2007–08 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2007–08 season
Chairman Robbie Cowling[1]
Manager Geraint Williams
Championship 24th (Relegated)
FA Cup 3rd Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Kevin Lisbie (17)
All:
Kevin Lisbie (17)
Highest home attendance 6,300 (Stoke City)
Lowest home attendance 4,450 (Barnsley)
Average home league attendance 5,508

The 2007–08 season was Colchester United's second ever season in the second tier of English football after finishing 10th in the 2006–07 season Football League Championship.

Season Review[edit]

Ahead of United's largely unexpected second season in the Championship, Jamie Cureton, Chris Iwelumo, Wayne Brown and Richard Garcia all left on a rather sour note in the summer. Lack of ambition, for that read wages, cited as the reason. Cureton fetched £850,000 from Norwich prompting boss Geraint Williams to smash the clubs own record by paying a reported £300,000 for MK Dons' Clive Platt. On the same day he spent another six figure sum on Mark Yeates and news broke that England legend Teddy Sheringham would be donning a blue and white shirt.

Robbie Cowling's move from owner to Chairman prompted an about turn where agents were concerned. He admitted that if Colchester were to compete then they would have to use agents. Peter Heard stepped down after 16 tremendous years as Chairman to become Life President.

Life was tougher and so-called second-season syndrome set in. Layer Road had been a fortress but proved easy pickings in 2007/8. Williams failed to find an adequate replacement for Brown and his defence leaked goals all season. Platt and Cureton's replacement Kevin Lisbie had no trouble scoring as United maintained their ability in the opponents' box. It was pretty clear by Christmas that United would be in a relegation battle particularly after a dismal home defeat to Blackpool.

Cowling made funds available during the January transfer window with Chris Coyne arriving for another record £300,000 with £250,000 spent on both Phil Ifil and Dean Hammond. The rot was briefly stopped but a series of injuries and inability to win any of a batch of five home games in seven left United bottom.

They could have been relegated on April 5, 2008 but a 2-0 win over Ipswich ensured that it wouldn't be U's neighbours applying the final nail. The inevitable happened four days later when, without playing, relegation was confirmed. They also had the worst defensive record in the division, conceding a staggering 86 goals and keeping just two clean sheets all season.

Layer Road hosted its last ever League game on April 26, 2008, just over 70 years after its first, when The U's lost 1-0 to a Stoke City side on its way to the Premier League. The Old Lady had been nursed through many seasons but was long past its use-by date. Chief Executive Marie Partner bid a sad farewell to Layer Road as she ceremonially locked the gates for the last time. An auction of memorabilia followed with the Clock End timepiece being a much sought after lot. Other items to sell included patches of turf, a tea hut, a complete set of seating and the entire Family Enclosure structure.[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 Dean Gerken
2 England DF Danny Granville
3 England DF John White
4 England MF Johnnie Jackson
5 Australia DF Chris Coyne
6 England MF Kevin Watson
7 England MF Karl Duguid
8 England FW Teddy Sheringham
9 England FW Clive Platt
10 England MF Kemal Izzet
11 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Yeates
12 England DF Pat Baldwin
13 Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison
No. Position Player
14 England MF Kevin McLeod
15 England FW Jamie Guy
17 England MF Luke Guttridge
18 England DF Philip Ifil
20 Jamaica FW Kevin Lisbie
22 England MF Dean Hammond
23 England GK Mark Cousins
24 England FW Scott Vernon
27 England MF Anthony Wordsworth
29 England FW Tom Webb
30 England MF Medy Elito
31 Nigeria GK Ademola Bankole

Player Info[edit]

No. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
1 England Dean Gerken England Southend-on-Sea 22 May 1985 England Youth Team 1 August 2002 Free
2 England Danny Granville England Islington 19 January 1975 England Crystal Palace 9 July 2007 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 Australia Chris Coyne Australia Brisbane 20 December 1978 England Luton Town 10 January 2008 £350,000
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 Teddy Sheringham England Highams Park 2 April 1966 England West Ham United 4 July 2007 Free
9 England Clive Platt England Wolverhampton 27 October 1977 England MK Dons 3 July 2007 £300,000
10 England Kemal Izzet England Whitechapel 29 September 1980 England Charlton Athletic 13 April 2001 Free
11 Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates Republic of Ireland Tallaght 11 January 1985 England Tottenham Hotspur 3 July 2007 £250,000
12 England Pat Baldwin England London 12 November 1982 England Chelsea 31 August 2002 Free
13 Northern Ireland Aidan Davison England Sedgefield 11 May 1968 England Grimsby Town 5 July 2004 Free
14 England Kevin McLeod England Liverpool 12 September 1980 Wales Swansea City 7 September 2006 Free
15 England Jamie Guy England Barking 1 August 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
17 England Luke Guttridge England Barnstaple 27 March 1982 England Leyton Orient 5 July 2007 Free
18 England Philip Ifil England Willesden 18 November 1986 England Tottenham Hotspur 10 January 2008 £100,000
20 Jamaica Kevin Lisbie England Hackney 17 October 1978 England Charlton Athletic 3 August 2008 Free
22 England Dean Hammond England Hastings 7 March 1983 England Brighton & Hove Albion 31 January 2008 £250,000
23 England Mark Cousins England Chelmsford 9 January 1987 England Youth Team 1 July 2004 Free
24 England Scott Vernon England Manchester 13 December 1983 England Blackpool 31 January 2008 £100,000
27 England Anthony Wordsworth England Camden 3 January 1989 England Youth Team 1 July 2006 Free
30 England Medy Elito Zaire Kinshasa 20 March 1990 England Youth Team 1 July 2007 Free
31 Nigeria Ademola Bankole Nigeria Lagos 9 September 1969 England Nuneaton Borough 1 March 2008 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
1 July 2007 MF England Medy Elito England Youth Team N/A Free
1 July 2007 FW England Tom Webb England Youth Team N/A Free
3 July 2007 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League £250,000
3 July 2007 FW England Clive Platt England MK Dons Football League Two £300,000
4 July 2007 FW England Teddy Sheringham England West Ham United Premier League Free
5 July 2007 MF England Luke Guttridge England Leyton Orient Football League One Free
9 July 2007 DF England Danny Granville England Crystal Palace Football League Championship Free
3 August 2008 FW Jamaica Kevin Lisbie England Charlton Athletic Football League Championship Free
10 January 2008 DF Australia Chris Coyne England Luton Town Football League One £350,000
10 January 2008 DF England Philip Ifil England Tottenham Hotspur Premier League £100,000
31 January 2008 MF England Dean Hammond England Brighton & Hove Albion Football League One £250,000
31 January 2008 FW England Scott Vernon England Blackpool Football League Championship £100,000
1 March 2008 GK Nigeria Ademola Bankole England Nuneaton Borough Conference North Free Signed as player and goalkeeping coach

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
21 May 2007 FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo England Charlton Athletic Football League Championship Free
31 May 2007 MF England Robbie King England Heybridge Swifts Isthmian League Premier Division Free
1 June 2007 DF England Lawrie Wilson England Stevenage Borough Conference National Free
29 June 2007 FW England Jamie Cureton England Norwich City Football League Championship £750,000
2 July 2007 MF Australia Richard Garcia England Hull City Football League Championship Free
13 July 2007 DF England Wayne Brown England Hull City Football League Championship £450,000
4 August 2007 DF England Garry Richards England Southend United Football League One £50,000
31 January 2008 DF Cameroon George Elokobi England Wolverhampton Wanderers Football League Championship £500,000

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
9 July 2007 DF England Matthew Connolly England Arsenal Premier League 16 December 2007
2 August 2007 DF Hungary Béla Balogh Hungary MTK Hungária Nemzeti Bajnokság I 31 May 2008
15 August 2007 DF Scotland Adam Virgo Scotland Celtic Scottish Premier League 27 April 2008
29 February 2008 FW England Izale McLeod England Charlton Athletic Football League Championship 5 May 2008
14 March 2008 DF England Matt Heath England Leeds United Football League One 5 May 2008

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
22 November 2007 DF England John White England Stevenage Borough Conference National 30 December 2007
28 February 2008 FW England Tom Webb England Folkestone Invicta Isthmian League Premier Division 28 March 2008

Results[edit]

Championship Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 -3 52
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 45 69 -24 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 -24 38

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 A H H A A H H A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H H A A A H A H A H H A A H H H A A H A H H A
Result D D W L D D D L W L W L L D D D L L W L L D L D L W D L D D W D L L L L L D L L L W D L L D
Position 10 13 5 13 16 14 14 18 12 17 12 15 16 16 17 18 18 20 19 19 22 22 24 24 24 23 24 24 24 24 23 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24

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

Championship Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11/08/2007 Sheffield United A 2–2 26,202 McLeod, Platt
18/08/2007 Barnsley H 2–2 4,450 Sheringham, Connolly
25/08/2007 Preston North End A 3–0 11,582 Lisbie, Sheringham (pen.), Yeates
01/09/2007 Barnsley H 2–3 4,925 Lisbie, Virgo
15/09/2007 Charlton Athletic H 2–2 5,860 Yeates, Lisbie
19/09/2007 Southampton A 1–1 18,773 Skácel (o.g.)
22/09/2007 Blackpool A 2–2 7,959 Yeates (2)
29/09/2007 Scunthorpe United H 0–1 5,218
03/10/2007 Queens Park Rangers H 4–2 5,361 Leigertwood (o.g.), Izzet, Yeates, Platt
06/10/2007 Stoke City A 1–2 12,395 Platt
20/10/2007 West Bromwich Albion H 3–2 5,798 Yeates (2), Lisbie
23/10/2007 Ipswich Town A 1–3 25,727 Platt
27/10/2007 Coventry City A 0–1 23,431
03/11/2007 Leicester City H 1–1 5,661 Jackson
06/11/2007 Plymouth Argyle H 1–1 4,883 Lisbie
10/11/2007 Watford A 2–2 16,069 Platt, Lisbie
24/11/2007 Crystal Palace H 1–2 5,856 Jackson
28/11/2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 20,966
01/12/2007 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 22,331 Sheringham, Elokobi
04/12/2007 Watford H 2–3 5,750 Platt, Connolly
08/12/2007 Cardiff City A 1–4 11,006 Jackson
15/12/2007 Norwich City H 1–1 5,560 McLeod
22/12/2007 QPR A 1–2 12,464 Yeates
26/12/2007 Southampton H 1–1 6,157 Platt
29/12/2007 Blackpool H 0–2 5,160
03/10/2007 QPR H 2–2 5,860 Yeates, Lisbie
01/01/2008 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 21,508 Lisbie (2)
12/01/2008 Bristol City A 1–1 16,484 Lisbie
29/01/2009 Barnsley A 0–1 9,246
02/02/2008 Sheffield United H 2-2 5,695 Lisbie, Armstrong (o.g.)
09/02/2008 Burnley A 1-1 15,376 Jackson
12/02/2008 Preston North End H 2-1 5,122 Vernon (pen.), Jackson
16/02/2008 Hull City A 1-1 15,664 Jackson
23/02/2008 Bristol City H 1-2 5,609 Platt
01/03/2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-1 5,989
04/03/2008 Plymouth Argyle A 1-4 11,562 Lisbie
08/03/2008 Crystal Palace A 1-2 13,895 Lisbie
11/03/2008 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-2 5,086 Lisbie
15/03/2008 Cardiff City H 1-1 4,699 Jackson
18/03/2008 Hull City H 1-3 5,497 Lisbie
22/03/2008 Norwich City A 1-5 25,215 Lisbie
29/03/2008 West Bromwich Albion A 3-4 20,433 Coyne, Elito, Lisbie
05/04/2008 Ipswich Town H 2-0 6,264 Vernon (2)
12/04/2008 Leicester City A 1-1 22,719 Lisbie
19/04/2008 Coventry City H 1-5 5,836 Vernon
26/04/2008 Stoke City H 0-1 6,300
04/05/2008 Scunthorpe United A 3-3 5,554 McLeod (2), Vernon

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14/08/2007 R1 Shrewsbury Town A 0-1 (aet) 3,069

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
05/01/2008 R3 Peterborough United H 1–3 4,003 Sheringham (pen.)

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Dean Gerken 42 0 40 0 1 0 1 0
2 England DF Danny Granville 20 0 14+5 0 0 0 1 0
3 England DF John White 23 0 21 0 1 0 1 0
4 England MF Johnnie Jackson 48 7 46 7 1 0 1 0
5 Australia DF Chris Coyne 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0
6 England MF Kevin Watson 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
7 England MF Karl Duguid 39 0 37 0 0+1 0 1 0
8 England FW Teddy Sheringham 20 4 11+8 3 1 1 0 0
9 England FW Clive Platt 42 8 34+7 8 0 0 1 0
10 England MF Kemal Izzet 40 1 35+4 1 0 0 0+1 0
11 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Yeates 31 8 29 8 1 0 1 0
12 England DF Pat Baldwin 28 0 23+3 0 1 0 1 0
13 Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
14 England MF Kevin McLeod 30 4 21+7 4 1 0 1 0
15 England FW Jamie Guy 12 0 0+11 0 0+1 0 0 0
16 England DF Matt Heath 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
17 England MF Luke Guttridge 16 0 5+9 0 1 0 1 0
18 England DF Philip Ifil 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0
20 Jamaica FW Kevin Lisbie 43 17 39+3 17 1 0 0 0
21 Hungary DF Béla Balogh 17 0 10+7 0 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Dean Hammond 13 0 11+2 0 0 0 0 0
23 England GK Mark Cousins 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
24 England FW Scott Vernon 17 5 8+9 5 0 0 0 0
25 England FW Izale McLeod 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
27 England MF Anthony Wordsworth 4 0 1+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
29 England FW Tom Webb 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
30 England MF Medy Elito 11 1 7+4 1 0 0 0 0
31 Nigeria GK Ademola Bankole 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
16 Cameroon DF George Elokobi 19 1 17 1 1 0 1 0
18 England DF Matthew Connolly 16 2 13+3 2 0 0 0 0
19 Scotland DF Adam Virgo 37 1 30+6 1 1 0 0 0

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Assists[edit]

[5]

Assistant League Cup Total
England Johnnie Jackson 9 0 9
Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates 7 7
Jamaica Kevin Lisbie 4 1 5
England Karl Duguid 3 0 3
Cameroon George Elokobi
England Teddy Sheringham
England Danny Granville 2 2
England Kemal Izzet
England Kevin McLeod
England Jamie Guy 1 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

[6]

Pos. Name League Cups Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
DF England Pat Baldwin 2 1 0 0 2 1
DF Hungary Béla Balogh 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Matthew Connolly 1 1 0 0 1 1
DF Australia Chris Coyne 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Karl Duguid 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Danny Granville 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Luke Guttridge 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Matt Heath 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Philip Ifil 2 1 0 0 2 1
MF England Kemal Izzet 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England Johnnie Jackson 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW Jamaica Kevin Lisbie 4 0 0 0 4 0
MF England Kevin McLeod 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Clive Platt 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Teddy Sheringham 0 1 0 0 0 1
DF Scotland Adam Virgo 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF England John White 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates 4 0 0 0 4 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. ^ "2007–08 Season Appearance Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "2007–08 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "2007–08 Season Assists Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "2007–08 Season Discipline Data". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011.