1968–69 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1968–69 season
Chairman Arthur Neville[1]
Manager Dick Graham
Stadium Layer Road
Fourth Division 6th
FA Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Exeter City)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Workington)
Top goalscorer League:
Danny Light (12)

All:
Danny Light (14)
Highest home attendance 10,604
v Southend United, 29 November 1968[2]
Lowest home attendance 3,199
v Doncaster Rovers, 31 August 1968[3]
Average home league attendance 6,048[4]
Biggest win 5–0
v Chesham United, 16 November 1968
Biggest defeat 0–4
v Brentford, 10 August 1968
v Scunthorpe United, 26 August 1968
v Rochdale, 8 March 1969
1–5
v Chester, 24 August 1968
Football kit (white jersey with thin, blue, vertical stripes; blue shorts with white sides; and white socks with two blue, horizontal hoops).
Home colours

The 1968–69 season was Colchester United's 27th season in their history and their first season 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.

In a transitional season under new manager Dick Graham, Colchester missed an instant return to the third tier by four points, finishing the season in sixth place. The U's were eliminated at the second round of both FA and League Cups.

Season overview[edit]

Colchester appointed former Crystal Palace manager Dick Graham to replace Neil Franklin. Having guided Palace from the Fourth Division to the Second Division, Graham intended to emulate his work at Selhurst Park.

Seven games into the season, with his side earning just one point, Graham cleared out the squad, ousting six players and sold Duncan Forbes and Derek Trevis for a combined fee of £19,000. He brought in a number of players, including goalkeeper Tony Macedo and former Tottenham Hotspur double-winner Terry Dyson. Colchester's form drastically improved, earning 33 points from a possible 42 to propel up the table into fourth position and the promotion places. However, after a poor Easter period, earning just two points against promotion-rivals Bradford City, Halifax Town and Swansea Town saw the U's slip back into sixth place and four points short of promotion.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 2 May 1969.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
Ernie Adams GK England Hackney (1948-01-17)17 January 1948 (aged 20) 50 0 England Arsenal 1 July 1967 Free transfer
Tony Macedo GK Gibraltar Gibraltar (1938-02-22)22 February 1938 (aged 30) 0 0 England Fulham 2 November 1968[a] £6,000
Ron Willis GK England Romford (1947-12-27)27 December 1947 (aged 20) 0 0 England Charlton Athletic October 1968 £1,500
Defenders
Dave Bickles CB England West Ham (1944-04-06)6 April 1944 (aged 24) 0 0 England Crystal Palace 28 September 1968[a] Free transfer
Micky Cook FB England Enfield (1951-04-09)9 April 1951 (aged 17) 0 0 England Orient 1 March 1969 Free transfer
Alan Dennis CB England Colchester (1951-02-22)22 February 1951 (aged 17) 0 0 Apprentice April 1967 Free transfer
Brian Hall LB England Burbage (1939-03-09)9 March 1939 (aged 29) 154 16 England Mansfield Town March 1965 Free transfer
Brian Honeywood CB England Chelmsford (1949-05-08)8 May 1949 (aged 19) 0 0 England Ipswich Town August 1968 Free transfer
Bobby Howlett CB England West Ham (1948-12-12)12 December 1948 (aged 19) 0 0 England Southend United Summer 1968 Free transfer
Dennis Mochan FB Scotland Falkirk (1935-12-12)12 December 1935 (aged 32) 81 2 England Nottingham Forest 24 September 1966[a] Free transfer
Owen Simpson FB England Mickley (1943-09-18)18 September 1943 (aged 24) 0 0 England Orient 10 August 1968[a] £3,500
Adrian Webster DF England Colchester (1951-11-06)6 November 1951 (aged 16) 0 0 Apprentice July 1968 Free transfer
Brian Wood CB England Hamworthy (1940-12-08)8 December 1940 (aged 27) 0 0 England Orient 14 September 1968[a] £4,000
Midfielders
Roger Joslyn MF England Colchester (1950-05-07)7 May 1950 (aged 18) 12 0 Apprentice 23 December 1967[a] Free transfer
Forwards
Micky Brown WG England Farnham Common (1944-04-11)11 April 1944 (aged 24) 0 0 England Luton Town 26 October 1968[a] £3,000
Terry Dyson WG England Malton (1934-11-29)29 November 1934 (aged 33) 0 0 England Fulham 24 August 1968[a] Free transfer
Brian Gibbs FW England Gillingham (1936-10-06)6 October 1936 (aged 31) 0 0 England Gillingham September 1968 £8,000
Danny Light FW England Chiswick (1948-07-10)10 July 1948 (aged 19) 0 0 England Crystal Palace August 1968 £4,000
Johnny Martin WG England Ashington (1946-12-04)4 December 1946 (aged 21) 80 11 England Aston Villa 20 August 1966[a] Free transfer
Jim Oliver FW Scotland Falkirk (1941-12-03)3 December 1941 (aged 26) 15 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion January 1968 £2,000
Terry Price WG England Colchester (1945-10-11)11 October 1945 (aged 22) 39 3 England Orient 16 September 1967 £2,000
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
Summer 1968 CB England Bobby Howlett England Southend United Free transfer [7]
Summer 1968 FB England Gerry Perryman England Northampton Town Free transfer [8]
July 1968 CB England Colin Moughton England Queens Park Rangers Trial [9]
July 1968 DF England Adrian Webster Apprentice Free transfer [10]
August 1968 CB England Brian Honeywood England Ipswich Town Free transfer [11]
August 1968 FW England Danny Light England Crystal Palace £4,000 [12]
10 August 1968 FB England Owen Simpson England Orient £3,500 [13][a]
24 August 1968 WG England Terry Dyson England Fulham Free transfer [14][a]
September 1968 FW England Brian Gibbs England Gillingham £8,000 [15]
14 September 1968 CB England Brian Wood England Orient £4,000 [16][a]
28 September 1968 CB England Dave Bickles England Crystal Palace Free transfer [17][a]
October 1968 GK England Ron Willis England Charlton Athletic £1,500 [18]
26 October 1968 WG England Micky Brown England Luton Town £3,000 [19][a]
2 November 1968 GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo England Fulham £6,000 [20][a]
16 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Arsenal Trial [21][a]
November 1968 WG England Barry Rowan United States Dallas Tornado Free transfer [22]
1 March 1969 FB England Micky Cook England Orient Free transfer [23]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £30,000
  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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 CB England Bob Walker England Bedford Town Free transfer [24]
End of season WG England Alan Shires England Chelmsford City Released [25]
Summer 1968 WH England David Buck England Halstead Town Released [26]
Summer 1968 CB England Mick Loughton England Brentwood Town Released [27]
Summer 1968 MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood Scotland Hawick Royal Albert Player-manager [28]
Summer 1968 FW England Peter Bullock England Exeter City Free transfer [29]
Summer 1968 FW England Reg Stratton England Brentwood Town Free transfer [30]
26 August 1968 GK England Alan Buck England Poole Town Released [31][a]
26 August 1968 CB England Colin Moughton England Bedford Town End of trial [9][a]
September 1968 CB Scotland Duncan Forbes England Norwich City £10,000 [32]
4 September 1968 FB England Gerry Perryman England Corby Town Free transfer [8][a]
4 September 1968 MF England John Mansfield England Brentwood Town Free transfer [33][a]
20 September 1968 MF England Derek Trevis England Walsall £11,000 [34][a]
23 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Bedford Town End of trial [21][a]
January 1969 WG England Barry Rowan South Africa Durban United Released [22]
February 1969 FW England Peter Barlow England Workington Free transfer [35]
28 February 1969 FW England Ken Hodgson England Poole Town Released [36][a]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £21,000
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Loans in[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
31 August 1968 CB England Brian Wood England Orient 7 September 1968 [16][a]
7 September 1968 GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo England Fulham 26 October 1968 [20][a]
  1. ^ a b Loan start and end dates refer to the date of the player's first and final games for the club

Loans out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
Early 1969 FW England Ken Hodgson England Chelmsford City February 1969 [36]
January 1969 WG England Johnny Martin England Chelmsford City January 1969 [37]

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 A H H H A A H A H A A H A H H A A H H A A H A A A H H A A H H A H A H H A A H H H H A A
Result L D L L L W D W W D W W L D W W W L L W W W W W W W L D W L L W D L D L W W W D D D D L D L
Position 21 22 23 24 24 24 23 21 13 14 12 10 15 14 13 10 6 9 12 8 9 8 6 7 2 3 4 4 2 3 6 4 3 6 4 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 5

Last updated: 3 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
4 Bradford City (P) 46 18 20 8 65 46 1.413 56 Promoted to Third Division
5 Darlington 46 17 18 11 62 45 1.378 52
6 Colchester United 46 20 12 14 57 53 1.075 52
7 Southend United 46 19 13 14 78 61 1.279 51
8 Lincoln City 46 17 17 12 54 52 1.038 51

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][38]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Ernie Adams 6 0 4 0 0 0 2 0
GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo 40 0 38 0 2 0 0 0
GK England Ron Willis 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Dave Bickles 35 3 34 3 1 0 0 0
DF England Brian Hall 50 6 46 3 2 2 2 1
DF England Brian Honeywood 21 0 12+6 0 1 0 2 0
DF Scotland Dennis Mochan 43 0 41 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Owen Simpson 45 4 41+2 4 1 0 1 0
DF England Brian Wood 30 1 28 1 2 0 0 0
MF England Roger Joslyn 41 3 37+1 3 1 0 2 0
FW England Micky Brown 22 3 17+3 3 1+1 0 0 0
FW England Terry Dyson 43 3 40+1 3 2 0 0 0
FW England Brian Gibbs 38 11 37 11 1 0 0 0
FW England Danny Light 45 14 42+1 12 2 2 0 0
FW England Johnny Martin 9 0 6+1 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Jim Oliver 43 10 34+7 9 1 0 1 1
FW England Terry Price 24 3 19+2 2 1 1 2 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
GK England Alan Buck 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Duncan Forbes 8 0 6 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Colin Moughton 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Gerry Perryman 3 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England John Mansfield 5 0 2+1 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Derek Trevis 10 1 8 1 0 0 2 0
FW England Peter Barlow 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Ken Hodgson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Ken O'Rourke 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW England Barry Rowan 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[38]

Place Nationality Position Name Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England FW Danny Light 12 2 0 14
2 England FW Brian Gibbs 11 0 0 11
3 Scotland FW Jim Oliver 9 0 1 10
4 England LB Brian Hall 3 2 1 6
5 England FB Owen Simpson 4 0 0 4
6 England CB Dave Bickles 3 0 0 3
England WG Micky Brown 3 0 0 3
England WG Terry Dyson 3 0 0 3
England MF Roger Joslyn 3 0 0 3
England WG Terry Price 2 1 0 3
11 England MF Derek Trevis 1 0 0 1
England CB Brian Wood 1 0 0 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
TOTALS 57 5 2 64

Disciplinary record[edit]

[39]

Nationality Position Name Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
England FB Owen Simpson 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
England WG Terry Dyson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland CB Duncan Forbes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Scotland FW Jim Oliver 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England MF Derek Trevis 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[40]

Place Nationality Player Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 Gibraltar Tony Macedo 15 1 0 16
2 England Ernie Adams 1 0 1 2
3 England Ron Willis 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 17 1 1 19

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[41]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
CB England Brian Honeywood 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
CB England Colin Moughton 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
FB England Owen Simpson 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
FB England Gerry Perryman 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
WG England Terry Dyson 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
FW England Danny Light 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
CB England Brian Wood 31 August 1968 Doncaster Rovers Layer Road
GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo 7 September 1968 York City Layer Road
CB England Brian Wood 14 September 1968 Bradford City Valley Parade [42][a]
FW England Brian Gibbs 14 September 1968 Bradford City Valley Parade
CB England Dave Bickles 28 September 1968 Exeter City St James Park
WG England Micky Brown 26 October 1968 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo 2 November 1968 Wrexham Layer Road [43][a]
FW England Ken O'Rourke 16 November 1968 Chesham United Layer Road
GK England Ron Willis 23 November 1958 Swansea Town Vetch Field
WG England Barry Rowan 23 November 1958 Swansea Town Vetch Field
  1. ^ a b 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. 
  • White, Eric (1989). 100 Years of Brentford. Redditch: Oldfield Press. ISBN 0951526200. 
  • Kent, Jeff (1990). The Valiants' Years: The Story of Port Vale. Stafford: Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  • Ambrosen, Tony (1993). Amber in the Blood: A History Of Newport County. Uxbridge: Yore Publications. ISBN 978-1-874427-40-7. 

Websites

Specific[edit]

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  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
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  9. ^ a b "Colin Moughton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
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  11. ^ "Brian Honeywood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Danny Light". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Owen Simpson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Terry Dyson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Brian Gibbs". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Brian Wood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Dave Bickles". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ron Willis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Micky Brown". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Tony Macedo". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Ken O'Rourke". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Barry Rowan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Micky Cook". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Bob Walker". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Alan Shires". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "David Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  27. ^ "Mick Loughton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Bobby Blackwood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "Peter Bullock". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  30. ^ "Reg Stratton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Alan Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  32. ^ "Duncan Forbes". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  33. ^ "John Mansfield". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Derek Trevis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  35. ^ "Peter Barlow". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  36. ^ a b "Ken Hodgson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  37. ^ "Johnny Martin". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  38. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  39. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  40. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  41. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  42. ^ "Bradford City 1–1 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  43. ^ "Colchester Utd 2–1 Wrexham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017.