1988–89 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1988–89 season
Chairman Jonathan Crisp[1]
Manager England Roger Brown
(Until 1 October 1988)
England Steve Foley (Caretaker)
(1 October 1988 to
12 January 1989)

Scotland Jock Wallace
(From 12 January 1989)
Fourth Division 22nd
FA Cup 4th Round
Littlewoods Cup 1st Round
Sherpa Van Trophy Quarter-final (Southern section)
Top goalscorer League:
Mario Walsh (9)
All:
Mario Walsh (15)
Highest home attendance 5,256 (Exeter City)
Lowest home attendance 1,258 (Rochdale)
Average home league attendance 2,824

The 1988–89 season was Colchester United's eighth consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

Roger Brown's unsuccessful stint managing Colchester came to an end in October 1988. Having already inflicted United's joint record defeat of 7-0 back in 1952, Leyton Orient went one better and despatched Brown's sorry team by 8-0 at Brisbane Road on October 15, 1988. The manager's days were over.

Caretaker Steve Foley disposed of Brown's misfits introducing his own youth team players Gary Bennett, Mark Radford and Scott Daniels. Whilst League form did not improve - United sunk to 92nd, a position they had not occupied since 1972 - Foley's team embarked on a typically Colchester FA Cup run. Defying the odds they saw off Fulham, Swansea and Second Division Shrewsbury. In the Fourth Round, a dramatic 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane forced Sheffield United back to fog-shrouded Layer Road. U's lost 2-0 but they had the mercurial former Glasgow Rangers manager Jock Wallace in charge with the late England World Cup winner Alan Ball as his assistant.

The impact was immediate. Crowds rose to over 3,500 as the town became gripped by the passion of Wallace and an equal desire to avoid the drop to the GM Vauxhall Conference. Paul McGee was sold to Wimbledon for a new record £150,000 fee and on April 29, 1989 United travelled to closest rivals Darlington in a do-or-die battle. Robert Scott's goal earned a 2-1 win to lift U's off the bottom for the first time since Brown's departure. Two successive home wins against Halifax and Exeter confirmed U's Fourth Division status.[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 Mark Walton
–– England DF Scott Daniels
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Steve Hetzke
–– England DF Stuart Hicks
–– Northern Ireland DF Colin Hill
–– England DF John Pollard
–– England DF Rodney Rooke
–– England DF Clive Stafford
No. Position Player
–– Scotland DF Robert Scott
–– England MF Ian Allinson
–– England MF Mark Radford
–– England MF Les Taylor
–– England MF Richard Wilkins
–– England FW Gary Bennett
–– England FW Dale Tempest
–– England FW Mario Walsh
–– England FW John Warner

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK Wales Mark Walton Wales Merthyr Tydfil 1 June 1969 England Luton Town 26 December 1987 £17,500
DF England Scott Daniels England South Benfleet 22 November 1969 England Youth Team 1 August 1987 Free
DF England Tony English England Luton 19 October 1966 England Coventry City 1 January 1985 Free
DF England Steve Hetzke England Marlborough 3 June 1955 England Chester City 1 March 1988 £10,000
DF England Stuart Hicks England Peterborough 30 May 1967 England Wisbech Town 8 April 1988 Free
DF Northern Ireland Colin Hill England Uxbridge 12 November 1963 Portugal C.S. Marítimo 30 October 1987 Free
DF England John Pollard England Chelmsford 17 November 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
DF England Rodney Rooke England Orsett 7 April 1970 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
DF England Clive Stafford England Ipswich 4 April 1963 England Diss Town 5 March 1989 Free
DF Scotland Robert Scott Scotland Broxburn 13 January 1964 Scotland Whitburn Junior 24 March 1989 Free
MF England Ian Allinson England Stevenage 1 October 1957 England Luton Town 16 December 1988 Free
MF England Mark Radford England Leicester 20 December 1968 England Youth Team 1 August 1986 Free
MF England Les Taylor England North Shields 4 December 1956 England Reading 13 January 1989 £20,000
MF England Richard Wilkins England Lambeth 28 May 1965 England Haverhill Rovers 17 November 1986 Free
FW England Gary Bennett England Enfield 13 November 1970 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
FW England Dale Tempest England Leeds 30 December 1963 Belgium Lokeren 29 August 1987 £40,000
FW England Mario Walsh England Paddington 19 January 1966 England Torquay United 15 August 1987 £15,000
FW England John Warner England Paddington 20 November 1961 England Burnham Ramblers 18 February 1989 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1988 DF England John Pollard England Youth Team Free
1 August 1988 DF England Rodney Rooke England Youth Team Free
1 August 1988 FW England Gary Bennett England Youth Team Free
27 August 1988 DF England Steve Cartwright England Tamworth Free
27 August 1988 DF England Dave Swindlehurst England Wimbledon Free
27 August 1988 MF England Dave Barnett England Windsor & Eton Free
2 September 1988 DF England Kevin Bedford England Wimbledon Free
11 November 1988 GK England Mark Coombe England Bristol City Free
16 December 1988 MF England Ian Allinson England Luton Town Free
20 December 1988 MF England Phil Coleman England Millwall Free
13 January 1989 MF England Les Taylor England Reading £20,000
10 February 1989 MF Republic of Ireland Paul McGee England Bohemians £35,000
18 February 1989 FW England John Warner England Burnham Ramblers Free
5 March 1989 DF England Clive Stafford England Diss Town Free
24 March 1989 DF Scotland Robert Scott Scotland Whitburn Junior Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
2 May 1988 DF England John Ray England Wycombe Wanderers Free
2 May 1988 MF Republic of Ireland Tommy Keane Republic of Ireland Galway United Free
2 May 1988 MF England John Reeves England Enfield Free
2 May 1988 MF England Gary Smith England Enfield Free
15 October 1988 DF England Steve Cartwright England Tamworth Free
15 October 1988 MF England Winston White England Burnley Free
11 November 1988 DF England Stephen Grenfell England Bromley Free
3 December 1988 GK England Mark Coombe England Torquay United Free
3 December 1988 MF England Nicky Chatterton European Union Retired Free
16 December 1988 DF England Rudi Hedman England Crystal Palace £100,000
31 January 1989 DF England Dave Swindlehurst England Bromley Free Player-manager
24 February 1989 MF England Dave Barnett Canada Edmonton Brickmen Free
24 February 1989 MF Republic of Ireland Paul McGee England Wimbledon £150,000
27 March 1989 DF England Kevin Bedford European Union Retired Free
21 April 1989 MF England Lee Hunter England Wivenhoe Town Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
25 October 1988 MF England Tony Kelly England West Bromwich Albion 21 January 1989
4 February 1989 GK Scotland Tom McAlister England West Ham United 1 May 1989

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Date Returned Notes
31 December 1988 DF England Dave Swindlehurst England Peterborough United 14 January 1989

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
21 Halifax Town 46 13 11 22 69 75 -6 50
22 Colchester United 46 12 14 20 60 78 -18 50
23 Doncaster Rovers 46 13 10 23 49 78 -29 49

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
27/08/1988 York City H 1-0 1,664 Tempest
02/09/1988 Tranmere Rovers A 0-0 3,401
09/09/1988 Doncaster Rovers H 0-1 1,726
16/09/1988 Wrexham A 2-2 2,873 Swindlehurst, Tempest
20/09/1988 Scarborough H 3-1 1,420 Swindlehurst (pen.), Tempest, Wilkins
24/09/1988 Burnley A 0-2 7,177
01/10/1988 Lincoln City H 1-3 1,529 Swindlehurst
04/10/1988 Carlisle United A 2-1 2,193 Tempest, Swindlehurst
08/10/1988 Scunthorpe United H 1-2 1,299 Hedman
15/10/1988 Leyton Orient A 0-8 3,421
21/10/1988 Cambridge United H 1-2 2,138 English
25/10/1988 Rotherham United A 0-2 4,066
28/10/1988 Stockport County H 1-1 1,643 Tempest
04/11/1988 Crewe Alexandra A 1-3 2,787 Walsh
08/11/1988 Halifax Town A 2-3 2,176 Kelly, Wilkins
11/11/1988 Torquay United H 2-2 1,926 English, Kelly
25/11/1988 Darlington H 1-2 1,550 Radford
03/12/1988 Exeter City A 2-4 2,132 Swindlehurst, Tempest
16/12/1988 Rochdale H 1-1 1,258 Walsh
26/12/1988 Peterborough United H 1-2 2,828 Walsh
30/12/1988 Hartlepool United H 1-2 2,359 English
02/01/1989 Grimsby Town A 2-2 4,472 Wilkins, Allinson
13/01/1989 Tranmere Rovers H 2-3 3,458 Walsh (2)
21/01/1989 York City A 0-2 2,219
04/02/1989 Scarborough A 0-0 1,913
10/02/1989 Burnley H 2-2 3,809 Allinson, Walsh
18/02/1989 Scunthorpe United A 3-2 4,286 Wilkins, English, Warner
24/02/1989 Leyton Orient H 1-0 4,269 Allinson
28/02/1989 Rotherham United H 1-1 3,671 Allinson
05/03/1989 Cambridge United A 1-3 4,205 Wilkins
10/03/1989 Crewe Alexandra H 2-1 3,088 English (2)
13/03/1989 Stockport County A 0-1 2,027
18/03/1989 Doncaster Rovers A 1-3 1,237 Walsh
24/03/1989 Grimsby Town H 0-0 4,507
27/03/1989 Peterborough United A 0-3 3,529
31/03/1989 Rochdale H 3-0 3,631 Scott, Bennett, Wilkins
04/04/1989 Hereford United H 1-1 2,862 English
08/04/1989 Hartlepool United A 1-2 2,015 Scott
12/04/1989 Hereford United A 1-1 2,015 Scott
15/04/1989 Lincoln City A 1-1 3,519 Wilkins
21/04/1989 Carlisle United H 1-1 3,906 Scott
25/04/1989 Wrexham H 2-1 2,918 Allinson, Hetzke
29/04/1989 Darlington A 2-1 7,126 Walsh, Scott
01/05/1989 Halifax Town H 3-2 5,065 Wilkins, Warner, Allinson (pen.)
05/05/1989 Exeter City H 4-0 5,256 Walsh, Allinson, Pollard, English
13/05/1989 Torquay United A 3-1 2,066 Warner, Hetzke, Tempest

Source: 1988-89 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29/08/1988 R1 (L1) Northampton Town H 0-0 1,678
06/09/1988 R1 (L2) Northampton Town A 0-5 3,957

Source: 1988-89 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988–89 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19/11/1988 R1 Fulham A 1-0 4,481 Walsh
10/12/1988 R2 Swansea City H 2-2 2,697 Hedman, Wilkins
13/12/1988 R2 (R) Swansea City A 3-2 4,045 Hedman, Walsh, Wilkins
07/01/1989 R3 Shrewsbury Town A 3-0 3,982 Walsh, Pratley (o.g.), Allinson (pen.)
28/01/1989 R4 Sheffield United A 3-3 14,406 Hicks, Hill, Hetzke
31/01/1989 R4 (R) Sheffield United H 0-2 7,588

Source: 1988-89 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
30/11/1988 R1 (Group) Lincoln City A 2-1 1,448 Walsh (2)
20/12/1988 R1 (Group) Southend United H 2-1 993 Tempest, Swindlehurst
17/01/1989 R2 Leyton Orient H 3-1 1,736 Walsh, Allinson, Wilkins
20/12/1988 Area QF Hereford United H 0-1 2,059

Source: 1988-89 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
–– GK England Mark Coombe 5 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– GK Scotland Tom McAlister 21 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– GK Wales Mark Walton 32 0 23 0 5 0 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Kevin Bedford 36 0 26 0 6 0 1 0 3 0
–– DF England Steve Cartwright 12 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England Scott Daniels 34 0 26 0 5 0 0 0 3 0
–– DF England Tony English 45 8 36 8 6 0 1 0 2 0
–– DF England Stephen Grenfell 9 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
–– DF England Rudi Hedman 22 3 17 1 3 2 1 0 1 0
–– DF England Steve Hetzke 32 3 24 2 3 1 2 0 3 0
–– DF England Stuart Hicks 46 1 37 0 5 1 0 0 4 0
–– DF Northern Ireland Colin Hill 52 1 44 0 5 1 2 0 1 0
–– DF England John Pollard 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Rodney Rooke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– DF Scotland Robert Scott 12 5 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Clive Stafford 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Dave Swindlehurst 18 6 12 5 2 0 2 0 2 1
–– MF England Ian Allinson 31 9 25 7 3 1 0 0 3 1
–– MF England Dave Barnett 30 0 20 0 5 0 2 0 3 0
–– MF England Nicky Chatterton 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– MF England Phil Coleman 14 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
–– MF England Lee Hunter 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Tony Kelly 20 2 13 2 4 0 0 0 3 0
–– MF Republic of Ireland Paul McGee 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– MF England Mark Radford 36 1 30 1 4 0 1 0 1 0
–– MF England Les Taylor 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Winston White 12 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– MF England Richard Wilkins 47 11 40 8 3 2 2 0 2 1
–– FW England Gary Bennett 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Dale Tempest 41 8 33 7 4 0 2 0 2 1
–– FW England Mario Walsh 36 15 27 9 6 3 0 0 3 3
–– FW England John Warner 15 3 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

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 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "1988–89 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1988–89 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011.