Following Southend United’s promotion from League Two, the Essex Derby will once again be a fixture for the first time in five seasons.
There have been 75 meetings between the two sides from their first encounter in 1950, which Southend won 4-2 in a Division 3 tie.
Despite being a league below Colchester for the last five seasons, the Shrimpers have a slight upper hand in this fixture, winning 30.
Colchester have won 28, and there have been 17 draws between the two sides. The highest scoring game came in 1968, when Southend won 6-3 at Roots Hall.
The last meeting came in 2010 when Colchester completed the double following a 2-0 victory at the Community Stadium, having won 2-1 at Roots Hall earlier in the season.
28-year-old defender John White has been playing for the Shrimpers since 2013, but had previously spent nine years playing for Colchester, making well over 200 appearances.
The game will be highly anticipated, and the fixtures are released on June 17th.
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