1965–66 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1965–66 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager England Neil Franklin
Fourth Division 4th (Promoted)
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Reg Stratton (18)
All:
Reg Stratton (21)
Highest home attendance 10,200 (Luton Town)
Lowest home attendance 2,768 (Notts County)
Average home league attendance 5,052

The 1965–66 season was Colchester United's first season back in the Football League Fourth Division after spending three consecutive seasons in the Football League Third Division. The season ended with promotion back to the third tier.

Season Review[edit]

As they did four years previously, United bounced back up from the Fourth Division at the first attempt although it was not until the final day of the season that they sealed promotion.

Manager Neil Franklin brought in Reg Stratton to lead his attack and the forward responded with 17 League goals. United won ten games on their travels, a new club record, and lost just three times at Layer Road.

Colchester led the table at Easter 1966 despite being held twice by rivals Luton with the Layer Road holiday fixture attracting 10,200. Subsequent defeats to promotion contenders Darlington (twice) and Torquay saw United drop to fourth place prior to the last game of the season.

A disastrous 2-1 defeat at mid-table Newport had U's fans biting their nails as Luton were only a point behind and their game at Chester had kicked off 15 minutes later. In the end the game finished 1-1 and with the U's, Tranmere and the Hatters tied on 56 points it was down to goal average to separate the sides. Franklin's side pipped Tranmere by 0.08 (equivalent to about 6 goals difference in today's rules).

The season was also notable as player replacements were allowed for the first time. Ray Price became United's first substitute when he took over from Ted Philips after 85 minutes of the 18 September 1965 home fixture with Rochdale. Gates had improved, with on-the-pitch success, to an average of 5,148.[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 Duncan Forbes
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Brian Hall
–– England DF Mick Loughton
–– England DF Ray Price
–– England DF David Raine
No. Position Player
–– England MF Barrie Aitchison
–– Scotland MF Bobby Blackwood
–– England MF Arthur Kaye
–– England MF John Mansfield
–– England MF Derek Trevis
–– England FW Peter Bullock
–– England FW Reg Stratton

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 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 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
DF England David Raine England Darlington 28 March 1937 England Doncaster Rovers 24 September 1965 Free
MF England Barrie Aitchison England Colchester 15 November 1937 England Tottenham Hotspur 22 August 1964 £750
MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood Scotland Edinburgh 20 August 1934 England Ipswich Town 1 September 1965 Free
MF England Arthur Kaye England Higham 9 May 1933 England Middlesbrough 21 August 1965 Free
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 England Peter Bullock England Stoke-on-Trent 17 November 1941 England Southend United 30 October 1965 Free
FW England Reg Stratton England Kingsley 10 July 1939 England Fulham 21 August 1965 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1965 DF England David Buck England Youth Team Free
1 August 1965 DF England David Laitt England Youth Team Free
21 August 1965 DF England Jackie Bell England Norwich City Free
21 August 1965 MF England John Hornsby England Evenwood Town Free
21 August 1965 MF England Arthur Kaye England Middlesbrough Free
21 August 1965 FW England Reg Stratton England Fulham Free
28 August 1965 FW England Ted Phillips England Luton Town Swap Swap deal for Billy Stark
1 September 1965 MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood England Ipswich Town Free
24 September 1965 DF England David Raine England Doncaster Rovers Free
30 October 1965 FW England Peter Bullock England Southend United Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1965 DF Scotland John Docherty England Chelmsford City Free
1 May 1965 FW Scotland Bobby Hill England Bury Town Free
1 May 1965 FW England Arthur Longbottom England Scarborough Free
1 May 1965 FW Wales Gareth Salisbury England Chesterfield Free
28 August 1965 FW Scotland Billy Stark England Luton Town Swap Swap deal for Ted Phillips
9 October 1965 DF Wales Tecwyn Jones England Crewe Alexandra Free
16 October 1965 FW England David Buck European Union Released Free
30 October 1965 FW England David Laitt England Crittall Athletic Free
12 February 1966 DF England Jackie Bell England Gainford Town Free
8 April 1966 MF England Mike Grice England Lowestoft Town Free
16 April 1966 MF England John Hornsby England Ferryhill Athletic Free
25 April 1966 FW England Ted Phillips Malta Floriana Free

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
3 Torquay United (P) 46 24 10 12 72 49 1.469 58
4 Colchester United (P) 46 23 10 13 70 47 1.489 56
5 Tranmere Rovers 46 24 8 14 93 66 1.409 56

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
21/08/1965 Port Vale A 0-1 11,212
23/08/1965 Halifax Town H 1-0 4,473 Kaye
28/08/1965 Crewe Alexandra H 1-1 4,040 Stark
04/09/1965 Bradford City A 2-1 2,692 Aitchison, Stratton
11/09/1965 Barnsley H 4-0 5,082 Aitchison, Phillips (3)
14/09/1965 Halifax Town A 1-1 2,773 Stratton
18/09/1965 Rochdale H 2-0 4,968 Stratton (2)
24/09/1965 Tranmere Rovers A 0-2 8,821
02/10/1965 Stockport County H 3-2 4,968 Phillips, Stratton (2)
07/10/1965 Notts County A 0-1 5,681
09/10/1965 Barrow A 0-3 5,378
16/10/1965 Hartlepool United H 2-0 4,421 Stratton, Trevis
30/10/1965 Southport H 0-0 4,165
06/11/1965 Wrexham A 3-2 3,743 Hall, Loughton, Phillips
20/11/1965 Aldershot A 3-1 3,097 Blackwood, Phillips, Trevis
22/11/1965 Notts County H 4-1 2,768 O.G., Bullock, Forbes, Hall
27/11/1965 Newport County H 3-2 3,593 Hall (3)
04/12/1965 Doncaster Rovers A 0-2 6,035
11/12/1965 Chesterfield H 3-0 3,867 Blackwood, Bullock, Hall
18/12/1965 Hartlepool United A 1-0 4,067 Phillips
27/12/1965 Chester City H 1-1 7,840 Phillips
28/12/1965 Chester City A 1-2 8,361 Bullock
01/01/1966 Barrow H 2-2 4,676 Blackwood, Stratton
08/01/1966 Bradford Park Avenue A 0-1 5,867
15/01/1966 Doncaster Rovers H 2-1 3,778 Bullock (2)
29/01/1966 Port Vale H 3-0 4,481 O.G., Hornsby, Phillips
05/02/1966 Crewe Alexandra A 2-0 5,470 Phillips (2)
12/02/1966 Lincoln City A 2-0 2,294 Phillips, Stratton
19/02/1966 Bradford City H 0-1 4,936
26/02/1966 Barnsley A 1-1 3,166 Hall
28/02/1966 Bradford Park Avenue H 6-3 4,921 Bullock (3), Kaye, Stratton, Trevis
05/03/1966 Lincoln City H 3-0 5,055 Bullock, Hall, Phillips
11/03/1966 Rochdale A 1-0 1,780 Stratton
19/03/1966 Tranmere Rovers H 2-1 6,611 Stratton (2)
25/03/1966 Stockport County A 0-1 6,500
02/04/1966 Wrexham H 1-1 5,012 Stratton
08/04/1966 Luton Town H 2-2 10,200 Stratton (2)
09/04/1966 Torquay United A 1-0 7,678 Aitchison
11/04/1966 Luton Town A 1-1 15,245 Stratton
16/04/1966 Aldershot H 0-0 5,356
25/04/1966 Darlington H 0-1 7,353
30/04/1966 Torquay United H 0-2 5,922
07/05/1966 Chesterfield A 4-2 3,943 Bullock (2), Hall, Stratton
10/05/1966 Southport A 1-0 4,983 Mansfield
16/05/1966 Darlington A 0-2 12,474
28/05/1966 Newport County A 1-2 2,905 Trevis

Source: 1965-66 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
01/09/1965 R1 Exeter City H 2-1 2,988 Stratton (2)
22/09/1965 R2 Middlesbrough H 2-4 7,777 Hall, Stratton

Source: 1965-66 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1965–66 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/11/1965 R1 Queens Park Rangers H 3-3 6,693 Blackwood (2), Hall
17/11/1965 R1 (R) Queens Park Rangers A 0-4 6,166

Source: 1965-66 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– GK England Alan Buck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– GK South Africa Sandy Kennon 50 0 46 0 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Jackie Bell 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England David Buck 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 46 1 42 1 2 0 2 0
–– DF Scotland John Fowler 27 0 25 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England Brian Hall 50 11 46 9 2 1 2 1
–– DF Wales Tecwyn Jones 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
–– DF England David Laitt 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Mick Loughton 49 1 45 1 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Ray Price 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England David Raine 25 0 22 0 2 0 1 0
–– MF England Barrie Aitchison 15 3 14 3 0 0 1 0
–– MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood 45 5 41 3 2 2 2 0
–– MF England Mike Grice 15 0 13 0 0 0 2 0
–– MF England John Hornsby 12 1 11 1 0 0 1 0
–– MF England Arthur Kaye 42 2 38 2 2 0 2 0
–– MF England John Mansfield 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Derek Trevis 47 4 43 4 2 0 2 0
–– FW England Peter Bullock 36 11 34 11 2 0 0 0
–– FW England Ted Phillips 34 13 32 13 2 0 0 0
–– FW Scotland Billy Stark 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Reg Stratton 39 21 37 18 0 0 2 3

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 29 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1965–66 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1965–66 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2011.