1962–63 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1962–63 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 12th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Wimbledon)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Northampton Town)
Top goalscorer League:
Martyn King (26)

All:
Martyn King (28)
Highest home attendance 7,244
v Southend United, 4 May 1963[2]
Lowest home attendance 3,059
v Bradford Park Avenue, 15 December 1962[3]
Average home league attendance 5,313[4]
Biggest win 4–1
v Brighton & Hove Albion, 10 November 1962
Biggest defeat 0–6
v Notts County, 17 May 1963
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; black shorts; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1962–63 season was Colchester United's 21st season in their history and their first season back in the third tier of English football following promotion from the Fourth Division the previous season. Alongside competing in the Third Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup and the League Cup. Colchester consolidated their Third Division return by finishing mid-table. In the cups, they bowed out in the first round of the FA Cup to Isthmian League side Wimbledon, while they overcame Watford in the first round of the League Cup only to crash out to Northampton Town in the second.

Season overview[edit]

Despite debts of £2,000, the club were not prepared to sell prize forward Bobby Hunt when Newcastle United came in with an offer of £17,000.

During the season, Colchester made their television debut when they featured in the new Anglia Television programme Match of the Week. Highlights were shown on 13 October 1962 of Colchester's Layer Road defeat to Crystal Palace. Martyn King was back on top of the scoring charts for Colchester, leading the way with 26 league goals, Hunt following up with 19. With the defence shipping 93 goals across the season, a mid-table finish loomed for Colchester on their return to the Third Division after just one year away. However, in the FA Cup, they were ousted by Isthmian League Wimbledon in the first round, while they also experienced a second round exit in the League Cup to Northampton Town.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 17 May 1963.[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 30) 335 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 1 May 1955 Free transfer
George Ramage GK Scotland Dalkeith (1937-01-29)29 January 1937 (aged 25) 0 0 Scotland Third Lanark 15 March 1963[a] Nominal
Defenders
Duncan Forbes CB Scotland Edinburgh (1941-06-19)19 June 1941 (aged 20) 6 0 Scotland Musselburgh Athletic 4 September 1961 Nominal
John Fowler FB Scotland Leith (1933-10-17)17 October 1933 (aged 28) 298 5 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
Richie Griffiths FB England Earls Colne (1942-03-21)21 March 1942 (aged 20) 16 0 England Colchester Casuals June 1961 Free transfer
David Laitt FB England Colchester (1946-11-01)1 November 1946 (aged 15) 0 0 Apprentice Summer 1962 Free transfer
Mick Loughton CB England Colchester (1942-12-08)8 December 1942 (aged 19) 0 0 Apprentice August 1961 Free transfer
Edgar Rumney FB England Abberton (1936-09-15)15 September 1936 (aged 25) 25 0 England Colchester Casuals 1 May 1957 Free transfer
Keith Rutter CB England Leeds (1934-09-10)10 September 1934 (aged 27) 0 0 England Queens Park Rangers 26 February 1963[a] £4,000
Midfielders
Ron Hunt WH England Colchester (1933-09-26)26 September 1933 (aged 28) 142 1 Apprentice October 1951 Free transfer
Roy McCrohan WH England Reading (1930-09-22)22 September 1930 (aged 31) 0 0 England Norwich City 1 September 1962 Part exchange
Forwards
Mike Grice WG England Woking (1931-11-03)3 November 1931 (aged 30) 109 16 England Coventry City 18 August 1962[b] £1,000
Bobby Hill IF Scotland Edinburgh (1938-06-09)9 June 1938 (aged 23) 182 18 Scotland Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare 9 June 1955 Free transfer
Bobby Hunt FW England Colchester (1942-10-01)1 October 1942 (aged 19) 77 47 Apprentice March 1960 Free transfer
Martyn King CF England Birmingham (1937-08-23)23 August 1937 (aged 24) 133 89 Apprentice Summer 1955 Free transfer
Tony Miller IF England Chelmsford (1937-10-26)26 October 1937 (aged 24) 0 0 Apprentice May 1958 Free transfer
Billy Stark FW Scotland Glasgow (1937-05-27)27 May 1937 (aged 25) 0 0 England Carlisle United November 1962 £3,750
Peter Wright WG England Colchester (1934-01-26)26 January 1934 (aged 28) 371 80 Apprentice November 1951 Free transfer
  1. ^ a b c Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club
  2. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game in his second spell for the club

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
Summer 1962 DF England David Laitt Apprentice Free transfer [7]
18 August 1962 FW England Mike Grice England Coventry City £1,000 [8][a]
1 September 1962 DF England Roy McCrohan England Norwich City Part exchange with Mike Foster [9]
November 1962 FW Scotland Billy Stark England Carlisle United £3,750 [10]
26 February 1963 DF England Keith Rutter England Queens Park Rangers £4,000 [11][b]
15 March 1963 GK Scotland George Ramage Scotland Third Lanark Nominal [12][b]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £8,750
  1. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game in his second spell for the club
  2. ^ a b 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.
End of season FW England Colin Lundstrum England Clacton Town Released [13]
Summer 1962 DF England Alf Marshall England Clacton Town Released [14]
Summer 1962 FW England Tony Howe England Haverhill Rovers Released [15]
1 September 1962 FW England John Baines England Lexden Wanderers Free transfer [16][a]
1 September 1962 FW England Mike Foster England Norwich City £3,000 plus Roy McCrohan [17]
20 October 1962 FW England David Coleman England Clacton Town Released [18][a]
3 November 1962 DF Scotland John Brown Scotland Stenhousemuir Released [19][a]
December 1962 DF Scotland Sammy McLeod England Romford £1,000 [20]
April 1963 DF England Brian Abrey Retired Retired [21]
16 April 1963 DF England Trevor Harris England Chelmsford City Free transfer [22][a]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £4,000
  1. ^ a b c d 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 A H H A A A H H H H A H H A A H H A H H A A H H A A H H A A H A A A H A A H H H A H H H A A
Result D W D W D L D L D D W W L W D W L L D W L L D L L D L D L W W W L W W L D W W W W W L W L L
Position 14 2 6 3 5 7 9 9 13 17 14 8 15 10 9 3 7 11 14 12 13 13 13 14 18 18 19 17 19 17 16 17 17 15 14 16 16 14 12 10 9 8 9 8 9 10

Last updated: 1 May 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 Hull City 46 19 10 17 74 69 1.072 48
11 Crystal Palace 46 17 13 16 68 58 1.172 47
12 Colchester United 46 18 11 17 73 93 0.785 47
13 Queens Park Rangers 46 17 11 18 85 76 1.118 45
14 Bristol City 46 16 13 17 100 92 1.087 45

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][23]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Percy Ames 37 0 34 0 1 0 2 0
GK Scotland George Ramage 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 48 0 46 0 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 49 0 46 0 1 0 2 0
DF England Richie Griffiths 26 0 23 0 1 0 2 0
DF England Ron Hunt 34 2 33 2 0 0 1 0
DF England Roy McCrohan 33 2 32 2 1 0 0 0
DF England Edgar Rumney 11 0 10 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Keith Rutter 21 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Mike Grice 47 8 45 8 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 31 4 28 4 1 0 2 0
FW England Bobby Hunt 47 20 45 19 1 0 1 1
FW England Martyn King 44 28 42 26 1 1 1 1
FW Scotland Billy Stark 21 3 21 3 0 0 0 0
FW England Peter Wright 41 6 38 6 1 0 2 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF England Brian Abrey 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland John Brown 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
DF England Trevor Harris 20 0 18 0 0 0 2 0
FW England John Baines 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England David Coleman 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Sammy McLeod 10 0 9 0 0 0 1 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[23]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England FW Martyn King 26 1 1 28
2 England FW Bobby Hunt 19 0 1 20
3 England FW Mike Grice 8 0 0 8
4 England FW Peter Wright 6 0 0 6
5 Scotland FW Bobby Hill 4 0 0 4
6 Scotland FW Billy Stark 3 0 0 3
7 England DF Ron Hunt 2 0 0 2
England DF Roy McCrohan 2 0 0 2
9 England FW David Coleman 1 0 0 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
TOTALS 73 1 2 76

Disciplinary record[edit]

[24]

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

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[25]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Not recorded
46 1 2 49

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[26]

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
FW England Mike Grice 18 August 1962 Bradford Park Avenue Park Avenue [27][a]
DF England Roy McCrohan 15 September 1962 Northampton Town Layer Road
DF Scotland John Brown 26 September 1962 Northampton Town County Ground
FW Scotland Billy Stark 1 December 1962 Peterborough United London Road Stadium
DF England Keith Rutter 26 February 1963 Coventry City Highfield Road
GK Scotland George Ramage 15 March 1963 Halifax Town The Shay
  1. ^ Second debut 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. 
  • 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 3–1 Southend United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–4 Bradford Park Avenue". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "David Laitt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mike Grice". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Roy McCrohan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Billy Stark". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Keith Rutter". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "George Ramage". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Colin Lundstrum". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alf Marshall". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Tony Howe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "John Baines". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Mike Foster". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "David J Coleman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "John Brown". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Sammy McLeod". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Brian Abrey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Trevor Harris". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  25. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Bradford Park Avenue 1–1 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2016.