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]

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 Peter Carey
England DF Alan Eagles
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
No. Position Player
England DF Derek Parker
England DF Edgar Rumney
England FW John Baines
Scotland FW Bobby Hill
England FW Tony Howe
England FW Bobby Hunt
England FW Martyn King
England FW Neil Langman
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 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]

Main article: 1960–61 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][7]

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 Cyril Hammond 19 4 19 4 0 0 0 0
DF England Trevor Harris 31 2 27 2 2 0 2 0
DF England Ron Hunt 32 1 28 1 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 Scotland Chic Milligan 42 0 38 0 2 0 2 0
DF England Derek Parker 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Edgar Rumney 18 0 17 0 0 0 1 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 England Neil Langman 37 13 34 11 2 2 1 0
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
FW England Russell Blake 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

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

Disciplinary record[edit]

[8]

Nationality Position Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Not recorded
46 2 2 50

Player debuts[edit]

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

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
FW England Tony Howe 20 August 1960 Hull City Layer Road
DF England Peter Carey 14 January 1961 Coventry City Highfield Road
DF England Alan Eagles 14 January 1961 Coventry City Highfield Road
FW England John Baines 4 March 1961 Halifax Town Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
1 November 1960 DF England Peter Carey England Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed [11]
14 January 1961 DF England Alan Eagles England Leyton Orient £3,000 [12]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
30 April 1960 DF England George Fisher England Bexleyheath & Welling Released [13]
31 May 1960 FW England Kevin McCurley England Oldham Athletic Nominal [14]
1 June 1960 FW England John Evans England Romford Released [15]
3 April 1961 FW England Russell Blake England Chelmsford City Released [16]

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. 

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. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Peter Carey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Alan Eagles". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "George Fisher". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Kevin McCurley". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "John Evans". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Russell Blake". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2016.