pedestrians away from stadium safely so relatively easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Colchester is a great modern stadium and a very family friendly club with plenty of activities. Will definitely be coming back in the future and would recommend as is a great away day, especially with the family & children. Only things I could fault were the seats being filthy in the North away stand and no half-time entertainment apart from a few kids taking penalties and some lame music no-one had heard of. Other than that a great day out and nothing to fault!

Colchester United v Leyton Orient
Football League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016, 3pm
Bob Watson (Leyton Orient fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

Not really, as Orient are in a mess both on and off the pitch. As I only live 20 minutes away I thought I might as well. The main reason for going was to prove to my dad just how far we have fallen.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove from Dunmow, straight up the A120 towards Braintree. Past Coggeshall and on the A12. We parked in the park and ride as it was only £3.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We got there 30 minutes  before kickoff and getting the tickets was the priority.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Getting to the ground coming from the Park and Ride is a joke. They expected us take a 800m diversion to the ground. We simply walked beside the slip road to the A12 and walked through a dirt track and ended up right outside the away stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a success as Orient won 3-0. The stand does not offer much in terms of cover as we were seven rows up and still our seats were wet.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Left as soon as the final whistle went and get out of the car park to beat the traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great result, nice and easy to get to. Hoping is like this for the rest of the season!

Colchester United v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 3rd September 2016, 3pm
Ryan Pugh (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

Seeing as our home form is currently dreadful, I was hopeful that I'd see a win by going away, however I wasn't particularly optimistic beforehand. Prior to going, I saw other people quoting the area as "depressing", so I was a bit skeptical.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Traveled via the supporters coach, left at 7:15, arrived around 12:55. Although for someone driving without directions, the stadium is quite obscure.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

There was about half an hour before the gates opened, so I purchased a cheeseburger for £3.40 which was quite nice. Went onto the concourse and bought a coke for £2(!) One of the home fans came over to us and was very kind to one of our disabled supporters, and wished us good luck - good to see.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

Upon driving into the car park, the ground looked fairly big, especially in comparison to our St James Park. Inside the stadium, it was alright, nothing to shout about.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

There were a lot of empty seats, as well as a fully empty stand to our right (presumably it was closed for some reason) There was a small group of home fans with a drum making some atmosphere, and we tried to make some noise despite being only 253 of us. The stewards were friendly enough, and the toilets were clean. The game itself was very enjoyable, with Exeter winning 3-2, although the last five minutes holding onto that lead were very nervy!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems getting away, got on the coach and we were on the road within five minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The game itself made up for the long journey, and the day in general was great, contrary to what I was told beforehand, the area that the ground was set in was quite nice, and I would certainly come back again!

Colchester United v Cambridge United
Football League Two
Saturday 13th August 2016, 3pm
Rob Dodd (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

First time to Colchester and my quest to complete the 92 down to single figures and long journeys from Merseyside! First part of a double header in the South.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester (not Colchester Town and if Colchester used to be called "North", it isn't any more! Shuttle from nearby (see previous reviews) which was excellent value at £2.50 return.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Snacked at the ground. Everybody in good spirits enjoying the sun and was entertained outside the stadium by an AC/DC rock tribute band; no complaints there!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

I was impressed! Yes, it's on the corner of an estate and somewhat out of the town but I've seen much worse higher up the leagues. I sat in the West Stand, with a good view. The away end was well populated and there appeared to be uninterrupted views from all sides.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Colchester were worthy winners, 2-0. They play an exciting brand of football trying to get their wingers, Dickenson and Wright, into the game at every opportunity. I was a tad disappointed with Cambridge as they'd finished last season so strongly and had a good cup win in midweek against Sheffield Wednesday. However, it's too early in the season to put any money on either side challenging for promotion. There was a good atmosphere, no doubt helped by a large gathering of Cambridge fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Shuttle bus from outside the ground to the railway station and I was back so quickly I got an earlier train back to London. The Club should be applauded for this service!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed the day. Talking to some Colchester fans, it was great to hear how they had got over the Club's relegation and were really looking forward to the season.

 

Colchester United v Millwall
Football League One
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 3pm
Jack Pittman (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Weston Homes Community Stadium?

Colchester is only up the road from me (will be my home from October as I'm going to university up there!) so an easy trip to hopefully watch the lions pick up another win against a rejuvenated Colchester side. My previous trip here in 2010 was a good one so all signs pointed to a good day out.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove by car from Thurrock up the A12 and it took about and hour and a half. From there we stopped at a nearby car park and took the ten minute walk towards the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We got a burger outside the ground which was reasonably priced and tasted good. There was a band playing outside the stadium and there were plenty of kids attractions and rides so the atmosphere was pretty good for a club staring relegation in the face. The home fans were very chilled out and the police were relaxed which made a nice change compared to other away games.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

The Weston Homes Community Stadium is still relatively new and that is evident in the four tidy stands. The pitch was in good shape for an early April match and the sun was shining, which set a good scene. The views were good from all sides of the stadium and the Colchester fans were in good voice (despite having an annoying drum!).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The concourse had a good selection of pies and beers at very good prices and to top it all off the kiosk staff warned us that the beer wasn't very cold! You would never get that down The Den! With 1,700 Millwall fans filling out the away end behind the goal the atmosphere was buzzing. However the game itself took a while to get going. We looked complacent and let Colchester pin us down but in the second half we finally put our foot down and were unlucky not to nick all three points but overall 0-0 was a fair reflection on the game even if it does hamper our promotion chances. For a team with the worst defence in the league Colchester looked solid and have definitely not given up on survival yet.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy as it was getting to it. A short walk back to the car park and we were soon on our way back to Thurrock. No trouble from either sets of fans and overall a relaxed experience.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A decent and friendly day out (even if the Colchester fans did have a drum) that I'd definitely recommend. Will be visiting again next season when I move up to Colchester!

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Updated 31st July 2019

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