1982–83 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1982–83 season
Chairman Maurice Cadman[1]
Manager Northern Ireland Allan Hunter
(Until 18 January 1983)
Wales Cyril Lea
(From 1 February 1983)
Fourth Division 6th
FA Cup 1st Round
Milk Cup 2nd Round
Group Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Ian Allinson (22)
All:
Ian Allinson (26)
Highest home attendance 3,759 (Peterborough United)
Lowest home attendance 1,625 (Stockport County)
Average home league attendance 2,561

The 1982–83 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

Former Ipswich centre-half Allan Hunter accepted a player-manager's role and introduced former Ipswich coach Cyril Lea as his assistant for 1982–83.

United led the table undefeated in seven games and earned a Second Round League Cup tie with Southampton. The first leg was drawn 0-0 at Layer Road with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton in inspired form. The U's could not repeat their heroics at The Dell of 1974 though, and lost the second leg 4-2.

The season then turned in the most tragic of circumstances. John Lyons committed suicide at his Layer de la Haye home in November 1982, just hours after turning out at Layer Road against Chester. On the back of having to give up his own playing career through injury and the Lyons incident, Hunter resigned in January 1982 with United in seventh place. Lea took over until the end of the campaign and won 8 of his first eleven games. Four defeats in 17 days during April cost U's and again they finished sixth just two points away from promotion.

Ian Allinson top scored with 26 League and Cup goals with youth product Tony Adcock netting 17 times. Goalkeeper Mike Walker, who had missed just nine games in ten seasons, announced his retirement.[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 Alec Chamberlain
–– Wales GK Mike Walker
–– England DF Phil Coleman
–– England DF Micky Cook
–– England DF Mick Packer
–– England DF Wayne Ward
–– England DF Steve Wignall
–– England MF Ian Allinson
No. Position Player
–– England MF Perry Groves
–– England MF Jeff Hull
–– England MF Steve Leslie
–– England MF Roger Osborne
–– England FW Tony Adcock
–– Wales FW Keith Bowen
–– England FW Roy McDonough

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
GK England Alec Chamberlain England March 20 June 1964 England Ipswich Town 3 January 1983 Free
DF England Phil Coleman England Woolwich 8 September 1960 England Millwall 21 February 1981 £15,000
DF England Micky Cook England Enfield 9 April 1951 England Leyton Orient 6 October 1969 Free
DF England Mick Packer England Willesden 20 April 1950 England Watford 25 August 1973 Free
DF England Wayne Ward England Colchester 28 April 1964 England Youth Team 1 August 1981 Free
DF England Steve Wignall England Liverpool 17 September 1954 England Doncaster Rovers 13 September 1977 £5,000
MF England Ian Allinson England Hitchin 1 October 1957 England Youth Team 1 August 1974 Free
MF England Perry Groves England Bow 19 April 1965 England Youth Team 1 August 1981 Free
MF England Jeff Hull England Rochford 25 August 1960 England Basildon United 17 December 1982 Free
MF England Steve Leslie England Hornsey 4 September 1952 England Youth Team 1 August 1970 Free
MF England Roger Osborne England Otley 9 March 1950 England Ipswich Town 14 February 1981 £25,000
FW England Tony Adcock England Bethnal Green 27 March 1963 England Youth Team 1 August 1980 Free
FW Wales Keith Bowen England Northampton 26 February 1958 England Brentford 25 March 1983 Free
FW England Roy McDonough England Solihull 16 October 1958 England Chelsea 14 February 1981 £15,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
17 August 1982 DF England Kevin Beattie England Ipswich Town Free
17 December 1982 MF England Jeff Hull England Basildon United Free
1 January 1983 DF England Adrian Keith England West Ham United Free
3 January 1983 GK England Alec Chamberlain England Ipswich Town Free
25 March 1983 FW Wales Keith Bowen England Brentford £10,000

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
7 May 1982 DF England Steve Wright Finland HJK Helsinki Free
19 October 1982 DF England Kevin Beattie England Middlesbrough Free
9 November 1982 FW Wales John Lyons European Union Retired Free Player committed suicide
11 December 1982 DF Northern Ireland Allan Hunter European Union Retired Free Also resigned as manager
28 December 1982 FW Scotland Kevin Bremner England Millwall £25,000
31 January 1983 DF England Adrian Keith England Haverhill Rovers Free
31 January 1983 MF England Dennis Longhorn England Chelmsford City Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
14 January 1983 FW England John Linford England Ipswich Town 1 March 1983
12 March 1983 FW Wales Keith Bowen England Brentford 19 March 1983

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5 Bury 46 23 12 11 74 46 +28 81
6 Colchester United 46 24 9 13 75 55 +20 81
7 York City 46 22 13 11 88 58 +30 79

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Fourth Division Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28/08/1982 Halifax Town H 1-0 2,610 McDonough
04/09/1982 Hereford United A 0-0 2,465
06/09/1982 Port Vale A 0-0 2,877
10/09/1982 Rochdale H 4-1 2,836 Allinson (pen.), Wignall, Lyons (2)
17/09/1982 Crewe Alexandra A 1-0 2,539 Lyons
25/09/1982 Blackpool H 4-1 2,918 Lyons, Leslie, Groves, Allinson
28/09/1982 Hull City H 0-0 3,071
02/10/1982 Scunthorpe United A 1-2 2,616 Osborne
10/10/1982 Swindon Town A 0-3 4,473
15/10/1982 Darlington H 2-2 2,547 Allinson, McDonough
19/10/1982 Northampton Town A 1-2 1,955 Allinson
30/10/1982 Bury A 0-1 2,653
02/11/1982 Wimbledon H 3-0 2,219 Allinson, McDonough (2)
06/11/1982 Mansfield Town H 2-0 2,009 John Lyons (2)
09/11/1982 Chester City H 1-0 2,362 Wignall
13/11/1982 Tranmere Rovers A 4-2 1,410 McDonough, Allinson (2), Adcock
27/11/1982 Bristol City A 2-0 4,310 Bremner, Allinson
03/12/1982 York City H 0-0 2,214
11/12/1982 Hull City A 0-3 4,323
17/12/1982 Stockport County H 3-0 1,625 Allinson (2), McDonough
27/12/1982 Peterborough United A 1-2 4,235 Bremner
28/12/1982 Aldershot H 0-0 2,463
01/01/1983 Torquay United A 0-2 2,758
03/01/1983 Hartlepool United H 4-1 2,239 Allinson, Adcock (2), Wignall
07/01/1983 Hereford United H 3-2 2,216 Allinson (2) (pen.), Adcock
14/01/1983 Halifax Town A 0-4 1,863
21/01/1983 Crewe Alexandra H 4-3 2,221 Adcock (3), Allinson (pen.)
05/02/1983 Blackpool A 2-1 1,747 Adcock, Hull
15/02/1983 Wimbledon A 1-2 1,753 Adcock
18/02/1983 Swindon Town H 1-0 2,386 Cook
26/02/1983 Darlington A 3-1 1,089 McDonough, Adcock (2)
01/03/1983 Northampton Town H 3-1 2,501 Allinson (pen.), Hull, Adcock
05/03/1983 Chester City A 1-1 1,136 Adcock
12/03/1983 Bury H 2-1 3,357 Allinson, Bowen
19/03/1983 Mansfield Town A 1-1 2,371 Hull
25/03/1983 Tranmere Rovers H 3-3 2,547 Osborne, Bowen, Adcock
01/04/1983 Peterborough United H 1-0 3,759 Allinson
02/04/1983 Aldershot A 1-0 1,670 Hull
09/04/1983 York City A 0-3 2,538
12/04/1983 Port Vale H 1-2 3,275 Adcock
15/04/1983 Scunthorpe United H 5-1 3,155 Adcock (2), Allinson (2) (pen.), Bowen
22/04/1983 Stockport County A 0-3 1,733
26/04/1983 Rochdale A 1-2 1,219 Allinson
29/04/1983 Bristol City H 3-1 2,196 Allinson (pen.), Bowen, McDonough
02/05/1983 Hartlepool United A 4-1 804 Allinson, Coleman (2), Groves
13/05/1983 Torquay United H 1-0 2,181 Wignall

Source: 1982-83 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
31/08/1982 R1 (L1) Aldershot H 2-0 1,665 Wignall, Groves
14/09/1982 R1 (L2) Aldershot A 1-0 1,680 Allinson
06/10/1982 R2 (L1) Southampton H 0-0 7,679
26/10/1982 R2 (L2) Southampton A 2-4 –– Allinson (pen.), Lyons

Source: 1982-83 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1982–83 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20/11/1982 R1 Torquay United H 0-2 2,913

Source: 1982-83 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Group Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/08/1982 R1 (Group) Southend United H 3-1 1,662 Coleman, Allinson, Lyons
17/08/1982 R1 (Group) Watford A 1-2 3,837 Allinson
21/08/1982 R1 (Group) Leyton Orient A 2-0 1,384 Lyons (2)

Source: 1982-83 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Four FA Cup League Cup Group Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Alec Chamberlain 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Wales GK Mike Walker 50 0 42 0 1 0 4 0 3 0
–– England DF Kevin Beattie 7 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
–– England DF Phil Coleman 45 3 37 2 1 0 4 0 3 1
–– England DF Micky Cook 48 1 41 1 0 0 4 0 3 0
–– Northern Ireland DF Allan Hunter 25 0 18 0 1 0 3 0 3 0
–– England DF Adrian Keith 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Mick Packer 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Wayne Ward 16 0 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– England DF Steve Wignall 52 5 44 4 1 0 4 1 3 0
–– England MF Ian Allinson 54 26 46 22 1 0 4 2 3 2
–– England MF Perry Groves 22 3 17 2 0 0 2 1 3 0
–– England MF Jeff Hull 27 4 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Steve Leslie 36 1 29 1 1 0 4 0 2 0
–– England MF Dennis Longhorn 29 0 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Roger Osborne 53 2 45 2 1 0 4 0 3 0
–– England FW Tony Adcock 34 17 30 17 1 0 1 0 2 0
–– Wales FW Keith Bowen 13 4 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Scotland FW Kevin Bremner 19 2 15 2 1 0 2 0 1 0
–– England FW John Linford 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Wales FW John Lyons 22 10 15 6 0 0 4 1 3 3
–– England FW Roy McDonough 49 8 41 8 1 0 4 0 3 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Most Frequent Starting XI[edit]

This section shows players in a 4-4-2 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. 279. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  2. ^ "The U's History: The 80s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1982–83 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1982–83 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2011.