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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Cheltenham Town v Colchester United, nostalgia: Rowan Vine at the double as a ‘super sub’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:25 16 September 2017

How the EADT reported on the U's trip to Cheltenham from 14 years ago

How the EADT reported on the U's trip to Cheltenham from 14 years ago


U’s writer Carl Marston recalls a Colchester United trip to Cheltenham from 14 years ago, on October 14, 2003.

I have been to Whaddon Road on a couple of occasions, for early rounds in the Trophy, including a night in October when Rowan Vine scored within 30 seconds of coming on as a substitute.

Vine certainly earned the popular tag of ‘super sub,’ having been introduced in the 64th minute for midfielder Bobby Bowry with the score at 1-1, and the match drifting towards the ‘delights’ of the new ‘silver goal’ rule.

On loan for the season from Portsmouth, Vine capitalised on a dreadful back-pass by Kayode Odejayi (the Cheltenham striker was to play for Colchester in a few years) to sweep the U’s into a 2-1 lead on 65 minutes.

Vine’s first touch of the game was to nudge the ball around keeper Shane Higgs, and his second was to side-foot the ball into an unguarded net.

And front-runner Vine made doubly sure of the U’s progress into the second round, of the LDV Vans Trophy, by heading home his second goal of the evening in the 88th minute, from Karl Duguid’s corner.

All this was in response to an opening goal by Cheltenham striker Martin Devaney, and Joe Keith’s equaliser on 39 minutes.

The night was also notable for boss Phil Parkinson’s team selection – he gave a first start of the season to teenager Greg Halford, who had made his debut against Luton last April.

Speeding to the present, and Vine is still playing football at a good level – he is currently at Southern League outfit Hayes & Yeading, at the age of 34. Since those days with the U’s, he has been on the books of the likes of Luton, Birmingham, QPR, St Johnstone, Hibernian and a host of non-league clubs.

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