1950–51 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1950–51 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Jimmy Allen
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division South 16th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
Top goalscorer League:
Arthur Turner (13)

All:
Arthur Turner (15)
Highest home attendance 14,199
v Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, 7 September 1950[2]
Lowest home attendance 6,941
v Gillingham, 16 December 1950[3]
Average home league attendance 10,571[4]
Biggest win 7–1
v Woodford Town, 11 November 1950
Biggest defeat 1–7
v Plymouth Argyle, 28 October 1950
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1950–51 season was Colchester United's ninth season in their history and their first ever season in the Football League, competing in the Third Division South, the third tier of English football. Alongside competing in the Third Division South, the club also participated in the FA Cup. The club ended the league season in 16th-position, while they exited the FA Cup in the first round following a defeat to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.

Season overview[edit]

Colchester's first-ever game in the Football League was against their old Southern League rivals Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on 19 August 1950. A crowd of 19,542 witnessed the 0–0 draw between the sides. Five days later, Bob Curry scored the U's first-ever Football League goal during a 1–1 draw at Swindon Town, but it was not until 31 August that the Layer Road crowd were able to enjoy its first Football League goal for the home side. Arthur Turner, the season's top-scorer with 15 goals, struck five minutes into a 4–1 win in the return game with Swindon. Colchester remained unbeaten in their first seven games, a run that equalled a record for new clubs entering the Football League set by Aberdare Athletic in 1921–22.

After occupying second position in the Third Division South table, the U's suffered a slump in form, losing nine of the next ten games. They finished the season in 16th-position, averaging 10,571 through the Layer Road turnstiles. It would be the only season that Layer Road would host a five-figure season average.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 5 May 1951.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
George Wright GK England Plymouth (1919-10-10)10 October 1919 (aged 30) 54 0 England Plymouth Argyle May 1949 £1,000
Defenders
George French FB England Colchester (1926-11-10)10 November 1926 (aged 23) 0 0 England West Ham United February 1949 Free transfer
John Harrison FB England Leicester (1927-09-27)27 September 1927 (aged 22) 0 0 England Aston Villa 30 September 1950[a] Nominal
Digger Kettle FB England Colchester (1922-06-03)3 June 1922 (aged 27) 150 1 England Arclight Sports September 1946 Free transfer
Trevor Rowlands FB Wales Wattstown (1922-02-02)2 February 1922 (aged 28) 0 0 England Norwich City 20 July 1950 £1,000
Reg Stewart CB England Sheffield (1925-10-30)30 October 1925 (aged 24) 51 0 England Sheffield Wednesday 20 August 1949[a] £1,000
Midfielders
Harry Bearryman WH England Wandsworth (1924-09-26)26 September 1924 (aged 25) 146 9 England Chelsea 4 July 1947 Free transfer
Jimmy Elder WH Scotland Scone (1928-03-05)5 March 1928 (aged 22) 0 0 England Portsmouth 19 August 1950[a] £1,000
Len Jones WH England Barnsley (1913-06-09)9 June 1913 (aged 36) 0 0 England Southend United 19 August 1950[a] Undisclosed
John Moore WH England Chiswick (1923-09-25)25 September 1923 (aged 26) 13 0 England Brentford 8 September 1949[a] £1,000
Forwards
Bob Allen WG England Bromley-by-Bow (1916-10-11)11 October 1916 (aged 33) 89 6 England Gainsborough Trinity 13 June 1946 Free transfer
Peter Aitchison WG England Harlow (1931-09-19)19 September 1931 (aged 18) 0 0 Local youth football August 1950 Free transfer
John Church WG England Lowestoft (1919-09-17)17 September 1919 (aged 30) 0 0 England Norwich City 19 August 1950[a] £1,000
Dick Cullum FW England Colchester (1931-01-28)28 January 1931 (aged 19) 0 0 England Colchester Colts 28 March 1951[a] Free transfer
Bob Curry IF England Gateshead (1918-11-02)2 November 1918 (aged 31) 172 90 England Northampton Town 13 June 1947 Free transfer
Fred Cutting IF England North Walsham (1921-12-04)4 December 1921 (aged 28) 125 55 England Norwich City 6 December 1947[a] Free transfer
Dennis Hillman WG England Southend-on-Sea (1918-11-27)27 November 1918 (aged 31) 136 27 England Brighton & Hove Albion 21 September 1946 Free transfer
Vic Keeble CF England Colchester (1930-06-25)25 June 1930 (aged 19) 81 63 England King George Youth Club 23 May 1947 £10
Johnny McKim IF Scotland Greenock (1926-01-22)22 January 1926 (aged 24) 0 0 England Chelsea 19 August 1950[a] £1,000
Arthur Turner CF England Poplar (1921-01-22)22 January 1921 (aged 29) 117 83 England Charlton Athletic September 1946 Free transfer
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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.
20 July 1950 DF Wales Trevor Rowlands England Norwich City £1,000 [7]
August 1950 DF England Bill Rochford England Southampton £1,000 [8]
August 1950 FW England Peter Aitchison Local youth football Free [9]
19 August 1950 DF Scotland Jimmy Elder England Portsmouth £1,000 [10][a]
19 August 1950 DF England Len Jones England Southend United Undisclosed [11][a]
19 August 1950 FW England John Church England Norwich City £1,000 [12][a]
19 August 1950 FW Scotland Johnny McKim England Chelsea £1,000 [13][a]
30 September 1950 DF England John Harrison England Aston Villa Nominal [14][a]
30 September 1950 DF Scotland Joe Locherty England Sheffield Wednesday £1,000 [15][a]
17 February 1951 GK England Barney Bircham England Grimsby Town £800 [16][a]
26 March 1951 FW England Dick Cullum England Colchester Colts Free [17][a]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £6,800
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 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 GK England Ken Whitehead England Whitton United Released [18]
End of season FW England Stan Foxall England Chelmsford City Released [19]
End of season FW England Denis Maffey England Great Yarmouth Town Free [20]
End of season FW Bob Neville England Clacton Town Released [21]
6 May 1950 DF England Doug Beach England Chelmsford City Free [22][a]
20 January 1951 DF Scotland Joe Locherty England Scarborough Released [15][a]
24 February 1951 DF England Bill Rochford Retired Retired [8][a]
24 March 1951 GK England Barney Bircham Free agent Released [16][a]
26 March 1951 FW Spain José Gallego England Cambridge United Released [23][a]
28 April 1951 DF England Bill Layton England Harwich & Parkeston Player-manager [24][a]
  1. ^ a b c d e f Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Match details[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Third Division South 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 A H H A H H A A H A H A H A H H H A H A A H H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A A H A A A H H
Result D D D W W W W L L L L L L D L L L W D W D D L W L D W D L W L L L W W L L W L L W D L W D D
Position 14 13 14 4 2 2 2 3 6 10 12 14 15 16 17 20 21 19 19 15 16 16 17 15 18 18 15 16 17 16 17 18 19 18 17 17 18 16 18 19 17 16 18 15 16 16

Last updated: 28 February 2016.
Source: [1] 28 February 2016
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

  Win   Draw   Loss

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Promotion, qualification or relegation
14 Exeter City 46 18 6 22 61 85 0.729 42
15 Walsall 46 15 10 21 52 62 0.839 40
16 Colchester United 46 14 12 20 63 76 0.829 40
17 Swindon Town 46 18 4 24 55 67 0.821 40
18 Aldershot 46 15 10 21 56 88 0.636 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]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][25]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division
South
FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England George Wright 41 0 39 0 2 0
DF England Harry Bearryman 48 0 46 0 2 0
DF Scotland Jimmy Elder 46 4 45 4 1 0
DF England John Harrison 33 0 31 0 2 0
DF England Len Jones 43 3 41 2 2 1
DF England Digger Kettle 15 0 15 0 0 0
DF Wales Trevor Rowlands 15 1 15 1 0 0
DF England Reg Stewart 48 0 46 0 2 0
FW England John Church 42 10 40 10 2 0
FW England Dick Cullum 1 1 1 1 0 0
FW England Bob Curry 34 14 32 12 2 2
FW England Fred Cutting 12 4 11 3 1 1
FW England Dennis Hillman 4 0 4 0 0 0
FW England Vic Keeble 21 7 21 7 0 0
FW Scotland Johnny McKim 24 8 24 8 0 0
FW England Arthur Turner 38 15 36 13 2 2
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
GK England Barney Bircham 7 0 7 0 0 0
DF England Bill Layton 8 1 7 0 1 1
DF Scotland Joe Locherty 11 1 10 1 1 0
DF England Bill Rochford 2 0 2 0 0 0
FW England Bob Allen 31 1 29 1 2 0
FW Spain José Gallego 4 0 4 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[25]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division South FA Cup Total
1 England FW Arthur Turner 13 2 15
2 England FW Bob Curry 12 2 14
3 England FW John Church 10 0 10
4 Scotland FW Johnny McKim 8 0 8
5 England FW Vic Keeble 7 0 7
6 England FW Fred Cutting 3 1 4
Scotland DF Jimmy Elder 4 0 4
8 England DF Len Jones 2 1 3
9 England FW Bob Allen 1 0 1
England FW Dick Cullum 1 0 1
England DF Bill Layton 0 1 1
Scotland DF Joe Locherty 1 0 1
Wales DF Trevor Rowlands 1 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0
TOTALS 63 7 70

Disciplinary record[edit]

[26]

Nationality Position Player Third Division South FA Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[27]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division South FA Cup Total
Not recorded
46 2 48

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[28]

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
DF Scotland Jimmy Elder 19 August 1950 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
DF England Len Jones 19 August 1950 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
FW England John Church 19 August 1950 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
FW Scotland Johnny McKim 19 August 1950 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
DF England John Harrison 30 September 1950 Northampton Town County Ground
DF Scotland Joe Locherty 30 September 1950 Northampton Town County Ground
GK England Barney Bircham 17 February 1951 Northampton Town Layer Road
DF England Bill Rochford 17 February 1951 Northampton Town Layer Road
DF Wales Trevor Rowlands 3 March 1951 Southend United Layer Road
FW England Dick Cullum 26 March 1951 Torquay United Plainmoor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Books

  • 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. 
  • Ambrosen, Tony (1993). Amber in the Blood: A History Of Newport County. Uxbridge: Yore Publications. ISBN 978-1-874427-40-7. 
  • Kent, Jeff (1990). The Valiants' Years: The Story of Port Vale. Stafford: Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 

Websites

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. 
  2. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–1 Bournemouth". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–2 Gillingham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "The 1950s and 1960s Hudson Matt 11 July 2012". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Trevor Rowlands". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Bill Rochford". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Peter Aitchison". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Jimmy Elder". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Len Jones". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "John Church". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Johnny McKim". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "John Harrison". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Joe Locherty". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Barney Bircham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Dick Cullum". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ken Whitehead". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Stan Foxall". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Dennis Maffey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Bob Neville". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Doug Beach". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Jose Gallego". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Bill Layton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  25. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  27. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  28. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2016.