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‘It’s not about me’ – U’s boss McGreal on his Rovers return

PUBLISHED: 15:02 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 06 September 2018

John McGreal, whose U's side have enjoyed the best nine-game start for 17 years. Picture: STEVE WALLER

John McGreal, whose U's side have enjoyed the best nine-game start for 17 years. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, will be back on familiar turf when he takes his U’s team to Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

McGreal spent nine years as a senior professional at Prenton Park, after the Birkenhead-born defender had graduated from the youth team set-up.

He rattled up 195 league games during that time, and 233 in all competitions, before moving onto Ipswich Town.

This weekend will bring back happy memories for 46-year-old McGreal, who will cross swords with one of his old team-mates at Rovers, current boss Micky Mellon (also 46).

But McGreal remains focused on one thing – guiding his U’s team to another League Two away triumph, following a 3-1 win at Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

“I’ll be pleased to go back,” enthused McGreal, following this morning’s training session at Florence Park.

“I was delighted to see Tranmere get back into the Football League (play-off win over Boreham Wood in May).

“Micky Mellon has done really well there over the last couple of years, and I’ll be speaking to him soon because I need to get lots of tickets for my family and friends!

“But it’s not about me, it’s about our football club, Colchester United,” added McGreal.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Jordan Spence has hailed the impact of manager Paul Lambert and believes the Blues can pull themselves away from trouble if they maintain the high standards they have set.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features wins over Arsenal and Stoke, while we also remember the late Marton Fulop.

Flynn Downes has been called into the England U20 for their game with Germany in Colchester next week.

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