1992–93 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1992–93 season
Chairman Gordon Parker[1]
Manager England Roy McDonough
Division Three 10th
FA Cup 2nd Round
Rumbelows Cup 1st Round
Auto Windscreens Shield 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Roy McDonough
Steve McGavin (9)
All:
Gary Bennett
Steve McGavin (10)
Highest home attendance 5,695 (Gillingham)
Lowest home attendance 2,774 (Torquay United)
Average home league attendance 3,840

The 1992–93 season was Colchester United's first season back in the Football League and fourth tier of English football after being crowned Conference champions, finishing 1st.

Season Review[edit]

The advent of the Premier League meant that Colchester jumped two Leagues, in name, to Division Three.

James Bowdidge stepped down because of business commitments handing over the Chair to former reserve player Gordon Parker.

United lost Mike Masters, an American, because of work permit problems and Scott Barrett to a richer contract.

The U's lost four of their first five games and sunk to the bottom, they also suffered a hefty FA fine for their indiscipline on the field with Roy McDonough one of the main culprits. The attacking approach was not as effective against League teams and United concede a 7, a 5 and 4 goals on six occasions. Despite this they rallied, with a young Mark Kinsella blossoming and finished just four points shy of a play-off place.

With 79 bookings and three red cards it was apt that their new blue shirts had an upward pointing repeating arrow which many fans, upset at the loss of striped shirts, dubbed the 'jailbird' kit.[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 DF Simon Betts
–– England DF Peter Cawley
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Paul Flowers
–– England DF Martin Grainger
–– England DF Andy Partner
–– England DF Paul Roberts
–– England MF Steve Ball
–– England MF Jason Cook
No. Position Player
–– England MF Robert Hopkins
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England MF Nicky Smith
–– England FW Paul Abrahams
–– England FW Gary Bennett
–– England FW Julian Hazel
–– England FW Roy McDonough
–– England FW Steve McGavin

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
DF England Simon Betts England Middlesbrough 3 March 1973 England Ipswich Town 11 December 1992 Free
DF England Peter Cawley England Walton-on-Thames 15 September 1965 England Barnet 9 October 1992 Free
DF England Tony English England Luton 19 October 1966 England Coventry City 1 January 1985 Free
DF England Paul Flowers England Stepney 7 September 1974 England Youth Team 1 August 1992 Free
DF England Martin Grainger England Enfield 23 August 1972 England Youth Team 1 August 1989 Free
DF England Andy Partner England Colchester 21 October 1974 England Youth Team 1 August 1991 Free
DF England Paul Roberts England West Ham 21 October 1974 England Fisher Athletic 28 September 1991 Free
MF England Steve Ball England Colchester 2 September 1969 England Cambridge United 14 September 1992 Free
MF England Jason Cook England Edmonton 29 December 1969 England Southend United 28 September 1991 Free
MF England Robert Hopkins England Birmingham 25 October 1961 England Shrewsbury Town 20 February 1993 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
FW England Paul Abrahams England Colchester 31 October 1973 England Youth Team 1 August 1991 Free
FW England Gary Bennett England Enfield 13 November 1970 England Youth Team 1 August 1988 Free
FW England Julian Hazel England Luton 25 September 1973 England Youth Team 1 August 1991 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

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1992 DF England Paul Flowers England Youth Team Free
15 August 1992 DF England Darren Oxbrow England Maidstone United Free
15 August 1992 MF England Robbie Devereux England Cornard United Free
14 September 1992 MF England Steve Ball England Cambridge United Free
6 October 1992 GK England Alasdair Monk England Norwich City Free
9 October 1992 DF England Peter Cawley England Barnet Free
7 November 1992 MF England Tony Sorrell England Boston United Free
11 December 1992 DF England Simon Betts England Ipswich Town Free
20 February 1993 MF England Robert Hopkins England Shrewsbury Town Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 1992 GK England Scott Barrett England Gillingham Free
31 May 1992 DF England Shaun Elliott England Gateshead Free
31 May 1992 MF Republic of Ireland Eamonn Collins England Exeter City Free
31 May 1992 MF Northern Ireland Ian Stewart England Harrow Borough Free
31 May 1992 FW United States Mike Masters England Newbury Town Free
24 October 1992 MF England Robbie Devereux Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Free
28 November 1992 DF England Warren Donald England Kettering Town Free
28 November 1992 DF England Darren Oxbrow England Barnet Free
18 December 1992 MF England Tony Sorrell England Barnet Free
21 December 1992 GK England Alasdair Monk European Union Released Free
21 December 1992 DF Scotland Ian Phillips England Halstead Town Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
12 August 1992 GK England Paul Newell England Leyton Orient 3 November 1992
7 November 1992 GK England Ron Green England Kidderminster Harriers 16 December 1992
17 December 1992 GK England Carl Emberson England Millwall 12 March 1993
2 January 1993 MF England Dean Martin England West Ham United 20 February 1993
19 March 1993 GK England Fred Barber England Peterborough United 4 May 1993

Results[edit]

Division Three Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Shrewsbury Town 42 17 11 14 57 52 +5 62
10 Colchester United 42 18 5 19 67 76 -9 59
11 Rochdale 42 16 10 16 70 70 0 58

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

Division Three Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/08/1992 Lincoln City H 2-1 4,131 McDonough, Oxbrow
21/08/1992 Barnet A 1-3 3,600 Kinsella
29/08/1992 Darlington H 0-3 3,524
01/09/1992 Shrewsbury Town H 0-2 3,530
05/09/1992 Bury A 2-3 2,072 Bennett, McDonough (pen.)
12/09/1992 Walsall H 3-1 3,218 Bennett, Smith, McDonough (pen.)
15/09/1992 Doncaster Rovers A 0-1 1,719
19/09/1992 York City A 0-2 3,820
26/09/1992 Chesterfield H 3-0 3,436 Bennett, Kinsella
10/10/1992 Halifax Town A 4-2 2,445 Kinsella, Oxbrow, McDonough, Bennett
16/10/1992 Crewe Alexandra H 3-2 4,524 Bennett, McDonough, Oxbrow
24/10/1992 Scunthorpe United A 1-3 2,473 McGavin
30/10/1992 Wrexham H 2-4 4,423 Ball, Kinsella
03/11/1992 Carlisle United H 2-1 3,263 Roberts, Cawley
07/11/1992 Cardiff City A 1-3 5,505 Kinsella
21/11/1992 Rochdale H 4-4 3,172 Cawley, Ball, Sorrell, McDonough
28/11/1992 Hereford United A 1-3 1,671 Oxbrow
11/12/1992 Torquay United H 2-0 2,774 McDonough, Smith
18/12/1992 Gillingham A 1-0 2,331 McGavin
26/12/1992 Northampton Town A 0-1 4,861
29/12/1992 Scarborough H 1-0 3,640 McGavin
02/01/1993 Walsall A 3-1 3,669 Martin, McGavin, Cawley
08/01/1993 Doncaster Rovers H 2-0 4,402 Grainger, McGavin
16/01/1993 Chesterfield A 0-4 3,016
22/01/1993 York City H 0-0 4,528
29/01/1993 Barnet H 1-2 5,609 Bennett
06/02/1993 Lincoln City A 1-1 3,380 Martin
13/02/1993 Bury H 0-0 3,264
20/02/1993 Shrewsbury Town A 3-4 2,653 Hopkins, Grainger (pen.), McGavin
26/02/1993 Halifax Town H 2-1 3,007 McGavin, Grainger
12/03/1993 Cardiff City H 2-4 4,538 McDonough (pen), McGavin
20/03/1993 Carlisle United A 2-0 3,003 Cook, Edmondson (o.g.)
23/03/1993 Hereford United H 3-1 3,024 Titterton (o.g.), McDonough, Abrahams
27/03/1993 Rochdale A 2-5 1,783 Smith, Abrahams
06/04/1993 Torquay United A 2-2 2,915 McGavin, Ball
13/04/1993 Scarborough A 1-0 1,803 Abrahams
16/04/1993 Gillingham H 3-0 5,695 Clark (o.g.), Smith, Abrahams
20/04/1993 Northampton Town H 2-0 3,519 Ball (pen.), Abrahams
24/04/1993 Crewe Alexandra A 1-7 3,250 English
01/05/1993 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 3,421 Abrahams
04/05/1993 Darlington A 0-1 2,007
08/05/1993 Wrexham A 3-4 9,705 Hardy (o.g.), Bennett, Kinsella

Source: 1992-93 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18/08/1992 R1 (L1) Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-1 3,814 English
26/08/1992 R1 (L2) Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-1 4,125

Source: 1992-93 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1992–93 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/11/1992 R1 Slough Town H 4-0 3,858 Sorrell, Bennett (2), Ball
05/12/1992 R2 Gillingham A 1-1 5,319 McGavin
16/12/1992 R2 (R) Gillingham H 2-3 4,440 Ball (2)

Source: 1992-93 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
01/12/1992 R1 (Group) Northampton Town H 1-2 1,454 Grainger (pen.)
21/12/1992 R1 (Group) Barnet A 2-4 1,193 Ball, Cook

Source: 1992-93 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Three FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– GK England Fred Barber 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– GK England Carl Emberson 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– GK England Ron Green 8 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
–– GK England Alasdair Monk 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– GK England Paul Newell 16 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England Simon Betts 25 0 23 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– DF England Peter Cawley 26 3 24 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Warren Donald 14 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Tony English 39 2 33 1 3 0 2 1 1 0
–– DF England Paul Flowers 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Martin Grainger 35 4 31 3 2 0 1 0 1 1
–– DF England Darren Oxbrow 20 4 16 4 1 0 2 0 1 0
–– DF England Andy Partner 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– DF Scotland Ian Phillips 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– DF England Paul Roberts 49 1 42 1 3 0 2 0 2 0
–– MF England Steve Ball 27 8 24 4 2 3 0 0 1 1
–– MF England Jason Cook 38 2 34 1 2 0 1 0 1 1
–– MF England Robbie Devereux 8 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
–– MF England Robert Hopkins 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella 44 6 38 6 3 0 2 0 1 0
–– MF England Nicky Smith 49 4 42 4 3 0 2 0 2 0
–– MF England Tony Sorrell 8 2 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Paul Abrahams 25 6 23 6 0 0 1 0 1 0
–– FW England Gary Bennett 44 10 38 8 2 2 2 0 2 0
–– FW England Julian Hazel 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
–– FW England Dean Martin 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Roy McDonough 31 9 25 9 3 0 2 0 1 0
–– FW England Steve McGavin 42 10 37 9 3 1 0 0 2 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 90s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "1992–93 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1992–93 Season Goalscorers Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2011.