1977–78 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1977–78 season
Chairman Jack Rippingale[1]
Manager Scotland Bobby Roberts
Third Division 8th
FA Cup 2nd Round
League Cup 3rd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Bobby Gough (13)
All:
Bobby Gough (17)
Highest home attendance 6,447 (Gillingham)
Lowest home attendance 2,554 (Rotherham United)
Average home league attendance 4,568
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; blue shorts; and white socks).
Home colours

The 1977–78 season was Colchester United's first season back in the Football League Third Division after a one-year absence playing in the Football League Fourth Division.

Season Review[edit]

Colchester soared to the top of the Third Division table with four straight wins at the start of the season.

Embarking on a League Cup run that saw United thump Jim Smith's Second Division Blackburn 4-0 in a Second Round replay before facing up to Leeds at Elland Road in the next round. Leeds were not going to be embarrassed twice and gained some revenge with a 4-0 win.

When the U's visited leaders Wrexham on 19 November 1977, it was the first time that United had one of their League fixtures featured on the prestigious Saturday night TV slot. One win in ten after January and the sale of Colin Garwood to Portsmouth for £25,000 spelt the end of United's promotion aspirations. Colchester finished in eighth place and eight points behind third-placed Preston.[2]

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
–– Wales GK Mike Walker
–– England DF Micky Cook
–– England DF Steve Dowman
–– England DF Mick Packer
–– England DF Steve Wignall
–– England DF Johnny Williams
–– England DF Steve Wright
–– England MF Ian Allinson
No. Position Player
–– England MF Ray Bunkell
–– England MF Russell Cotton
–– England MF Paul Dyer
–– England MF Tony Evans
–– England MF Steve Foley
–– England MF Steve Leslie
–– England MF Eddie Rowles
–– England FW Bobby Gough

Player Info[edit]

Pos. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
GK Wales Mike Walker Wales Colwyn Bay 28 November 1945 England Watford 25 August 1973 £4,000
DF England Micky Cook England Enfield 9 April 1951 England Leyton Orient 6 October 1969 Free
DF England Steve Dowman England Manor Park 15 April 1958 England Youth Team 1 August 1976 Free
DF England Mick Packer England Willesden 20 April 1950 England Watford 25 August 1973 Free
DF England Steve Wignall England Liverpool 17 September 1954 England Doncaster Rovers 13 September 1977 £5,000
DF England Johnny Williams England Tottenham 26 March 1947 England Watford 23 August 1975 Free
DF England Steve Wright England Clacton-on-Sea 16 June 1959 England Youth Team 1 August 1977 Free
MF England Ian Allinson England Hitchin 1 October 1957 England Youth Team 1 August 1974 Free
MF England Ray Bunkell England Edmonton 18 September 1949 England Swindon Town 8 December 1973 £5,000
MF England Russell Cotton England Wellington 4 April 1960 England Youth Team 1 August 1977 Free
MF England Paul Dyer England Leicester 24 January 1953 England Notts County 16 August 1975 Free
MF England Tony Evans England Colchester 14 March 1960 England Youth Team 1 August 1977 Free
MF England Steve Foley England Clacton-on-Sea 21 June 1953 England Youth Team 1 August 1971 Free
MF England Steve Leslie England Hornsey 4 September 1952 England Youth Team 1 August 1970 Free
MF England Eddie Rowles England Gosport 10 March 1951 England Darlington 26 December 1977 £15,000
FW England Bobby Gough England Ladywood 20 July 1949 England Southport 10 January 1976 £7,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1977 DF England Steve Wright England Youth Team Free
1 August 1977 MF England Russell Cotton England Youth Team Free
1 August 1977 MF England Tony Evans England Youth Team Free
13 September 1977 DF England Steve Wignall England Doncaster Rovers £5,000
26 December 1977 MF England Eddie Rowles England Darlington £15,000

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
14 May 1977 DF England Lindsay Smith England Cambridge United £12,000
21 January 1978 FW England John Froggatt England Port Vale £10,000
4 March 1978 FW England Colin Garwood England Portsmouth £25,000

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Gillingham 46 15 20 11 67 60 +7 48
8 Colchester United 46 15 18 13 55 44 +11 48
9 Chesterfield 46 17 14 15 58 49 +9 48

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Third Division Results[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20/08/1977 Gillingham A 3-1 3,450 Foley, Packer, Gough
23/08/1977 Bradford City H 3-0 4,371 Froggatt, Gough, Leslie
27/08/1977 Chester City H 2-0 4,169 Gough (2)
02/09/1977 Tranmere Rovers A 0-1 3,263
09/09/1977 Plymouth Argyle H 3-1 5,719 Williams, Gough, Dowman
13/09/1977 Portsmouth A 0-0 11,757
17/09/1977 Rotherham United A 0-1 4,906
24/09/1977 Preston North End H 0-0 4,978
27/09/1977 Port Vale H 2-3 4,820 Gough, Garwood
01/10/1977 Carlisle United A 3-1 4,611 Garwood (2), Gough
05/10/1977 Chesterfield A 0-0 4,575
08/10/1977 Hereford United H 0-0 4,586
14/10/1977 Oxford United H 1-1 4,893 Foley
22/10/1977 Cambridge United A 0-2 5,423
28/10/1977 Peterborough United H 3-0 4,827 Allinson, Packer, Gough
05/11/1977 Walsall A 2-4 4,231 Allinson, Garwood
11/11/1977 Swindon Town H 2-0 4,788 Garwood, Bunkell
19/11/1977 Wrexham A 1-2 9,198 Wignall
03/12/1977 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-1 9,000 Cook, Garwood
09/12/1977 Exeter City H 3-1 4,267 Dowman, Gough, Garwood
26/12/1977 Lincoln City H 1-1 5,840 Froggatt
27/12/1977 Bury A 1-1 5,409 Foley
31/12/1977 Shrewsbury Town A 0-1 4,336
02/01/1978 Walsall H 1-1 6,039 Gough
07/01/1978 Bradford City A 2-1 3,266 Gough, Dowman
13/01/1978 Gillingham H 1-1 6,447 Gough
21/01/1978 Chester City A 1-2 2,855 Rowles
27/01/1978 Tranmere Rovers H 0-0 4,465
04/02/1978 Plymouth Argyle A 1-1 4,639 Rowles
25/02/1978 Carlisle United H 2-2 3,867 Garwood, Dowman
28/02/1978 Preston North End A 0-4 9,225
04/03/1978 Hereford United A 0-1 3,831
07/03/1978 Portsmouth H 4-0 3,570 Foley, Rowles, Taylor (o.g.), Allinson
11/03/1978 Oxford United A 0-3 4,060
14/03/1978 Peterborough United A 0-1 4,468
17/03/1978 Cambridge United H 2-1 5,260 Allinson, Wignall
25/03/1978 Bury H 1-0 3,661 Allinson
27/03/1978 Lincoln City A 0-0 4,709
01/04/1978 Shrewsbury Town H 1-2 2,910 Leslie
04/04/1978 Chesterfield H 2-0 3,303 Gough, Leslie
08/04/1978 Swindon Town A 0-0 4,596
15/04/1978 Wrexham H 1-1 5,385 Foley
22/04/1978 Exeter City A 0-0 3,853
24/04/1978 Port Vale A 3-0 3,684 Allinson, Foley (2)
29/04/1978 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 4,337 Dowman
03/05/1978 Rotherham United H 0-0 2,554

Source: 1977-78 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13/08/1977 R1 (L1) Aldershot A 1-1 2,574 Gough
16/08/1977 R1 (L2) Aldershot H 4-1 3,360 Howitt (o.g.), Dowman, Froggatt (2)
31/08/1977 R2 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 6,193 Garwood
07/09/1977 R2 (R) Blackburn Rovers H 4-0 5,843 Gough (2), Allinson, Garwood
26/10/1977 R3 Leeds United A 0-4 17,713

Source: 1977-78 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1977–78 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26/11/1977 R1 Bournemouth H 1-1 4,465 Gough
29/11/1977 R1 (R) Bournemouth A 0-0 3,838
05/12/1977 R1 (2R) Bournemouth N 4-1 2,230 Dowman, Garwood (3)
17/12/1977 R2 Watford A 0-2 11,907

Source: 1977-78 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics[edit]

[3]

No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Three FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
–– GK Wales Mike Walker 55 0 46 0 4 0 5 0
–– DF England Micky Cook 53 1 44 1 4 0 5 0
–– DF England Steve Dowman 52 7 43 5 4 1 5 1
–– DF England Mick Packer 52 2 44 2 3 0 5 0
–– DF England Steve Wignall 38 2 34 2 4 0 0 0
–– DF England Johnny Williams 35 1 27 1 3 0 5 0
–– DF England Steve Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Ian Allinson 54 7 45 6 4 0 5 1
–– MF England Ray Bunkell 28 1 24 1 1 0 3 0
–– MF England Russell Cotton 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Paul Dyer 32 0 30 0 1 0 1 0
–– MF England Tony Evans 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Steve Foley 35 7 32 7 1 0 2 0
–– MF England Steve Leslie 49 3 41 3 4 0 4 0
–– MF England Eddie Rowles 9 3 9 3 0 0 0 0
–– FW England John Froggatt 34 4 25 2 4 0 5 2
–– FW England Colin Garwood 39 13 30 8 4 3 5 2
–– FW England Bobby Gough 51 17 42 13 4 1 5 3

Scorers[edit]

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Most Frequent Starting XI[edit]

This section shows players in a 5-3-2 formation with the most league starts during the season.

References[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. ^ "The U's History: The 70s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1977–78 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1977–78 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2011.