1990–91 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1990–91 season
Chairman Jonathan Crisp[1]
Manager England Ian Atkins
(From 1 June 1990 until
30 June 1991)
Conference 2nd
FA Cup 2nd Round
FA Trophy Quarter-final
Conference League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Mario Walsh (17)
All:
Mario Walsh (18)
Highest home attendance 7,221 (Altrincham)
Lowest home attendance 1,966 (Northwich Victoria)
Average home league attendance 2,992

The 1990–91 season was Colchester United's first season outside of the Football League since 1950, when they were elected to the football league. The season ended with Colchester finishing runners-up in the Conference behind Barnet by two points.

Season Review[edit]

Lincoln and Darlington had both returned to the Football League at the first attempt from the Conference and the onus was on new Player Manager Ian Atkins to achieve the same. United remained full-time and wearing a navy and white striped kit enjoyed a 100% record from their first six home games.

Layer Road was sold back to the Council for £1.2m to help clear debts with the club leasing for a maximum of three seasons. Barnet and Kettering were U's main challengers and it took until April for U's to hit top spot.

United faced the ignominy of having to compete in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round and had a shock home defeat to Witton Albion in the FA Trophy Quarter Finals after beating neighbours Wivenhoe Town.

Facing late challengers Altrincham drew a Layer Road crowd of 7,221, but a draw and Barnet's matching form meant that Colchester finished runners-up by two points. Chairman Jonathan Crisp fumed: "To come second with a fully professional squad in a part-time League is a bloody disgrace." He soon left the club, a wiser if not poorer man, as did Atkins who joined Birmingham as coach.[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 Scott Barrett
–– England DF Ian Atkins
–– United States DF Marcelle Bruce
–– England DF Scott Daniels
–– England DF Warren Donald
–– England DF Shaun Elliott
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Martin Grainger
–– England DF Neale Marmon
–– England DF Gary Osbourne
–– England DF John Pollard
–– England MF Garry Brooke
No. Position Player
–– Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins
–– Republic of Ireland MF Wayne Hannigan
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England MF Nicky Smith
–– England MF Les Taylor
–– England FW Gary Bennett
–– England FW Roy McDonough
–– England FW Steve McGavin
–– England FW Steve Restarick
–– England FW Laurie Ryan
–– England FW Mario Walsh

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Scott Barrett England Ilkeston 2 April 1963 England Stoke City 18 August 1990 Free
DF England Ian Atkins England Sheldon 16 January 1957 England Birmingham City 18 August 1990 Free
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 Warren Donald England Uxbridge 7 October 1964 England Northampton Town 27 August 1990 Free
DF England Shaun Elliott England Haltwhistle 26 January 1957 England Blackpool 15 December 1990 £7,000
DF England Tony English England Luton 19 October 1966 England Coventry City 1 January 1985 Free
DF England Martin Grainger England Enfield 23 August 1972 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free
DF England Neale Marmon England Bournemouth 21 April 1961 Germany Hannover 96 20 January 1990 Nominal
DF England Gary Osbourne England Wolverhampton 22 October 1969 England Telford United 1 April 1991 Free
DF England John Pollard England Chelmsford 17 November 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
MF England Garry Brooke England Bethnal Green 24 November 1960 England Baldock Town 21 January 1991 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 Nicky Smith England Berkeley 28 January 1969 England Southend United 18 August 1990 Free
MF England Les Taylor England North Shields 4 December 1956 England Reading 13 January 1989 £20,000
FW England Gary Bennett England Enfield 13 November 1970 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
FW England Roy McDonough England Solihull 16 October 1958 England Southend United 13 October 1990 Free
FW England Steve McGavin England North Walsham 24 January 1969 England Sudbury Town 1 April 1991 £3,000
FW England Steve Restarick England Barking 28 November 1971 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free
FW England Laurie Ryan England Watford 15 October 1963 England Cambridge United 15 December 1990 Free
FW England Mario Walsh England Paddington 19 January 1966 England Southend United 1 September 1990 £25,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
18 August 1990 GK England Scott Barrett England Stoke City Free
18 August 1990 DF England Ian Atkins England Birmingham City Free
18 August 1990 MF England Nicky Smith England Southend United Free
18 August 1990 FW Wales Morrys Scott Wales Cardiff City Free
27 August 1990 DF England Warren Donald England Northampton Town Free
1 September 1990 FW England Mario Walsh England Southend United £25,000
22 September 1990 MF England Mark Rees England Walsall Free
13 October 1990 FW England Roy McDonough England Southend United Free Swap deal with Morrys Scott; Player-manager
15 December 1990 DF England Shaun Elliott England Blackpool £7,000
15 December 1990 FW England Laurie Ryan England Cambridge United Free
21 January 1991 MF England Garry Brooke England Baldock Town Free
26 February 1991 MF Republic of Ireland Wayne Hannigan Republic of Ireland Home Farm Free
1 April 1991 DF England Gary Osbourne England Telford United Free
1 April 1991 FW England Steve McGavin England Sudbury Town £3,000

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 1990 DF England Billy Gilbert England Maidstone United Free
31 May 1990 DF England Stuart Hicks England Scunthorpe United Free
31 May 1990 DF Scotland Robert Scott Scotland East Fife Free
31 May 1990 MF England Richard Wilkins England Cambridge United £65,000
31 May 1990 FW England Trevor Morgan England Exeter City Free
18 September 1990 MF England Steve Ball England Norwich City Free
22 September 1990 MF England Mark Rees Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers Free
13 October 1990 FW Wales Morrys Scott England Southend United Free Swap deal with Roy McDonough

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
18 August 1990 MF England Mark Yates England Birmingham City 2 February 1991
19 September 1990 FW England Laurie Ryan England Cambridge United 29 September 1990
24 November 1990 FW United States Mike Masters United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 25 March 1991
30 March 1991 DF England Rudi Hedman England Crystal Palace 4 May 1991
30 March 1991 MF England David Leworthy England Reading 30 April 1991

Results[edit]

Conference Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Barnet (C) 42 26 9 7 103 52 +51 87
2 Colchester United 42 25 10 7 68 35 +33 85
3 Altrincham 42 23 13 6 87 46 +41 82

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

Conference Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18/08/1990 Yeovil Town A 0-2 4,169
22/08/1990 Welling United A 1-1 1,828 Yates
25/08/1990 Merthyr Tydfil H 3-1 2,008 Yates, Bennett, Collins
27/08/1990 Fisher Athletic A 0-0 1,395
01/09/1990 Northwich Victoria H 4-0 1,966 Walsh (2), Yates, English
08/09/1990 Barrow A 2-2 1,441 Walsh, Yates
15/09/1990 Telford United H 2-0 2,164 Daniels, Walsh
19/09/1990 Boston United A 3-1 1,620 Walsh (2), Bennett
22/09/1990 Cheltenham Town H 3-1 2,527 Atkins (pen.), Bennett, Walsh
29/09/1990 Runcorn A 3-0 861 Atkins (2) (pen.), Marmon
06/10/1990 Macclesfield Town A 0-1 1,100
13/10/1990 Sutton United H 1-0 2,716 Bennett
20/10/1990 Bath City A 2-1 1,078 Atkins (pen.), Yates
27/10/1990 Barrow H 1-0 2,650 Walsh
03/11/1990 Stafford Rangers H 2-0 2,403 Walsh, English
10/11/1990 Kettering Town A 0-1 5,020
24/11/1990 Wycombe Wanderers H 2-2 2,970 Yates, Walsh
01/12/1990 Stafford Rangers A 2-0 1,304 Marmon, McDonough
15/12/1990 Merthyr Tydfil A 0-3 710
22/12/1990 Cheltenham Town A 2-1 1,397 English, Walsh
26/12/1990 Barnet H 0-0 3,946
29/12/1990 Boston United H 3-1 2,416 Collins, English, Walsh
01/01/1991 Barnet A 3-1 5,105 Bennett, Walsh, Masters
05/01/1991 Slough Town H 2-1 2,175 Bennett, Walsh
19/01/1991 Altrincham A 2-2 1,388 English, McDonough
26/01/1991 Sutton United A 1-0 1,496 McDonough
02/03/1991 Bath City H 2-0 2,277 Atkins (pen.), Walsh
05/03/1991 Slough Town A 2-0 1,120 McDonough (2)
09/03/1991 Macclesfield Town H 1-0 2,735 Atkins (pen.)
12/03/1991 Runcorn H 2-2 2,969 Ryan, Bennett
23/03/1991 Fisher Athletic H 2-1 2,492 McDonough, Walsh
25/03/1991 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-1 3,200
30/03/1991 Yeovil Town H 0-1 3,115
01/04/1991 Gateshead A 2-1 753 Leworthy, McDonough
05/04/1991 Northwich Victoria A 2-2 1,094 Walsh, McDonough
09/04/1991 Welling United H 2-1 2,889 Atkins (pen.), English
17/04/1991 Kettering Town H 3-1 5,048 Bennett, English, Donald
20/04/1991 Altrincham H 1-1 7,221 Leworthy
22/04/1991 Kidderminster Harriers A 0-0 1,721
26/04/1991 Telford United A 0-2 1,592
30/04/1991 Gateshead H 3-0 2,667 Bennett, Leworthy (2)
04/05/1991 Kidderminster Harriers H 2-0 3,481 Ryan (2)

Source: 1990-91 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1990–91 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17/11/1990 R1 Reading H 2-1 3,761 Atkins (pen.), Marmon
12/12/1990 R2 Leyton Orient H 0-0 6,150
27/11/1991 R1 (R) Leyton Orient A 1-4 4,615 Masters

Source: 1990-91 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/01/1991 R1 Windsor & Eton A 1-0 727 Bennett
02/02/1991 R2 Runcorn H 2-0 2,348 Walsh, Marmon
23/02/1991 R3 Wivenhoe Town H 3-0 4,923 McDonough, Bennett (2)
16/03/1991 QF Witton Albion H 0-2 3,079

Source: 1990-91 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Conference League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
21/01/1991 R1 Fisher Athletic A 3-2 (a.e.t.) 293 Marmon, Restarick (2)
26/02/1991 R2 Sutton United A 0-2 582

Source: 1990-91 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Conference FA Cup FA Trophy Conference LC
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– England GK Scott Barrett 51 0 42 0 3 0 4 0 2 0
–– England DF Ian Atkins 49 8 41 7 3 1 4 0 1 0
–– United States DF Marcelle Bruce 7 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
–– England DF Scott Daniels 47 1 40 1 3 0 4 0 0 0
–– England DF Warren Donald 46 1 38 1 3 0 4 0 1 0
–– England DF Shaun Elliott 22 0 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
–– England DF Tony English 48 7 40 7 3 0 4 0 1 0
–– England DF Martin Grainger 8 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
–– England DF Rudi Hedman 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Neale Marmon 45 5 37 2 3 1 3 1 2 1
–– England DF Gary Osbourne 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF John Pollard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Garry Brooke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins 42 5 35 2 3 0 4 3 0 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Wayne Hannigan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella 12 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Mark Radford 6 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Mark Rees 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Nicky Smith 41 0 34 0 2 0 4 0 1 0
–– England MF Les Taylor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Mark Yates 30 6 25 6 3 0 1 0 1 0
–– England FW Gary Bennett 43 9 36 9 3 0 4 0 0 0
–– England FW David Leworthy 9 4 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– United States FW Mike Masters 16 2 11 1 1 1 2 0 2 0
–– England FW Roy McDonough 29 9 24 8 1 0 4 1 0 0
–– England FW Steve McGavin 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Steve Restarick 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
–– England FW Laurie Ryan 17 3 13 3 0 0 2 0 2 0
–– Wales FW Morrys Scott 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Mario Walsh 38 18 32 17 3 0 3 1 0 0

Scorers[edit]

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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 90s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "1990–91 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1990–91 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011.