1994–95 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
1994–95 season
ChairmanGordon Parker[1]
ManagerGeorge Burley
(until 24 December)
Dale Roberts (caretaker)
(24 December until 12 January)
Steve Wignall
(from 12 January)
StadiumLayer Road
Third Division10th
FA Cup3rd round
(eliminated by
Wimbledon)
League Cup1st round
(eliminated by
Brentford)
Football League Trophy1st round (southern section)
Top goalscorerLeague:
Steve Whitton (10)

All:
Steve Whitton (13)
Highest home attendance6,055
v Darlington, 4 March 1995[2]
Lowest home attendance1,486
v Leyton Orient, 27 September 1994[3]
Average home league attendance3,201[4]
Biggest win7–1
v Yeading, 22 November 1994
Biggest defeat0–3
v Doncaster Rovers, 27 August 1994
v Chesterfield, 8 October 1994
v Hereford United, 8 April 1995
1–4
v Bury, 25 February 1995

The 1994–95 season was Colchester United's 53rd season in their history and their third consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football, the Third Division. Alongside competing in the Third Division, the club also participated in the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Football League Trophy.

George Burley was installed as Roy McDonough's replacement following his sacking at the end of last season. Following a poor start to the season, Burley turned around Colchester's fortunes as the U's lost just once in 20 league and cup matches. However, he left the club on 24 December to join local rivals Ipswich Town. Dale Roberts was placed in charge as caretaker manager before former Colchester defender Steve Wignall was appointed. He led the club to a 10th-place finish in the league.

Colchester reached the third round of the FA Cup, where they faced Premier League opposition in Wimbledon. They lost that game 1–0 at Selhurst Park. Meanwhile, the U's were eliminated from the Football League Trophy in the group stages, while Brentford won over two legs in the League Cup.

Season overview[edit]

With chairman Gordon Parker sacking former manager and his own son-in-law Roy McDonough just days after the conclusion of the 1993–94 season, former Ayr United player-manager George Burley was appointed his replacement in July. Burley had a shaky start, with a number of youth team players called up for the first game of the season due to injuries. With coach Dale Roberts his assistant, Burley brought in new players, and following six straight defeats from the beginning of the season, the management team turned results around with just one defeat in 20 league and cup matches.

Unbeknownst to Colchester United supporters for their Boxing Day clash with Northampton Town at Layer Road, Burley had in fact resigned after local rivals Ipswich Town had been refused permission to speak with him regarding their vacant managers position. He left the club in fifth place in the table, but one that soured relations with the Suffolk club. Dale Roberts was appointed caretaker manager. He led the U's out at Selhurst Park to face Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup, the first time that Colchester would face Premier League opposition. The hosts won 1–0, with half of the 6,903 crowd at Selhurst Park Colchester United supporters. Days later, former Colchester defender Steve Wignall was appointed as Burley's replacement.

On 4 March, Colchester allowed free admittance to all attending the clash with Darlington, including away supporters. Colchester won the game 1–0 in front of a bumper 6,055 crowd.

In the latter stages of the campaign, the U's looked well placed to claim a play-off position, but with just two points earned from the last four games of the season, Colchester eventually finished 10th, twelve points adrift of the play-off spots.[5]

Players[edit]

As of match played 6 May 1995.[6]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
John Cheesewright GK England Romford (1973-01-12)12 January 1973 (aged 21) 18 0 England Braintree Town 11 January 1994[a] £10,000
Carl Emberson GK England Epsom (1973-07-13)13 July 1973 (aged 20) 13 0 England Millwall 6 July 1994 £25,000
Defenders
Tim Allpress DF England Hitchin (1971-01-27)27 January 1971 (aged 23) 27 0 Germany Bayer Uerdingen 16 August 1993 Undisclosed
Simon Betts FB England Middlesbrough (1973-03-03)3 March 1973 (aged 21) 63 1 England Scarborough 11 December 1992 Free transfer
Gus Caesar CB England Tottenham (1966-03-05)5 March 1966 (aged 28) 0 0 Scotland Airdrieonians 11 August 1994 Free transfer
Peter Cawley CB England Walton-on-Thames (1965-09-15)15 September 1965 (aged 28) 68 4 England Barnet 30 October 1992[b] Free transfer
Jean Dalli FB England Enfield Town (1976-08-13)13 August 1976 (aged 17) 0 0 Apprentice 13 August 1994[a] Free transfer
Tony English DF/MF England Luton (1966-10-19)19 October 1966 (aged 27) 448 55 England Coventry City 24 December 1984 Free transfer
Paul Gibbs FB England Gorleston (1972-10-26)26 October 1972 (aged 21) 0 0 England Diss Town 6 March 1995 Undisclosed
Ben Lewis CB England Chelmsford (1977-06-22)22 June 1977 (aged 16) 0 0 England Heybridge Swifts 1 August 1994 Free transfer
Tony McCarthy CB Republic of Ireland Dublin (1969-11-09)9 November 1969 (aged 24) 0 0 England Millwall 17 March 1995 Free transfer
Andy Partner CB England Colchester (1974-10-21)21 October 1974 (aged 19) 4 0 Apprentice 16 December 1991[a] Free transfer
Midfielders
Steve Ball MF England Colchester (1969-09-02)2 September 1969 (aged 24) 71 11 England Cambridge United 14 September 1992 Free transfer
Michael Cheetham MF England Netherlands Amsterdam (1967-06-30)30 June 1967 (aged 26) 0 0 England Chestefield 23 March 1995 Free transfer
Tony Cook MF England Hemel Hempstead (1976-09-17)17 September 1976 (aged 17) 3 0 England Queens Park Rangers 11 January 1994[a] Free transfer
Tony Dennis MF England Eton (1963-12-01)1 December 1963 (aged 30) 0 0 England Chesterfield 10 August 1994 Free transfer
Chris Fry MF/WG Wales Cardiff (1969-10-23)23 October 1969 (aged 24) 17 0 England Hereford United 24 October 1993 Nominal
Mark Kinsella MF Republic of Ireland Dublin (1972-08-12)12 August 1972 (aged 21) 159 23 Republic of Ireland Home Farm 18 August 1989 Free transfer
Adam Locke MF/FB England Croydon (1970-08-20)20 August 1970 (aged 23) 5 0 England Southend United 23 September 1994 Free transfer
Trevor Putney MF England Harold Hill (1960-04-09)9 April 1960 (aged 34) 7 0 England Leyton Orient 15 October 1994[b] Free transfer
Forwards
Leighton Allen FW England Brighton (1973-11-22)22 November 1973 (aged 20) 0 0 England Gillingham 31 August 1994 Undisclosed
Tony Lock FW England Harlow (1976-09-03)3 September 1976 (aged 17) 0 0 Apprentice 28 January 1995[a] Free transfer
Robbie Reinelt FW England Loughton (1974-03-11)11 March 1974 (aged 20) 0 0 England Gillingham 22 March 1995 Part exchange
Niall Thompson FW Canada England Birmingham (1974-04-16)16 April 1974 (aged 20) 0 0 England Crystal Palace 22 November 1994[a] Non-contract
Steve Whitton FW England East Ham (1960-12-04)4 December 1960 (aged 33) 8 2 England Ipswich Town 24 March 1994 £10,000
  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
1 June 1994 FB Scotland George Burley Scotland Motherwell Undisclosed [7][8]
6 July 1994 GK England Carl Emberson England Millwall £25,000 [9][10]
1 August 1994 CB England Ben Lewis England Heybridge Swifts Free transfer [11][12]
11 August 1994 CB England Gus Caesar Scotland Airdrieonians Free transfer [13][14]
11 August 1994 FB England Gary Culling England Braintree Town £5,000 [15]
13 August 1994 FB England Jean Dalli Apprentice Free transfer [16][17][a]
16 August 1994 MF England Danny Roberts Apprentice Free transfer [18][a]
18 August 1994 FB England Arron Davis England Torquay United Trial [19]
31 August 1994 FW England Leighton Allen England Gillingham Undisclosed [20][21]
23 September 1994 MF/FB England Adam Locke England Southend United Free transfer [22][23]
15 October 1994 MF England Trevor Putney England Leyton Orient Free transfer [24][25][b]
22 November 1994 FW Canada Niall Thompson England Crystal Palace Non-contract [26][27][a]
28 January 1995 FW England Tony Lock Apprentice Free transfer [28][29][a]
6 March 1995 FB England Paul Gibbs England Diss Town Undisclosed [30][31]
17 March 1995 CB Republic of Ireland Tony McCarthy England Millwall Free transfer [32][33]
22 March 1995 FW England Robbie Reinelt England Gillingham Part exchange with Steve Brown [34][35]
23 March 1995 MF England Michael Cheetham England Chestefield Free transfer [36][37]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £30,000
  1. ^ a b c d Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club
  2. ^ Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game in his second spell for the club

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
End of season GK England David Schultz [38]
Summer 1994 WG England Sean Campbell England Chelmsford City Released [39]
15 May 1994 FW England Roy McDonough England Dagenham & Redbridge Sacked as player-manager [40][41]
31 May 1994 MF England Alan Dickens England Chesham United Released [42][43]
20 August 1994 FB England Gary Culling England Braintree Town Released [15][a]
23 August 1994 MF England Danny Roberts England Grays Athletic Released [18][a]
3 September 1994 FB England Arron Davis England Dorchester Town End of trial [19][a]
24 December 1994 FB Scotland George Burley England Ipswich Town Resigned as manager [7][8]
March 1995 FW England Steve Brown England Gillingham Part exchange with Robbie Reinelt [44]
9 March 1995 FW/WG England Paul Abrahams England Brentford £30,000 [45][46]
  • Total incoming: Increase ~ £30,000
  1. ^ a b c Date of departure refers to the date of the player's final game for the club

Loans in[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
August 1994 MF England Trevor Putney England Leyton Orient 24 September 1994 [24][25][a]
27 December 1994 CB England Paul Stoneman England Blackpool 28 January 1995 [47][48][b]
16 February 1995 FW England Carl Asaba England Brentford 31 May 1995 [49][50]
9 March 1995 WG England Martin Williams England Luton Town 25 March 1995 [51][52][a]
  1. ^ a b Loan end date refers to the date of the player's final game for the club
  2. ^ Loan start and end dates refer to the date of the player's first and final games for the club

Match details[edit]

Third Division[edit]

Third Division results round by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
GroundHAHAAHHAAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAAAHAHHAHAHAHHA
ResultLLLLWWWDWWLDWWDDWDWLWDLDLWDWLLWLWLLLWWDLLD
Position1920212220181312129911967777577789119867107988911108891010
Source: 11v11.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Promotion, qualification or relegation
8 Fulham 42 16 14 12 60 54 +6 62
9 Doncaster Rovers 42 17 10 15 58 43 +15 61
10 Colchester United 42 16 10 16 56 64 -8 58
11 Lincoln City 42 15 11 16 54 70 -19 45
12 Barnet 42 15 11 16 56 63 -7 56

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]

League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L F A GD
Leyton Orient (Q) 3 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2
Fulham (Q) 3 2 1 0 1 5 7 -2
Colchester United 3 2 1 0 1 3 3 0

(Q) Qualified for next round

FA Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[6][53]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Third Division FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England John Cheesewright 29 0 23 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
GK England Carl Emberson 22 0 19+1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Tim Allpress 13 0 3+8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
DF England Simon Betts 41 2 34+1 2 4 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Gus Caesar 47 1 39 1 4 0 2 0 2 0
DF England Peter Cawley 29 2 23 2 4 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Jean Dalli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Tony English 41 3 33 2 4 1 2 0 2 0
DF England Paul Gibbs 9 0 8+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Republic of Ireland Tony McCarthy 10 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Andy Partner 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England Michael Cheetham 9 1 8+1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England Tony Dennis 41 2 32+1 2 1+3 0 2 0 2 0
MF Wales Chris Fry 37 8 24+9 8 1+1 0 1 0 0+1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella 50 9 42 6 4 2 2 0 2 1
MF England Adam Locke 28 1 20+2 1 4 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Trevor Putney 30 2 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Leighton Allen 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Tony Lock 3 1 0+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Robbie Reinelt 5 0 2+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Canada Niall Thompson 14 5 5+8 5 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Steve Whitton 44 13 36 10 4 3 2 0 2 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
DF Scotland George Burley 9 0 5+2 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
DF England Gary Culling 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Arron Davis 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DF England Paul Stoneman 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England Danny Roberts 2 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0
FW England Paul Abrahams 36 7 20+8 2 4 3 2 0 2 2
FW England Carl Asaba 12 2 9+3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Steve Brown 36 8 26+2 6 4 2 2 0 2 0
FW England Martin Williams 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

[53]

Place Nationality Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Total
1 England FW Steve Whitton 10 3 0 0 13
2 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella 6 2 0 1 9
3 England FW Steve Brown 6 2 0 0 8
Wales MF/WG Chris Fry 8 0 0 0 8
5 England FW/WG Paul Abrahams 2 3 0 2 7
6 Canada FW Niall Thompson 5 0 0 0 5
7 England DF/MF Tony English 2 1 0 0 3
8 England FW Carl Asaba 2 0 0 0 2
England FB Simon Betts 2 0 0 0 2
England CB Peter Cawley 2 0 0 0 2
England MF Tony Dennis 2 0 0 0 2
England MF Trevor Putney 2 0 0 0 2
13 England CB Gus Caesar 1 0 0 0 1
England MF Michael Cheetham 1 0 0 0 1
England FW Tony Lock 1 0 0 0 1
England MF/FB Adam Locke 1 0 0 0 1
Republic of Ireland CB Tony McCarthy 1 0 0 0 1
England CB Paul Stoneman 1 0 0 0 1
Own goals 1 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 56 11 0 3 70

Disciplinary record[edit]

[54]

Nationality Position Name Third Division FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
England DF/MF Tony English 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
England MF/FB Adam Locke 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
England MF Trevor Putney 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

Clean sheets[edit]

Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet.[55]

Place Nationality Player Third Division FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Total
1 England John Cheesewright 5 0 0 1 6
2 England Carl Emberson 3 0 0 0 3
TOTALS 8 0 0 1 9

Player debuts[edit]

Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match.[56]

Position Nationality Player Date Opponent Ground Notes
CB England Gus Caesar 13 August 1994 Torquay United Layer Road
FB England Gary Culling 13 August 1994 Torquay United Layer Road
FB England Jean Dalli 13 August 1994 Torquay United Layer Road
MF England Tony Dennis 13 August 1994 Torquay United Layer Road
MF England Danny Roberts 16 August 1994 Brentford Layer Road
FB England Arron Davis 20 August 1994 Mansfield Town Field Mill
FB Scotland George Burley 23 August 1994 Brentford Griffin Park
GK England Carl Emberson 23 August 1994 Brentford Griffin Park [57][a]
MF England Trevor Putney 27 August 1994 Doncaster Rovers Layer Road
FW England Leighton Allen 10 September 1994 Hartlepool United Layer Road
MF/FB England Adam Locke 24 September 1994 Darlington Feethams [58][a]
MF England Trevor Putney 15 October 1994 Carlisle United Brunton Park [59][a]
FW Canada Niall Thompson 22 November 1994 Yeading Layer Road
CB England Paul Stoneman 27 December 1994 Fulham Craven Cottage
FW England Tony Lock 28 January 1995 Wigan Athletic Layer Road
FW England Carl Asaba 18 February 1995 Barnet Underhill Stadium
FB England Paul Gibbs 11 March 1995 Hartlepool United Victoria Park
WG England Martin Williams 11 March 1995 Hartlepool United Victoria Park
CB Republic of Ireland Tony McCarthy 18 March 1995 Exeter City Layer Road
MF England Michael Cheetham 18 March 1995 Scarborough Layer Road
FW England Robbie Reinelt 11 April 1995 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
  1. ^ a b c 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.

Websites

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. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–0 Darlington". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Colchester Utd 1–0 Leyton Orient". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Average Attendance Figures Per Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ Hudson, Matt (11 August 2013). "The 1990s and 2000s". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "George Burley". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b George Burley at Soccerbase
  9. ^ "Carl Emberson (Goalkeeper)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  10. ^ Carl Emberson at Soccerbase
  11. ^ "Ben Lewis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  12. ^ Ben Lewis at Soccerbase
  13. ^ "Gus Caesar". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  14. ^ Gus Caesar at Soccerbase
  15. ^ a b "Gary Culling (Defender)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Jean Dalli". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  17. ^ Jean Dalli at Soccerbase
  18. ^ a b "Danny Roberts". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Arron Davis". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Leighton Allen". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ Leighton Allen at Soccerbase
  22. ^ "Adam Locke". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  23. ^ Adam Locke at Soccerbase
  24. ^ a b "Trevor Putney". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  25. ^ a b Trevor Putney at Soccerbase
  26. ^ "Niall Thompson". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  27. ^ Niall Thompson at Soccerbase
  28. ^ "Tony Lock". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  29. ^ Tony Lock at Soccerbase
  30. ^ "Paul Gibbs". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  31. ^ Paul Gibbs at Soccerbase
  32. ^ "Tony McCarthy". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  33. ^ Tony McCarthy at Soccerbase
  34. ^ "Robbie Reinelt". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  35. ^ Robbie Reinelt at Soccerbase
  36. ^ "Michael Cheetham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  37. ^ Michael Cheetham at Soccerbase
  38. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3.
  39. ^ "Sean Campbell". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  40. ^ "Roy McDonough (Forward)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  41. ^ Roy McDonough at Soccerbase
  42. ^ "Alan Dickens". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  43. ^ Alan Dickens at Soccerbase
  44. ^ "Steve Brown". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  45. ^ "Paul Abrahams". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  46. ^ Paul Abrahams at Soccerbase
  47. ^ "Paul Stoneman". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  48. ^ Paul Stoneman at Soccerbase
  49. ^ "Carl Asaba". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  50. ^ Carl Asaba at Soccerbase
  51. ^ "Martin Williams". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  52. ^ Martin Williams at Soccerbase
  53. ^ a b "Goals". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  54. ^ "Discipline". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  55. ^ "Clean sheets (1st team)". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  56. ^ "Alltime- List of Debuts". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  57. ^ "Brentford 2–0 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  58. ^ "Darlington 2–3 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  59. ^ "Carlisle United 0–0 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2018.