1965–66 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1965–66 season
Chairman Bill Allen[1]
Manager Neil Franklin
Stadium Layer Road
Fourth Division 4th (promoted)
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Queens Park Rangers)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Middlesbrough)
Top goalscorer League:
Reg Stratton (18)

All:
Reg Stratton (21)
Highest home attendance 10,200
v Luton Town, 8 April 1966[2]
Lowest home attendance 2,768
v Notts County, 22 November 1965[3]
Average home league attendance 5,225[4]
Biggest win 4–0
v Barnsley, 11 September 1965
Biggest defeat 0–4
v Queens Park Rangers, 18 November 1965
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; black shorts; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1965–66 season was Colchester United's 24th season in their history and their first back in the fourth tier of English football, the Fourth Division, following relegation the previous season. Alongside competing in the Fourth Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Colchester were immediately promoted back to the Third Division after ending the season in fourth position. Queens Park Rangers handed Colchester another early FA Cup exit following a replay, while Middlesbrough knocked the U's out of the League Cup in the second round.

Season overview[edit]

Neil Franklin brought in forward Reg Stratton to lead the line for the new season and he responded with 18 league goals and 21 in total. They won ten times on their travels, setting a new club record, while losing just three times at Layer Road. After leading the Fourth Division table across Easter, subsequent defeats to promotion rivals Darlington on two occasions and Torquay United saw Colchester drop to fourth position ahead of the final game of the season. A 2–1 defeat to Newport County left fans awaiting the result of Luton Town's game with Chester with Luton just one point behind and the game kicking off 15-minutes later than the U's fixture. The game finished 1–1 with Colchester, Luton, and Tranmere Rovers all tied on 56 points. Goal average would separate the sides, with Franklin's side pipping Tranmere to the final promotion spot by 0.08.

As the club did four years prior, the U's bounced back from the Fourth Division at the first attempt. The season was also notable as player replacements were allowed for the first time. Ray Price became Colchester's first substitute when he came on to replace the injured Ted Phillips after 85-minutes of their 2–0 home win over Rochdale on 18 September.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 28 May 1966.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
Alan Buck GK England Colchester (1946-08-25)25 August 1946 (aged 18) 11 0 Amateur July 1963 Free transfer
Sandy Kennon GK South Africa Johannesburg (1933-11-28)28 November 1933 (aged 31) 10 0 England Norwich City March 1965 Free transfer
Defenders
Duncan Forbes CB Scotland Edinburgh (1941-06-19)19 June 1941 (aged 23) 141 0 Scotland Musselburgh Athletic 4 September 1961 Nominal
John Fowler FB Scotland Leith (1933-10-17)17 October 1933 (aged 31) 412 5 Scotland Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic 20 August 1955[a] Free transfer
Brian Hall LB England Burbage (1939-03-09)9 March 1939 (aged 26) 10 1 England Mansfield Town March 1965 Free transfer
David Laitt FB England Colchester (1946-11-01)1 November 1946 (aged 18) 0 0 Amateur Summer 1962 Free transfer
Mick Loughton CB England Colchester (1942-12-08)8 December 1942 (aged 22) 28 1 Amateur August 1961 Free transfer
Ray Price FB England Hetton-le-Hole (1944-05-18)18 May 1944 (aged 21) 11 0 England Norwich City Summer 1964 Free transfer
David Raine FB England Darlington (1937-03-28)28 March 1937 (aged 28) 0 0 England Doncaster Rovers 1 June 1965 Nominal
Midfielders
Bobby Blackwood MF Scotland Edinburgh (1934-08-20)20 August 1934 (aged 30) 0 0 England Ipswich Town 1 June 1965 Free transfer
David Buck WH England Colchester (1946-08-25)25 August 1946 (aged 18) 0 0 Apprentice 16 October 1965[a] Free transfer
Dave Lamont MF Scotland Glasgow (1949-04-02)2 April 1949 (aged 16) 0 0 Apprentice July 1965 Free transfer
John Mansfield MF England Colchester (1946-09-13)13 September 1946 (aged 18) 1 0 Apprentice August 1964 Free transfer
Derek Trevis MF England Birmingham (1942-09-09)9 September 1942 (aged 22) 60 7 England Aston Villa 7 March 1964[a] Free transfer
Forwards
Barrie Aitchison WG England Colchester (1937-11-15)15 November 1937 (aged 26) 41 4 England Tottenham Hotspur 1 August 1964 £750
Peter Barlow FW England Portsmouth (1950-01-09)9 January 1950 (aged 15) 0 0 Apprentice September 1965 Free transfer
Dennis Barrett IF 0 0 Apprentice Summer 1964 Free transfer
Peter Bullock FW England Stoke-on-Trent (1941-11-17)17 November 1941 (aged 23) 0 0 England Southend United 30 October 1965[a] Nominal
Mike Grice WG England Woking (1931-11-03)3 November 1931 (aged 33) 248 30 England Coventry City 18 August 1962[b] £1,000
John Hornsby WG England Ferryhill (1945-08-03)3 August 1945 (aged 19) 0 0 England Evenwood Town October 1965 £25/5s
Arthur Kaye WG England Higham (1933-05-09)9 May 1933 (aged 32) 0 0 England Middlesbrough 21 August 1965[a] Free transfer
Ted Phillips IF England Leiston (1933-08-21)21 August 1933 (aged 31) 0 0 England Luton Town 11 September 1965[a] Part exchange
Reg Stratton FW England Kingsley (1939-07-10)10 July 1939 (aged 25) 0 0 England Fulham 28 May 1965 Free transfer
  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
28 May 1965 FW England Reg Stratton England Fulham Free transfer [7]
1 June 1965 FB England David Raine England Doncaster Rovers Nominal [8]
1 June 1965 MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood England Ipswich Town Free transfer [9]
July 1965 MF Scotland Dave Lamont Apprentice Free transfer [10]
21 August 1965 WH England Jackie Bell England Norwich City Free transfer [11][a]
21 August 1965 WG England Arthur Kaye England Middlesbrough Free transfer [12][a]
September 1965 FW England Peter Barlow Apprentice Free transfer [13]
11 September 1965 IF England Ted Phillips England Luton Town Part exchange with Billy Stark [14][a]
October 1965 WG England John Hornsby England Evenwood Town £25/5s [15]
16 October 1965 WH England David Buck Apprentice Free transfer [16][a]
30 October 1965 FW England Peter Bullock England Southend United Nominal [17][a]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £25/5s
  1. ^ a b c d e 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 WH Scotland John Docherty England Chelmsford City Released [18]
End of season FB England Richie Griffiths England Haverhill Rovers Released [19]
End of season IF Wales Gareth Salisbury England Chesterfield Released [20]
23 April 1965 IF Scotland Bobby Hill England Bury Town Released [21][a]
23 April 1965 IF England Arthur Langley England Nottingham Forest Released [22][a]
28 August 1965 FW Scotland Billy Stark England Luton Town £1,000 plus Ted Phillips [23][a]
October 1965 WH Wales Tecwyn Jones England Crewe Alexandra Nominal [24]
12 February 1966 WH England Jackie Bell England Gainford Town Released [11][a]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £1,000
  1. ^ a b c d Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Match details[edit]

Fourth Division[edit]

Fourth 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 H A H A H A A H H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H H A A H H H A A A A
Result L W D W W D W L W L L W D W W W W L W W D L D L W W W W L D W W W W L D D W D D L L W W L L
Position 21 10 12 8 4 3 2 4 4 6 9 7 10 7 5 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 2 4 4
Last updated: 23 January 2017.
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
2 Darlington (P) 46 25 9 12 72 53 1.358 59 Promoted to Third Division
3 Torquay United (P) 46 24 10 12 72 49 1.469 58
4 Colchester United (P) 46 23 10 13 70 47 1.489 56
5 Tranmere Rovers 46 24 8 14 93 66 1.409 56
6 Luton Town 46 24 8 14 90 70 1.286 56

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][25]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK South Africa Sandy Kennon 50 0 46 0 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 46 1 42 1 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland John Fowler 27 0 25 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Brian Hall 50 11 46 9 2 1 2 1
DF England David Laitt 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Mick Loughton 49 1 45 1 2 0 2 0
DF England Ray Price 5 0 4+1 0 0 0 0 0
DF England David Raine 25 0 19+3 0 2 0 1 0
MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood 45 5 41 3 2 2 2 0
MF England David Buck 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
MF England John Mansfield 7 1 5+2 1 0 0 0 0
MF England Derek Trevis 47 4 43 4 2 0 2 0
FW England Barrie Aitchison 15 3 13+1 3 0 0 1 0
FW England Peter Bullock 36 11 34 11 2 0 0 0
FW England Mike Grice 15 0 12+1 0 0 0 2 0
FW England John Hornsby 12 1 11 1 0 0 1 0
FW England Arthur Kaye 42 2 38 2 2 0 2 0
FW England Ted Phillips 34 13 32 13 2 0 0 0
FW England Reg Stratton 39 21 37 18 0 0 2 3
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
MF England Jackie Bell 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
MF Wales Tecwyn Jones 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Billy Stark 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[25]

Place Nationality Position Name Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England FW Reg Stratton 18 0 3 21
2 England IF Ted Phillips 13 0 0 13
3 England FW Peter Bullock 11 0 0 11
England LB Brian Hall 9 1 1 11
5 Scotland MF Bobby Blackwood 3 2 0 5
6 England MF Derek Trevis 4 0 0 4
7 England WG Barrie Aitchison 3 0 0 3
8 England WG Arthur Kaye 2 0 0 2
9 Scotland CB Duncan Forbes 1 0 0 1
England WG John Hornsby 1 0 0 1
England CB Mick Loughton 1 0 0 1
England MF John Mansfield 1 0 0 1
Scotland FW Billy Stark 1 0 0 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
TOTALS 70 3 4 77

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[26]

Place Nationality Player Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 South Africa Sandy Kennon 15 0 0 15
TOTALS 15 0 0 15

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[27]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
WH England Jackie Bell 21 August 1965 Port Vale Vale Park
WG England John Hornsby 21 August 1965 Port Vale Vale Park
WG England Arthur Kaye 21 August 1965 Port Vale Vale Park
FW England Reg Stratton 21 August 1965 Port Vale Vale Park
MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood 1 September 1965 Exeter City Layer Road
IF England Ted Phillips 11 September 1965 Barnsley Layer Road
FB England David Raine 22 September 1965 Middlesbrough Layer Road
WH England David Buck 16 October 1965 Hartlepools United Layer Road
FB England David Laitt 30 October 1965 Southport Layer Road
FW England Peter Bullock 30 October 1965 Southport 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. 

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 2–2 Luton Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–1 Notts County". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Reg Stratton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "David Raine". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Bobby Blackwood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  11. ^ a b "Jackie Bell". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Arthur Kaye". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Peter Barlow". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ted Phillips". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "John Hornsby". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "David Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Peter Bullock". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "John Docherty". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Richie Griffiths". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Gareth Salisbury". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Bobby Hill". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Arthur Langley". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Billy Stark". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "Tecwyn Jones". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  27. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2016.