1955–56 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1955–56 season
Chairman William Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Third Division South 12th
FA Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Kevin McCurley (29)
All:
Kevin McCurley (29)
Highest home attendance 13,176 (Ipswich Town)
Lowest home attendance 4,811 (Millwall)
Average home league attendance 7,670
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1955–56 season was Colchester United's sixth consecutive season in the Football League Third Division South. They finished 12th, their second best ever league finish, after placing 24th and bottom of The Football League the previous season.

Season Review[edit]

Manager Benny Fenton assembled his own squad for 1955-56. He began with Percy Ames who would have an incredible run of appearances in United's goal and then Fenton gained a reputation for spotting players in Scottish Junior football with the acquisition of John Fowler, Sammy McLeod and Bobby Hill.

After an initial bedding-in period, Fenton turned his team into an exciting attacking side. U's scored 76 times with Kevin McCurley (30 goals) and strike partner Ken Plant (16 goals) both grabbing two hat tricks apiece.

Safe from the ignominy of re-election, Fenton spent the period covering the last seven games scouting for new players.

United finished 12th, their best-ever League finish, and hopes were high that Colchester could emulate Ipswich and climb into the Second Division, albeit that Town only lasted one season at the higher level. The club also played their first-ever League game under floodlights when they beat Reading 3-1 at Elm Park on 28 February 1955. Layer Road was still bereft of floodlighting although lights had been installed for training purposes.[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
–– England GK Percy Ames
–– England GK John Wright
–– England DF Bob Dale
–– England DF Brian Dobson
–– England DF Benny Fenton
–– England DF George Fisher
–– Scotland DF John Fowler
–– England DF Trevor Harris
–– England DF John Harrison
No. Position Player
–– England DF Bertie Hill
–– England DF Ron Hunt
–– England DF Reg Stewart
–– England MF Russell Blake
–– England MF Peter Wright
–– Scotland FW Bobby Hill
–– England FW Kevin McCurley
–– Scotland FW Sammy McLeod
–– England FW Ken Plant

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK England Percy Ames England Bedford 13 December 1931 England Tottenham Hotspur 20 August 1955 Free
GK England John Wright England Aldershot 13 August 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1954 Free
DF England Bob Dale England Irlam 31 October 1931 England Bury 2 January 1954 Free
DF England Brian Dobson England Colchester 1 March 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1955 Free
DF England Benny Fenton England West Ham 28 October 1918 England Charlton Athletic 1 February 1955 Free
DF England George Fisher England Bermondsey 19 June 1925 England Fulham 1 September 1955 Free
DF Scotland John Fowler Scotland Leith 17 October 1933 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955 Free
DF England Trevor Harris England Colchester 6 February 1936 England Youth Team 1 August 1954 Free
DF England John Harrison England Leicester 27 September 1927 England Aston Villa 30 September 1950 Undisclosed
DF England Bertie Hill England West Ham 8 March 1930 England Chelsea 11 April 1953 Free
DF England Ron Hunt England Colchester 26 September 1933 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
DF England Reg Stewart England Sheffield 30 October 1925 England Sheffield Wednesday 20 August 1949 £1,000
MF England Russell Blake England Colchester 24 July 1935 England Youth Team 1 August 1955 Free
MF England Peter Wright England Colchester 26 January 1934 England Youth Team 1 August 1951 Free
FW Scotland Bobby Hill Scotland Edinburgh 9 June 1938 Scotland Easthouses Lily 2 April 1956 Free
FW England Kevin McCurley England Consett 2 April 1926 England Liverpool 22 March 1952 £750
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod Scotland Glasgow 4 January 1934 Scotland Easthouses Lily 20 August 1955 Free
FW England Ken Plant England Nuneaton 15 August 1925 England Bury 6 February 1954 Free

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1955 DF England Brian Dobson England Youth Team Free
1 August 1955 DF England Billy Hunt England Youth Team Free
1 August 1955 MF England Russell Blake England Youth Team Free
20 August 1955 GK England Percy Ames England Tottenham Hotspur Free
20 August 1955 DF Scotland John Fowler Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Free
20 August 1955 FW Scotland Sammy McLeod Scotland Easthouses Lily Free
1 September 1955 DF England George Fisher England Fulham Free
27 December 1955 FW England Alfred Noble England Brigg Sports Free
2 April 1956 FW Scotland Bobby Hill Scotland Easthouses Lily Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
4 May 1955 DF Scotland Jimmy Elder England Yeovil & Petters United Free
4 May 1955 DF England Fred Lewis England Headington United Free
4 May 1955 MF Wales Cliff Birch England Spalding United Free
4 May 1955 FW Republic of Ireland Paddy Leonard England Tonbridge Angels Free
4 May 1955 FW Scotland Johnny McKim England Clacton Town Free
27 August 1955 DF England Billy Hunt England Sudbury Town Free
27 December 1955 FW England Alfred Noble England Leytonstone Free
17 March 1956 MF England Mike Grice England West Ham United £10,000

Results[edit]

Third Division South Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA Av Pts
11 Northampton Town 46 18 11 17 67 71 0.944 47
12 Colchester United 46 18 11 17 76 81 0.938 47
13 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 12 17 69 66 1.045 46

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAv = Goal average; Pts = Points

Third Division South Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20/08/1955 Exeter City A 0-0 13,000
24/08/1955 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1-3 8,066 McCurley
27/08/1955 Southend United H 3-6 8,915 Fowler, McCurley (2) (pen.)
01/09/1955 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1-0 6,964 Fowler
03/09/1955 Coventry City A 0-2 23,171
08/09/1955 Leyton Orient A 0-6 13,483
10/09/1955 Brentford H 0-3 7,843
15/09/1955 Leyton Orient H 2-1 7,191 Harrison, McCurley
17/09/1955 Watford A 1-1 9,326 McCurley
21/09/1955 Norwich City A 1-1 13,555 Plant
24/09/1955 Reading H 0-3 8,125
29/09/1955 Gillingham H 1-1 5,208 Stewart
01/10/1955 Millwall A 1-0 11,807 Grice
08/10/1955 Torquay United A 2-1 7,419 McCurley, P.Wright
15/10/1955 Newport County H 2-1 8,225 Plant (2)
22/10/1955 Swindon Town A 1-3 6,373 Plant
29/10/1955 Queens Park Rangers A 4-1 7,339 Grice, McCurley (3)
05/11/1955 Northampton Town A 2-0 13,000 Grice, McCurley
12/11/1955 Aldershot H 4-0 8,695 McCurley (2), McLeod, P.Wright
26/11/1955 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3-3 9,010 McCurley (3)
03/12/1955 Southampton A 0-3 11,072
17/12/1955 Exeter City H 5-1 6,179 Fenton, Grice, Plant, P.Wright (2)
24/12/1955 Southend United A 0-4 7,500
26/12/1955 Ipswich Town H 3-3 13,176 Parker (o.g.), McCurley, Plant
27/12/1955 Ipswich Town A 1-3 22,644 McCurley
31/12/1955 Coventry City H 2-0 8,618 McCurley, Plant
07/01/1956 Crystal Palace A 1-1 6,438 Plant
14/01/1956 Brentford A 2-2 8,500 McCurley, P.Wright
21/01/1956 Watford H 4-1 7,699 Grice, McCurley, Plant, P.Wright
28/01/1956 Shrewsbury Town H 2-0 5,679 Grice, McCurley
11/02/1956 Millwall H 1-2 4,811 McLeod
18/02/1956 Torquay United H 3-2 6,906 Plant (3)
25/02/1956 Newport County A 0-0 5,588
27/02/1956 Reading A 3-1 4,667 Dale, McCurley, P.Wright
03/03/1956 Swindon Town H 5-0 6,836 Dale, Fisher, Plant (3)
10/03/1956 Queens Park Rangers H 2-6 7,905 McCurley, P.Wright
17/03/1956 Northampton Town H 2-0 8,333 McCurley, Plant
24/03/1956 Aldershot A 0-1 3,874
30/03/1956 Walsall H 1-1 9,130 McCurley
31/03/1956 Crystal Palace H 2-4 7,397 Fenton, Bertie Hill
02/04/1956 Walsall A 0-0 15,179
07/04/1956 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-2 17,364
14/04/1956 Southampton H 3-2 5,560 Bobby Hill, McCurley (2)
21/04/1956 Shrewsbury Town H 1-2 –– O.G.
25/04/1956 Gillingham A 1-2 5,622 Plant
28/04/1956 Norwich City H 3-2 8,004 McCurley (2), P.Wright

Source: 1955-56 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1955–56 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19/11/1955 R1 Torquay United H 0-2 8,823

Source: 1955-56 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

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No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Third Division South FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– GK England Percy Ames 45 0 44 0 1 0
–– GK England John Wright 2 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England Bob Dale 40 2 39 2 1 0
–– DF England Brian Dobson 6 0 6 0 0 0
–– DF England Benny Fenton 33 2 32 2 1 0
–– DF England George Fisher 43 1 42 1 1 0
–– DF Scotland John Fowler 16 2 16 2 0 0
–– DF England Trevor Harris 2 0 2 0 0 0
–– DF England John Harrison 41 1 40 1 1 0
–– DF England Bertie Hill 22 1 22 1 0 0
–– DF England Billy Hunt 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– DF England Ron Hunt 3 0 3 0 0 0
–– DF England Reg Stewart 42 1 41 1 1 0
–– MF England Russell Blake 5 0 5 0 0 0
–– MF England Mike Grice 38 6 37 6 1 0
–– MF England Peter Wright 46 9 45 9 1 0
–– FW Scotland Bobby Hill 4 1 4 1 0 0
–– FW England Kevin McCurley 47 29 46 29 1 0
–– FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 43 2 42 2 1 0
–– FW England Alfred Noble 1 0 1 0 0 0
–– FW England Ken Plant 37 17 36 17 1 0

Scorers[edit]

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References[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. ^ "The U's History: The 50s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "1956–57 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "1955–56 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2011.