1968–69 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1968–69 season
Chairman Arthur Neville[1]
Manager England Dick Graham
(From 1 July 1968)
Fourth Division 6th
FA Cup 2nd Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Danny Light (12)
All:
Danny Light (14)
Highest home attendance 10,604 (Southend United)
Lowest home attendance 3,199 (Doncaster Rovers)
Average home league attendance 6,269

The 1968–69 season was Colchester United's first season back in the Football League Fourth Division after spending the two previous seasons in the Football League Third Division.

Season Review[edit]

Colchester's new manager was Dick Graham. He had led Crystal Palace from the Fourth to the Second Division and his mandate was clear. Graham needed to emulate his work at Selhurst Park. After seven games and one point Graham savaged his inherited squad, axing six players and selling Duncan Forbes and Derek Trevis for a combined fee of £19,000. He brought in a number of players including goalkeeper Tony Macedo and former Spurs double-winner Terry Dyson. The U's proceeded to earn 33 points from a possible 42 reaching fourth place.

A disappointing Easter period when they faced rivals Bradford, Halifax and Swansea realised just two draws and United finished 1968–69 in 6th position just four points short of promotion.[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 Tony Macedo
–– England GK Ron Willis
–– England DF Dave Bickles
–– England DF Brian Hall
–– England DF Brian Honeywood
–– Scotland DF Dennis Mochan
–– England DF Owen Simpson
No. Position Player
–– England DF Brian Wood
–– England MF Micky Brown
–– England MF Terry Dyson
–– England MF Roger Joslyn
–– England FW Brian Gibbs
–– England FW Danny Light
–– Scotland FW Jim Oliver

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Tony Macedo Gibraltar Gibraltar 22 February 1938 England Fulham 7 September 1968 £6,000
GK England Ron Willis England Romford 27 December 1947 England Charlton Athletic 23 November 1968 £2,000
DF England Dave Bickles England West Ham 6 April 1944 England Crystal Palace 28 September 1968 Free
DF England Brian Hall England Burbage 9 March 1939 England Mansfield Town 6 March 1965 Free
DF England Brian Honeywood England Chelmsford 8 May 1949 England Ipswich Town 10 August 1968 Free
DF Scotland Dennis Mochan Scotland Falkirk 12 December 1935 England Nottingham Forest 24 September 1966 Free
DF England Owen Simpson England Mickley 18 December 1943 England Leyton Orient 10 August 1968 Free
DF England Brian Wood England Hamworthy 8 December 1940 England Leyton Orient 14 September 1968 £4,000
MF England Micky Brown England Slough 11 April 1944 England Luton Town 26 October 1968 Free
MF England Terry Dyson England Malton 29 November 1934 England Fulham 24 August 1968 Free
MF England Roger Joslyn England Colchester 7 May 1950 England Youth Team 1 August 1967 Free
FW England Brian Gibbs England Gillingham 6 October 1936 England Gillingham 14 September 1968 £6,000
FW England Danny Light England Chiswick 10 July 1948 England Crystal Palace 24 August 1968 £4,000
FW Scotland Jim Oliver Scotland Falkirk 3 December 1941 England Brighton & Hove Albion 24 February 1968 £2,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
10 August 1968 DF England Brian Honeywood England Ipswich Town Free
10 August 1968 DF England Colin Moughton England Queens Park Rangers Free
10 August 1968 DF England Owen Simpson England Leyton Orient Free
24 August 1968 DF England Gerry Perryman England Northampton Town Free
24 August 1968 MF England Terry Dyson England Fulham Free
24 August 1968 FW England Danny Light England Crystal Palace £4,000
14 September 1968 DF England Brian Wood England Leyton Orient £4,000
14 September 1968 FW England Brian Gibbs England Gillingham £6,000
28 September 1968 DF England Dave Bickles England Crystal Palace Free
26 October 1968 MF England Micky Brown England Luton Town Free
2 November 1968 GK England Tony Macedo England Fulham £6,000
16 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Arsenal Free
23 November 1968 GK England Ron Willis England Charlton Athletic £2,000
23 November 1968 MF England Barry Rowan United States Detroit Cougars Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
11 May 1968 DF Scotland John Fowler European Union Released Free
11 May 1968 DF England Mick Loughton England Brentwood Town Free
11 May 1968 MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood Scotland Hawick Royal Albert Free
26 August 1968 GK England Alan Buck England Poole Town Free
26 August 1968 DF England Colin Moughton England Bedford Town Free
26 August 1968 FW England Peter Barlow England Workington Free
4 September 1968 GK England Ernie Adams England Crewe Alexandra Free
4 September 1968 DF England Gerry Perryman England Corby Town Free
4 September 1968 MF England John Mansfield England Brentwood Town Free
7 September 1968 DF Scotland Duncan Forbes England Norwich City £10,000
20 September 1968 MF England Derek Trevis England Walsall £11,000
23 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Bedford Town Free
7 December 1968 MF England Barry Rowan South Africa Durban United Free
28 February 1969 FW England Ken Hodgson England Poole Town Free
22 March 1969 MF England Johnny Martin England Workington Free
21 April 1969 FW England Terry Price England Chelmsford City Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
31 August 1968 DF England Brian Wood England Leyton Orient 7 September 1968
7 September 1968 GK England Tony Macedo England Fulham 26 October 1968

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
5 Darlington 46 17 18 11 62 45 1.378 52
6 Colchester United 46 20 12 14 57 53 1.075 52
7 Southend United 46 19 13 14 78 61 1.279 51

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
10/08/1968 Brentford A 0-4 7,580
17/08/1968 Rochdale H 0-0 3,969
24/08/1968 Chester City A 1-5 5,813 Simpson
26/08/1968 Scunthorpe United H 0-4 3,771
31/08/1968 Doncaster Rovers H 1-2 3,199 Simpson (pen.)
07/09/1968 York City H 1-0 3,756 Light
14/09/1968 Bradford City A 1-1 6,879 Light
16/09/1968 Chesterfield A 2-0 4,693 Gibbs, Trevis
20/09/1968 Port Vale H 1-0 6,441 Joslyn
28/09/1968 Exeter City A 1-1 5,146 Simpson
04/10/1968 Grimsby Town H 2-1 7,543 Gibbs (2)
08/10/1968 Scunthorpe United A 3-2 2,748 Gibbs (2), Bickles
12/10/1968 Newport County A 0-1 3,262
19/10/1968 Darlington H 0-0 6,323
26/10/1968 Lincoln City A 3-0 6,833 Peden (o.g.), Hall, Oliver
02/11/1968 Wrexham H 2-1 5,806 Price, Oliver
04/11/1968 Workington H 3-0 6,702 Light, Oliver, Price
09/11/1968 Bradford Park Avenue A 1-2 2,011 Oliver
23/11/1968 Swansea City A 0-2 5,080
29/11/1968 Southend United H 4-0 10,604 Oliver, Simpson, Gibbs, Dyson (pen.)
14/12/1968 Newport County H 2-1 3,532 Light, Wood
26/12/1968 Grimsby Town A 4-2 5,559 Oliver, Bickles, Light (2)
11/01/1969 Wrexham H 3-0 7,471 Gibbs, Light (2)
18/01/1969 Bradford Park Avenue H 3-0 5,914 Hall, Dyson (pen.), Oliver
24/01/1969 Workington A 1-0 2,584 Oliver
01/02/1969 Aldershot A 2-1 8,383 Gibbs, Dyson
14/02/1969 Southend United A 1-3 12,681 Light
22/02/1969 Notts County H 1-1 6,612 Gibbs
28/02/1969 Brentford H 2-1 7,268 Joslyn, Light
04/03/1969 Halifax Town A 1-2 3,400 Shawcross (o.g.)
08/03/1969 Rochdale H 0-4 4,988
10/03/1969 Aldershot H 2-0 6,577 Hall, Light
14/03/1969 Chester City H 1-1 7,312 Oliver
22/03/1969 Doncaster Rovers A 0-1 10,799
24/03/1969 Lincoln City H 1-1 6,787 Joslyn
29/03/1969 York City A 0-2 3,140
04/04/1969 Chesterfield H 1-0 7,180 Brown
05/04/1969 Exeter City H 1-0 5,650 Light
08/04/1969 Peterborough United A 1-0 6,548 Brown
12/04/1969 Port Vale A 0-0 3,774
14/04/1969 Peterborough United H 2-2 6,564 Brown, Bickles
18/04/1969 Bradford City H 1-1 8,196 Gibbs
21/04/1969 Halifax Town H 0-0 7,429
25/04/1969 Swansea City H 0-1 7,136
28/04/1969 Darlington A 1-1 7,505 Gibbs
02/05/1969 Notts County A 0-2 3,576

Source: 1968-69 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/08/1968 R1 Reading H 2-0 3,824 Hall, Oliver (pen.)
04/09/1968 R2 Workington H 0-1 3,523

Source: 1968-69 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1968–69 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/11/1968 R1 Chesham United H 5-0 5,497 Light (2), Hall (2), Price
07/12/1968 R2 Exeter City H 0-1 6,180

Source: 1968-69 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Four FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Ernie Adams 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0
–– England GK Alan Buck 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England GK Tony Macedo 40 0 38 0 2 0 0 0
–– England GK Ron Willis 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Dave Bickles 35 3 34 3 1 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Duncan Forbes 8 0 6 0 0 0 2 0
–– England DF Brian Hall 50 6 46 3 2 2 2 1
–– England DF Brian Honeywood 21 0 18 0 1 0 2 0
–– Scotland DF Dennis Mochan 43 0 41 0 2 0 0 0
–– England DF Colin Moughton 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Gerry Perryman 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Owen Simpson 45 4 43 4 1 0 1 0
–– England DF Brian Wood 30 1 28 1 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Micky Brown 22 3 20 3 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Terry Dyson 43 3 41 3 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Roger Joslyn 41 3 38 3 1 0 2 0
–– England MF John Mansfield 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Johnny Martin 9 0 7 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Terry Price 24 3 21 2 1 1 2 0
–– England MF Barry Rowan 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
–– England MF Derek Trevis 10 1 8 1 0 0 2 0
–– England FW Peter Barlow 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Brian Gibbs 38 11 37 11 1 0 0 0
–– England FW Ken Hodgson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Danny Light 45 14 43 12 2 2 0 0
–– Scotland FW Jim Oliver 43 10 41 9 1 0 1 1
–– England FW Ken O'Rourke 2 0 1 0 1 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 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1968–69 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1968–69 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2011.