1989–90 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1989–90 season
Chairman Jonathan Crisp[1]
Manager Scotland Jock Wallace
(Until 20 December 1989)
England Steve Foley (Caretaker)
(20 December 1989 to
2 January 1990)

England Mick Mills
(From 3 January 1990 until
9 May 1990)
Fourth Division 24th (Relegated)
FA Cup 2nd Round
Littlewoods Cup 1st Round
Leyland DAF Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Trevor Morgan (12)
All:
Trevor Morgan (12)
Highest home attendance 5,283 (Southend United)
Lowest home attendance 1,720 (Torquay United)
Average home league attendance 3,122

The 1989–90 season was Colchester United's ninth consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division. The season ended in relegation to the Football Conference.

Season Review[edit]

Hopes of building on the Jock Wallace regime were tattered when Colchester failed to win any of the opening eight games of 1989/90. Only two wins were secured before the turn of the year. Assistant manager Alan Ball left for Stoke and it was a closely guarded secret that Wallace was very ill with the onset of Parkinson's disease. Wallace moved upstairs and once again Steve Foley was in temporary charge. Many wanted him appointed permanently but Foley preferred his youth team duties.

Chairman Jonathan Crisp's regime was now over; £1m in debt and his next new manager was former Ipswich Town and England defender Mick Mills, recently sacked from Stoke. The new appointment had immediate effect as U's won three out of four in February and, as with the season before, faced up to a crunch game at the home of their nearest rivals. Leading Wrexham twice United succumbed to a 3-2 defeat. There was still time to recover but six defeats in the last eight games ended United's 40 season Football League tenure.

 Crisp's dream of Second Division football in five years was light years away and new plans for a stadium at Wick Lane, Ardleigh had been thrown out before ink was dry.[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
–– United States DF Marcelle Bruce
–– England DF Scott Daniels
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Billy Gilbert
–– England DF Martin Grainger
–– England DF Stuart Hicks
–– England DF Neale Marmon
–– England DF John Pollard
–– England MF Steve Ball
No. Position Player
–– Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England MF Mark Radford
–– England MF Les Taylor
–– England MF Richard Wilkins
–– England FW Gary Bennett
–– England FW Trevor Morgan
–– England FW Steve Restarick

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
DF United States Marcelle Bruce United States Detroit 15 March 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free
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 Billy Gilbert England Lewisham 10 November 1959 England Portsmouth 21 October 1989 Free
DF England Martin Grainger England Enfield 23 August 1972 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free
DF England Stuart Hicks England Peterborough 30 May 1967 England Wisbech Town 8 April 1988 Free
DF England Neale Marmon England Bournemouth 21 April 1961 Germany Hannover 96 20 January 1990 Nominal
DF England John Pollard England Chelmsford 17 November 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
MF England Steve Ball England Colchester 2 September 1969 England Arsenal 1 January 1990 Free
MF Republic of Ireland Eamonn Collins Republic of Ireland Inchicore 22 October 1965 England Portsmouth 19 August 1989 Free
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella Republic of Ireland Dublin 12 August 1972 Republic of Ireland Home Farm 26 August 1989 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 Trevor Morgan England Forest Gate 30 September 1956 England Bolton Wanderers 28 October 1989 £8,000
FW England Steve Restarick England Barking 28 November 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1989 DF United States Marcelle Bruce England Youth Team Free
1 August 1989 DF England Martin Grainger England Youth Team Free
1 August 1989 FW England Steve Restarick England Youth Team Free
19 August 1989 GK Republic of Ireland John Grace Republic of Ireland Tolka Rovers Free
19 August 1989 MF Republic of Ireland Eamonn Collins England Portsmouth Free
26 August 1989 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella Republic of Ireland Home Farm Free
13 October 1989 DF England Robbie Devereux England Ipswich Town Free
21 October 1989 DF England Billy Gilbert England Portsmouth Free
21 October 1989 FW England Tommy English England Bishop's Stortford Free
28 October 1989 FW England Trevor Morgan England Bolton Wanderers £8,000
2 December 1989 MF Northern Ireland Jim Hagan Spain Celta de Vigo Free
1 January 1990 MF England Steve Ball England Arsenal Free
20 January 1990 DF England Neale Marmon Germany Hannover 96 Nominal

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
13 May 1989 GK Wales Mark Walton England Norwich City £75,000
13 May 1989 DF England Phil Coleman England Wivenhoe Town Free
13 May 1989 DF England Steve Hetzke European Union Retired Free
13 May 1989 DF Northern Ireland Colin Hill England Sheffield United £85,000
13 May 1989 FW England Dale Tempest Hong Kong Eastern AA Free
13 May 1989 FW England Mario Walsh England Southend United £30,000
7 October 1989 DF England Rodney Rooke England Wivenhoe Town Free
21 October 1989 DF England Robbie Devereux England Cornard United Free
16 December 1989 MF England Ian Allinson England Baldock Town Free Player-manager
5 January 1990 GK Republic of Ireland John Grace Republic of Ireland Kilkenny City Free Player-manager
5 January 1990 FW England John Warner England Heybridge Swifts Free
14 March 1990 DF England Clive Stafford England Bury Town Free
10 April 1990 FW England Tommy English Hong Kong Happy Valley AA Free
29 April 1990 DF Scotland Robert Scott Scotland East Fife Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
26 August 1989 GK England Roger Hansbury England Birmingham City 16 September 1989
8 September 1989 DF England Mark Blake England Southampton 26 September 1989
12 January 1990 GK England Scott Barrett England Stoke City 17 March 1990
3 February 1990 DF England Karl Goddard England Bradford City 24 April 1990
24 March 1990 GK Wales Andy Marriott England Nottingham Forest 5 May 1990

Results[edit]

Fourth Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22 Aldershot 46 12 14 20 49 69 -20 50
23 Halifax Town 46 12 13 21 57 65 -8 49
24 Colchester United (R) 46 11 10 25 48 75 -27 43

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
18/08/1989 Chesterfield A 1-1 3,161 Radford
26/08/1989 Halifax Town H 2-2 2,404 Bennett, Radford (pen.)
02/09/1989 Grimsby Town A 1-4 4,678 Allinson
08/09/1989 Hereford United H 1-1 3,269 Allinson (pen.)
16/09/1989 Rochdale A 2-2 1,466 Collins, Blake
23/09/1989 Scarborough H 0-0 2,420
26/09/1989 Maidstone United H 4-1 2,946 Radford, Allinson (pen.), Taylor, Bennett
30/09/1989 Carlisle United A 0-1 3,979
07/10/1989 Aldershot A 0-4 2,092
13/10/1989 York City H 0-2 3,274
17/10/1989 Wrexham H 1-3 2,564 Scott
21/10/1989 Scunthorpe United A 0-4 3,254
28/10/1989 Peterborough United H 0-1 3,460
01/11/1989 Exeter City A 1-2 3,905 Tony English
04/11/1989 Burnley A 0-0 6,145
10/11/1989 Cambridge United A 1-2 3,771 Tommy English (pen.)
24/11/1989 Gillingham A 3-3 3,816 Tommy English (pen.), Bennett, Morgan
02/12/1989 Lincoln City H 0-1 2,517
16/12/1989 Torquay United H 0-3 1,720
26/12/1989 Southend United A 2-0 5,563 Grainger, Tommy English
30/12/1989 Doncaster Rovers A 0-2 2,942
01/01/1990 Hartlepool United H 3-1 3,826 Morgan, Grainger, Radford
05/01/1990 Stockport County H 0-1 3,609
12/01/1990 Halifax Town A 1-1 1,397 Scott
20/01/1990 Chesterfield H 1-0 3,016 Wilkins
27/01/1990 York City A 1-3 2,311 Wilkins
03/02/1990 Scarborough A 2-2 1,786 Tony English, Morgan
10/02/1990 Rochdale H 1-2 2,744 Morgan
17/02/1990 Lincoln City A 1-2 3,284 Wilkins
20/02/1990 Grimsby Town H 1-0 3,026 Bruce
23/02/1990 Gillingham H 2-0 4,456 Morgan (pen.), Scott
02/03/1990 Stockport County A 1-1 3,452 Goddard
06/03/1990 Carlisle United H 4-0 3,752 Wilkins, Marmon, Morgan (pen.) (2)
10/03/1990 Maidstone United A 1-4 2,856 Morgan (pen.)
14/03/1990 Hereford United A 0-2 2,253
17/03/1990 Aldershot H 1-0 2,682 Morgan
24/03/1990 Wrexham A 2-3 4,653 Marmon, Wilkins
31/03/1990 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 2,920 Morgan
07/04/1990 Peterborough United A 0-1 4,025
10/04/1990 Exeter City H 0-1 3,369
14/04/1990 Hartlepool United A 2-0 3,397 Bennett, Collins
16/04/1990 Southend United H 0-2 5,283
21/04/1990 Torquay United A 1-4 1,531 Morgan (pen.)
24/04/1990 Doncaster Rovers H 2-0 2,631 Marmon (2)
29/04/1990 Cambridge United A 0-4 4,558
05/05/1990 Burnley H 1-2 2,786 Morgan (pen.)

Source: 1989-90 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
22/08/1989 R1 (L1) Southend United H 3-4 3,537 Scott (2), Bennett
29/08/1989 R1 (L2) Southend United A 1-2 3,763 Collins

Source: 1989-90 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1989–90 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18/11/1989 R1 Brentford A 1-0 4,171 Bennett
09/12/1989 R2 Birmingham City H 0-2 3,858

Source: 1989-90 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
07/11/1989 R1 (Group) Northampton Town H 0-3 1,780
10/01/1990 R1 (Group) Maidstone United A 1-2 1,176 Ball

Source: 1989-90 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 Scott Barrett 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Republic of Ireland GK John Grace 25 0 19 0 2 0 2 0 2 0
–– England GK Roger Hansbury 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Wales GK Andy Marriott 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Mark Blake 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– United States DF Marcelle Bruce 31 1 29 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Scott Daniels 52 0 46 0 2 0 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Robbie Devereux 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Tony English 49 2 44 2 2 0 2 0 1 0
–– England DF Billy Gilbert 30 0 27 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Karl Goddard 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Martin Grainger 8 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– Northern Ireland DF Jim Hagan 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Stuart Hicks 23 0 20 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
–– England DF Neale Marmon 22 4 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF John Pollard 8 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Rodney Rooke 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– Scotland DF Robert Scott 30 5 25 3 1 0 2 2 2 0
–– England DF Clive Stafford 19 0 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Ian Allinson 15 3 13 3 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– England MF Steve Ball 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
–– Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins 45 3 39 2 2 0 2 1 2 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella 9 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
–– England MF Mark Radford 23 4 20 4 0 0 2 0 1 0
–– England MF Les Taylor 41 1 36 1 2 0 2 0 1 0
–– England MF Richard Wilkins 49 5 43 5 2 0 2 0 2 0
–– England FW Gary Bennett 42 6 36 4 2 1 2 1 2 0
–– England FW Tommy English 16 3 13 3 2 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Trevor Morgan 36 12 32 12 2 0 0 0 2 0
–– England FW Steve Restarick 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW John Warner 2 0 2 0 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 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.