1969–70 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1969–70 season
Chairman Bill Graver[1]
Manager England Dick Graham
Fourth Division 10th
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Ken Jones (16)
All:
Ken Jones (16)
Highest home attendance 7,133 (Peterborough United)
Lowest home attendance 2,571 (Darlington)
Average home league attendance 4,572

The 1969–70 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

Manager Dick Graham adopted a policy of employing an older more experienced player. He declared: "I believe in signing players who have done something big and giving them a new lease of life". He chose Bobby Cram, formerly of West Brom, and hitherto playing in Canada, to become his captain for his second season at the helm and paid £5,000 for forward Ken Jones to replace the unfortunate injury-hit Roy Massey.

An eleven game unbeaten home run gave United hope of a promotion push but a crippling injury list, even trainer Dennis Mochan had to dig out his boots, was a bridge too far. United finished tenth but no-one could have imagined the world fame Graham and his ageing side would acquire as the 1960s ended and the new decade began.[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 Graham Smith
–– England DF Micky Cook
–– England DF Bobby Cram
–– England DF Brian Hall
–– England DF Brian Wood
–– England MF Terry Dyson
No. Position Player
–– England MF Ken Jones
–– England MF Roger Joslyn
–– England MF Ray Whittaker
–– England FW Brian Gibbs
–– England FW Danny Light
–– England FW Roy Massey

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Graham Smith England Liverpool 2 November 1947 England Notts County 9 August 1969 Free
DF England Micky Cook England Enfield 9 April 1951 England Leyton Orient 6 October 1969 Free
DF England Bobby Cram England Hetton-le-Hole 19 November 1939 Canada Vancouver Royals 17 January 1970 Free
DF England Brian Hall England Burbage 9 March 1939 England Mansfield Town 6 March 1965 Free
DF England Brian Wood England Hamworthy 8 December 1940 England Leyton Orient 14 September 1968 £4,000
MF England Terry Dyson England Malton 29 November 1934 England Fulham 24 August 1968 Free
MF England Ken Jones England Keighley 9 February 1941 England Millwall 22 November 1969 £5,000
MF England Roger Joslyn England Colchester 7 May 1950 England Youth Team 1 August 1967 Free
MF England Ray Whittaker England Bow 15 January 1945 England Luton Town 9 August 1969 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 England Roy Massey England Mexborough 10 September 1943 England Leyton Orient 9 August 1969 £5,500

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1969 DF England Alan Dennis England Youth Team Free
9 August 1969 GK England Graham Smith England Notts County Free
9 August 1969 DF England Bert Howe England Leyton Orient Free
9 August 1969 DF England Bobby Howlett England Southend United Free
9 August 1969 MF England Steve Pitt England Tottenham Hotspur Free
9 August 1969 MF England Ray Whittaker England Luton Town Free
9 August 1969 FW England Roy Massey England Leyton Orient £5,500
6 October 1969 DF England Micky Cook England Leyton Orient Free
22 November 1969 MF England Ken Jones England Millwall £5,000
17 January 1970 DF England Bobby Cram Canada Vancouver Royals Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
2 May 1969 GK England Tony Macedo South Africa Durban City £10,000
2 May 1969 DF England Brian Honeywood England Chelmsford City Free
2 May 1969 DF England Owen Simpson England Southend United £4,000
25 October 1969 DF Scotland Dennis Mochan European Union Retired Free
25 October 1969 MF England Steve Pitt England Corinthian Casuals Free
2 March 1970 FW Scotland Jim Oliver England King's Lynn Free
13 April 1970 GK England Ron Willis South Africa Arcadia Shepherds Free
18 April 1970 DF England Bobby Howlett European Union Released Free
22 April 1970 DF England Dave Bickles England Romford Free
22 April 1970 DF England Alan Dennis England Dover Athletic Free
22 April 1970 DF England Bert Howe England Romford Free
22 April 1970 MF England Micky Brown England Wealdstone Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
11 October 1969 DF England Eddie Presland England Crystal Palace 8 November 1969
1 November 1969 MF Scotland Malcolm Slater England Leyton Orient 25 November 1969

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
9 Peterborough United 46 17 14 15 77 69 1.116 48
10 Colchester United 46 17 14 15 64 63 1.016 48
11 Chester City 46 21 6 19 58 66 0.879 48

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
09/08/1969 Lincoln City A 3-3 6,761 Gibbs (2), Massey
16/08/1969 Wrexham H 2-0 5,292 Gibbs, Whittaker
23/08/1969 Notts County A 1-1 4,901 Massey
25/08/1969 Peterborough United H 2-1 7,133 Hall, Gibbs
30/08/1969 Port Vale H 0-0 6,323
06/09/1969 Darlington A 2-3 3,767 Massey (2)
13/09/1969 Crewe Alexandra H 1-0 5,084 Massey
16/09/1969 Oldham Athletic A 2-1 3,993 Massey, Brown
20/09/1969 Hartlepool United A 0-0 3,667
27/09/1969 Swansea City H 1-1 5,748 Massey
29/09/1969 Scunthorpe United H 0-2 6,328
04/10/1969 Newport County A 1-4 2,996 Whittaker
06/10/1969 Wrexham A 2-4 11,967 Brown, Hall
11/10/1969 Bradford Park Avenue H 2-1 4,440 Whittaker, Brown
18/10/1969 York City A 2-4 3,961 Brown, Hall
25/10/1969 Chester City H 0-1 3,754
01/11/1969 Aldershot A 1-1 5,966 Brown
08/11/1969 Southend United H 0-2 6,021
22/11/1969 Grimsby Town H 3-2 3,474 Gibbs, Brown (2)
25/11/1969 Northampton Town A 1-1 3,256 Brown
13/12/1969 Crewe Alexandra A 1-0 2,670 Jones
20/12/1969 Darlington H 2-1 2,571 Jones, Gibbs
26/12/1969 Notts County H 2-1 4,789 Gibbs (2)
10/01/1970 Hartlepool United H 1-1 3,200 Jones
17/01/1970 Swansea City A 0-1 8,008
24/01/1970 Workington H 3-0 4,265 Whittaker, Gibbs, Jones
27/01/1970 Scunthorpe United A 1-1 6,276 Jones
31/01/1970 Newport County H 1-1 4,679 Gibbs
07/02/1970 Bradford Park Avenue H 1-0 2,972 Brown
21/02/1970 Southend United A 1-2 6,778 Oliver
28/02/1970 York City H 3-0 3,803 Jones (2), Gibbs
02/03/1970 Chesterfield H 4-1 5,665 Wood, Jones (2), Gibbs
11/03/1970 Exeter City A 1-2 4,010 Jones
14/03/1970 Brentford H 1-1 4,878 Jones
18/03/1970 Workington A 1-1 2,368 Jones
21/03/1970 Chesterfield A 0-2 9,257
27/03/1970 Aldershot H 3-1 6,163 Jones (2) (pen.), Howe
28/03/1970 Exeter City H 2-1 3,842 Gibbs, Jones
01/04/1970 Chester City A 0-1 2,580
04/04/1970 Peterborough United A 1-1 4,165 Jones
06/04/1970 Northampton Town H 0-3 3,776
13/04/1970 Oldham Athletic H 3-1 2,921 Whittaker, Joslyn, Hall
18/04/1970 Brentford A 0-2 4,720
22/04/1970 Lincoln City H 2-0 2,611 Whittaker (2)
25/04/1970 Port Vale A 1-1 5,626 Dyson
28/04/1970 Grimsby Town A 3-5 2,074 Light (2), Gibbs

Source: 1969-70 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/08/1969 R1 Reading H 1-1 5,165 Massey
20/08/1969 R1 (R) Reading A 3-0 11,065 Massey (3)
15/09/1970 R2 Ipswich Town A 0-4 19,012

Source: 1969-70 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1969–70 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/11/1969 R1 Newport County A 1-2 4,224 Ferguson (o.g.)

Source: 1969-70 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Four FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Graham Smith 46 0 43 0 1 0 2 0
–– England GK Ron Willis 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Dave Bickles 36 0 33 0 1 0 2 0
–– England DF Micky Cook 21 0 20 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Bobby Cram 21 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Alan Dennis 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Brian Hall 49 4 45 4 1 0 3 0
–– England DF Bert Howe 30 1 29 1 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Bobby Howlett 18 0 16 0 0 0 2 0
–– Scotland DF Dennis Mochan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Eddie Presland 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Brian Wood 47 1 43 1 1 0 3 0
–– England MF Micky Brown 36 9 32 9 1 0 3 0
–– England MF Terry Dyson 15 1 15 1 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Ken Jones 28 16 28 16 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Roger Joslyn 45 1 42 1 0 0 3 0
–– England MF Steve Pitt 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
–– Scotland MF Malcolm Slater 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Ray Whittaker 41 7 37 7 1 0 3 0
–– England FW Brian Gibbs 45 14 41 14 1 0 3 0
–– England FW Danny Light 28 2 24 2 1 0 3 0
–– England FW Roy Massey 23 11 19 7 1 0 3 4
–– Scotland FW Jim Oliver 22 1 19 1 1 0 2 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. ^ "1969–70 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1969–70 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2011.