2006–07 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2006–07 season
Chairman Robbie Cowling[1]
Manager Geraint Williams
(From 28 July 2006)
Championship 10th
FA Cup 3rd Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Jamie Cureton (23)
All:
Jamie Cureton (24)
Highest home attendance 6,065 (Ipswich Town)
Lowest home attendance 4,249 (Barnsley)
Average home league attendance 5,466

The 2006–07 season was Colchester United's first ever season in the second tier of English football after finishing 2nd in the 2005–06 season Football League One.

Season Review[edit]

Chris Iwelumo's 19 goals and 15 by midfielder Neil Danns in the 2005–06 season put both players in the shop window. Danns left for Birmingham in a deal worth an eventual £850,000 whilst Iwelumo welcomed Jamie Cureton on a permanent deal.

Manager Phil Parkinson, however, resigned on 13 June 2006 in a case reminiscent of the George Burley saga 12 years earlier. Many fans thought that Hull Chairman Adam Pearson had approached Parkinson illegally and like Ipswich before him was made to pay when Peter Heard won £400,000 damages for the club.

Geraint Williams oversaw pre-season training and, after a lengthy recruitment process, was charged with the daunting task of leading United in their first season in the Championship. He employed Mick Harford as his assistant and the pair worked miracles for a club that was now owned by Robbie Cowling, a very successful local businessman.

United entertained Ipswich in the first League derby for 49 years and a Karl Duguid goal gave U's the victory they so dearly aspired to. Parkinson returned with his struggling Hull team in November 2006 and Iwelumo bagged four and a share of the club record as United trounced The Tigers 5–1. Parkinson was sacked five days later whilst United recorded eight home wins on the spin to be in a play-off position by Christmas.

Talk turned to sharing Portman Road if United reached the Premiership with Cuckoo Farm still to rise from the drawing board.

Reading paid a new record £2.5m for England U20s international Greg Halford, but the loss did not affect United too much as they continued to take playing against the likes of Leeds, Sunderland and Birmingham in their stride.

Iwelumo netted an impressive 18 goals but Cureton went even better netting 24 times winning the Championship Golden Boot. Unbelievably, United were just one point off a play-off place with two games to go. Defeat at chief rivals Stoke ended their hopes but the 10th placed finish was the highest in the club's history making them 30th in the entire Football League.

Gates at Layer Road had risen to 5,466, the highest since 1970/1 with most games sold out, and, the first turf was cut at Cuckoo Farm.[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
3 England DF John White
4 England MF Johnnie Jackson
5 England DF Wayne Brown
6 England MF Kevin Watson
7 England MF Karl Duguid
8 England FW Jamie Cureton
10 England MF Kemal Izzet
11 Scotland FW Chris Iwelumo
12 England DF Pat Baldwin
No. Position Player
13 England GK Dean Gerken
14 Australia MF Richard Garcia
15 England FW Jamie Guy
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi
17 England DF Lawrie Wilson
19 England DF Garry Richards
20 England MF Kevin McLeod
21 England MF Robbie King
23 England GK Mark Cousins
25 England MF Anthony Wordsworth

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
3 England John White England Colchester 26 July 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2003 Free
4 England Johnnie Jackson England Camden 15 August 1982 England Tottenham Hotspur 26 June 2006 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 England Jamie Cureton England Bristol 28 August 1975 England Swindon Town 6 June 2006 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
14 Australia Richard Garcia Australia Perth 4 September 1981 England West Ham United 3 September 2004 Undisclosed
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 Lawrie Wilson England Collier Row 11 September 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2006 Free
18 England Garry Richards England Romford 11 June 1986 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
20 England Kevin McLeod England Liverpool 12 September 1980 Wales Swansea City 7 September 2006 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 Anthony Wordsworth England Camden 3 January 1989 England Youth Team 1 July 2006 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
6 June 2006 FW England Jamie Cureton England Swindon Town Football League Two Free
26 June 2006 MF England Johnnie Jackson England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Free
1 July 2006 DF England Lawrie Wilson England Youth Team N/A Free
1 July 2006 MF England Anthony Wordsworth England Youth Team N/A Free
7 September 2006 MF England Kevin McLeod Wales Swansea City Football League One Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
19 June 2006 DF England Stephen Hunt England Notts County Football League Two Free
20 June 2006 MF England Neil Danns England Birmingham City Football League Championship £500,000
1 July 2006 FW Wales Gareth Williams England Weymouth Conference National Free
11 July 2006 DF England Liam Chilvers England Preston North End Football League Championship Free
14 July 2006 FW England Tony Thorpe England Stevenage Borough Conference National Free
17 July 2006 DF England Sam Stockley England Wycombe Wanderers Football League Two Free
30 January 2007 DF England Greg Halford England Reading Premier League £2,500,000 Record transfer fee received
8 March 2007 FW Scotland Marino Keith Scotland Peterhead Scottish Second Division Free Signed 1 July 2007

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
16 August 2006 DF England Chris Barker Wales Cardiff City Football League Championship 7 May 2007
27 August 2006 MF England Ritchie Jones England Manchester United Premier League 27 November 2006
23 November 2006 MF England Hogan Ephraim England West Ham United Premier League 7 May 2007
26 January 2007 DF England Matthew Mills England Manchester City Premier League 30 March 2007

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
9 February 2007 DF England Garry Richards England Brentford Football League One 9 April 2007

Results[edit]

Championship Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Sheffield Wednesday 46 20 11 15 70 66 +4 71
10 Colchester United 46 20 9 17 70 56 +14 69
11 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 16 13 63 62 +1 67

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

Championship 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 A H H A A H A H H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H
Result L L L L W W D W D W L W L W D W L L W W D W W L W W L D L W D W L L D L D L W W W W D W L L
Position 17 20 21 22 21 19 19 16 15 9 13 10 14 10 10 9 11 13 11 7 10 8 6 8 7 6 6 6 8 8 9 8 8 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 10

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

Championship Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
05/08/2006 Birmingham City A 1–2 24,238 Garcia
08/08/2006 Plymouth Argyle H 0–1 4,627
12/08/2006 Barnsley H 1–2 4,249 Halford
19/08/2006 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 17,509 Guy
26/08/2006 Derby County H 4–3 4,574 Cureton (3), Iwelumo (pen.)
09/09/2006 Burnley A 2–1 10,039 Watson, Iwelumo (pen.)
12/09/2006 Luton Town A 1–1 7,609 Cureton
16/09/2006 Queens Park Rangers H 2–1 5,246 Iwelumo, Garcia
23/09/2006 Leicester City A 0–0 22,249
29/09/2006 Ipswich Town H 1–0 6,065 Duguid
14/10/2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 19,318
18/10/2006 Sheffield Wednesday H 4–0 5,097 Cureton, Halford, Iwelumo, Duguid
23/10/2006 Coventry City A 1–2 16,178 Guy
28/10/2006 Southampton H 2–0 5,893 McLeod, Cureton
31/10/2006 Norwich City A 1–1 25,065 Cureton
04/11/2006 Cardiff City H 3–1 5,393 McLeod, Guy, Cureton (pen.)
11/11/2006 Leeds United A 0–3 17,678
18/11/2006 Sunderland A 1–3 25,197 Iwelumo
25/11/2006 Southend United H 3–0 5,954 Halford, Baldwin, Cureton
28/11/2006 Hull City H 5–1 5,373 Iwelumo (4), Cureton
02/12/2006 Cardiff City A 0–0 13,512
09/12/2006 Crystal Palace A 3–1 16,762 Duguid, Garcia, Iwelumo (pen.)
16/12/2006 Stoke City H 3–0 5,345 Cureton (2), Garcia
23/12/2006 Preston North End A 0–1 14,225
26/12/2006 Luton Town H 4–1 5,427 McLeod, Iwelumo (2), Garcia
30/12/2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 5,893 Cureton, Iwelumo
01/01/2007 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 11,319
13/01/2007 Leicester City H 1–1 5,915 Iwelumo (pen.)
20/01/2007 Ipswich Town A 2–3 28,355 Duguid, Iwelumo (pen.)
30/01/2007 Preston North End H 1–0 5,085 Richards
03/02/2007 Birmingham City H 1–1 5,918 Izzet
10/02/2007 Barnsley A 3–0 11,192 Duguid, Cureton, Ephraim
13/02/2007 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 5,611 Jackson
20/02/2007 Plymouth Argyle A 0–3 12,895
24/02/2007 Burnley H 0–0 4,934
02/03/2007 Derby County A 1–5 26,704 Jackson
10/03/2007 Coventry City H 0–0 5,453
13/03/2007 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–2 18,725
16/03/2007 Southampton A 2–1 18,736 Cureton (2)
31/03/2007 Norwich City H 3–0 5,851 Cureton, Garcia, Iwelumo
06/04/2007 Southend United A 3–0 10,552 Cureton (3)
09/04/2007 Leeds United H 2–1 5,916 Iwelumo, Cureton
14/04/2007 Hull City A 1–1 20,887 Cureton
21/04/2007 Sunderland H 3–1 6,042 Brown, Garcia, Cureton (pen.)
28/04/2007 Stoke City A 1–3 20,108 Iwelumo (pen.)
06/05/2007 Crystal Palace H 0–2 5,857

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
22/08/2007 R1 MK Dons A 0–1 (aet) 2,747

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
09/01/2008 R3 Barnet A 1–2 3,075 Cureton

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Northern Ireland Aidan Davison 19 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF England John White 17 0 8+8 0 0 0 1 0
4 MF England Johnnie Jackson 33 2 24+8 2 0+1 0 0 0
5 DF England Wayne Brown 48 1 46 1 1 0 1 0
6 MF England Kevin Watson 42 1 38+2 1 1 0 1 0
7 MF England Karl Duguid 45 5 42+1 5 0+1 0 1 0
8 FW England Jamie Cureton 46 24 44 23 1 1 0+1 0
10 MF England Kemal Izzet 47 1 45 1 1 0 1 0
11 FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo 48 18 41+5 18 1 0 1 0
12 DF England Pat Baldwin 40 1 35+3 1 1 0 1 0
13 GK England Dean Gerken 29 0 27 0 1 0 1 0
14 MF Australia Richard Garcia 38 7 33+3 7 1 0 1 0
15 FW England Jamie Guy 34 3 1+31 3 0+1 0 1 0
16 DF Cameroon George Elokobi 10 0 8+2 0 0 0 0 0
17 DF England Lawrie Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF England Chris Barker 39 0 38 0 1 0 0 0
19 DF England Garry Richards 5 1 3+2 1 0 0 0 0
20 MF England Kevin McLeod 25 3 13+11 3 1 0 0 0
21 MF England Robbie King 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 GK England Mark Cousins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF England Hogan Ephraim 21 1 5+16 1 0 0 0 0
25 MF England Anthony Wordsworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
2 DF England Greg Halford 30 3 28 3 1 0 1 0
9 FW Scotland Marino Keith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF England Ritchie Jones 6 0 0+6 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF England Matthew Mills 9 0 8+1 0 0 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Kevin Watson 8 0 8
England Jamie Cureton 6 6
England Karl Duguid
Scotland Chris Iwelumo
England Chris Barker 4 4
Australia Richard Garcia
England Kemal Izzet 2 1 3
England Greg Halford 0 2
England Johnnie Jackson
England Hogan Ephraim 1 1
England Ritchie Jones
England Kevin McLeod

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
DF England Pat Baldwin 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Chris Barker 4 2 0 0 4 2
DF England Wayne Brown 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Jamie Cureton 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Karl Duguid 5 0 0 0 5 0
DF Cameroon George Elokobi 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Hogan Ephraim 4 0 0 0 4 0
MF Australia Richard Garcia 5 0 0 0 5 0
FW England Jamie Guy 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Greg Halford 2 0 1 0 3 0
FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Kemal Izzet 6 0 0 0 6 0
MF England Johnnie Jackson 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Ritchie Jones 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Kevin McLeod 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Matthew Mills 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Kevin Watson 2 0 0 0 2 0

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. ^ "2006–07 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2006–07 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2006–07 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2006–07 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.