The Joy of Six: celebrating unglamorous football clubs

30 October 2015 10:41
Away from the glitz of the Premier League, the Colchesters, Burys and Blue Brazils of the world mean something very special to their ‘long-suffering’ fans Colchester United’s dinky Weston Homes Community stadium, opened in 2008 to replace the decrepit Layer Road, has developed a handy sideline in musical tribute acts. Impersonators of Dolly Parton, Wham! and Take That are all coming to town soon – book now to avoid disappointment – and you might say that the football usually on offer at the ground is also an imitation of the stuff played by actual stars. Aye, in the days of Premier League razzamatazz and omni-drama, it can be a hard sell trying to generate interest in a club that has spent 60 of the last 64 years in the third or fourth tiers. Even the club’s League One record so far this season – won five, drawn five, lost five – makes them sound boring, their existence of no interest to anyone beyond local die-hards. But come on now, let’s try harder than that. Related: The Joy of Six: Short-lived football rule changes Related: The Joy of Six: transfer 'hijackings' | Barry Glendenning Related: The Joy of Six: iconic sports photos | Barry Glendenning Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian