On The Road with the U's and Blues
A tour around the press boxes of more than 120 Football League and Premier League grounds, over a period of 30 years, primarily reporting on Colchester United and Ipswich Town.
From Manchester United to Accrington Stanley, from Layer Road to Portman Road, beginning at The Abbey, Cambridge, and ending at Moor Lane, Salford, this is a regional reporter's account of a colourful career spanning three decades.
Author Carl Marston follows the fortunes of both Colchester United and Ipswich Town, all over the country, from Plymouth Argyle in the south to Carlisle United in the north, from Grimsby Town in the east to Swansea City in the west.
Over the years, Carl has been left behind by the team-coach (at Torquay United), arrived late just once (at Wrexham), been treated like a king (at the Emirates) and struggled to get in (at Doncaster's Belle Vue).
Carl has enjoyed an unrivalled access to the goings-on at Colchester United and Ipswich Town over the last 30 years, attending thousands of pre-match and post-match press conferences.
About the Author
Bury St Edmunds-born Carl Marston joined the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper as a sports writer in 1989. After a stint following the dramatic rise of Cambridge United, he became the regular reporter of Colchester United after the Essex club's return to the Football League in 1992, spanning three decades across three divisions. He has also been a familiar face in the Ipswich Town press box, including two years shadowing the enigmatic Roy Keane.