1993–94 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1993–94 season
Chairman Gordon Parker[1]
Manager England Roy McDonough
(Until 15 May 1994)
Division Three 17th
FA Cup 1st Round
Rumbelows Cup 1st Round
Auto Windscreens Shield 3rd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Steve Brown (11)
All:
Steve Brown (13)
Highest home attendance 3,932 (Wycombe Wanderers)
Lowest home attendance 2,316 (Carlisle United)
Average home league attendance 2,865

The 1993–94 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football.

Season Review[edit]

The first eight games of 1993/4 yielded 40 goals - 18 in the wrong net. United just could not defend and Roy McDonough, having used six goalkeepers in the wake of Scott Barrett's departure, found himself in goal at Hereford in October 1993. Amazingly both John Keeley and sub Nathan Munson were sent off for professional fouls. Needless to say U's lost 5-0.

Fans fury continued unabated as United fought back manfully to 3-3 at home to non-League Sutton in the FA Cup, only to concede searching for an injury time winner.

Things got worse. United used six keepers again and Steve McGavin moved to Birmingham for £150,000 in January with no funds made available. It took a consortium of local businessmen to raise £10,000 to buy Steve Whitton on deadline day to fill the gap.

On the last day of a disappointing campaign, where gates had dropped to 2,865, McDonough received a silver salver from Chairman Parker in recognition of his 500th career appearance. Three days later it was Parker, his father-in-law, that told McDonough he was sacked.[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 GK Taylor Barada
–– England GK John Cheesewright
–– England DF Tim Allpress
–– England DF Simon Betts
–– England DF Peter Cawley
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Christian Hyslop
–– England DF Andy Partner
–– England MF Steve Ball
–– England MF Sean Campbell
–– England MF Tony Cook
No. Position Player
–– England MF Alan Dickens
–– Wales MF Chris Fry
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England MF Nicky Smith
–– England FW Paul Abrahams
–– England FW Justin Booty
–– England FW Steve Brown
–– England FW Justin Gentle
–– England FW Roy McDonough
–– England FW Steve Whitton

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK United States Taylor Barada United States Charlottesville 14 August 1972 England Notts County 30 April 1994 Free
GK England John Cheesewright England Romford 12 January 1973 England Dagenham & Redbridge 13 January 1994 Free
DF England Tim Allpress England Hitchin 27 January 1971 England Preston North End 16 August 1993 Free
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 Christian Hyslop England Watford 14 June 1972 England Southend United 19 February 1994 Free
DF England Andy Partner England Colchester 21 October 1974 England Youth Team 1 August 1991 Free
MF England Steve Ball England Colchester 2 September 1969 England Cambridge United 14 September 1992 Free
MF England Sean Campbell England Bristol 31 December 1974 England Youth Team 1 August 1993 Free
MF England Tony Cook England Hemel Hempstead 17 September 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1993 Free
MF England Alan Dickens England London 3 September 1964 England Chelsea 4 September 1993 Free
MF Wales Chris Fry Wales Cardiff 23 October 1969 England Hereford United 24 October 1993 Undisclosed
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 Justin Booty England Colchester 2 June 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1993 Free
FW England Steve Brown England Southend-on-Sea 6 December 1973 England Scunthorpe United 27 August 1993 Free
FW England Justin Gentle England England 6 June 1974 England Luton Town 30 April 1994 Free
FW England Roy McDonough England Solihull 16 October 1958 England Southend United 13 October 1990 Free
FW England Steve Whitton England London 4 December 1960 England Ipswich Town 24 March 1994 £10,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
8 May 1993 GK England Nathan Munson England Youth Team Free
1 August 1993 MF England Sean Campbell England Youth Team Free
1 August 1993 MF England Tony Cook England Youth Team Free
1 August 1993 FW England Justin Booty England Youth Team Free
14 August 1993 GK England John Keeley England Oldham Athletic Free
16 August 1993 DF England Tim Allpress England Preston North End Free
27 August 1993 FW England Steve Brown England Scunthorpe United Free
4 September 1993 MF England Alan Dickens England Chelsea Free
25 September 1993 FW England John Richardson England Chesham United Free
24 October 1993 MF Wales Chris Fry England Hereford United Undisclosed
13 January 1994 GK England John Cheesewright England Dagenham & Redbridge Free
19 February 1994 DF England Christian Hyslop England Southend United Free
24 March 1994 FW England Steve Whitton England Ipswich Town £10,000
30 April 1994 GK United States Taylor Barada England Notts County Free
30 April 1994 FW England Justin Gentle England Luton Town Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 1993 DF England Paul Flowers England Grays Athletic Free
31 May 1993 MF England Robert Hopkins England Solihull Borough Free
14 August 1993 MF England Jason Cook England Dagenham & Redbridge Free
18 August 1993 FW Scotland Grant Morrow England Boston United Free
31 August 1993 FW England Julian Hazel England Braintree Town Free
11 September 1993 FW England Gary Bennett England Woking Free
28 September 1993 DF England Martin Grainger England Brentford £60,000
20 November 1993 GK England John Keeley England Chelmsford City Free
11 December 1993 GK England Nathan Munson England Billericay Town Free
11 December 1993 FW England John Richardson England Chesham United Free
3 January 1994 DF England Paul Roberts England Chesham United Free
7 January 1994 FW England Steve McGavin England Birmingham City £150,000

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
8 October 1993 DF England Adam Locke England Southend United 2 November 1993
30 October 1993 GK England Mike Desborough England Chelmsford City 30 October 1993
18 November 1993 DF England Michael Basham England West Ham United 20 November 1993
23 December 1993 GK England Jon Sheffield England Cambridge United 22 January 1994
11 January 1994 FW England Grant Watts England Crystal Palace 4 April 1994
22 March 1994 DF England Ian Brown England Bristol City 6 April 1994

Results[edit]

Division Three Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
16 Gillingham 42 12 15 15 44 51 -7 51
17 Colchester United 42 13 10 19 56 71 -15 49
18 Lincoln City 42 12 11 19 52 63 -11 47

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
14/08/1993 Lincoln City H 1-0 3,198 Kinsella
21/08/1993 Crewe Alexandra A 1-2 2,700 Ball
28/08/1993 Northampton Town H 3-2 2,874 Grainger (pen.), English, Kinsella
31/08/1993 Shrewsbury Town H 3-3 2,723 McGavin (2), S.Brown
04/09/1993 Torquay United A 3-3 2,989 S.Brown, McGavin, Curran (o.g.)
11/09/1993 Rochdale H 2-5 2,776 McDonough, S.Brown
18/09/1993 Wycombe Wanderers A 5-2 8,025 Kinsella, McGavin, McDonough, Grainger, S.Brown
25/09/1993 Bury H 4-1 2,702 S.Brown (3), McGavin
02/10/1993 Preston North End A 0-1 6,412
09/10/1993 Scunthorpe United H 2-1 3,405 Kinsella, S.Brown
16/10/1993 Hereford United A 0-5 1,848
23/10/1993 Wigan Athletic H 3-1 2,814 McDonough (2), Kinsella
30/10/1993 Gillingham A 0-3 3,964
02/11/1993 Darlington A 3-7 1,299 Dickens, McGavin, Kinsella
06/11/1993 Walsall H 0-1 2,736
20/11/1993 Doncaster Rovers A 1-2 2,034 McGavin
27/11/1993 Carlisle United H 2-1 2,316 English (2)
11/12/1993 Crewe Alexandra H 2-4 2,647 English, S.Brown
27/12/1993 Mansfield Town H 0-0 3,478
28/12/1993 Scarborough A 2-0 1,226 McDonough, McGavin
01/01/1994 Chester City H 0-0 3,170
03/01/1994 Shrewsbury Town A 1-2 4,245 Ball
15/01/1994 Hereford United H 1-0 2,439 Dickens
22/01/1994 Scunthorpe United A 1-1 2,854 Cawley
29/01/1994 Gillingham H 1-2 3,436 Watts
05/02/1994 Wigan Athletic A 1-0 1,695 Dickens
12/02/1994 Chesterfield H 0-2 2,783
19/02/1994 Northampton Town A 1-1 3,185 McDonough
25/02/1994 Torquay United H 1-2 2,573 Betts
05/03/1994 Rochdale A 1-1 2,202 Watts
12/03/1994 Wycombe Wanderers H 0-2 3,932
15/03/1994 Lincoln City A 0-2 1,631
19/03/1994 Bury A 1-0 2,108 McDonough
26/03/1994 Preston North End H 1-1 2,950 I.Brown
29/03/1994 Chesterfield A 0-0 3,089
02/04/1994 Mansfield Town A 1-1 2,117 Gray (o.g.)
04/04/1994 Scarborough H 1-2 2,501 Meyer (o.g.)
09/04/1994 Chester City A 1-2 3,394 S.Brown
16/04/1994 Darlington H 1-2 2,337 Kinsella
23/04/1994 Walsall A 2-1 2,980 Watkiss (o.g.), Kinsella
30/04/1994 Doncaster Rovers H 3-1 2,378 Whitton (2), S.Brown
07/05/1994 Carlisle United A 0-2 9,305

Source: 1993-94 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17/08/1993 R1 (L1) Fulham A 1-2 2,820 Kinsella
24/08/1993 R1 (L2) Fulham H 1-2 3,360 McDonough

Source: 1993-94 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1993–94 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/11/1993 R1 Sutton United H 3-4 3,051 McGavin, S.Brown, English

Source: 1993-94 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28/09/1993 R1 (Group) Gillingham A 0-0 1,091
19/10/1993 R1 (Group) Cambridge United H 2-2 1,489 Kinsella, S.Brown
04/12/1993 R2 (S) Wrexham A 1-0 1,860 McDonough
11/01/1994 R3 (S) Wycombe Wanderers H 0-1 2,751

Source: 1993-94 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
–– United States GK Taylor Barada 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England GK John Cheesewright 18 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England GK Mike Desborough 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England GK John Keeley 20 0 15 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
–– England GK Nathan Munson 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England GK Jon Sheffield 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Tim Allpress 27 0 23 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
–– England DF Michael Basham 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Simon Betts 38 1 33 1 1 0 1 0 3 0
–– England DF Peter Cawley 41 1 36 1 1 0 0 0 4 0
–– England DF Tony English 49 5 42 4 1 1 2 0 4 0
–– England DF Martin Grainger 11 2 8 2 0 0 2 0 1 0
–– England DF Christian Hyslop 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Adam Locke 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Andy Partner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Paul Roberts 26 0 21 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
–– England MF Steve Ball 38 2 32 2 0 0 2 0 4 0
–– England MF Sean Campbell 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Jason Cook 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Tony Cook 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England MF Alan Dickens 36 3 32 3 1 0 0 0 3 0
–– Wales MF Chris Fry 17 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella 48 10 42 8 1 0 2 1 3 1
–– England MF Nicky Smith 44 0 39 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
–– England FW Paul Abrahams 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– England FW Gary Bennett 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– England FW Justin Booty 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Ian Brown 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Steve Brown 38 13 34 11 1 1 0 0 3 1
–– England FW Justin Gentle 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Roy McDonough 45 9 38 7 1 0 2 1 4 1
–– England FW Steve McGavin 27 9 21 8 1 1 2 0 3 0
–– England FW Grant Morrow 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW John Richardson 10 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England FW Grant Watts 13 2 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Steve Whitton 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 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. ^ "1993–94 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1993–94 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011.