1958–59 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1958–59 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 5th
FA Cup 4th round
(eliminated by
Arsenal)
Top goalscorer League:
Neil Langman (20)

All:
Neil Langman (27)
Highest home attendance 16,000
v Arsenal, 24 January 1959[2]
Lowest home attendance 4,406
v Notts County, 23 February 1959[3]
Average home league attendance 8,357[4]
Biggest win 8–2
v Stockport County, 4 October 1958;
7–1
v Yeovil Town, 11 December 1958
Biggest defeat 0–4
v Arsenal, 28 January 1959;
0–4
v Brentford, 21 March 1959
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1958–59 season was Colchester United's 17th season in their history and their ninth season in the third tier of English football, the newly formed national Third Division. Alongside competing in the Third Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup. Colchester reached the fourth round of the FA Cup, beating Bath City, Yeovil Town and Chesterfield on their way to meeting Arsenal. Drawn at home, Colchester held Arsenal to a 2–2 Layer Road draw, but were defeated 4–0 at Highbury in the replay. Colchester finished fifth in the Third Division, nine points shy of promotion.

Season overview[edit]

In the new national Third Division, Colchester excelled against their northern counterparts, winning 21 games, more than half of which were clubs previously in the Third Division North. Colchester finished the season in fifth position, just nine points away from Hull City in second place, and ten behind champions Plymouth Argyle. They also earned a club record win when they beat Stockport County 8–2 on 4 October, and a club record away win when they beat Yeovil Town 7–1.

The club's main highlight during the campaign was their FA Cup run, their first venture outside of the first round in six seasons. Colchester defeated old Southern League rivals Bath City and Yeovil Town in the first and second rounds, before seeing off Chesterfield to set up a fourth round tie with Arsenal. For the first time local police set a limit on crowd numbers at Layer Road for the Arsenal game with 16,000 witnessing the 2–2 draw. 62,686 people watched the replay at Highbury in thick fog as the Gunners ran out 4–0 winners.

Both big-money signings from last season, Neil Langman and John Evans, helped repay their transfer fees by scoring 27 and 16 goals respectively. Meanwhile, the proceeds from the Arsenal fixture meant that floodlighting could be installed at Layer Road for the first time.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 4 May 1959.[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 Percy Ames
England GK John Wright
England DF Brian Dobson
England DF George Fisher
Scotland DF John Fowler
England DF Cyril Hammond
England DF Trevor Harris
England DF Ron Hunt
England DF John Laidlaw
England DF Alf Marshall
Scotland DF Chic Milligan
England DF Derek Parker
Scotland DF John Roe
No. Position Player
England DF Edgar Rumney
England FW Russell Blake
England FW John Evans
Scotland FW Bobby Hill
Scotland FW Ian Johnstone
England FW Martyn King
England FW Neil Langman
England FW Kevin McCurley
Scotland FW Sammy McLeod
England FW Tony Miller
England FW Ken Plant
England FW Tommy Williams
England FW Peter Wright

Match details[edit]

Third Division[edit]

Third Division 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 H A A H H A H A A H H A H A A H H A A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H H A A H H H A H A A
Result L W L W W W D W D D L W D D L W L L W W D D W D W W L D D W W L W L W L L L L L W W W W L W
Position 17 9 19 13 8 3 7 6 5 7 8 7 5 7 7 3 6 9 8 6 5 8 5 6 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 6 6 9 10 10 9 7 6 8 5

Last updated: 23 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
3 Brentford 46 21 15 10 76 49 1.551 57
4 Norwich City 46 22 13 11 89 62 1.435 57
5 Colchester United 46 21 10 15 71 67 1.060 52
6 Reading 46 21 8 17 78 63 1.238 50
7 Tranmere Rovers 46 21 8 17 82 67 1.224 50

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: 1958–59 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][7]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Percy Ames 52 0 46 0 6 0
DF England George Fisher 34 1 28 1 6 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 48 0 42 0 6 0
DF England Cyril Hammond 37 0 33 0 4 0
DF England Trevor Harris 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Ron Hunt 21 0 19 0 2 0
DF England Alf Marshall 24 0 24 0 0 0
DF Scotland Chic Milligan 50 1 44 1 6 0
DF England Derek Parker 44 0 38 0 6 0
FW England Russell Blake 29 5 24 5 5 0
FW England John Evans 31 16 27 14 4 2
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 8 1 8 1 0 0
FW Scotland Ian Johnstone 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW England Martyn King 3 0 3 0 0 0
FW England Neil Langman 50 27 44 20 6 7
FW England Kevin McCurley 7 5 7 5 0 0
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 44 10 38 8 6 2
FW England Ken Plant 9 5 7 3 2 2
FW England Tommy Williams 30 6 29 5 1 1
FW England Peter Wright 49 5 43 5 6 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division FA Cup Total
1 England FW Neil Langman 20 7 27
2 England FW John Evans 14 2 16
3 Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 8 2 10
4 England FW Tommy Williams 5 1 6
5 England FW Russell Blake 5 0 5
England FW Kevin McCurley 5 0 5
England FW Ken Plant 3 2 5
England FW Peter Wright 5 0 5
9 England DF George Fisher 1 0 1
Scotland FW Bobby Hill 1 0 1
Scotland DF Chic Milligan 1 0 1
Own goals 3 0 3
TOTALS 71 14 85

Disciplinary record[edit]

[8]

Nationality Position Player Third Division 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.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division FA Cup Total
Not recorded
46 6 52

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 Cyril Hammond 23 August 1958 Bury Layer Road
DF England Alf Marshall 8 October 1958 Reading Elm Park
FW Scotland Ian Johnstone 18 April 1959 Chesterfield Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
May 1958 FW England Tony Miller Apprentice Free transfer [11]
July 1958 DF England Cyril Hammond England Charlton Athletic Free transfer [12]
July 1958 DF Scotland John Roe Scotland West Calder United Free transfer [13]
18 April 1959 FW Scotland Ian Johnstone Scotland Ormiston Primrose Free transfer [14][a]
  1. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
End of season DF England Benny Fenton England Colchester United Retired from playing, remained as manager [15]
July 1958 DF England Bertie Hill England Dartford Free transfer [16]
26 December 1958 FW Scotland Hamish McNeill England Cambridge City Nominal [17]

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. 
  • 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 2–2 Arsenal". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–1 Notts County". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tony Miller". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cyril Hammond". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "John Roe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ian Johnstone". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Benny Fenton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bert Hill". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Hamish McNeill". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2016.