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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Colchester United V Swindon Town

All you need to know ahead of today's game

29 January 2022

Swindon Town are in EFL Sky Bet League Two action away at Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon.

Ben Garner's team will be looking to get back to winning ways on the domestic front when they lock horns against the U's - 3pm Kick-Off.

Allow us to get you set for today's game...



Both teams played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw at The County Ground the last time the two sides met in the league on 25th September 2011, while Romoney Crichlow scored the only goal for the Reds in a 2-1 defeat to the U's in the Papa John's Trophy on 30th November 2011.


Season / Date Competition  Result  Town Scorers
2021-22 - 30 Nov (H) Papa John's Trophy 1-2 Crichlow 
2020-21 - 25 Sep (H) Sky Bet League Two 0-0  
2019-20 - 28 Jan (A) Sky Bet League Two 3-1 Jaiyesimi 
2019-20 - 17 Sep (H) Sky Bet League Two 0-3  
2019-20 - 13 Aug (A) League Cup 3-0  


87 32 20 35 114 113


Town fans can purchase tickets for today's game but there will be a price increase.


Jack Payne and Mathieu Baudry are progressing well but won't be available for today, while new signing Josh Davison could be involved for the Reds.

For Colchester, they could hand a debut to new signing John Akinde, with the striker set to bring a different dynamic to the U's front-line.


Wayne Brown, Colchester United Interim Manager: "The confidence, morale and spirit in the team is good, which you'd expect after a good result like that away from home. And having the full week, we have been able to get some detail into the lads, and hopefully that will pay dividends on Saturday. 

"We're hoping to build on that, but we have to be at it from the first whistle. It will be a different game to last Saturday, in the style and the way that they play, but the mentality we have to have, is that they are now on our patch and we have to take the game to them. We have to let them worry about our ability while they are cautious about what they do."

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They've brought John Akinde in and they are looking to strengthen their group, same as we are.

"They've had a clear identity as a group this year in terms of being a strong counter-attacking team, they break through the pitch very, very quickly, they've got players with desire to run forward, they've got players with clever movement in forward areas to release and get on to things and that's been their identity this season.

"It is one that we'll be well prepared for and whether players come into the team on the back of last week or whether they go with the team that finished the game after doing so well, we'll have to wait and see.

"We don't know until that whistle goes. They might come and press higher up the pitch or they might sit in a lower block and try to counter-attack and use the space.

"Being at home, there might be a different shift compared to how they played at Salford last week, so we have to prepare for all those eventualities and be prepared to cope with whatever is thrown at us and impose ourselves on the game."


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Referee - Christopher Sarginson 

Assistant Referee - Greg Read

Assistant Referee - Adrian Tranter

Fourth Official - Paul Yate


Not making the trip to Colchester United today? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Colchester United 1-1 Swindon Town

Reds denied at the last

29 January 2022

Swindon Town were dealt late heartbreak in their 1-1 draw with nine-man Colchester United in the EFL Sky Bet League Two at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon.

Following a goalless and hard-fought first-half, Ellis Iandolo's sublime cross allowed Harry McKirdy to open the scoring late on, before Colchester snatched a point at the death thanks to Emyr Huws' late equaliser, despite the fact that the hosts had two players sent-off.

Town Head Coach Ben Garner opted for three changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers the week before, with striker Josh Davison coming in to replace the recalled Tyreece Simpson.

Jojo Wollacott reclaimed his place between the sticks while Jordan Lyden also came into the Starting XI, with Lewis Ward and Ben Gladwin both dropping to the bench.

It was Town who carved out the first chance of the game as Jonny Williams won possession back before laying the ball off to Ellis Iandolo, but the wing-back's low shot was gathered with ease by Shamal George.


Both teams were refusing to give an inch in the opening stages of the game, while the Reds were having to work extra hard with the bumpy playing surface not exactly conducive to their style of play.

Josh Davison was impressing early on with his hold-up play and his low cross was flicked at George by Harry McKirdy, before the striker dragged a shot wide from distance after beating his man with ease.

There was then another chance for McKirdy after he latched onto a ball over the top from Akin Odimayo but, just as he was about to pull the trigger, he was robbed by Luke Chambers who did well to get back.

Both goalkeepers had to take turns to perform heroics towards the end of the half as Jojo Wollacott performed his best Superman impression to get across and tip Luke Hannant's header away, before George denied Davison after the striker was gifted the ball in the perfect position.

Brendan Wiredu had hooked an effort over for Colchester just before that, and the first-half came to a close with neither team able to sneak ahead.



It was a bright start to second-half proceedings for Town who attacked with a real intent, and there was an early chance as Ellis Iandolo picked out McKirdy in acres of space with a superb driven ball across goal, but the forward couldn't jam the ball past George and he should have had a penalty after being tugged back.

McKirdy would eventually get his goal, though, and it came thanks to some brilliance from Iandolo who whipped in one of the best crosses you will ever see, and McKirdy was on hand to tap home the opener from point-blank range.

There was some drama in the final 20 minutes after George was sent-off for a stamp on Davison, reducing the hosts to 10 men for the remainder of the game.


Ben Gladwin then came on to replace Jordan Lyden in order to inject some fresh legs into the midfield, before McKirdy made way for Jayden Mitchell-Lawson with 10 minutes left.

And it looked as though Town would see the rest of the game out with ease after Luke Chambers was shown a straight red card for being the last man, with Louis Reed smashing the resulting free-kick into the wall.

However, the nine men of Colchester refused to be beaten and, with the game in stoppage time, they snatched a point as John Akinde flicked on a corner and Emyr Huws was on hand to smash home the equaliser at the back post and deny Town all three points.



COLCHESTER UNITED - George; Chambers (C), Wiredu (John Akinde 66), Hannant (Owura Edwards 82), Skuse, Judge (Ted Collins 74), Sears, Dallison, Kenlock, Tchamadeu, Huws.

SUBS NOT USED - Nouble, Andrews, Eastman, Coxe.

SCORERS - Emyr Huws (90).

BOOKED - Junior Tchamadeu, Luke Hannant, 

SENT-OFF - Shamal George, Luke Chambers. 

SWINDON TOWN - Wollacott; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (C), Lyden (Ben Gladwin 76), Davison, McKirdy (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 80), O'Brien, Williams (Ricky Aguiar 88), Hunt, Reed. 

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, East, Parsons, Dabre.

SCORERS - Harry McKirdy (68).

BOOKED - Jordan Lyden, Jojo Wollacott. 

REFEREE - Christopher Sarginson.

Attendance - 3,327 (605 Away Fans).

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Colchester United Ticket Details

Important information about buying tickets

16 January 2022

Swindon Town want to make fans aware of some important information in regards to our upcoming fixture against Colchester United.

Ben Garner's team make the trip to JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 29th January 2022 - 3pm Kick-Off - to take on the U's. 

And, ahead of the game, we would like to make fans aware of some important information relating to purchasing match tickets for the game.

In conjunction with Colchester's ticketing system brought in during the Pandemic, fans must purchase a Match Permit in order to attend this game.

These must be purchased directly through Colchester United.

To purchase a Match Permit, please CLICK HERE.

You can find out how to purchase a Match Permit by CLICKING HERE. 

Match Permits can be purchased online right up until kick-off and Colchester have scanners that can read a permit from a print out or from the screen of a smart phone.


The only exception is for ambulant disabled/wheelchair and carer (those that have DLA/PIP) whose permits MUST be purchased over the phone. The ticket office number for these purchases is 01206 755161 (Monday to Friday 10-3, unless otherwise stated on Colchester's site).

Town fans will be located in the North Stand behind the goal.

To allow groups of fans to sit together whilst operating social distancing (when appropriate) fans can create their own groups (‘bubbles’). This will allocate tickets together with anyone else that purchased tickets in the same sections using the same group name.

When the purchase has been made a confirmation email will be sent advising what happens next.

(Do note tickets are non-refundable)

Information regarding your permit will also be available via a dashboard when you log in to the account you will have created to buy the permit. You will also be able to buy stadium parking via the dashboard on a first come first serve basis.

Please note - Colchester United is a cashless stadium.




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