1986–87 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1986–87 season
Chairman Jonathan Crisp[1]
Manager Wales Mike Walker
Fourth Division 5th
FA Cup 2nd Round
Milk Cup 1st Round
Sherpa Van Trophy 1st Round (Southern section)
Top goalscorer League:
Tony Adcock (11)
All:
Tony Adcock
Tommy English (12)
Highest home attendance 4,741 (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Lowest home attendance 1,633 (Exeter City)
Average home league attendance 2,740

The 1986–87 season was Colchester United's sixth consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

Colchester were the bookies favourites for 1986/7 despite selling Perry Groves to Arsenal for £75,000. Maurice Cadman handed over the Chair to Jonathan Crisp and Mike Walker was appointed full-time becoming Colchester's fourth manager of the 1980s.

 For the first time promotion play-offs were introduced and seven successive away defeats from December ensured The U's would have to try via this route having finished fifth.   The damage was done in a rain-sodden first leg at Layer Road as a near capacity 4,829 saw Wolves escape with a 2-0 win. The scoreless return at Molineux meant yet another season in the basement division.[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
–– England DF Terry Baker
–– England DF Keith Day
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Stephen Grenfell
–– England DF Rudi Hedman
–– England DF Paul Hinshelwood
–– England MF Nicky Chatterton
No. Position Player
–– England MF Andy Farrell
–– England MF Sean Norman
–– England MF Mark Radford
–– England MF John Reeves
–– England MF Winston White
–– England MF Richard Wilkins
–– England FW Tony Adcock
–– England FW Simon Lowe

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Alec Chamberlain England March 20 June 1964 England Ipswich Town 3 January 1983 Free
DF England Terry Baker England Rochford 13 November 1965 England Billericay Town 11 January 1986 Free
DF England Keith Day England Grays 29 November 1962 England Aveley 25 August 1984 Free
DF England Tony English England Luton 19 October 1966 England Coventry City 1 January 1985 Free
DF England Stephen Grenfell England Enfield 27 October 1966 England Tottenham Hotspur 28 November 1986 £15,000
DF England Rudi Hedman England Lambeth 16 November 1964 England Youth Team 1 August 1983 Free
DF England Paul Hinshelwood England Bristol 14 August 1956 England Millwall 12 September 1986 Free
MF England Nicky Chatterton England South Norwood 18 May 1954 England Millwall 12 September 1986 Free
MF England Andy Farrell England Colchester 7 October 1965 England Youth Team 1 August 1983 Free
MF England Sean Norman England Lowestoft 27 November 1966 England Lowestoft Town 23 August 1986 Free
MF England Mark Radford England Leicester 20 December 1968 England Youth Team 1 August 1986 Free
MF England John Reeves England Hackney 8 July 1963 England Fulham 17 August 1985 Free
MF England Winston White England Leicester 26 October 1958 England Bury 3 April 1987 Free
MF England Richard Wilkins England Lambeth 28 May 1965 England Haverhill Rovers 17 November 1986 Free
FW England Tony Adcock England Bethnal Green 27 March 1963 England Youth Team 1 August 1980 Free
FW England Simon Lowe England Westminster 26 December 1963 England Hartlepool United 10 January 1987 £5,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1986 DF England Scott Young England Youth Team Free
1 August 1986 MF England Mark Radford England Youth Team Free
23 August 1986 MF England Sean Norman England Lowestoft Town Free
12 September 1986 DF England Paul Hinshelwood England Millwall Town Free
12 September 1986 MF England Nicky Chatterton England Millwall Free
17 November 1986 MF England Richard Wilkins England Haverhill Rovers Free
28 November 1986 DF England Stephen Grenfell England Tottenham Hotspur £15,000
10 January 1987 FW England Simon Lowe England Hartlepool United £5,000
3 April 1987 MF England Winston White England Bury Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
6 May 1986 MF England Roger Osborne England Sudbury Town Free
6 May 1986 FW England Robin Turner European Union Retired Free
29 August 1986 MF England Perry Groves England Arsenal £70,000
7 November 1986 MF England Simon Burman England Weymouth Free
7 November 1986 FW England Mick Ferguson England Wealdstone Free
9 December 1986 DF England Scott Young England Wycombe Wanderers £5,000
21 February 1987 DF England Kirk Game England Dartford Free
10 April 1987 DF Scotland Ian Phillips England Aldershot Free
21 April 1987 FW England Tommy English England Wealdstone Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
3 October 1986 MF England Keith Gorman England Ipswich Town 3 October 1986
31 October 1986 DF England Stephen Grenfell England Tottenham Hotspur 25 November 1986
20 December 1986 FW England Simon Lowe England Hartlepool United 3 January 1987

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (PO) 46 24 7 15 69 50 +19 79
5 Colchester United (PO) 46 21 7 18 64 56 +8 70
6 Aldershot (PO) (P) 46 20 10 16 64 57 +7 70

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
23/08/1986 Lincoln City A 1-3 2,303 Adcock
29/08/1986 Exeter City H 1-1 1,633 Tony English
05/09/1986 Tranmere Rovers A 4-3 1,281 Reeves, Adcock, Tommy English (2)
12/09/1986 Torquay United H 3-0 2,476 Tony English (3)
16/09/1986 Hartlepool United H 2-1 2,326 Adcock (2)
20/09/1986 Rochdale A 0-1 1,240
27/09/1986 Peterborough United H 1-3 2,343 Day
01/10/1986 Hereford United A 3-2 2,144 Burman, Hedman, Ferguson
03/10/1986 Wrexham H 2-1 2,633 Ferguson, Williams (o.g.)
10/10/1986 Southend United A 1-1 4,004 Hedman
17/10/1986 Cardiff City H 3-1 3,160 Reeves, Tony English, Burman
21/10/1986 Crewe Alexandra A 1-1 1,812 Tommy English
24/10/1986 Stockport County A 1-1 1,278 Tommy English
31/10/1986 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3-0 4,741 Ferguson, Streete (o.g.), Tony English
04/11/1986 Burnley A 1-2 1,692 Ferguson
07/11/1986 Leyton Orient H 0-0 3,924
21/11/1986 Scunthorpe United A 2-5 1,725 Hedman, Grenfell
28/11/1986 Halifax Town H 3-1 2,567 Farrell, Adcock, Phillips
13/12/1986 Preston North End H 0-2 2,240
20/12/1986 Swansea City A 2-1 4,515 Tommy English, Farrell
26/12/1986 Cambridge United H 1-2 3,376 Lowe
27/12/1986 Aldershot A 0-1 2,594
01/01/1987 Northampton Town A 2-3 8,215 Adcock (2)
03/01/1987 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 2,100 Adcock
10/01/1987 Lincoln City H 2-0 1,768 Farrell (2)
17/01/1987 Exeter City A 0-2 2,553
23/01/1987 Tranmere Rovers H 1-1 2,167 Norman
31/01/1987 Torquay United A 1-3 1,034 Adcock
06/02/1987 Hartlepool United A 0-1 1,235
13/02/1987 Rochdale H 2-0 2,020 Tommy English, Wilkins
21/02/1987 Peterborough United A 0-2 3,474
27/02/1987 Hereford United H 2-0 1,999 Tommy English (pen.), Phillips
03/03/1987 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-2 5,715
06/03/1987 Stockport County H 5-1 2,001 Lowe (3), Tommy English, Day
14/03/1987 Cardiff City A 2-0 2,222 Lowe (2)
17/03/1987 Crewe Alexandra H 2-1 2,249 Day, Lowe
20/03/1987 Southend United H 1-2 3,357 White
28/03/1987 Wrexham A 1-0 1,320 Tommy English
03/04/1987 Leyton Orient A 0-1 3,105
10/04/1987 Burnley H 1-0 2,635 Adcock
17/04/1987 Northampton Town H 3-1 3,676 Wilkins, Chatterton (pen.), Hedman
21/04/1987 Cambridge United A 1-0 2,946 Tony English
24/04/1987 Swansea City H 2-1 3,323 Hinshelwood, Adcock
29/04/1987 Halifax Town A 0-0 911
04/05/1987 Aldershot H 0-1 4,310
09/05/1987 Preston North End A 0-1 8,757

Source: 1986-87 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Play-Offs[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/05/1987 SF (L1) Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-2 4,829
17/05/1987 SF (L2) Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 16,330

Source: 1986-87 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/08/1986 R1 (L1) Peterborough United H 0-0 1,551
03/09/1986 R1 (L2) Peterborough United A 0-2 2,658

Source: 1986-87 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1986–87 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/11/1986 R1 Bishop's Stortford A 1-1 2,413 Tommy English
18/11/1986 R1 (R) Bishop's Stortford H 2-0 3,516 Tommy English, Adcock
11/01/1988 R2 Aldershot A 2-3 2,997 Tommy English, Grenfell

Source: 1986-87 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25/11/1986 Group Peterborough United H 2-1 1,404 Hedman, Gage (o.g.)
09/12/1986 Group Aldershot A 2-4 993 Wilkins (2)
26/01/1987 R1 Gillingham A 0-2 1,984

Source: 1986-87 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Four FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Alec Chamberlain 54 0 46 0 3 0 2 0 3 0
–– England DF Terry Baker 22 0 19 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Keith Day 45 3 38 3 3 0 1 0 3 0
–– England DF Tony English 38 7 32 7 3 0 1 0 2 0
–– England DF Kirk Game 32 0 25 0 3 0 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Stephen Grenfell 29 2 23 1 3 1 0 0 3 0
–– England DF Rudi Hedman 52 5 44 4 3 0 2 0 3 1
–– England DF Paul Hinshelwood 47 1 41 1 3 0 0 0 3 0
–– Scotland DF Ian Phillips 41 2 33 2 3 0 2 0 3 0
–– England DF Scott Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Simon Burman 14 2 12 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Nicky Chatterton 21 1 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Andy Farrell 36 4 28 4 3 0 2 0 3 0
–– England MF Keith Gorman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Perry Groves 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Sean Norman 15 1 13 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
–– England MF Mark Radford 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF John Reeves 20 2 17 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Winston White 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Richard Wilkins 28 4 23 2 2 0 0 0 3 2
–– England FW Tony Adcock 43 12 35 11 3 1 2 0 3 0
–– England FW Tommy English 30 12 24 9 3 3 1 0 2 0
–– England FW Mick Ferguson 19 4 16 4 1 0 2 0 0 0
–– England FW Simon Lowe 26 7 26 7 0 0 0 0 0 0

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. 279. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  2. ^ "The U's History: The 80s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1986–87 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1986–87 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2011.