Colchester v PNE: Meet the opposition boss

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Tony Humes was appointed Colchester manager on September 1 last year after the departure of Joe Dunne.

He has previously been the U’s head of youth for five years. Born in Blyth, Northumberland, Humes was a two-club man as a player. He started his career at Ipswich, making 120 appearances for the Suffolk club. Humes then joined Wrexham in 1992, going on to play more than 200 games for them. When his playing career ended, he stayed at Wrexham as youth coach. He moved on to take a similar position at Ipswich.

Meet the ref: Experienced Hampshire referee Keith Stroud is in the middle for Sunday’s game.

This is his 11th season on the Football League list and he also took charge of a Premier League game earlier this term. He was in the middle for PNE’s FA Cup tie with Sheffield United in January.

PNE this week...


Sir Tom Finney played his final competitve game for Preston on April 30, 1960.

A crowd of 29,781 fans were packed into Deepdale to see a 2-0 win over Luton, Jim Smith and Alex Alston scoring.


On May 1, 1971, Preston won 1-0 at Fulham thanks to a diving header from Ricky Heppolette. The victory clinched PNE promotion with Alan Ball Snr’s men going on to beat Rotherham three days later to pip Fulham to the title.


PNE won promotion on May 1, 1978, without kicking a ball. A 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury in their final game had left them sweating on the result of the Wrexham v Peterborough game two days later. The game ended goalless, enough for PNE to go up at Posh’s expense