1967–68 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1967–68 season
Chairman Harold Moore
(until January)
Arthur Neville
(from January)[1]
Manager Neil Franklin
Stadium Layer Road
Third Division 22nd (relegated)
FA Cup 3rd round
(eliminated by
West Bromwich Albion)
League Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Brighton & Hove Albion)
Top goalscorer League:
Reg Stratton (9)

All:
Reg Stratton (11)
Highest home attendance 15,981
v West Bromwich Albion, 27 January 1968[2]
Lowest home attendance 2,483
v Peterborough United, 11 May 1968[3]
Average home league attendance 4,591[4]
Biggest win 2–0
v Bristol Rovers, 23 December 1967
v Chelmsford City, 6 January 1968
Biggest defeat 0–5
v Barrow, 13 November 1967
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; white shorts; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1967–68 season was Colchester United's 26th season in their history and their second successive 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 League Cup.

Colchester were relegated to the Fourth Division after a two year stay in the Third Division. They succumbed following 15 defeats in 22 games, recording just one win during this time. Manager Neil Franklin was sacked two days after the season ending 5–1 home defeat by Peterborough United. They fared better in the FA Cup, earning a third round replay against First Division West Bromwich Albion where they were defeated 4–0, but exited the League Cup in the first round, beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion by the same scoreline.

Season overview[edit]

Colchester's league and FA Cup form contrasted during the 1967–68 season. A trip to Torquay United in the first round of the Cup saw the U's earn a replay at home, where they won 2–1. Essex rivals Chelmsford City were beaten 2–0 in the second round, a joint-best result for the campaign for Colchester. Layer Road then played host to First Division West Bromwich Albion in front of a crowd just short of 16,000. With the score at 1–1, both goalscorer Reg Stratton and John Mansfield had goals ruled out for infringements late on as the tie went to a replay. The U's lost 4–0 at The Hawthorns to the eventual Cup winners.

With the attention on Colchester's cup run, their league form had dropped significantly. After challenging for the promotion positions, Colchester lost 15 of their remaining 22 games after Boxing Day, winning just once. A new all-time record low attendance of 2,483 watched the final day 5–1 defeat by Peterborough United at Layer Road.

With Colchester relegated, and their third relegation in eight seasons, manager Neil Franklin was sacked two days after the season-ending defeat to Peterborough.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 11 May 1968.[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 Ernie Adams
England GK Alan Buck
England DF David Buck
England DF Alan Dennis
Scotland DF Duncan Forbes
England DF Brian Hall
England DF Mick Loughton
Scotland DF Dennis Mochan
England DF Bob Walker
Scotland MF Bobby Blackwood
England MF Roger Joslyn
No. Position Player
England MF John Mansfield
England MF Derek Trevis
England FW Peter Barlow
England FW Peter Bullock
England FW Ken Hodgson
England FW Johnny Martin
Scotland FW Jim Oliver
England FW Terry Price
England FW Alan Shires
England FW Reg Stratton

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 A A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H H A A H H A A H H A H H A A H A A H H
Result D D W W L D W D L W D L W D L L W L D D W L W L L L L L L D W L L D L L L L D L L D D D D L
Position 12 12 8 5 7 9 6 4 7 5 7 10 8 6 9 16 11 15 15 16 13 16 12 15 16 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23

Last updated: 1 February 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
20 Mansfield Town 46 12 13 21 51 67 0.761 37
21 Grimsby Town (R) 46 14 9 23 23 52 0.754 37 Relegated to Fourth Division
22 Colchester United (R) 46 9 15 22 50 87 0.575 33
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 10 12 24 56 87 0.644 32
24 Peterborough United (R)[a] 46 20 10 16 79 67 1.179 31

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.

  1. ^ Peterborough deducted 19 points for making irregular payments to players

Matches[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

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 Ernie Adams 50 0 44 0 5 0 1 0
GK England Alan Buck 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 52 1 46 1 5 0 1 0
DF England Brian Hall 46 2 41 2 5 0 0 0
DF England Mick Loughton 31 5 28+1 5 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Dennis Mochan 46 2 40 2 5 0 1 0
DF England Bob Walker 19 0 13+4 0 0+2 0 0 0
MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood 50 3 43+1 3 5 0 1 0
MF England Roger Joslyn 12 0 10+2 0 0 0 0 0
MF England John Mansfield 21 0 13+2 0 5 0 1 0
MF England Derek Trevis 51 4 45 2 5 2 1 0
FW England Peter Barlow 18 5 14+2 4 2 1 0 0
FW England Peter Bullock 23 7 20 7 1+1 0 1 0
FW England Ken Hodgson 13 3 11+1 3 0 0 1 0
FW England Johnny Martin 31 3 25 3 5 0 1 0
FW Scotland Jim Oliver 15 0 14+1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Terry Price 39 3 35 3 4 0 0 0
FW England Alan Shires 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
FW England Reg Stratton 33 11 29 9 3 2 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF Scotland John Fowler 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Dave Lamont 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Tommy McKechnie 27 6 22+1 5 4 1 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England FW Reg Stratton 9 2 0 11
2 England FW Peter Bullock 7 0 0 7
3 Scotland FW Tommy McKechnie 5 1 0 6
4 England FW Peter Barlow 4 1 0 5
England DF Mick Loughton 5 0 0 5
6 England MF Derek Trevis 2 2 0 4
7 Scotland MF Bobby Blackwood 3 0 0 3
England FW Ken Hodgson 3 0 0 3
England FW Johnny Martin 3 0 0 3
England FW Terry Price 3 0 0 3
11 England DF Brian Hall 2 0 0 2
Scotland DF Dennis Mochan 2 0 0 2
13 Scotland DF Duncan Forbes 1 0 0 1
England FW Alan Shires 1 0 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 50 6 0 56

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
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 5 1 52

Player debuts[edit]

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

Position Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
GK England Ernie Adams 19 August 1967 Oldham Athletic Layer Road
DF Scotland John Fowler 9 September 1967 Oxford United Manor Ground [11][a]
FW Scotland Tommy McKechnie 16 September 1967 Bury Layer Road
FW England Terry Price 16 September 1967 Bury Layer Road
DF England Bob Walker 7 October 1967 Brighton & Hove Albion Layer Road
MF Scotland Dave Lamont 4 November 1967 Torquay United Layer Road
MF England Roger Joslyn 23 December 1967 Bristol Rovers Layer Road
FW Scotland Jim Oliver 24 February 1968 Brighton & Hove Albion Goldstone Ground
  1. ^ Second debut for the club

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
1 July 1967 GK England Ernie Adams England Arsenal Free transfer [12]
23 December 1967 MF England Roger Joslyn Apprentice Free transfer [13][a]
9 September 1967 DF Scotland John Fowler Free agent Free transfer [14]
16 September 1967 FW Scotland Tommy McKechnie England Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Free transfer [15][a]
16 September 1967 FW England Terry Price England Orient £2,000 [16]
7 October 1967 DF England Bob Walker England Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Free transfer [17][a]
January 1968 FW Scotland Jim Oliver England Brighton & Hove Albion £2,000 [18]
  1. ^ a b c Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Out[edit]

Date Pos Player To Fee Ref
End of season GK South Africa Sandy Kennon England Lowestoft Town Released [19]
End of season DF England David Raine England Burton Albion Released [20]
Summer 1967 DF England Ray Price England Chelmsford City Released [21]
July 1967 FW England Brian Westlake Belgium Royal Daring Club de Bruxelles £5,000 [22]
13 November 1967 DF Scotland John Fowler Free agent Released [14]
28 February 1968 MF Scotland Dave Lamont England Eastern Gas Released [23][a]
22 April 1968 FW Scotland Tommy McKechnie England Bury Town Free transfer [15][a]
  1. ^ a b Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game 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. 

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 1–1 West Bromwich Albion". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–5 Peterborough United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Oxford United 3–1 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ernie Adams". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Roger Joslyn". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "John Fowler". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Tommy McKechnie". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Terry Price". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bob Walker". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Jim Oliver". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Sandy Kennon". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "David Raine". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ray Price". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Brian Westlake". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Dave Lamont". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017.