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Danny Haynes heads the ball past Colchester goalkeeper Aidan Davison

 during a 3-1 win in 2007

Colchester United entertain Ipswich Town tonight, in a pre-season friendly. Carl Marston recalls the days when both clubs were arch rivals in the Championship.

Sam Walker

Colchester United’s new boss, John McGreal, has been busy recruiting new players galore this summer, but the return of an old face will have been given him the most pleasure of all – Sam Walker is back!

Doug Loft, a U's summer signing from Gillingham, in action at Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday. He should be in a strong squad for tomorrow night's friendly at Needham Market

Colchester United will play their second pre-season match of the summer, at Needham Market this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Dexter Peter, who scored on his U's debut in a 3-0 win at Maldon & Tiptree today.

Maldon & Tiptree 0 Colchester United 3

U's boss John McGreal, who has again been busy in the transfer market

Colchester United have completed another new signing, their eighth of the summer, by recruiting Craig Slater from Kilmarnock, for an undisclosed fee.

Jamie Harney, who has signed a new one-year deal with the U's

Colchester United have today completed the signing of striker Kurtis Guthrie, from Forest Green Rovers.

Tom Eastman, right, has signed a new deal

Colchester United received a boost today, with experienced centre-half Tom Eastman signing a new contract.

Doug Loft, in training on Friday

Doug Loft was desperate for a “fresh start,” after such a frustrating last season at Gillingham.

New U's signing, Doug Loft, battles for possession, in the colours of his former club Gillingham, against George Moncur

Colchester United have made their fifth signing of the week, by securing the services of former Gillingham club captain, Doug Loft.

Brennan Dickenson, left, is welcomed to the U's by manager John McGreal

It has been a busy last couple of days at Colchester United, with four new players recruited in just 48 hours.

Denny Johnstone

Colchester United have completed two signings this afternoon, with striker Denny Johnstone recruited from Birmingham City, and teenage winger, Courtney Senior, snapped up from Brentford.

U's and me

Carl Marston has never really recovered from his first game as a Colchester United reporter, when keeper Ron Green went walkabout once too often (twice actually) in a crazy 4-4 draw against Rochdale in 1992. But he is still following the U’s… Follow him on twitter @Carl_Marston

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