1949–50 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1949–50 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Jimmy Allen
Southern League 2nd (Elected to Football League)
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Southern League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Vic Keeble (40)
All:
Vic Keeble (44)
Highest home attendance 14,718 (Chelmsford City)
Lowest home attendance 5,352 (Cheltenham Town)
Average home league attendance 8,619

The 1949–50 season was Colchester United's seventh consecutive full season in the Southern Football League. The season ended with Colchester finishing 2nd and being elected to The Football League after only 13 years of existence. They also won the Southern League Cup for the second time in their history with a 6-4 aggregate win over Bath City.

Season Review[edit]

Storm damage once again struck Layer Road with the roof being blown off. A shortage of steel meant that re-construction was still not complete as the 1949-50 season kicked off . Manager Jimmy Allen strengthened his defence with the signings of Reg Stewart and Bill Layton and, by Christmas 1949, United had lost just three of their 28 games played, one of which was in the FA Cup at Wealdstone. The game was one of the first FA Cup ties to be televised but this time it was United on the receiving end of a shock.

The U's led the table all season until a disastrous, fixture-congested April when they were held to home draws by Torquay Reserves and Gravesend & Northfleet and suffered 5-0 and 6-1 defeats at main rivals Merthyr Tydfil and Gillingham in the space of three days. In between those two defeats, they also recovered some pride with a 3-0 first leg Southern League Cup Final lead over Bath City. Completing their fourth match in five days leg weary United allowed Bath back into the game and a last minute goal from the visitors took the game into extra-time at 4-1 in Bath's favour. Vic Keeble and Dennis Hillman scored in the extra 30 minutes and Colchester won the trophy for the second time.

With Gillingham having defeated Merthyr in midweek all United had to do in their last fixture was to win at Barry Town to secure the title. Try as they might The U's could not break down the Welshmen's defence. The game ended 0-0 and Merthyr took the title on goal average with the 5-0 hammering over Easter helping to swing the title to Wales. All the more galling as Vic Keeble had netted 45 times, a seasonal club record that still stands, with Bob Curry adding 24 and Fred Cutting 22. Fellow forward Arthur Turner had been out for almost the entire season with a cartilage injury.

June 3, 1950 was then another red-letter day in United's history. Only Everton and West Brom opposed the expansion of the Third Division's North and South preferring another regional League. Of the applicants to join the southern section Gillingham polled 44 votes, Colchester 28, Worcester 11, Chelmsford 8, Peterborough 5 and Yeovil and Merthyr just one each. Colchester United had been elected to The Football League with an enviable Supporters Club membership of over 16,000 and an average gate of 8,500.[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 George Wright
–– England DF Doug Beach
–– England DF Harry Bearryman
–– England DF Digger Kettle
–– England DF Bill Layton
–– England DF John Moore
–– England DF Reg Stewart
–– England MF Bob Allen
No. Position Player
–– England MF Stan Foxall
–– Spain MF José Gallego
–– England MF Dennis Hillman
–– England FW Bob Curry
–– England FW Fred Cutting
–– England FW Vic Keeble
–– England FW Arthur Turner

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England George Wright England Plymouth 10 October 1919 England Plymouth Argyle 5 May 1949 Free
DF England Doug Beach England Watford 2 February 1920 England Southend 8 October 1949 Free
DF England Harry Bearryman England Wandsworth 26 September 1924 England Chelsea 30 August 1947 Free
DF England Digger Kettle England Colchester 3 June 1922 England Arclight Sports 26 December 1946 Free
DF England Bill Layton England Shirley 13 January 1915 England Bradford Park Avenue 20 August 1949 £800
DF England John Moore England Chiswick 25 September 1923 England Brentford 8 September 1949 £1,000
DF England Reg Stewart England Sheffield 30 October 1925 England Sheffield Wednesday 20 August 1949 £1,000
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 Spain José Gallego Spain San Sebastián 8 April 1923 England Southampton 20 August 1949 Free
MF England Dennis Hillman England Southend-on-Sea 27 November 1918 England Brighton & Hove Albion 28 September 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 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
20 August 1949 DF England Reg Stewart England Sheffield Wednesday £1,000
20 August 1949 DF England Bill Layton England Bradford Park Avenue £800
20 August 1949 MF Spain José Gallego England Southampton Free
8 September 1949 DF England John Moore England Brentford £1,000
8 October 1949 DF England Doug Beach England Southend United Free
20 October 1949 DF England Ronnie Sales England Leyton Orient Free
22 October 1949 FW England John Sharpe England Southampton Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
2 May 1949 GK Wales Graham Davies England Hereford United Free
5 May 1949 DF England Peter Hildyard European Union Released Free
7 May 1949 DF England Frank Stamper England Hartlepool United Undisclosed
10 September 1949 FW England Len Cater European Union Released Free
1 October 1949 DF Wales Bill Bower England Folkestone Free
20 October 1949 DF England Ronnie Sales England Hartlepool United Free
22 October 1949 FW England John Sharpe European Union Released Free
29 October 1949 FW England Denis Maffey European Union Released Free

Results[edit]

Southern League Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Merthyr Tydfil (C) 46 34 3 9 143 62 +81 71
2 Colchester United (P) 46 31 9 6 109 51 +58 71
3 Yeovil Town 46 29 7 10 104 45 +59 65

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
20/08/1949 Weymouth H 3-0 9,897 Curry (2), Layton
27/08/1949 Headington United H 4-1 9,203 O.G., Curry, Keeble (2)
01/09/1949 Gloucester City A 3-2 –– Cutting, Keeble (2)
03/09/1949 Bath City A 1-1 –– Bearryman
08/09/1949 Chingford Town A 1-3 –– Curry
10/09/1949 Chelmsford City A 2-2 –– Allen (pen.), Keeble
14/09/1949 Cheltenham Town A 3-1 –– Curry, Foxall, Gallego
17/09/1949 Chelmsford City H 4-1 14,718 Allen (pen.), Cutting (2), Keeble
22/09/1949 Worcester City H 4-1 8,542 Bearryman, Curry, Keeble (2)
24/09/1949 Gillingham H 2-1 10,942 Curry, Keeble
29/09/1949 Hereford United H 3-2 6,998 Allen, Cutting, Keeble
01/10/1949 Dartford A 0-2 ––
08/10/1949 Bath City H 5-0 9,003 Curry, Cutting, Foxall, Keeble (2)
15/10/1949 Tonbridge A 2-0 –– Kettle (2)
20/10/1949 Lovells Athletic A 2-1 –– Curry, Keeble
22/10/1949 Yeovil Town H 2-1 10,632 Cutting (2)
29/10/1949 Torquay United Reserves A 5-3 –– Curry (3), Hillman, Keeble
05/11/1949 Lovells Athletic H 4-0 6,231 Curry (2), Keeble, Layton (pen.)
19/11/1949 Kidderminster Harriers H 8-0 7,320 Bearryman, Curry, Cutting, Foxall, Keeble (4)
26/11/1949 Exeter City Reserves A 3-2 –– Curry, Keeble (2)
03/12/1949 Weymouth A 0-0 ––
10/12/1949 Hastings United H 1-0 6,536 Layton
24/12/1949 Bedford Town A 4-2 –– Curry, Cutting, Keeble (2)
26/12/1949 Bedford Town H 1-0 9,083 Cutting
27/12/1949 Hastings United A 5-0 –– Cutting (2), Foxall, Keeble (2)
31/12/1949 Merthyr Tydfil H 3-0 9,957 Cutting, Keeble (2)
07/01/1950 Gloucester City H 6-1 8,329 O.G., Cutting, Foxall, Keeble (2), Layton
14/01/1950 Barry H 2-0 9,131 Keeble, Layton
28/01/1950 Gravesend & Northfleet A 1-2 –– Keeble
04/02/1950 Headington United A 3-2 –– Curry, Cutting, Keeble
11/02/1950 Chingford Town H 3-0 7,797 Curry, Cutting (2)
04/03/1950 Hereford United A 1-0 –– Curry
18/03/1950 Worcester City A 3-1 –– Hillman, Keeble, Layton (pen.)
23/03/1950 Cheltenham Town H 2-2 5,352 Cutting, Hillman
25/03/1950 Kidderminster Harriers A 1-1 –– Keeble
01/04/1950 Yeovil Town A 0-1 ––
07/04/1950 Guildford City H 2-1 10,841 Cutting (2)
08/04/1950 Dartford H 1-0 8,443 Keeble
10/04/1950 Guildford City A 1-1 –– Keeble
13/04/1950 Tonbridge H 2-0 6,003 Keeble, Layton
15/04/1950 Torquay United Reserves H 0-0 7,617
20/04/1950 Gravesend & Northfleet H 2-2 7,549 Cutting, Keeble
22/04/1950 Exeter City Reserves H 3-0 8,111 O.G., Hillman, Keeble
26/04/1950 Merthyr Tydfil A 0-5 ––
29/04/1950 Gillingham A 1-6 –– Keeble
06/05/1950 Barry A 0-0 ––

Source: 1949-50 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Southern League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12/10/1949 R2 Gillingham A 1-0 6,639 Curry
25/11/1950 R3 Chelmsford City A 2-1 –– Bearryman, Cutting
11/03/1950 SF Tonbridge H 3-2 10,130 Curry, Keeble (2)
27/04/1950 F (L1) Bath City A 3-0 –– Cutting (2), Hillman
03/05/1950 F (L2) Bath City H 3-4 7,600 Hillman, Keeble (2)

Source: 1949-50 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1949–50 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12/11/1949 4QR Wealdstone A 0-1 9,549

Source: 1949-50 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Southern League FA Cup Southern League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK George Wright 51 0 45 0 1 0 5 0
–– England DF Doug Beach 34 0 29 0 1 0 4 0
–– England DF Harry Bearryman 52 4 46 3 1 0 5 1
–– Wales DF Bill Bower 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Digger Kettle 44 2 39 2 1 0 4 0
–– England DF Bill Layton 43 7 37 7 1 0 5 0
–– England DF John Moore 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Ronnie Sales 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Reg Stewart 51 0 45 0 1 0 5 0
–– England MF Bob Allen 17 3 16 3 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Stan Foxall 51 5 45 5 1 0 5 0
–– Spain MF José Gallego 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Dennis Hillman 41 6 35 4 1 0 5 2
–– England FW Len Cater 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Bob Curry 42 22 37 20 1 0 4 2
–– England FW Fred Cutting 52 24 46 21 1 0 5 3
–– England FW Vic Keeble 51 44 45 40 1 0 5 4
–– England FW Denis Maffey 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW John Sharpe 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Arthur Turner 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0

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 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1949–50 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1949–50 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2011.