1939–40 Colchester United F.C. season
|Manager|| Ted Davis
Until 2 September
|Southern League Cup||N/A|
Alec Cheyne (2)
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.
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.
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.
|Pos.||Name||Place of Birth||Date of Birth||Previous Club||Date Joined||Fee|
|GK||Bill Light||Woolston||11 June 1913||West Bromwich Albion||27 August 1938||£1,500|
|DF||Cecil Allan||Belfast||1 January 1915||Chelsea||22 September 1938||£2,000|
|DF||Joe Birch||Hednesford||6 July 1904||Fulham||27 August 1938||Free|
|DF||Syd Fieldus||Unknown||27 May 1909||Brentford||9 October 1937||Free|
|DF||George Leslie||Slough||7 February 1914||Guildford City||28 August 1937||Free|
|DF||Bill Main||St Monans||30 November 1915||Cardiff City||26 August 1939||Free|
|DF||Robert Morris||Hatton||11 March 1913||Norwich City||27 August 1938||£500|
|DF||Alf Worton||Wolverhampton||4 April 1914||Norwich City||27 August 1938||Free|
|FW||Len Astill||Wolverhampton||30 December 1916||Ipswich Town||27 August 1938||Free|
|FW||Ken Burditt||Ibstock||12 November 1906||Notts County||26 August 1939||£1,000|
|FW||Alec Cheyne||Glasgow||28 April 1907||Chelsea||28 August 1937||£3,000|
|FW||George Law||Wellingborough||12 May 1912||Norwich City||26 August 1939||Free|
|FW||Bob Murray||Newhaven||27 March 1915||Baty City||2 February 1939||£800|
|FW||Arthur Pritchard||Unknown||22 October 1917||Yeovil & Petters United||28 August 1937||Free|
|FW||Ivan Thacker||Lowestoft||1 January 1914||Hoffman's Athletic||3 March 1938||Free|
|FW||George Wallis||Sawley||11 March 1910||Bath City||3 March 1938||Free|
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||Previous Club||Transfer Fee||Notes|
|26 August 1939||DF||Bill Main||Cardiff City||Free|
|26 August 1939||FW||Ken Burditt||Notts County||£1,000|
|26 August 1939||FW||George Law||Norwich City||Free|
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||New Club||Transfer Fee||Notes|
|4 May 1939||DF||Ian Haley||Released||Free|
|4 May 1939||MF||George Crisp||Nottingham Forest||Undisclosed|
|4 May 1939||FW||George Merritt||Released for War||Free|
|6 May 1939||GK||Don Youngs||Released||Free|
|6 May 1939||FW||Jack Hodge||Hereford United||Undisclosed|
|2 September 1939||DF||Joe Birch||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||DF||George Leslie||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||DF||Bill Main||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||DF||Robert Morris||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||DF||Alf Worton||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||Len Astill||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||Ken Burditt||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||Alec Cheyne||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||George Law||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||Bob Murray||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||Arthur Pritchard||Released for War||Free|
|2 September 1939||FW||George Wallis||Released for War||Free|
Southern League Results
|26/08/1939||Plymouth Argyle Reserves||H||3-1||4,200||Law, Cheyne, Birch (pen.)|
|02/09/1939||Ipswich Town Reserves||H||0-0||––|
Southern League Cup
|28/08/1939||SF||Norwich City Reserves||A||5-1||––||Astill (2), Birch, Pritchard, Law|
|No.||Nat.||Pos.||Name||Total||Southern League||Southern League Cup|
Southern League Cup
- 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.
- "The U's History: The 30s & 40s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "1939–40 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "1939–40 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2011.