1939–40 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1939–40 season
Chairman Walter Clark[1]
Manager England Ted Davis
Until 2 September
Southern League N/A
FA Cup N/A
Southern League Cup N/A
Top goalscorer League:
Alec Cheyne (2)
All:
Len Astill
Joe Birch
Alec Cheyne (2)

The 1939–40 season was Colchester United's third season in the Southern Football League, although the season ended prematurely on 2 September 1939 due to the outbreak of World War Two, although Colchester did play some friendlies during this time. The clubs next full season did not occur until 1945–46.

Season review[edit]

Once again war loomed over Europe. Colchester kicked off the 1939-40 campaign by winning the first leg of the delayed Southern League Cup semi-final by 5-1 against Norwich City Reserves. But after just three Southern League games, War was declared and, as with Colchester Town during World War I, the club closed down and Layer Road was denied the chance to earn League football after considerable momentum had been made.

United continued to play friendly matches against local opposition up until December 1939, with the Army Fire Fighting Corp taking over the ground for drill practice. Layer Road did not starve of football during hostilities as a number of high profile military encounters took place at the ground. The influx of military personnel through Colchester Garrison ensured that Layer Road played host to a number of star players.[2]

Squad[edit]

First team players until 2 September 1939
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
–– England GK Bill Light
–– Northern Ireland DF Cecil Allan
–– England DF Joe Birch
–– England DF Syd Fieldus
–– England DF George Leslie
–– Scotland DF Bill Main
–– England DF Robert Morris
–– England DF Alf Worton
No. Position Player
–– England FW Len Astill
–– England FW Ken Burditt
–– Scotland FW Alec Cheyne
–– England FW George Law
–– Scotland FW Bob Murray
–– Wales FW Arthur Pritchard
–– England FW Ivan Thacker
–– England FW George Wallis

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Bill Light England Woolston 11 June 1913 England West Bromwich Albion 27 August 1938 £1,500
DF Northern Ireland Cecil Allan Northern Ireland Belfast 1 January 1915 England Chelsea 22 September 1938 £2,000
DF England Joe Birch England Hednesford 6 July 1904 England Fulham 27 August 1938 Free
DF England Syd Fieldus European Union Unknown 27 May 1909 England Brentford 9 October 1937 Free
DF England George Leslie England Slough 7 February 1914 England Guildford City 28 August 1937 Free
DF Scotland Bill Main Scotland St Monans 30 November 1915 Wales Cardiff City 26 August 1939 Free
DF England Robert Morris England Hatton 11 March 1913 England Norwich City 27 August 1938 £500
DF England Alf Worton England Wolverhampton 4 April 1914 England Norwich City 27 August 1938 Free
FW England Len Astill England Wolverhampton 30 December 1916 England Ipswich Town 27 August 1938 Free
FW England Ken Burditt England Ibstock 12 November 1906 England Notts County 26 August 1939 £1,000
FW Scotland Alec Cheyne Scotland Glasgow 28 April 1907 England Chelsea 28 August 1937 £3,000
FW England George Law England Wellingborough 12 May 1912 England Norwich City 26 August 1939 Free
FW Scotland Bob Murray Scotland Newhaven 27 March 1915 England Baty City 2 February 1939 £800
FW Wales Arthur Pritchard European Union Unknown 22 October 1917 England Yeovil & Petters United 28 August 1937 Free
FW England Ivan Thacker England Lowestoft 1 January 1914 England Hoffman's Athletic 3 March 1938 Free
FW England George Wallis England Sawley 11 March 1910 England Bath City 3 March 1938 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
26 August 1939 DF Scotland Bill Main Wales Cardiff City Free
26 August 1939 FW England Ken Burditt England Notts County £1,000
26 August 1939 FW England George Law England Norwich City Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
4 May 1939 DF England Ian Haley European Union Released Free
4 May 1939 MF Wales George Crisp England Nottingham Forest Undisclosed
4 May 1939 FW England George Merritt European Union Released for War Free
6 May 1939 GK England Don Youngs European Union Released Free
6 May 1939 FW England Jack Hodge England Hereford United Undisclosed
2 September 1939 DF England Joe Birch European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 DF England George Leslie European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 DF Scotland Bill Main European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 DF England Robert Morris European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 DF England Alf Worton European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW England Len Astill European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW England Ken Burditt European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW Scotland Alec Cheyne European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW England George Law European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW Scotland Bob Murray European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW Wales Arthur Pritchard European Union Released for War Free
2 September 1939 FW England George Wallis European Union Released for War Free

Results[edit]

Southern League Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/08/1939 Plymouth Argyle Reserves H 3-1 4,200 Law, Cheyne, Birch (pen.)
31/08/1939 Chelmsford City H 1-2 –– Cheyne
02/09/1939 Ipswich Town Reserves H 0-0 ––

Source: 1939-40 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Southern League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28/08/1939 SF Norwich City Reserves A 5-1 –– Astill (2), Birch, Pritchard, Law

Source: 1939-40 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Southern League Southern League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Bill Light 4 0 3 0 1 0
–– Northern Ireland DF Cecil Allan 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Joe Birch 4 2 3 1 1 1
–– England DF Syd Fieldus 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF George Leslie 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Bill Main 3 0 2 0 1 0
–– England DF Robert Morris 4 0 3 0 1 0
–– England DF Alf Worton 4 0 3 0 1 0
–– England FW Len Astill 4 2 3 0 1 2
–– England FW Ken Burditt 3 0 2 0 1 0
–– Scotland FW Alec Cheyne 3 2 3 2 0 0
–– England FW George Law 4 2 3 1 1 1
–– Scotland FW Bob Murray 3 0 2 0 1 0
–– Wales FW Arthur Pritchard 2 1 1 0 1 1
–– England FW Ivan Thacker 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW George Wallis 4 0 3 0 1 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  2. ^ "The U's History: The 30s & 40s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1939–40 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1939–40 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2011.