Colchester United to feature at new National Football Museum

SOME of the most memorable Colchester United FC football commentary clips are to be immortalised in a new exhibit at the National Football Museum.

Radio 5 live and BBC Local Radio have compiled an archive of hundreds of the most memorable BBC radio football commentary clips for a permanent exhibit, which will be on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester, when it opens in the city on July 6.

After months of research and thousands of suggestions from fans around the country, the project was celebrated in a special programme broadcast live from the National Football Museum on Monday, May 28, in front an audience of 200 football fans.

The show, fronted by BBC Radio 5 live and Match of the Day 2 presenter Colin Murray, featured a number of the most popular clips.

Colchester United clips that are to be included in the museum for permanent display are as follows:


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Firstly, the U’s shock 3-2 victory over mighty Leeds United in an FA Cup fifth round tie at Layer Road on February 13, 1971.

Secondly, the U’s promotion to the second tier of English football, for the first ever time, in May, 2006, when Phil Parkinson’s men earned automatic promotion into the Championship.

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And thirdly, knocking Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion out of the League Cup at the second round stage in 2004, thanks to goals from Craig Fagan and Ben May in a 2-1 win.

Other outstanding clips that made it into the show included the nerve-shredding commentary from the moment David Beckham’s wonderful free-kick against Greece won England a place in the 2002 World Cup, and Didier Drogba’s match-winning penalty for Chelsea in this year’s Champions League final.

Every one of the 92 Premier and Football League clubs, plus some non-league clubs with rich histories, will be represented in the exhibit with at least three special commentary moments.

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