1947–48 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1947–48 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Ted Fenton
(until June 1948)
Stadium Layer Road
Southern League 4th
FA Cup 5th round
(eliminated by
Blackpool)
Southern League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (25)

All:
Bob Curry (30)
Highest home attendance 17,048
v Bradford Park Avenue, 24 January 1948[2]
Lowest home attendance 4,665
v Bedford Town, 20 December 1947[3]
Average home league attendance 9,231[4]
Biggest win 8–0
v Gloucester City, 6 September 1947
Biggest defeat 0–5
v Blackpool, 7 February 1948
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1947–48 season was Colchester United's sixth season in their history and their sixth in the Southern League. Alongside competing in the Southern League, the club also participated in the FA Cup and Southern League Cup. The season was most notable for Colchester's run in the FA Cup, where they defeated three Football League clubs as they progressed to the fifth round, before being beaten 5–0 by First Division side Blackpool. They finished in 4th position in the Southern League, and while they ended as runners-up in the Southern League Cup, the final wasn't held until April 1949 due to fixture congestion.

Season overview[edit]

Manager Ted Fenton's first-team squad had featured 28 part-time professionals during the 1946–47 season, but this number was reduced to 17 for the 1947–48 campaign, while signings such as Bob Allen and Harry Bearryman, and the emergence of Vic Keeble bolstered the ranks.

The 1947–48 season was most memorable for Colchester's magnificent run in the FA Cup. The competition began with a 3–2 win over league rivals Chelmsford City in the fourth qualifying round in front of a Layer Road crowd of 10,396. It was the second year in succession that the U's would reach the first round proper of the cup, having been defeated 5–0 by Reading at the same stage twelve months earlier. The result on this occasion would go in Colchester's favour, with 8,574 fans watching their 2–1 win against Banbury Spencer.

Third Division North side Wrexham visited Layer Road for the second round match, with the visitors falling to a 1–0 defeat courtesy of a Bob Curry goal in front of a 10,642 crowd. With the U's into the third round, it would be the club that inspired Colchester's own strip, Huddersfield Town of the First Division, that would taste defeat at the hands of the non-Leaguers. With the national press making Colchester's Cup progress headline news, Fenton welcomed the extra publicity. He watched Huddersfield play a number of times prior to the tie, declaring to the media that he had come up with a plan to beat them. The plan became known as "the F-plan". Both teams changed colours for the game, with visiting Huddersfield in red, and Colchester in blue. The First Division side struggled to adapt to the cramped surroundings of Layer Road, and when Bob Allen's free kick was parried away by the goalkeeper, U's captain Bob Curry scored from the rebound. This was the first time that a non-League side had beaten a First Division club, with a record crowd of 16,005 witnessing that game.

With the increased interest in Colchester's cup heroics, the crowd from the previous game could have trebled had Layer Road been able to accommodate the fans. The club welcomed Second Division Bradford Park Avenue to the ground on 24 January 1948, with a crowd of 17,048 in attendance. With their opponents wary of Colchester's reputation, Bradford would take the lead, only for Curry to net a brace before being pegged back to 2–2. Fred Cutting went on to score the winner to send the club into the fifth round.

Stanley Matthews' First Division Blackpool were drawn as hosts to Fenton's side. With the effects of the war still evident, fuel rationing meant that the 52 scheduled coaches for the journey to Bloomfield Road were cancelled just 36 hours ahead of the game, meaning that only 12 coaches could travel, and the remainder of the away fans would have to travel by train to the North West. This meant that they would arrive in Blackpool in the early hours the morning of the match, but this did not deter the supporters, with the West Lancashire Post reporting:

Despite the good natured support, the home team defeated the U's by 5–0 in front of a sell-out 29,500 Bloomfield Road crowd. However, the FA Cup success had an effect on Colchester's league form, with the club eventually finishing fourth, nine points adrift of champions Merthyr Tydfil. They also reached the final of the Southern League Cup, but ran out of time to play the final during the season owing to fixture congestion.

Following all of the attention garnered from the Cup run, Fenton was much sought after, and was offered the role of assistant manager at his old club West Ham United during the summer of 1948, a role which he could not refuse.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 1 May 1948.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
John Le Mare GK England Ipswich (1926-04-15)15 April 1926 (aged 21) 0 0 England Woodbridge Town November 1947 Free transfer
Ernest Setchell GK England Hammersmith (1928-03-09)9 March 1928 (aged 19) 0 0 England Dartford 5 June 1947 Free transfer
Harry Wright GK England Tottenham (1909-06-03)3 June 1909 (aged 37) 23 0 England Chelmsford City 11 July 1946 Free transfer
Defenders
Bill Bower FB Wales Wrexham (1911-11-17)17 November 1911 (aged 35) 69 1 England Millwall 28 November 1945 Free transfer
Aubrey Darmody FB Wales Swansea (1921-03-17)17 March 1921 (aged 26) 0 0 England Norwich City 28 July 1947 Free transfer
Digger Kettle FB England Colchester (1922-06-03)3 June 1922 (aged 24) 16 1 England Arclight Sports September 1946 Free transfer
Albert Page CB England Walthamstow (1916-03-18)18 March 1916 (aged 31) 12 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 26 March 1947 Free transfer
Albert Walker FB England Little Lever (1910-02-04)4 February 1910 (aged 37) 36 0 England Doncaster Rovers 30 May 1946 Free transfer
Midfielders
Harry Bearryman WH England Wandsworth (1924-09-26)26 September 1924 (aged 22) 0 0 England Chelsea 4 July 1947 Free transfer
Arthur Biggs WH England Wootton (1915-05-26)26 May 1915 (aged 32) 4 2 England Bedford Town 7 May 1947 Free transfer
Ted Fenton WH England Forest Gate (1914-11-07)7 November 1914 (aged 32) 36 2 England West Ham United 15 April 1946 Free transfer
Frank Stamper WH/IR England Hartlepool (1926-02-22)22 February 1926 (aged 21) 2 0 Colchester Garrison Army Fire Fighting Centre 3 March 1947 Free transfer
Forwards
Bob Allen WG England Bromley-by-Bow (1916-10-11)11 October 1916 (aged 30) 0 0 England Gainsborough Trinity 13 June 1946 Free transfer
Andy Brown IF Scotland Coatbridge (1915-02-20)20 February 1915 (aged 32) 0 0 England Torquay United 17 June 1947 Free transfer
Len Cater CF England Colchester 39 13 Free agent 6 June 1946 Free transfer
Bob Curry IF England Gateshead (1918-11-02)2 November 1918 (aged 28) 39 19 England Northampton Town 13 June 1947 Free transfer
Fred Cutting IF England North Walsham (1921-12-04)4 December 1921 (aged 25) 0 0 England Norwich City 6 December 1947[a] Free transfer
Ian Gillespie IF England Plymouth (1913-05-06)6 May 1913 (aged 34) 5 1 England Ipswich Town 15 May 1947 Free transfer
Dennis Hillman WG England Southend-on-Sea (1918-11-27)27 November 1918 (aged 28) 34 7 England Brighton & Hove Albion 21 September 1946 Free transfer
Vic Keeble CF England Colchester (1930-06-25)25 June 1930 (aged 16) 0 0 England King George Youth Club 23 May 1947 £10
Bob Neville OL 7 2 England Rowhedge October 1946 Free transfer
Ray Townrow IR England West Ham 0 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 January 1948 Free transfer
Arthur Turner CF England Poplar (1921-01-22)22 January 1921 (aged 26) 32 24 England Charlton Athletic September 1946 Free transfer
  1. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
23 May 1947 CF England Vic Keeble England King George Youth Club £10 [7]
5 June 1947 GK England Ernest Setchell England Dartford Free transfer [8]
13 June 1947 WG England Bob Allen England Northampton Town Free transfer [9]
17 June 1947 IF Scotland Andy Brown England Torquay United Free transfer [10]
26 June 1947 CB England Frank Rist England Charlton Athletic Free transfer [11]
4 July 1947 WH England Harry Bearryman England Chelsea Free transfer [12]
28 July 1947 FB Wales Aubrey Darmody England Norwich City Free transfer [13]
13 September 1947 WG England Taffy Williams England Northampton Town Free transfer [14]
November 1947 GK England John Le Mare England Woodbridge Town Free transfer [15]
6 December 1947 IF England Fred Cutting England Norwich City Free transfer [16][a]
2 January 1948 IR England Ray Townrow England Wolverhampton Wanderers Free transfer [17]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £10
  1. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
End of season LW England Bob Hutchings Free agent Released [18]
End of season IF England Trevor Smith England Watford Free transfer [19]
July 1947 GK England Peter Chiswick England West Ham United Free transfer [20]
June 1947 OL Scotland Alan Ross England Brantham Athletic Player-coach [21]
September 1947 CB Bob Harding Free agent Released [22]
9 October 1947 CF England Dennis Cant England Clacton Town Free transfer [23]
December 1947 GK John Jelly England Colchester Casuals Free transfer [24]
1 December 1947 CF Bob Hodgson England Brightlingsea United Manager [25]
27 December 1947 RH England John Leah Free agent Retired [26][a]
17 March 1948 WG England Taffy Williams England Chingford Town Free transfer [14][a]
21 April 1948 CB England Frank Rist England Tonbridge Angels Free transfer [11][a]
  1. ^ a b c Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Match details[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Southern League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Promotion, qualification or relegation
2 Gillingham 34 21 5 8 81 43 1.88 47
3 Worcester City 34 21 3 10 74 45 1.64 45
4 Colchester United 34 17 10 7 88 41 2.15 44
5 Hereford United 34 16 10 8 77 53 1.45 42
6 Lovell's Athletic 34 17 6 11 74 50 1.48 40

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

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

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Southern League Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][27]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Southern League Southern League
Cup
FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England John Le Mare 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
GK England Ernest Setchell 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Harry Wright 41 0 28 0 7 0 6 0
DF Wales Bill Bower 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
DF Wales Aubrey Darmody 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Digger Kettle 44 0 31 0 7 0 6 0
DF England Albert Page 8 0 6 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Albert Walker 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
MF England Harry Bearryman 46 5 32 2 8 3 6 0
MF England Arthur Biggs 10 2 8 1 1 1 1 0
MF England Ted Fenton 30 5 20 4 4 1 6 0
MF England Frank Stamper 6 0 4 0 2 0 0 0
FW England Bob Allen 44 0 31 0 7 0 6 0
FW Scotland Andy Brown 42 3 28 2 8 0 6 1
FW England Len Cater 37 13 26 6 5 7 6 0
FW England Bob Curry 44 30 31 17 7 6 6 7
FW England Fred Cutting 31 15 23 12 3 2 5 1
FW England Dennis Hillman 38 6 27 5 6 1 5 0
FW England Vic Keeble 15 9 12 8 3 1 0 0
FW England Ray Townrow 11 5 8 3 3 2 0 0
FW England Arthur Turner 43 27 30 25 7 1 6 1
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF England Frank Rist 13 1 10 0 3 1 0 0
MF England John Leah 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Ian Gillespie 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
FW England Taffy Williams 6 0 4 0 1 0 1 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[27]

Place Nationality Position Name Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
1 England IF Bob Curry 17 6 7 30
2 England CF Arthur Turner 25 1 1 27
3 England IF Fred Cutting 12 2 1 15
4 England CF Len Cater 6 7 0 13
5 England CF Vic Keeble 8 1 0 9
6 England WG Dennis Hillman 5 1 0 6
7 England WH Harry Bearryman 2 3 0 5
England WH Ted Fenton 4 1 0 5
England IR Ray Townrow 3 2 0 5
10 Scotland IF Andy Brown 2 0 1 3
11 England WH Arthur Biggs 1 1 0 2
12 England IF Ian Gillespie 0 1 0 1
England CB Frank Rist 0 1 0 1
Own goals 3 0 0 3
TOTALS 88 27 10 125

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[28]

Place Nationality Position Player Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
1 England IF Bob Curry 15 3 3 21
Not recorded
19 3 5 27
TOTALS 34 6 8 48

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[29]

Place Nationality Player Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
1 England Harry Wright 7 2 2 11
2 England John Le Mare 1 1 0 2
3 England Ernest Setchell 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 9 3 2 14

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[30]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
WH England Harry Bearryman 30 August 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
CB England Frank Rist 30 August 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
WG England Bob Allen 30 August 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
IF Scotland Andy Brown 30 August 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
CF England Vic Keeble 30 August 1947 Bedford Town The Eyrie
WG England Taffy Williams 27 September 1947 Yeovil Town Huish Athletic Ground
IF England Fred Cutting 29 November 1947 Banbury Spencer Layer Road
GK England John Le Mare 6 December 1947 Barry Town Jenner Park Stadium
IR England Ray Townrow 17 January 1948 Bedford Town Layer Road
FB Wales Aubrey Darmody 29 March 1948 Guildford City St Joseph's Road
GK England Ernest Setchell 24 April 1948 Yeovil Town Layer Road

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]

  1. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
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  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 3–0 Bedford Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 August 2013). "The 1930s and 1940s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vic Keeble". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ernest Setchell". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bob Allen". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Andy Brown". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Frank Rist". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Harry Bearryman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Aubrey Darmody". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Taffy Williams". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "John Lamare". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fred Cutting". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Ray Townrow". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bob Hutchings". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Trevor Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Peter Chiswick". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Alan Ross". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Bob Harding". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "Dennis Cant". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "John Jelly". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Bob Hodgson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "John Leah". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  30. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.