1999–2000 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1999–2000 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Mick Wadsworth
(Until 25 August 1999)
Steve Whitton
(From 25 August 1999)
Second Division 18th
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 1st Round
Associate Members Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Steve McGavin (16)
All:
Steve McGavin (16)
Highest home attendance 6,194 (Burnley)
Lowest home attendance 2,557 (Cardiff City)
Average home league attendance 3,782

The 1999–2000 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the third tier of English football.

Season Review[edit]

All was not well behind the scenes when Managing Director Steven Gage resigned on the eve of the 1999–2000 season. Within two weeks Mick Wadsworth also departed. He lived in Pontefract and declared that Colchester was too far south to drive - then, directly after a League Cup tie at Selhurst Park, he joined Crystal Palace . In reality, he had got rid of fans favourites and brought in a bunch of highly paid mercenaries, blowing the entire playing budget - most were linked to controversial football agent Barry Silkman. When midfielder Brian Launders was sacked for gross misconduct, Silkman took United to Court and this exposed the influence agents had on the game, something Steve Wignall had pre-empted.

As a result United, now led by Chairman Peter Heard, invoked a policy of not dealing with agents ever again. Promoting from within, Heard appointed Steve Whitton as manager in August 1999. One win in eleven including a 5-2 mauling at Cambridge saw United bottom by October. Whitton re-instated Joe Dunne, Tony Lock and Richard Wilkins and re-signed Steve McGavin. A thrilling 5–4 January 2000 win over Bristol Rovers was the highlight of the season and the emergence of the skilful Lomana Lua Lua, with 14 goals, complimented 16 from McGavin.[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
1 England GK Simon Brown
3 England DF Joe Keith
4 England DF Gavin Johnson
5 Republic of Ireland DF David Greene
6 Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne
7 England MF Karl Duguid
8 England MF David Gregory
9 England FW Jamie Moralee
11 England MF Jason Dozzell
13 England GK Andy Walker
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua
18 England MF Chris Keeble
No. Position Player
19 England FW Tony Lock
20 France MF Thomas Pinault
21 England DF Craig Farley
23 England MF Aaron Skelton
24 England DF Ross Johnson
25 Nigeria FW KK Opara
26 England GK Glenn Williamson
27 Nigeria MF Sam Okafor
29 England DF Andy Arnott
30 England FW Steve McGavin
31 England DF Jack Wignall

Player Info[edit]

No. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
1 England Simon Brown England Chelmsford 5 December 1976 England Tottenham Hotspur 20 July 1999 Free
3 England Joe Keith England London 1 October 1978 England West Ham United 24 May 1999 Free
4 England Gavin Johnson England Stowmarket 10 October 1970 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic 14 November 1999 Free
5 Republic of Ireland David Greene England Luton 26 October 1973 England Luton Town 21 June 1996 £30,000
6 Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne Republic of Ireland Dublin 25 May 1973 England Dover Athletic 15 December 1999 Free
7 England Karl Duguid England Hitchin 21 March 1978 England Youth Team 16 July 1995 Free
8 England David Gregory England Polstead 23 January 1970 England Peterborough United 7 December 1995 Free
9 England Jamie Moralee England Wandsworth 2 December 1971 England Brighton & Hove Albion 11 May 1999 Free
11 England Jason Dozzell England Ipswich 9 December 1967 England Northampton Town F.C. 15 October 1998 Free
13 England Andy Walker England Sidcup 9 June 1981 England Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo Lomana LuaLua Zaire Kinshasa 28 December 1980 England Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
18 England Chris Keeble England Colchester 17 September 1978 England Ipswich Town 23 March 2000 Free
19 England Tony Lock England Harlow 3 September 1976 England Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
20 France Thomas Pinault France Grasse 4 December 1981 France AS Cannes 1 July 1999 Free
21 England Craig Farley England Oxford 17 March 1981 England Watford 6 May 1999 Free
23 England Aaron Skelton England Welwyn Garden City 22 November 1974 England Luton Town 3 July 1997 Free
24 England Ross Johnson England Brighton 2 February 1976 England Brighton & Hove Albion 14 February 2000 Free
25 Nigeria KK Opara Nigeria Owerri 21 December 1981 England Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
26 England Glenn Williamson England Enfield 22 December 1982 England Youth Team 1 August 1999 Free
27 Nigeria Sam Okafor Nigeria Nigeria 17 March 1982 England Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
29 England Andy Arnott England Chatham 18 October 1973 England Brighton & Hove Albion 1 November 1999 Free
30 England Steve McGavin England North Walsham 24 January 1969 England Northampton Town 1 October 1999 Free
31 England Jack Wignall England Colchester 26 September 1981 England Youth Team 1 August 1999 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
6 May 1999 DF England Craig Farley England Watford Premier League Free
11 May 1999 FW England Jamie Moralee England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
24 May 1999 DF England Joe Keith England West Ham United Premier League Free
28 May 1999 MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Sagi Burton England Crystal Palace Football League Division One Free
28 May 1999 MF Republic of Ireland Brian Launders England Derby County Premier League Undisclosed
1 July 1999 MF France Thomas Pinault France AS Cannes Championnat National Free
1 July 1999 FW France Steve Germain France AS Cannes Championnat National Free
20 July 1999 GK England Simon Brown England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Free
1 August 1999 GK England Glenn Williamson England Youth Team N/A Free
1 August 1999 DF England Jack Wignall England Youth Team N/A Free
1 October 1999 FW England Steve McGavin England Northampton Town Football League Division Three Free
1 November 1999 DF England Andy Arnott England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
14 November 1999 DF England Gavin Johnson Scotland Dunfermline Athletic Scottish First Division Free
15 December 1999 DF Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne England Dover Athletic Conference National Free
14 February 2000 DF England Ross Johnson England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
23 March 2000 MF England Chris Keeble England Ipswich Town Football League Division One Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
4 May 1999 GK England Tamer Fernandes England Hemel Hempstead Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 DF England Scott Stamps England Kidderminster Harriers Football League Division Three Free
4 May 1999 MF England Simon Betts England Scarborough Football Conference Free
4 May 1999 MF England Nicky Haydon England Kettering Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 MF England Dave Rainford England Grays Athletic Isthmian League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 FW England Paul Abrahams England Kettering Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 FW England Tony Adcock England Heybridge Swifts Southern Football League Premier Division Free
31 May 1999 DF France Stéphane Pounewatchy England Scunthorpe United Football League Division Two Free
22 June 1999 GK England Carl Emberson England Walsall Football League Division One Free
14 July 1999 FW England Mark Sale England Rushden & Diamonds Football Conference £30,000
28 July 1999 MF England Paul Buckle England Exeter City Football League Division Three Free
4 August 1999 DF Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne England Dover Athletic Conference National Free
29 October 1999 MF Republic of Ireland Brian Launders England Crystal Palace Football League Division One Free
6 November 1999 MF England Warren Aspinall England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
19 November 1999 MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Sagi Burton England Sheffield United Football League Division One Free
15 December 1999 FW France Steve Germain European Union Released N/A Free
5 February 2000 FW England Neil Gregory England Canvey Island Isthmian League Premier Division Free
14 March 2000 MF England Steve Forbes England Stevenage Borough Conference National Free
23 March 2000 DF France Fabrice Richard France FC Red Star Saint-Ouen Championnat de France amateur Free
31 March 2000 MF Wales Geraint Williams European Union Retired N/A Free
31 March 2000 MF England Richard Wilkins European Union Retired N/A Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
23 September 1999 DF England Andy Arnott England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 20 October 1999
14 November 1999 GK England John Vaughan England Lincoln City Football League Division Three 31 December 1999
26 November 1999 DF England Alan White England Luton Town Football League Division Two 27 December 1999
30 December 1999 DF England Titus Bramble England Ipswich Town Football League Division One 30 January 2000
12 January 2000 DF England Ross Johnson England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 12 February 2000
23 March 2000 DF Nigeria Efe Sodje England Luton Town Football League Division Two 8 May 2000
23 March 2000 MF Republic of Ireland Barry Ferguson England Coventry City Premier League 8 May 2000

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
23 September 1999 MF England Warren Aspinall England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 5 November 1999
23 September 1999 FW England Neil Gregory United States Boston Bulldogs US A-League 1 October 1999
1 December 1999 FW England Neil Gregory England Canvey Island Isthmian League Premier Division 1 February 2000

Results[edit]

Division Two Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
17 Brentford 46 13 13 20 47 61 -14 52
18 Colchester United 46 14 10 22 59 82 -23 52
19 Cambridge United 46 12 12 22 64 65 -1 48

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

Division Two Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
07/08/1999 Chesterfield A 0-1 2,930
14/08/1999 Notts County H 0-3 3,986
21/08/1999 Bournemouth A 0-4 4,508
28/08/1999 Reading H 3-2 3,443 Aspinal (2), Duguid
30/08/1999 Bury A 2-5 3,360 Wilkins, LuaLua
11/09/1999 Scunthorpe United H 0-1 3,280
18/09/1999 Burnley A 0-3 10,090
25/09/1999 Millwall A 0-1 7,161
01/10/1999 Wrexham H 2-2 3,315 Duguid, Wilkins
15/10/1999 Cambridge United A 2-5 5,039 Dozzell (2)
19/10/1999 Bristol City A 1-1 7,777 Duguid
23/10/1999 Millwall F.C. H 1-2 3,392 McGavin
26/10/1999 Wigan Athletic H 2-2 2,915 McGavin, Duguid
02/11/1999 Oxford United A 1-1 4,444 McGavin
06/11/1999 Preston North End H 2-2 3,818 Skelton, LuaLua
14/11/1999 Oldham Athletic A 2-1 5,147 LuaLua, Greene (pen.)
19/11/1999 Brentford H 0-3 3,464
23/11/1999 Cardiff City H 0-3 2,557
27/11/1999 Stoke City A 1-1 14,183 Skelton
03/12/1999 Chesterfield H 1-0 3,027 LuaLua
11/12/1999 Bristol Rovers A 1-2 7,023 LuaLua
17/12/1999 Luton Town H 3-0 3,049 McGavin (2), Dozzell
26/12/1999 Gillingham A 1-2 7,338 McGavin
03/01/2000 Blackpool A 1-1 3,462 Duguid
08/01/2000 Bristol Rovers H 5-4 4,482 McGavin (2), Duguid (2), LuaLua
15/01/2000 Notts County A 2-1 4,931 McGavin (2)
18/01/2000 Wycombe Wanderers H 1-0 4,075 LuaLua
22/01/2000 Bournemouth H 3-1 3,767 Moralee, LuaLua (2)
29/01/2000 Reading A 0-2 7,304
05/02/2000 Bury H 1-3 3,915 Duguid
12/02/2000 Wigan Athletic A 1-0 6,022 McGavin
19/02/2000 Stoke City H 1-0 4,364 McGavin
26/02/2000 Burnley H 1-2 6,194 McGavin
04/03/2000 Scunthorpe United A 0-0 4,253
07/03/2000 Preston North End A 3-2 11,323 Keith, LuaLua, Duguid
11/03/2000 Oxford United H 1-2 4,058 Skelton
17/03/2000 Cardiff City A 2-3 5,174 Dozzell, LuaLua
21/03/2000 Oldham Athletic H 0-1 3,282
25/03/2000 Gillingham H 2-1 4,337 McGavin, Lock
01/04/2000 Luton Town A 2-3 5,125 McGavin, Lock
08/04/2000 Blackpool H 1-1 3,351 Duguid
15/04/2000 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-3 4,558
22/04/2000 Cambridge United H 3-1 4,902 Duguid, McGavin, Keeble
24/04/2000 Wrexham A 0-1 2,460
29/04/2000 Bristol City H 3-4 4,013 LuaLua, Skelton (pen.), Duguid
06/05/2000 Brentford A 0-0 5,297

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10/08/1999 R1 (L1) Crystal Palace H 2-2 4,242 Dozzell, LuaLua
24/08/1999 R1 (L2) Crystal Palace A 1-3 5,471 Keith

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
30/10/1999 R1 Swansea City A 1-2 3,622 LuaLua

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
07/12/1999 R1 (S) Swansea City A 1-3 1,222 Moralee

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Two FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Simon Brown 41 0 38 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
3 England DF Joe Keith 49 2 45 1 1 0 2 1 1 0
4 England DF Gavin Johnson 27 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF David Greene 32 1 29 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
6 Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 England MF Karl Duguid 44 12 41 12 1 0 2 0 0 0
8 England MF David Gregory 49 0 45 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
9 England FW Jamie Moralee 29 2 27 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
10 Nigeria DF Efe Sodje 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 England MF Jason Dozzell 43 6 39 5 1 0 2 1 1 0
12 Republic of Ireland MF Barry Ferguson 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 England GK Andy Walker 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua 45 14 41 12 1 1 2 1 1 0
18 England MF Chris Keeble 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 England FW Tony Lock 26 2 24 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
20 France MF Thomas Pinault 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 England DF Craig Farley 16 0 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
23 England MF Aaron Skelton 35 4 33 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
24 England DF Ross Johnson 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Nigeria FW KK Opara 17 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 England GK Glenn Williamson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Nigeria MF Sam Okafor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 England DF Andy Arnott 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 England FW Steve McGavin 36 16 34 16 1 0 0 0 1 0
31 England DF Jack Wignall 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
2 France DF Fabrice Richard 16 0 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
4 Saint Kitts and Nevis DF Sagi Burton 11 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
8 England MF Warren Aspinall 9 2 7 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Launders 8 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 England DF Titus Bramble 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 France FW Steve Germain 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Wales MF Geraint Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 England MF Steve Forbes 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 England MF Richard Wilkins 26 2 24 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
18 England FW Neil Gregory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 England GK John Vaughan 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England DF Alan White 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 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 00s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1999–2000 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1999–2000 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011.