1958–59 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1958–59 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
Third Division 5th
FA Cup 4th Round
Top goalscorer League:
Neil Langman (19)
All:
Neil Langman (26)
Highest home attendance 10,038 (Plymouth Argyle)
Lowest home attendance 4,406 (Notts County)
Average home league attendance 7,778

The 1958–59 season was Colchester United's first season in the newly formed Football League Third Division and their ninth consecutive season in the third tier.

Season Review[edit]

A very good fifth placed finish in 1958-59, nine points behind second-placed Hull, included a club record 8-2 win over Stockport on October 4, 1958. The highlight of the season, however, was another FA Cup run. Early round victories over Bath, Yeovil and Chesterfield brought the mighty Arsenal to Layer Road in the Fourth Round. The replay win at Yeovil by 7-1 remains a club record away win.

For the first time the Police set a limit on crowd numbers at Layer Road - 16,000 witnessed a 2-2 draw and in the return 62,686 saw The Gunners run out 4-0 winners on a frost-bound pitch obscured by thick fog. Neil Langman and John Evans repaid their transfer fees with 27 and 16 goals respectively.

Neil Langman and John Evans repaid their transfer fees with 27 and 16 goals respectively. What's more, the proceeds from the Arsenal ties paved the way for floodlights to be installed at Layer Road.[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 George Fisher
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Cyril Hammond
–– England DF Trevor Harris
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Alf Marshall
–– Scotland DF Chic Milligan
–– England DF Derek Parker
No. Position Player
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
–– England MF Russell Blake
–– England MF Tommy Williams
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– England FW John Evans
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– Scotland FW Ian Johnstone
–– England FW Martyn King
–– England FW Neil Langman
–– England FW Kevin McCurley
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod

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 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 Cyril Hammond England Woolwich 10 February 1927 England Charlton Athletic 23 August 1958 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 England Alf Marshall England Dagenham 21 May 1933 England Dagenham 8 October 1958 £25
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 Scotland Ian Johnstone Scotland Galashiels 2 March 1939 Scotland Ormiston Primrose 18 April 1959 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

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
23 August 1958 DF England Cyril Hammond England Charlton Athletic Free
8 October 1958 DF England Alf Marshall England Dagenham £25
18 April 1959 FW Scotland Ian Johnstone Scotland Ormiston Primrose Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1958 DF England Benny Fenton European Union Retired Free Retired from playing but continued as manager
6 December 1958 FW England Ken Plant England Nuneaton Borough Free

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
4 Norwich City 46 22 13 11 89 62 1.435 57
5 Colchester United 46 21 10 15 71 67 1.060 52
6 Reading 46 21 8 17 78 63 1.238 50

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 Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
23/08/1958 Bury H 1-3 9,394 Langman
25/08/1958 Norwich City H 2-1 9,379 Blake (2)
30/08/1958 Queens Park Rangers A 2-4 9,733 Langman (2)
03/09/1958 Norwich City A 2-1 25,132 Evans, Langman
06/09/1958 Rochdale H 2-1 8,141 Langman, McLeod
08/09/1958 Accrington Stanley H 1-0 7,380 Langman
17/09/1958 Accrington Stanley A 1-1 8,350 O.G.
20/09/1958 Plymouth Argyle H 2-0 10,038 Evans (2) (pen.)
24/09/1958 Southend United A 1-1 12,000 Langman
27/09/1958 Tranmere Rovers A 3-3 14,000 O.G., McLeod (2)
29/09/1958 Southend United H 0-1 6,833
04/10/1958 Stockport County H 8-2 8,298 Evans (3), King, Langman, McLeod (3)
08/10/1958 Reading A 0-0 17,401
11/10/1958 Wrexham H 1-1 9,204 Evans
16/10/1958 Doncaster Rovers A 1-2 2,786 Blake
18/10/1958 Bradford City A 3-1 12,307 Langman, Plant (2)
25/10/1958 Hull City H 1-3 9,277 McCurley
01/11/1958 Brentford A 1-2 11,930 Langman
08/11/1958 Swindon Town H 1-0 8,001 Plant
22/11/1958 Newport County H 3-2 7,271 Blake, Langman, P.Wright
29/11/1958 Chesterfield A 2-2 7,140 P.Wright (2)
20/12/1958 Bury A 0-0 11,615
26/12/1958 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 3-1 9,182 Langman, McLeod, Williams
27/12/1958 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1-1 12,404 Williams
03/01/1959 Queens Park Rangers H 3-0 8,719 Evans, Fisher, Langman
31/01/1959 Doncaster Rovers H 1-0 8,658 Langman
02/02/1959 Mansfield Town A 2-3 5,155 Hill, McCurley
07/02/1959 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 22,686 Evans
14/02/1959 Tranmere Rovers H 1-1 7,160 O.G.
21/02/1959 Stockport County A 1-0 5,734 Williams
23/02/1959 Notts County H 4-1 4,406 Langman (2), McCurley, P.Wright
28/02/1959 Wrexham A 0-2 8,635
07/03/1959 Bradford City H 3-2 7,139 Langman, McCurley, Williams
14/03/1959 Hull City A 0-3 16,668
16/03/1959 Rochdale A 1-0 3,510 Langman
21/03/1959 Brentford H 0-4 8,775
27/03/1959 Southampton H 1-3 8,943 McCurley
28/03/1959 Swindon Town A 0-2 8,876
30/03/1959 Southampton A 0-3 8,502
04/04/1959 Mansfield Town H 1-3 5,901 Milligan (pen.)
18/04/1959 Chesterfield H 1-0 5,433 Langman
20/04/1959 Reading H 3-1 5,590 Evans (2) (pen.), McLeod
25/04/1959 Notts County A 1-0 4,733 Evans
27/04/1959 Halifax Town H 3-1 5,769 Blake, Evans, Williams
30/04/1959 Halifax Town A 1-4 5,458 Evans
04/05/1959 Newport County A 1-0 4,702 P.Wright

Source: 1958-59 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1958–59 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/11/1958 R1 Bath City H 2-0 10,636 Plant, Langman
06/12/1958 R2 Yeovil Town H 1-1 10,890 Plant
11/12/1958 R2 (R) Yeovil Town A 7-1 10,000 Langman (4), McLeod (2), Williams
10/01/1959 R3 Chesterfield H 2-0 9,723 Evans, Langman
24/01/1959 R4 Arsenal H 2-2 16,000 Langman, Evans
28/01/1959 R4 (R) Arsenal A 0-4 62,686

Source: 1958-59 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Third Division FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Percy Ames 52 0 46 0 6 0
–– England GK John Wright 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Brian Dobson 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF George Fisher 34 1 28 1 6 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 48 0 42 0 6 0
–– England DF Cyril Hammond 37 0 33 0 4 0
–– England DF Trevor Harris 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 21 0 19 0 2 0
–– England DF Alf Marshall 24 0 24 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Chic Milligan 50 1 44 1 6 0
–– England DF Derek Parker 44 0 38 0 6 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Russell Blake 29 5 24 5 5 0
–– England MF Tommy Williams 30 6 29 5 1 1
–– England MF Peter Wright 49 5 43 5 6 0
–– England FW John Evans 31 16 27 14 4 2
–– England FW Bobby Hill 8 1 8 1 0 0
–– Scotland FW Ian Johnstone 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– England FW Martyn King 3 1 3 1 0 0
–– England FW Neil Langman 50 26 44 19 6 7
–– England FW Kevin McCurley 7 5 7 5 0 0
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 44 10 38 8 6 2
–– England FW Ken Plant 9 5 7 3 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 14 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1958–59 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1958–59 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2011.