1960–61 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1960–61 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Aldershot)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Southampton)
Top goalscorer League:
Martyn King (23)

All:
Martyn King (25)
Highest home attendance 9,130
v Newcastle United, 10 October 1960[2]
Lowest home attendance 3,141
v Chesterfield, 29 April 1961[3]
Average home league attendance 5,203[4]
Biggest win 5–0
v Maidenhead United, 5 November 1960
Biggest defeat 0–5
v Bristol City, 10 September 1960;
2–7
v Tranmere Rovers, 11 March 1961
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1960–61 season was Colchester United's 19th season in their history and their eleventh 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 and the new League Cup competition. Colchester reached the second round in both cups, beating Maidenhead United in the first round of the FA Cup before being eliminated by Aldershot. In the League Cup, Colchester hosted First Division Newcastle United in the first round. They won 4–1, but were knocked out by Southampton in round two.

In the league, Colchester had a very poor season. Seven consecutive defeats left the club languishing in the bottom four by early October 1960, and they remained no higher than one place above the relegation positions for the rest of the season. They were relegated for the first time in their history in 23rd position.

Season overview[edit]

After gathering just one point in eleven games, Colchester had hit the bottom of the Third Division by October 1960 and never managed to climb out of the bottom five places. Average attendances plummeted, with a new record-low attendance of 3,141 achieved in the final game of the season against Chesterfield. Despite this, Martyn King managed to score a hat-trick in the game, a 4–3 win for Colchester and finished the season with 25 goals to his name. Colchester had conceded a club record 101 goals in the league.

Aside from Colchester's league woes, they did enjoy some success in the inaugural League Cup competition. They hosted First Division Newcastle United at Layer Road and comprehensively beat them 4–1 in front of a season-best 9,130 crowd. In round two, they were beaten 2–0 at home to Southampton. In the FA Cup, Colchester achieved their best win of the season at home to Maidenhead United in the first round, but were dumped out of the cup by Aldershot in round two.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 29 April 1961.[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 28) 238 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 1 May 1955 Free transfer
John Wright GK England Aldershot (1933-08-13)13 August 1933 (aged 26) 4 0 England Colchester Casuals 23 May 1952 Free transfer
Defenders
Peter Carey FB England Barking (1933-04-14)14 April 1933 (aged 27) 0 0 England Queens Park Rangers November 1960 Undisclosed
Alan Eagles FB England Edgware (1933-09-06)6 September 1933 (aged 26) 0 0 England Leyton Orient January 1961 £3,000
John Fowler FB Scotland Leith (1933-10-17)17 October 1933 (aged 26) 201 3 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
John Laidlaw FB England Aldershot (1936-07-05)5 July 1936 (aged 23) 40 1 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare June 1957 Free transfer
Alf Marshall FB England Dagenham (1933-05-21)21 May 1933 (aged 27) 29 0 England Dagenham 14 October 1957 £25
Tommy Millar FB Scotland Edinburgh (1938-12-03)3 December 1938 (aged 21) 5 0 Scotland Bo'ness United July 1959 Free transfer
Edgar Rumney FB England Abberton (1936-09-15)15 September 1936 (aged 23) 5 0 England Colchester Casuals 1 May 1957 Free transfer
Midfielders
Cyril Hammond WH England Woolwich (1927-10-10)10 October 1927 (aged 32) 81 1 England Charlton Athletic July 1958 Free transfer
Trevor Harris WH England Colchester (1936-02-06)6 February 1936 (aged 24) 11 0 Amateur July 1951 Free transfer
Ron Hunt WH England Colchester (1933-09-26)26 September 1933 (aged 26) 62 0 Amateur October 1951 Free transfer
Derek Parker WH England Wivenhoe (1926-06-23)23 June 1926 (aged 33) 124 1 England West Ham United March 1957 £2,500
Forwards
John Baines CF England Colchester (1937-09-25)25 September 1937 (aged 22) 0 0 England Colchester Casuals January 1960 Free transfer
Bobby Hill IF Scotland Edinburgh (1938-06-09)9 June 1938 (aged 21) 101 13 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 9 June 1955 Free transfer
Tony Howe WG England Colchester (1939-02-14)14 February 1939 (aged 21) 0 0 England Colchester Casuals March 1960 Free transfer
Bobby Hunt FW England Colchester (1942-10-01)1 October 1942 (aged 17) 1 1 Amateur March 1960 Free transfer
Martyn King CF England Birmingham (1937-08-23)23 August 1937 (aged 22) 46 31 Amateur Summer 1955 Free transfer
Sammy McLeod IF Scotland Glasgow (1934-01-04)4 January 1934 (aged 26) 119 19 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
Tony Miller IF England Chelmsford (1937-10-26)26 October 1937 (aged 22) 0 0 Amateur May 1958 Free transfer
Tommy Williams WG England Battersea (1935-02-10)10 February 1935 (aged 25) 118 23 England Carshalton Athletic September 1956 Free transfer
Peter Wright WG England Colchester (1934-01-26)26 January 1934 (aged 26) 300 63 Amateur November 1951 Free transfer
  1. ^ a b 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.
November 1960 FB England Peter Carey England Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed [7]
January 1961 FB England Alan Eagles England Leyton Orient £3,000 [8]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £3,000

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
Summer 1960 FB England George Fisher England Bexleyheath & Welling Released [9]
Summer 1960 CF England Kevin McCurley England Oldham Athletic Nominal [10]
June 1960 IF England John Evans England Romford Released [11]
3 April 1961 WG England Russell Blake England Chelmsford City Released [12][a]
22 April 1961 CB Scotland Chic Milligan England Clacton Town Released [13][a]
24 April 1961 CF England Neil Langman England Bath City Released [14][a]
  1. ^ a b c Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

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 A H A A H H H A H A A H H A A A H H A H H A A H A A H A A H A H H A A H A H H
Result W D L L W W L L L L L L L D L L D W D W W D L D D L L L L L L D L W W L L D L W L D W D L W
Position 4 1 9 14 13 5 12 15 18 20 23 24 24 23 24 24 24 23 23 22 20 20 20 20 20 22 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 23 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 23

Last updated: 21 April 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
20 Southend United 46 14 11 21 60 76 0.789 39
21 Tranmere Rovers (R) 46 15 8 23 79 115 0.687 38 Relegated to Fourth Division
22 Bradford City (R) 46 11 14 21 65 87 0.747 36
23 Colchester United (R) 46 11 11 24 68 101 0.673 33
24 Chesterfield (R) 46 10 12 24 67 87 0.770 32

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]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][15]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Percy Ames 49 0 45 0 2 0 2 0
GK England John Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Peter Carey 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Alan Eagles 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 49 2 45 2 2 0 2 0
DF England John Laidlaw 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Alf Marshall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Tommy Millar 17 0 14 0 2 0 1 0
DF England Edgar Rumney 18 0 17 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Cyril Hammond 19 4 19 4 0 0 0 0
MF England Trevor Harris 31 2 27 2 2 0 2 0
MF England Ron Hunt 32 1 28 1 2 0 2 0
MF England Derek Parker 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
FW England John Baines 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 37 2 33 1 2 1 2 0
FW England Tony Howe 10 2 10 2 0 0 0 0
FW England Bobby Hunt 29 6 27 4 2 2 0 0
FW England Martyn King 41 25 38 23 1 0 2 2
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 22 3 20 3 1 0 1 0
FW England Tommy Williams 40 10 36 8 2 1 2 1
FW England Peter Wright 23 4 21 3 0 0 2 1
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF Scotland Chic Milligan 42 0 38 0 2 0 2 0
FW England Russell Blake 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Neil Langman 37 13 34 11 2 2 1 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[15]

Place Nationality Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England CF Martyn King 23 0 2 25
2 England CF Neil Langman 11 2 0 13
3 England WG Tommy Williams 8 1 1 10
4 England FW Bobby Hunt 4 2 0 6
5 England WH Cyril Hammond 4 0 0 4
England WG Peter Wright 3 0 1 4
7 Scotland IF Sammy McLeod 3 0 0 3
8 Scotland FB John Fowler 2 0 0 2
England WH Trevor Harris 2 0 0 2
Scotland IF Bobby Hill 1 1 0 2
England WG Tony Howe 2 0 0 2
12 England FB Alan Eagles 1 0 0 1
England WH Ron Hunt 1 0 0 1
Own goals 3 0 0 3
TOTALS 68 6 4 78

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[16]

Place Nationality Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England Percy Ames 6 1 0 7
TOTALS 6 1 0 7

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[17]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
WG England Tony Howe 20 August 1960 Hull City Layer Road
FB England Peter Carey 14 January 1961 Coventry City Highfield Road
FB England Alan Eagles 14 January 1961 Coventry City Highfield Road
CF England John Baines 4 March 1961 Halifax Town 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 4–1 Newcastle United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–3 Chesterfield". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Peter Carey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alan Eagles". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "George Fisher". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kevin McCurley". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "John Evans". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Russell Blake". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Chic Milligan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Neil Langman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.