Tony Humes' men beat Preston North End to stay in League OneName: Colchester United Football Club
Stadium: Colchester Community Stadium
Manager: Tony Humes
Last season: 19th in League One
Following a dramatic final day of the season, Colchester will be looking for a less dramatic campaign next time around.
The Essex outfit preserved their place in the third tier on the final day of the season, following George Moncur’s solitary strike in the home win over Preston North End.
The U’s will be hoping for a safer passage through in the upcoming campaign, guided by manager Tony Humes.
Northumberland born Humes took over the managerial post at Colchester in September 2014, having previously worked as the youth team manager at the club.
As a player, Humes began his playing career with Ipswich Town, turning professional at Portman Road in 1985.
A further seven years would be spent in Suffolk, where Humes made 120 appearances, before being sold to Wrexham in 1992 for £40,000. He would see out his career at the Dragons, making 209 appearances at the Racecourse
Following his retirement from the game, he remained as a coach at Wrexham before a return to Ipswich followed.
He took up the post as U18s manager at Colchester in 2009 – a position which would eventually lead to first-team management.
Humes will be hoping that Club top-scorer George Moncur can continue the form he showed towards the end of last season.
Moncur began his playing career in the academy set-up at West Ham United, and would subsequently be offered a professional contract with the Hammers in 2010.
With first-team opportunities hard to come by at Upton Park, he was loaned out to League Two side AFC Wimbledon in January 2012 to gain regular football. Whilst with the Dons, he appeared 20 times, netting on two occasions in a
fruitful stint at Kingsmeadow.
Swindon-born Moncur would experience another loan deal in January 2014, this time to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle, though he went on to only make two substitute appearances during his short stay with the Jags.
He was loaned to Colchester in August 2014, before eventually making the move permanent in November.
Moncur made 46 appearances last season, scoring nine-goals, including one on the final day of the season.
Fleetwood have met Colchester on two occasions, with the U’s winning both games. The first of which came in October last year, when despite taking the lead through Liam McAlinden, Town lost 2-1 in Essex.
In the reverse fixture, Fleetwood’s final home game of the season ended in a 3-2 defeat.
Moncur gave Colchester a 47th minute lead, though goals from Jamie Proctor and David Ball looked to have handed Town the points, only for strikes in the final minutes from Gavin Massey and Chris Porter
winning the game for the Essex outfit.