1964–65 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1964–65 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Neil Franklin
Third Division 23rd (Relegated)
FA Cup 2nd Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Billy Stark (13)
All:
Billy Stark (14)
Highest home attendance 6,074 (Peterborough United)
Lowest home attendance 2,528 (Port Vale)
Average home league attendance 3,737

The 1964–65 season was Colchester United's third consecutive season in the Football League Third Division. The season ended in relegation for only the second time in Colchester's history to the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

The biggest surprise of the 1964-65 season came when Peter Wright was not on the retained list. Playing his entire career as a part-timer Wright set the record for appearances in a United shirt completing 453 League and Cup games scoring 99 goals. He was only 30 at the time of his release.

Manager Neil Franklin also sold Martyn King to Wrexham in October 1964. This, and the sale of Bobby Hunt the previous season, did not impress the U's faithful. Bringing in 14 new players in just a season and a half proved too much of an upheaval for United. The loss of their prolific strike force was naturally the most devastating blow and only 50 League goals were scored. Inevitably United struggled throughout the season.

Franklin's first signings Derek Trevis and Duncan Forbes were ever-presents with Billy Stark being leading scorer with just 13 League goals. Colchester were relegated back to the Fourth Division with Franklin having already being given a year's contract extension mid-season. Average attendances hit an all-time low of 3,655 and the Supporters Club could only muster 997 members - a far cry from the heady days of the late 1940s.[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 Alan Buck
–– South Africa GK Sandy Kennon
–– Scotland DF John Docherty
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Brian Hall
–– Wales DF Tecwyn Jones
–– England DF Mick Loughton
–– England DF Ray Price
No. Position Player
–– England MF Barrie Aitchison
–– England MF Mike Grice
–– England MF John Mansfield
–– England MF Derek Trevis
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Arthur Longbottom
–– Wales FW Gareth Salisbury
–– Scotland FW Billy Stark

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Alan Buck England Colchester 25 August 1946 England Youth Team 1 August 1964 Free
GK South Africa Sandy Kennon South Africa Johannesburg 28 November 1933 England Norwich City 6 March 1965 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 Brian Hall England Burbage 9 March 1939 England Mansfield Town 6 March 1965 Free
DF Wales Tecwyn Jones Wales Ruabon 27 January 1941 Wales Wrexham 10 August 1964 Part-exchange
DF England Mick Loughton England Colchester 8 December 1942 England Youth Team 1 August 1964 Free
DF England Ray Price England Hetton-le-Hole 18 May 1944 England Norwich City 6 February 1965 Free
MF England Barrie Aitchison England Colchester 15 November 1937 England Tottenham Hotspur 22 August 1964 £750
MF England Mike Grice England Woking 3 November 1931 England Coventry City 18 August 1962 £1,000
MF England John Mansfield England Colchester 13 September 1946 England Youth Team 1 August 1964 Free
MF England Derek Trevis England Birmingham 9 September 1942 England Aston Villa 7 March 1964 Free
FW Scotland Bobby Hill Scotland Edinburgh 9 June 1938 Scotland Easthouses Lily 2 April 1956 Free
FW England Arthur Longbottom England Leeds 30 January 1933 England Oxford United 10 October 1964 Free
FW Wales Gareth Salisbury Wales Caernarfon 11 March 1941 England Luton Town 22 August 1964 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 August 1964 GK England Alan Buck England Youth Team Free
1 August 1964 DF England Mick Loughton England Youth Team Free
1 August 1964 MF England John Mansfield England Youth Team Free
22 August 1964 MF England Barrie Aitchison England Tottenham Hotspur £750
22 August 1964 FW England Pat Connolly England Macclesfield Town Free
22 August 1964 FW Wales Gareth Salisbury England Luton Town Free
12 September 1964 MF England Noel Kearney England Ipswich Town Free
10 October 1964 DF Wales Tecwyn Jones Wales Wrexham Part-exchange Part-exchange deal for Martyn King
10 October 1964 FW England Arthur Longbottom England Oxford United Free
6 February 1965 DF England Ray Price England Norwich City Free
6 March 1965 GK South Africa Sandy Kennon England Norwich City Free
6 March 1965 DF England Brian Hall England Mansfield Town Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1964 DF England Roy McCrohan England Bristol Rovers Free
1 May 1964 DF England Keith Rutter England Ashford Town Free
1 May 1964 MF England Peter Wright England Romford Free
14 September 1964 FW Australia Tommy McColl England Chelsea £7,500
4 October 1964 MF England Noel Kearney England Chelmsford City Free
5 October 1964 DF England Richie Griffiths England Colchester Casuals Free
10 October 1964 FW England Martyn King Wales Wrexham Part-exchange Part-exchange deal for Tecwyn Jones
31 October 1964 DF England Edgar Rumney England Sudbury Town Free Player-coach
25 February 1965 GK England Percy Ames England Romford Free
16 April 1965 FW England Pat Connolly England Altrincham Free

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
22 Port Vale (R) 46 9 14 23 41 76 0.539 32
23 Colchester United (R) 46 10 10 26 50 89 0.562 30
24 Barnsley (R) 46 9 11 26 54 90 0.600 29

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
22/08/1964 Carlisle United H 0-1 4,420
26/08/1964 Luton Town A 1-3 9,797 Stark
29/08/1964 Port Vale A 2-1 8,190 Salisbury, Stark
31/08/1964 Luton Town H 0-1 5,115
05/09/1964 Hull City H 1-2 3,310 Trevis
07/09/1964 Mansfield Town A 1-0 11,573 McColl
12/09/1964 Brentford H 0-3 3,977
14/09/1964 Mansfield Town H 0-1 3,544
19/09/1964 Bristol Rovers A 2-2 13,211 King, Stark
26/09/1964 Oldham Athletic H 2-2 3,462 King, Trevis
30/09/1964 Grimsby Town A 0-2 8,455
03/10/1964 Exeter City H 0-2 5,800
05/10/1964 Grimsby Town H 0-1 3,837
10/10/1964 Bristol City A 1-1 9,983 Longbottom
14/10/1964 Bournemouth A 1-3 7,526 Stark
17/10/1964 Queens Park Rangers H 1-2 3,529 Longbottom
19/10/1964 Bournemouth H 4-3 3,454 Aitchison, Longbottom (2), Stark
24/10/1964 Shrewsbury Town A 0-3 4,770
26/10/1964 Workington H 1-1 3,700 Connolly
31/10/1964 Reading H 2-2 3,350 Longbottom
07/11/1964 Southend United A 3-6 6,941 Connolly (2), Longbottom
20/11/1964 Scunthorpe United A 0-0 7,454
28/11/1964 Walsall H 2-1 3,394 Connolly, Stark
12/12/1964 Carlisle United A 1-4 5,747 Aitchison
19/12/1964 Port Vale H 2-0 2,528 Longbottom, Trevis
26/12/1964 Gillingham A 1-2 10,692 Stark
28/12/1964 Gillingham H 2-1 3,966 Trevis (2)
02/01/1965 Hull City A 1-5 16,928 Stark
09/01/1965 Barnsley H 4-1 2,824 Docherty, Longbottom (2), Stark
16/01/1965 Brentford A 0-1 9,000
23/01/1965 Bristol Rovers H 1-1 4,851 Stark
30/01/1965 Watford A 0-3 5,720
06/02/1965 Oldham Athletic A 1-3 6,926 Salisbury
13/02/1965 Exeter City H 1-1 3,073 Longbottom
20/02/1965 Bristol City H 2-3 2,905 Stark (2)
26/02/1965 Queens Park Rangers A 0-5 4,462
06/03/1965 Watford H 0-0 3,385
13/03/1965 Reading A 1-1 5,502 Connolly
20/03/1965 Southend United H 3-1 2,929 O.G., Connolly, Longbottom
26/03/1965 Barnsley A 2-1 3,070 Hall, Loughton
03/04/1965 Scunthorpe United H 2-1 3,212 Grice, Trevis
10/04/1965 Walsall A 1-2 2,766 Longbottom
16/04/1965 Peterborough United H 0-1 6,074
17/04/1965 Shrewsbury Town H 0-4 3,058
19/04/1965 Peterborough United A 1-4 6,262 Aitchison
23/04/1965 Workington A 0-1 3,001

Source: 1964-65 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
02/09/1964 R1 Torquay United H 1-1 2,218 Aitchison
10/09/1964 R1 (R) Torquay United A 0-3 4,683

Source: 1964-65 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1964–65 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/11/1964 R1 Bideford H 3-3 4,566 Longbottom, Salisbury, Trevis
18/11/1964 R1 (R) Bideford A 2-1 4,513 Connolly, Stark
05/12/1964 R2 Torquay United A 0-2 4,724

Source: 1964-65 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
–– GK England Percy Ames 30 0 26 0 2 0 2 0
–– GK England Alan Buck 11 0 10 0 1 0 0 0
–– GK South Africa Sandy Kennon 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF Scotland John Docherty 46 1 41 1 3 0 2 0
–– DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 51 0 46 0 3 0 2 0
–– DF Scotland John Fowler 40 0 35 0 3 0 2 0
–– DF England Richie Griffiths 11 0 9 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF England Brian Hall 10 1 10 1 0 0 0 0
–– DF Wales Tecwyn Jones 25 0 25 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Mick Loughton 28 1 25 1 3 0 0 0
–– DF England Ray Price 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Edgar Rumney 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Barrie Aitchison 41 4 36 3 3 0 2 1
–– MF England Mike Grice 45 1 40 1 3 0 2 0
–– MF England Noel Kearney 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England John Mansfield 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Derek Trevis 51 7 46 6 3 1 2 0
–– FW England Pat Connolly 25 7 21 6 3 1 1 0
–– FW Scotland Bobby Hill 15 0 14 0 0 0 1 0
–– FW England Martyn King 7 2 6 2 0 0 1 0
–– FW England Arthur Longbottom 36 13 33 12 3 1 0 0
–– FW Australia Tommy McColl 6 1 4 1 0 0 2 0
–– FW Wales Gareth Salisbury 17 3 15 2 1 1 1 0
–– FW Scotland Billy Stark 30 14 28 13 2 1 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 2 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1964–65 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1964–65 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2011.