1957–58 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1957–58 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division South 12th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Wisbech Town)
Top goalscorer League:
Ken Plant (19)

All:
Ken Plant (19)
Highest home attendance 11,077
v Norwich City, 14 September 1957[2]
Lowest home attendance 4,391
v Northampton Town, 30 September 1957[3]
Average home league attendance 10,891[4]
Biggest win 4–0
v Watford, 26 December 1957
Biggest defeat 0–7
v Reading, 18 September 1957
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1957–58 season was Colchester United's 16th season in their history and their eighth season 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. They were eliminated at the first round stage of the cup for the fifth successive season, on this occasion to non-league side Wisbech Town. In the league, with the division being restructured at the end of the season, Colchester managed to finish in the top half of the table by three points to avoid a move to the newly formed Fourth Division, instead remaining in the third tier.

Season overview[edit]

With Football League reorganisation looming at the end of the season, Colchester's priority for the 1957–58 season was to finish in the top half of the table to join the top half of the Third Division North to form the new nationwide Third Division. The other teams would form the Fourth Division.

During the campaign, Benny Fenton's squad suffered from numerous call-ups for national service, and as such Fenton brought in reinforcements in November with Neil Langman arriving from Plymouth Argyle for £6,750 and John Evans for £4,000 from Liverpool. Meanwhile, Birmingham City offered Colchester £10,000 for winger Peter Wright, but he opted to remain as a part-time player.

Colchester secured their place in the third tier for another season in the final game of the season when they beat Southampton 4–2 at Layer Road.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 1 May 1957.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
Percy Ames GK England Plymouth (1931-12-13)13 December 1931 (aged 25) 92 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 1 May 1955 Free transfer
John Wright GK England Aldershot (1933-08-13)13 August 1933 (aged 23) 4 0 England Colchester Casuals 23 May 1952 Free transfer
Defenders
Brian Dobson CB England Colchester (1934-03-01)1 March 1934 (aged 23) 6 0 Apprentice January 1956 Free transfer
George Fisher FB England Bermondsey (1925-06-19)19 June 1925 (aged 31) 89 3 England Fulham 1 September 1955 £1,000
John Fowler FB Scotland Leith (1933-10-17)17 October 1933 (aged 23) 60 3 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
John Laidlaw FB England Aldershot (1936-07-05)5 July 1936 (aged 20) 0 0 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare June 1957 Free transfer
Alf Marshall FB England Dagenham (1933-05-21)21 May 1933 (aged 24) 0 0 England Dagenham 14 October 1957 £25
Chic Milligan CB Scotland Ardrossan (1930-07-26)26 July 1930 (aged 26) 35 1 Scotland Ardrossan Winton Rovers 18 August 1956[a] £1,000
Edgar Rumney FB England Abberton (1936-09-15)15 September 1936 (aged 20) 0 0 England Colchester Casuals 1 May 1957 Free transfer
Midfielders
Benny Fenton WH England West Ham (1918-10-10)10 October 1918 (aged 38) 83 12 England Charlton Athletic 5 March 1955[a] £500
Trevor Harris WH England Colchester (1936-02-06)6 February 1936 (aged 21) 3 0 Apprentice July 1951 Free transfer
Bertie Hill WH England West Ham (1930-03-08)8 March 1930 (aged 27) 75 3 England Chelsea September 1952 £300
Ron Hunt WH England Colchester (1933-09-26)26 September 1933 (aged 23) 34 0 Apprentice October 1951 Free transfer
Derek Parker WH England Wivenhoe (1926-06-23)23 June 1926 (aged 30) 6 0 England West Ham United March 1957 £2,500
Forwards
Russell Blake WG England Colchester (1935-07-24)24 July 1935 (aged 21) 7 0 England Dedham Old Boys 8 September 1955[a] Free transfer
John Evans IF England Tilbury (1929-08-28)28 August 1929 (aged 27) 0 0 England Liverpool 23 November 1957[a] £4,000
Bobby Hill IF Scotland Edinburgh (1938-06-09)9 June 1938 (aged 18) 43 8 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 9 June 1955 Free transfer
Martyn King CF England Birmingham (1937-08-23)23 August 1937 (aged 19) 3 1 Apprentice Summer 1955 Free transfer
Neil Langman CF England Bere Alston (1932-02-21)21 February 1932 (aged 25) 0 0 England Plymouth Argyle November 1957 £6,750
Kevin McCurley CF England Consett (1926-04-02)2 April 1926 (aged 31) 189 74 England Liverpool June 1951 £750
Sammy McLeod IF Scotland Glasgow (1934-01-04)4 January 1934 (aged 23) 47 4 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
Hamish McNeill IF Scotland Alva (1934-11-16)16 November 1934 (aged 22) 0 0 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic August 1957 £600
Ken Plant CF England Nuneaton (1925-08-15)15 August 1925 (aged 31) 143 60 England Bury January 1954 Undisclosed
Tommy Williams WG England Battersea (1935-02-10)10 February 1935 (aged 22) 23 3 England Carshalton Athletic September 1956 Free transfer
Peter Wright WG England Colchester (1934-01-26)26 January 1934 (aged 23) 158 30 Apprentice November 1951 Free transfer
  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
1 May 1957 DF England Edgar Rumney England Colchester Casuals Free transfer [7]
June 1957 DF England John Laidlaw Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare Free transfer [8]
August 1957 FW Scotland Hamish McNeill Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic £600 [9]
14 October 1957 DF England Alf Marshall England Dagenham £25 [10]
November 1957 FW England Neil Langman England Plymouth Argyle £6,750 [11]
23 November 1957 FW England John Evans England Liverpool £4,000 [12][a]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £11,375
  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.
31 May 1957 FW England Les Barrell England Clacton Town Released [13]
June 1957 FW England Eddie Smith England Queens Park Rangers £1,050 [14]
July 1957 DF England Reg Stewart England Hastings Town Free transfer [15]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £1,050

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 H A A H A H H A A A H H A A H A A H A H H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H H H
Result W L D W W L L L D L D W L D W D W W L D W D L W W D D W D W L W L W W L L L D D D L L W L W
Position 7 3 11 7 6 6 13 15 16 22 21 16 21 15 13 12 7 7 8 8 7 8 12 11 11 12 10 8 8 9 9 7 8 8 7 9 10 11 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12

Last updated: 21 March 2016.
Source: [1]
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
10 Queens Park Rangers 46 18 14 14 64 65 0.985 50
11 Newport County 46 17 14 15 73 67 1.090 48
12 Colchester United 46 17 13 16 77 79 0.975 47
13 Northampton Town 46 19 6 21 87 79 1.101 44 Moved to Fourth Division
14 Crystal Palace 46 15 13 18 70 72 0.972 43

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][16]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division
South
FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Percy Ames 47 0 46 0 1 0
DF England Brian Dobson 17 0 16 0 1 0
DF England Benny Fenton 23 3 23 3 0 0
DF England George Fisher 46 1 45 1 1 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 46 0 46 0 0 0
DF England Trevor Harris 7 0 7 0 0 0
DF England Bertie Hill 32 0 31 0 1 0
DF England Ron Hunt 4 0 4 0 0 0
DF Scotland Chic Milligan 27 0 26 0 1 0
DF England Derek Parker 30 1 29 1 1 0
DF England Edgar Rumney 5 0 5 0 0 0
FW England Russell Blake 8 2 8 2 0 0
FW England John Evans 24 7 24 7 0 0
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 11 0 11 0 0 0
FW England Neil Langman 23 8 23 8 0 0
FW England Kevin McCurley 29 12 28 12 1 0
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 16 2 15 2 1 0
FW Scotland Hamish McNeill 2 1 2 1 0 0
FW England Ken Plant 45 19 44 19 1 0
FW England Tommy Williams 29 5 28 5 1 0
FW England Peter Wright 46 16 45 16 1 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[16]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division South FA Cup Total
1 England FW Ken Plant 19 0 19
2 England FW Peter Wright 16 0 16
3 England FW Kevin McCurley 12 0 12
4 England FW Neil Langman 8 0 8
5 England FW John Evans 7 0 7
6 England FW Tommy Williams 5 0 5
7 England DF Benny Fenton 3 0 3
8 England FW Russell Blake 2 0 2
Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 2 0 2
10 England DF George Fisher 1 0 1
Scotland FW Hamish McNeill 1 0 1
England DF Derek Parker 1 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0
TOTALS 77 0 77

Disciplinary record[edit]

[17]

Nationality Position Player Third Division South FA Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
England DF Benny Fenton 1 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 1 0 0 0 1 0

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[18]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division South FA Cup Total
Not recorded
46 1 47

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[19]

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
DF England Edgar Rumney 2 September 1957 Queens Park Rangers Layer Road
FW Scotland Hamish McNeill 21 September 1957 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Dean Court
FW England John Evans 23 November 1957 Port Vale Layer Road
FW England Neil Langman 23 November 1957 Port Vale Layer Road

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. 
  • White, Eric (1989). 100 Years of Brentford. Redditch: Oldfield Press. ISBN 0951526200. 

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 1–2 Norwich City". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–0 Northampton Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Edgar Rumney". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "John Laidlaw". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hamish McNeill". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alf Marshall". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Neil Langman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "John Evans". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Les Barrell". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Eddie Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Reg Stewart". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016.