Derek Davis' Football Chatter

THERE was at least one scout left disappointed on Tuesday night, despite the goal fest at Portman Road.A Blackburn Rovers spy turned up with the idea of running the rule over Ian Miller, who was originally going to play at centre-back but was left out due to the uncertainty about Alex Bruce being available for the Norwich match.

THERE was at least one scout left disappointed on Tuesday night, despite the goal fest at Portman Road.

A Blackburn Rovers spy turned up with the idea of running the rule over Ian Miller, who was originally going to play at centre-back but was left out due to the uncertainty about Alex Bruce being available for the Norwich match.

It seems Premiership clubs are still keeping track of the young Blues talent and the buzz among supporters on Merseyside is that both Everton and Liverpool are keen on Danny Haynes.

Colchester United players are also causing a stir and after I revealed on Tuesday that Jim Magilton was not going to pursue Chris Iwelumo, who is almost certain to leave Layer Road in the summer after not agreeing a new deal, it seems Norwich City are now in the hunt.


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WHILE it is not surprising that Italy did not get the nod for the 2012 European Championships, the fact that it went to Poland along with the Ukraine has raised eyebrows.

The continuing match-fixing scandal that has rocked Italy for the past 18 months and the recent violence at domestic and European matches effectively ended the Italians chances.

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But Poland too has had its problems with not just match fixing but government interference in its Football Association which has earned a rebuke from UEFA.

The Hungarian/Croatia bid seemed to fall down due to politics with new UEFA supreme Michel Platini favouring the bid from Poland/Ukraine.

MY thanks to those of you who contacted me to say how much you enjoyed the Monday Issue piece about the successful Ipswich Town Official Supporters' Club presentation night, although I did get my knuckles rapped, and rightly so, for not mentioning the organisers.

So hopefully better late than never, my heartfelt thanks to chairman Andrew Redfern for the invite and for all the hard work he and his team, in particular Irene Davey, put into organising the event and the vote for Player of the Year.

These people are unpaid volunteers and are vital to the running of the supporters' club and their work is not always noticed, but I can say with certainty that it is fully appreciated.

FAN power should decide where Bristol Rovers ground-share next season after a plan to lodge with Bristol City was rejected all round.

The Gas Heads are being asked if they would rather travel to Swindon or Cheltenham to watch their home games while the old Memorial Ground is being redeveloped.

THE Colchester United Female Football Academy will be holding a special auction night to help raise funds for the club and for their trip to the Gothia Cup in Sweden this summer.

Tonight's event at Maldon Town Football Club will kick off at 7pm with special guests Ron 'Chopper' Harris and Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti. Tickets cost £5.

Some of the lots up for auction include:

Colchester Utd v Leeds Utd 1971 DVD;

Boat Trip for the weekend;

Ryder Cup shirt signed by Tommy Horton;

Signed Ronaldo photo;

Meal for Two;

Gym membership;

CUCST Soccer Camp place;

Signed CUFC football and shirt;

And a raft of other football memorabilia.

If you would like to purchase tickets contact Fiona Sharples on 07894 201347 or 01621 810166 or email football@cucst.org.uk

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