Arsenal are the glamorous visitors to the West Homes Community Stadium this evening, as Colchester United Under-18s take on their Gunners counterparts in an FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie (kick-off 7pm).
Colchester United have won five games out of five, in pre-season, but boss John McGreal knows that the U’s will have to be on their “mettle” if they are to continue that trend at home to Ipswich Town tonight.
Colchester United’s assistant manager, Steve Ball, is looking forward to this weekend’s trip to Cambridge, where he spent a few unhappy weeks as a player, 25 years ago, while also clashing with current Cambridge No. 2 Joe Dunne earlier this season.
Wayne Brown, the man who helped to mastermind Colchester United’s potentially once-in-a-lifetime promotion to the Championship, was installed as the caretaker manager of the League One club on Thursday.