1979–80 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1979–80 season
Chairman Jack Rippingale[1]
Manager Scotland Bobby Roberts
Third Division 5th
FA Cup 3rd Round
League Cup 2nd Round
Top goalscorer League:
Trevor Lee (17)
All:
Trevor Lee (18)
Highest home attendance 6,135 (Southend United)
Lowest home attendance 2,346 (Mansfield Town)
Average home league attendance 3,818
Football kit (white jersey with blue, vertical stripes; blue shorts; and white socks).
Home colours

The 1979–80 season was Colchester United's third consecutive season in the Football League Third Division.

Season Review[edit]

The 1979/80 season had barely begun when United faced yet another top flight club. Beating Watford over two legs in the League Cup, the U's were drawn at home to Aston Villa, rekindling memories of the Quarter Final tie five years previously. A 2-0 defeat in front of just 6,221 meant to many that the tie was over, but remarkably United went to Villa Park and won 2-0 to take the game to extra time and then penalties. So successful were all the takers that it was necessary for the goalkeepers to take their turn. U's stalwart Mike Walker missed his and Colchester bowed out 9-8.

The U's were in fine form in the League from then on going ten games undefeated and positioning themselves level on points with Sheffield United at the top.

Chairman Maurice Cadman announced that Layer Road needed £280,000 (over £1.5m in today's terms) of basic improvements just to meet the then safety legislation. Despite some grants being available the figure was unattainable. The club could not relocate because a series of covenants was placed on the ground when it was purchased from the Council in 1971. One of those was that the club could not sell the land for housing. Plans were drawn up to virtually lose the Open End by moving the pitch to create a 5,000 capacity terrace behind the Layer Road goal whilst building a new main stand on the Popular side of the ground with executive boxes. The capacity would increase to an 'adequate' 18,000.

Tracking the leaders for most of the season, with ten away wins to boot, United succumbed to successive defeats to Blackpool, Blackburn and Reading as February turned into March 1980 and, with injuries to Steve Foley and Bobby Gough, the goalscoring was left to Trevor Lee who returned 18 League and Cup strikes.

Colchester had occupied a top four slot for virtually all of the season but had to be content with fifth place and six points short of the promotion places. It was the closest that the club had come to the dream of Second Division football since the 1956–57 season but the Colchester public had not responded. The average gate of 3,818 was the third lowest in the division ahead of Wimbledon and Chester.[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 Mick Packer
–– England DF Steve Wignall
–– England DF Steve Wright
–– England MF Ian Allinson
–– England MF Russell Cotton
–– England MF Tony Evans
No. Position Player
–– England MF Steve Foley
–– England MF Bobby Hodge
–– England MF Steve Leslie
–– England MF Eddie Rowles
–– England FW Bobby Gough
–– England FW Gary Harvey
–– England FW Trevor Lee

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 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 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 Russell Cotton England Wellington 4 April 1960 England Youth Team 1 August 1977 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 Bobby Hodge England Exeter 30 April 1954 England Exeter City 23 September 1978 £15,000
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
FW England Gary Harvey England Colchester 19 November 1961 England Youth Team 1 August 1979 Free
FW England Trevor Lee England Lewisham 3 July 1954 England Millwall 3 November 1978 £15,000

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club Transfer Fee Notes
1 August 1979 FW England Gary Harvey England Youth Team Free

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. Player Name New Club Transfer Fee Notes
31 August 1979 MF England Ray Bunkell European Union Retired Free
26 December 1979 MF England Paul Dyer England Gravesend & Northfleet Free
12 April 1980 DF England Steve Dowman Wales Wrexham £75,000

Results[edit]

Third Division Results Summary[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Chesterfield 46 23 11 12 71 46 +25 57
5 Colchester United 46 20 12 14 64 56 +8 52
6 Carlisle United 46 18 12 16 66 56 +10 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
18/08/1979 Hull City A 2-0 4,463 Allinson, Hodge
21/08/1979 Sheffield United H 1-0 4,191 Lee
25/08/1979 Rotherham United A 0-3 3,278
31/08/1979 Swindon Town H 2-3 2,794 Gough, Hodge
08/09/1979 Chesterfield A 0-3 4,206
15/09/1979 Sheffield Wednesday H 0-0 3,473
18/09/1979 Mansfield Town H 2-1 2,346 Gough, Lee
22/09/1979 Grimsby Town A 2-1 6,962 Lee (2)
29/09/1979 Barnsley H 0-0 3,376
01/10/1979 Mansfield Town A 1-0 3,500 Lee
05/10/1979 Reading H 1-1 3,330 Rowles
09/10/1979 Sheffield United A 2-1 18,712 Foley, Gough
12/10/1979 Southend United A 1-0 5,944 Walker (o.g.)
19/10/1979 Blackpool H 3-1 4,383 Gough, Lee, Hodge
23/10/1979 Wimbledon H 4-0 4,396 Hodge (pen.), Lee, Gough, Wignall
27/10/1979 Blackburn Rovers A 0-3 6,436
02/11/1979 Hull City H 1-1 4,510 Gough
06/11/1979 Wimbledon A 3-3 2,465 Wignall, Lee, Gough
10/11/1979 Brentford A 0-1 9,060
16/11/1979 Plymouth Argyle H 5-2 3,520 Lee, Packer (2), Hodge, Gough
01/12/1979 Millwall A 2-1 7,563 Lee, Foley
07/12/1979 Carlisle United H 1-1 4,104 Lee
21/12/1979 Exeter City A 1-3 2,648 Wright
26/12/1979 Gillingham H 2-2 5,145 Packer, Allinson
29/12/1979 Rotherham United H 1-1 3,375 Lee
08/01/1980 Chester City H 1-1 3,251 Wignall
12/01/1980 Oxford United A 2-0 3,857 Foley, Lee
18/01/1980 Chesterfield H 0-1 3,763
29/01/1980 Bury A 1-0 3,551 Rowles
02/02/1980 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-3 11,958
08/02/1980 Grimsby Town H 2-1 5,149 Gough, Foley
16/02/1980 Barnsley A 2-1 11,309 Dowman, Rowles
22/02/1980 Southend United H 2-1 6,135 Rowles, Leslie
29/02/1980 Blackpool A 0-1 5,594
08/03/1980 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 4,957
14/03/1980 Reading A 0-2 5,444
22/03/1980 Brentford H 6-1 3,818 Foley (2), Lee (2), Dowman, Rowles
29/03/1980 Plymouth Argyle A 0-2 4,330
02/04/1980 Exeter City H 0-0 2,780
05/04/1980 Gillingham A 2-2 6,561 Lee, Foley
07/04/1980 Bury H 2-1 3,190 Gough, Lee
12/04/1980 Chester City A 1-2 2,282 Foley
19/04/1980 Millwall H 0-0 3,296
22/04/1980 Swindon Town A 3-2 7,985 Rowles, Harvey (2)
26/04/1980 Carlisle United A 0-2 3,702
02/05/1980 Oxford United H 3-0 2,535 Packer, Rowles (2)

Source: 1979-80 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11/08/1979 R1 (L1) Watford H 2-0 4,368 Hodge (pen.), Gough
14/08/1979 R1 (L2) Watford A 1-2 10,051 Allinson
28/08/1979 R2 (L1) Aston Villa H 0-2 6,221
14/08/1979 R2 (L2) Aston Villa A 2-0
8-9 on Pens
19,475 Lee, Gough

Source: 1979-80 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1979–80 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24/11/1979 R1 Plymouth Argyle H 1-1 4,064 Rowles
27/11/1979 R1 (R) Plymouth Argyle A 1-0
(A.E.T.)
6,926 Allinson
15/12/1979 R2 Bournemouth H 1-0 3,693 Rowles
05/01/1980 R3 Reading A 0-2 7,780

Source: 1979-80 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 54 0 46 0 4 0 4 0
–– DF England Micky Cook 50 0 44 0 4 0 2 0
–– DF England Steve Dowman 45 2 37 2 4 0 4 0
–– DF England Mick Packer 49 4 43 4 4 0 2 0
–– DF England Steve Wignall 46 3 40 3 2 0 4 0
–– DF England Steve Wright 33 1 26 1 4 0 3 0
–– MF England Ian Allinson 46 4 38 2 4 1 4 1
–– MF England Ray Bunkell 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Russell Cotton 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Paul Dyer 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Tony Evans 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
–– MF England Bobby Hodge 44 6 37 5 3 0 4 1
–– MF England Steve Foley 50 8 42 8 4 0 4 0
–– MF England Steve Leslie 54 1 46 1 4 0 4 0
–– MF England Eddie Rowles 39 10 34 8 3 2 2 0
–– FW England Bobby Gough 39 12 32 10 3 0 4 2
–– FW England Gary Harvey 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
–– FW England Trevor Lee 51 18 43 17 4 0 4 1

Scorers[edit]

[4]

Most Frequent Starting XI[edit]

This section shows players in a 4-4-2 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 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1979–80 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1979–80 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2011.