The ground hosted the record home crowd for a Colchester United game on 27 November 1948 for an FA Cup first round tie with Reading. 19,072 fans gathered for the game which lasted just 35 minutes. The game was abandoned due to thick fog.[6][45] More storm damage meant that the U's went into the 1949–50 season with no roof to the Layer Road End due to a steel shortage.[6]

Colchester secured League One safety on the final day of the 2014–15 season when they beat promotion hopefuls Preston North End 1–0 on 3 May 2015.[38] However, Colchester could not stave off relegation to League Two in the 2015–16 season as they finished the campaign in 23rd position, confining them to the fourth tier of English football for the first time in 18 years.[39]

In addition to the Hall of Fame, which excludes players who are currently active, Lomana LuaLua was named as Colchester United's cult hero by fans in a poll by the BBC in 2004, with the Congolese international registering 39% of the overall vote. He narrowly pipped Mark Kinsella who garnered 38% of the vote, while influential player-manager Roy McDonough earned 23%.[95]

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The club's record home attendance was for an FA Cup first round tie at Layer Road with Reading on 27 November 1948, when 19,072 fans turned up for a game that was abandoned after 35 minutes due to thick fog.[6][45] The record Colchester Community Stadium attendance was 10,064 when Norwich City won 5–0 in a fiery match on 16 January 2010.[32]

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So they’ll be looking for a repeat of the win they enjoyed over Norway last September, when a penalty from captain James Ward-Prowse was enough to seal the points in Drammen in what was their first game of the new campaign.

At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns.[2] As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain.[3] It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.[4]

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Victories over Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan in the group stage set up the final against host nation France in Avignon, where goals from Chelsea pair Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured a 2-1 victory and the title.

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Financial difficulties and a number of changes at board level in the mid-1980s caused a slide towards the lower end of the Fourth Division table and crowd numbers to dwindle.[20] Despite a brief turn around in form under former Rangers manager Jock Wallace,[21] United were relegated from the Football League for the first time since their election.[20]

Colchester United’s head coach, John McGreal, said: “Given how successful it was for the club last time, it’s great to hear that we will be hosting another England U21s game at the stadium. 

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Colchester and the surrounding area is currently undergoing significant regeneration,[44] including controversial greenfield residential development in Mile End and Braiswick.[45] The town's football team, Colchester United, moved into a brand new stadium at Cuckoo Farm in 2008.

After three wins and two draws from their first five games, England go into the final few games on top of the group and know that It is in their own hands to seal an automatic qualification spot for the Finals.

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Colchester's main recent rivalry is with fellow Essex side Southend United, with whom they contest the Essex derby. The competitive head-to-head record is 31 wins to Southend, 25 wins for Colchester and 17 draws.[71] The most recent result ended in a 3–0 defeat for the U's on 6 February 2016.[72]

The third rhyme to come from Colchester is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which was written by Jane Taylor in the town's Dutch Quarter, and published in 1806 with the title "The Star".

In 1919 the club bought the ground. The main stand (which remained until the ground closed) was opened in 1933. After the club folded, Colchester United took over the ground, where they remained until moving to the Colchester Community Stadium in 2008.

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The club also contest the Pride of Anglia award, which they have won once when they finished in 10th position in the Championship ahead of East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City.[22][28]

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Colchester Community Stadium has a capacity of 10,105[1] and the record attendance at the ground was 10,064 when Colchester hosted Norwich City on 16 January 2010 as they fell to a 5–0 defeat.[32]

Micky Cook is the current Colchester United record holder for most appearances, holding the record for appearances made in both the league at 613, and in all competitions with 700 between 1969 and 1984.[73] Mike Walker ranks in second with 524 appearances in all competitions,[74] and Tony English third with 515.[75][76] Tony Adcock holds the record for most goals in all competitions with 149,[77][78] but Martyn King is the club's record league goalscorer with 132 goals.[79][80]

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In the Asterix comic book Asterix in Britain the Camulodunum rugby team wins a game against Durovernum (Roman name for Canterbury).[72] The uniforms worn during the match in the book are similar to the modern kit of Colchester United.

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“We’re looking forward to playing our part in what I’m sure will be an excellent occasion topped off no doubt with a Three Lions victory.”

“We’re really looking forward to having the match at the stadium and I am sure our young players will also learn a lot from seeing their peers in action.”

Plans for a new stadium were submitted in April 1999,[48] with planning consent approved in 2003.[49] The Council backed the £14.23 million project by taking out a £10.23 million loan in November 2006,[50] with the remaining £4 million supplied in the form of grants from the Football Foundation and local government and development agencies.[51] Scottish firm Barr Construction were announced as contractors for the stadium,[52] with work beginning in July 2007.[51]

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So when they arrive in the West Midlands, they will be hoping the 4-0 scoreline against Sweden from their previous U21s game at Walsall in February 2013 can be repeated, with Tom Ince (2), Jonjo Shelvey and Connor Wickham scoring on that occasion.

England Under-21s were in goalscoring form on their last visit to the Banks's Stadium

Colchester

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“We were delighted to host the England players at our training ground ahead of the game and it was very useful for us to be able to see them in action there and in the match itself.

And after their long-haul trip to play Kazakhstan in the penultimate group game in early October, Gareth Southgate’s side will be at home for their final qualifying match when Bosnia & Herzegovina are the visitors to the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall on Tuesday 11 October.

Tickets for both games cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for £20.

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