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1999–2000 Colchester United F.C. season

Colchester United
1999–2000 season
Chairman Peter Heard[1]
Manager Mick Wadsworth
(Until 25 August 1999)
Steve Whitton
(From 25 August 1999)
Second Division 18th
FA Cup 1st Round
League Cup 1st Round
Associate Members Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League:
Steve McGavin (16)
All:
Steve McGavin (16)
Highest home attendance 6,194 (Burnley)
Lowest home attendance 2,557 (Cardiff City)
Average home league attendance 3,782

The 1999–2000 season was Colchester United's second consecutive season in the third tier of English football.

Season Review

All was not well behind the scenes when Managing Director Steven Gage resigned on the eve of the 1999–2000 season. Within two weeks Mick Wadsworth also departed. He lived in Pontefract and declared that Colchester was too far south to drive - then, directly after a League Cup tie at Selhurst Park, he joined Crystal Palace . In reality, he had got rid of fans favourites and brought in a bunch of highly paid mercenaries, blowing the entire playing budget - most were linked to controversial football agent Barry Silkman. When midfielder Brian Launders was sacked for gross misconduct, Silkman took United to Court and this exposed the influence agents had on the game, something Steve Wignall had pre-empted.

As a result United, now led by Chairman Peter Heard, invoked a policy of not dealing with agents ever again. Promoting from within, Heard appointed Steve Whitton as manager in August 1999. One win in eleven including a 5-2 mauling at Cambridge saw United bottom by October. Whitton re-instated Joe Dunne, Tony Lock and Richard Wilkins and re-signed Steve McGavin. A thrilling 5–4 January 2000 win over Bristol Rovers was the highlight of the season and the emergence of the skilful Lomana Lua Lua, with 14 goals, complimented 16 from McGavin.[2]

Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Simon Brown
3 DF Joe Keith
4 DF Gavin Johnson
5 DF David Greene
6 DF Joe Dunne
7 MF Karl Duguid
8 MF David Gregory
9 FW Jamie Moralee
11 MF Jason Dozzell
13 GK Andy Walker
15 FW Lomana LuaLua
18 MF Chris Keeble
No. Position Player
19 FW Tony Lock
20 MF Thomas Pinault
21 DF Craig Farley
23 MF Aaron Skelton
24 DF Ross Johnson
25 FW KK Opara
26 GK Glenn Williamson
27 MF Sam Okafor
29 DF Andy Arnott
30 FW Steve McGavin
31 DF Jack Wignall

Player Info

No. Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Previous Club Date Joined Fee
1 Simon Brown Chelmsford 5 December 1976 Tottenham Hotspur 20 July 1999 Free
3 Joe Keith London 1 October 1978 West Ham United 24 May 1999 Free
4 Gavin Johnson Stowmarket 10 October 1970 Dunfermline Athletic 14 November 1999 Free
5 David Greene Luton 26 October 1973 Luton Town 21 June 1996 £30,000
6 Joe Dunne Dublin 25 May 1973 Dover Athletic 15 December 1999 Free
7 Karl Duguid Hitchin 21 March 1978 Youth Team 16 July 1995 Free
8 David Gregory Polstead 23 January 1970 Peterborough United 7 December 1995 Free
9 Jamie Moralee Wandsworth 2 December 1971 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 May 1999 Free
11 Jason Dozzell Ipswich 9 December 1967 Northampton Town F.C. 15 October 1998 Free
13 Andy Walker Sidcup 9 June 1981 Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
15 Lomana LuaLua Kinshasa 28 December 1980 Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
18 Chris Keeble Colchester 17 September 1978 Ipswich Town 23 March 2000 Free
19 Tony Lock Harlow 3 September 1976 Youth Team 1 August 1994 Free
20 Thomas Pinault Grasse 4 December 1981 AS Cannes 1 July 1999 Free
21 Craig Farley Oxford 17 March 1981 Watford 6 May 1999 Free
23 Aaron Skelton Welwyn Garden City 22 November 1974 Luton Town 3 July 1997 Free
24 Ross Johnson Brighton 2 February 1976 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 February 2000 Free
25 KK Opara Owerri 21 December 1981 Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
26 Glenn Williamson Enfield 22 December 1982 Youth Team 1 August 1999 Free
27 Sam Okafor Nigeria 17 March 1982 Youth Team 1 August 1998 Free
29 Andy Arnott Chatham 18 October 1973 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 November 1999 Free
30 Steve McGavin North Walsham 24 January 1969 Northampton Town 1 October 1999 Free
31 Jack Wignall Colchester 26 September 1981 Youth Team 1 August 1999 Free

Transfers

Transfers In

Date Pos. Player Name Previous Club League Transfer Fee Notes
6 May 1999 DF Craig Farley Watford Premier League Free
11 May 1999 FW Jamie Moralee Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
24 May 1999 DF Joe Keith West Ham United Premier League Free
28 May 1999 MF Sagi Burton Crystal Palace Football League Division One Free
28 May 1999 MF Brian Launders Derby County Premier League Undisclosed
1 July 1999 MF Thomas Pinault AS Cannes Championnat National Free
1 July 1999 FW Steve Germain AS Cannes Championnat National Free
20 July 1999 GK Simon Brown Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Free
1 August 1999 GK Glenn Williamson Youth Team N/A Free
1 August 1999 DF Jack Wignall Youth Team N/A Free
1 October 1999 FW Steve McGavin Northampton Town Football League Division Three Free
1 November 1999 DF Andy Arnott Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
14 November 1999 DF Gavin Johnson Dunfermline Athletic Scottish First Division Free
15 December 1999 DF Joe Dunne Dover Athletic Conference National Free
14 February 2000 DF Ross Johnson Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
23 March 2000 MF Chris Keeble Ipswich Town Football League Division One Free

Transfers Out

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Transfer Fee Notes
4 May 1999 GK Tamer Fernandes Hemel Hempstead Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 DF Scott Stamps Kidderminster Harriers Football League Division Three Free
4 May 1999 MF Simon Betts Scarborough Football Conference Free
4 May 1999 MF Nicky Haydon Kettering Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 MF Dave Rainford Grays Athletic Isthmian League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 FW Paul Abrahams Kettering Town Southern Football League Premier Division Free
4 May 1999 FW Tony Adcock Heybridge Swifts Southern Football League Premier Division Free
31 May 1999 DF Stéphane Pounewatchy Scunthorpe United Football League Division Two Free
22 June 1999 GK Carl Emberson Walsall Football League Division One Free
14 July 1999 FW Mark Sale Rushden & Diamonds Football Conference £30,000
28 July 1999 MF Paul Buckle Exeter City Football League Division Three Free
4 August 1999 DF Joe Dunne Dover Athletic Conference National Free
29 October 1999 MF Brian Launders Crystal Palace Football League Division One Free
6 November 1999 MF Warren Aspinall Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three Free
19 November 1999 MF Sagi Burton Sheffield United Football League Division One Free
15 December 1999 FW Steve Germain Released N/A Free
5 February 2000 FW Neil Gregory Canvey Island Isthmian League Premier Division Free
14 March 2000 MF Steve Forbes Stevenage Borough Conference National Free
23 March 2000 DF Fabrice Richard FC Red Star Saint-Ouen Championnat de France amateur Free
31 March 2000 MF Geraint Williams Retired N/A Free
31 March 2000 MF Richard Wilkins Retired N/A Free

Loans In

Date Pos. Player Name Parent Club League Date Returned Notes
23 September 1999 DF Andy Arnott Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 20 October 1999
14 November 1999 GK John Vaughan Lincoln City Football League Division Three 31 December 1999
26 November 1999 DF Alan White Luton Town Football League Division Two 27 December 1999
30 December 1999 DF Titus Bramble Ipswich Town Football League Division One 30 January 2000
12 January 2000 DF Ross Johnson Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 12 February 2000
23 March 2000 DF Efe Sodje Luton Town Football League Division Two 8 May 2000
23 March 2000 MF Barry Ferguson Coventry City Premier League 8 May 2000

Loans Out

Date Pos. Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
23 September 1999 MF Warren Aspinall Brighton & Hove Albion Football League Division Three 5 November 1999
23 September 1999 FW Neil Gregory Boston Bulldogs US A-League 1 October 1999
1 December 1999 FW Neil Gregory Canvey Island Isthmian League Premier Division 1 February 2000

Results

Division Two Results Summary

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
17 Brentford 46 13 13 20 47 61 -14 52
18 Colchester United 46 14 10 22 59 82 -23 52
19 Cambridge United 46 12 12 22 64 65 -1 48

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Division Two Results

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
07/08/1999 Chesterfield A 0-1 2,930
14/08/1999 Notts County H 0-3 3,986
21/08/1999 Bournemouth A 0-4 4,508
28/08/1999 Reading H 3-2 3,443 Aspinal (2), Duguid
30/08/1999 Bury A 2-5 3,360 Wilkins, LuaLua
11/09/1999 Scunthorpe United H 0-1 3,280
18/09/1999 Burnley A 0-3 10,090
25/09/1999 Millwall A 0-1 7,161
01/10/1999 Wrexham H 2-2 3,315 Duguid, Wilkins
15/10/1999 Cambridge United A 2-5 5,039 Dozzell (2)
19/10/1999 Bristol City A 1-1 7,777 Duguid
23/10/1999 Millwall F.C. H 1-2 3,392 McGavin
26/10/1999 Wigan Athletic H 2-2 2,915 McGavin, Duguid
02/11/1999 Oxford United A 1-1 4,444 McGavin
06/11/1999 Preston North End H 2-2 3,818 Skelton, LuaLua
14/11/1999 Oldham Athletic A 2-1 5,147 LuaLua, Greene (pen.)
19/11/1999 Brentford H 0-3 3,464
23/11/1999 Cardiff City H 0-3 2,557
27/11/1999 Stoke City A 1-1 14,183 Skelton
03/12/1999 Chesterfield H 1-0 3,027 LuaLua
11/12/1999 Bristol Rovers A 1-2 7,023 LuaLua
17/12/1999 Luton Town H 3-0 3,049 McGavin (2), Dozzell
26/12/1999 Gillingham A 1-2 7,338 McGavin
03/01/2000 Blackpool A 1-1 3,462 Duguid
08/01/2000 Bristol Rovers H 5-4 4,482 McGavin (2), Duguid (2), LuaLua
15/01/2000 Notts County A 2-1 4,931 McGavin (2)
18/01/2000 Wycombe Wanderers H 1-0 4,075 LuaLua
22/01/2000 Bournemouth H 3-1 3,767 Moralee, LuaLua (2)
29/01/2000 Reading A 0-2 7,304
05/02/2000 Bury H 1-3 3,915 Duguid
12/02/2000 Wigan Athletic A 1-0 6,022 McGavin
19/02/2000 Stoke City H 1-0 4,364 McGavin
26/02/2000 Burnley H 1-2 6,194 McGavin
04/03/2000 Scunthorpe United A 0-0 4,253
07/03/2000 Preston North End A 3-2 11,323 Keith, LuaLua, Duguid
11/03/2000 Oxford United H 1-2 4,058 Skelton
17/03/2000 Cardiff City A 2-3 5,174 Dozzell, LuaLua
21/03/2000 Oldham Athletic H 0-1 3,282
25/03/2000 Gillingham H 2-1 4,337 McGavin, Lock
01/04/2000 Luton Town A 2-3 5,125 McGavin, Lock
08/04/2000 Blackpool H 1-1 3,351 Duguid
15/04/2000 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-3 4,558
22/04/2000 Cambridge United H 3-1 4,902 Duguid, McGavin, Keeble
24/04/2000 Wrexham A 0-1 2,460
29/04/2000 Bristol City H 3-4 4,013 LuaLua, Skelton (pen.), Duguid
06/05/2000 Brentford A 0-0 5,297

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10/08/1999 R1 (L1) Crystal Palace H 2-2 4,242 Dozzell, LuaLua
24/08/1999 R1 (L2) Crystal Palace A 1-3 5,471 Keith

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
30/10/1999 R1 Swansea City A 1-2 3,622 LuaLua

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

League Trophy

Southern Section

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
07/12/1999 R1 (S) Swansea City A 1-3 1,222 Moralee

Source: 1999-2000 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics

[3]
No. Nat. Pos. Name Total Division Two FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Simon Brown 41 0 38 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
3 DF Joe Keith 49 2 45 1 1 0 2 1 1 0
4 DF Gavin Johnson 27 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF David Greene 32 1 29 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF Joe Dunne 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF Karl Duguid 44 12 41 12 1 0 2 0 0 0
8 MF David Gregory 49 0 45 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
9 FW Jamie Moralee 29 2 27 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
10 DF Efe Sodje 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF Jason Dozzell 43 6 39 5 1 0 2 1 1 0
12 MF Barry Ferguson 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK Andy Walker 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
15 FW Lomana LuaLua 45 14 41 12 1 1 2 1 1 0
18 MF Chris Keeble 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW Tony Lock 26 2 24 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
20 MF Thomas Pinault 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 DF Craig Farley 16 0 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
23 MF Aaron Skelton 35 4 33 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
24 DF Ross Johnson 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW KK Opara 17 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 GK Glenn Williamson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF Sam Okafor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF Andy Arnott 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW Steve McGavin 36 16 34 16 1 0 0 0 1 0
31 DF Jack Wignall 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
2 DF Fabrice Richard 16 0 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
4 DF Sagi Burton 11 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
8 MF Warren Aspinall 9 2 7 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 MF Brian Launders 8 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 DF Titus Bramble 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 FW Steve Germain 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF Geraint Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 MF Steve Forbes 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 MF Richard Wilkins 26 2 24 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
18 FW Neil Gregory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 GK John Vaughan 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF Alan White 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Scorers

[4]

Most Frequent Starting XI

This section shows players in a 4-4-2 formation with the most league starts during the season.

References

  1. ^ Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 279.  
  2. ^ "The U's History: The 00s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "1999–2000 Season Appearance Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "1999–2000 Season Goalscorers Data". coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
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