1959–60 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1959–60 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 9th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Queens Park Rangers)
Top goalscorer League:
Martyn King (30)

All:
Martyn King (30)
Highest home attendance 13,053
v Norwich City, 20 February 1960[2]
Lowest home attendance 5,215
v Accrington Stanley, 30 April 1960[3]
Average home league attendance 7,856[4]
Biggest win 4–0
v Tranmere Rovers, 5 March 1960;
5–1
v Accrington Stanley, 30 April 1960
Biggest defeat 1–4
v Grimsby Town, 1 September 1959;
1–4
v Shrewsbury Town, 19 September 1959
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts;; and blue socks with white, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1959–60 season was Colchester United's 18th season in their history and their tenth season in the third tier of English football, the Third Division. Alongside competing in the Third Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup, with Colchester being knocked out by league rivals Queens Park Rangers in the first round. Colchester ended the season in ninth place in the Third Division.

Season overview[edit]

Colchester's first game under floodlights at Layer Road was on 24 August 1959 when 9,689 watched the 2–2 draw with Grimsby Town. The ground became somewhat of a fortress, losing only twice throughout the campaign. However, Colchester struggled on their travels, earning just three wins. The mixed form led to a ninth position finish in the Third Division table.

The most notable bonus for the season was Martyn King's completion of national service meaning he was available for every game. Playing in 40 matches, forward King equalled Kevin McCurley's club record of 30 Football League goals in a season which included a trio of hat-tricks.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 30 April 1960.[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 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 Tommy Millar
Scotland DF Chic Milligan
England DF Derek Parker
England DF Edgar Rumney
No. Position Player
England FW John Baines
England FW Russell Blake
England FW John Evans
Scotland FW Bobby Hill
England FW Tony Howe
England FW Bobby Hunt
England FW Martyn King
England FW Neil Langman
England FW Kevin McCurley
Scotland FW Sammy McLeod
England FW Tony Miller
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 A H H A A H H A A H H A A A H H A H A H H A A H A H A A A H H A H A H A H H A H A H H A A H
Result L D D L L W W L L W W W L L W W D L D W D W W W L W L D L D W D W D W L D D L W L L W L L W
Position 19 17 18 20 20 19 16 17 18 18 14 11 16 16 14 13 12 14 15 12 12 10 9 8 8 8 8 8 11 8 8 8 6 6 5 7 8 5 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 9

Last updated: 24 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
7 Bury 46 21 9 16 64 51 1.255 51
8 Queens Park Rangers 46 18 13 15 73 54 1.352 49
9 Colchester United 46 18 11 17 83 74 1.122 47
10 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 17 13 16 72 72 1.000 47
11 Reading 46 18 10 18 84 77 1.091 46

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: 1959–60 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 47 0 46 0 1 0
DF England George Fisher 3 1 3 1 0 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 47 0 46 0 1 0
DF England Cyril Hammond 44 1 43 1 1 0
DF England Ron Hunt 3 0 3 0 0 0
DF England John Laidlaw 40 1 39 1 1 0
DF England Alf Marshall 5 0 5 0 0 0
DF Scotland Tommy Millar 5 0 5 0 0 0
DF Scotland Chic Milligan 44 1 43 1 1 0
DF England Derek Parker 44 0 43 0 1 0
FW England Russell Blake 11 1 11 1 0 0
FW England John Evans 5 1 5 1 0 0
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 39 4 38 4 1 0
FW England Bobby Hunt 1 1 1 1 0 0
FW England Martyn King 40 30 39 30 1 0
FW England Neil Langman 27 11 27 11 0 0
FW England Kevin McCurley 12 8 11 7 1 1
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 12 3 12 3 0 0
FW England Tommy Williams 36 9 35 9 1 0
FW England Peter Wright 47 12 46 11 1 1
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF England Brian Dobson 2 0 2 0 0 0
DF Scotland John Roe 2 0 2 0 0 0
FW Scotland Ian Johnstone 1 0 1 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division FA Cup Total
1 England FW Martyn King 30 0 30
2 England FW Peter Wright 11 1 12
3 England FW Neil Langman 11 0 11
4 England FW Tommy Williams 9 0 9
5 England FW Kevin McCurley 7 1 8
6 Scotland FW Bobby Hill 4 0 4
7 Scotland FW Sammy McLeod 3 0 3
8 England FW Russell Blake 1 0 1
England FW John Evans 1 0 1
England DF George Fisher 1 0 1
England DF Cyril Hammond 1 0 1
England FW Bobby Hunt 1 0 1
England DF John Laidlaw 1 0 1
Scotland DF Chic Milligan 1 0 1
Own goals 1 0 1
TOTALS 83 2 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 1 47

Player debuts[edit]

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

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
DF Scotland Tommy Millar 1 September 1959 Grimsby Town Blundell Park
DF England John Laidlaw 5 September 1959 Southampton The Dell
DF Scotland John Roe 3 October 1959 Norwich City Carrow Road
FW England Bobby Hunt 19 March 1960 York City Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
July 1959 DF Scotland Tommy Millar Scotland Bo'ness United Free transfer [11]
January 1960 FW England John Baines England Colchester Casuals Free transfer [12]
March 1960 FW England Tony Howe England Colchester Casuals Free transfer [13]
March 1960 FW England Bobby Hunt Apprentice Free transfer [14]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
July 1959 FW England Ken Plant England Nuneaton Borough Free transfer [15]
29 August 1959 FW Scotland Ian Johnstone England Clacton Town Free transfer [16][a]
6 October 1959 DF Scotland John Roe Scotland Dundee United Free transfer [17][a]
Spring 1960 DF England Brian Dobson England Clacton Town Released [18]
  1. ^ a b Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

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 3–0 Norwich City". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 5–1 Accrington Stanley". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tommy Millar". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "John Baines". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tony Howe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Bobby Hunt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ken Plant". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ian Johnstone". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "John Roe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Brian Dobson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016.