2004–05 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2004–05 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Phil Parkinson
League One 15th
FA Cup 4th Round
League Cup 3rd Round
Football League Trophy 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Neil Danns (11)
All:
Craig Fagan (14)
Highest home attendance 4,834 (Torquay United)
Lowest home attendance 2,616 (Walsall)
Average home league attendance 3,534

The 2004–05 season was Colchester United's seventh consecutive season in the third tier of English football.

Season Review[edit]

West Brom became the last-ever top flight club to visit Layer Road on 21 September 2004. Colchester didn't disappoint winning the League Cup tie 2–1 to earn a trip to another Premiership side in Southampton. Backed by a huge half-term holiday following, United scared their lofty opponents before bowing out 3–2.

League form was relatively poor with nine home defeats and just four wins in a 25-game mid season spell. No team managed to score more than two goals in the League against the U's but a mid-table spot was always on the cards.

A tricky set of draws in the FA Cup had Colchester winning through their travels to Mansfield, Rushden & Diamonds and Hull, although the Mansfield tie required a replay, before being paired with Premiership Blackburn at Ewood Park. United were shell-shocked from the moment goalkeeper Aidan Davison ensured his place on 'Football Bloopers' videos for life, applying an air shot to a tame backpass that struck a divot. United never recovered and lost 3–0.

With 15th place in 2004–05 considered a backward step, U's fans became increasingly frustrated at manager Phil Parkinson's 4–5–1 tactics at Layer Road.[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 Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison
2 England DF Greg Halford
3 England DF Joe Keith
4 England DF Gavin Johnson
5 England DF Wayne Brown
6 England MF Kevin Watson
7 England MF Karl Duguid
8 Wales FW Gareth Williams
9 Scotland FW Marino Keith
10 England MF Kemal Izzet
11 England FW Jamie Cade
12 England DF Pat Baldwin
13 England GK Dean Gerken
No. Position Player
14 England DF Stephen Hunt
15 England DF Ben Bowditch
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Bobby Bowry
18 England DF Liam Chilvers
19 England DF Garry Richards
22 England MF Ross Crouch
23 England DF John White
25 England DF Sam Stockley
26 England MF Neil Danns
28 Australia MF Richard Garcia
29 England FW Jamie Guy
35 England GK Mark Cousins

Player Info[edit]

No. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
1 Northern Ireland Aidan Davison England Sedgefield 11 May 1968 England Grimsby Town 5 July 2004 Free
2 England Greg Halford England Chelmsford 8 December 1984 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 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 England Wayne Brown England Barking 20 August 1977 England Watford 8 July 2004 Free
6 England Kevin Watson England Hackney 3 January 1974 England Reading 5 July 2004 Free
7 England Karl Duguid England Hitchin 21 March 1978 England Youth Team 16 July 1995 Free
8 Wales Gareth Williams South Africa Johannesburg 10 September 1982 England Crystal Palace 31 August 2004 Free
9 Scotland Marino Keith Scotland Peterhead 16 December 1974 England Plymouth Argyle 1 March 2005 Free
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 Pat Baldwin England London 12 November 1982 England Chelsea 31 August 2002 Free
13 England Dean Gerken England Southend-on-Sea 22 May 1985 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 Free
14 England Stephen Hunt England Southampton 11 November 1984 England Southampton 5 July 2004 Free
15 England Ben Bowditch England Harlow 19 February 1984 England Tottenham Hotspur 10 August 2004 Free
16 Cameroon George Elokobi Somalia Mogadishu 31 January 1986 England Dulwich Hamlet 1 August 2004 Free
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry England Croydon 19 May 1971 England Millwall 25 July 2001 Free
18 England Liam Chilvers England Chelmsford 6 November 1981 England Arsenal 10 June 2004 Free
19 England Garry Richards England Romford 11 June 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
22 England Ross Crouch England Colchester 26 March 1985 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
23 England John White England Colchester 26 July 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2003 Free
25 England Sam Stockley England Tiverton 5 September 1977 England Oxford United 31 October 2002 Free
26 England Neil Danns England Liverpool 23 November 1982 England Blackburn Rovers 23 December 2004 Undisclosed
28 Australia Richard Garcia Australia Perth 4 September 1981 England West Ham United 3 September 2004 Undisclosed
29 England Jamie Guy England Barking 1 August 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
35 England Mark Cousins England Chelmsford 9 January 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
10 June 2004 DF England Liam Chilvers England Arsenal Premier League Free
1 July 2004 GK England Mark Cousins England Youth Team N/A Free
1 July 2004 DF England Garry Richards England Youth Team N/A Free
1 July 2004 MF England Ross Crouch England Youth Team N/A Free
1 July 2004 FW England Jamie Guy England Youth Team N/A Free
5 July 2004 GK Northern Ireland Aidan Davison England Grimsby Town Football League Two Free
5 July 2004 DF England Stephen Hunt England Southampton Premier League Free
5 July 2004 MF England Kevin Watson England Reading Football League Championship Free
8 July 2004 DF England Wayne Brown England Watford Football League Championship Free
1 August 2004 DF Cameroon George Elokobi England Dulwich Hamlet Isthmian League First Division Free
10 August 2004 DF England Ben Bowditch England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Free
31 August 2004 FW Wales Gareth Williams England Crystal Palace Premier League Free Swap deal with Wayne Andrews
3 September 2004 MF Australia Richard Garcia England West Ham United Football League Championship Undisclosed
19 October 2004 GK Wales Andy Marriott England Coventry City Football League Championship Free
23 December 2004 MF England Neil Danns England Blackburn Rovers Premier League Undisclosed
21 January 2005 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu England Sheffield Wednesday Football League One Free
1 March 2005 FW Scotland Marino Keith England Plymouth Argyle Football League Championship Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
2 June 2004 DF England Alan White England Leyton Orient Football League Two Free
11 June 2004 DF Republic of Ireland Scott Fitzgerald England Brentford Football League One Free
11 June 2004 DF England Andy Myers England Brentford Football League One Free
24 June 2004 GK England Simon Brown Scotland Hibernian Scottish Premier League Free
30 June 2004 GK Northern Ireland Richard McKinney England Walsall Football League One Free
30 June 2004 FW England Scott McGleish England Northampton Town Football League Two Free
24 July 2004 MF France Thomas Pinault England Grimsby Town Football League Two Free
31 August 2004 FW England Wayne Andrews England Crystal Palace Premier League £100,000 Swap with Gareth Williams
4 November 2004 GK Wales Andy Marriott England Bury Football League Two Free
28 February 2005 FW England Craig Fagan England Hull City Football League One £750,000

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
3 August 2004 FW England Ben May England Millwall Football League Championship 20 October 2004
10 September 2004 MF England Neil Danns England Blackburn Rovers Premier League 10 November 2004
17 March 2005 MF England Marc Goodfellow England Bristol City Football League One 8 May 2005
24 March 2005 FW England Ryan Jarvis England Norwich City Premier League 8 May 2005

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
27 January 2005 DF Cameroon George Elokobi England Chester City Football League Two 27 February 2005
29 January 2005 DF England Garry Richards England Gravesend & Northfleet Conference National 24 April 2005
17 March 2005 DF England Joe Keith England Bristol City Football League One 8 May 2005

Results[edit]

League One Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
14 Walsall 46 16 12 18 65 69 −4 60
15 Colchester United 46 14 17 15 60 50 +10 59
16 Blackpool 46 15 12 19 54 59 −5 57

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

League One 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 H A H A H A H A H A A H H A A H A H H A A A H A H H H A H H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H
Result W W W L W L L W L D W L D L L D D D W L L L D W D L D W L D W L D L L D W D W W D D D D D W
Position 1 1 1 3 2 2 4 2 6 6 4 4 6 7 11 13 15 14 13 14 17 18 18 17 18 18 17 15 17 17 15 16 16 17 18 18 16 17 16 14 14 14 14 15 16 15

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

League One Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–0 24,138 Fagan, Stockley, J. Keith
10 August 2004 Stockport County H 3–2 3,346 Watson, Andrews, Fagan
14 August 2004 Peterborough United H 2–1 3,754 Andrews (pen.), Ireland (o.g.)
21 August 2004 Chesterfield A 1–2 4,028 Johnson
28 August 2004 Doncaster Rovers H 4–1 3,803 Fagan, Johnson, Halford, J. Keith
30 August 2004 Hartlepool United A 1–2 4,371 J. Keith
4 September 2004 Swindon Town H 0–1 3,868
11 September 2004 Bournemouth A 3–1 5,944 Fagan, Williams, May
18 September 2004 MK Dons H 0–1 3,460
25 September 2004 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 5,166 Halford
2 October 2004 Port Vale H 2–1 3,230 Danns (2)
9 October 2004 Walsall A 1–2 5,203 Garcia
16 October 2004 Blackpool A 1–1 6,464 Watson
19 October 2004 Wrexham H 1–2 2,866 Danns
23 October 2004 Tranmere Rovers H 1–2 3,420 Halford
30 October 2004 Bristol City A 0–0 11,678
6 November 2004 Bradford City A 2–2 7,851 Johnson (2)
20 November 2004 Huddersfield Town H 0–0 3,972
27 November 2004 Torquay United A 3–1 2,984 Fagan (2), Garcia
7 December 2004 Barnsley H 0–2 2,927
11 December 2004 Hull City H 1–2 4,046 Williams
18 December 2004 Brentford A 0–1 5,531
28 December 2004 Luton Town A 2–2 8.806 Garcia, Halford
1 January 2005 Swindon Town A 3–0 6,468 Johnson, Danns, Garcia
3 January 2005 Oldham Athletic H 0–0 3,873
15 January 2005 MK Dons A 0–2 3,833
22 January 2005 Luton Town H 0–0 4,309
21 January 2005 Walsall H 5–0 2,616 Fagan (2), Johnson, Williams, Hunt
5 February 2005 Blackpool H 0–1 3,526
12 February 2005 Tranmere Rovers A 1–1 8,098 J. Keith
15 February 2005 Bournemouth H 3–1 2,820 Johnson, Ndumbu-Nsungu, Danns
19 February 2005 Bristol City H 0–2 3,412
22 February 2005 Wrexham A 2–2 2,391 Danns, Brown
26 February 2005 Hull City A 0–2 16,484
5 March 2005 Brentford H 0–1 3,066
8 March 2005 Port Vale A 0–0 3,496
12 March 2005 Stockport County A 2–1 4,004 Danns (2)
19 March 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 4,169 Heckingbottom (o.g.)
25 March 2005 Peterborough United A 3–0 4,084 Goodfellow, Danns, M. Keith
28 March 2005 Chesterfield H 1–0 3,471 M. Keith
1 April 2005 Doncaster Rovers A 1–1 6,774 M. Keith
9 April 2005 Hartlepool United H 1–1 3,649 Johnson
16 April 2005 Huddersfield Town A 2–2 10,831 Danns, Chilvers
23 April 2005 Bradford City H 0–0 3,351
30 April 2005 Barnsley A 1–1 8,162 Johnson
7 May 2005 Torquay United H 2–1 4,834 Danns, M. Keith

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24 August 2004 R1 Cheltenham Town H 2–1 2,144 Fagan, Johnson
21 September 2004 R2 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 4,591 Fagan, May
27 October 2004 R3 Southampton A 3–2 20,588 Danns, Halford

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29 September 2004 R1 (S) Southend United H 1–1
3–5 on Pens
3,469 Garcia

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 November 2004 R1 Mansfield Town A 1–1 3,202 Halford
23 November 2004 R1 (R) Mansfield Town H 4–1 2,492 Garcia, Curtis (o.g.), Fagan (pen.), Williams (pen.)
4 December 2004 R2 Rushden & Diamonds A 5–2 3,077 Halford (3), Fagan (2)
8 January 2005 R3 Hull City A 2–0 14,027 Williams, Fagan
29 January 2005 R4 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 10,634

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total League One FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison 39 0 33 0 3 0 2 0 1 0
2 England DF Greg Halford 53 9 44 4 5 4 3 1 1 0
3 England DF Joe Keith 40 4 31 4 5 0 3 0 1 0
4 England DF Gavin Johnson 44 10 37 9 4 0 2 1 1 0
5 England DF Wayne Brown 47 1 40 1 3 0 3 0 1 0
6 England MF Kevin Watson 53 2 44 2 5 0 3 0 1 0
7 England MF Karl Duguid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Wales FW Gareth Williams 34 5 29 3 3 2 1 0 1 0
9 Scotland FW Marino Keith 12 4 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 England MF Kemal Izzet 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 England FW Jamie Cade 13 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
12 England DF Pat Baldwin 46 0 38 0 5 0 2 0 1 0
13 England GK Dean Gerken 16 0 13 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
14 England DF Stephen Hunt 25 1 20 1 2 0 2 0 1 0
15 England DF Ben Bowditch 7 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Bobby Bowry 15 0 11 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
18 England DF Liam Chilvers 48 1 41 1 5 0 2 0 0 0
19 England DF Garry Richards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 England MF Marc Goodfellow 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Ross Crouch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 England DF John White 24 0 20 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu 9 1 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
25 England DF Sam Stockley 44 1 37 1 5 0 2 0 0 0
26 England MF Neil Danns 36 12 32 11 1 0 2 1 1 0
28 Australia MF Richard Garcia 30 6 24 4 3 1 2 0 1 1
29 England FW Jamie Guy 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 England FW Ryan Jarvis 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 England GK Mark Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
8 England FW Wayne Andrews 6 2 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
9 England FW Craig Fagan 34 14 26 8 5 4 3 2 0 0
20 England FW Ben May 16 2 14 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
30 Wales GK Andy Marriott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Kevin Watson 11 1 12
England Greg Halford 8 9
England Joe Keith 4 2 6
England Craig Fagan 0 4
England Sam Stockley 2 2
England Ben May 3 0 3
Australia Richard Garcia 1 2
Wales Gareth Williams 2 0 2
England Pat Baldwin 1 1
England Neil Danns
England Stephen Hunt
Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry 0 1
England Gavin Johnson
England John White

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
DF England Pat Baldwin 2 0 3 0 5 0
DF England Wayne Brown 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF England Liam Chilvers 6 1 0 0 0 0
MF England Neil Danns 11 0 1 0 12 0
FW England Craig Fagan 10 1 3 0 13 1
MF Australia Richard Garcia 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Greg Halford 5 0 0 0 5 0
DF England Stephen Hunt 1 1 1 0 2 1
DF England Gavin Johnson 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Joe Keith 3 0 1 0 4 0
FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Sam Stockley 5 0 1 0 6 0
MF England Kevin Watson 2 0 0 0 2 0

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. ^ "2004–05 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2004–05 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2004–05 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2004–05 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.