1950–51 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1950–51 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Jimmy Allen
Third Division South 16th
FA Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bob Curry (13)
All:
Bob Curry (15)
Highest home attendance 14,100 (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
Lowest home attendance 6,941 (Gillingham)
Average home league attendance 10,570

The 1950–51 season was Colchester United's first ever season in The Football League after being elected from the Southern Football League alongside Gillingham. They finished in 16th position in the Football League Third Division South.

Season review[edit]

Elevation to The Football League meant that, as predicted by Ted Davis in 1937, The U's would have to release or pay for the players that were registered with other league clubs. Manager Jimmy Allen signed Reg Stewart and Bill Layton and a further £8,000 was spent on recruiting ten new players.

Colchester's first-ever Football League game was against old Southern League foes Gillingham at Priestfield on 19 August 1950. A crowd of 19,542 witnessed a 0–0 draw. Five days later Bob Curry scored United's first-ever Football League goal in a 1–1 draw at Swindon. However, it was not until 31 August that Layer Road enjoyed its first U's goal. Arthur Turner struck five minutes into a 4–1 win in the return game with Swindon. Colchester remained unbeaten in their first seven games, a run that equalled a record for new clubs entering the Football League set by Aberdare Athletic in 1921–22.

The U's occupied second spot in the table before losing nine of the next 10 games. Colchester finished the 1950–51 season in 16th position and averaged 10,573 through the Layer Road turnstiles. It would be the only time that Layer Road hosted a five-figure average.

Prolific marksman Vic Keeble had the distinction of becoming Layer Road's first hat trick hero when he grabbed all the goals in a 3–0 win over Plymouth on 17 March 1951.[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 Harry Bearryman
–– Scotland DF Jimmy Elder
–– England DF John Harrison
–– England DF Len Jones
–– England DF Digger Kettle
–– England DF John Moore
–– Wales DF Trevor Rowlands
No. Position Player
–– England DF Reg Stewart
–– England MF John Church
–– England FW Dick Cullum
–– England FW Bob Curry
–– England FW Fred Cutting
–– England FW Vic Keeble
–– Scotland FW Johnny McKim
–– 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 Harry Bearryman England Wandsworth 26 September 1924 England Chelsea 30 August 1947 Free
DF Scotland Jimmy Elder Scotland Scone 5 March 1928 England Portsmouth 19 August 1950 £1,000
DF England John Harrison England Leicester 27 September 1927 England Aston Villa 30 September 1950 Undisclosed
DF England Len Jones England Barnsley 9 June 1913 England Southend United 19 August 1950 Undisclosed
DF England Digger Kettle England Colchester 3 June 1922 England Arclight Sports 26 December 1946 Free
DF England John Moore England Chiswick 25 September 1923 England Brentford 8 September 1949 £1,000
DF Wales Trevor Rowlands Wales Wattstown 2 February 1922 England Norwich City 3 March 1951 £1,000
DF England Reg Stewart England Sheffield 30 October 1925 England Sheffield Wednesday 20 August 1949 £1,000
MF England John Church England Lowestoft 17 September 1919 England Norwich City 19 August 1950 £1,200
FW England Dick Cullum England Colchester 28 January 1931 England Youth Team 1 August 1950 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 Scotland Johnny McKim Scotland Greenock 22 January 1926 England Chelsea 19 August 1950 £1,000
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 1950 DF England Dick Cullum England Youth Team Free
19 August 1950 DF Scotland Jimmy Elder England Portsmouth £1,000
19 August 1950 DF England Len Jones England Southend United Undisclosed
19 August 1950 MF England John Church England Norwich City £1,200
19 August 1950 FW Scotland Johnny McKim England Chelsea £1,000
30 September 1950 DF England John Harrison England Aston Villa Undisclosed
30 September 1950 DF Scotland Joe Locherty England Sheffield Wednesday £1,000
17 February 1951 GK England Barney Bircham England Grimsby Town Free
17 February 1951 DF England Bill Rochford England Southampton Free
3 March 1951 DF Wales Trevor Rowlands England Norwich City £1,000

Transfers out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
6 May 1950 DF England Doug Beach European Union Released Free
6 May 1950 MF England Stan Foxall European Union Released Free
20 January 1951 DF Scotland Joe Locherty England Scarborough Free
10 February 1951 MF England Bob Allen England Bedford Town Free
24 February 1951 DF England Bill Rochford European Union Retired Free
24 March 1951 GK England Barney Bircham European Union Released Free
24 March 1951 MF England Dennis Hillman England Gillingham Free
26 March 1951 MF Spain José Gallego England Cambridge United Free
28 April 1951 DF England Bill Layton England Harwich & Parkeston Free

Results[edit]

Third Division South results summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
15 Walsall 46 15 10 21 52 62 0.839 40
16 Colchester United 46 14 12 20 63 76 0.829 40
17 Swindon Town 46 18 4 24 55 67 0.821 40

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAv = Goal average; Pts = Points

Third Division South results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19/08/1950 Gillingham A 0-0 19,542
23/08/1950 Swindon Town A 1-1 15,690 Curry
26/08/1950 Bristol Rovers H 0-0 13,687
31/08/1950 Swindon Town H 4-1 12,579 Church, Curry, Turner (2)
02/09/1950 Crystal Palace A 3-1 22,373 Curry, McKim, Turner
07/09/1950 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 4-1 14,100 Curry (2), Turner (2)
09/09/1950 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4-1 13,792 Jones, McKim (2), Turner
13/09/1950 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0-2 18,686
16/09/1950 Newport County A 0-2 16,021
23/09/1950 Norwich City H 2-3 13,843 Curry, Cutting
30/09/1950 Northampton Town A 1-2 10,160 Locherty
07/10/1950 Exeter City H 0-1 10,860
14/10/1950 Southend United A 2-4 21,000 Curry, Turner
21/10/1950 Reading H 1-1 11,469 Cutting
28/10/1950 Plymouth Argyle A 1-7 20,727 Curry
04/11/1950 Ipswich Town H 2-3 14,037 Church, Turner
18/11/1950 Walsall H 0-1 9,548
02/12/1950 Millwall H 3-0 9,695 Church (2), Curry
09/12/1950 Leyton Orient A 1-1 8,760 Curry
16/12/1950 Gillingham H 4-2 6,941 Church, Curry (2), Elder
23/12/1950 Bristol Rovers A 1-1 14,475 Jones
25/12/1950 Nottingham Forest A 0-0 17,033
26/12/1950 Nottingham Forest H 0-2 12,874
30/12/1950 Crystal Palace H 1-0 8,587 Cutting
13/01/1951 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-3 11,360 Allen
20/01/1951 Newport County H 1-1 8,230 Turner
27/01/1951 Aldershot H 1-0 9,285 Elder
03/02/1951 Norwich City A 1-1 25,669 Keeble
10/02/1951 Watford A 0-2 8,798
17/02/1951 Northampton Town H 2-1 7,048 Curry, McKim
24/02/1951 Exeter City A 0-5 7,334
03/03/1951 Southend United H 1-3 12,360 Turner
10/03/1951 Reading A 2-3 15,896 Church, Turner
17/03/1951 Plymouth Argyle H 3-0 8,746 Keeble (3)
23/03/1951 Torquay United H 3-1 12,443 Elder (pen.), Keeble, Turner
24/03/1951 Ipswich Town A 0-3 19,093
26/03/1951 Torquay United A 1-4 8,000 Cullum
31/03/1951 Leyton Orient H 1-0 9,291 Church
07/04/1951 Walsall A 2-4 7,097 McKim (2)
11/04/1951 Aldershot A 0-2 5,821
14/04/1951 Watford H 4-1 8,073 Church (2), Keeble, McKim
16/04/1951 Port Vale A 1-1 8,600 Elder
21/04/1951 Millwall A 0-2 17,728
25/04/1951 Bristol City A 2-0 10,000 Keeble, Rowlands
28/04/1951 Bristol City H 1-1 7,202 Church
05/05/1951 Port Vale H 1-1 8,414 McKim

Source: 1950-51 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1950–51 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11/11/1950 4QR Woodford Town A 7-1 7,000 Curry (2), Cutting, Jones, Layton, Turner (2)
25/11/1950 R1 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0-1 15,359

Source: 1950-51 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Third Division South FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– GK England Barney Bircham 7 0 7 0 0 0
–– GK England George Wright 40 0 38 0 2 0
–– DF England Doug Beach 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– DF England Harry Bearryman 47 0 45 0 2 0
–– DF Scotland Jimmy Elder 46 4 45 4 1 0
–– DF England John Harrison 33 0 31 0 2 0
–– DF England Len Jones 43 3 41 2 2 1
–– DF England Digger Kettle 15 0 15 0 0 0
–– DF England Bill Layton 8 1 7 0 1 1
–– DF Scotland Joe Locherty 11 1 10 1 1 0
–– DF England John Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Bill Rochford 2 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF Wales Trevor Rowlands 16 1 16 1 0 0
–– DF England Reg Stewart 47 0 45 0 2 0
–– MF England Bob Allen 31 1 29 1 2 0
–– MF England John Church 42 10 40 10 2 0
–– MF Spain José Gallego 4 0 4 0 0 0
–– MF England Dennis Hillman 4 0 4 0 0 0
–– FW England Dick Cullum 1 1 1 1 0 0
–– FW England Bob Curry 34 15 32 13 2 2
–– FW England Fred Cutting 12 4 11 3 1 1
–– FW England Vic Keeble 20 7 20 7 0 0
–– FW Scotland Johnny McKim 24 8 24 8 0 0
–– FW England Arthur Turner 40 14 38 12 2 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 50s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1950–51 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1950–51 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2011.