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Carl Marston

On The Road with the U's and Blues

On The Road with the U's and Blues

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Published June 2021

A tour around the press boxes of more than 120 Football League and Premier League grounds, over a period of 30 years, primarily reporting on Colchester United and Ipswich Town.

From Manchester United to Accrington Stanley, from Layer Road to Portman Road, beginning at The Abbey, Cambridge, and ending at Moor Lane, Salford, this is a regional reporter's account of a colourful career spanning three decades.

Author Carl Marston follows the fortunes of both Colchester United and Ipswich Town, all over the country, from Plymouth Argyle in the south to Carlisle United in the north, from Grimsby Town in the east to Swansea City in the west.

Over the years, Carl has been left behind by the team-coach (at Torquay United), arrived late just once (at Wrexham), been treated like a king (at the Emirates) and struggled to get in (at Doncaster's Belle Vue).

Carl has enjoyed an unrivalled access to the goings-on at Colchester United and Ipswich Town over the last 30 years, attending thousands of pre-match and post-match press conferences.


About the Author

Bury St Edmunds-born Carl Marston joined the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper as a sports writer in 1989. After a stint following the dramatic rise of Cambridge United, he became the regular reporter of Colchester United after the Essex club's return to the Football League in 1992, spanning three decades across three divisions. He has also been a familiar face in the Ipswich Town press box, including two years shadowing the enigmatic Roy Keane.



Colchester Daily Gazette website :

Deadlines, dodgy pies and dressing room lock-ins: the colourful new book that's a real treat for U's fans.  On the Road with U's and Blues is a must for all Colchester United fans.


And another from the Colchester Daily Gazette

Any Colchester United supporter, or indeed any football fan, could do worse than find a copy of 'ON THE ROAD WITH U'S AND BLUES' in their festive stocking.

Long-time local football journalist, Carl Marston, who began covering the U's following their return to the Football League in 1992, traces the 124 Football League grounds that he has visited, over the past three decades, in this 350-page book that is packed with photographs, as well as memories.

Colchester United book packed with U's memories and photos | Gazette (

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