1960–61 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1960–61 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
Third Division 23rd (Relegated)
FA Cup 2nd Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Martyn King (23)
All:
Martyn King (25)
Highest home attendance 7,194 (Grimsby Town)
Lowest home attendance 3,141 (Chesterfield)
Average home league attendance 4,927

The 1960–61 season was Colchester United's third successive season in the Football League Third Division and their eleventh consecutive season in the third tier. The season ended in with the club's first ever relegation to the Football League Fourth Division

Season Review[edit]

The 1960/1 season proved disastrous. Average attendances plummeted from 7,810 to 4,954 as United lost ten home games finishing in 23rd position and suffering relegation to the Fourth Division. Obtaining just one point from eleven games, including seven straight defeats, the U's hit rock bottom in October 1960 and they never managed to climb out of the bottom four.

Remarkably, Martyn King still managed to notch 25 League goals including a hat-trick against Chesterfield in the final game of the season that attracted a new all-time low attendance of just 3,141.

United also conceded 101 League goals - the only time that this landmark has been suffered.

Colchester did enjoy some early season success when in the inaugural League Cup competition they comprehensively defeated First Division Newcastle 4-1 at Layer Road in front of 9,130 before bowing out to Southampton in Round Two.

But, at the end of the season, manager Benny Fenton wielded his relegation axe and the club were, alarmingly, over £3,300 in the red. Out went ten players including Neil Langman, Chic Milligan and Tommy Williams.[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
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Trevor Harris
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Alf Marshall
–– Scotland DF Tommy Millar
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
–– England MF Tommy Williams
No. Position Player
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– England FW John Baines
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Bobby Hunt
–– England FW Martyn King
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod
–– England FW Tony Miller

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
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 England Alf Marshall England Dagenham 21 May 1933 England Dagenham 8 October 1958 £25
DF Scotland Tommy Millar Scotland Edinburgh 3 December 1938 Scotland Bo'ness United 16 April 1960 Free
DF England Edgar Rumney England Abberton 15 September 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1957 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 Baines England Colchester 25 September 1937 England Colchester Casuals 4 March 1961 Free
FW Scotland Bobby Hill Scotland Edinburgh 9 June 1938 Scotland Easthouses Lily 2 April 1956 Free
FW England Bobby Hunt England Colchester 1 October 1942 England Youth Team 1 August 1959 Free
FW England Martyn King England Birmingham 23 August 1937 England Pegasus 27 August 1956 Free
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod Scotland Glasgow 4 January 1934 Scotland Easthouses Lily 20 August 1955 Free
FW England Tony Miller England Chelmsford 26 October 1937 England Youth Team 1 August 1959 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1960 DF Scotland Tommy Millar Scotland Bo'ness United Free
20 August 1960 MF England Tony Howe England Colchester Casuals Free
14 January 1961 DF England Alan Eagles England Leyton Orient Free
14 January 1961 DF England Peter Carey England Queens Park Rangers Free
4 March 1961 FW England John Baines England Colchester Casuals Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1960 DF England George Fisher England Bexleyheath & Welling Free
22 August 1960 DF England John Laidlaw England Clacton Town Free
20 September 1960 MF England Tony Howe England Haverhill Rovers Free
14 January 1961 GK England John Wright England Great Bentley Free
31 March 1961 DF England Derek Parker England Stowmarket Free
1 April 1961 DF England Cyril Hammond England Severalls Free
3 April 1961 DF England Alan Eagles England Aldershot Free
3 April 1961 MF England Russell Blake England Sudbury Town Free
24 April 1961 DF England Peter Carey England Aldershot Free
24 April 1961 DF Scotland Chic Milligan European Union Released Free
24 April 1961 FW England Neil Langman England Bath City Free

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
22 Bradford City (R) 46 11 14 21 65 87 0.747 36
23 Colchester United (R) 46 11 11 24 68 101 0.673 33
24 Chesterfield (R) 46 10 12 24 67 87 0.770 32

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
20/08/1960 Hull City H 4-0 6,731 Hammond (pen.) (2), King (2)
22/08/1960 Grimsby Town H 1-1 7,194 King
27/08/1960 Reading A 1-2 7,775 Howe
30/08/1960 Grimsby Town A 1-2 11,000 King
03/09/1960 Coventry City H 4-3 5,431 Hammond (pen.), King, Langman, Williams
05/09/1960 Barnsley H 4-2 6,034 Hammond (pen.), Howe, King (2)
10/09/1960 Bristol City A 0-5 11,808
14/09/1960 Barnsley A 0-3 3,000
17/09/1960 Queens Park Rangers H 0-1 5,750
20/09/1960 Bury A 0-4 9,253
24/09/1960 Notts County A 2-4 14,134 Langman, Williams
26/09/1960 Bury H 0-2 5,263
01/10/1960 Bournemouth H 0-1 4,576
08/10/1960 Shrewsbury Town H 1-1 4,191 Langman
15/10/1960 Halifax Town A 1-2 6,210 King
22/10/1960 Tranmere Rovers H 0-3 4,569
29/10/1960 Watford A 2-2 13,031 King, Williams (pen.)
12/11/1960 Swindon Town A 2-0 11,782 Langman (2)
19/11/1960 Torquay United H 3-3 5,483 Fowler, B.Hunt, Langman
03/12/1960 Southend United H 2-0 5,007 Langman, Williams
10/12/1960 Chesterfield A 3-2 3,342 Fowler, Harris, King
17/12/1960 Hull City A 1-1 6,047 King
22/12/1960 Newport County A 2-3 6,182 King, Langman
26/12/1960 Newport County H 1-1 6,732 King
31/12/1960 Reading H 2-2 5,252 Langman, Williams
14/01/1961 Coventry City A 0-2 10,197
21/01/1961 Bristol City H 0-1 5,099
28/01/1961 Brentford H 2-4 4,040 B.Hunt, Williams
04/02/1961 Queens Park Rangers A 2-3 10,232 Williams, Wright
06/02/1961 Port Vale A 0-3 6,504
11/02/1961 Notts County H 1-2 4,634 Williams
18/02/1961 Bournemouth A 4-4 6,712 O.G., King (2), McLeod
25/02/1961 Southend United A 1-2 6,047 Eagles
04/03/1961 Halifax Town H 3-1 4,710 Harris (pen.), McLeod (2)
07/03/1961 Bradford City A 1-0 7,590 King
11/03/1961 Tranmere Rovers A 2-7 11,299 O.G., King
18/03/1961 Watford H 1-4 4,648 Langman
25/03/1961 Brentford A 0-0 4,600
31/03/1961 Walsall H 0-4 5,480
01/04/1961 Swindon Town H 3-1 3,182 B.Hunt, King, Wright
03/04/1961 Walsall A 0-3 12,985
08/04/1961 Torquay United H 1-1 4,047 Hill
15/04/1961 Port Vale H 2-0 3,500 King (2)
22/04/1961 Shrewsbury Town A 2-2 6,891 B.Hunt, R.Hunt
24/04/1961 Bradford City H 2-4 3,542 Langman, Wright
29/04/1961 Chesterfield H 4-3 3,141 O.G., King (3)

Source: 1960-61 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10/10/1960 R1 Newcastle United H 4-1 9,130 King (2), Williams, Wright
31/10/1960 R2 Southampton H 0-2 6,264

Source: 1960-61 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1960–61 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
05/11/1960 R1 Maidenhead United H 5-0 5,771 B.Hunt (2), Langman (2), Williams
26/11/1960 R2 Aldershot A 1-3 8,425 Hill

Source: 1960-61 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Third Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Percy Ames 49 0 45 0 2 0 2 0
–– England GK John Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Peter Carey 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Alan Eagles 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 49 2 45 2 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Cyril Hammond 19 4 19 4 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Trevor Harris 31 2 27 2 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 32 1 28 1 2 0 2 0
–– England DF John Laidlaw 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Alf Marshall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Tommy Millar 17 0 14 0 2 0 1 0
–– Scotland DF Chic Milligan 42 0 38 0 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Derek Parker 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 18 0 17 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Russell Blake 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Tony Howe 10 2 10 2 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Tommy Williams 40 10 36 8 2 1 2 1
–– England MF Peter Wright 23 4 21 3 0 0 2 1
–– England FW John Baines 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill 37 2 33 1 2 1 2 0
–– England FW Bobby Hunt 29 6 27 4 2 2 0 0
–– England FW Martyn King 41 25 38 23 1 0 2 2
–– England FW Neil Langman 37 13 34 11 2 2 1 0
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 22 3 20 3 1 0 1 0
–– England FW Tony Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 60s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1960–61 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1960–61 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2011.