1962–63 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1962–63 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
Third Division 12th
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Martyn King (26)
All:
Martyn King (28)
Highest home attendance 7,244 (Southend United)
Lowest home attendance 3,059 (Bradford Park Avenue)
Average home league attendance 5,340

The 1962–63 season was Colchester United's first season back in the Football League Third Division after a single year in the Football League Fourth Division following United's first promotion within the football league.

Season Review[edit]

Despite still being £2,000 in the red, United were not about to sell their prize asset Bobby Hunt when Newcastle came in with a £17,000 offer (about £580,000 today based on the average earnings index).

Colchester made their debut in the new Anglia Television football programme "Match of the Week" when highlights were shown of the October 13th 1962 Layer Road defeat to Crystal Palace. Once again, Martyn King led the League scoring charts with 26 goals while Bobby Hunt scored 19. A leaky defence, U's conceded 93 goals, meant that mid-table was the best U's could hope for. They were also unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by Isthmian League Wimbledon.[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 GK George Ramage
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Richie Griffiths
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Roy McCrohan
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
No. Position Player
–– England DF Keith Rutter
–– England MF Mike Grice
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Bobby Hunt
–– England FW Martyn King
–– England FW Tony Miller
–– Scotland FW Billy Stark

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 Scotland George Ramage Scotland Dalkeith 29 January 1937 Scotland Third Lanark 15 March 1963 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 Ron Hunt England Colchester 26 September 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
DF England Roy McCrohan England Reading 22 September 1930 England Norwich City 1 September 1962 Part-exchange
DF England Edgar Rumney England Abberton 15 September 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1957 Free
DF England Keith Rutter England Leeds 10 September 1931 England Queens Park Rangers 26 February 1963 £4,000
MF England Mike Grice England Woking 3 November 1931 England Coventry City 18 August 1962 £1,000
MF England Peter Wright England Colchester 26 January 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 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 England Tony Miller England Chelmsford 26 October 1937 England Youth Team 1 August 1959 Free
FW Scotland Billy Stark Scotland Glasgow 27 May 1937 England Carlisle United 1 December 1962 £3,750

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1962 DF England Roy McCrohan England Norwich City Part-exchange Part-exchange deal for Mike Foster
18 August 1962 MF England Mike Grice England Coventry City £1,000
26 September 1962 DF Scotland John Brown Scotland Dunbar United Free
1 December 1962 FW Scotland Billy Stark England Carlisle United £3,750
26 February 1963 DF England Keith Rutter England Queens Park Rangers £4,000
15 March 1963 GK Scotland George Ramage Scotland Third Lanark Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1962 MF England Mike Foster England Norwich City Part-exchange Part-exchange deal for Roy McCrohan
1 September 1962 FW England John Baines England Lexden Wanderers Free
26 September 1962 DF England Brian Abrey European Union Retired Free
20 October 1962 FW England David Coleman England Clacton Town Free
27 October 1962 FW Scotland Sammy McLeod England Romford Free
3 November 1962 DF Scotland John Brown Scotland Stenhousemuir Free
16 April 1963 DF England Trevor Harris England Chelmsford City Free

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
11 Crystal Palace 46 17 13 16 68 58 1.172 47
12 Colchester United 46 18 11 17 73 93 0.785 57
13 Queens Park Rangers 46 17 11 18 85 76 1.118 45

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
18/08/1962 Bradford Park Avenue A 1-1 9,482 King
20/08/1962 Bristol City H 1-0 6,824 B.Hunt
25/08/1962 Coventry City H 0-0 5,781
28/08/1962 Bristol City A 2-1 12,508 King (2)
01/09/1962 Bournemouth A 1-1 9,208 B.Hunt
03/09/1962 Port Vale A 2-4 11,729 King (2)
08/09/1962 Notts County H 2-2 5,524 Hampton (o.g.), Hill
10/09/1962 Port Vale H 0-1 6,039
15/09/1962 Northampton Town H 2-2 5,512 B.Hunt (pen.), Wright
19/09/1962 Reading A 1-4 5,207 B.Hunt
22/09/1962 Southend United A 3-2 11,487 B.Hunt (2), King
24/09/1962 Reading H 4-2 5,999 King, B.Hunt (2), Hill
29/09/1962 Millwall H 2-5 7,096 Grice, McCrohan
03/10/1962 Shrewsbury Town A 2-1 8,261 Grice, Hill
06/10/1962 Hull City A 2-2 9,360 King (2)
08/10/1962 Shrewsbury Town H 3-2 6,472 B.Hunt, King, Grice
13/10/1962 Crystal Palace A 1-2 6,371 McCrohan
20/10/1962 Wrexham A 1-4 12,750 Coleman
27/10/1962 Halifax Town H 1-1 4,697 B.Hunt (pen.)
10/11/1962 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4-1 3,853 King (3), Hill
17/11/1962 Carlisle United A 1-3 3,518 King
01/12/1962 Peterborough United A 2-6 11,290 Wright, King
08/12/1962 Barnsley H 1-1 3,071 King
15/12/1962 Bradford Park Avenue H 1-4 3,059 B.Hunt
16/02/1963 Millwall A 1-2 9,783 R.Hunt
26/02/1963 Coventry City A 2-2 13,062 B.Hunt (2)
04/03/1963 Hull City H 2-3 4,365 King, Wright
08/03/1963 Wrexham H 1-1 4,725 King
12/03/1963 Northampton Town A 1-3 9,981 King
15/03/1963 Halifax Town A 2-1 5,053 B.Hunt (pen.), R.Hunt
22/03/1963 Bristol Rovers H 1-0 4,560 King
27/03/1963 Crystal Palace A 1-0 11,672 Wright
30/03/1963 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-3 6,153
01/04/1963 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 7,688 Grice, Wright
09/04/1963 Carlisle United H 2-1 4,282 King, Grice
13/04/1963 Swindon Town A 1-6 12,159 King
15/04/1963 Watford A 1-1 6,749 King
16/04/1963 Watford H 3-2 5,315 Wright, Nicholas (o.g.), King
20/04/1963 Peterborough United H 2-0 5,143 Grice, B.Hunt
22/04/1963 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 6,556 Grice, B.Hunt
27/04/1963 Barnsley A 3-2 5,283 Grice, B.Hunt, Stark
04/05/1963 Southend United H 3-1 7,244 B.Hunt, Stark (2)
06/05/1963 Swindon Town H 0-2 6,952
11/05/1963 Bournemouth H 3-1 4,414 B.Hunt, King (2)
14/05/1963 Bristol Rovers A 0-2 9,004
17/05/1963 Notts County A 0-6 4,103

Source: 1962-63 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
06/09/1962 R1 Watford A 2-1 4,726 B.Hunt, King
04/11/1963 R2 Northampton Town A 0-2 7,771

Source: 1962-63 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1962–63 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/11/1963 R1 Wimbledon A 1-2 8,500 King

Source: 1962-63 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 37 0 34 0 1 0 2 0
–– Scotland GK George Ramage 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Brian Abrey 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– Scotland DF John Brown 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes 48 0 46 0 1 0 1 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 49 0 46 0 1 0 2 0
–– England DF Richie Griffiths 26 0 23 0 1 0 2 0
–– England DF Trevor Harris 20 0 18 0 0 0 2 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 34 2 33 2 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Roy McCrohan 33 2 32 2 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 11 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Keith Rutter 21 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Mike Grice 47 8 45 8 1 0 1 0
–– England MF Peter Wright 41 6 38 6 1 0 2 0
–– England FW John Baines 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW David Coleman 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill 31 4 28 4 1 0 2 0
–– England FW Bobby Hunt 47 20 45 19 1 0 1 1
–– England FW Martyn King 44 28 42 26 1 1 1 1
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 10 0 9 0 0 0 1 0
–– Scotland FW Billy Stark 21 3 21 3 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 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1962–63 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1962–63 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2011.