In 1937, the club formed as Colchester Town and they played lots of matches, but had to wait until 1950 to play their first official League game.  Their promotion to the League came as a result of the excellent FA Cup run of 1948, when, as a non-league side, they beat three League sides (including First Division Huddersfield Town) to get to the 5th Round.  They stayed in the lower reaches of the league for their early years and went the whole of the 1956-57 season in the Division 3 (South) unbeaten at home.  In 1962 the club finished runners-up in Division 4 and have been going up and down between the bottom two divisions ever since.

1971 was the time that they came to modern prominence, thanks to the  Grandad's Army side that shocked the footballing world by claiming their pensions on the Thursday and beating Leeds United 3-2 in the 5th Round of the FA Cup on the Saturday.  Leeds were THE team of the time and it was a great performance by the U's, being 3-1 up at one stage.  The dream died in the next round when they lost 0-5 to Everton, but reaching the quarter finals  is still a record that they share for a Fourth Division team.

A couple of years after that they became the front runners of today's financial revolution by having the first commercially sponsored League match against Crewe Alexandra. The local paper put up money for the pre-match entertainment, but the effectiveness of the display of paper-folding was significantly reduced by a strong September summer breeze.  Perhaps the Isley Brothers would have been a better option.

The club were at the top of the division when they sacked Mike Walker as manager in 1987 and more recently, the club have been through some lean times.  1990 saw them relegated to the Conference, although two years later they won that League and the FA Trophy to complete the non-league "Double".  In 1997, Colchester reached the final of the Auto Windscreen Shield, but lost on penalties to Carlisle United.

They do have fun with their scoring though.  In a game against Torquay United on New Year's Day 1996, they scored after only 15 seconds of the match and with the score at 2-2 nearing the final whistle, Colchester got the winner - 15 seconds from the end.  At Layer Road in the 1999-2000 season against Bristol Rovers, the home side were 4-1 down, but came back to win by the odd goal in 11 with a last minute winner.  Colchester are the only club in the League who have never featured in a 0-0 draw.

The arrival of Geraint Williams as manager in 2006 carried on the good work of Mick Wadsworth and helped the U's to their highest ever league placing in 2006-07.

FAMOUS PLAYERS : - Ray Crawford, Barry Huntley, Dick Palmer, Mike Walker (Dad of Ian), Mickey Cook

FAMOUS FANS : - Steve Lamacq (Radio OneFM DJ)


Club Records

Formed 1937
Turned Professional 1937
Became a Limited Company 1937
Former names -
Previous grounds Layer Road (1937 - 2008)
Nickname "The U's" (formerly "The Oystermen")
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Blue and white striped shirts
Shorts - Blue
Socks - White 

AWAY : Shirts - Grey camo
Shorts - Black shorts with white trim
Socks -  Black socks with white turnover

Record Football League Win 9-1  v  Bradford City  (home)   Division 4    30.12.1961
Record Football League Defeat 0-8   v Leyton Orient  (away)
Div 4            15.10.1989
Record Cup Win 9-1  v  Leamington  FAC R1 (home)  05.11.2005
Record Cup Defeat 0-8  v  Preston North End  FAC R1 (away)  05.11.2005
Record Fee Paid Six figure fee (undisclosed) to Cheltenham Town for Steven GILLESPIE (7 July 2008)
Record Fee Received 2.5 million from Reading for Greg HALFORD (January 2007)
Record Football League Appearances 613  -  Micky COOK  (1969-84)
Record goal-scorer in a season 37 -  Bobby HUNT  Division 4  (1961-62)
Record all-time goalscorer  131 - Martyn KING 
Most goals in a match 4  -  Bobby HUNT  v  Bradford City  Division 4   30.12.1961
4  -  Martyn KING  v  Bradford City  Division 4   30.12.1961
4  -  Bobby HUNT  v  Doncaster Rovers  Division 4   30.4.1962
Record Attendance (all-time) 19,072  v  Reading  FA Cup R1   27.11.1948
Record Match Receipts 26,330  v  Barrow  GM Vauxhall Conference  02.05.1992
Record total of goals in a  League season 104 - Division 4  1961-62
Record  League points total 3 points for a win : - 81 -  Division 4  1982-83

2 points for a win : - 60 -  Division 4  1973-74

Most Capped player while at club Chris COYNE (Australia)  7 caps


Stadium details 

Address :  JobServe Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP

Telephone :  01206 755100
Tickets :   01206 755161
Club Shop : 01206 755135
Commercial Office: 01206 752020;
Conferencing & Events: 01206 752443;
Media Office: 01206 755146/755147;
Academy: 01206 755144
Football In The Community: 01206 755160;
Supporters Liaison Officer:

Capacity : 7,556
Pitch size : 110 yards  x 71 yards

Official website : Colchester United Net
Unofficial website : Colchester United Supporters Association



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