1948–49 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1948–49 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Jimmy Allen
(from July 1948)
Stadium Layer Road
Southern League 4th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Reading)
Southern League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (28)

All:
Arthur Turner (31)
Highest home attendance 19,072
v Reading, 27 November 1948[2]
Lowest home attendance 4,131
v Bedford Town, 21 October 1948[3]
Average home league attendance 8,476[4]
Biggest win 6–0
v Bedford Town, 21 October 1948
Biggest defeat 0–5
v Merthyr Tydfil, 22 April 1949;
1–6
v Gloucester City, 30 April 1949
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1948–49 season was Colchester United's seventh season in their history and their seventh in the Southern League. Alongside competing in the Southern League, the club also participated in the FA Cup and Southern League Cup. The club finished as runners-up in the Southern League Cup to Yeovil Town just ten days after losing the delayed 1947–48 season final to Merthyr Tydfil. The club exited the FA Cup in the first round to Reading, although the first encounter between the clubs was abandoned due to heavy fog. The match gathered a record Layer Road and Colchester United crowd of 19,072, before being abandoned with the scores at 1–1.

Season overview[edit]

Former Aston Villa and Portsmouth defender Jimmy Allen was tasked with taking Colchester United into the Football League when he stepped into the void left following Ted Fenton's departure for West Ham United during the simmer.

The ex-England international oversaw his side reach the final of the Southern League Cup for the second successive season. With the 1947–48 final held over from the previous season, Colchester first lost that final against Merthyr Tydfil 5–0, before losing the 1948–49 season final 3–0 to Yeovil Town ten days later. During these ten days, the club also played four league fixtures.

On the back of a successful FA Cup run across the 1947–48 season, much was expected of Colchester for their 1948–49 campaign. They drew Reading at home for their first-round fixture, but the game which drew a record Layer Road and Colchester United crowd of 19,072 was abandoned with the scores tied at 1–1 due to heavy fog. The rearranged match saw the U's crash out with a 4–2 defeat.

In the Southern League, Colchester once again finished in fourth position while Chelmsford City and Gillingham battled for the title, with the Kent side winning their second title in three years.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 7 May 1949.[6]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Ken Whitehead
England GK George Wright
England GK Harry Wright
England DF Harry Bearryman
Wales DF Bill Bower
England DF George French
England DF Digger Kettle
England DF Alf Miller
England DF Wally Nunn
England DF Frank Stamper
England FW Bob Allen
No. Position Player
Scotland FW Andy Brown
England FW Len Cater
England FW Bob Curry
England FW Fred Cutting
England FW Stan Foxall
England FW Norman George
England FW Dennis Hillman
England FW Vic Keeble
England FW Denis Maffey
England FW Ray Townrow
England FW Arthur Turner

Match details[edit]

Southern League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Promotion, qualification or relegation
2 Chelmsford City 42 27 7 8 115 64 1.80 61
3 Merthyr Tydfil 42 26 8 8 133 54 2.46 60
4 Colchester United 42 21 10 11 94 61 1.54 52
5 Worcester City 42 22 7 13 87 56 1.55 51
6 Dartford 42 21 9 12 73 53 1.38 51

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]

Main article: 1948–49 FA Cup

Southern League Cup[edit]

1947–48 season fixture[edit]

1948–49 season fixtures[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 England Ken Whitehead 38 0 34 0 3 0 1 0
GK England George Wright 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Harry Wright 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Harry Bearryman 48 0 41 0 6 0 1 0
DF England Digger Kettle 46 0 39 0 6 0 1 0
DF England Alf Miller 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Wally Nunn 12 0 10 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Frank Stamper 43 0 37 0 5 0 1 0
FW England Bob Allen 28 3 23 3 4 0 1 0
FW Scotland Andy Brown 34 0 29 0 4 0 1 0
FW England Len Cater 36 8 31 5 4 1 1 2
FW England Bob Curry 47 19 40 17 6 2 1 0
FW England Fred Cutting 42 16 35 13 6 3 1 0
FW England Stan Foxall 35 11 30 7 4 4 1 0
FW England Norman George 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
FW England Dennis Hillman 23 8 20 6 3 2 0 0
FW England Vic Keeble 15 8 12 8 3 0 0 0
FW England Denis Maffey 31 1 28 1 3 0 0 0
FW England Ray Townrow 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Arthur Turner 36 32 31 29 4 3 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
GK Wales Graham Davies 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Peter Hildyard 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Harry Cranfield 6 0 6 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 29 3 0 32
2 England FW Bob Curry 17 2 0 19
3 England FW Fred Cutting 13 3 0 16
4 England FW Stan Foxall 7 4 0 11
5 England FW Len Cater 5 1 2 8
England FW Dennis Hillman 6 2 0 8
England FW Vic Keeble 8 0 0 8
8 England FW Bob Allen 3 0 0 3
9 England FW Norman George 1 0 0 1
England FW Denis Maffey 1 0 0 1
Unknown goalscorer 3 1 0 4
Own goals 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 94 16 2 112

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
TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Southern League Southern League Cup FA Cup Total
Not recorded
42 6 1 49

Player debuts[edit]

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

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
DF England Wally Nunn 21 August 1948 Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road
FW England Harry Cranfield 21 August 1948 Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road
FW England Stan Foxall 21 August 1948 Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road
DF England Alf Miller 1 September 1948 Chelmsford City New Writtle Street
GK England Ken Whitehead 4 September 1948 Barry Town Jenner Park Stadium
FW England Denis Maffey 11 December 1948 Chelmsford City New Writtle Street
FW England Norman George 15 April 1949 Guildford City Layer Road
GK Wales Graham Davies 28 April 1949 Worcester City Layer Road
GK England George Wright 5 May 1949 Hereford United Layer Road
DF England Peter Hildyard 5 May 1949 Hereford United Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
31 May 1948 FW England Denis Maffey England Ipswich Town Free transfer [11]
30 June 1948 DF England Wally Nunn England Swindon Town Free transfer [12]
30 June 1948 FW England Stan Foxall England West Ham United Free transfer [13]
21 August 1948 FW England Harry Cranfield England Bristol Rovers Free transfer [14]
31 August 1948 DF England Alf Miller England Plymouth Argyle Free transfer [15]
4 September 1948 GK England Ken Whitehead England Clacton Town Free transfer [16]
4 September 1948 FW England Norman George Unknown Free transfer [17]
1 February 1949 DF England George French England West Ham United Free transfer [18]
23 April 1949 GK Wales Graham Davies England Watford Free transfer [19]
5 May 1949 GK England George Wright England Plymouth Argyle £1,000 [20]
5 May 1949 DF England Peter Hildyard England Leyton Orient Trial [21]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
1 May 1948 GK England Ernest Setchell Free agent Released [22]
31 May 1948 FW England Ian Gillespie Free agent Released [23]
1 June 1948 DF England Ted Fenton England West Ham United Assistant manager [24]
1 January 1949 GK England John Le Mare England West Ham United Free transfer [25]
2 April 1949 FW England Harry Cranfield England King's Lynn Free transfer [14]
2 May 1949 GK Wales Graham Davies England Hereford United Free transfer [19]
5 May 1949 DF England Peter Hildyard England Leyton Orient End of trial [21]

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 6–0 Bedford Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 5 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 29 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dennis Maffey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Wally Nunn". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Stan Foxall". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Harry Cranfield". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Alf Miller". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ken Whitehead". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Norman George". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "George French". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Graham Davies". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "George Wright". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Peter Hildyard". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ernest Setchell". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ian Gillespie". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Ted Fenton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "John Lamare". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2016.