1957–58 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1957–58 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
Third Division South 12th
FA Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Ken Plant (19)
All:
Ken Plant (19)
Highest home attendance 11,077 (Norwich City)
Lowest home attendance 4,391 (Northampton Town)
Average home league attendance 8,564

The 1957–58 season was Colchester United's eighth consecutive and final season in the Football League Third Division South due to restructuring, avoiding a move to the newly formed Football League Fourth Division by three points.

Season Review[edit]

With Football League re-organisation on the agenda U's first priority for 1957-58 was to finish in the top twelve as those clubs would join the top twelve in the Third Division North to form the new country-wide Third Division. The remainder would form the Fourth Division.

Benny Fenton's squad suffered from call ups to National Service and he recruited forwards Neil Langman from Plymouth for £6,500 and John Evans from Liverpool for £4,000 in November 1957.

Birmingham offered £10,000 for United's exciting Peter Wright but the player chose to remain part-time.

It was not until the last game of the season that a 4-2 Layer Road win over Southampton secured 12th place and that coveted place in the Third Division.[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 Percy Ames
–– England GK John Wright
–– England DF Brian Dobson
–– England DF Benny Fenton
–– England DF George Fisher
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Trevor Harris
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– Scotland DF Chic Milligan
–– England DF Derek Parker
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
No. Position Player
–– England MF Russell Blake
–– England MF Tommy Williams
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– England FW John Evans
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Martyn King
–– England FW Neil Langman
–– England FW Kevin McCurley
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod
–– England FW Ken Plant

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Percy Ames England Bedford 13 December 1931 England Tottenham Hotspur 20 August 1955 Free
GK England John Wright England Aldershot 13 August 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1954 Free
DF England Brian Dobson England Colchester 1 March 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1955 Free
DF England Benny Fenton England West Ham 28 October 1918 England Charlton Athletic 1 February 1955 Free
DF England George Fisher England Bermondsey 19 June 1925 England Fulham 1 September 1955 Free
DF Scotland John Fowler Scotland Leith 17 October 1933 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955 Free
DF England Trevor Harris England Colchester 6 February 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1954 Free
DF England Ron Hunt England Colchester 26 September 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
DF Scotland Chic Milligan Scotland Ardrossan 26 July 1930 Scotland Ardrossan Winton Rovers 18 August 1956 Free
DF England Derek Parker England Wivenhoe 23 June 1926 England West Ham United 13 April 1957 £2,500
DF England Edgar Rumney England Abberton 15 September 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1957 Free
MF England Russell Blake England Colchester 24 July 1935 England Youth Team 1 August 1955 Free
MF England Tommy Williams England Battersea 10 February 1935 England Carshalton Athletic 24 November 1956 Free
MF England Peter Wright England Colchester 26 January 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
FW England John Evans England Tilbury 28 August 1929 England Liverpool 23 November 1957 £4,000
FW Scotland Bobby Hill Scotland Edinburgh 9 June 1938 Scotland Easthouses Lily 2 April 1956 Free
FW England Martyn King England Birmingham 23 August 1937 England Pegasus 27 August 1956 Free
FW England Neil Langman England Bere Alston 12 February 1932 England Plymouth Argyle 23 November 1957 £6,750
FW England Kevin McCurley England Consett 2 April 1926 England Liverpool 22 March 1952 £750
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod Scotland Glasgow 4 January 1934 Scotland Easthouses Lily 20 August 1955 Free
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
1 August 1957 DF England Edgar Rumney England Youth Team Free
21 September 1957 FW Scotland Hamish McNeill Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic £600
23 November 1957 FW England John Evans England Liverpool £4,000
23 November 1957 FW England Neil Langman England Plymouth Argyle £6,750

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1957 DF England Reg Stewart England Hastings Town Free
26 September 1957 FW Scotland Hamish McNeill England Cambridge City Free
26 April 1958 DF England Bertie Hill England Dartford Free

Results[edit]

Third Division South Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
11 Newport County 46 17 14 15 73 67 1.090 48
12 Colchester United 46 17 13 16 77 79 0.975 47
13 Northampton Town* 46 19 6 21 87 79 1.101 44

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAv = Goal average; Pts = Points
* League restructuring – 'relegated' to Football League Fourth Division

Third Division South Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24/08/1957 Torquay United H 3-0 9,760 McCurley (pen.), P.Wright (2)
26/08/1957 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 12,135
31/08/1957 Brentford A 3-3 12,730 Parker, P.Wright
02/09/1957 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 8,992 McCurley, P.Wright
07/09/1957 Southend United A 3-2 19,000 Plant, P.Wright, McCurley (pen.)
09/09/1957 Reading H 1-3 8,774 McCurley
14/09/1957 Norwich City H 1-2 11,077 McCurley
18/09/1957 Reading A 0-7 13,811
21/09/1957 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1-1 16,057 McNeill
26/09/1957 Northampton Town A 1-4 4,000 Plant
28/09/1957 Walsall H 1-1 7,366 P.Wright
30/09/1957 Northampton Town H 1-0 4,391 P.Wright
05/10/1957 Coventry City A 0-1 14,423
09/10/1957 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 22,550 McLeod
12/10/1957 Exeter City H 3-0 7,930 McCurley, Plant
15/10/1957 Watford A 1-1 6,580 P.Wright
19/10/1957 Gillingham A 3-2 8,000 McCurley (2), Williams
26/10/1957 Millwall H 2-1 9,260 P.Wright, Plant
02/11/1957 Swindon Town A 0-4 14,198
09/11/1957 Aldershot H 1-1 7,569 Fenton
23/11/1957 Port Vale H 2-1 9,106 Plant, Williams
30/11/1957 Newport County A 2-2 9,000 Langman, Plant
14/12/1957 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2-5 9,716 Fisher (pen.), Williams
21/12/1957 Torquay United A 3-1 5,749 Evans, P.Wright
26/12/1957 Watford H 4-0 9,379 Langman, Plant (3)
28/12/1957 Brentford H 1-1 9,548 Langman
04/01/1958 Shrewsbury Town A 0-0 5,600
11/01/1958 Southend United H 1-0 9,357 Williams
18/01/1958 Norwich City A 1-1 17,523 Plant
01/02/1958 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 3-2 8,091 Evans (2), Rumney
08/02/1958 Walsall A 0-3 7,639
15/02/1958 Coventry City H 4-1 8,613 Fenton (pen.) (2), Plant (2)
22/02/1958 Exeter City A 3-4 7,636 Evans, Langman, Plant
01/03/1958 Gillingham H 3-2 8,158 Langman, Plant (2)
08/03/1958 Millwall A 4-1 7,307 Langman, Plant, P.Wright (2)
15/03/1958 Swindon Town H 1-3 9,241 Langman
22/03/1958 Port Vale A 0-2 7,161
28/03/1958 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-2 8,751 Evans
04/04/1958 Crystal Palace A 1-1 17,787 Plant
07/04/1958 Crystal Palace H 1-1 9,528 Evans
12/04/1958 Newport County H 1-1 7,472 Langman
16/04/1958 Aldershot A 1-2 2,630 Plant
19/04/1958 Southampton A 2-3 13,842 McCurley (2)
21/04/1958 Shrewsbury Town H 3-0 7,092 Evans, McCurley, P.Wright
26/04/1958 Plymouth Argyle H 1-2 8,593 Blake
01/05/1958 Southampton H 4-2 8,914 Blake, McCurley, McLeod, Williams

Source: 1957-58 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1957–58 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/11/1957 R1 Wisbech Town A 0-1 9,552

Source: 1957-58 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
–– England GK Percy Ames 47 0 46 0 1 0
–– England GK John Wright 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Brian Dobson 17 0 16 0 1 0
–– England DF Benny Fenton 23 3 23 3 0 0
–– England DF George Fisher 47 1 46 1 1 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 46 0 46 0 0 0
–– England DF Trevor Harris 7 0 7 0 0 0
–– England DF Bertie Hill 32 0 31 0 1 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 4 0 4 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Chic Milligan 27 0 26 0 1 0
–– England DF Derek Parker 30 1 29 1 1 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 4 1 4 1 0 0
–– England MF Russell Blake 8 2 8 2 0 0
–– England MF Tommy Williams 29 5 28 5 1 0
–– England MF Peter Wright 46 15 45 15 1 0
–– England FW John Evans 24 7 24 7 0 0
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill 11 0 11 0 0 0
–– England FW Martyn King 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Neil Langman 23 8 23 8 0 0
–– England FW Kevin McCurley 29 12 28 12 1 0
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 16 2 15 2 1 0
–– Scotland FW Hamish McNeill 2 1 2 1 0 0
–– England FW Ken Plant 45 19 44 19 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 50s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1957–58 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1957–58 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2011.