1963–64 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1963–64 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Benny Fenton
(until September)
Neil Franklin
(from December)
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 17th
FA Cup 3rd round
(eliminated by
Workington)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Queens Park Rangers)
Top goalscorer League:
Bobby Hunt (20)

All:
Bobby Hunt (23)
Highest home attendance 7,772
v Fulham, 25 September 1963[2]
Lowest home attendance 3,263
v Port Vale, 4 April 1964[3]
Average home league attendance 5,242[4]
Biggest win 4–0
v Notts County, 30 November 1963
4–0
v Crewe Alexandra, 22 February 1964
Biggest defeat 0–4
v Peterborough United, 21 October 1963
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; black shorts; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1963–64 season was Colchester United's 22nd season in their history and their second successive season in the Third Division, the third tier of English football. Alongside competing in the Third Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup and the League Cup.

A mid-season managerial change saw Benny Fenton leave for Leyton Orient and ex-England international Neil Franklin arrive from APOEL. They finished the season in 17th-place and had a good run in the League Cup, seeing off First Division Fulham in the first round, and then Second Division Northampton Town in the second round, before being knocked out in the third round by Fourth Division side Workington. Colchester made the second round of the FA Cup but were beaten by Queens Park Rangers.

Season overview[edit]

The 1963–64 season proved to be one of change for Colchester United. Benny Fenton left the club to take over at Second Division Leyton Orient in September. Incoming was former England international Neil Franklin, who had been managing APOEL in Cyprus. Franklin's first piece of business was the sale of prolific forward Bobby Hunt to Northampton Town for £18,000. Hunt's 23 goals scored by the end of February was not surpassed despite his exit as Colchester finished the season in a disappointing 17th-position.

Colchester had an impressive run in the League Cup, seeing off Fulham of the First Division 5–3 in the first round, before beating Northampton in the second round but falling to defeat against Workington in the third. They beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the first round of the FA Cup, but were defeated in the second by Qyeebs Park Rangers.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 25 April 1964.[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 Alan Buck
Scotland GK George Ramage
Scotland DF John Docherty
Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
Scotland DF John Fowler
England DF Richie Griffiths
England DF David Laitt
England DF Mick Loughton
England DF Roy McCrohan
No. Position Player
England DF Edgar Rumney
England DF Keith Rutter
England MF Derek Trevis
England FW Mike Grice
Scotland FW Bobby Hill
England FW Martyn King
Australia FW Tommy McColl
England FW Tony Miller
Scotland FW Billy Stark
England FW Peter Wright

Match details[edit]

Friendlies[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 A A H H A A H A H H A H H H A A H H A A H A H H A A H A A H A A H A H A A A H H A H H H A
Result W D D L D L W W L W L D D D W L D W L D W W D D W L D W L D L D W D D D L L L D L L D D W L
Position 3 2 4 12 10 15 9 7 11 8 11 11 12 11 12 13 14 10 15 14 11 10 10 10 8 10 10 8 10 9 11 10 9 9 9 9 11 13 13 13 14 16 16 16 15 16

Last updated: 7 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
15 Queens Park Rangers 46 18 9 11 76 78 0.974 45
16 Brentford 46 15 14 17 87 80 1.087 44
17 Colchester United 46 12 19 15 70 68 1.029 43
18 Luton Town 46 16 10 20 64 80 0.800 42
19 Walsall 46 13 14 19 59 76 0.776 40

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: 1963–64 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 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0
GK Scotland George Ramage 31 0 26 0 2 0 3 0
DF Scotland John Docherty 40 1 36 1 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 36 0 32 0 1 0 3 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 25 0 24 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Roy McCrohan 48 3 43 3 2 0 3 0
DF England Edgar Rumney 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Keith Rutter 47 0 42 0 2 0 3 0
MF England Derek Trevis 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Mike Grice 47 5 42 4 2 0 3 1
FW Scotland Bobby Hill 25 0 24 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Martyn King 43 20 38 18 2 0 3 2
FW Australia Tommy McColl 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
FW England Tony Miller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Billy Stark 47 17 43 15 2 0 2 2
FW England Peter Wright 39 10 34 7 2 0 3 3
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF England Ron Hunt 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Pat Woods 41 0 36 0 2 0 3 0
FW England Bobby Hunt 38 23 33 20 2 1 3 2

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England FW Bobby Hunt 20 1 2 23
2 England FW Martyn King 18 0 2 20
3 Scotland FW Billy Stark 15 0 2 17
4 England FW Peter Wright 7 0 3 10
5 England FW Mike Grice 4 0 1 5
6 England DF Roy McCrohan 3 0 0 3
7 Scotland DF John Docherty 1 0 0 1
Australia FW Tommy McColl 1 0 0 1
Own goals 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 70 1 10 81

Disciplinary record[edit]

[8]

Nationality Position Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
England FW Martyn King 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
England FW Peter Wright 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Not recorded
46 3 2 51

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 Pat Woods 24 August 1963 Barnsley Layer Road
FW Australia Tommy McColl 24 August 1963 Barnsley Layer Road
DF Scotland John Docherty 14 September 1963 Wrexham Racecourse Ground
FW England Tony Miller 1 February 1964 Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road
MF England Derek Trevis 7 March 1964 Mansfield Town Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
1 July 1963 GK England Alan Buck Apprentice Free transfer [11]
10 August 1963 DF Scotland John Docherty Scotland Heart of Midlothian Free transfer [12]
10 August 1963 DF England Pat Woods Australia South Coast United Free transfer [13]
10 August 1963 DF Australia Tommy McColl Scotland Dennistoun Waverley Free transfer [14]
7 March 1964 MF England Derek Trevis England Aston Villa Free transfer [15]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
7 October 1963 DF England Ron Hunt Retired Retired [16]
1 March 1964 FW England Bobby Hunt England Northampton Town £18,000 [17]
28 March 1964 DF England Pat Woods Australia South Coast United Free transfer [13]

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 5–3 Fulham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–2 Port Vale". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 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 3 May 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Alan Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "John Docherty". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Pat Woods". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Tommy McColl". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Derek Trevis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ron Hunt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bobby Hunt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2016.