1969–70 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1969–70 season
Chairman Bill Graver[1]
Manager Dick Graham
Stadium Layer Road
Fourth Division 10th
FA Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Newport County)
League Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Ipswich Town)
Top goalscorer League:
Ken Jones (16)

All:
Ken Jones (16)
Highest home attendance 7,133
v Peterborough United, 25 August 1969[2]
Lowest home attendance 2,571
v Darlington, 20 December 1969[3]
Average home league attendance 4,664[4]
Biggest win 3–0
v Reading, 20 August 1969
v Workington, 24 January 1970
v York City, 28 February 1970
4–1
v Chesterfield, 2 March 1970
Biggest defeat 0–4
v Ipswich Town, 3 September 1969
Football kit (blue jersey; blue shorts with white sides; and white socks).
Home colours

The 1969–70 season was Colchester United's 28th season in their history and their second successive season in the fourth tier of English football, the Fourth Division. Alongside competing in the Fourth Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Colchester ended an injury blighted season in tenth position in the Fourth Division, while they were knocked out in the first round of the FA Cup by Newport County, and in the second round of the League Cup by neighbours and rivals Ipswich Town in their heaviest defeat of the campaign.

Season overview[edit]

For the new season, manager Dick Graham employed a new policy of recruiting older, more experienced players. He said:

He brought in Bobby Cram, formerly of West Bromwich Albion and hitherto playing in Canada, to become his capatain for the season, while also paying £5,000 for Ken Jones from Millwall.

An eleven-game unbeaten home run gave Colchester a chance for a promotion push, but an expanding injury list held back the U's progress. Trainer Dennis Mochan made a final appearance for the club during the campaign having taking up a coaching position at the end of the previous season. The club finished in tenth place, while exiting both Cups in the early rounds; a defeat to Newport County in the first round of the FA Cup, and a second round defeat to Ipswich Town in the League Cup.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 28 April 1970.[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 Graham Smith
England GK Ron Willis
England DF Dave Bickles
England DF Micky Cook
England DF Bobby Cram
England DF Alan Dennis
England DF Brian Hall
England DF Bert Howe
England DF Bobby Howlett
England DF Adrian Webster
No. Position Player
England DF Brian Wood
England MF Ken Jones
England MF Roger Joslyn
England FW Micky Brown
England FW Terry Dyson
England FW Brian Gibbs
England FW Danny Light
England FW Roy Massey
Scotland FW Jim Oliver
England FW Ray Whittaker

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
Result
Position

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
8 Lincoln City 46 17 16 13 66 52 1.269 50
9 Peterborough United 46 17 14 15 77 69 1.116 48
10 Colchester United 46 17 14 15 64 63 1.016 48
11 Chester 46 21 6 19 58 66 0.879 48
12 Scunthorpe United 46 18 10 18 67 65 1.031 46

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: 1969–70 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 Graham Smith 46 0 43 0 1 0 2 0
GK England Ron Willis 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Dave Bickles 36 0 33 0 1 0 2 0
DF England Micky Cook 21 0 19+1 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Bobby Cram 21 0 21 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Alan Dennis 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Brian Hall 49 4 45 4 1 0 3 0
DF England Bert Howe 30 1 29 1 0 0 1 0
DF England Bobby Howlett 18 0 10+6 0 0 0 1+1 0
DF England Brian Wood 47 1 43 1 1 0 3 0
MF England Ken Jones 28 16 28 16 0 0 0 0
MF England Roger Joslyn 45 1 38+4 1 0 0 2+1 0
FW England Micky Brown 36 9 30+2 9 1 0 3 0
FW England Terry Dyson 15 1 13+2 1 0 0 0 0
FW England Brian Gibbs 45 14 41 14 1 0 3 0
FW England Danny Light 28 2 23+1 2 1 0 3 0
FW England Roy Massey 23 11 18+1 7 1 0 3 4
FW Scotland Jim Oliver 22 1 17+2 1 0+1 0 2 0
FW England Ray Whittaker 41 7 36+1 7 1 0 3 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF Scotland Dennis Mochan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Eddie Presland 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
FW England Steve Pitt 7 0 4+2 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Malcolm Slater 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[7]

Place Nation Position Name Fourth Division FA Cup League Cup Total
1 England MF Ken Jones 16 0 0 16
2 England FW Brian Gibbs 14 0 0 14
3 England FW Roy Massey 7 0 4 11
4 England FW Micky Brown 9 0 0 9
5 England FW Ray Whittaker 7 0 0 7
6 England DF Brian Hall 4 0 0 4
7 England FW Danny Light 2 0 0 2
8 England FW Terry Dyson 1 0 0 1
England DF Bert Howe 1 0 0 1
England MF Roger Joslyn 1 0 0 1
Scotland FW Jim Oliver 1 0 0 1
England DF Brian Wood 1 0 0 1
Own goals 0 1 0 1
TOTALS 64 1 4 69

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 FW Terry Dyson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England FW Brian Gibbs 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England DF Brian Hall 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England DF Bert Howe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England DF Bobby Howlett 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland FW Jim Oliver 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland FW Malcolm Slater 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 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 1 3 50

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 Graham Smith 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
DF England Bert Howe 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
DF England Bobby Howlett 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
FW England Roy Massey 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
FW England Steve Pitt 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
FW England Ray Whittaker 9 August 1969 Lincoln City Sincil Bank
DF England Micky Cook 6 October 1969 Wrexham Racecourse Ground
DF England Eddie Presland 11 October 1969 Bradford Park Avenue Layer Road
FW Scotland Malcolm Slater 1 November 1969 Aldershot Recreation Ground
MF England Ken Jones 22 November 1969 Grimsby Town Layer Road
DF England Bobby Cram 17 January 1970 Swansea City Vetch Field
DF England Alan Dennis 22 April 1970 Lincoln City Layer Road

Transfers and contracts[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Player From Fee Ref
Summer 1969 GK England Graham Smith England Notts County Free transfer [11]
Summer 1969 DF England Bert Howe England Orient Free transfer [12]
Summer 1969 FW England Steve Pitt England Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer [13]
July 1969 FW England Roy Massey England Orient £5,000 [14]
9 August 1969 FW England Ray Whittaker England Luton Town Free transfer [15]
November 1969 MF England Ken Jones England Millwall £5,000 [16]
17 January 1970 DF England Bobby Cram Canada Vancouver Royals Free transfer [17][a]
  1. ^ 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 DF England Brian Honeywood England Chelmsford City Free transfer [18]
Summer 1969 FW England Johnny Martin England Workington Released [19]
31 May 1969 FW England Terry Price England Chelmsford City Free transfer [20]
1 July 1969 GK England Ernie Adams England Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [21]
August 1969 GK Gibraltar Tony Macedo South Africa Durban City £6,000 [22]
5 August 1969 DF England Owen Simpson England Southend United £4,000 [23]
October 1969 FW England Steve Pitt England Stevenage Borough Released [13]
25 October 1969 DF Scotland Dennis Mochan England Colchester United Coaching staff [24][a]
  1. ^ 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
11 October 1969 DF England Eddie Presland England Crystal Palace 8 November 1969 [25][a]
1 November 1969 FW Scotland Malcolm Slater England Orient 25 November 1969 [26][a]
  1. ^ a b Loan start and end dates refer to the date of the player's first and final games 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]

  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 2–1 Peterborough United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 2–1 Darlington". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 3 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 5 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "All matches". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Graham Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bert Howe". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Steve Pitt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Roy Massey". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ray Whittaker". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ken Jones". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bobby Cram". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Brian Honeywood". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Johnny Martin". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Terry Price". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Ernie Adams". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Tony Macedo". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Owen Simpson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Dennis Mochan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Eddie Presland". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Malcolm Slater". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2017.