Category: Colchester


Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…


Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2018-19?

We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for eachGoalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) The Manchester United loanee is on Gareth Southgate’s radar after a league-high 21 clean sheets. Another outstanding sea…


Arthur Turner obituary

Footballer who played for Charlton in an FA Cup final, but never played a game for them in the leagueThe footballer Arthur Turner, who has died aged 98, had the unusual distinction of appearing in an FA Cup final for his side without ever playing a gam…


Oxford City and Boreham Wood shock Colchester and Blackpool in FA Cup

• Oxford City win 1-0 at Colchester; Boreham Wood beat Blackpool 2-1• Mansfield end Shaw Lane’s FA Cup dream with Danny Rose doubleOxford City, second bottom in the National League South, shocked League Two Colchester, 56 places above them, with a 1-0 …


League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Relegated Colchester United part company with manager Kevin Keen

• Keen leaves after just four months in charge following drop to League Two
• David Wright to take first team for remaining two games of the season

Kevin Keen has left his role as Colchester United manager with two matches of the season remaining.

The former Reading assistant coach only took over the Essex club in December last year in what was his first permanent managerial role after previous spells as caretaker manager at Macclesfield and West Ham.

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FA Cup: talking points from the fourth round

John Terry’s dramatic revelation about his Chelsea career may not be the final word, Rémi Garde was probably right to focus on the league and Wayne Rooney continues to draw inspiration from Bobby Charlton

There was a whiff of political manoeuvring to John Terry’s post-match announcement that Chelsea had opted against offering him new terms for the summer. It was the way in which the captain laboured his point, while also suggesting the hierarchy had “said that, when the new manager comes in, things might change but it’s a ‘no’ at the minute.”. There, unmistakeably, was his get-out should this tale take another twist. At present, anything feels possible. Maybe an offer is on the table, most likely from the Chinese Super League who appear so intent upon plundering the Premier League this winter, which Terry hopes Chelsea will come close to matching. Perhaps, now he has entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and is permitted to negotiate a summer Bosman move to a foreign club, this is all a lavish game to coax a reaction from the club where he has spent the last 18 years as a professional. Certainly the timing felt rather odd. That Chelsea were compelled to issue their own statement late on Sunday night suggested they too had been taken by surprise by the centre-back’s outburst, with damage limitation underway given the reception that might await at Watford on Wednesday night. By the end of Sunday that instinctive reading of Terry’s comments – all anguished regret and resignation that his time at this club is drawing to a close – did not seem quite so clear-cut. Doubt is already creeping in – a parting of the ways may not be inevitable – fuelled by hints a new manager might want a say on whether a player with 700 career club games to his name should be discarded. The key now is the speed with which either party makes their next move: does Terry sign elsewhere, do the club stick or twist? Dominic Fifield

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham talent provide template for success

• Spurs youth to the fore in comfortable 4-1 win at Colchester
• Tottenham well placed to mount serious challenge for title and FA Cup

Tottenham’s transformation under Mauricio Pochettino has resulted in a convincing challenge on three fronts but equally telling is the way in which they can be held up as a role model to those lower down. Victory was rarely in doubt during a good-natured lunchtime in Essex but the lasting impression was that the visitors, for so long dogged by questionable planning and the lack of an obvious pathway to the first team, are at last seriously rivalling their neighbours Arsenal as an operation from whom others can learn.

“I think there’s a parallel to be drawn between the way Tottenham do things and the way Colchester United are hoping to do things,” the Colchester manager, Kevin Keen, said. “They have a fantastic academy. Carroll, Bentaleb, however many have come through. In the modern game that’s really tough. To bring young players through when you’re a Tottenham, a Chelsea or an Arsenal, you can’t even say how hard that is. They’re a fantastic model for us to follow and it’s something to aspire to.”

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best FA Cup photos

We round up our favourite pictures from the weekend’s FA Cup fourth round

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Saturday Sundae: Villa Park venom, Plymouth gripes and Woking fan’s linesman cameo

Also featuring: Kelechi Iheanacho’s treble, Wycombe’s 46-year-old emergency goalkeeping hero and Jack Grimmer’s revenge

Kelechi Iheanacho scored three for City, bringing his tally for the season to nine. He has started five games .

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Nacer Chadli’s goals inspire Spurs to comfortable win over Colchester

If you are to cause an FA Cup shock then a favourable alignment of the stars is a clear prerequisite. When Colchester United, bottom of League One and already brittle in confidence, lost both of their centre-backs to injury within 21 minutes it was clear enough that this tie was only heading in one direction and Tottenham, clear-headed and authoritative throughout, put them to the sword in near-total comfort. Two goals for Nacer Chadli, a fortunate Eric Dier strike and a volley by Tom Carroll completed the job and Mauricio Pochettino’s side were never in genuine bother.

At the outset, this was both an away banker and textbook upset material.

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Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup fourth round – live!

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“I always score against Jack Charlton.” Ray Crawford’s boast, there, back in 1971, ahead of Fourth Division Colchester United’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against First Division table-toppers Leeds United. It wasn’t an idle one, either. The 34-year-old Crawford – who had been a member of Alf Ramsey’s title-winning Ipswich Town side back in 1962, and therefore knew a thing or two about jaw-dropping outcomes – scored twice in the first 28 minutes against Don Revie’s stellar team. Crawford & Co. never looked back, hanging on for an eventual 3-2 win. It’s arguably the biggest shock in the entire history of the FA Cup. It’s certain that 13 February 1971 remains the most famous day in Colchester United’s history.

A win over Tottenham Hotspur today wouldn’t be far off matching it. Colchester are rock bottom of League One, while Spurs have a sniff of the Premier League title. Kevin Keen has some experienced names in his squad – former Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose, one-time Reading defender Nicky Shorey, erstwhile Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan – but even if Mauricio Pochettino selects a second-string line-up, you’d expect Spurs to be too strong for their hosts today. But then everyone said that before a fourth-round tie between Terry Venables’ Tottenham and third-tier Port Vale back in 1988, and look what happened there. It’s the nature of the cup. So it can be done. It probably won’t, but it can. It’s on!

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Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

This tie, pitting Colchester United who are seven points adrift of safety in League One against a Tottenham Hotspur side that find themselves five from the Premier League summit, is certainly the stuff shocks are made of. Colchester can call on experienced heads such as Darren Ambrose, Nicky Shorey and Owen Garvan to aid their cause in the clubs’ first competitive meeting and a capacity crowd at the Weston Homes Community Stadium will hope they can relive past glories. Nick Ames

Venue Weston Homes Community Stadium, Saturday 12.45pm

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Colchester’s Darren Ambrose: ‘I’m good enough to get back where I want to be’

The former Crystal Palace, Ipswich and Newcastle striker hopes his taste for the big occasion can help deliver an FA Cup upset against Tottenham

There has, through the moments of promise and frustration, been a consistent thread in Darren Ambrose’s career. “I like scoring goals, and I like scoring good goals,” says the Colchester United midfielder. “As a kid I always used to shoot from a long way out – it’s probably made me the player I am, even if it sometimes made my managers tear their hair out.”

A trawl through the 13 years since Ambrose was hurried out of an impoverished Ipswich Town to join Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United can easily prompt a similar reaction. High points have been in reasonable supply but those who saw in the teenaged Ambrose what Robson did – a player of rare vision and grace, with a laser-like right foot – would have been hard pressed to imagine that, a month short of his 32nd birthday, Ambrose would be representing a club seven points adrift of safety in League One.

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Manchester United tie at Derby kicks off FA Cup fourth round live matches

• Visit by Louis van Gaal’s side to Pride Park to be shown on Friday 29 January
• Colchester, Chelsea and Everton among other clubs chosen for television

Derby County’s tie at home to Manchester United will kick off the televised coverage of the FA Cup fourth round, with the match being shown on Friday 29 January at 7.55pm on the BBC.

Related: Louis van Gaal should ask Paul Scholes to be a Manchester United coach

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Colchester United appoint former West Ham midfielder Kevin Keen as manager

• 48-year-old given first full managerial role at Essex club
• Colchester have not won a league game since 20 October

Colchester United have appointed the former West Ham and Stoke midfielder Kevin Keen as their new manager.

Related: Colchester continue race to the bottom as Barnsley move up a step

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Colchester continue race to the bottom as Barnsley move up a step

Lee Johnson saw green shoots of recovery as his side hung on but Wayne Brown made a play for the poisoned chalice with a tactical switch that deserved a point

“Some days it’s hard being a manager.” So said Barnsley’s Lee Johnson and they were the winners at Colchester United. Wayne Brown, in his second game as the home team’s caretaker, may as well learn from the start – and clearly is. “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after that first half,” he said, slipping into managerial lingo. Barnsley led 2-0 at half-time, 3-0 by the hour and ended up hanging on at 3-2 from the 70th minute. The victory lifted them off the bottom of League One and a point and place above Colchester.

These are two of the youngest sides in the Football League and Johnson, at 34, one of the youngest managers. Son of Gary, now at Cheltenham but celebrated at Yeovil, he left Oldham, where he had begun at 31, in ninth last February for what he saw as a step up at Barnsley in 16th. They ended 11th but a run of eight defeats from early October made it look a step down. Subsequently beating Oldham and reaching the Football League Trophy northern final entitled Johnson to talk last week of “growing confidence”. Colchester, in a run of five defeats, may have added to it.

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League One 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Relegated Wigan face opening day trip to CoventryBurton begin with home game against Scunthorpe8 August 2015: Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield v Barnsley, Colchester United v Blackpool, Coventry City v Wigan Athletic, Crewe Alexandra v P…


League One roundup: MK Dons promoted; Preston settle for play-offs

• MK Dons into Championship after 5-1 win against Yeovil
• Colchester win 1-0 to stay up and deny Preston automatic promotion
• Notts County, Crawley and Leyton Orient relegated along with Yeovil
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League One clockwatch – live!

  • MK Dons promoted after 5-1 win over Yeovil
  • Colchester survive after 1-0 win over Preston
  • Preston turn attentions to play-offs after letting second place slip
  • Leyton Orient, Crawley and Notts County relegated to League Two

2.21pm BST

That’s all from me on a frantic finale to the League One season. Thanks for joining, see you next time and you can join Jacob Steinberg for live updates from Chelsea’s promotion party against Crystal Palace here.


2.18pm BST

Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale

Bristol City 8-2 Walsall

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Champions: Bristol City

Automatic promotion: MK Dons

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Colchester’s win over Preston has kept the U’s up as Crawley, Orient and Notts County are condemned to League Two next season.

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A 5-1 win coupled with Preston’s defeat at Colchester sees MK Dons promoted to the Championship.

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Doncaster 5-2 Scunthorpe: And Hakeeb Adelakun has scored an equally meaningless goal for the Iron.

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Port Vale 1-2 Fleetwood: Michael O’Connor pulls a thoroughly irrelevant goal back for Port Vale.

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Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale: Sam Winnall has scored.

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FT! Colchester 1-0 Preston: Colchester have saved themselves. George Moncur’s winner keeps the U’s in League One and condemns Preston to the play-offs.

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Gillingham 3-1 Notts County: Oh dear, oh dear. Desperately pushing for an equaliser, County are hit on the counter and Luke Morris hammers in the final nail.

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Bristol City 8-2 Walsall: Not Aden Flint this time but Kieran Agard with his second in the Robins’ promotion party.

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Barnsley 4-0 Rochdale: Conor Hourihane has scored.

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Gillingham 2-1 Notts County: That appears to be curtains for County unless Preston can find an equaliser – Brennan Dickenson puts Gillingham ahead at Prestfield.

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Swindon 2-2 Leyton Orient: And that’s pretty much it for Orient as well. Andy Williams levels from the penalty spot for 10-man Swindon and the O’s are all but done.

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Crawley 1-2 Coventry: That’s Crawley’s fate effectively sealed. James Maddison slots home after some mindless defending from the Red Devils, Coventry fans can breathe easy.

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Bristol City 7-2 Walsall: That’s a hat-trick for Bristol City’s centre-half Aden Flint, who now has 14 goals this season. Wowsers.

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Barnsley 3-0 Rochdale: Mason Holgate has scored.

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Gillingham 1-1 Notts County: All change again! John Egan’s leveller for Gillingham puts the Magpies back in the bottom four and Crewe are now out of the drop-zone again. Blimey! Who’d be a Crewe fan today?

1.59pm BST

Doncaster 5-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson completes his hat-trick with another penalty against Scunthorpe, smashing it down the middle.

1.58pm BST

After that Colchester goal, MK Dons are all but promoted while at the bottom it is Crawley, Leyton Orient and Crewe joining Yeovil in League One. Goals for Gillingham or Preston would change all that though.

1.56pm BST

Oldham 1-1 Peterborough: Michael Bostwick has equalised for Peterborough in a match that matter little.

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Colchester 1-0 Preston: George Moncur’s ninth goal of the season has all but ended Preston’s hopes of automatic promotion while Colchester may have just saved themselves. It’s tidy slotted finish from Moncur after good hold-up play from Chris Porter. Crewe are back in trouble at the foot of the table.

1.52pm BST

Barnsley 2-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen now has a double at Oakwell. That is all.

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Doncaster 4-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson showing the others how it’s done by converting from the spot for his second. This one is surely over now.

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MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil: Goal 101 of the season for MK Dons, Dean Lewington with his second of the match. This one has long been in the bag for the Dons but Preston can still deny them.

1.49pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: What a miss! A superb cross from Preston’s Daniel Johnson finds Joe Garner, the league’s top scorer, unmarked at the far post but he heads just wide.

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Crawley 1-1 Coventry: Another towering header at the Broadfield Stadium from Coventry’s Marcus Tudgay has put the cat among the relegation pigeons. Crawley are back down to 22nd and Crewe are just above the line.

1.44pm BST

Barnsley 1-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen has put Barnsley ahead in a match that we’ve not touched on yet. Rochdale are down to 10 by the by. Joe Rafferty has picked up two yellow cards to bring an early end to his season.

1.43pm BST

Bristol City 6-2 Walsall: Start the car! That’s another for Aden Flint, No13 of the season, and the Robins are rocking!

1.42pm BST

Swindon 1-2 Leyton Orient: Swindon have a goal back and this one is worth a watch. A free-kick just on the edge of the Orient area is knocked to Anton Rodgers who flicks the ball up before smashing a right-footed volley into the top corner. Tasty.

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Colchester 0-0 Preston: Preston have stepped it up a notch. An almighty scramble in the Colchester box is swiftly followed by Jermaine Beckford just failing to meet a flashing cross across the face.

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Bristol City 5-2 Walsall: Yep, Walsall are done for. That’s two in two minutes for the champions, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with his second of the game, powering into the area before lashing home.

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Bristol City 4-2 Walsall: Marlon Pack has given Bristol City their fourth goal of the match and you get the feeling Walsall are done for now.

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Gillingham 0-1 Notts County: This is a massive goal from Graham Burke. Crewe were let off the hook by Colchester but Notts County have heaped the pressure on the Alex with Burke lashing home. Coventry also looking precarious but safe at present on goal difference.

As it stands then, the bottom four are Crewe, Leyton Orient, Colchester and Yeovil.

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Bristol City 3-2 Walsall: The champions are back in front in this five-goal thriller, Kieran Agard on target on 57 minutes. The Robins faithful are enjoying themselves again.

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Doncaster 3-1 Scunthorpe: More own goal news. This time Andy Butler beating his own goalkeeper to pull one back for the Iron at the Keepmoat.

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MK Dons 4-1 Yeovil: Now that’s surprise. Yeovil have one back, Jordan Spence putting through his own net at stadium:mk.

1.31pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: Sam Johnstone obviously paid no attention to Grayson’s rocket and after shooting off his line he brings down George Moncur. It’s Chris Porter who steps up and it’s an awful penalty, at least five yards over the bar! That’s the third missed penalty of the day and it’s a let-off for Crewe who would have slipped into the bottom four in place of Colchester had Porter found the net.

1.27pm BST

Sheffield United 1-1 Chesterfield: The race for fifth is back on! Ian Evatt levels for the Spireites. Another for the visitors and they will leapfrog their hosts into fifth place.

1.26pm BST

Swindon 0-2 Leyton Orient: The O’s are doing everything they can to stay in League One – Chris Dagnall has doubled their advantage at the County Ground but they remain in trouble with Crawley in front against Coventry.

1.25pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: A shocking attempt from North End’s Paul Gallagher. The ball bobbled after a pull-back to the edge of the area but that one is a mile over the bar and still travelling

1.23pm BST

Crawley 1-0 Coventry: A towering header from Mathias Pogba means it’s all change at the bottom. Crawley are now safe as things stand, with Leyton Orient now slipping back into the drop-zone despite leading at Swindon.

1.21pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: That is poor from Jermaine Beckford. He was closing in on goal but a heavy touch allowed Tom Eastman to come across and make the tackle.

1.19pm BST

We’re back underway at Colchester. Both sides need to win but at the moment it’s 0-0. Something must give …

1.08pm BST

Doncaster 3-0 Scunthorpe: This one is still going – maybe their not going to bother with half-time. Rob Jones has made it 3-0 to Rovers. It’s half-time there now. Not so exciting.

1.07pm BST

As it stands, MK Dons are 4-0 to the good against Yeovil and are on their way to the Championship with Preston still goalless at Colchester. Leyton Orient, 23rd at the start of the day, are the only side in the bottom six in front and as a result it is Notts County who are currently joining Crawley, Colchester and Yeovil in League Two.

1.03pm BST

Let-off for Preston: Jacob Murphy’s audacious lob from wide on the left, over the onrushing Sam Johnstone, who can expect a rocket from Larry Grayson at half-time, drifts just wide. It’s still 0-0 and it’s now half-time.

1.02pm BST

Crawley 0-0 Coventry: That is massive. Nick Proschwitz has been anything but prolific for the Sky Blues and his spot-kick is superbly saved by Brian ‘the Beast’ Jensen low down to his right. That is a missed chance for Cov to pull clear of danger.

12.59pm BST

MK Dons 4-0 Yeovil: That didn’t take long. That’s a century for the Dons. Will Grigg nodding home Carl Baker’s cross at the far post for his 20th league goal of the season. The mathematicians among you will already know that Grigg has scored a fifth of the Dons’ goals in League One.

12.57pm BST

Swindon 0-1 Leyton Orient: This is a massive goal in the context of Survival Sunday. Dean Cox has put Orient ahead against 10-man Swindon and, as the only one of the bottom six currently ahead, the O’s have their virtual heads above water in the as-it-stands table, Notts County slipping into the bottom four.

12.56pm BST

MK Dons 3-0 Yeovil: The Dons are running riot. Dean Lewington turns provider this time, head a deep centre back across goal for Darren Potter to lash home on the volley. That’s 99 league goals for the Dons this season and they’re certainties to hit three figures.

12.55pm BST

Bristol City 2-2 Walsall: The Saddlers are certainly playing their part in this entertaining end-of-season clash. Jordy Hiwula has a second and it’s level again at Ashton Gate.

12.54pm BST

Doncaster 2-0 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson has made it 2-0 to Rovers. Apparently this is a derby but it’s a pretty one-sided one at present.

12.53pm BST

Sheffield United 1-0 Chesterfield: Remember the race for fifth? Well it’s Sheffield United who look on course to face Swindon in the play-offs, Marc McNulty opening the scoring on 34 minutes.

12.52pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: It’s cagey at Colchester. The U’s have grown into the game after some early North End pressure. Visiting fans will no doubt be aware of MK Dons’ latest score but Jermaine Beckford almost put their fate back in their own hands, denied by Sam Walker at full stretch.

12.45pm BST

Port Vale 0-2 Fleetwood: Mark Roberts makes it two to the visitors on 26 minutes, bundling in from close range.

12.43pm BST

MK Dons 2-0 Yeovil: Dean Lewington has put the Dons two the good with a delightful free-kick and it’s likely to be a whole lot more against a Yeovil side who can’t wait for the season to finish. With Preston toiling at Colchester, it’s advantage Dons.

12.41pm BST

Crewe 0-1 Bradford: Bad news for the Alex. Billy Clarke lashes home after Crewe fail to clear a long free-kick to put the Bantams in front. Crewe are still safe as it stands,

12.40pm BST

Bristol City 2-1 Walsall: Jay Emanuel-Thomas’s takes some penalty. The former Arsenal youngster strolls up to the ball on the spot and rolls the ball home to give the Robins the lead midway through the first half.

12.38pm BST

Port Vale 0-1 Fleetwood: The Cod Army are ahead in another dead rubber, Josh Morris finding the net on 17 minutes.

12.37pm BST

Swindon’s keeper Tyrell Belford may just have clinched the award for daftest sending off of the season on the final day, bringing down Orient’s Chris Dagnall. Lloyd James is the taker – the substitute keeper is Tyrell’s brother Cameron Belford – and he’s saved it!

12.33pm BST

Bristol City 1-1 Walsall: Normal service resumed at Ashton Gate. Aden Flint lashes home his 12th goal of the season for the champions on 16 minutes. No mean feat for a centre-half.

12.32pm BST

Doncaster 1-0 Scunthorpe: Rovers are ahead in this 14th v 15th clash; Niall Canavan has put through his own net at the Keepmoat Stadium.

12.30pm BST

Bristol City 0-1 Walsall: This isn’t in the script. The Robins are supposed to be celebrating the league title at Ashton Gate, but perhaps a little too much. Walsall are ahead through Jordy Hiwula.

12.29pm BST

Oldam 1-0 Peterborough: In a match that matters little, Posh are head thanks to Dominic Poleon’s ninth-minute effort.

12.28pm BST

Milton Keynes, of course, is not only famed for its roundabouts. It’s also home to Great Britain’s elite badminton players and the Dons have a fan one former shuttler …

Come on MKDons!! @MKDonsFC

12.25pm BST

MK Dons 1-0 Yeovil: Carl Baker rifles home from the edge of the box on seven minutes to pile the pressure on Preston. As it stands the Dons are in second spot.

12.21pm BST

Coventry have the ball in the net at Crawley, bundled in from a John Fleck free-kick, but the assistant flags for off-side.

12.16pm BST

We’re up and running at the Colchester Community stadium …

12.10pm BST

The away fans are already in full voice and have created a sea of yellow! #PNElive #SGSWA

12.08pm BST

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington, Potter, Alli, Hall, Carl Baker, Carruthers, Grigg.
Subs: Hodson, Bowditch, Reeves, McLoughlin, Powell, Cole, Lewis Baker.

11.50am BST

Where to start … we’ll, Coventry, Crewe and Notts County all currently have their heads above water but will know Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient are all ready to pounce below them. Four points separate Coventry in 18th and Orient in 23rd but all six sides may find themselves heading for League Two in a couple of hours. Crawley, in 21st, host Coventry. Even more exciting.

11.41am BST

It would be remiss of me not to mention the tussle for fifth place and the right to face Swindon in the play-offs. Sheffield United, currently in fifth, are two points above sixth-placed Chesterfield, who, lo and behold, they host today. Exciting.

11.28am BST

Time for a quick recap on the battle for second place. Preston currently have 89 points in second while MK Dons have 88 but a vastly superior goal difference. A Preston victory at Colchester guarantees promotion but failure to win would mean three points for MK Dons at home to Yeovil is enough for Karl Robinson’s side. A defeat for Preston would also ensure a draw for MK Dons is enough.

Team news is beginning to filter through, I’ll have the line-ups for you in full in due course.

11.14am BST

An important update now from the aptly named Keepmoat Stadium, courtesy of Doncaster’s Twitter page.

REFEREE: Pitch inspection done. Game on @SUFCOfficial !

11.00am BST

Good morning League One fans and welcome to what will from this moment forth be known as ‘Survival Sunday’. A pulsating season in England’s third tier comes to a conclusion today and while Bristol City have long been crowned champions, there remains plenty up for grabs on Survival Sunday. Yeovil have already slipped out of the division but there are no less than six teams scrapping to avoid the dread trapdoor on Survival Sunday.

Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient occupy places 21, 22 and 23 on 50, 49 and 48 points respectively but Coventry, 18th on 52 points, Crewe 19th also on 52 points with a shocking goal difference and Notts County, 20th on 50 points are all nervously looking over their shoulder.

11.00am BST

Barnsley v Rochdale

Bristol City v Walsall

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Gerard will be here soon.

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