1963–64 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1963–64 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Benny Fenton
(Until 31 October 1963)
England Neil Franklin
(From 1 November 1963)
Third Division 17th
FA Cup 3rd Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bobby Hunt (20)
All:
Bobby Hunt (23)
Highest home attendance 7,189 (Coventry City)
Lowest home attendance 3,263 (Port Vale)
Average home league attendance 5,073

The 1963–64 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the Football League Third Division

Season Review[edit]

The 1963-64 season proved to be one of change. Out went manager Benny Fenton who took over the manager's role at Orient in November 1963. Replacing him was former Stoke and England centre-half Neil Franklin. Franklin had been a regular alongside Billy Wright in the England side just after the War, but blotted his CV when he embarked on a fools gold trip to Colombia to become part of an underworld-funded attempt to attract the World's best players to play in a renegade League. The competition was not FIFA sanctioned, the financial promises not met and Franklin returned to the UK to face a lengthy FA ban.

His first transfer at Layer Road was to sell Bobby Hunt to First Division-bound Northampton for £20,000 (around £650,000 based on the average earnings index). Hunt already had 20 goals from 33 League games when he left with Martyn King reaching 18 by the end of a disappointing 16th placed campaign.

United had claimed another First Division scalp when beating Fulham 5-3 in the League Cup at Layer Road but crashed out to Workington at the Third Round stage.[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 Docherty
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Richie Griffiths
–– England DF Roy McCrohan
–– England DF Edgar Rumney
–– England DF Keith Rutter
No. Position Player
–– England MF Mike Grice
–– England MF Derek Trevis
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Martyn King
–– Australia FW Tommy McColl
–– 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
DF Scotland John Docherty Scotland Glasgow 28 February 1935 Scotland Hearts 14 September 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 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 Derek Trevis England Birmingham 9 September 1942 England Aston Villa 7 March 1964 Free
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 Martyn King England Birmingham 23 August 1937 England Pegasus 27 August 1956 Free
FW Australia Tommy McColl Scotland Glasgow 19 September 1945 Scotland Dennistoun Waverley 24 August 1963 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
24 August 1963 DF England Pat Woods Australia Hellenic Free
24 August 1963 FW Australia Tommy McColl Scotland Dennistoun Waverley Free
14 September 1963 DF Scotland John Docherty England Hearts Free
7 March 1964 MF England Derek Trevis England Aston Villa Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
7 October 1963 DF England Ron Hunt European Union Retired Free
28 December 1963 GK Scotland George Ramage England Leyton Orient Free
1 February 1964 FW England Tony Miller European Union Released Free
26 February 1964 FW England Bobby Hunt England Northampton Town £20,000
28 March 1964 DF England Pat Woods Australia South Coast United Free

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
16 Brentford 46 15 14 17 87 80 1.087 44
17 Colchester United 46 12 19 15 70 68 1.029 43
18 Luton Town 46 16 10 20 64 80 0.800 42

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
24/08/1963 Barnsley H 4-1 3,507 B.Hunt (3) (pen.), Wright
27/08/1963 Walsall A 1-1 9,489 McColl
31/08/1963 Hull City A 0-0 11,844
07/09/1963 Bournemouth H 1-2 4,348 Wright
09/09/1963 Walsall H 0-0 5,419
14/09/1963 Wrexham A 4-5 6,310 King (2), Stark, Wright
16/09/1963 Millwall A 1-0 9,321 B.Hunt
21/09/1963 Queens Park Rangers H 2-0 5,418 B.Hunt (pen.), Stark
28/09/1963 Bristol Rovers A 1-3 10,724 Stark
30/09/1963 Millwall H 2-0 5,482 B.Hunt, Wright
05/10/1963 Oldham Athletic H 2-3 5,190 King (2)
07/10/1963 Southend United A 0-0 8,875
12/10/1963 Crewe Alexandra H 1-1 5,232 King
14/10/1963 Southend United H 3-3 6,610 King, Stark (2)
19/10/1963 Coventry City H 2-1 7,189 B.Hunt, Grice
21/10/1963 Peterborough United A 0-4 11,505
26/10/1963 Mansfield Town A 1-1 10,278 King
28/10/1963 Peterborough United H 4-1 6,966 King, B.Hunt, Stark, Wright
02/11/1963 Brentford H 1-2 7,117 King
09/11/1963 Shrewsbury Town A 1-1 6,427 Stark
23/11/1963 Port Vale A 2-0 11,158 B.Hunt (2)
30/11/1963 Notts County H 4-0 4,377 King (2), B.Hunt, Stark
14/12/1963 Barnsley A 1-1 4,984 Stark
21/12/1963 Hull City H 1-1 3,609 B.Hunt (pen.)
26/12/1963 Reading H 2-1 5,607 B.Hunt, King
28/12/1963 Reading A 3-5 7,878 B.Hunt, Stark, Wright
11/01/1964 Bournemouth A 2-2 8,090 Wright, King
18/01/1964 Wrexham H 4-1 4,460 Stark (2), B.Hunt (2) (pen.)
25/01/1964 Luton Town A 1-3 4,725 B.Hunt
01/02/1964 Queens Park Rangers A 0-0 5,225
08/02/1964 Bristol Rovers H 2-3 4,747 King
15/02/1964 Oldham Athletic A 2-2 11,525 B.Hunt (2) (pen.)
22/02/1964 Crewe Alexandra A 4-0 3,866 McCrohan, King, B.Hunt, Stark
24/02/1964 Bristol City H 1-1 4,803 Docherty
29/02/1964 Crystal Palace A 0-0 15,421
07/03/1964 Mansfield Town H 1-1 3,666 Grice
14/03/1964 Brentford A 1-3 7,050 Thomson (o.g.)
27/03/1964 Watford A 1-3 18,393 Grice
28/03/1964 Bristol City A 1-3 7,780 Stark
31/03/1964 Watford H 1-1 6,477 McCrohan (pen.)
04/04/1964 Port Vale H 1-2 3,263 Stark
11/04/1964 Notts County A 1-3 3,912 McCrohan (pen.)
15/04/1964 Crystal Palace H 1-1 5,633 Grice
18/04/1964 Luton Town H 1-1 3,913 King
20/04/1964 Shrewsbury Town H 1-0 3,647 King
23/04/1964 Coventry City A 0-1 36,901

Source: 1963-64 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25/09/1963 R1 Fulham H 5-3 7,772 Grice, B.Hunt (pen.), Stark (2), King
04/11/1963 R2 Northampton Town H 4-1 6,237 Wright (3), King
26/11/1963 R3 Workington A 1-2 8,237 B.Hunt

Source: 1963-64 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1963–64 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/11/1963 R1 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-0 14,400 B.Hunt
07/12/1963 R2 Queens Park Rangers H 0-1 6,481

Source: 1963-64 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 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland GK George Ramage 30 0 26 0 2 0 2 0
–– Scotland DF John Docherty 39 1 35 1 2 0 2 0
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes 36 0 32 0 1 0 3 0
–– Scotland DF John Fowler 25 0 24 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Ron Hunt 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Roy McCrohan 48 3 43 3 2 0 3 0
–– England DF Edgar Rumney 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Keith Rutter 47 0 42 0 2 0 3 0
–– England DF Pat Woods 40 0 36 0 1 0 3 0
–– England MF Mike Grice 46 5 41 4 2 0 3 1
–– England MF Derek Trevis 10 0 9 0 1 0 0 0
–– England MF Peter Wright 40 10 35 7 2 0 3 3
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill 25 0 24 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Bobby Hunt 38 23 33 20 2 1 3 2
–– England FW Martyn King 43 20 38 18 2 0 3 2
–– Australia FW Tommy McColl 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Tony Miller 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– Scotland FW Billy Stark 47 17 43 15 2 0 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 60s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1963–64 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1963–64 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2011.