2003–04 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2003–04 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Phil Parkinson
Division Two 11th
FA Cup 5th Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Football League Trophy Finals (Southern section)
Top goalscorer League:
Wayne Andrews (12)
All:
Scott McGleish (17)
Highest home attendance 5,083 (Luton Town)
Lowest home attendance 2,513 (Stockport County)
Average home league attendance 3,536

The 2003–04 season was Colchester United's sixth consecutive season in the third tier of English football.

Season review[edit]

The summer recess allowed manager Phil Parkinson to apply everything he had learned from final few months of the previous season whilst gaining his UEFA 'A' and 'B' badges as well as the Degree that he studied for in his spare time. He brought in Sports Science and revolutionised the way players trained, ate and rested.

The 2003–04 season was almost a Cup campaign of its own. U's played a record 15 ties in progressing in the FA Cup and LDV Vans Trophy. Helped by the astute signings of Wayne Andrews and Premiership youngsters Craig Fagan and Rowan Vine, United blazed a trail to the FA Cup Fifth Round defeating Oxford, Aldershot, Accrington Stanley and Coventry, courtesy of a Vine hat trick, before succumbing to Sheffield United by 1–0 at Bramall Lane in the Fifth Round.

Two days after the clash with The Blades U's were faced with the task of clawing back a 3–2 deficit from the LDV Southern Final first leg at ex-U's manager Steve Wignall's Southend. A 1–1 draw and a barrage of fixtures proved too much and United slipped from 5th to 14th whilst on the Cup trail, losing influential Karl Duguid to a serious knee injury. Nine points separated United and the play-offs at the end of the season which had re-established United's Cup glories.[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 England DF Andy Myers
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 FW Wayne Andrews
9 England FW Scott McGleish
10 England MF Kemal Izzet
No. Position Player
11 England FW Jamie Cade
12 England FW Craig Fagan
13 England GK Dean Gerken
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Bobby Bowry
19 England DF Alan White
21 England DF John White
22 England DF Greg Halford
24 England DF Pat Baldwin
25 England DF Sam Stockley
31 Northern Ireland GK Richard McKinney

Player information[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 England Andy Myers England Hounslow 3 November 1973 England Bradford City 11 July 2003 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 Wayne Andrews England Paddington 25 November 1977 England Oldham Athletic 2 July 2003 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 Jamie Cade England Durham 15 January 1984 England Middlesbrough 25 November 2003 Free
12 England Craig Fagan England Birmingham 11 December 1982 England Birmingham City 25 March 2004 Free
13 England Dean Gerken England Southend-on-Sea 22 May 1985 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 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
21 England John White England Colchester 26 July 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2003 Free
22 England Greg Halford England Chelmsford 8 December 1984 England Youth Team 1 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
31 Northern Ireland Richard McKinney Northern Ireland Ballymoney 18 May 1979 England Swindon Town 10 August 2002 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Pos. Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
1 July 2003 DF England John White England Youth Team Football League Division Two Free
2 July 2003 MF England Phil Hadland England Darlington Football League Division Three Free
2 July 2003 FW England Wayne Andrews England Oldham Athletic Football League Division Two Free
11 July 2003 DF England Andy Myers England Bradford City Football League Division One Free
27 October 2003 MF Australia Richard Johnson England Watford Football League Division One Free
25 November 2003 FW England Jamie Cade England Middlesbrough Premier League Free
25 March 2004 FW England Craig Fagan England Birmingham City Premier League Free

Transfers out[edit]

Date Pos. Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes
1 June 2003 DF England Mark Warren England Southend United Football League Division Three Free
1 July 2003 DF Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne European Union Retired N/A Free
1 July 2003 MF England Chris Keeble England Heybridge Swifts Isthmian League Premier Division Free
1 July 2003 MF England Mick Stockwell European Union Retired N/A Free
1 July 2003 FW Cameroon Mvondo Atangana England Grays Athletic Isthmian League Premier Division Free
14 July 2003 FW England Kevin Rapley England Chester City Conference National Free
28 July 2003 MF England Leke Odunsi England Southend United Football League Division Three Free
7 August 2003 DF England Mike Edwards England Grimsby Town Football League Division Two Free
28 August 2003 MF England Marc Canham England Bournemouth Football League Division Two Free
1 October 2003 MF England Phil Hadland England Leek Town Northern Premier League Free
30 October 2003 FW Northern Ireland Adrian Coote England Wivenhoe Town Eastern Counties Football League Premier Division Free
27 November 2003 FW England Dean Morgan England Reading Football League Division One Free
28 November 2003 MF Australia Richard Johnson England Stoke City Football League Division One Undisclosed

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Player name Parent club League Date returned Notes
7 August 2003 FW England Craig Fagan England Birmingham City Premier League 24 March 2004
7 August 2003 FW England Rowan Vine England Portsmouth Premier League 9 May 2004
26 August 2003 DF England Liam Chilvers England Arsenal Premier League 9 May 2004
14 October 2003 FW England Jermaine Brown England Arsenal Premier League 15 February 2004
29 January 2004 MF England Paul Tierney England Manchester United Premier League 29 February 2004
12 February 2004 DF England Wayne Brown England Watford Football League Division One 9 May 2004
22 March 2004 FW Wales Gareth Williams England Crystal Palace Football League Division One 9 May 2004

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Player name New club League Date returned Notes
15 March 2004 DF Republic of Ireland Scott Fitzgerald England Brentford Football League Division Two 9 May 2004

Results[edit]

Division Two results summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Luton Town 46 17 15 14 69 66 +3 66
11 Colchester United 46 17 13 16 52 56 -4 64
12 Barnsley 46 15 17 14 54 58 −4 62

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 A H A H A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H H H A H A A H A A H A H A H A
Result L L L W D D W W W W D L D L W W W W L L W D D L D L L D L W L W L D D L W D D D W L W W W L
Position 18 21 21 19 19 18 15 13 11 6 6 10 13 13 10 8 3 4 5 8 5 5 6 9 10 11 13 14 14 14 15 14 15 13 14 14 12 13 13 12 12 13 13 11 11 11

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
9 August 2003 Barnsley A 0–1 8,450
15 August 2003 Swindon Town H 0–1 3,339
23 August 2003 Port Vale A 3–4 5,133 McGleish (2), Andrews
26 August 2003 Bristol City H 2–1 3,079 McGleish (2)
30 August 2003 Tranmere Rovers A 1–1 6,745 Andrews
6 September 2003 QPR H 2–2 3,835 Vine, McGleish
13 September 2003 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 4,169 Andrews
16 September 2003 Wycombe Wanderers A 2–1 4,401 Andrews, Vine
30 September 2003 Peterborough United A 2–1 4,690 Fagan, Keith
27 September 2003 Bournemouth H 1–0 3,602 Duguid
30 September 2003 Brentford H 1–1 3,343 Vine
4 October 2003 Notts County A 0–3 4,187
11 October 2003 Blackpool H 1–1 3,265 Andrews
18 October 2003 Grimsby Town A 0–2 5,021
21 October 2003 Stockport County A 3–1 3,683 Fagan, Andrews, Vine
25 October 2003 Chesterfield H 1–0 3,115 Andrews
31 October 2003 Wrexham A 1–0 4,269 Andrews
15 November 2003 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–1 5,018 McGleish, Andrews, Fagan
22 November 2003 Rushden & Diamonds A 0–4 4,149
29 November 2003 Plymouth Argyle H 0–2 4,332
13 December 2003 Oldham Athletic H 2–1 2,897 Duguid, Vine
20 December 2003 Hartlepool United A 0–0 4,135
26 December 2003 Luton Town H 1–1 5,083 McGleish
28 December 2003 QPR A 0–2 15,720
10 January 2004 Barnsley H 1–1 3,507 Andrews
17 January 2004 Swindon Town A 0–2 6,014
27 January 2004 Bristol City A 0–1 10,733
31 January 2004 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 3,099 Izzet
7 February 2004 Luton Town A 0–1 5,662
21 February 2004 Grimsby Town H 2–0 2,922 Fagan, Izzet
24 February 2004 Port Vale H 1–4 2,539 McGleish (pen.)
2 March 2004 Stockport County H 2–1 2,513 Vine, Andrews
6 March 2004 Hartlepool United H 1–2 3,348 Halford
13 March 2004 Oldham Athletic A 0–0 5,937
16 March 2004 Wycombe Wanderers H 1–1 3,092 Fagan (pen.)
20 March 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 6,156 Izzet
23 March 2004 Chesterfield A 2–1 3,787 Halford, Andrews
27 March 2004 Peterborough United H 0–0 3,754
30 March 2004 Blackpool A 0–0 5,473
3 April 2004 Bournemouth A 1–1 6,896 Halford
10 April 2004 Notts County H 4–1 3,782 Fagan (3), Williams
12 April 2004 Brentford A 2–3 5,017 White, Fagan
17 April 2004 Wrexham H 3–1 3,077 Williams, Halford, McGleish
24 April 2004 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 20,464 Keith
1 May 2004 Rushden & Diamonds H 2–0 4,618 McGleish (pen.), Johnson
8 May 2004 Plymouth Argyle A 0–2 19,868

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24 August 2003 R1 Plymouth Argyle H 2–1 2,367 Fagan, Pinault
23 September 2003 R2 Rotherham United A 0–1 2,474

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 October 2003 R1 (S) Cheltenham Town A 3–1 1,324 Keith, Vine (2)
4 November 2003 R2 (S) Yeovil Town A 2–2
4–2 on Pens
3,052 Andrews, McGleish
9 December 2003 Area QF Wycombe Wanderers A 3–2 (a.e.t.) 1,873 McGleish (2), J. Brown
20 January 2004 Area SF Northampton Town A 3–2 (a.e.t.) 4,034 McGleish (3)
10 February 2004 Area F (L1) Southend United H 2–3 5,401 Pinault, Andrews
17 February 2004 Area F (L2) Southend United A 1–1 9,603 Izzet

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 November 2003 R1 Oxford United H 1–0 3,672 McGleish
6 December 2003 R2 Aldershot Town H 1–0 4,255 Vine
3 January 2004 R3 Accrington Stanley A 0–0 4,368
13 January 2004 R3 (R) Accrington Stanley H 2–1 5,611 Keith (2)
24 January 2004 R4 Coventry City A 1–1 15,341 Adebola (o.g.)
3 February 2004 R4 (R) Coventry City H 3–1 5,530 Vine (3)
15 February 2004 R5 Sheffield United A 0–1 17,074

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 53 0 40 0 6 0 2 0 5 0
2 England DF Andy Myers 26 0 21 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
3 England DF Joe Keith 41 5 28 2 5 2 2 0 6 1
4 England DF Gavin Johnson 21 1 18 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
5 England DF Scott Fitzgerald 28 0 23 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
6 France MF Thomas Pinault 54 2 40 0 7 0 2 1 5 1
7 England MF Karl Duguid 42 2 30 2 6 0 2 0 4 0
8 England FW Wayne Andrews 50 14 41 12 5 0 0 0 4 2
9 England FW Scott McGleish 48 17 34 10 7 1 1 0 6 6
10 England MF Kemal Izzet 56 4 44 3 6 0 2 0 4 1
11 England FW Jamie Cade 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 England FW Craig Fagan 48 10 37 9 5 0 2 1 4 0
13 England GK Dean Gerken 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 England FW Rowan Vine 49 12 35 6 7 4 1 0 6 2
17 England MF Bobby Bowry 30 0 24 0 2 0 1 0 3 0
18 England DF Liam Chilvers 45 0 32 0 7 0 1 0 5 0
19 England DF Alan White 46 1 33 1 6 0 2 0 5 0
21 England DF John White 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England DF Greg Halford 24 4 18 4 2 0 0 0 4 0
24 England DF Pat Baldwin 7 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
25 England DF Sam Stockley 58 0 44 0 6 0 2 0 6 0
26 Wales FW Gareth Williams 7 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England DF Wayne Brown 17 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
31 Northern Ireland GK Richard McKinney 7 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
11 Australia MF Richard Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 Northern Ireland FW Adrian Coote 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 England MF Phil Hadland 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 England FW Jermaine Brown 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
26 England MF Paul Tierney 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Karl Duguid 5 0 5
England Kemal Izzet 3 1 4
England Gavin Johnson 0 3
England Joe Keith
England Scott McGleish
France Thomas Pinault
England Sam Stockley
England Rowan Vine
England Craig Fagan 1 2
England Wayne Andrews 2 0 2
Republic of Ireland Scott Fitzgerald 1 1
England Greg Halford
England Alan White

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
FW England Wayne Andrews 6 1 0 0 6 1
DF England Pat Baldwin 1 0 1 0 2 0
MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry 5 0 1 0 6 0
DF England Wayne Brown 4 1 0 0 4 1
DF England Liam Chilvers 4 0 1 1 5 1
MF England Karl Duguid 4 2 4 0 8 2
FW England Craig Fagan 10 2 3 0 13 2
DF Republic of Ireland Scott Fitzgerald 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Greg Halford 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Kemal Izzet 7 0 2 0 9 0
DF England Gavin Johnson 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF England Joe Keith 1 0 1 0 2 0
FW England Scott McGleish 2 0 1 0 3 0
DF England Andy Myers 2 1 1 0 3 1
MF France Thomas Pinault 4 0 1 0 5 0
DF England Sam Stockley 4 0 4 0 8 0
DF England Paul Tierney 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF England Rowan Vine 7 0 2 0 9 0
DF England Alan White 5 1 2 0 7 1

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. ^ "2003–03 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2003–04 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2003–04 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2003–04 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.