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]

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
Gibraltar GK Tony Macedo
England GK Ron Willis
England DF Dave Bickles
England DF Micky Cook
England DF Alan Dennis
England DF Brian Hall
England DF Brian Honeywood
England DF Bobby Howlett
Scotland DF Dennis Mochan
England DF Owen Simpson
No. Position Player
England DF Adrian Webster
England DF Brian Wood
England MF Roger Joslyn
England FW Micky Brown
England FW Terry Dyson
England FW Brian Gibbs
England FW Danny Light
England FW Johnny Martin
Scotland FW Jim Oliver
England FW Terry Price

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]

Main article: 1968–69 FA Cup

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][7]

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]

[7]

Place Nation 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 DF Brian Hall 3 2 1 6
5 England DF Owen Simpson 4 0 0 4
6 England DF Dave Bickles 3 0 0 3
England FW Micky Brown 3 0 0 3
England FW Terry Dyson 3 0 0 3
England MF Roger Joslyn 3 0 0 3
England FW Terry Price 2 1 0 3
11 England MF Derek Trevis 1 0 0 1
England DF Brian Wood 1 0 0 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
TOTALS 57 5 2 64

Disciplinary record[edit]

[8]

Nationality Position Player Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
England DF Owen Simpson 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
England FW Terry Dyson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland DF 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

Captains[edit]

Number of games played as team captain.[9]

Place Nation Position Player Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Not recorded
46 2 2 50

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 Brian Honeywood 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
DF England Colin Moughton 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
DF England Owen Simpson 10 August 1968 Brentford Griffin Park
DF England Gerry Perryman 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
FW England Terry Dyson 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
FW England Danny Light 24 August 1968 Chester Sealand Road
DF England Brian Wood 31 August 1968 Doncaster Rovers Layer Road
GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo 7 September 1968 York City Layer Road
DF England Brian Wood 14 September 1968 Bradford City Valley Parade [11][a]
FW England Brian Gibbs 14 September 1968 Bradford City Valley Parade
DF England Dave Bickles 28 September 1968 Exeter City St James Park
FW England Micky Brown 26 October 1968 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo 2 November 1968 Wrexham Layer Road [12][a]
FW England Ken O'Rourke 16 November 1968 Chesham United Layer Road
GK England Ron Willis 23 November 1958 Swansea Town Vetch Field
FW England Barry Rowan 23 November 1958 Swansea Town Vetch Field
  1. ^ a b Second debut for the club

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
Summer 1968 DF England Bobby Howlett England Southend United Free transfer [13]
1 July 1968 DF England Colin Moughton England Queens Park Rangers Trial [14]
1 July 1968 DF England Adrian Webster Apprentice Free transfer [15]
August 1968 DF England Brian Honeywood England Ipswich Town Free transfer [16]
10 August 1968 DF England Owen Simpson England Orient £3,500 [17]
24 August 1968 DF England Gerry Perryman England Northampton Town Free transfer [18]
24 August 1968 FW England Terry Dyson England Fulham Free transfer [19][a]
24 August 1968 FW England Danny Light England Crystal Palace £4,000 [20]
September 1968 FW England Brian Gibbs England Gillingham £8,000 [21]
14 September 1968 DF England Brian Wood England Orient £4,000 [22]
28 September 1968 DF England Dave Bickles England Crystal Palace Free transfer [23][a]
1 October 1968 GK England Ron Willis England Charlton Athletic £1,500 [24]
26 October 1968 FW England Micky Brown England Luton Town £3,000 [25][a]
2 November 1968 GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo England Fulham £6,000 [26]
16 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Arsenal Trial [27]
23 November 1968 FW England Barry Rowan United States Detroit Cougars Free transfer [28]
1 March 1969 DF England Micky Cook England Orient Free transfer [29]
  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
Summer 1968 DF England David Buck England Halstead Town Released [30]
Summer 1968 MF Scotland Bobby Blackwood Scotland Hawick Royal Albert Player-manager [31]
Summer 1968 FW England Peter Bullock England Exeter City Free transfer [32]
31 May 1968 DF England Mick Loughton England Brentwood Town Released [33]
31 May 1968 FW Scotland Tommy McKechnie England Bury Town Free transfer [34]
31 May 1968 FW England Alan Shires England Chelmsford City Released [35]
31 May 1968 FW England Reg Stratton England Brentwood Town Free transfer [36]
26 August 1968 GK England Alan Buck England Poole Town Released [37][a]
26 August 1968 DF England Colin Moughton England Queens Park Rangers End of trial [14]
September 1968 DF Scotland Duncan Forbes England Norwich City £10,000 [38]
4 September 1968 DF England Gerry Perryman England Corby Town Free transfer [18]
4 September 1968 MF England John Mansfield England Brentwood Town Free transfer [39]
20 September 1968 MF England Derek Trevis England Walsall £11,000 [40]
23 November 1968 FW England Ken O'Rourke England Bedford Town End of trial [27]
15 January 1969 FW England Barry Rowan South Africa Durban United Released [28]
February 1969 FW England Peter Barlow England Workington Free transfer [41]
28 February 1969 FW England Ken Hodgson England Poole Town Released [42][a]
  1. ^ a b Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos Player From End date Ref
31 August 1968 DF England Brian Wood England Orient 7 September 1968 [22]
7 September 1968 GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo England Fulham 26 October 1968 [26]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos Player To End date Ref
Early 1969 FW England Ken Hodgson England Chelmsford City February 1969 [42]
January 1969 FW England Johnny Martin England Chelmsford City January 1969 [43]

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]

  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 4–0 Southend United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–2 Doncaster Rovers". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 July 2012). "The 1950s and 1960s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Bradford City 1–1 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Colchester Utd 2–1 Wrexham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bobby Howlett". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Colin Moughton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  15. ^ Falk, David (29 December 2012). "Catching up with NASL Sounder Adrian Webster". GoalWA. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Brian Honeywood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Owen Simpson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Gerry Perryman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Terry Dyson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Danny Light". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Brian Gibbs". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Brian Wood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Dave Bickles". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ron Willis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Micky Brown". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Tony Macedo". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  27. ^ a b "Ken O'Rourke". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  28. ^ a b "Barry Rowan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "Micky Cook". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  30. ^ "David Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Bobby Blackwood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  32. ^ "Peter Bullock". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  33. ^ "Mick Loughton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Tommy McKechnie". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  35. ^ "Alan Shires". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  36. ^ "Reg Stratton". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  37. ^ "Alan Buck". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  38. ^ "Duncan Forbes". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  39. ^ "John Mansfield". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  40. ^ "Derek Trevis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  41. ^ "Peter Barlow". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  42. ^ a b "Ken Hodgson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  43. ^ "Johnny Martin". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2017.