1946–47 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1946–47 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Ted Fenton
(from April 1946)
Stadium Layer Road
Southern League 8th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Reading)
Southern League Cup Semi-final
(eliminated by
Gillingham)
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (22)

All:
Arthur Turner (24)
Highest home attendance 6,787
v Gothic, 16 November 1946[2]
Lowest home attendance 2,661
v Barry Town, 8 February 1947[3]
Average home league attendance 6,218[4]
Biggest win 6–1
v Exeter City Reserves, 19 October 1946
Biggest defeat 0–5
v Reading, 30 November 1946
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1946–47 season was Colchester United's fifth season in their history and their fifth in the Southern League. Alongside competing in the Southern League, the club also participated in the FA Cup and Southern League Cup. New manager Ted Fenton began to assemble a team of professionals following the reliance on guest players during the 1945–46 season, as the club finished 8th in the league. They reached the first round of the FA Cup, but were defeated by Football League side Reading. They were also Southern League Cup semi-finalists, defeated at Priestfield Stadium by Gillingham.

Season overview[edit]

New manager Ted Fenton joined the club for the 1946–47 season. He was no stranger to Layer Road, having turned out for Colchester Town in the 1930s whilst a teenager. Fenton's contacts meant that he could quickly assemble a squad of professionals following the war years, which would eventually include 28 part-time professionals. The team would finish mid-table during Fenton's first season.

During the season, the stadium had its Main Stand extended, and the property behind what would become the Barside was purchased to overcome disputes regarding access by supporters to that side of the ground. At the end of the season, the Popular Side stand was demolished, and the timbers were reused to improve the Layer Road End. Meanwhile, the Main Stand had a boundary wall built that would prevent supporters attempting to enter the ground without paying.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 7 June 1947.[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK John Jelly
England GK Harry Wright
Wales DF Bill Bower (captain)
England DF Ted Fenton
England DF Digger Kettle
England DF John Leah
England DF Albert Page
England DF Frank Stamper
England DF Albert Walker
No. Position Player
England FW Arthur Biggs
England FW Dennis Cant
England FW Len Cater
England FW Bob Curry
England FW Ian Gillespie
England FW Dennis Hillman
FW Bob Hodgson
England FW Arthur Turner

Match details[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Southern League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Promotion, qualification or relegation
6 Gravesend & Northfleet 32 17 4 11 82 58 1.41 38
7 Barry Town 32 14 8 10 89 61 1.46 36
8 Colchester United 32 15 5 12 65 60 1.08 35
9 Cheltenham Town 32 14 4 14 68 75 0.91 32
10 Millwall Reserves 32 8 13 11 59 57 1.04 29

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal average; 3) Number of goals scored

(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Notes:

1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.

2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

3 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1946–47 FA Cup

Southern League Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][7]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Southern League Southern League
Cup
FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK John Jelly 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
GK England Harry Wright 23 0 19 0 4 0 0 0
DF Wales Bill Bower 39 0 30 0 7 0 2 0
DF England Ted Fenton 36 2 27 2 7 0 2 0
DF England Digger Kettle 16 1 13 1 3 0 0 0
DF England John Leah 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Albert Page 12 0 11 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Frank Stamper 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Albert Walker 36 0 27 0 7 0 2 0
FW England Arthur Biggs 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
FW England Dennis Cant 6 5 5 3 0 0 1 2
FW England Len Cater 39 13 30 9 7 3 2 1
FW England Bob Curry 39 19 30 14 7 4 2 1
FW England Ian Gillespie 5 1 4 1 1 0 0 0
FW England Dennis Hillman 34 7 25 3 7 3 2 1
FW Bob Hodgson 12 3 8 1 4 2 0 0
FW England Arthur Turner 32 24 25 21 6 3 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
GK England Peter Chiswick 15 0 11 0 2 0 2 0
DF England Syd Fieldus 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Bob Harding 11 0 8 0 1 0 2 0
DF Northern Ireland Paddy Shiels 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
DF Don Swift 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
FW England Wilf Bott 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Bob Collins 10 5 7 3 1 2 2 0
FW England Jack Finch 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
FW Stan Gibbs 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Bob Hutchings 30 1 22 0 6 1 2 0
FW England Bill Jeffries 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
FW Bob Neville 7 2 5 1 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland Alan Ross 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Sid Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Trevor Smith 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Alex Stewart 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Tom Tobin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
1 England FW Arthur Turner 21 3 0 24
2 England FW Bob Curry 14 4 1 19
3 England FW Len Cater 9 3 1 13
4 England FW Dennis Hillman 3 3 1 7
5 England FW Dennis Cant 3 0 2 5
England FW Bob Collins 3 2 0 5
7 FW Bob Hodgson 1 2 0 3
8 England FW Arthur Biggs 2 0 0 2
England DF Ted Fenton 2 0 0 2
FW Bob Neville 1 1 0 2
England FW Trevor Smith 2 0 0 2
12 England FW Ian Gillespie 1 0 0 1
England FW Bob Hutchings 0 1 0 1
England DF Digger Kettle 1 0 0 1
Scotland FW Alex Stewart 1 0 0 1
Own goals 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 65 19 5 89

Disciplinary record[edit]

[8]

Nationality Position Player Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
England DF Ted Fenton 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
TOTALS 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
1 Wales DF Bill Bower 30 6 2 38
Not recorded
1 1 0 2

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[10]

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
GK England Harry Wright 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
DF England Ted Fenton 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW England Len Cater 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW England Bob Curry 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW England Jack Finch 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW Scotland Alan Ross 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW Scotland Sid Smith 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
FW Scotland Alex Stewart 31 August 1946 Gloucester City Layer Road
GK John Jelly 4 September 1946 Chelmsford City New Writtle Street
FW England Wilf Bott 4 September 1946 Chelmsford City New Writtle Street
FW England Dennis Cant 4 September 1946 Chelmsford City New Writtle Street
DF Bob Harding 14 September 1946 Hereford United Layer Road
DF England Albert Walker 14 September 1946 Hereford United Layer Road
FW England Arthur Turner 19 September 1946 Millwall Reserves Layer Road
DF England John Leah 26 September 1946 Chelmsford City Layer Road
FW England Dennis Hillman 26 September 1946 Chelmsford City Layer Road
GK England Peter Chiswick 28 September 1946 Worcester City Layer Road
DF Don Swift 7 December 1946 Chelmsford City Layer Road
FW Bob Neville 7 December 1946 Chelmsford City Layer Road
DF England Digger Kettle 26 December 1946 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
FW Stan Gibbs 1 March 1947 Gravesend & Northfleet Stonebridge Road
FW England Trevor Smith 23 March 1947 Yeovil Town Huish Athletic Ground
DF England Albert Page 29 March 1947 Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road
DF England Frank Stamper 19 April 1947 Merthyr Tydfil Penydarren Park
FW England Arthur Biggs 17 May 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
FW England Ian Gillespie 17 May 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
FW England Bill Jeffries 7 June 1947 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
30 April 1946 DF England Ted Fenton England West Ham United Player-manager [11]
30 May 1946 DF England Albert Walker England Doncaster Rovers Free transfer [12]
6 June 1946 FW England Len Cater England Colchester Town Free transfer [13]
13 June 1946 FW England Bob Curry England Gainsborough Trinity Free transfer [14]
4 July 1946 FW England Wilf Bott England Queens Park Rangers Free transfer [15]
11 July 1946 GK England Harry Wright England Chelmsford City Free transfer [16]
14 July 1946 GK England Peter Chiswick England West Ham United Free transfer [17]
18 July 1946 DF England John Leah England South Liverpool Free transfer [18]
25 July 1946 FW Scotland Alan Ross England Ipswich Town Free transfer [19]
1 August 1946 FW Scotland Alex Stewart Army Free transfer [20]
8 August 1946 FW England Jack Finch England Fulham Free transfer [21]
15 August 1946 FW England Dennis Cant England Crittall Athletic Free transfer [22]
31 August 1946 FW Scotland Sid Smith Scotland Dundee United Free transfer [23]
4 September 1946 GK John Jelly England Colchester Casuals Free transfer [24]
14 September 1946 DF Bob Harding Unknown Free transfer [25]
19 September 1946 FW England Arthur Turner England Charlton Athletic Free transfer [26]
21 September 1946 FW England Dennis Hillman England Brighton & Hove Albion Free transfer [27]
10 October 1946 FW Stan Gibbs Royal Air Force Free transfer [28]
27 November 1946 FW Bob Neville Unknown Free transfer [29]
7 December 1946 DF Don Swift Unknown Free transfer [30]
25 December 1946 DF England Digger Kettle England Arclight Sports Free transfer [31]
3 March 1947 DF England Frank Stamper Army Fire Fighting Centre Free transfer [32]
15 March 1947 FW England Trevor Smith England Yeovil Town Free transfer [33]
26 March 1947 DF England Albert Page England Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer [34]
7 May 1947 FW England Arthur Biggs England Bedford Town Free transfer [35]
15 May 1947 FW England Ian Gillespie England Ipswich Town Free transfer [36]
7 June 1947 FW England Bill Jeffries England Hull City Trial [37]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
8 May 1946 FW England Frank Rawcliffe England Newport County £250 [38]
31 May 1946 DF Jimmy Jenkins Free agent Released [39]
31 May 1946 FW Bobby Hoines Free agent Released [40]
31 August 1946 FW Scotland Sid Smith Free agent Released [23]
31 August 1946 FW Scotland Alex Stewart Free agent Released [20]
6 September 1946 FW Chris Harman Free agent Released [41]
7 September 1946 FW England Jack Finch Free agent Released [21]
28 September 1946 FW England Wilf Bott England Guildford City Free transfer [15]
8 November 1946 DF Ireland Paddy Shiels Free agent Released [42]
30 November 1946 FW England Bob Collins Free agent Released [43]
25 December 1946 DF Don Swift Free agent Released [30]
1 January 1947 FW Scotland Tom Tobin England Clacton Town Free transfer [44]
20 March 1947 FW Bob Neville Free agent Released [29]
19 April 1947 DF England Syd Fieldus Colchester United Management staff [45]
31 May 1947 DF Bob Harding Free agent Released [25]
31 May 1947 FW Stan Gibbs Free agent Released [28]
31 May 1947 FW England Bob Hutchings Free agent Released [46]
31 May 1947 FW Scotland Alan Ross England Brantham Athletic Player-coach [19]
31 May 1947 FW England Trevor Smith England Watford Free transfer [33]
7 June 1947 FW England Bill Jeffries England Hull City End of trial [37]
1 July 1947 GK England Peter Chiswick England West Ham United Free transfer [17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 

Specific[edit]

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  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ted Fenton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Albert Walker". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Len Cater". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bob Curry". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Wilf Bott". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Harry Wright". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Peter Chiswick". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "John Leah". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Alan Ross". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Alex Stewart". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Jack Finch". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Dennis Cant". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "Sid Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "John Jelly". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Bob Harding". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Arthur Turner". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Dennis Hillman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Stan Gibbs". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  29. ^ a b "Bob Neville". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  30. ^ a b "Don Swift". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "Digger Kettle". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Frank Stamper". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  33. ^ a b "Trevor Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  34. ^ "Albert Page". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  35. ^ "Alf Biggs". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Ian Gillespie". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Ian Gillespie". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  38. ^ "Frank Rawcliffe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  39. ^ "Jimmy Jenkins". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  40. ^ "Bobby Hoines". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  41. ^ "Chris Harman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  42. ^ "Paddy Shiels". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  43. ^ "Bob Collins". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  44. ^ "Tom Tobin". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  45. ^ "Syd Fieldus". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  46. ^ "Bob Hutchings". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015.