A run-down of the U's and Royals' competition historyColchester United, who host Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, don’t have a whole lot in the way of history in the competition – and in particular not in recent seasons.
A sole quarter-final appearance way back in 1975 stands out like a sore thumb, as a team fronted by Bobby Svarc and John Froggatt were eventually squeezed out at the last-eight stage by Aston Villa. That season – 41 seasons ago, and just the 15th incarnation of the tournament – is the only time the U’s have progressed beyond the third round.
And in the last decade, the U’s have won just two ties in the competition and have thus been knocked out eight times in the first round. The Royals, conversely, have only once fallen at the first hurdle in the same period.
Tuesday evening’s hosts do however boast a decent historical record against the Royals in the tournament. This is the fourth time that the teams have been drawn against each other in the competition (all in the first round) and the U’s have progressed in each of the other three.
The most straightforward of those games came in 1968, when a 2-0 win for Colchester secured a second-round slot. A year later, Roy Massey netted for the U’s in Essex to force a replay – he then proceeded to score a hat-trick in a 3-0 win a week later at Elm Park as the visitors sailed through. And by the time the 1983-84 season had rolled around, the format had changed to two legs – a 4-3 home win for Reading wasn’t good enough in the second fixture, as the tie ended 6-6 on aggregate and Colchester passed through on away goals.
The last time Reading and Colchester met at all, Jamie Cureton was on a winning Reading team and merely 26 years of age. The forward, who turns 40 later this month, didn’t link up with the U’s for another three years after that fixture.
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