2005–06 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2005–06 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Phil Parkinson
(Until 14 June 2006)
League One 2nd (Promoted)
FA Cup 5th Round
League Cup 1st Round
Football League Trophy Finals (Southern section)
Top goalscorer League:
Chris Iwelumo (17)
All:
Chris Iwelumo (19)
Highest home attendance 5,920 (Southend United)
Lowest home attendance 2,721 (Barnsley)
Average home league attendance 3,969

The 2005–06 season was Colchester United's eighth consecutive season in the third tier of English football. The season ended in success with Colchester's first ever promotion into the second tier of English football when they finished 2nd in League One. In addition, they had good cup runs in the FA Cup, being knocked out by then Premier League champions Chelsea in the 5th round, and finished as area finalists in the LDV Vans Trophy.

Season Review[edit]

The season kick started with the arrival of Phil Parkinson's old Reading team-mate Jamie Cureton on loan from Swindon.

U's were in the top four by Christmas and their 12-match unbeaten run was halted at Swindon on Boxing Day. Parkinson's side simply embarked on another run of seven straight wins, 10 if Cup ties are included, and topped the table in January 2006. Once again United reached the LDV Southern Area Final but losing to Swansea City. The FA Cup brought more success on and off the pitch. Poor Leamington were thrashed 9-1 in the First Round on December 5, 2005, equalling a 44 year club record. U's won at Shrewsbury and then beat Championship sides Sheffield United and Derby to set up a mouth watering tie at Chelsea.

José Mourinho's side had been assembled for around £225m whilst United were valued at £150,000. More than 6,000 fans in the 41,810 live televised game witnessed the incredible, as Carvalho's own goal put United in front. Chelsea threw on their big guns Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Hernán Crespo to win 3-1. United captured a little piece of worldwide acclaim and a huge bonus to their bank balance, but league form dropped alarmingly. U's won just one in 13, including Cup ties, went seven out of eight League games in February without scoring and lost the top of the table clash with Southend by 3-0 at Layer Road.

Wins at Bournemouth and at home to Rotherham meant United only had to secure a draw in the last match at Yeovil. Ironically United's first ever professional match in 1937 was in the Somerset town and they nervously held onto a 0-0 draw to gain promotion to their promised land - The Coca Cola Championship - three points behind their Essex neighbours Southend. The average gate of 3,969 was paltry compared to some of the sides that they would face but Parkinson had delivered U's ultimate dream.[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 Stephen Hunt
4 England MF Neil Danns
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 Scotland FW Chris Iwelumo
12 England DF Pat Baldwin
No. Position Player
13 England GK Dean Gerken
15 England FW Jamie Guy
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi
17 England DF John White
18 England DF Liam Chilvers
19 England DF Garry Richards
21 England MF Robbie King
23 England GK Mark Cousins
25 England DF Sam Stockley
26 England FW Tony Thorpe
28 Australia MF Richard Garcia

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 Stephen Hunt England Southampton 11 November 1984 England Southampton 5 July 2004 Free
4 England Neil Danns England Liverpool 23 November 1982 England Blackburn Rovers 23 December 2004 Undisclosed
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 Scotland Chris Iwelumo Scotland Coatbridge 1 August 1978 Germany Alemannia Aachen 6 July 2005 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
15 England Jamie Guy England Barking 1 August 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
16 Cameroon George Elokobi Somalia Mogadishu 31 January 1986 England Dulwich Hamlet 1 August 2004 Free
17 England John White England Colchester 26 July 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2003 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
21 England Robbie King England Chelmsford 1 October 1986 England Youth Team 3 September 2005 Free
23 England Mark Cousins England Chelmsford 9 January 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
25 England Sam Stockley England Tiverton 5 September 1977 England Oxford United 31 October 2002 Free
26 England Tony Thorpe England Leicester 10 April 1974 England Swindon Town 11 January 2006 Free
28 Australia Richard Garcia Australia Perth 4 September 1981 England West Ham United 3 September 2004 Undisclosed

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
6 July 2005 FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo Germany Alemannia Aachen Fußball-Bundesliga Free
1 August 2005 DF England Dean Howell England Halifax Town Conference National Free
3 September 2005 MF England Robbie King England Youth Team N/A Free
11 January 2006 FW England Tony Thorpe England Swindon Town Football League One Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
10 May 2005 DF England Ben Bowditch England Barnet Football League Two Free
31 May 2005 MF England Ross Crouch European Union Released N/A Free
6 June 2005 DF England Gavin Johnson England Boston United Football League Two Free
24 June 2005 DF England Joe Keith England Leyton Orient Football League Two Free
18 July 2005 MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Bobby Bowry England Gravesend & Northfleet Conference National Free
5 August 2005 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu England Darlington Football League Two Free
8 August 2005 FW England Jamie Cade England Crawley Town Conference National Free
17 February 2006 DF England Dean Howell England Halifax Town Conference National Free

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
5 August 2005 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 7 May 2006
21 October 2005 FW England Jamie Cureton England Swindon Town Football League One 3 January 2006
17 March 2006 FW England Scott Vernon England Blackpool Football League One 7 May 2006
22 March 2006 FW Republic of Ireland Billy Clarke England Ipswich Town Football League Championship 7 May 2006
23 March 2006 MF Jamaica Jamal Campbell-Ryce England Rotherham United Football League One 7 May 2006

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
6 October 2005 FW England Jamie Guy England Gravesend & Northfleet Conference National 6 November 2005
9 February 2006 FW England Jamie Guy England Cambridge United Conference National 30 April 2006
19 February 2006 MF England Robbie King England Hereford United Conference National 7 May 2006
17 March 2006 DF England Sam Stockley England Blackpool Football League One 7 May 2006
17 March 2006 FW Wales Gareth Williams England Blackpool Football League One 7 May 2006

Results[edit]

League One Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Southend United (C) 46 23 13 10 72 43 +29 82
2 Colchester United (P) 46 22 13 11 58 40 +18 79
3 Brentford (PO) 46 20 16 10 72 52 +20 76

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 A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A A H A H H H H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A
Result L L W D D L D W W D D L W L D W W W W W D W L W W W W W W W L D L L L W D D D L W D W W W D
Position 15 23 18 18 18 22 20 15 13 15 15 16 13 15 16 13 11 8 7 6 6 4 6 5 4 4 2 1 2 1 2 2 3 5 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2

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

League One Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
06/08/2005 Gillingham A 1-2 7,293 Danns
09/08/2005 Swansea City H 1-2 2,950 Halford
13/08/2005 Barnsley H 1-0 2,721 Iwelumo
20/08/2005 MK Dons A 1-1 4,423 Chilvers
27/08/2005 Oldham Athletic H 0-0 2,742
29/08/2005 Southend United A 1-3 7,344 Stockley
03/09/2005 Bristol City A 0-0 10,180
10/09/2005 Doncaster Rovers H 3-2 2,721 Iwelumo, McDaid (o.g.), Foster (o.g.)
17/09/2005 Port Vale A 1-0 5,166 Iwelumo
24/09/2005 Huddersfield Town H 1-1 3,415 Elokobi
27/09/2005 Bradford City A 1-1 6,891 Halford
01/10/2005 Chesterfield A 1-2 3,414 Iwelumo
09/10/2005 Blackpool A 2-1 4,793 Halford (2)
15/10/2005 Bournemouth H 0-1 3,120
22/10/2005 Tranmere Rovers A 0-0 6,612
29/10/2005 Yeovil Town H 3-2 3,409 Iwelumo (2), Cureton
12/11/2005 Rotherham United A 2-1 3,715 Barker (o.g.), Iwelumo
19/11/2005 Blackpool H 3-2 3,031 Iwelumo (2), Halford
26/11/2005 Gillingham H 5-0 3,801 Halford (2), Cureton (2), Brown
06/12/2005 Hartlepool United A 1-0 3,375 Cureton
10/12/2005 Swansea City A 1-1 13,230 Iwelumo
17/12/2005 MK Dons H 2-0 3,400 Danns, Iwelumo (pen.)
26/12/2005 Swindon Town A 0-1 5,531
31/12/2005 Brentford A 2-0 6,397 Yeates (2)
02/01/2006 Nottingham Forest H 3-1 5,767 Danns, Yeates, Garcia
14/01/2006 Walsall A 2-0 5,464 Danns, Iwelumo
17/01/2006 Bristol City H 3-2 4,022 Williams, Danns (2)
21/01/2006 Port Vale H 2-1 4,316 Garcia (2)
04/02/2006 Bradford City H 3-1 4,503 Garcia (2), Iwelumo
07/02/2006 Scunthorpe United H 1-0 4,416 Iwelumo
11/02/2006 Huddersfield Town A 0-2 13,515
14/02/2006 Walsall H 0-0 3,810
25/02/2006 Barnsley A 0-1 9,411
04/03/2006 Southend United H 0-3 5,920
11/03/2006 Oldham Athletic A 0-1 5,822
18/03/2006 Swindon Town H 1-0 3,767 Iwelumo (pen.)
21/03/2006 Doncaster Rovers A 0-0 4,262
25/03/2006 Scunthorpe United A 0-0 4,608
01/04/2006 Brentford H 1-1 5,635 Iwelumo
08/04/2006 Nottingham Forest A 0-1 22,680
11/04/2006 Hartlepool United H 2-0 3,916 Danns (2)
15/04/2006 Chesterfield A 2-2 3,649 Yeates, Iwelumo
17/04/2006 Tranmere Rovers H 1-0 4,757 Brown
22/04/2006 Bournemouth A 2-1 6,231 Chilvers, Vernon
29/04/2006 Rotherham United H 2-0 5,741 Barker (o.g.), Yeates
06/05/2006 Yeovil Town A 0-0 8,785

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24/08/2005 R1 Cardiff City H 0-2 1,904

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
05/11/2005 R1 Leamington H 9-1 3,513 Halford, Brown, Iwelumo, Cureton (2), Watson, Yeates, Danns (2)
03/12/2005 R2 Shrewsbury Town A 2-1 3,695 Cureton, Iwelumo
07/01/2006 R3 Sheffield United A 2-1 11,820 Danns, Williams
28/01/2006 R4 Derby County H 3-1 5,933 Danns (2), Garcia
19/02/2006 R5 Chelsea A 1-3 41,810 Carvalho (o.g.)

League Trophy[edit]

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
23/11/2005 R2 (S) Northampton Town H 3-2 (aet) 1,719 Elokobi, Garcia, Danns
20/12/2005 Area QF MK Dons A 2-1 2,649 Duguid, Danns
24/01/2006 Area SF Cheltenham Town A 1-0 2,243 Garcia
07/03/2006 Area F (L1) Swansea City A 0-1 7,285
14/03/2006 Area F (L2) Swansea City H 1-2 3,236 Danns

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 45 0 41 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
2 England DF Greg Halford 55 8 45 7 5 1 1 0 3+1 0
3 England DF Stephen Hunt 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 England MF Neil Danns 51 16 38+3 8 4+1 5 1 0 3+1 3
5 England DF Wayne Brown 45 3 38 2 4 1 1 0 2 0
6 England MF Kevin Watson 52 1 43+1 0 4 1 1 0 2+1 0
7 England MF Karl Duguid 45 1 26+9 0 4+1 0 0 0 5 1
8 Wales FW Gareth Williams 28 2 6+12 1 0+4 1 0+1 0 4+1 0
9 Scotland FW Marino Keith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 England MF Kemal Izzet 41 0 19+14 0 2+1 0 1 0 3+1 0
11 Scotland FW Chris Iwelumo 55 19 46 17 5 2 1 0 2+1 0
12 England DF Pat Baldwin 34 0 20+5 0 3 0 1 0 4+1 0
13 England GK Dean Gerken 14 0 5+2 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
14 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Yeates 52 6 42+2 5 5 1 1 0 1+1 0
15 England FW Jamie Guy 6 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 1+3 0
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi 17 2 10+2 1 0 0 0+1 0 4 1
17 England DF John White 41 0 32+3 0 4 0 0 0 1+1 0
18 England DF Liam Chilvers 40 2 33+1 2 2+1 0 1 0 2 0
19 England DF Garry Richards 19 0 12+3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
20 England FW Scott Vernon 7 1 4+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 England MF Robbie King 5 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
23 England GK Mark Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Jamaica MF Jamal Campbell-Ryce 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 England DF Sam Stockley 35 1 21+6 1 2+1 0 1 0 4 0
26 England FW Tony Thorpe 14 0 5+9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Australia MF Richard Garcia 31 8 9+13 5 3+2 1 0 0 4 2
31 Republic of Ireland FW Billy Clarke 6 0 2+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
20 England DF Dean Howell 5 0 1+3 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
24 England FW Jamie Cureton 10 7 7+1 4 2 3 0 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Karl Duguid 7 1 8
England Greg Halford 6 7
England Kevin Watson 5 2
Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates 1 6
Scotland Chris Iwelumo 3 0 3
Australia Richard Garcia 2 2
England Wayne Brown 1 1
Wales Gareth Williams
Republic of Ireland Billy Clarke 0 1
England Jamie Cureton
England Neil Danns
England Garry Richards
England Scott Vernon
England John White
England Sam Stockley 0 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
DF England Pat Baldwin 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Wayne Brown 4 1 0 0 4 1
MF Jamaica Jamal Campbell-Ryce 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Liam Chilvers 7 0 1 0 8 0
FW Republic of Ireland Billy Clarke 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Neil Danns 6 0 2 0 8 0
MF England Karl Duguid 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF Cameroon George Elokobi 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF Australia Richard Garcia 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Greg Halford 5 0 1 0 6 0
FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Kemal Izzet 3 1 0 0 3 1
DF England Garry Richards 2 1 0 0 2 1
DF England Sam Stockley 2 0 2 0 4 0
FW England Tony Thorpe 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Kevin Watson 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England John White 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates 7 0 1 0 8 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. ^ "2005–06 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2005–06 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2005–06 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2005–06 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.