1995–96 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1995–96 season
Chairman Gordon Parker[1]
Manager England Steve Wignall
Division Three 7th
FA Cup 1st Round
Coca-Cola Cup 1st Round
Auto Windscreens Sheild 3rd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Tony Adcock (12)
All:
Tony Adcock (17)
Highest home attendance 5,038 (Doncaster Rovers)
Lowest home attendance 2,138 (Scunthorpe United)
Average home league attendance 3,274

The 1995–96 season was Colchester United's fourth consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football. Colchester missed out on a chance to gain promotion after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Plymouth Argyle in the playoff semi-finals.

Season Review[edit]

Mark Kinsella, like Tony Adcock before him, harboured ambitions of and deserved the big time. Wignall allowed him to play on a week to week contract and re-signed the now much travelled Adcock.

Colchester's proud mantle as Cup fighters took another dent when humiliated 2-1 at non-League Gravesend & Northfleet preceding eight winless games. However, the loan signing of Scott McGleish rejuvenated United's season and a Joe Dunne injury time winner at Mansfield left U's needing to beat Doncaster in their last fixture to reach the play-offs. Paul Gibbs' cross-cum-shot sealed a narrow win to send the 5,083 crowd into delirium.

Neil Warnock's Plymouth stood in United's way of a second trip to Wembley. Mark Kinsella's long ranger sealed a 1-0 first leg lead and rammed Warnock's words down his throat. He taunted: "Little teams like Colchester shouldn't even be on the same pitch as big clubs like Plymouth." His side, assembled for over £1m, quickly moved in front at Home Park against a U's side costing £2,000, but Kinsella pulled the score back level and more with a vital away goal, but five minutes from time, U's hearts were broken when Plymouth added a third.[2]

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
–– Canada GK Garrett Caldwell
–– England GK Carl Emberson
–– England DF Simon Betts
–– England DF Gus Caesar
–– England DF Peter Cawley
–– England DF Jean Dalli
–– Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne
–– England DF Tony English
–– England DF Paul Gibbs
–– England DF Ben Lewis
–– England DF Adam Locke
–– Republic of Ireland DF Tony McCarthy
–– England MF Steve Ball
No. Position Player
–– England MF Robert Boyce
–– England MF Michael Cheetham
–– England MF Tony Dennis
–– England MF Karl Duguid
–– Wales MF Chris Fry
–– England MF David Gregory
–– England MF Nicky Haydon
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
–– England FW Tony Adcock
–– England FW Tony Lock
–– England FW Robbie Reinelt
–– England FW Steve Whitton

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK United States Garrett Caldwell United States Princeton 6 November 1973 United States Princeton University 24 September 1995 Free
GK England Carl Emberson England Epsom 13 July 1973 England Millwall 6 July 1994 £25,000
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 Jean Dalli England Enfield 13 August 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
DF Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne Republic of Ireland Dublin 25 May 1973 England Gillingham 27 March 1996 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
MF England Steve Ball England Colchester 2 September 1969 England Cambridge United 14 September 1992 Free
MF England Robert Boyce England Islington 7 January 1974 England Enfield Town 16 October 1995 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 England Karl Duguid England Hitchin 21 March 1978 England Youth Team 16 July 1995 Free
MF Wales Chris Fry Wales Cardiff 23 October 1969 England Hereford United 24 October 1993 Undisclosed
MF England David Gregory England Polstead 23 January 1970 England Peterborough United 7 December 1995 Free
MF England Nicky Haydon England Barking 10 August 1978 England Youth Team 1 August 1995 Free
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella Republic of Ireland Dublin 12 August 1972 Republic of Ireland Home Farm 26 August 1989 Free
FW England Tony Adcock England Bethnal Green 27 February 1963 England Luton Town 3 August 1995 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 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
16 July 1995 MF England Karl Duguid England Youth Team Free
1 August 1995 MF England Nicky Haydon England Youth Team Free
3 August 1995 FW England Tony Adcock England Luton Town Free
30 August 1995 FW England Steve Mardenborough England Scarborough Free
24 September 1995 GK United States Garrett Caldwell United States Princeton University Free
16 October 1995 MF England Robert Boyce England Enfield Town Free
7 December 1995 MF England David Gregory England Peterborough United Free
27 March 1996 DF Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne England Gillingham Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 1995 GK England John Cheesewright England Wimbledon Free
31 May 1995 DF England Tim Allpress England St Albans City Free
31 May 1995 DF England Gary Culling England Braintree Town Free
31 May 1995 DF England Paul Stoneman England Halifax Town Free
31 May 1995 MF England Trevor Putney European Union Retired Free
31 May 1995 FW England Leighton Allen England Gillingham Free
31 May 1995 FW Canada Niall Thompson United States Seattle Sounders Free
7 December 1995 FW England Steve Mardenborough Wales Swansea City Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club Date Returned Notes
23 November 1995 DF Republic of Ireland David Greene England Luton Town 24 February 1996
29 December 1995 FW England Paul Abrahams England Brentford 20 February 1996
23 February 1996 FW England Scott McGleish England Peterborough United 31 May 1996
8 March 1996 GK Australia Andy Petterson England Charlton Athletic 30 March 1996

Results[edit]

Division Three Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
6 Hereford United (PO) 46 20 14 12 65 47 +18 74
7 Colchester United (PO) 46 18 18 10 61 51 +10 72
8 Chester City 46 18 16 12 72 53 +19 70

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
12/08/1995 Plymouth Argyle H 2-1 3,585 Betts, Locke
19/08/1995 Barnet A 1-1 1,966 Adcock
26/08/1995 Lincoln City H 3-0 2,939 Dennis (2), Mardenborough
29/08/1995 Cambridge United A 1-3 3,476 Adcock
02/09/1995 Gillingham A 1-0 7,667 Adcock
09/09/1995 Chester City H 1-2 3,422 Whitton
12/09/1995 Preston North End H 2-2 2,869 Fry, Whitton
16/09/1995 Darlington A 2-2 1,685 Dennis, Cheetham
23/09/1995 Hereford United H 2-0 2,596 Reinelt (2)
30/09/1995 Scunthorpe United A 0-1 2,051
07/10/1995 Hartlepool United H 4-1 2,618 Locke (2), Adcock, Reinelt
14/10/1995 Rochdale A 1-1 2,193 Reinelt
21/10/1995 Northampton Town H 1-0 3,823 Kinsella
28/10/1995 Cardiff City A 2-1 3,207 Adcock (2)
31/10/1995 Fulham A 1-1 2,870 Mardenborough
04/11/1995 Exeter City H 1-1 3,377 Kinsella
18/11/1995 Doncaster Rovers A 2-3 1,603 Cheetham, Adcock
25/11/1995 Mansfield Town H 1-3 2,819 Adcock (pen.)
09/12/1995 Hereford United A 1-1 3,324 Betts
16/12/1995 Scunthorpe United H 2-1 2,138 Ball, Kinsella
23/12/1995 Bury A 0-0 3,559
26/12/1995 Leyton Orient H 0-0 4,965
01/01/1996 Torquay United A 3-2 2,425 Kinsella, Duguid, Betts
13/01/1996 Barnet H 3-2 3,252 Betts (pen.), Abrahams (2)
20/01/1996 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 5,800 Greene
30/01/1996 Wigan Athletic A 0-2 2,101
03/02/1996 Lincoln City A 0-0 2,531
06/02/1996 Scarborough H 1-1 2,299 Cawley
10/02/1996 Wigan Athletic H 1-2 3,082 Adcock
17/02/1996 Preston North End A 0-2 9,335
24/02/1996 Darlington H 1-1 2,653 Adcock
27/02/1996 Chester City A 1-1 2,001 Gibbs
02/03/1996 Leyton Orient A 1-0 4,409 Adcock (pen.)
09/03/1996 Bury H 1-0 2,832 Caesar
16/03/1996 Scarborough A 0-0 1,201
19/03/1996 Cambridge United H 2-1 2,995 Adcock, McGleish
23/03/1996 Torquay United H 3-1 2,888 Fry, McGleish, Betts (pen.)
30/03/1996 Hartlepool United A 1-2 1,364 Gibbs
02/04/1996 Rochdale H 1-0 3,021 Reinelt
06/04/1996 Cardiff City H 1-0 3,345 Kinsella
08/04/1996 Northampton Town A 1-2 5,021 Reinelt
13/04/1996 Fulham H 2-2 3,795 McGleish (2)
16/04/1996 Gillingham H 1-1 4,952 McGleish
20/04/1996 Exeter City A 2-2 2,788 Caesar, McGleish
27/04/1996 Mansfield Town A 2-1 2,073 Reinelt, Dunne
04/05/1996 Doncaster Rovers H 1-0 5,038 Gibbs

Source: 1995-96 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Play-Offs[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12/05/1996 SF (L1) Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 6,511 Kinsella
15/05/1996 SF (L2) Plymouth Argyle A 1-3 14,525 Kinsella

Source: 1995-96 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15/08/1995 R1 (L1) Bristol City H 2-1 2,831 Adcock, Kinsella
22/08/1995 R1 (L2) Bristol City A 1-2
4-5 on Pens
3,648 Cheetham

Source: 1995-96 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11/11/1995 R1 Gravesend & Northfleet A 0-2 3,128

Source: 1995-96 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/09/1995 R1 (Group) Torquay United H 5-2 1,122 Adcock (3), Reinelt, Cawley
08/11/1995 R1 (Group) Swindon Town A 0-2 6,222
28/11/1995 R2 (S) Oxford United A 2-1 1,943 Adcock, Betts (pen.)
09/01/1996 R3 (S) Peterborough United A 2-3 2,460 Betts, Kinsella

Source: 1995-96 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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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 Garrett Caldwell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England GK Carl Emberson 47 0 41 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
–– Australia GK Andy Petterson 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Simon Betts 52 7 45 5 1 0 2 0 4 2
–– England DF Gus Caesar 27 2 23 2 1 0 2 0 1 0
–– England DF Peter Cawley 48 2 42 1 1 0 2 0 3 1
–– England DF Jean Dalli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England DF Tony English 28 0 21 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
–– England DF Paul Gibbs 26 3 24 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– Republic of Ireland DF David Greene 16 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England DF Ben Lewis 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England DF Adam Locke 29 3 25 3 0 0 2 0 2 0
–– Republic of Ireland DF Tony McCarthy 51 0 44 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
–– England MF Steve Ball 10 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Robert Boyce 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Michael Cheetham 34 3 28 2 1 0 2 1 3 0
–– England MF Tony Dennis 34 3 32 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
–– England MF Karl Duguid 17 1 16 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– Wales MF Chris Fry 44 2 38 2 1 0 1 0 4 0
–– England MF David Gregory 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England MF Nicky Haydon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella 52 7 45 5 1 0 2 1 4 1
–– England FW Paul Abrahams 9 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Tony Adcock 47 17 41 12 1 0 2 1 3 4
–– England FW Tony Lock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Steve Mardenborough 14 2 12 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
–– England FW Scott McGleish 15 6 15 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
–– England FW Robbie Reinelt 24 8 22 7 0 0 1 0 1 1
–– England FW Steve Whitton 14 2 12 2 0 0 2 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

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. ^ "1995–96 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "1995–96 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2011.