1961–62 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1961–62 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
Fourth Division 2nd (Promoted)
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bobby Hunt (38)
All:
Bobby Hunt (40)
Highest home attendance 7,148 (Chester City)
Lowest home attendance 3,782 (Oldham Athletic)
Average home league attendance 5,372

The 1961–62 season was Colchester United's first season in the Football League Fourth Division after suffering their first ever relegation the previous season. The season ended in success with immediate promotion back to the Third Tier.

Season Review[edit]

United commenced their 1961-62 campaign by going unbeaten in their first nine League games and scored 31 goals in the first eight home games to top the Fourth Division.

Tragedy struck in October 1961.Whilst The U's were playing at York the young son of full-back Tommy Millar drowned in a garden pond accident. Colchester failed to win any of their next five games and slipped to third in the table.

After a Boxing Day 4-1 defeat at Bradford City, United set their club record victory in the return fixture with The Bantams on December 30, 1961. Both Martyn King and his strike partner Bobby Hunt scored four goals each, and Bobby Hill one, as The U's ran out 9-1 winners. A 4-0 win at Accrington Stanley saw United regain top spot from Wrexham, but within weeks Accrington folded and United's 3-2 and 4-0 wins were wiped from the records.

Losing at Millwall and drawing at Wrexham cost United the championship. Millwall took the title by one point from runners-up Colchester with 11 defeats on the road costing the U's dearly. Amongst U's record 104 League goals scored, 78 of them at Layer Road, King broke his own seasonal record with 31 only to be outdone by partner Bobby Hunt who bagged a new record 38 League goals including three hat-tricks - two of which were four goal hauls.

Stability was the key with just 17 players used and eight of those played over 40 of the 44 games possible. Support was slightly up with an average of 5,341 although the 50 year local disparity reached one of its peaks when Ipswich won the First Division championship.[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 DF Brian Abrey
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Richie Griffiths
–– England DF Trevor Harris
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
–– England MF Mike Foster
No. Position Player
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– England FW John Baines
–– England FW David Coleman
–– 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 England Brian Abrey England Hendon 25 April 1939 England Chelsea 19 August 1961 Free
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes Scotland Edinburgh 19 June 1941 Scotland Musselburgh Athletic 14 April 1962 Free
DF Scotland John Fowler Scotland Leith 17 October 1933 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955 Free
DF England Richie Griffiths England Earls Colne 21 March 1942 England Youth Team 1 August 1961 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 Edgar Rumney England Abberton 15 September 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1957 Free
MF England Mike Foster England Leicester 3 February 1939 England Leicester City 19 August 1961 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 3 March 1961 Free
FW England David Coleman England Colchester 27 March 1942 England Harwich & Parkeston 18 November 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 August 1961 DF England Richie Griffiths England Youth Team Free
19 August 1961 DF England Brian Abrey England Chelsea Free
19 August 1961 MF England Mike Foster England Leicester City Free
18 November 1961 FW England David Coleman England Harwich & Parkeston Free
15 January 1962 MF England Colin Lundstrum England Ipswich Town Free
7 April 1962 DF Scotland Duncan Forbes Scotland Musselburgh Athletic Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1961 MF England Alf Marshall England Clacton Town Free
1 May 1961 MF England Tommy Williams England Watford Free
15 January 1962 MF England Colin Lundstrum England Clacton Town Free
27 January 1962 DF Scotland Tommy Millar Scotland Dundee United Free

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
1 Millwall (C) 44 23 10 11 87 62 1.403 56
2 Colchester United (P) 44 23 9 12 104 71 1.465 55
3 Wrexham (P) 44 22 9 13 96 56 1.714 53

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

Fourth Division Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19/08/1961 Stockport County H 3-0 4,318 B.Hunt, King, Wright
21/08/1961 Carlisle United H 2-0 4,979 King, Millar
26/08/1961 Oldham Athletic A 2-2 15,746 Foster, King
29/08/1961 Carlisle United A 1-1 8,547 King
05/09/1961 Doncaster Rovers A 4-1 3,705 Foster (2), B.Hunt, King
09/09/1961 Darlington A 2-0 8,958 B.Hunt, King
16/09/1961 Hartlepool United H 6-1 5,036 Foster (2), B.Hunt (2), Millar (2)
21/09/1961 Workington A 2-1 5,914 B.Hunt, King
23/09/1961 Southport A 0-3 5,258
25/09/1961 Workington H 6-1 5,961 Harris (pen.), B.Hunt, King, Wright (3)
30/09/1961 Tranmere Rovers H 3-0 6,446 B.Hunt, King (2)
02/10/1961 Chester City H 5-2 7,148 B.Hunt (3), McLeod, Millar
07/10/1961 York City A 0-5 5,714
11/10/1961 Chester City A 2-2 7,186 B.Hunt, King
14/10/1961 Chesterfield H 3-3 6,043 Harris, B.Hunt, McLeod
21/10/1961 Gillingham A 1-2 8,962 B.Hunt
28/10/1961 Millwall H 2-2 6,868 Abrey, B.Hunt
11/11/1961 Barrow H 1-1 4,553 B.Hunt
18/11/1961 Rochdale A 1-0 4,618 B.Hunt
02/12/1961 Exeter City A 2-0 4,530 B.Hunt (2)
09/12/1961 Wrexham A 2-4 5,587 B.Hunt, King
16/12/1961 Stockport County A 4-1 2,803 B.Hunt, King (2), Wright
23/12/1961 Oldham Athletic H 5-1 3,782 B.Hunt (2), King (2), Wright
26/12/1961 Bradford City A 1-4 5,571 King
30/12/1961 Bradford City H 9-1 4,415 B.Hunt (4) (pen.), King (4), Hill
15/01/1962 Mansfield Town A 0-4 5,880
20/01/1962 Darlington H 2-0 4,923 King, B.Hunt
27/01/1962 Crewe Alexandra H 5-3 5,435 Wright, B.Hunt (2), King, Harris (pen.)
03/02/1962 Hartlepool United A 1-1 6,738 King
10/02/1962 Southport H 2-0 5,379 B.Hunt, Hill
17/02/1962 Tranmere Rovers A 2-5 6,481 King, Wright
24/02/1962 York City H 3-1 4,633 B.Hunt, King, Wright
03/03/1962 Chesterfield A 1-4 2,906 King
10/03/1962 Gillingham H 6-0 4,503 Foster (2), King, Hill, Wright, B.Hunt
17/03/1962 Millwall A 0-2 16,585
23/03/1962 Mansfield Town H 2-0 5,730 Foster, King
31/03/1962 Barrow A 0-4 3,672
07/04/1962 Rochdale H 1-1 4,616 B.Hunt
14/04/1962 Crewe Alexandra A 0-4 6,456
20/04/1962 Aldershot H 3-0 6,399 Wright, Harris (pen.), McLeod
21/04/1962 Exeter City H 2-1 5,530 King, Wright
23/04/1962 Aldershot A 0-1 6,338
28/04/1962 Wrexham A 0-0 16,027
30/04/1962 Doncaster Rovers H 5-3 6,108 King, B.Hunt (4) (pen.)

Source: 1961-62 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/09/1961 R1 Crewe Alexandra H 1-2 4,806 King

Source: 1961-62 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1961–62 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
04/11/1961 R1 Peterborough United A 3-3 16,469 Abrey, Wright, B.Hunt
06/11/1961 R1 (R) Peterborough United H 2-2 10,653 King, B.Hunt
13/11/1961 R1 (2R) Peterborough United N 0-3 11,857

Source: 1961-62 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Percy Ames 48 0 44 0 3 0 1 0
–– England DF Brian Abrey 42 2 38 1 3 1 1 0
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 48 0 44 0 3 0 1 0
–– England DF Richie Griffiths 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Trevor Harris 47 4 43 4 3 0 1 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 48 0 44 0 3 0 1 0
–– Scotland DF Tommy Millar 31 4 27 4 3 0 1 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Mike Foster 40 8 36 8 3 0 1 0
–– England MF Colin Lundstrum 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Peter Wright 48 13 44 12 3 1 1 0
–– England FW John Baines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW David Coleman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill 44 3 40 3 3 0 1 0
–– England FW Bobby Hunt 47 40 43 38 3 2 1 0
–– England FW Martyn King 46 33 43 31 2 1 1 1
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 13 3 12 3 1 0 0 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. ^ "1961–62 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1961–62 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2011.