U's face race against time to made the grade for Category Two

Halstead Gazette: Alternatives - Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling says he is weighing up his options after the club were awarded Category Two status but told to find more suitable indoor facilities. Alternatives - Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling says he is weighing up his options after the club were awarded Category Two status but told to find more suitable indoor facilities.

Colchester United’s academy has been recommended for Category Two status for this season.

But the U’s now face a race against time to meet the full criteria to make the necessary grade, after being told their indoor facilities have not been accepted in their present form.

For the full story, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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9:29am Mon 16 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

Surely this criteria was known 12 months ago.
Is it worth investing more at Tiptree rather than Cuckoo Farm-which is where the customers are?
Whatever Robbie Cowling decides-the Supporters MUST get behind him now.
Surely this criteria was known 12 months ago. Is it worth investing more at Tiptree rather than Cuckoo Farm-which is where the customers are? Whatever Robbie Cowling decides-the Supporters MUST get behind him now. Shrubendlad
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10:27am Mon 16 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

Well done Robbie and Col U, I am sure something can be done to ensure this happens, even if they have to borrow a local sports hall that is up to standard to get the funding for this season.

This is a real 2 fingers up to all the whingers on the other thread, spreading un informed negativity about Col U not getting it because the gazette had not updated the thread. How pathetic do they now feel?
Well done Robbie and Col U, I am sure something can be done to ensure this happens, even if they have to borrow a local sports hall that is up to standard to get the funding for this season. This is a real 2 fingers up to all the whingers on the other thread, spreading un informed negativity about Col U not getting it because the gazette had not updated the thread. How pathetic do they now feel? super waluigi
  • Score: 19

11:28am Mon 16 Jun 14

pipedown says...

Criteria changes every season as more and more clubs apply. Would be a great achievement for the U's to get to this stage especially when you look at the other clubs who have already obtained Cat 2 status. Hopefully we will find an indoor area which meets the requirements and we can push on.

I think Robbie should be commended as this is the future of the club.
Criteria changes every season as more and more clubs apply. Would be a great achievement for the U's to get to this stage especially when you look at the other clubs who have already obtained Cat 2 status. Hopefully we will find an indoor area which meets the requirements and we can push on. I think Robbie should be commended as this is the future of the club. pipedown
  • Score: 25

4:41pm Mon 16 Jun 14

thillewe says...

Why back a man who is taking all his money out of the club? sell up now
Why back a man who is taking all his money out of the club? sell up now thillewe
  • Score: -25

4:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

thillewe wrote:
Why back a man who is taking all his money out of the club? sell up now
Why? Because those who can do.
Those who cant join the Balkerne Tower Trust.
I hope Robbies personal fortune eventually passes the £370M which David Gold the West Ham Chairman is said to hold.
In Exchange I want ColU back in the Championship. Fair Exchange.
[quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: Why back a man who is taking all his money out of the club? sell up now[/p][/quote]Why? Because those who can do. Those who cant join the Balkerne Tower Trust. I hope Robbies personal fortune eventually passes the £370M which David Gold the West Ham Chairman is said to hold. In Exchange I want ColU back in the Championship. Fair Exchange. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -5

6:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

pipedown says...

How is he taking all his money out of the club? The club is hindered by Financial Fair Play rules and our wage bill is controlled by ticket sales. Lowering the ticket prices to fill the up the stadium won't change that budget. We need to focus on young players as they are a. cheaper and b. can be sold on for a profit. Col U are a selling club, like it or not. The FA and Football League have introduced rules to prevent clubs from living beyond their means and ultimately entering a spiral of debt (look at clubs like QPR or even Hereford). Cowling has to focus his money on a long term project, and this is it, and if you ever want to see this club get back to the Championship this is the only way.
How is he taking all his money out of the club? The club is hindered by Financial Fair Play rules and our wage bill is controlled by ticket sales. Lowering the ticket prices to fill the up the stadium won't change that budget. We need to focus on young players as they are a. cheaper and b. can be sold on for a profit. Col U are a selling club, like it or not. The FA and Football League have introduced rules to prevent clubs from living beyond their means and ultimately entering a spiral of debt (look at clubs like QPR or even Hereford). Cowling has to focus his money on a long term project, and this is it, and if you ever want to see this club get back to the Championship this is the only way. pipedown
  • Score: 18

6:16pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Noah4x4 says...

Where are we going to find new indoor facilities?

All those I can think of are under school control (Highwoods, Academy, Holmwood House) and hence not available unless outside school hours.

Robbie Cowling must be fuming that the "goal posts" have shifted (literally) indoors!
Where are we going to find new indoor facilities? All those I can think of are under school control (Highwoods, Academy, Holmwood House) and hence not available unless outside school hours. Robbie Cowling must be fuming that the "goal posts" have shifted (literally) indoors! Noah4x4
  • Score: 9

7:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

We always said Cuckoo needed a roof
We always said Cuckoo needed a roof Shrubendlad
  • Score: -5

7:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

linton68 says...

It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.
It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C. linton68
  • Score: 21

8:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

linton68 wrote:
It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.
We are not a small club.
Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford.
Think BIG and you become BIG
Think small and you disappear.
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.[/p][/quote]We are not a small club. Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford. Think BIG and you become BIG Think small and you disappear. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -13

8:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

linton68 says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
linton68 wrote:
It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.
We are not a small club.
Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford.
Think BIG and you become BIG
Think small and you disappear.
In terms of gate attendences col' u iS relatively a small club, OK ? Think positive and you will see the light, Think negative and you'll remain blind forever.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.[/p][/quote]We are not a small club. Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford. Think BIG and you become BIG Think small and you disappear.[/p][/quote]In terms of gate attendences col' u iS relatively a small club, OK ? Think positive and you will see the light, Think negative and you'll remain blind forever. linton68
  • Score: 19

9:14am Tue 17 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

linton68 wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
linton68 wrote:
It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.
We are not a small club.
Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford.
Think BIG and you become BIG
Think small and you disappear.
In terms of gate attendences col' u iS relatively a small club, OK ? Think positive and you will see the light, Think negative and you'll remain blind forever.
If you want attendances to double the Club have to organise the Supporters Groups properly-this was said 8 years ago when CUSA membership reached 1500 after the Chelsea Cup game.
Leaving it to a one man and a dog group or a twitter feed on a web site just makes things worse year on year.
This is our Club-come on Robbie give a green light to an in house Supporters Group.
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: It looks like Rob Cowling is really serious in his efforts to bring col' u out of the doldroms, and push forward for a better future. For a relatively small club, we have real ambition, thanks to R.C.[/p][/quote]We are not a small club. Colchester is growing rapidly-faster than Ipswich or Chelmsford. Think BIG and you become BIG Think small and you disappear.[/p][/quote]In terms of gate attendences col' u iS relatively a small club, OK ? Think positive and you will see the light, Think negative and you'll remain blind forever.[/p][/quote]If you want attendances to double the Club have to organise the Supporters Groups properly-this was said 8 years ago when CUSA membership reached 1500 after the Chelsea Cup game. Leaving it to a one man and a dog group or a twitter feed on a web site just makes things worse year on year. This is our Club-come on Robbie give a green light to an in house Supporters Group. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -9

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