England's Weston home
Friday, 23 September, 2011
Colchester United will host a fourth England international in November.
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After more than 70 years at Layer Road, Colchester United FC moved to their new Weston Homes Community Stadium in 2008. Since then three England teams have already travelled to Britain's oldest recorded town to play international fixtures.
On 10 November, Stuart Pearce’s Under-21s will make their second appearance at the Weston Homes after playing Lithuania there in a crucial UEFA Championship Qualifier just 14 months ago.
England had to win to give themselves a chance of making it through to their third successive Finals and it took an hour for the first goal to arrive, Danny Welbeck slotting home after Tom Cleverley had laid the ball into his path.
Marc Albrighton, the Aston Villa winger, came on as a substitute and gave England the breathing space they deserved by adding a second eleven minutes from time as he steered home Welbeck’s pass across the six-yard box.
The Manchester United forward sealed a man-of-the-match display with a third in stoppage time to send England into the play-offs and delight a crowd of 7,240. (Click here to watch highlights from the game)
England’s U19s, managed by Brian Eastick, were there for a friendly against their German counterparts in November 2008 and Hope Powell’s England Women’s team played Iceland here, also in a friendly, in July 2009.
There was a brilliant full-house of 9,692 to see the U19s beat the Germans 1-0 with Henri Lansbury’s 29th-minute goal. England’s starting line-up had included Danny Welbeck, destined to represent the Under-21s at the same ground and make his senior debut against Ghana at Wembley in March of this year.
The U19s went from strength to strength after that night, reaching the UEFA Championship Final in 2009 and the semi-finals a year later.
England’s Women had two warm-up friendlies before the 2009 UEFA Championship Finals in Finland and in the first of those, played at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, they went down 0-2 against Iceland.
A 4,000 crowd saw Holmfridur Magnusdottir and Margret Lara Vidarsdottir score for the visitors but England went on to have a great Championship, winning through to a clash with the powerful Germans in the Final.
Tickets are on sale direct from Colchester United FC
Prices £10 for adults, £5 for concessions
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