1948–49 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1948–49 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Jimmy Allen
From 1 July
Southern League 4th
FA Cup 1st Round
Southern League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (28)
All:
Arthur Turner (31)
Highest home attendance 14,048 (Chelmsford City)
Lowest home attendance 4,525 (Tonbridge)
Average home league attendance 8,438
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1948–49 season was Colchester United's sixth consecutive full season in the Southern Football League. Colchester finished fourth in the league and progressed to the first round of the FA Cup. They were runners-up in both the 1948 and 1949 finals of the Southern League Cup - both finals were played during the 1948–49 season due to fixture congestion the previous season.

Season Review[edit]

Former Aston Villa and Portsmouth centre-half Jimmy Allen was given the managerial reins and the ex-England international took over the mandate to get Colchester into The Football League.

Expectations of another great FA Cup run fuelled the imagination and a record Layer Road crowd of 19,072 gathered for the First Round tie with Reading on 27 November 1948. Thick fog forced the abandonment of the tie after just 35 minutes and when the tie was rescheduled the following Thursday afternoon (there were no floodlights at this time) 'only' 13,371 turned up to see Colchester lose 4-2.

In the Southern League, Colchester vied with Chelmsford and Gillingham for the title, but it was the Kent side that won their second title in three years. It was a disappointing season all round. Having reached the Southern League Cup Final held over from the previous season and that of the 1948-49 season too, the U's were forced to play both finals in the space of 10 days in a spell that also included four League fixtures. Fatigued, U's lost the 1947-48 final at Merthyr Tydfil and the 1948-49 competition at Yeovil.[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
–– Wales GK Graham Davies
–– England GK George Wright
–– England DF Harry Bearryman
–– Wales DF Bill Bower
–– England DF Peter Hildyard
–– England DF Digger Kettle
–– England DF Frank Stamper
–– England MF Bob Allen
No. Position Player
–– England MF Stan Foxall
–– England MF Dennis Hillman
–– England FW Len Cater
–– England FW Bob Curry
–– England FW Fred Cutting
–– England FW Vic Keeble
–– England FW Denis Maffey
–– England FW Arthur Turner

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK Wales Graham Davies Wales Swansea 3 October 1921 England Watford 23 April 1949 Free
GK England George Wright England Plymouth 10 October 1919 England Plymouth Argyle 5 May 1949 Free
DF England Harry Bearryman England Wandsworth 26 September 1924 England Chelsea 30 August 1947 Free
DF Wales Bill Bower Wales Wrexham 17 November 1911 England Millwall 25 August 1945 Free
DF England Peter Hildyard European Union Unknown Unknown European Union Unknown 5 May 1949 Free
DF England Digger Kettle England Colchester 3 June 1922 England Arclight Sports 26 December 1946 Free
DF England Frank Stamper England Hartlepool 22 February 1926 England Army 19 April 1947 Free
MF England Bob Allen England Bromley-by-Bow 11 October 1916 England Northampton Town 30 August 1947 Free
MF England Stan Foxall England Crowle 8 October 1914 England West Ham United 21 August 1948 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 Fred Cutting England North Walsham 4 December 1921 England Norwich City 6 December 1947 Free
FW England Vic Keeble England Colchester 25 June 1930 England King George Youth Club 30 August 1947 Free
FW England Denis Maffey England Sunderland 22 February 1922 England Ipswich Town 18 December 1948 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
21 August 1948 DF England Wally Nunn England Swindon Town Free
21 August 1948 MF England Harry Cranfield European Union Unknown Free
21 August 1948 MF England Stan Foxall England West Ham United Free
1 September 1948 DF England Alf Miller England Plymouth Argyle Free
4 September 1948 GK England Ken Whitehead England Clacton Town Free
18 December 1948 FW England Denis Maffey England Ipswich Town Free
15 April 1949 MF England Norman George European Union Unknown Free
23 April 1949 GK Wales Graham Davies England Watford Free
5 May 1949 GK England George Wright England Plymouth Argyle Free
5 May 1949 DF England Peter Hildyard European Union Unknown Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1948 GK England Ernest Setchell European Union Released Free
1 May 1948 DF England Ted Fenton European Union Retired Free Became assistant manager at West Ham
4 September 1948 DF England Alf Miller European Union Retired Free
26 March 1949 FW England Ray Townrow European Union Released Free
2 April 1949 MF England Harry Cranfield European Union Released Free
18 April 1949 DF England Wally Nunn England Guildford City Free
21 April 1949 GK England Ken Whitehead European Union Released Free
22 April 1949 GK England Harry Wright England Guildford City Free
23 April 1949 MF England Norman George European Union Released Free
23 April 1949 FW Scotland Andy Brown European Union Released Free

Results[edit]

Southern League Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Merthyr Tydfil 42 26 8 8 133 54 +79 60
4 Colchester United 42 21 10 11 94 61 +33 52
5 Worcester City 42 22 7 13 87 56 +31 51

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
21/08/1948 Cheltenham Town A 1-1 3,400 Cutting
28/08/1948 Bedford Town H 2-2 8,945 Curry, Foxall
01/09/1948 Chelmsford City A 1-2 12,550 Turner (pen.)
04/09/1948 Barry A 1-3 –– Turner
11/09/1948 Kidderminster Harriers H 4-0 8,271 Allen, Foxall, Turner (2)
18/09/1948 Bath City A 3-1 –– Curry, Turner (2)
23/09/1948 Lovells Athletic A 1-1 –– Curry
25/09/1948 Chelmsford City H 3-2 14,048 Keeble (2), Cutting
16/10/1948 Chingford Town A 5-1 –– Curry, Cutting, Foxall, Turner (2)
06/11/1948 Torquay United Reserves A 3-1 –– Cutting, Turner (2)
13/11/1948 Torquay United Reserves H 3-2 8,775 Foxall, Cutting, Turner (pen.)
20/11/1948 Yeovil Town A 1-0 –– Cutting
18/12/1948 Hereford United A 3-2 –– O.G., Curry (2)
25/12/1948 Gloucester City H 1-1 7,706 Turner
27/12/1948 Hastings United H 5-1 7,736 Cater, Turner, Hillman, Cutting (2)
01/01/1949 Gillingham A 1-1 –– Turner (pen.)
08/01/1949 Hastings United A 0-2 ––
15/01/1949 Dartford A 1-5 –– Cutting
22/01/1949 Cheltenham Town H 2-2 7,722 Curry, Foxall
29/01/1949 Bedford Town A 2-0 2,400 Turner (pen.), Unknown Scorer
05/02/1949 Barry H 3-0 7,522 Curry, Hillman, Turner
12/02/1949 Kidderminster Harriers A 3-1 3,243 O.G., Cater, Turner
19/02/1949 Bath City H 4-0 8,264 Curry (2), Foxall, Hillman
26/02/1949 Merthyr Tydfil H 5-2 9,328 Curry, Turner (4) (pen.)
05/03/1949 Chingford Town H 4-0 7,990 Cutting (2), Hillman, Turner
10/03/1949 Tonbridge H 4-0 4,525 Cater, Turner (3) (pen.)
12/03/1949 Exeter City Reserves H 4-2 8,066 Curry, Cutting, Keeble, Unknown Scorer
16/03/1949 Exeter City Reserves A 1-1 2,314 Hillman
19/03/1949 Gravesend & Northfleet A 2-0 –– Curry, Cutting
24/03/1949 Dartford H 1-2 7,156 Turner
26/03/1949 Yeovil Town H 1-1 10,247 Foxall
02/04/1949 Lovells Athletic H 4-2 –– O.G., Curry, Cutting, Turner
11/04/1949 Gravesend & Northfleet H 0-0 ––
15/04/1949 Guildford City H 0-1 10,799
16/04/1949 Tonbridge A 3-3 –– Curry, George, Turner
18/04/1949 Guildford City A 0-1 ––
21/04/1949 Worcester City A 2-4 –– Cater, Curry
23/04/1949 Merthyr Tydfil A 0-2 ––
28/04/1949 Worcester City H 3-0 5,445 Keeble (2), Maffey
30/04/1949 Gloucester City A 1-6 –– Allen
05/05/1949 Hereford United H 4-0 –– Cater, Curry, Hillman, Keeble
07/05/1949 Gillingham H 2-3 9,340 Allen, Keeble

Source: 1948-49 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

1947–48 Southern League Cup Final*[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
22/04/1949 F Merthyr Tydfil A 0-5 8,521

Source: 1947-48 Southern League Cup Final - coludata.co.uk
*1947–48 Southern League Cup final played during 1948–49 season due to fixture congestion.

1948–49 Southern League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/08/1948 Preliminary Exeter City Reserves H 3-1 8,606 Cutting, Hillman, Turner
21/10/1948 R1 Bedford Town H 6-0 4,131 Foxall (2), Turner (2), Curry, Cater
11/12/1948 R2 Chelmsford City A 3-2 11,102 Curry, Cutting (2)
06/04/1949 SF Gillingham A 4-2 11,042 Foxall (2), Hillman, Unknown Scorer
02/05/1949 F Yeovil Town A 0-3 8,000

Source: 1948-49 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1948–49 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
04/12/1948 R1 Reading H 2-4 13,371 Cater (2)

Source: 1948-49 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
–– GK Wales Graham Davies 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
–– GK England Ken Whitehead 38 0 34 0 1 0 3 0
–– GK England George Wright 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– GK England Harry Wright 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF England Harry Bearryman 49 0 42 0 1 0 6 0
–– DF Wales Bill Bower 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Peter Hildyard 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Digger Kettle 46 0 39 0 1 0 6 0
–– DF England Alf Miller 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Wally Nunn 12 0 10 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF England Frank Stamper 43 0 37 0 1 0 5 0
–– MF England Bob Allen 27 3 22 3 1 0 4 0
–– MF England Harry Cranfield 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Stan Foxall 35 11 30 7 1 0 4 4
–– MF England Norman George 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Dennis Hillman 23 8 20 6 0 0 3 2
–– FW Scotland Andy Brown 34 0 29 0 1 0 4 0
–– FW England Len Cater 36 8 31 5 1 2 4 1
–– FW England Bob Curry 47 19 40 17 1 0 6 2
–– FW England Fred Cutting 42 17 35 14 1 0 6 3
–– FW England Vic Keeble 14 7 11 7 0 0 3 0
–– FW England Denis Maffey 31 1 28 1 0 0 3 0
–– FW England Ray Townrow 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Arthur Turner 36 31 31 28 1 0 4 3

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 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1948–49 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1948–49 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2011.