1973–74 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1973–74 season
Chairman Robert Jackson[1]
Manager England Jim Smith
Fourth Division 3rd (Promoted)
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bobby Svarc (25)
All:
Bobby Svarc (26)
Highest home attendance 10,007 (Gillingham)
Lowest home attendance 3,460 (Bradford City)
Average home league attendance 5,403

The 1973–74 season was Colchester United's sixth consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division. The season ended in success with promotion to the Football League Third Division.

Season Review[edit]

Manager Jim Smith brought wisely in the summer, bringing in Mike Walker and Mick Packer from Watford and splashing out a club record £11,000 on striker Paul Aimson. Whilst Aimson suffered a career-ending injury early in the season, Bobby Svarc plundered 25 league goals including a record equalling four goal haul at Chester in November 1973.

U's led the table around Christmas time, but failure to beat Peterborough and Gillingham at Layer Road cost them the championship. They also lost their first ventures into Sunday football losing at Bury and Doncaster by the same 2-0 scoreline.

Svarc's goals dried up at the wrong time, but the astute Smith brought in Gary Moore on loan and he scored 7 goals in 11 remaining games. United were promoted in third place five points behind Peterborough and two adrift of the Gills. The final home game of the season drew a 10,007 crowd as Gillingham stole runners-up spot with a 2-0 win. This would be the last time that Layer Road hosted a five-figure League attendance.[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
–– Wales GK Mike Walker
–– England DF Micky Cook
–– England DF Barry Dominey
–– England DF Ray Harford
–– Wales DF Stuart Morgan
–– England DF Mick Packer
–– England DF Lindsay Smith
–– England DF Alex Smith
No. Position Player
–– England MF Ray Bunkell
–– England MF Steve Foley
–– England MF Steve Leslie
–– Scotland MF Bobby Roberts
–– England MF Colwyn Rowe
–– England MF Phil Thomas
–– England FW Barry Dyson
–– England FW Bobby Svarc

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK Wales Mike Walker Wales Colwyn Bay 28 November 1945 England Watford 25 August 1973 £4,000
DF England Micky Cook England Enfield 9 April 1951 England Leyton Orient 6 October 1969 Free
DF England Barry Dominey England Edmonton 21 October 1955 England Enfield 16 April 1974 Free
DF England Ray Harford England Halifax 1 June 1945 England Port Vale 3 February 1973 Free
DF Wales Stuart Morgan Wales Swansea 23 September 1949 England Reading 12 August 1972 Free
DF England Mick Packer England Willesden 20 April 1950 England Watford 25 August 1973 Free
DF England Alex Smith England Thornhill 11 May 1947 England Southend United 27 January 1974 £5,000
DF England Lindsay Smith England Enfield 18 September 1954 England Youth Team 1 August 1970 Free
MF England Ray Bunkell England Edmonton 18 September 1949 England Swindon Town 8 December 1973 £5,000
MF England Steve Foley England Clacton-on-Sea 21 June 1953 England Youth Team 1 August 1971 Free
MF England Steve Leslie England Hornsey 4 September 1952 England Youth Team 1 August 1970 Free
MF Scotland Bobby Roberts Scotland Edinburgh 2 September 1940 England Coventry City 16 March 1973 Free
MF England Colwyn Rowe England Ipswich 22 March 1956 England Youth Team 1 August 1973 Free
MF England Phil Thomas England Sherborne 14 December 1952 England Bournemouth 19 August 1972 Free
FW England Barry Dyson England Oldham 6 October 1942 England Leyton Orient 25 August 1973 Free
FW England Bobby Svarc England Leicester 8 February 1946 England Boston United 29 December 1972 £6,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1973 MF England Colwyn Rowe England Youth Team Free
25 August 1973 GK Wales Mike Walker England Watford £4,000
25 August 1973 DF England Mick Packer England Watford Free
25 August 1973 FW England Paul Aimson England Bournemouth £8,000
25 August 1973 FW England Barry Dyson England Leyton Orient Free
8 December 1973 MF England Ray Bunkell England Swindon Town £5,000
27 January 1974 DF England Alex Smith England Southend United £5,000
16 April 1974 DF England Barry Dominey England Enfield Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 May 1973 GK Scotland John McInally European Union Retired Free
1 May 1973 DF England Richard Bourne England Ramsgate Free
1 May 1973 MF England Stan Brown England Wimbledon Free
17 November 1973 DF England John McLaughlin England Swindon Town £25,000
1 December 1973 MF England Mick Mahon England Wimbledon £3,000
22 February 1974 FW England Paul Aimson European Union Retired Free
27 April 1974 MF England Bobby Mills England Chelmsford City Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
6 October 1973 FW England Peter Silvester England Norwich City 2 November 1973
10 November 1973 DF England Alex Smith England Southend United 5 January 1974
8 February 1974 MF England Terry Anderson England Norwich City 2 March 1974
16 March 1974 MF England Paul Taylor England York City 27 April 1974
16 March 1974 FW England Gary Moore England Southend United 27 April 1974

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
2 Gillingham (P) 46 25 12 9 90 49 1.837 62
3 Colchester United (P) 46 24 12 10 73 36 2.028 60
4 Bury (P) 46 24 11 11 81 49 1.653 59

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
25/08/1973 Barnsley A 1-0 2,500 Svarc
01/09/1973 Crewe Alexandra H 3-2 4,078 Aimson, Svarc, Morgan
07/09/1973 Northampton Town H 0-0 4,916
11/09/1973 Reading H 0-0 4,565
15/09/1973 Newport County H 4-1 3,523 Thomas, Svarc, Leslie, Morgan
19/09/1973 Torquay United A 4-0 3,428 Thomas, Svarc, Dyson, Leslie
22/09/1973 Swansea City A 0-2 1,981
28/09/1973 Exeter City H 1-0 5,466 Leslie
02/10/1973 Torquay United H 2-2 5,291 Svarc (2)
06/10/1973 Hartlepool United A 0-0 1,910
12/10/1973 Darlington H 3-0 5,089 Foley (2), Svarc
19/10/1973 Scunthorpe United H 2-0 4,862 Morgan, Svarc
24/10/1973 Reading A 1-1 12,310 Svarc
27/10/1973 Rotherham United A 0-0 4,594
02/11/1973 Workington H 3-0 5,342 Morgan, Cook, Harford
10/11/1973 Mansfield Town A 2-2 3,033 Foley (2)
14/11/1973 Chester City A 4-0 1,973 Svarc (4)
17/11/1973 Stockport County H 3-1 4,966 Dyson (pen.) (2), Foley
01/12/1973 Bradford City H 4-0 3,460 Svarc (2), Morgan, Dyson
08/12/1973 Gilingham A 1-4 8,411 L.Smith
15/12/1973 Stockport County A 3-0 1,472 Svarc, Foley (2)
22/12/1973 Exeter City A 0-1 3,638
26/12/1973 Peterborough United H 1-1 7,960 Svarc
29/12/1973 Northampton Town H 1-0 5,042 Dyson (pen.)
01/01/1974 Crewe Alexandra A 2-1 2,383 Svarc, Foley
05/01/1974 Lincoln City H 4-1 4,398 Svarc (2), Morgan, Leslie
12/01/1974 Newport County A 3-1 304 Cook, Leslie, Thomas
25/01/1974 Barnsley H 2-0 5,793 Svarc, Dyson (pen.)
27/01/1974 Doncaster Rovers A 0-2 4,285
03/02/1974 Bury A 0-2 7,796
08/02/1974 Swansea City H 2-0 5,040 Morgan, Svarc
16/02/1974 Darlington A 0-1 2,275
22/02/1974 Hartlepool United H 3-0 5,608 A.Smith, Svarc, Aimson
02/03/1974 Peterborough United A 0-2 10,714
08/03/1974 Rotherham United H 0-1 5,180
16/03/1974 Scunthorpe United A 0-1 2,134
19/03/1974 Bury H 1-1 4,748 Moore
22/03/1974 Mansfield Town H 1-0 4,695 Morgan
27/03/1974 Lincoln City A 1-0 2,638 Svarc
30/03/1974 Workington A 4-1 1,103 Thomas, Moore, Svarc, Wood (o.g.)
02/04/1974 Doncaster Rovers H 3-0 5,124 Cook (2), Moore
05/04/1974 Chester City H 1-1 6,371 Moore (pen.)
12/04/1974 Brentford H 2-1 8,155 Moore (2)
16/04/1974 Brentford A 0-0 7,480
20/04/1974 Gillingham H 0-2 10,007
27/04/1974 Bradford City A 1-1 3,702 Moore

Source: 1973-74 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29/08/1973 R1 Gillingham A 2-4 3,991 Cook, Svarc

Source: 1973-74 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1973–74 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24/11/1973 R1 Peterborough United H 2-3 9,664 Mahon, Harford

Source: 1973-74 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
–– Wales GK Mike Walker 48 0 46 0 1 0 1 0
–– England DF Micky Cook 46 5 44 4 1 0 1 1
–– England DF Barry Dominey 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Ray Harford 48 2 46 1 1 1 1 0
–– England DF John McLaughlin 20 0 18 0 1 0 1 0
–– Wales DF Stuart Morgan 40 8 38 8 1 0 1 0
–– England DF Mick Packer 35 0 33 0 1 0 1 0
–– England DF Alex Smith 29 1 29 1 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Lindsay Smith 35 1 34 1 1 0 0 0
–– England MF Terry Anderson 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Ray Bunkell 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Steve Foley 34 8 32 8 1 0 1 0
–– England MF Steve Leslie 24 5 24 5 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Mick Mahon 14 1 12 0 1 1 1 0
–– England MF Bobby Mills 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland MF Bobby Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Colwyn Rowe 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Paul Taylor 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Phil Thomas 42 4 40 4 1 0 1 0
–– England FW Paul Aimson 5 2 4 2 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Barry Dyson 38 6 36 6 1 0 1 0
–– England FW Gary Moore 11 7 11 7 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Peter Silvester 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Bobby Svarc 48 26 46 25 1 0 1 1

Scorers[edit]

Most Frequent Starting XI[edit]

This section shows players in a 5-3-2 formation with the most league starts during the season.

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 70s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1973–74 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1973–74 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2011.