2002–03 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2002–03 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Steve Whitton
(Until 29 January 2003)
Geraint Williams (Caretaker)
(29 January 2003 to
25 February 2003)

Phil Parkinson
(From 25 February 2003)
Division Two 12th
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 1st Round
Football League Trophy 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Joe Keith (9)
All:
Joe Keith
Scott McGleish (9)
Highest home attendance 5,047 (QPR)
Lowest home attendance 2,721 (Wigan Athletic)
Average home league attendance 3,386

The 2002–03 season was Colchester United's fifth consecutive season in the third tier of English football.

Season Review[edit]

Manager Steve Whitton was content with the way he was progressing the club but the supporters were not, with the U's recording a 15th position finish the previous season, 17th and 18th prior to that. One fan noted that it would take another fourteen years before they could expect promotion to the second tier at that rate.

The collapse of ITV Digital spelt disaster for many clubs who had spent their money on players or new facilities before it had reached them. Prudently, Chairman Peter Heard never budgeted more than his club could afford.

Whitton was unable to bolster his squad to push on quicker and after losing to Conference side Chester in the FA Cup at Layer Road and seven games without a win he left by 'mutual consent' in January 2003. This was very much the Peter Heard way, but Whitton insisted he was sacked. Assistant Geraint Williams took caretaker charge, fared well, and put himself forward as a candidate. However, with his many contacts at FA Board level, Heard introduced a surprise when he appointed Reading's player-coach Phil Parkinson as United's new boss. Parkinson saved United from relegation certainty to 12th place, their highest position for 23 years. The season did finish with a record-equalling 5-0 home defeat to Luton but Parkinson was experimenting, rather too much, with his squad.[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
2 Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne
3 England DF Joe Keith
4 England DF Gavin Johnson
5 Republic of Ireland DF Scott Fitzgerald
6 France MF Thomas Pinault
7 England MF Karl Duguid
8 England DF Mark Warren
9 England FW Scott McGleish
10 England MF Kemal Izzet
11 England FW Dean Morgan
12 England FW Kevin Rapley
14 England MF Chris Keeble
No. Position Player
15 Northern Ireland FW Adrian Coote
16 England MF Marc Canham
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Bobby Bowry
19 England DF Alan White
20 England MF Mick Stockwell
21 Cameroon FW Mvondo Atangana
23 England MF Leke Odunsi
24 England DF Pat Baldwin
25 England DF Sam Stockley
27 England DF Greg Halford
29 England DF Mike Edwards
31 Northern Ireland GK Richard McKinney
32 England GK Dean Gerken

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
2 Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne Republic of Ireland Dublin 25 May 1973 England Dover Athletic 15 December 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 Scott Fitzgerald England Westminster 13 August 1969 England Millwall 19 October 2000 Free
6 France Thomas Pinault France Grasse 4 December 1981 France AS Cannes 1 July 1999 Free
7 England Karl Duguid England Hitchin 21 March 1978 England Youth Team 16 July 1995 Free
8 England Mark Warren England Lower Clapton 12 November 1974 England Notts County 6 August 2002 Free
9 England Scott McGleish England Barnet 10 February 1974 England Barnet 12 January 2001 £15,000
10 England Kemal Izzet England Whitechapel 29 September 1980 England Charlton Athletic 13 April 2001 Free
11 England Dean Morgan England Edmonton 3 October 1983 England Youth Team 1 August 2000 Free
12 England Kevin Rapley England Reading 21 September 1977 England Notts County 1 August 2001 Free
14 England Chris Keeble England Colchester 17 September 1978 England Ipswich Town 23 March 2000 Free
15 Northern Ireland Adrian Coote England Belton 30 September 1978 England Norwich City 21 December 2001 £50,000
16 England Marc Canham Germany Wegberg 11 September 1982 England Youth Team 1 August 2001 Free
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry England Croydon 19 May 1971 England Millwall 25 July 2001 Free
19 England Alan White England Darlington 22 March 1976 England Luton Town 16 July 2000 Free
20 England Mick Stockwell England Chelmsford 14 February 1965 England Ipswich Town 23 July 2000 Free
21 Cameroon Mvondo Atangana Cameroon Yaoundé 10 July 1979 Scotland Dundee United 16 November 2002 Undisclosed
23 England Leke Odunsi England Walworth 5 December 1980 England Millwall 15 August 2002 Free
24 England Pat Baldwin England London 12 November 1982 England Chelsea 31 August 2002 Free
25 England Sam Stockley England Tiverton 5 September 1977 England Oxford United 31 October 2002 Free
27 England Greg Halford England Chelmsford 8 December 1984 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 Free
29 England Mike Edwards England Beverley 25 April 1980 England Hull City 27 March 2003 Free
31 Northern Ireland Richard McKinney Northern Ireland Ballymoney 18 May 1979 England Swindon Town 10 August 2002 Free
32 England Dean Gerken England Southend-on-Sea 22 May 1985 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
29 July 2002 DF England Danny Steele England Millwall Football League Division One Free
1 August 2002 GK England Dean Gerken England Youth Team N/A Free
1 August 2002 DF England Greg Halford England Youth Team N/A Free
6 August 2002 DF England Mark Warren England Notts County Football League Division Two Free
10 August 2002 GK Northern Ireland Richard McKinney England Swindon Town Football League Division Two Free
15 August 2002 MF England Leke Odunsi England Millwall Football League Division One Free
31 August 2002 DF England Pat Baldwin England Chelsea Premier League Free
31 October 2002 DF England Sam Stockley England Oxford United Football League Division Three Free
16 November 2002 FW Cameroon Mvondo Atangana England Port Vale Football League Division Two Undisclosed
27 March 2003 DF England Mike Edwards England Hull City Football League Division Three Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
31 May 2002 DF Australia Con Blatsis Turkey Kocaelispor TFF First League Free
31 May 2002 DF England David Hadrava England Heybridge Swifts Isthmian League Premier Division Free
1 August 2002 MF England David Gregory England Canvey Island Isthmian League Premier Division Undisclosed
1 August 2002 FW England Triston Chambers England Dagenham & Redbridge Conference National Free
12 August 2002 DF England Ross Johnson England Dagenham & Redbridge Conference National Free
15 August 2002 DF England Anthony Allman England Woking Conference National Free
25 October 2002 GK England Glenn Williamson European Union Released N/A Free
1 November 2002 DF England Danny Steele England Fisher Athletic Southern League Division One East Free
1 November 2002 FW England Lloyd Opara England Cambridge United Football League Division Three Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
31 August 2002 DF England Sam Stockley England Oxford United Football League Division Three 30 October 2002
22 October 2002 FW England Justin Richards England Bristol Rovers Football League Division Three 10 December 2002
23 January 2003 FW Wales Gareth Williams England Crystal Palace Football League Division One 19 March 2003
24 January 2003 DF England Liam Chilvers England Arsenal Premier League 31 May 2003
10 March 2003 MF England Johnnie Jackson England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 4 May 2003
27 March 2003 FW England Ben May England Millwall Football League Division One 4 May 2003

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
21 October 2002 FW Northern Ireland Adrian Coote England Bristol Rovers Football League Division Three 9 February 2003

Results[edit]

Division Two Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
11 Peterborough United 46 14 16 16 51 54 -3 58
12 Colchester United 46 14 16 16 52 56 -4 58
13 Blackpool 46 15 13 18 56 64 -8 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 Two Results Round by Round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H H A H A A H A H H A A H A A H A H A H A H
Result W D L L W W D L L L L L D W D D L D W D W L D L D L L L D W W D W W L D W W D W D D W L D L
Position 10 8 15 19 12 9 11 14 16 16 20 20 21 17 19 18 18 21 19 19 15 16 17 18 17 19 21 22 21 20 16 18 17 15 17 16 15 12 14 11 11 11 10 10 10 12

Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Division Two Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10/08/2002 Stockport County H 1-0 3,300 Pinault
13/08/2002 Tranmere Rovers A 1-1 7,499 Keith
17/08/2002 Crewe Alexandra A 0-2 5,138
24/08/2002 Brentford H 0-1 3,135
26/08/2002 Peterborough United A 1-0 4,203 Keith
31/08/2002 Wigan Athletic H 1-0 2,721 Morgan
-07/09/2002 Cheltenham Town H 1-1 2,845 Keith (pen.)
14/09/2002 Port Vale A 0-1 3,328
17/09/2002 Northampton Town A 1-4 3,663 Sampson (o.g.)
21/09/2002 Oldham Athletic H 0-1 3,021
28/09/2002 QPR A 0-2 12,906
05/10/2002 Wycombe Wanderers H 0-1 3,252
12/10/2002 Swindon Town A 2-2 4,152 McGleish, Pinault
18/10/2002 Chesterfield H 2-0 3,211 Izzet (2)
26/10/2002 Huddersfield Town A 1-1 8.912 Rapley
29/10/2002 Barnsley H 1-1 3,096 Stockley
01/11/2002 Mansfield Town A 2-4 3,414 Keith (pen.), Rapley
09/11/2002 Bristol City H 2-2 3,338 Pinault, Bowry
23/11/2002 Notts County A 3-2 4,626 Morgan (2), McGleish
30/11/2002 Plymouth Argyle H 0-0 3,714
14/12/2002 Luton Town A 2-1 5,890 Duguid, Morgan
20/12/2002 Cardiff City H 1-2 3,096 Stockwell
26/12/2002 Peterborough United H 1-1 3,760 Izzet
28/12/2002 Blackpool A 1-3 6,040 Izzet
04/01/2003 Tranmere Rovers H 2-2 2,846 Scott McGleish, Keith (pen.)
11/01/2003 Crewe Alexandra H 1-2 2,959 Stockwell
18/01/2003 Wigan Athletic A 1-2 5,792 Keith (pen.)
25/01/2003 Blackpool H 0-2 3,305
01/02/2003 Stockport County A 1-1 4,011 Keith
08/02/2003 Bristol City A 2-1 11,107 McGleish, Pinault
14/02/2003 Mansfield Town H 1-0 3,247 McGleish
22/02/2003 Cheltenham Town A 1-1 3,607 Williams
01/03/2003 Port Vale H 4-1 3,581 Williams (3), Keith
04/03/2003 Northampton Town H 2-0 3,408 Williams, McGleish
08/03/2003 Oldham Athletic A 0-2 5,223
11/03/2003 Brentford A 1-1 3,990 Keith (pen.)
15/03/2003 Huddersfield Town H 2-0 3,835 Izzet, McGleish
18/03/2003 Chesterfield A 4-0 3,226 Izzet, Williams, Payne (o.g.), Morgan
22/03/2003 Barnsley A 1-1 9,154 McGleish
29/03/2003 Swindon Town H 1-0 3,787 Izzet
05/04/2003 Plymouth Argyle A 0-0 7.122
12/04/2003 Notts County H 1-1 3,435 Duguid
19/04/2003 Cardiff City A 3-0 12,633 Duguid, Izzet, Morgan
21/04/2003 Luton Town H 0-5 3,967
26/04/2003 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-0 6,283
03/05/2003 QPR H 0-1 5,047

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11/09/2002 R1 Coventry City A 0-3 6,075

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/10/2002 R1 (S) Cheltenham Town A 1-4 1,369 McGleish

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
08/11/2002 R1 Chester City H 0-1 2,901

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 29 0 27 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2 Republic of Ireland DF Joe Dunne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 England DF Joe Keith 39 9 36 9 1 0 1 0 1 0
4 England DF Gavin Johnson 9 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Scott Fitzgerald 26 0 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 France MF Thomas Pinault 45 4 42 4 1 0 1 0 1 0
7 England MF Karl Duguid 27 3 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England DF Mark Warren 21 0 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 England FW Scott McGleish 46 9 43 8 1 0 1 0 1 1
10 England MF Kemal Izzet 48 8 45 8 1 0 1 0 1 0
11 England FW Dean Morgan 39 6 37 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
12 England FW Kevin Rapley 24 2 21 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
14 England MF Chris Keeble 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Northern Ireland FW Adrian Coote 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 England MF Marc Canham 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 England MF Bobby Bowry 38 1 35 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
18 England DF Liam Chilvers 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 England DF Alan White 43 0 41 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
20 England MF Mick Stockwell 41 2 39 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
21 Cameroon FW Mvondo Atangana 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 England MF Leke Odunsi 8 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
24 England DF Pat Baldwin 22 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
25 England DF Sam Stockley 35 1 33 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
26 England MF Johnnie Jackson 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England DF Greg Halford 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 England FW Ben May 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 England DF Mike Edwards 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Northern Ireland GK Richard McKinney 23 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
32 England GK Dean Gerken 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
18 England FW Justin Richards 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 England DF Danny Steele 9 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 Wales FW Gareth Williams 8 6 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 England FW Lloyd Opara 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Scott McGleish 5 0 5
England Kemal Izzet 4 4
England Mick Stockwell 3 3
England Karl Duguid 2 2
England Joe Keith
England Sam Stockley
Wales Gareth Williams
England Pat Baldwin 1 1
England Johnnie Jackson
England Kevin Rapley
England Alan White

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
DF England Pat Baldwin 3 0 1 0 4 0
MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Liam Chilvers 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Northern Ireland Adrian Coote 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Karl Duguid 4 1 0 0 4 1
DF Republic of Ireland Scott Fitzgerald 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Kemal Izzet 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF England Johnnie Jackson 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Gavin Johnson 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Joe Keith 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW England Ben May 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Scott McGleish 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF France Thomas Pinault 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Kevin Rapley 1 1 1 0 2 1
DF England Danny Steele 1 1 0 0 1 1
DF England Sam Stockley 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Mick Stockwell 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Mark Warren 5 2 0 0 5 2
DF England Alan White 13 2 0 0 13 2

Most Frequent Starting XI[edit]

This section shows players in a 4-5-1 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. ^ "2002–03 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2002–03 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2002–03 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2002–03 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.