1953–54 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1953–54 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Jack Butler
From 1 June
Third Division South 23rd
FA Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bert Barlow (10)
All:
Bert Barlow (10)
Highest home attendance 10,316 (Ipswich Town)
Lowest home attendance 6,035 (Southend United)
Average home league attendance 7,623

The 1953–54 season was Colchester United's fourth consecutive season in the Football League Third Division South. They finished 23rd and successfully re-applied to the league.

Season Review[edit]

Jack Butler, a former Arsenal player, was appointed manager. Butler had been coaching in Belgium with the Royal Daring Club Molenbeek and had been in charge of the Belgian national team between 1935-40 leading them to the 1938 World Cup Finals. Butler had little time to prepare his side and a 13-game run without winning saw United in 23rd spot.

Crowds plummeted to 7,762 and the club had to go cap in hand to The Football League to apply for re-election after finishing 10 points adrift of the safety of 22nd place. Fortunately The U's were still endeared to their fellow League clubs and they polled 45 votes. Walsall, wooden-spoonists, took 32 votes easily seeing off the best non-League application of Peterborough who attracted 18 votes.

From being prolific scorers in their early history United scored just 50 League goals in 1953-54.[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
–– England DF Bob Dale
–– Scotland DF Jimmy Elder
–– England DF John Harrison
–– England DF Bertie Hill
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Digger Kettle
No. Position Player
–– England DF Fred Lewis
–– England DF Reg Stewart
–– England MF Peter Aitchison
–– England MF Mike Grice
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– England FW Kevin McCurley
–– Scotland FW Johnny McKim
–– England FW Ken Plant

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 England Bob Dale England Irlam 31 October 1931 England Bury 2 January 1954 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 Bertie Hill England West Ham 8 March 1930 England Chelsea 11 April 1953 Free
DF England Ron Hunt England Colchester 26 September 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
DF England Digger Kettle England Colchester 3 June 1922 England Arclight Sports 26 December 1946 Free
DF England Fred Lewis England Broughton Gifford 26 July 1923 England Chelsea 20 August 1953 Free
DF England Reg Stewart England Sheffield 30 October 1925 England Sheffield Wednesday 20 August 1949 £1,000
MF England Peter Aitchison England Harlow 19 September 1931 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
MF England Mike Grice England Woking 3 November 1931 England Lowestoft Town 11 September 1952 £50
MF England Peter Wright England Colchester 26 January 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
FW England Kevin McCurley England Consett 2 April 1926 England Liverpool 22 March 1952 £750
FW Scotland Johnny McKim Scotland Greenock 22 January 1926 England Chelsea 19 August 1950 £1,000
FW England Ken Plant England Nuneaton 15 August 1925 England Bury 6 February 1954 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
20 August 1953 DF England Doug Keene England Brighton & Hove Albion Free
20 August 1953 DF England Fred Lewis England Chelsea Free
10 October 1953 FW England Tommy Harris England Leyton Orient Free
2 January 1954 DF England Bob Dale England Bury Free
6 February 1954 FW England Ken Plant England Bury Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
2 May 1953 DF England Phil Rookes European Union Retired Free Became manager at Chichester
19 September 1953 DF England George French England Parkside Free
5 December 1953 FW England Tommy Harris England Tonbridge Angels Free
16 January 1954 MF England John Church England Crittall Athletic Free
23 January 1954 FW England Dick Cullum England Sittingbourne Free
13 March 1954 FW England Bert Barlow England Crittall Athletic Free
27 March 1954 GK England Frank Coombs England Gravesend & Northfleet Free
16 April 1954 DF England Doug Keene England Dartford Free
17 April 1954 FW England Augie Scott England Chelmsford City Free Player-manager
26 April 1954 DF England Roy Bicknell England Clacton Town Free

Results[edit]

Third Division South Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
22 Crystal Palace 46 14 12 20 60 86 0.698 40
23 Colchester United 46 10 10 26 50 78 0.641 30
24 Walsall 46 9 8 29 40 87 0.460 26

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
20/08/1953 Torquay United H 3-1 8,841 Barlow, Elder, McCurley
22/08/1953 Ipswich Town A 0-3 18,130
26/08/1953 Exeter City A 2-1 10,589 Barlow, McKim
29/08/1953 Crystal Palace H 4-1 6,811 Barlow, McCurley (2), Scott
03/09/1953 Exeter City H 0-1 8,791
05/09/1953 Bristol City A 0-3 17,219
09/09/1953 Norwich City A 1-2 22,228 Scott
12/09/1953 Aldershot H 3-0 8,170 Barlow, Bearryman, McCurley
17/09/1953 Norwich City H 0-1 10,218
19/09/1953 Swindon Town A 0-3 12,284
23/09/1953 Southampton A 1-2 14,842 McKim
26/09/1953 Walsall H 1-1 7,643 Grice
01/10/1953 Southampton H 0-1 6,705
03/10/1953 Shrewsbury Town A 1-3 9,915 Barlow
10/10/1953 Coventry City H 0-3 8,174
17/10/1953 Gillingham A 0-2 8,296
24/10/1953 Northampton Town H 1-1 7,599 Elder (pen.)
31/10/1953 Torquay United A 1-3 6,251 McCurley
07/11/1953 Watford H 2-2 6,505 Barlow, McCurley
14/11/1953 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-1 6,000
28/11/1953 Reading A 0-2 12,036
05/12/1953 Leyton Orient H 1-0 6,819 Grice
19/12/1953 Ipswich Town H 1-2 10,316 Scott
25/12/1953 Queens Park Rangers H 5-0 6,155 Barlow (2), McKim (2), Scott
26/12/1953 Queens Park Rangers A 0-0 10,674
02/01/1954 Crystal Palace A 1-0 6,971 McCurley
09/01/1954 Newport County H 2-2 6,434 Barlow, Dale
16/01/1954 Bristol City H 0-2 7,931
23/01/1954 Aldershot A 0-3 4,502
06/02/1954 Swindon Town H 2-2 6,824 Dale, Plant
13/02/1954 Walsall A 3-2 9,819 Plant (2), P.Wright
20/02/1954 Shrewsbury Town H 3-1 7,852 Barlow, Keene, Plant
27/02/1954 Coventry City A 1-2 11,852 Plant
06/03/1954 Gillingham H 0-1 6,824
13/03/1954 Southend United A 0-3 8,100
20/03/1954 Reading H 2-4 6,726 Elder (pen.) (2)
27/03/1954 Watford A 0-3 10,466
03/04/1954 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-1 8,282 Hill
10/04/1954 Leyton Orient A 1-3 9,309 McKim
16/04/1954 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1-1 8,223 Dale
17/04/1954 Millwall H 3-0 7,450 Bearryman, McKim (2)
19/04/1954 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 2-4 7,778 Dale, P.Wright
22/04/1954 Newport County A 1-1 7,396 Plant
24/04/1954 Northampton Town A 0-3 7,344
26/04/1954 Millwall A 0-0 5,572
29/04/1954 Southend United H 0-1 6,035

Source: 1953-54 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1953–54 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
21/11/1953 R1 Millwall H 1-1 9,765 McCurley
23/11/1953 R1 (R) Millwall A 0-4 8,898

Source: 1953-54 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Third Division South FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Frank Coombs 7 0 7 0 0 0
–– England GK George Wright 41 0 39 0 2 0
–– England DF Harry Bearryman 39 2 37 2 2 0
–– England DF Roy Bicknell 21 0 19 0 2 0
–– England DF Bob Dale 21 4 21 4 0 0
–– Scotland DF Jimmy Elder 39 4 37 4 2 0
–– England DF George French 2 0 2 0 0 0
–– England DF John Harrison 43 0 42 0 1 0
–– England DF Bertie Hill 15 1 15 1 0 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 3 0 3 0 0 0
–– England DF Doug Keene 25 1 23 1 2 0
–– England DF Digger Kettle 4 0 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Fred Lewis 46 0 45 0 1 0
–– England DF Reg Stewart 27 0 27 0 0 0
–– England MF Peter Aitchison 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF John Church 7 0 6 0 1 0
–– England MF Mike Grice 18 2 18 2 0 0
–– England MF Peter Wright 23 2 22 2 1 0
–– England FW Bert Barlow 34 10 32 10 2 0
–– England FW Dick Cullum 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– England FW Tommy Harris 2 0 2 0 0 0
–– England FW Kevin McCurley 34 8 32 7 2 1
–– Scotland FW Johnny McKim 19 7 19 7 0 0
–– England FW Ken Plant 17 6 17 6 0 0
–– England FW Augie Scott 40 4 38 4 2 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 50s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1953–54 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1953–54 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2011.