1946–47 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1946–47 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Ted Fenton
From 1 August
Southern League 8th
FA Cup 1st Round
Southern League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (22)
All:
Arthur Turner (24)
Highest home attendance 8,400 (Merthyr Tydfil)
Lowest home attendance 2,661 (Barry)
Average home league attendance 5,993

The 1946–47 season was Colchester United's fourth consecutive full season in the Southern Football League. Colchester finished eighth in the league and reached the first round of the FA Cup. They were runners-up in both the Southern League Cup, losing in the final away to Gillingham.

Season Review[edit]

Layer Road had its Main Stand extended and the property behind what became the Barside was purchased to overcome disputes regarding access by supporters to that side of the ground. The new manager was no stranger to Layer Road. Ted Fenton, of West Ham fame, had turned out for Colchester Town in the early 1930s whilst a teenager. Fenton had excellent contacts and wasted no time in assembling his team from an array of professionals looking for a new start after the long War years.

United finished mid-table in that first 'proper' season after hostilities and Fenton knew he had more work to do with his squad. The Popular Side stand was demolished and the timbers re-used to improve the Layer Road End. The Main Stand had a boundary wall built to prevent supporters trying to enter without paying and a suggestion was made to purchase 20 feet of land from each of the properties in Gladwin Road to provide supporter access to the Open End.

It was estimated that one-third of supporters arrived at Layer Road on match days by bicycle at this time.[2]

Squad[edit]

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 Peter Chiswick
–– England GK John Jelly
–– England GK Harry Wright
–– England DF Alf Biggs
–– Wales DF Bill Bower
–– England DF Ted Fenton
–– England DF Digger Kettle
–– England DF John Leah
–– England DF Albert Page
No. Position Player
–– England DF Frank Stamper
–– England DF Albert Walker
–– England MF Dennis Hillman
–– England FW Len Cater
–– England FW Bob Curry
–– England FW Ian Gillespie
–– England FW Bill Jeffries
–– England FW Trevor Smith
–– England FW Arthur Turner

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Peter Chiswick European Union Unknown 19 September 1929 European Union Unknown 28 September 1946 Free
GK England John Jelly European Union Unknown Unknown England Colchester Casuals 4 September 1946 Free
GK England Harry Wright England Tottenham 3 June 1909 England Chelmsford City 31 August 1946 Free
DF England Alf Biggs European Union Unknown 26 May 1915 England Bedford Town 17 May 1947 Free
DF Wales Bill Bower Wales Wrexham 17 November 1911 England Millwall 25 August 1945 Free
DF England Ted Fenton England Forest Gate 7 November 1914 England West Ham United 1 August 1946 Free
DF England Digger Kettle England Colchester 3 June 1922 England Arclight Sports 26 December 1946 Free
DF England John Leah England Liverpool 20 July 1924 England South Liverpool - WW2 Guest 28 September 1946 Free
DF England Albert Page England Walthamstow 18 March 1916 England Tottenham Hotspur 29 March 1947 Free
DF England Frank Stamper England Hartlepool 22 February 1926 England Army 19 April 1947 Free
DF England Albert Walker England Little Lever 4 February 1910 England Doncaster Rovers 14 September 1946 Free
MF England Dennis Hillman England Southend-on-Sea 27 November 1918 England Brighton & Hove Albion 28 September 1946 Free
FW England Len Cater European Union Unknown 8 September 1920 England Colchester Town 31 August 1946 Free
FW England Bob Curry England Gateshead 2 November 1918 England Gainsborough Trinity 31 August 1946 Free
FW England Ian Gillespie England Plymouth 6 May 1913 England Ipswich Town 17 May 1947 Free
FW England Trevor Smith England Liverpool 8 September 1910 England Yeovil & Petters United 23 March 1947 Free
FW England Arthur Turner England Poplar 22 January 1922 England Charlton Athletic 19 September 1946 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1946 DF England Ted Fenton England West Ham United Free Player-manager
31 August 1946 GK England Harry Wright England Chelmsford City Free
31 August 1946 MF England Jack Finch England Fulham Free
31 August 1946 MF England Sid Smith European Union Unknown Free
31 August 1946 FW England Len Cater England Colchester Town Free
31 August 1946 FW England Bob Curry England Gainsborough Trinity Free
31 August 1946 FW Scotland Alan Ross England Ipswich Town Free
31 August 1946 FW England Alex Stewart European Union Unknown Free
4 September 1946 GK England John Jelly England Colchester Casuals Free
4 September 1946 MF England Wilf Bott England Queens Park Rangers Free
4 September 1946 FW England Dennis Cant European Union Unknown Free
14 September 1946 DF England Bob Harding European Union Unknown Free
14 September 1946 DF England Albert Walker England Doncaster Rovers Free
19 September 1946 FW England Arthur Turner England Charlton Athletic Free
26 September 1946 DF England John Leah England South Liverpool - WW2 Duty Free
28 September 1946 GK England Peter Chiswick European Union Unknown Free
29 September 1946 MF England Dennis Hillman England Brighton & Hove Albion Free
7 December 1946 DF England Don Swift European Union Unknown Free
7 December 1946 FW England Bob Neville European Union Unknown Free
26 December 1946 DF England Digger Kettle England Arclight Sports Free
1 March 1947 FW England Stan Gibbs England Charlton Athletic Free
23 March 1947 FW England Trevor Smith England Yeovil & Petters United Free
29 March 1947 DF England Albert Page England Tottenham Hotspur Free
19 April 1947 DF England Frank Stamper England Army Free
17 May 1947 DF England Alf Biggs England Bradford Park Avenue Free
17 May 1947 FW England Ian Gillespie England Ipswich Town Free
7 June 1947 FW England Bill Jeffries England Mansfield Town Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 August 1946 MF England Sid Smith European Union Released Free
31 August 1946 FW England Alex Stewart European Union Released Free
7 September 1946 MF England Jack Finch European Union Released Free
28 September 1946 DF Northern Ireland Paddy Shiels European Union Released Free
28 September 1946 MF England Wilf Bott European Union Released Free
15 November 1946 FW England Dennis Cant European Union Released Free
30 November 1946 DF England Bob Harding European Union Released Free
30 November 1946 FW England Bob Collins European Union Released Free
25 December 1946 DF England Don Swift European Union Released Free
17 February 1947 FW England Bob Neville European Union Released Free
1 March 1947 FW England Stan Gibbs European Union Released Free
1 March 1947 FW England Bob Hodgson European Union Released Free
1 March 1947 FW Scotland Alan Ross England Brantham Athletic Free
5 April 1947 MF England Bob Hutchings European Union Released Free
19 April 1947 DF England Syd Fieldus European Union Retired Free

Results[edit]

Southern League Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Barry 30 14 6 10 89 61 +28 36
8 Colchester United 31 15 4 12 65 60 +5 35
9 Cheltenham Town 31 14 3 14 68 75 -7 32

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goals difference; Pts = Points

Southern League Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
31/08/1946 Gloucester City H 2-3 6,300 Stewart, Curry
04/09/1946 Chelmsford City A 0-3 ––
07/09/1946 Exeter City Reserves A 1-3 –– Cant
14/09/1946 Hereford United H 2-1 –– Hodgson, Cater
19/09/1946 Millwall Reserves H 3-2 –– O.G., Cater, Curry
28/09/1946 Worcester City H 3-2 6,143 Curry, Turner (2)
05/10/1946 Yeovil Town H 4-3 –– Cant (2), Cater
12/10/1946 Hereford United A 0-0 ––
19/10/1946 Exeter City Reserves H 6-1 6,445 Cater, Turner (4), Curry
02/11/1946 Bath City A 3-3 –– Curry, Hillman, Fenton
09/11/1946 Worcester City A 5-3 –– Collins (2), Turner (3)
23/11/1946 Gravesend & Northfleet H 1-3 5,935 Collins
07/12/1946 Chelmsford City H 3-2 –– Turner, Cater (2)
25/12/1946 Gillingham H 0-1 ––
26/12/1946 Gillingham A 2-4 –– Curry (2)
04/01/1947 Cheltenham Town H 2-2 –– Turner (pen.), Curry
18/01/1947 Barry A 2-1 –– Curry
08/02/1947 Barry H 2-0 2,661 Neville, Turner
01/03/1947 Gravesend & Northfleet A 0-3 ––
23/03/1947 Yeovil Town A 1-1 –– Curry
29/03/1947 Cheltenham Town A 4-1 –– T.Smith, Turner (3)
05/04/1947 Guildford City A 1-2 –– Turner
12/04/1947 Guildford City H 2-0 6,065 Hillman, Cater
19/04/1947 Merthyr Tydfil A 0-4 8,100
26/04/1947 Bath City H 3-2 –– Turner, Fenton, Curry
03/05/1947 Merthyr Tydfil H 2-1 8,400 Hillman, T.Smith
10/05/1947 Dartford A 1-3 3,000 Curry
17/05/1947 Bedford Town A 0-2 ––
24/05/1947 Bedford Town H 4-0 –– Cater, Turner (2), Gillespie
26/05/1947 Dartford H 2-1 –– Biggs, Curry
31/05/1947 Gloucester City H 5-2 –– Biggs (2), Curry, Turner (2)

Source: 1946-47 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Southern League Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/09/1946 Chelmsford City H 2-4 –– Turner (2)
26/10/1946 Bedford Town A 5-0 –– Collins, Cater, Curry, Hutchings
12/12/1946 Millwall Reserves H 3-2 –– Neville, Cater, Turner
11/01/1947 Chelmsford City A 4-1 8,000 Hillman (2), Hodgson (2)
25/01/1947 Bedford Town H 2-1 –– Hillman, Curry
17/02/1947 Millwall Reserves A 1-1 –– Curry
07/06/1947 Gillingham A 2-3 –– Cater, Curry

Source: 1946-47 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1946–47 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/11/1946 4QR Gothic H 5-1 6,787 Cant (2), Curry, Cater, Hillman
30/11/1946 R1 Reading A 0-5 13,000

Source: 1946-47 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Southern League FA Cup Southern League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Peter Chiswick 14 0 12 0 2 0 0 0
–– England GK John Jelly 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– England GK Harry Wright 24 0 19 0 0 0 5 0
–– England DF Alf Biggs 4 3 4 3 0 0 0 0
–– Wales DF Bill Bower 39 0 31 0 2 0 6 0
–– England DF Ted Fenton 36 2 28 2 2 0 6 0
–– England DF Syd Fieldus 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Bob Harding 10 0 8 0 2 0 0 0
–– England DF Digger Kettle 16 0 13 0 0 0 3 0
–– England DF John Leah 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Albert Page 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
–– Northern Ireland DF Paddy Shiels 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Frank Stamper 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Don Swift 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Albert Walker 36 0 28 0 2 0 6 0
–– England MF Wilf Bott 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Dennis Hillman 35 7 27 3 2 1 6 3
–– England MF Jack Finch 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Bob Hutchings 30 1 23 0 2 0 5 1
–– England MF Sid Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Dennis Cant 7 5 5 3 2 2 0 0
–– England FW Len Cater 39 13 31 10 2 1 6 2
–– England FW Bob Collins 10 5 7 3 2 0 1 2
–– England FW Bob Curry 39 19 31 14 2 1 6 4
–– England FW Stan Gibbs 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Ian Gillespie 5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Bob Hodgson 11 3 7 1 0 0 4 2
–– England FW Bill Jeffries 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Bob Neville 8 2 6 2 0 0 2 0
–– Scotland FW Alan Ross 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Trevor Smith 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Alex Stewart 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Arthur Turner 31 24 26 22 0 0 5 2

Scorers[edit]

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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 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1946–47 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1946–47 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2011.