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Owen delighted to be back at his beloved U’s

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:34 20 December 2012

Brian Owen

Brian Owen

BRIAN Owen is delighted to be back at his beloved Colchester United.

U’s manager Joe Dunne today announced the return of veteran Owen, as the Essex club’s chief recruitment scout.

Owen, who played for the U’s from 1970 to 1973, re-joined the club in 1993 and served as a coach and scout until he departed in 2009.

He had most recently been working as a scout for former Colchester boss Phil Parkinson at League Two club Bradford City.

“It seems that the club cannot get rid of me!” enthused Owen.

“I first came to Colchester in 1970. It took me by a little bit of a surprise, getting the call from Joe to come back to Colchester.

“I was sort of retired, was doing a bit of work for Bradford and some work from home, but I missed not being in football,” added Owen.

Now aged 68, Middlesex-born Owen used to be the physio at Colchester, before going on to give great service as a coach and a scout. Earlier in his career, he was also a coach at Ipswich.

He helped out the likes of former U’s managers George Burley and Parkinson at the start of their managerial careers, and will now be hoping to do the same for Dunne.

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

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