2010–11 Colchester United F.C. season
(From 31 May 2010)
|FA Cup||3rd Round|
|League Cup||2nd Round|
|Football League Trophy||2nd Round|
Ian Henderson (10)
Dave Mooney (14)
|Highest home attendance||6,523 (Southampton)|
|Lowest home attendance||2,892 (Oldham Athletic)|
|Average home league attendance||4,223|
- 1 Season Review
- 2 Squad
- 3 Transfers
- 4 Results
- 5 Squad statistics
- 6 Most Frequent Starting XI
- 7 References
Aidy Boothroyd became the second successive U’s manager to walk away from the club after less than 10 months in charge when he was appointed by Championship side Coventry. Unlike Paul Lambert’s switch to Norwich though this time the move was wholly amicable. Despite having just finished eighth in the League One table – the club’s fourth highest Football League finish in their history – many U’s fans were unhappy with a direct and soulless style of play.
Instead of appointing another marquee name, chairman Robbie Cowling promoted Boothroyd’s experienced assistant John Ward to the hotseat.
Cowling stressed that – having spent big for two seasons in an attempt to bounce quickly back into the Championship – a more prudent, stable and long-term approach would now be required, while Ward insisted that he would try to get the side playing entertaining football.
With key players such as Clive Platt, Kevin Lisbie, David Prutton, David Fox and Danny Batth leaving the club, Ward barely spent a penny when bringing in replacements. Brian Wilson and Lloyd James had both been made free agents, Andy Bond and Ben Coker were plucked from non-league football, while David Mooney was brought in on loan.
When Mooney scored a stunning brace in the 3–0 League Cup win at Hereford three days’ later few would have predicted that the Irishman would go almost the entire campaign without registering an away league goal.
Bond then announced himself on the scene with a stunning outside of the boot opener against newly relegated Sheffield Wednesday, but again the U’s were denied by a late equaliser.
Ward’s first win duly followed thanks to Colchester getting a late goal of their own. Bond had given the U’s the lead at Rochdale and, after the newly promoted side equalised, Ian Henderson shocked the hosts with a winner.
Keeper Mark Cousins had a night to forget at Sunderland in the League Cup as his two glaring errors allowed Darren Bent to score both goals. The U’s more than held their own against the Premier League side though.
The month then finished with Colchester being denied victory by yet another last gasp leveller. This time, Carlisle forced the equaliser their pressure deserved in stoppage-time.
The month started with another impressive away win – Bond on target again as he headed in the only goal of the game after 83 minutes at Walsall. The midfielder, who the previous season had been playing in the Blue Square Premier for Barrow, then sensationally made it four goals in five games with his opener against Plymouth Argyle. In a rapidly recurring theme though the U’s could not hold on to victory and drew 1–1.
Keeper Cousins was the hero at Southampton, making numerous breathtaking saves as Colchester held out for a backs-to-the-wall goalless draw.
Three days’ later the U’s had to make do with a point in an Essex derby against newly promoted Dagenham & Redbridge. Having come from behind to lead 2–1 through Ashley Vincent and Mooney goals, a lead was once again surrendered.
Playing with a fluid 4–3–3 formation, Colchester had started the season providing plenty of the entertainment Ward had promised. That once again proved to be the case at MK Dons when they completely dominated the first half to lead through Okuonghae’s goal only to concede yet another equaliser. It sparked a glass half-empty or half-full debate. On one hand the U’s had made a record 10-game unbeaten start to the campaign, while on the other 12 points had been dropped from winning positions.
With Williams returning to the team in goal, back-to-back home defeats followed. First the U’s lost 2–0 to fierce rivals Wycombe in the Football League Trophy before they were thrashed 3–0 by Huddersfield.
A forgettable goalless draw at Oldham steadied the ship, before two superb wins elevated the U’s up to third in the table by the end of the month.
A switch back to a more traditional 4–4–2 style formation saw substitute Kayode Odejayi score a brace and seal a come-from-behind 2–1 home win over Notts County, before the notable away scalp of Bournemouth (1–2) was taken.
Colchester was the place to be for excitement in November as the U’s edged two five-goal thrillers in the league and a seven-goal thriller in the cup. And having previously been the team that dropped points from winning positions, the U’s suddenly became a side that gained points from losing positions.
There was also a 3–2 victory over Hartlepool; Colchester coming from behind to lead 2–1, conceding an 88th-minute equaliser only for Odejayi to win it at the very death. That proved to be Okuonghae’s last game of the season though as it was decided a serious blood flow problem in his foot needed surgery.
The U’s finally lost their first away league game of the season at Swindon (2–1) amongst those fixtures. Little did they know that it would be the start of a miserable spell of form on their travels.
The month ended on a bit of a deflated note as Brentford won 2–0 in Essex before the crowd voiced their discontent as Colchester laboured to a 1–0 FA Cup win over non-league minnows Swindon Supermarine.
The freezing weather conditions meant the U’s played only once in December – a drab goalless draw at home against Yeovil.
With left-back Marc Tierney and centre-back Paul Reid sold to Championship clubs Norwich and Scunthorpe respectively in the transfer window and right-back Wilson ruled out for eight weeks with an ankle injury, the U’s began 2011 with a completely different back four to the one which started the season.
The New Year started with an action-packed 3–3 home draw against Charlton. Colchester led three times, former U’s man Johnnie Jackson twice equalised and both teams had men dismissed in a dramatic match. That appeared to take its toll as the U’s then conceded four goals in each of their next two games as they left Leyton Orient defeated 4–2 and exited the FA Cup third round with a 4–0 thrashing at Championship club Swansea. Striker Gillespie – having missed much of the campaign through injury – returned with a bang, coming off the bench to score the goals which sealed a 2–1 come-from-behind home win over Bournemouth in front of the TV cameras.
A hard-fought goalless draw at Huddersfield and a valiant 2–0 defeat at league leaders Brighton followed, before a 2–1 come-from-behind home win was secured on a memorable Friday night against Peterborough.
Yet more disruptions in defence as Nathan Clarke was brought in on loan from Huddersfield, Pat Baldwin was ruled out for the season with an ankle injury and Cousins returned in goal following another injury to Williams.
Going into February just two points adrift of the play-offs, U’s fans will forever look back on the refereeing controversy at Charlton as a major turning point in their season. Gillespie had a perfectly good goal disallowed and the U’s went on to lose 1–0.
Barring a rip-roaring 1–1 draw at Peterborough, the U’s away from took a serious nose-dive with defeats at lowly trio Hartlepool (0–1), Notts County (0–2) and Plymouth (1–2).
The continuation of their superb home form kept the Ward’s men in touch with the top six though, with Swindon (2–1) and Walsall (2–0) both beaten in Essex.
A 1–0 win at Bristol Rovers – Odejayi becoming the first U’s striker to score an away league goal in just over a year – briefly restored hope before four straight defeats appeared to finally destroy any lingering promotion ambitions.
Southampton (0–2) and MK Dons (1–3) both won in Essex, while there were more away defeats to lowly opposition in the form of Dagenham & Redbridge (0–1) and Tranmere (0–1) to leave the U’s nearer the relegation zone than the top six.
Colchester refused to give up the ghost though and showed bundles of character to finish the month with back-to-back home wins over Oldham (1–0) and nine-man Exeter (5–1).
The season eventually came to an anti-climactic finish, with strong home form and a continuation of dire away results keeping them in mid-table.
Defeats at Sheffield Wednesday (1–2), Carlisle (1–4) sandwiched a 1–0 home win over Rochdale, before the Easter weekend was made up of respectable 1–1 draws away at Brentford and at home against already-crowned champions Brighton.
The U’s finally found their away-day shooting boots at Yeovil – Mooney eventually getting his first away league goal of the season at the final attempt – but this time their defence let them down as they were defeated 4–2.
A solid home win over already-relegated Bristol Rovers confirmed a 10th-place finish.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|No.||Name||Place of Birth||Date of Birth||Previous Club||Date Joined||Fee||Contract Expiry|
|1||Ben Williams||Manchester||27 August 1982||Carlisle United||10 July 2009||£60,000||May 2012|
|2||Conor Powell||Dublin||26 August 1987||Bohemians||6 January 2011||Free||May 2011*|
|3||Lee Beevers||Doncaster||4 December 1983||Lincoln City||29 June 2009||Free||May 2011*|
|4||Magnus Okuonghae||Croydon||16 February 1986||Dagenham & Redbridge||1 July 2009||£65,000||May 2012|
|5||Pat Baldwin||London||12 November 1982||Chelsea||31 August 2002||Free||May 2012|
|7||Ashley Vincent||Birmingham||26 May 1985||Cheltenham Town||1 July 2009||Free||May 2012|
|8||John-Joe O'Toole||Harrow||30 September 1988||Watford||1 January 2010||£275,000||May 2012|
|10||Kemal Izzet||Whitechapel||29 September 1980||Charlton Athletic||13 April 2001||Free||May 2012|
|11||Simon Hackney||Manchester||5 February 1984||Carlisle United||26 January 2009||£100,000||May 2011*|
|12||Mark Cousins||Chelmsford||9 January 1987||Youth Team||1 July 2004||Free||May 2011|
|14||Andrew Bond||Wigan||16 March 1986||Barrow||18 July 2010||Free||May 2012|
|15||Kayode Odejayi||Ibadan||21 February 1982||Barnsley||1 January 2010||Undisclosed||May 2012|
|16||Ian Henderson||Thetford||24 January 1985||Ankaragücü||6 January 2010||Free||May 2011|
|17||David Perkins||Heysham||21 June 1982||Rochdale||8 July 2008||£150,000||May 2011|
|18||Steven Gillespie||Liverpool||4 June 1985||Cheltenham Town||7 July 2008||£400,000||May 2011|
|20||Brian Wilson||Manchester||9 May 1983||Bristol City||15 July 2010||Free||Unknown|
|21||Medy Elito||Kinshasa||20 March 1990||Youth Team||1 July 2007||Free||May 2011*|
|22||Anthony Wordsworth||Camden||3 January 1989||Youth Team||1 July 2006||Free||May 2013|
|24||Ben Coker||Kettering||1 July 1990||Bury Town||23 July 2010||Free||May 2012|
|25||John White||Colchester||26 July 1986||Youth Team||1 July 2003||Free||May 2011|
|26||Lloyd James||Bristol||16 February 1988||Southampton||22 July 2010||Free||Unknown|
|28||Matt Heath||Leicester||1 November 1981||Leeds United||13 May 2008||Free||May 2012|
|30||Morten Knudsen||Notodden||27 October 1986||Notodden FK||19 January 2010||Free||May 2011*|
|32||Sam Corcoran||Enfield||5 February 1991||Youth Team||1 July 2008||Free||May 2011*|
|33||Jordan Sanderson||London||7 August 1993||Youth Team||11 February 2011||Free||May 2012|
|34||Thomas Bender||Harlow||19 January 1993||Youth Team||1 July 2009||Free||May 2012|
|35||Carl Pentney||Colchester||29 October 1989||Leicester City||6 August 2010||Free||May 2012|
* Player to be released at end of contract
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||Previous Club||League||Transfer Fee||Notes|
|15 July 2010||DF||Brian Wilson||Bristol City||Football League Championship||Free|
|18 July 2010||MF||Andrew Bond||Barrow||Conference National||Free|
|22 July 2010||MF||Lloyd James||Southampton||Football League One||Free|
|23 July 2010||MF||Ben Coker||Bury Town||Isthmian League Premier Division||Free|
|6 August 2010||GK||Carl Pentney||Leicester City||Football League Championship||Free|
|6 January 2011||DF||Conor Powell||Bohemians||League of Ireland Premier Division||Free|
|11 February 2011||MF||Jordan Sanderson||Youth Team||N/A||Free|
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||New Club||League||Transfer Fee||Notes|
|3 June 2010||MF||David Fox||Norwich City||Football League Championship||Undisclosed|
|30 June 2010||FW||Russell Malton||Heybridge Swifts||Isthmian League Division One North||Free|
|5 July 2010||MF||David Prutton||Swindon Town||Football League One||Free|
|26 July 2010||FW||Scott Vernon||Aberdeen||Scottish Premier League||Free|
|29 July 2010||FW||Clive Platt||Coventry City||Football League Championship||Undisclosed|
|1 August 2010||DF||Philip Ifil||Dagenham & Redbridge||Football League One||Free|
|1 August 2010||DF||Matthew Lockwood||Dundee||Scottish First Division||Free|
|1 August 2010||FW||Joël Thomas||Hamilton Academical||Scottish Premier League||Free|
|20 August 2010||DF||Alan Maybury||St Johnstone||Scottish Premier League||Free|
|13 January 2011||DF||Marc Tierney||Norwich City||Football League Championship||£100,000|
|14 January 2011||DF||Paul Reid||Scunthorpe United||Football League Championship||Undisclosed|
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||Parent Club||League||Date Returned||Notes|
|5 August 2010||FW||Dave Mooney||Reading||Football League Championship||7 May 2011|
|14 September 2010||FW||Liam Henderson||Watford||Football League Championship||31 December 2010|
|30 September 2010||DF||Tom Williams||Bristol City||Football League Championship||31 December 2010|
|12 January 2011||MF||Matthías Vilhjálmsson||FH||Úrvalsdeild||3 March 2011|
|27 January 2011||DF||Nathan Clarke||Huddersfield Town||Football League One||7 May 2011|
|17 March 2011||DF||Tommy Smith||Ipswich Town||Football League Championship||7 May 2011|
|Date||Pos.||Player Name||New Club||League||Date Returned||Notes|
|30 September 2010||MF||Ben Coker||Chelmsford City||Conference South||30 November 2010|
|4 November 2010||GK||Carl Pentney||Bath City||Conference National||31 January 2011|
|11 November 2010||MF||Medy Elito||Dagenham & Redbridge||Football League One||5 February 2011|
|31 January 2011||MF||Simon Hackney||Oxford United||Football League Two||18 April 2011|
|25 February 2011||MF||Medy Elito||Cheltenham Town||Football League Two||23 March 2011|
|10 March 2011||GK||Carl Pentney||Chelmsford City||Conference South||8 May 2011|
|10 March 2011||MF||Sam Corcoran||Lowestoft Town||Isthmian League Premier Division||6 April 2011|
League One Results Summary
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
League One Results Round by Round
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
League One Results
|Exeter City||2–2||Colchester United|
|Harley 7' (pen.)
|||Wordsworth 10', 11'|
|Colchester United||1–1||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Bond 50'||||Mellor 83'|
|Dawson 47'||||Bond 38'
I. Henderson 84'
|Colchester United||1–1||Carlisle United|
|Mooney 29'||||Thirlwell 90+3'|
|Colchester United||1–1||Plymouth Argyle|
|Bond 22'||||Johnson 48'
|Colchester United||3–1||Tranmere Rovers|
|Colchester United||2–2||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|MK Dons||1–1||Colchester United|
|Balanta 66'||||Okuonghae 26'|
|Colchester United||0–3||Huddersfield Town|
|Oldham Athletic||0–0||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||2–1||Notts County|
|Odejayi 76', 83'||||Westcarr 8'|
|Fletcher 87'||||T. Williams 16'
I. Henderson 80'
|Colchester United||3–2||Leyton Orient|
Mooney 32' (pen.)
|||Revell 10', 18'|
|Swindon Town||2–1||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||3–2||Hartlepool United|
I. Henderson 90+2' (pen.)
|Colchester United||0–0||Yeovil Town|
|Colchester United||3–3||Charlton Athletic|
|||Jackson 18', 40' (pen.)
|Leyton Orient||4–2||Colchester United|
I. Henderson 81'
|Gillespie 77', 84'||||Fletcher 54'|
|Huddersfield Town||0–0||Colchester United|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2–0||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||2–1||Peterborough United|
|Charlton Athletic||1–0||Colchester United|
|Hartlepool United||1–0||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||2–1||Swindon Town|
|Mooney 7' (pen.)
|Notts County||2–0||Colchester United|
Clarke 37' (o.g.)
Mooney 56' (pen.)
|Peterborough United||1–1||Colchester United|
|Boyd 6'||||I. Henderson 17'|
|Plymouth Argyle||2–1||Colchester United|
Bolasie 74' (pen.)
|||Zubar 41' (o.g.)|
|Bristol Rovers||0–1||Colchester United|
|Mooney 32'||||Oxlade-Chamberlain 30'
|Dagenham & Redbridge||1–0||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||1–3||MK Dons|
|Gillespie 29'||||Baldock 48', 62', 86'|
|Tranmere Rovers||1–0||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||1–0||Oldham Athletic|
|Colchester United||5–1||Exeter City|
|Gillespie 31', 77'
Mooney 73' (pen.)
|Sheffield Wednesday||2–1||Colchester United|
|Mellor 25', 51'||||Gillespie 90'|
|I. Henderson 87'|||
|Carlisle United||4–1||Colchester United|
Curran 26', 61'
|Saunders 74'||||I.Henderson 15'|
|Colchester United||1–1||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|I.Henderson 16'||||Barnes 72'|
|Yeovil Town||4–2||Colchester United|
|Colchester United||2–1||Bristol Rovers|
|I.Henderson 28', 30'||||Richards 72'|
League Cup Results
|Hereford United||0–3||Colchester United|
|||Mooney 40', 44'
I. Henderson 65'
|Bent 19', 37'|||
Football League Trophy Results
|Colchester United||0–2||Wycombe Wanderers|
FA Cup Results
|Colchester United||4–3||Bradford City|
Mooney 20', 64' (pen.)
|||Hanson 8', 79'
|Colchester United||1–0||Swindon Supermarine|
|Swansea City||4–0||Colchester United|
van der Gun 68'
|No.||Nat.||Pos.||Name||Total||League One||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy|
|Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season|
Football League Trophy
End of season awards
|Player of the Year Award||David Perkins|
|Young Player of the Year Award||Ben Coker|
|Player's Player of the Year Award||David Perkins|
|Goal of the Season Award||Andy Bond (vs. Sheffield Wednesday)|
|Community Player of the Year Award||Steven Gillespie|
|CUSA Home Player of the Year Award||David Perkins|
|CUSA Away Player of the Year Award||David Perkins|
Most Frequent Starting XI
This section shows players in a 4–5–1 formation with the most league starts during the season.
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