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Colchester United are a professional football club located in the town of Colchester in the county of Essex. Having joined the Football League in 1950, the club have never played in the top English division. Colchester United currently play in the fourth tier of English football, League Two.
The history of Colchester United begins in 1937. There had been a previous football team playing in Colchester before this time, with the town’s main club being Colchester Town. Colchester Town in 1935 had joined the Eastern Counties League, but disputes between the fans, who wanted to the club to turn professional, and the club’s officials, who wanted Colchester Town to remain as an amateur side, ultimately led to the formation of a new professional Colchester side, Colchester United.
Colchester United began to play their home games at Layer Road, like Colchester Town. Because of the club’s professional status, Colchester United attracted many players, including those from Colchester Town. This led to Town disbanding in 1937, unable to cope with the rise in popularity both with players and fans of the town’s newest football club.
Colchester United were successful in their first ever season, winning the Southern League Cup. The following season, the club became Southern League champions before the onset of the Second World War halted the competitive football schedule.
When the competitive football calendar resumed, Colchester United continued to perform well in the Southern League. After three successive top four finishes, the club were elected to join the Football League, doing so in 1950. The club had won another Southern League Cup, missing out on the Southern League title on goal average the season before.
Colchester United spent the entire decade of the 1950’s playing firstly in the Third Division South, and then the Third Division after the North and South divisions were reorganised into a Third and Fourth division.
However, the club fell to relegation for the first time in Colchester United history in 1961, though a successful season in the Fourth Division ensured the club bounced back at the first attempt.
Colchester United gained a reputation as a yo yo club, further enhanced over the 1960’s and 1970’s. The club endured and enjoyed a series of relegations and promotions - in the 1964/1965 campaign Colchester United were relegated back to the Fourth Division, though once again the club earned an instant promotion. Two seasons later, Colchester United suffered relegation to the Fourth Division once more, and this time had to wait until 1974 to win back their third tier status.
The club couldn’t keep their third tier place for long, and suffered relegation once again in 1976. The club’s topsy turvy status continued, with another immediate promotion, before Colchester United succumbed to relegation once more in the 1980/1981 season.
Financial struggles hit the club during the 1980’s. This led to further struggles on the pitch for Colchester United, and after finishing bottom of the Fourth Division in the 1989/1990 campaign, the club lost its Football League status, entering the Football Conference.
It didn’t take the club long to regain its place back in the Football League. Colchester United won the Football Conference title in 1992, earning promotion back to the fourth tier of English football.
In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This new league replaced the First Division, and resulted in the remaining Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Colchester United spent the 1992/1993 season as a Division Three club.
Colchester United reached the Division Three playoffs in the 1995/1996 season, but were beaten by Plymouth Argyle in the semi final. A year later, Colchester United won the FA Trophy, beating Carlisle United on penalties at Wembley.
The club followed up their cup success by reaching the playoffs once more. The following season saw Colchester promoted back to the third tier with a 1-0 win against Torquay United in the Division Three playoff final.
Colchester United established themselves as a steady Division Two side. In time for the 2004/2005 Football League season, the Football League divisions were once again rebranded. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. Because of this name change, Colchester United were a League One side from the 2004/2005 campaign.
History was made the following season. After finishing in second place in the League One table, the club were promoted to the second tier of English football for the first time in Colchester United history. However, the club’s time in the Championship was short lived, and after just two seasons the club were relegated back to League One.
Colchester United spent the next eight seasons in League One. However, following three seasons of battling against relegation, the club finally succumbed to the drop in the 2015/2016 campaign. Colchester United started the 2016/2017 season as a League Two side.
The first Colchester United crest was based on the town of Colchester coat of arms. This Colchester United football badge featured the cross of St. Helena, with the crowns of the Three Kings.
A new Colchester United football crest was designed in the 1970’s. This new badge featured an image of a Roman eagle.
The club then sported the embroidered initials CUFC on Colchester United shirts, before the creation of a modified 1972 badge in the 1980’s. This was set in a circular shape, which was then changed to a shield shape in 1994.
The current Colchester United football badge is an updated version of the previous badge, featured a shield coloured in blue with two white stripes, a Roman eagle and the club name printed at the top.
At the start of Colchester United history, the club adopted the same colours of Colchester Town. These Colchester United kit colours featured a blue and white striped shirt, worn with white shorts.
The Colchester United colours have remained similar ever since, though white and blue have alternated between being the Colchester United kit’s primary colour.
Between 1969 and 1973, the Colchester United players wore plain blue shirts and blue shorts, before changing to white shirts the following year.
Blue and white stripes were brought back following this change, and though the blue stripes have changed from light to royal to dark blue, the Colchester United kit remains largely the same.
The 2016/2017 Colchester United kit features blue and white striped shirts, worn with blue shorts and white socks with blue hoops.
The Colchester United stadium is the Colchester Community Stadium. Also known as the Weston Homes Community Stadium for sponsorship purposes, the club moved into this stadium in 2008.
Colchester United had spent their entire history playing at Layer Road, before moving to the newly built stadium owned by Colchester Borough Council. The Colchester United stadium capacity currently stands at 10,105, one of the largest grounds in League Two.
The Colchester United stadium layout features four main stands. The West Stand is the largest stand at the Colchester Community Stadium, the East Stand also contains a section designed for families, the South Stand, where the more vocal Colchester United fans are situated, and the North Stand, which is usually used for away supporters.
The majority of Colchester United supporters hail from the town of Colchester and other parts of Essex. There are a variety of Colchester United supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Colchester United Supporters Association.
The Colchester United supporters enjoy rivalries with a number of clubs. Wycombe Wanderers are considered a huge rival, as well as Ipswich Town and Southend United. Ipswich Town and Norwich City contest the Pride of Anglia award with Colchester United, with the winners being the side who finishes highest in League football.
The club’s biggest rivals are Southend United, against whom Colchester United contest the Essex derby.
The current Colchester United owner is Robbie Cowling. Cowling also holds the position of Colchester United chairman.
Other members of the Colchester United hierarchy include Vice Chairman Richard Cowling, Director Kevin Bull and Life President Peter Heard.
The list of Colchester United stats begin with the club’s all time record appearance maker. This honour belongs to Micky Cook, who made 700 appearances for the club between 1969 and 1984.
No other player has come close to matching Cook’s appearance figures, though three Colchester United players did make over 500 appearances for the club. These are Mike Walker, who made 524 appearances for the club from 1973 to 1983; Tony English, who played in 517 Colchester United matches from 1985 to 1996; and Steve Leslie, who appeared in 503 games from 1971 to 1984.
The club’s all time record goalscorer is Tony Adcock. Adcock scored 149 goals for Colchester United across two spells at the club, firstly from 1981 to 1987 and then from 1995 to 1998.
Only two other players have scored over 100 goals for Colchester United. These are Martyn King, who scored 140 goals from 1956 to 1964, and Bob Curry, who netted 105 goals for the club between 1946 and 1951.
Arthur Pritchard holds the club record for most goals scored in a single season, netting 44 times in the 1938/1939 campaign. Pritchard also jointly holds the record for most hattricks scored for Colchester United. Pritchard, Arthur Turner, Martyn King and Tony Adcock all scored five hattricks in their Colchester United careers.
Chris Iwelumo, Bobby Hunt and Martyn King jointly hold the record for most goals scored in a single game, with the record standing at four.
The club’s record victory is 9-1, a scoreline achieved twice in Colchester United history. The club beat Bradford City by this score in the Fourth Division in 1961, and Leamington in the FA Cup in 2005. The club’s record defeat is 8-0, a scoreline inflicted on Colchester United by Leyton Orient in the Fourth Division in 1988.
Colchester United’s all time record transfer signing is Steven Gillespie. Gillespie cost the club a fee of £400,000 from Cheltenham Town in 2008. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received is £2.5 million, a fee paid by Reading for Greg Halford in 2007.
The current Colchester United players list consists of 29 members of the first team squad, supported by the Colchester United Under 23 squad.
Notable ex Colchester United players include those who were awarded places in various PFA Team of the Year lists. These players are Steve Dowman, Lindsay Smith, Roger Osborne, Tony Adcock, Mark Kinsella, Neil Danns and Greg Halford.
Chris Coyne holds the record for earning the most international caps whilst a Colchester United player. Coyne earned seven caps for Australia whilst playing his club football at Colchester United. Craig Forrest is the most internationally capped player to have played at Colchester United, earning 56 caps for Canada throughout his entire career.
Lomana LuaLua was voted the club’s cult hero by Colchester United supporters, followed by Mark Kinsella and Roy McDonough.
The current Colchester United manager is John McGreal. McGreal took the Colchester United manager job on a permanent basis in 2016, after taking on the role as Colchester United caretaker manager the year before.
The longest serving man in Colchester United manager history is Benny Fenton. Fenton took charge of 427 Colchester United matches between 1955 and 1963.
The Colchester United manager with the highest win percentage is the club’s first ever manager Ted Davis. Davis managed the club between 1937 and 1939, leading the club to victory in 80 of his 128 matches in charge. This gives Ted Davis a win percentage of 62.5%.
The Colchester United honours list consists of one Football Conference title (1991/1992); one Southern Football League title (1938/1939); one FA Trophy (1991/1992); two Southern League Cup wins (1937/1938, 1949/1950); one Watney Cup win (1971/1972); and one Essex Senior Cup win (2009/2010).
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