1990–91 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1990–91 season
Chairman Jonathan Crisp[1]
Manager Ian Atkins
Stadium Layer Road
Conference 2nd
FA Cup 2nd round
(eliminated by
Leyton Orient)
FA Trophy Quarter-final
(eliminated by
Witton Albion)
Bob Lord Trophy 3rd round
(eliminated by
Sutton United)[2]
Top goalscorer League:
Mario Walsh (17)

All:
Mario Walsh (18)
Highest home attendance 7,221
v Altrincham, 20 April 1991[3]
Lowest home attendance 1,966
v Northwich Victoria, 1 September 1990[4]
Average home league attendance 3,196[5]
Biggest win 4–0
v Carlisle United, 6 March 1990
Biggest defeat 0–3
v Merthyr Tydfil, 15 December 1990
1–4
v Leyton Orient, 17 December 1990
Home colours

The 1990–91 season was Colchester United's 49th season in their history and their first season outside of the Football League for 40 years following relegation from the Fourth Division the season prior. Now competing in the Conference, the fifth tier of English football and the highest level on non-League football in England, the club also participated in the FA Cup, the FA Trophy and the Bob Lord Trophy.

Ian Atkins took over from Mick Mills as manager for Colchester's first season in the Conference. The club remained fully professional in their bid to return to the Football League at the first attempt. They fell agonisingly short, just two-points shy of champions and promoted Barnet.

Colchester were knocked out by Leyton Orient in the second round of the FA Cup. They reached the quarter-final of the FA Trophy, losing to Witton Albion, while they also suffered defeat to Sutton United in the Bob Lord Trophy.

Season overview[edit]

Ian Atkins was appointed as the manager charged with returning Colchester United to the Football League at the first attempt, like Lincoln City and Darlington had prior to them. Atkins registered as a player, while the club reinstated it's historic navy and white striped kits. To help clear club debts, Layer Road was sold back to the Council for £1.2m with the club leasing it back for a maximum of three seasons.

Colchester started the season with a 100 percent record from their opening six home games, but it took the U's until April to reach top spot in the Conference table. Both Barnet and Kettering Town were Colchester's main title challengers throughout the season.

In the FA Cup, United were dispatched by League opposition Leyton Orient following a 0–0 draw at Layer Road. The O's beat the U's 4–1 at Brisbane Road. Colchester reached the quarter-final of the FA Trophy in their first time playing in the competition, beaten by Witton Albion. In the Bob Lord Trophy, Sutton United saw off Colchester in the third round of the competition.

In the closing weeks of the Conference season, Layer Road attracted a season record 7,221 crowd for the visit of late promotion pushers Altrincham. The U's could only manage a 1–1 draw, and with Barnet improving on Colchester's results until the close of the season pipped United to the Conference title by two points.

Chairman Jonathan Crisp was left fuming: "To come second with a fully professional squad in a part-time league is a bloody disgrace." During the summer he left the club, handing over to new chairman James Bowdidge, while Atkins also left the club to rejoin Birmingham City as player-assistant manager.[6]

Players[edit]

As of match played 4 May 1991.[7]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
Scott Barrett GK England Ilkeston (1963-04-02)2 April 1963 (aged 27) 13 0 England Stoke City Summer 1990 £25,000
Defenders
Ian Atkins CB England Birmingham (1957-01-16)16 January 1957 (aged 33) 0 0 England Birmingham City 1 June 1990 Free transfer
Marcelle Bruce FB United States Detroit (1971-03-15)15 March 1971 (aged 19) 31 1 Apprentice Summer 1989 Free transfer
Shaun Elliott CB England Haltwhistle (1957-01-26)26 January 1957 (aged 33) 0 0 England Blackpool 15 December 1990[a] £7,000
Tony English DF/MF England Luton (1966-10-19)19 October 1966 (aged 23) 260 33 England Coventry City December 1984 Free transfer
Martin Grainger FB England Enfield Town (1972-08-23)23 August 1972 (aged 17) 8 2 Apprentice 16 December 1989[a] Free transfer
Neale Marmon CB England Bournemouth (1961-04-21)21 April 1961 (aged 29) 22 4 Germany Hannover 96 20 January 1990[a] Nominal
Gary Osbourne FB England Wolverhampton (1969-10-22)22 October 1969 (aged 20) 0 0 England Stourbridge March 1991 Undisclosed
Midfielders
Eamonn Collins MF Republic of Ireland Dublin (1965-10-22)22 October 1965 (aged 24) 45 3 England Portsmouth May 1989 Free transfer
Warren Donald MF/FB England Hillingdon (1964-10-07)7 October 1964 (aged 25) 0 0 England Northampton Town 27 August 1990[a] Free transfer
Wayne Hannigan MF Republic of Ireland 0 0 Republic of Ireland Home Farm 26 February 1991[a] Undisclosed
Mark Kinsella MF Republic of Ireland Dublin (1972-08-12)12 August 1972 (aged 17) 9 0 Republic of Ireland Home Farm 26 August 1989[a] Undisclosed
Nicky Smith LM England Berkeley (1969-01-28)28 January 1969 (aged 21) 0 0 England Southend United 18 August 1990[a] Free transfer
Forwards
Gary Bennett WG England Enfield Town (1970-11-13)13 November 1970 (aged 19) 51 7 England Tottenham Hotpsur 21 October 1988[a] Free transfer
Roy McDonough FW England Solihull (1958-10-16)16 October 1958 (aged 31) 111 26 England Southend United 13 October 1990[b] Part exchange
Steve McGavin FW England North Walsham (1969-01-24)24 January 1969 (aged 21) 0 0 England Sudbury Town 1 April 1991[a] £10,000
Steve Restarick FW England Barking (1971-11-28)28 November 1971 (aged 18) 1 0 England West Ham United Early 1988–89 season Free transfer
Mario Walsh FW England Paddington (1966-01-19)19 January 1966 (aged 24) 51 17 England Southend United 1 September 1990[b] £25,000
  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
  2. ^ a b Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game in his second spell for the club

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
Summer 1990 GK England Scott Barrett England Stoke City £25,000 [8]
1 June 1990 CB England Ian Atkins England Birmingham City Free transfer[a] [9]
27 August 1990 MF/FB England Warren Donald England Northampton Town Free transfer [10][b]
1 September 1990 FW England Mario Walsh England Southend United £25,000 [11][c]
3 September 1990 WG England Mark Rees England Walsall Free transfer [12]
18 September 1990 FW Wales Morrys Scott Wales Cardiff City Undisclosed [13][b]
18 September 1990 LM England Nicky Smith England Southend United Free transfer [14][b]
13 October 1990 FW England Roy McDonough England Southend United Part exchange with Morrys Scott [15][c]
December 1990 FW England Laurie Ryan England Cambridge United Free transfer [16][c]
15 December 1990 CB England Shaun Elliott England Blackpool £7,000[d] [17][b]
21 January 1991 MF England Garry Brooke England Brentford Trial [18][b]
26 February 1991 MF Republic of Ireland Wayne Hannigan Republic of Ireland Home Farm Undisclosed [19][b]
March 1991 FB England Gary Osbourne England Stourbridge Undisclosed [20]
1 April 1991 FW England Steve McGavin England Sudbury Town £10,000 [21][b]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £67,000
  1. ^ Joined as player-manager
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club
  3. ^ a b c Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game in his second spell for the club
  4. ^ Fee set at tribunal

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
End of season MF England Robbie Devereux England Sudbury Town Released [22]
Summer 1990 CB England Billy Gilbert England Maidstone United[a] Released [23]
Summer 1990 FW England Trevor Morgan Hong Kong Happy Valley Released [24]
27 August 1990 FW Wales Morrys Scott England Southend United Part exchange with Roy McDonough [13][b]
22 September 1990 WG England Mark Rees Luxembourg Unknown Luxembourg club Released [12][b]
December 1990 FB England Clive Stafford England Bury Town Free transfer [25]
21 January 1991 MF England Garry Brooke England Brentford End of trial [18][b]
31 March 1991 MF England Mark Radford Free agent Released [26]
After March 1991 CB England John Pollard England Bury Town Released [27]
April 1991 MF England Les Taylor England Oxford United Released [28][c]
26 April 1991 CB England Scott Daniels England Exeter City £50,000 [29][b]
4 May 1991 FW England Laurie Ryan England Cambridge City Released [16][b]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £50,000
  1. ^ Following Billy Gilbert's release by Colchester United, he later signed for Maidstone United.
  2. ^ a b c d e Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club
  3. ^ Joined Oxford United as coach

Loans in[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
18 August 1990 MF England Mark Yates England Birmingham City 2 February 1991 [30][a]
September 1990 FW England Laurie Ryan England Cambridge United 29 September 1990 [16][b]
24 November 1990 FW United States Mike Masters United States San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 25 March 1991 [31][a]
30 March 1991 CB England Rudi Hedman England Crystal Palace 4 May 1991 [32][c]
30 March 1991 FW England Dave Leworthy England Reading 30 April 1991 [33][a]
  1. ^ a b c Loan start and end dates refer to the date of the player's first and final games for the club
  2. ^ Loan end date refers to the date of the player's final game in his first spell for the club
  3. ^ Loan start and end dates refer to the date of the player's first and final games in his second spell for the club

Loans out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
Autumn 1990 FW England Steve Restarick England Bury Town Autumn 1990 [34]
October 1990 FB England Clive Stafford England Bury Town October 1990 [25]
March 1991 CB England John Pollard England Fisher Athletic March 1991 [27]
March 1991 FW England Steve Restarick England Fisher Athletic March 1991 [34]

Match details[edit]

Pre-season friendly[edit]

Conference[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Barnet (C, P) 42 26 9 7 103 52 +51 87 Promoted to Fourth Division
2 Colchester United 42 25 10 7 68 35 +33 85
3 Altrincham 42 23 13 6 87 46 +41 82
4 Kettering Town 42 23 11 8 67 45 +22 80
5 Wycombe Wanderers 42 21 11 10 75 46 +29 74

Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.

Notes:

1 The points system: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

FA Trophy[edit]

Bob Lord Trophy[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[7][35]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Conference FA Cup FA Trophy Bob Lord Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Scott Barrett 51 0 42 0 3 0 4 0 2 0
DF England Ian Atkins 49 8 41 7 3 1 4 0 1 0
DF United States Marcelle Bruce 7 0 2+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Shaun Elliott 22 0 14+5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
DF England Tony English 48 7 39+1 7 3 0 3+1 0 1 0
DF England Martin Grainger 8 0 3+2 0 1 0 0+1 0 1 0
DF England Neale Marmon 45 5 36+1 2 3 1 2+1 1 2 1
DF England Gary Osbourne 6 0 5+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Eamonn Collins 42 2 35 2 3 0 4 0 0 0
MF England Warren Donald 46 1 33+5 1 3 0 4 0 1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Wayne Hannigan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella 12 0 6+5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Nicky Smith 41 0 34 0 2 0 4 0 1 0
FW England Gary Bennett 43 12 34+2 9 1+2 0 4 3 0 0
FW England Roy McDonough 29 9 17+7 8 1 0 4 1 0 0
FW England Steve McGavin 8 0 2+6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Steve Restarick 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 2
FW England Mario Walsh 38 18 31+1 17 3 0 3 1 0 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF England Scott Daniels 47 1 40 1 3 0 4 0 0 0
DF England Rudi Hedman 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England John Pollard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Garry Brooke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Mark Radford 6 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0
MF England Les Taylor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Mark Yates 30 6 22+3 6 3 0 0+1 0 1 0
FW England Dave Leworthy 9 4 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW United States Mike Masters 16 2 2+9 1 1 1 0+2 0 2 0
FW England Mark Rees 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Laurie Ryan 17 3 3+10 3 0 0 1+1 0 2 0
FW Wales Morrys Scott 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[35]

Place Nationality Position Name Conference FA Cup FA Trophy Bob Lord Trophy Total
1 England FW Mario Walsh 17 0 1 0 18
2 England WG Gary Bennett 9 0 3 0 12
3 England FW Roy McDonough 8 0 1 0 9
4 England CB Ian Atkins 7 1 0 0 8
5 England DF/MF Tony English 7 0 0 0 7
6 England MF Mark Yates 6 0 0 0 6
7 England CB Neale Marmon 2 1 1 1 5
8 England FW Dave Leworthy 4 0 0 0 4
9 England FW Laurie Ryan 3 0 0 0 3
10 Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins 2 0 0 0 2
United States FW Mike Masters 1 1 0 0 2
England FW Steve Restarick 0 0 0 2 2
13 England CB Scott Daniels 1 0 0 0 1
England MF/FB Warren Donald 1 0 0 0 1
Own goals 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 68 3 6 3 80

Disciplinary record[edit]

[36]

Nationality Position Name Conference FA Cup FA Trophy Bob Lord Trophy Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
England FW Roy McDonough 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
England CB Shaun Elliott 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
England FB Martin Grainger 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
England CB Neale Marmon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
England CB Ian Atkins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Republic of Ireland MF Eamonn Collins 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
England MF/FB Warren Donald 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 6 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 9 3

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[37]

Place Nationality Player Conference FA Cup FA Trophy Bob Lord Trophy Total
1 England Scott Barrett 16 1 3 0 20
TOTALS 16 1 3 0 20

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[38]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
CB England Ian Atkins 18 August 1990 Yeovil Town Huish Park
GK England Scott Barrett 18 August 1990 Yeovil Town Huish Park [39][a]
FW Wales Morrys Scott 18 August 1990 Yeovil Town Huish Park
LM England Nicky Smith 18 August 1990 Yeovil Town Huish Park
MF England Mark Yates 18 August 1990 Yeovil Town Huish Park
MF/FB England Warren Donald 27 August 1990 Fisher Athletic Surrey Docks Stadium
FW England Mario Walsh 1 September 1990 Northwich Victoria Layer Road [40][a]
FW England Laurie Ryan 19 September 1990 Boston United York Street
WG England Mark Rees 22 September 1990 Cheltenham Town Layer Road
FW England Roy McDonough 13 October 1990 Sutton United Layer Road [41][a]
FW United States Mike Masters 24 November 1990 Wycombe Wanderers Layer Road
CB England Shaun Elliott 15 December 1990 Merthyr Tydfil Penydarren Park
FW England Laurie Ryan 15 December 1990 Merthyr Tydfil Penydarren Park [42][a]
MF England Garry Brooke 21 January 1991 Fisher Athletic Surrey Docks Stadium
MF Republic of Ireland Wayne Hannigan 26 February 1991 Sutton United Gander Green Lane
CB England Rudi Hedman 30 March 1991 Yeovil Town Layer Road [43][a]
FW England Dave Leworthy 30 March 1991 Yeovil Town Layer Road
FW England Steve McGavin 1 April 1991 Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium
FB England Gary Osbourne 1 April 1991 Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium
  1. ^ a b c d e 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. 

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 279. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "GM Vauxhall Conference 1990-91". English Non-League Archive. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–1 Altrincham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–0 Northwich Victoria". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 August 2013). "The 1990s and 2000s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Scott Barrett (Goalkeeper)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  9. ^ "Ian Atkins". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "Warren Donald". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  11. ^ "Mario Walsh". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Mark Rees". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Morrys Scott". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  14. ^ "Nicky Smith". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  15. ^ "Roy McDonough". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  16. ^ a b c "Laurie Ryan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  17. ^ "Shaun Elliott". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  18. ^ a b "Garry Brooke". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  19. ^ "Wayne Hannigan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  20. ^ "Gary Osbourne". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  21. ^ "Steve McGavin". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  22. ^ "Robbie Devereux". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  23. ^ "Billy Gilbert". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  24. ^ "Trevor Morgan". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  25. ^ a b "Clive Stafford". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  26. ^ "Mark Radford". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  27. ^ a b "John Pollard". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  28. ^ "Les Taylor". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  29. ^ "Scott Daniels". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  30. ^ "Mark Yates". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  31. ^ "Mike Masters". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  32. ^ "Rudi Hedman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  33. ^ "David Leworthy (Forward)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  34. ^ a b "Steve Restarick". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018. 
  35. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 
  36. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  37. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  38. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  39. ^ "Yeovil Town 2–0 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  40. ^ "Colchester Utd 4–0 Northwich Victoria". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  41. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–0 Sutton United". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  42. ^ "Merthyr Tydfil 3–0 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  43. ^ "Colchester Utd 0–1 Yeovil Town". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2018.