1994–95 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1994–95 season
Chairman Gordon Parker[1]
Manager George Burley
(From 1 June until
24 December 1994)

Dale Roberts (Caretaker)
(24 December 1994 to
12 January 1995)

Steve Wignall
(From 12 January 1995)
Division Three 10th
FA Cup 3rd Round
Coca-Cola Cup 1st Round
Auto Windscreens Shield 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Steve Whitton (10)
All:
Steve Whitton (13)
Highest home attendance 6,055 (Darlington)
Lowest home attendance 2,239 (Walsall)
Average home league attendance 3,276

The 1994–95 season was Colchester United's third consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football.

Season Review[edit]

With Roy McDonough sacked at the end of the 1993/94 season, few, if any, listed the name of former Ipswich full-back George Burley as a candidate but the Scotsman was duly appointed in July 1994. Six straight defeats was not an ideal baptism, Burley dug out his boots, brought in new faces and called upon Dale Roberts as coach. The turn around was immediate as United suffered just one defeat in the next 20 League and Cup matches.

Few fans arriving for the Boxing Day clash with Northampton knew that Burley had resigned on Christmas Eve. Tapped up by Ipswich, who had been refused permission to speak to him, Burley walked out on fifth placed Colchester leaving a sour taste for years to come. Roberts became Caretaker for United's first-ever encounter with a Premiership side. Unfortunately it was Wimbledon, 1-0 winners, and half the 6,903 crowd at Selhurst Park were from Colchester.

Again the Colchester board defied speculation and appointed stalwart ex-defender Steve Wignall as new manager in January 1995. Crowds increased, to 3,277, helped by an interesting promotion when all 6,055 were admitted free to the clash with Darlington on 4 March 1995.

Well placed for a play-off berth, United gained just two points from the last four games and finished 12 points adrift.[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 John Cheesewright
–– England GK Carl Emberson
–– England DF Tim Allpress
–– England DF Simon Betts
–– England DF Gus Caesar
–– England DF Peter Cawley
–– England DF Gary Culling
–– England DF Jean Dalli
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Paul Gibbs
–– England DF Ben Lewis
–– England DF Adam Locke
–– Republic of Ireland DF Tony McCarthy
No. Position Player
–– England DF Paul Stoneman
–– England MF Steve Ball
–– England MF Michael Cheetham
–– England MF Tony Dennis
–– Wales MF Chris Fry
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England MF Trevor Putney
–– England FW Leighton Allen
–– England FW Tony Lock
–– England FW Robbie Reinelt
–– Canada FW Niall Thompson
–– England FW Steve Whitton

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England John Cheesewright England Romford 12 January 1973 England Dagenham & Redbridge 13 January 1994 Free
GK England Carl Emberson England Epsom 13 July 1973 England Millwall 6 July 1994 £25,000
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 Gus Caesar England Tottenham 5 March 1966 Scotland Airdrieonians 11 August 1994 Free
DF England Peter Cawley England Walton-on-Thames 15 September 1965 England Barnet 9 October 1992 Free
DF England Gary Culling England Braintree 6 April 1972 England Braintree Town 11 August 1994 Free
DF England Jean Dalli England Enfield 13 August 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
DF England Tony English England Luton 19 October 1966 England Coventry City 1 January 1985 Free
DF England Paul Gibbs England Gorleston 26 October 1972 England Diss Town 6 March 1995 Undisclosed
DF England Ben Lewis England Chelmsford 22 June 1977 England Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
DF England Adam Locke England Croydon 20 August 1970 England Southend United 23 September 1994 Free
DF Republic of Ireland Tony McCarthy Republic of Ireland Dublin 9 November 1969 England Millwall 17 March 1995 Free
DF England Paul Stoneman England Whitley Bay 26 February 1973 England Blackpool 1 August 1994 Undisclosed
MF England Steve Ball England Colchester 2 September 1969 England Cambridge United 14 September 1992 Free
MF England Michael Cheetham Netherlands Amsterdam 30 June 1967 England Chesterfield 23 March 1995 Free
MF England Tony Dennis England Eton 1 December 1963 England Chesterfield 10 August 1994 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 Trevor Putney England Harold Hill 9 April 1960 England Leyton Orient 1 August 1994 Free
FW England Leighton Allen England Brighton 22 November 1973 England Gillingham 31 August 1994 Free
FW England Tony Lock England Harlow 3 September 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
FW England Robbie Reinelt England Loughton 11 March 1974 England Gillingham 22 March 1995 Free
FW Canada Niall Thompson England Birmingham 16 April 1974 England Crystal Palace 4 November 1994 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
6 July 1994 GK England Carl Emberson England Millwall £25,000
1 August 1994 DF England Jean Dalli England Youth Team Free
1 August 1994 DF England Ben Lewis England Youth Team Free
1 August 1994 DF England Paul Stoneman England Blackpool Undisclosed
1 August 1994 MF England Trevor Putney England Leyton Orient Free
1 August 1994 MF England Danny Roberts England Youth Team Free
1 August 1994 FW England Tony Lock England Youth Team Free
3 August 1994 DF Scotland George Burley Scotland Motherwell Free Player-manager
10 August 1994 MF England Tony Dennis England Chesterfield Free
11 August 1994 DF England Gus Caesar Scotland Airdrieonians Free
11 August 1994 DF England Gary Culling England Braintree Town Free
31 August 1994 FW England Leighton Allen England Gillingham Free
23 September 1994 DF England Adam Locke England Southend United Free
4 November 1994 FW Canada Niall Thompson England Crystal Palace Free
6 March 1995 DF England Paul Gibbs England Diss Town Undisclosed
17 March 1995 DF Republic of Ireland Tony McCarthy England Millwall Free
22 March 1995 FW England Robbie Reinelt England Gillingham Free Swap deal with Steve Brown
23 March 1995 MF England Michael Cheetham England Chesterfield Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 1994 GK United States Taylor Barada United States Richmond Kickers Free
31 May 1994 DF England Christian Hyslop England Hendon Free
31 May 1994 DF England Sean Campbell England Chelmsford City Free
31 May 1994 MF England Tony Cook England Berkhamsted Town Free
31 May 1994 MF England Alan Dickens England Chesham United Free
31 May 1994 MF England Nicky Smith England Northampton Town Free
31 May 1994 FW England Justin Booty England Braintree Town Free
31 May 1994 FW England Justin Gentle England Chesham United Free
31 May 1994 FW England Roy McDonough England Dagenham & Redbridge Free Player-manager
23 August 1994 MF England Danny Roberts European Union Released Free
30 August 1994 DF England Andy Partner European Union Released Free
16 December 1994 DF Scotland George Burley European Union Retired Free Left to become manager of Ipswich Town
22 March 1995 FW England Steve Brown England Gillingham Free Swap deal with Robbie Reinelt

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
16 August 1994 DF England Arron Davis England Torquay United 31 May 1995
16 February 1995 FW England Carl Asaba England Brentford 29 April 1995
9 March 1995 FW England Martin Williams England Luton Town 25 March 1995

Results[edit]

Division Three Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Doncaster Rovers 42 17 10 15 58 43 +15 61
10 Colchester United 42 16 10 16 56 64 -8 58
11 Barnet 42 15 11 16 56 63 -7 56

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
13/08/1994 Torquay United H 1-3 3,175 Kinsella
20/08/1994 Mansfield Town A 0-2 2,247
27/08/1994 Doncaster Rovers H 0-3 2,320
30/08/1994 Exeter City A 0-1 1,804
03/09/1994 Scarborough A 1-0 1,494
10/09/1994 Hartlepool United H 1-0 2,428 Whitton
13/09/1994 Walsall H 3-2 2,239 Kinsella (2), Whitton
17/09/1994 Torquay United A 3-3 3,390 Whitton, Brown, Dennis
24/09/1994 Darlington A 3-2 2,260 Whitton (2), Bronw
01/10/1994 Bury H 1-0 3,286 Cawley
08/10/1994 Chesterfield H 0-3 3,476
15/10/1994 Carlisle United A 0-0 5,817
22/10/1994 Preston North End H 3-1 3,015 Brown, Whitton
29/10/1994 Wigan Athletic A 2-1 1,621 Kinsella, Fry
05/11/1994 Gillingham H 2-2 3,817 Fry, Kinsella
19/11/1994 Rochdale A 0-0 1,903
26/11/1994 Scunthorpe United H 4-2 2,904 Brown, Abrahams (2), Whitton
10/12/1994 Mansfield Town H 1-1 3,016 Fry
16/12/1994 Doncaster Rovers A 2-1 2,460 Cawley, Brown
26/12/1994 Northampton Town H 0-1 5,064
27/12/1994 Fulham A 2-1 4,243 Kinsella, Blake (o.g.)
31/12/1994 Hereford United H 2-2 3,322 Stoneman, Whitton
10/01/1995 Preston North End A 1-2 6,377 Fry
14/01/1995 Barnet H 1-1 3,706 Putney
28/01/1995 Wigan Athletic H 0-1 3,067
04/02/1995 Scunthorpe United A 4-3 2,748 Locke, English, Thompson (2)
11/02/1995 Rochdale H 0-0 3,080
18/02/1995 Barnet A 1-0 2,242 Asaba
21/02/1995 Lincoln City A 0-2 1,969
25/02/1995 Bury A 1-4 2,484 Fry
04/03/1995 Darlington H 1-0 6,055 Asaba
11/03/1995 Hartlepool United A 1-3 1,371 Fry
18/03/1995 Exeter City H 3-1 2,375 Thompson, Betts (pen.), Lock
25/03/1995 Scarborough H 0-2 3,025
01/04/1995 Walsall A 0-2 3,622
08/04/1995 Hereford United A 0-3 1,669
11/04/1995 Gillingham A 3-1 3,328 Betts (pen.), Thompson (2)
15/04/1995 Fulham H 5-2 3,448 Cheetham, English, Caesar, Fry (2)
17/04/1995 Northampton Town A 1-1 5,011 Whitton
22/04/1995 Lincoln City H 1-2 2,654 McCarthy
29/04/1995 Carlisle United H 0-1 3,333
06/05/1995 Chesterfield A 2-2 4,133 Whitton, Putney (pen.)

Source: 1994-95 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16/08/1994 R1 (L1) Brentford H 0-2 2,521
23/08/1994 R1 (L2) Brentford A 0-2 2,315

Source: 1994-95 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994–95 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12/11/1994 R1 Yeading A 2-2 1,500 Kinsella, Abrahams
22/11/1994 R1 (R) Yeading H 7-1 4,016 Abrahams (2), Whitton (2), Brown (2), Kinsella
03/12/1994 R2 Exeter City A 2-1 3,528 Whitton, English
07/01/1995 R3 Wimbledon A 0-1 6,903

Source: 1994-95 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
27/09/1994 R1 (Group) Leyton Orient H 1-0 1,486 Abrahams
08/11/1994 R1 (Group) Fulham A 2-3 1,451 Abrahams, Kinsella

Source: 1994-95 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 John Cheesewright 29 0 23 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
–– GK England Carl Emberson 22 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– DF England Tim Allpress 13 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England Simon Betts 41 2 35 2 4 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF Scotland George Burley 9 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
–– DF England Gus Caesar 47 1 39 1 4 0 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Peter Cawley 29 2 23 2 4 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF England Gary Culling 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
–– DF England Jean Dalli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Arron Davis 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
–– DF England Tony English 41 3 33 2 4 1 2 0 2 0
–– DF England Paul Gibbs 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Adam Locke 28 1 22 1 4 0 0 0 2 0
–– DF England Tony McCarthy 10 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Andy Partner 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– DF England Paul Stoneman 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Michael Cheetham 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Tony Dennis 41 2 33 2 4 0 2 0 2 0
–– MF Wales Chris Fry 37 8 33 8 2 0 1 0 1 0
–– MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella 50 9 42 6 4 2 2 0 2 1
–– MF England Trevor Putney 30 2 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Danny Roberts 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
–– FW England Paul Abrahams 36 7 28 2 4 3 2 0 2 2
–– FW England Leighton Allen 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Carl Asaba 12 2 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Steve Brown 36 8 28 6 4 2 2 0 2 0
–– FW England Tony Lock 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Robbie Reinelt 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW Canada Niall Thompson 14 5 13 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Steve Whitton 44 13 36 10 4 3 2 0 2 0
–– FW England Martin Williams 3 0 3 0 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. ^ "1994–95 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1994–95 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011.