2007–08 Colchester United F.C. season

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Colchester United
2007–08 season
Owner Robbie Cowling
ChairmanRobbie Cowling [1]
Manager Geraint Williams
Stadium Layer Road
Championship 24th (relegated)
FA Cup 3rd round
(eliminated by
Peterborough United)
League Cup 1st round
(eliminated by
Shrewsbury Town)
Top goalscorerLeague:
Kevin Lisbie (17)

All:
Kevin Lisbie (17)
Highest home attendance6,300
v Stoke City, 26 April 2008 [2]
Lowest home attendance4,003
v Peterborough United, 5 January 2008 [3]
Average home league attendance5,446 [4]
Biggest win3–0
v Preston North End, 25 August 2007
Biggest defeat1–5
v Norwich City, 22 March 2008
v Coventry City, 19 April 2008
  2006–07
2008–09  

The 2007–08 season was Colchester United's 66th season in their history and their second successive season in the second tier of English football, the Championship. Alongside competing in the Championship, the club also participated in the FA Cup and League Cup.

Contents

Colchester struggled during their second season in the Championship, suffering long spells without wins. The early stages of the season were promising, with the U's featuring in mid-table, but a drop in form leading into December saw them enter the relegation zone from which they would never emerge. They earned just seven wins and were relegated in 24th and last place. They never recovered from selling their midfield and defensive assets, despite owner and now chairman Robbie Cowling freeing up funds for manager Geraint Williams in January.

It was a farewell season to the club's aging Layer Road ground as they were to move to the purpose-built Colchester Community Stadium in the summer of 2008.

The U's suffered an early exit from the cup competitions to League Two opposition. Shrewsbury Town knocked Colchester out of the League Cup while Peterborough United beat them 3–1 at Layer Road in the FA Cup.

Season overview

Ahead of Colchester's largely unexpected second season in the Championship, their star performers Wayne Brown, Jamie Cureton, Richard Garcia, and Chris Iwelumo all left the club citing a "lack of ambition" as their reason for wanting to leave. Cureton left for Norwich City for £750,000, prompting manager Geraint Williams to break the club's record transfer fee twice on the same day by signing Mark Yeates from Tottenham Hotspur and then spending £300,000 on Milton Keynes Dons' forward Clive Platt. The following day, England legend Teddy Sheringham also signed for the club.

Over the summer, Robbie Cowling took over as chairman from Peter Heard, who stepped down after 16 years to become Life President. Cowling instigated a major change at the club by reverting Heard's previous attitude towards not using agents, admitting that if Colchester were to compete then they would have to use agents.

Once a fortress in their first season in the Championship, Layer Road faced its final season hosting Colchester United. Unfortunately, Colchester could muster only four home wins across the season, with their final Layer Road win a 2–0 victory over neighbours Ipswich Town. One of the reasons for the U's struggling was the lack of replacement for Wayne Brown in the centre of defence. While they kept up a good scoring record through Platt and fellow new signing Kevin Lisbie, the defence leaked goals, conceding 86 in the league. Despite early season promise with the U's hovering around mid-table, by Christmas it was apparent they were in a relegation battle.

In the January transfer window, Cowling made funds available to Geraint Williams. He brought in Chris Coyne from Luton Town for another club record fee of £350,000, while Dean Hammond and Philip Ifil were also brought in for six-figure fees. There was a brief turnaround in form in January and early February, but a ten game run without a win including five consecutive defeats left the writing on the wall for the U's.

Colchester could have been relegated from the Championship on 5 April, but the 2–0 win over rivals Ipswich ensured that the U's neighbours would not be the team relegating them. However, the inevitable occurred four days later when, without playing, relegation was confirmed when results went against them. In addition to conceding 86 goals, they kept a clean sheet on just two occasions all season.

On 26 April, Layer Road hosted its final competitive game, just over 70 years since its first. With the move to the Colchester Community Stadium looming in the summer, Colchester played their final home game against Premier League-bound Stoke City, who were 1–0 victors on the day. In spite of the relegation and lowly league position, it was still Colchester's second-best-ever league performance. [5]

Players

As of match played 4 May 2008. [6] [7] [8]
No.NamePositionNationalityPlace of birthDate of birthAppsGoalsSigned fromDate signedFee
Goalkeepers
1 Dean Gerken GK Flag of England.svg Southend-on-Sea 22 May 1985 (aged 22)600 Youth team 1 August 2002Free transfer
13 Aidan Davison GK Ulster Banner.svg Flag of England.svg Sedgefield 11 May 1968 (aged 39)1030 Flag of England.svg Grimsby Town 5 July 2004Free transfer
23 Mark Cousins GK Flag of England.svg Chelmsford 9 January 1987 (aged 20)00 Youth team 1 August 2004Free transfer
31 Ademola Bankole GK Flag of Nigeria.svg Lagos 9 September 1969 (aged 37)00 Flag of England.svg Milton Keyes Dons 29 February 2008Undisclosed
Defenders
2 Danny Granville FB Flag of England.svg Islington 19 January 1975 (aged 32)00 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace 9 July 2007Free transfer
3 John White FB Flag of England.svg Colchester 26 July 1986 (aged 20)820 Youth team 1 July 2003Free transfer
5 Chris Coyne CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane 20 December 1978 (aged 28)00 Flag of England.svg Luton Town 10 January 2008£350,000
12 Pat Baldwin CB Flag of England.svg City of London 12 November 1982 (aged 24)1491 Flag of England.svg Chelsea 16 August 2002Free transfer
18 Philip Ifil RB Flag of England.svg Willesden 18 January 1986 (aged 21)00 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 10 January 2008Undisclosed
25James Hammond DF Flag of England.svg Newham 11 November 1989 (aged 17)00 Youth team 1 July 2007Free transfer
28Tom Devaux DF Flag of England.svg 00 Youth team 1 July 2007Free transfer
Midfielders
4 Johnnie Jackson MF Flag of England.svg Camden Town 15 August 1982 (aged 24)412 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 20 June 2006Free transfer
6 Kevin Watson MF Flag of England.svg Hackney 3 January 1974 (aged 33)1474 Flag of England.svg Reading 5 July 2004Free transfer
7 Karl Duguid MF Flag of England.svg Letchworth 21 March 1978 (aged 29)39845 Youth team 9 December 1995 [lower-alpha 1] Free transfer
10 Kemal Izzet MF Flag of England.svg Whitechapel 29 September 1980 (aged 26)24719 Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic 13 April 2001Free transfer
17 Luke Guttridge MF Flag of England.svg Barnstaple 27 March 1982 (aged 25)00 Flag of England.svg Leyton Orient 5 July 2007Free transfer
22 Dean Hammond MF Flag of England.svg Hastings 7 March 1983 (aged 24)00 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion 31 January 2008£250,000
27 Anthony Wordsworth MF Flag of England.svg Camden Town 3 January 1989 (aged 18)00 Youth team 1 July 2006Free transfer
Forwards
8 Teddy Sheringham FW Flag of England.svg Highams Park 2 April 1966 (aged 41)00 Flag of England.svg West Ham United 4 July 2007Free transfer
9 Clive Platt FW Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton 27 October 1977 (aged 29)00 Flag of England.svg Milton Keynes Dons 3 July 2007£300,000
11 Mark Yeates WG Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin 11 January 1985 (aged 22)526 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 3 July 2007Undisclosed
14 Kevin McLeod WG Flag of England.svg Liverpool 12 September 1980 (aged 26)253 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Swansea City 30 August 2008Free transfer
15 Jamie Guy FW Flag of England.svg Barking 1 August 1987 (aged 19)423 Youth team 1 July 2004Free transfer
20 Kevin Lisbie FW Flag of Jamaica.svg Flag of England.svg Hackney 17 October 1978 (aged 28)00 Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic 3 August 2007Free transfer
24 Scott Vernon FW Flag of England.svg Manchester 13 December 1983 (aged 23)71 Flag of England.svg Blackpool 31 January 2008Undisclosed
26Fabian Quintyn FW Flag of England.svg London 16 November 1989 (aged 17)00 Youth team 1 July 2007Free transfer
29 Tom Webb FW Flag of England.svg Chelmsford 17 April 1989 (aged 18)00 Youth team 4 July 2007Free transfer
30 Medy Elito WG Flag of England.svg Flag of Zaire (1971-1997).svg Kinshasa 20 March 1990 (aged 17)00 Youth team 1 July 2007Free transfer
  1. Date of signing refers to the date of the player's first game for the club

Transfers

In

DatePositionNationalityNameFromFeeRef.
1 July 2007FW Flag of England.svg Tom Devaux Youth team Free transfer [9]
1 July 2007DF Flag of England.svg James HammondYouth teamFree transfer [10] [11]
1 July 2007FW Flag of England.svg Fabian QuintynYouth teamFree transfer [12]
3 July 2007WG Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Yeates Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed [13] [14]
3 July 2007FW Flag of England.svg Clive Platt Flag of England.svg Milton Keynes Dons £300,000 [15] [16]
4 July 2007FW Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Flag of England.svg West Ham United Free transfer [17] [18]
4 July 2007FW Flag of England.svg Tom Webb Youth teamFree transfer [19] [20] [21]
5 July 2007MF Flag of England.svg Luke Guttridge Flag of England.svg Leyton Orient Free transfer [22] [23]
9 July 2007WG Flag of England.svg Medy Elito Youth teamFree transfer [24] [25]
9 July 2007FB Flag of England.svg Danny Granville Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace Free transfer [26] [27]
3 August 2008FW Flag of Jamaica.svg Kevin Lisbie Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic Free transfer [28] [29]
10 January 2008CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Coyne Flag of England.svg Luton Town £350,000 [30] [31]
10 January 2008RB Flag of England.svg Philip Ifil Flag of England.svg Tottenham HotspurUndisclosed [32] [33]
31 January 2008MF Flag of England.svg Dean Hammond Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion £250,000 [34] [35]
31 January 2008FW Flag of England.svg Scott Vernon Flag of England.svg Blackpool Undisclosed [36] [37]
29 February 2008FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Ademola Bankole Flag of England.svg Milton Keynes DonsUndisclosed [38] [39]

    Out

    DatePositionNationalityNameToFeeRef.
    21 May 2007FW Flag of Scotland.svg Chris Iwelumo Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic Free transfer [40] [41]
    31 May 2007MF Flag of England.svg Robbie King Flag of England.svg Heybridge Swifts Released [42] [43]
    29 June 2007FW Flag of England.svg Jamie Cureton Flag of England.svg Norwich City £750,000 [44] [45]
    30 June 2007FW Flag of England.svg Craig Hughes Flag of England.svg Heybridge SwiftsUndisclosed [46] [47]
    30 June 2007FW Flag of Scotland.svg Marino Keith Flag of Scotland.svg Peterhead Free transfer [48] [49]
    30 June 2007DF Flag of England.svg Matthew Paine Flag of England.svg Thurrock Undisclosed [50] [51]
    30 June 2007FB Flag of England.svg Lawrie Wilson Flag of England.svg Stevenage Borough Released [52] [53]
    2 July 2007MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg Richard Garcia Flag of England.svg Hull City Free transfer [54] [55]
    13 July 2007CB Flag of England.svg Wayne Brown Flag of England.svg Hull City£450,000 [56] [57]
    4 August 2007CB Flag of England.svg Garry Richards Flag of England.svg Southend United £50,000 [58] [59]
    30 January 2008FB/CB Flag of Cameroon.svg George Elokobi Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers £500,000 [60] [61]

      Loans in

      DatePositionNationalityNameFromEnd dateRef.
      20 July 2007CB Flag of England.svg Matthew Connolly Flag of England.svg Arsenal 16 December 2007 [62] [63]
      2 August 2007DF Flag of Hungary.svg Béla Balogh Flag of Hungary.svg MTK Budapest 31 May 2007 [64] [65]
      15 August 2007DF/FW Flag of Scotland.svg Adam Virgo Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 27 April 2008 [66] [67]
      29 February 2008FW Flag of England.svg Izale McLeod Flag of England.svg Charlton Athetic 31 March 2008 [68] [69]
      14 March 2008CB Flag of England.svg Matt Heath Flag of England.svg Leeds United 12 May 2008 [70] [71]

        Loans out

        DatePositionNationalityNameToEnd dateRef.
        22 November 2007FB Flag of England.svg John White Flag of England.svg Stevenage Borough 30 December 2007 [72] [73]
        28 February 2008FW Flag of England.svg Tom Webb Flag of England.svg Folkestone Invicta 28 March 2008 [19] [20] [21]

          Match details

          Championship

          League table

          PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
          20 Southampton 4613151856721654
          21 Coventry City 4614112152641253
          22 Leicester City (R)461216184245352Relegation to Football League One
          23 Scunthorpe United (R)4611132246692346
          24 Colchester United (R)467172262862438
          Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2008. Source: The Football League
          Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
          (R) Relegated

          Results round by round

          Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
          GroundAHAHHAAHHAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAAHAHAHHAAHHHAAHAHHA
          ResultDDWLDDDLWLWLLDDDLLWLLDLDLWDLDDWDLLLLLDLLLWDLLD
          Position1013513161414181217121516161718182019192222242424232424242423222324242424242424242424242424
          Source: Statto.com (archived)
          A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

          Matches

          11 August 2007 (2007-08-11)1 Sheffield United 2–2 Colchester United Sheffield
          15:00 BST Beattie Soccerball shade.svg 68'
          Tonge Soccerball shade.svg 82'
          Report K. McLeod Soccerball shade.svg 68'
          Platt Soccerball shade.svg 89'
          Stadium: Bramall Lane
          Attendance: 26,202
          Referee: Mike Jones
          18 August 2007 (2007-08-18)2 Colchester United 2–2 Barnsley Colchester
          Sheringham Soccerball shade.svg 45'
          Connolly Soccerball shade.svg 48'
          Gerken Red card.svg 26'
          Report Howard Soccerball shade.svg 28' (pen.), 85' (pen.)
          Reid Red card.svg 51'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,450
          Referee: Andy Hall
          25 August 2007 (2007-08-25)3 Preston North End 0–3 Colchester United Preston
          Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 41'
          Sheringham Soccerball shade.svg 61' (pen.)
          Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 72'
          Stadium: Deepdale
          Attendance: 11,582
          Referee: Steve Tanner
          1 September 2007 (2007-09-01)4 Colchester United 2–3 Burnley Colchester
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 45'
          Virgo Soccerball shade.svg 88'
          Report Mahon Soccerball shade.svg 15'
          Gray Soccerball shade.svg 29', 63' (pen.)
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,925
          Referee: Phil Joslin
          15 September 2007 (2007-09-15)5 Colchester United 2–2 Charlton Athletic Colchester
          Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 32'
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 38'
          Connolly Red card.svg 55'
          Report Todorov Soccerball shade.svg 45'
          Zhi Soccerball shade.svg 73'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,860
          Referee: Mick Russell
          19 September 2007 (2007-09-19)6 Southampton 1–1 Colchester United Southampton
          Wright-Phillips Soccerball shade.svg 52' Report Skácel Soccerball shade.svg 58' (o.g.)Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
          Attendance: 18,773
          Referee: Andy D'Urso
          22 September 2007 (2007-09-22)7 Blackpool 2–2 Colchester United Blackpool
          Morrell Soccerball shade.svg 54'
          Barker Soccerball shade.svg 84'
          Report Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 63', 86'Stadium: Bloomfield Road
          Attendance: 7,959
          Referee: Scott Mathieson
          29 September 2007 (2007-09-29)8 Colchester United 0–1 Scunthorpe United Colchester
          Report Hayes Soccerball shade.svg 41'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,218
          Referee: Andy Woolmer
          3 October 2007 (2007-10-03)9 Colchester United 4–2 Queens Park Rangers Colchester
          Leigertwood Soccerball shade.svg 19' (o.g.)
          Izzet Soccerball shade.svg 30'
          Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 38'
          Platt Soccerball shade.svg 63'
          Report Ephraim Soccerball shade.svg 29'
          Vine Soccerball shade.svg 58'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,361
          Referee: Jonathan Moss
          6 October 2007 (2007-10-06)10 Stoke City 2–1 Colchester United Stoke-on-Trent
          Shawcross Soccerball shade.svg 8'
          Lawrence Soccerball shade.svg 73'
          Report Platt Soccerball shade.svg 58'Stadium: Britannia Stadium
          Attendance: 12,395
          Referee: Clive Penton
          20 October 2007 (2007-10-20)11 Colchester United 3–2 West Bromwich Albion Colchester
          Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 8', 68' (pen.)
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 19'
          Report Phillips Soccerball shade.svg 6'
          Miller Soccerball shade.svg 39'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,798
          Referee: Kevin Friend
          23 October 2007 (2007-10-23)12 Ipswich Town 3–1 Colchester United Ipswich
          19:45 BST Walters Soccerball shade.svg 71'
          Trotter Soccerball shade.svg 81'
          Haynes Soccerball shade.svg 84'
          Report Platt Soccerball shade.svg 31'Stadium: Portman Road
          Attendance: 25,727
          Referee: Keith Stroud
          27 October 2007 (2007-10-27)13 Coventry City 1–0 Colchester United Coventry
          Mifsud Soccerball shade.svg 81' Report Sheringham Red card.svg 90'Stadium: Ricoh Arena
          Attendance: 23,431
          Referee: R Lee
          3 November 2007 (2007-11-03)14 Colchester United 1–1 Leicester City Colchester
          Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 45' Report John Soccerball shade.svg 7'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,661
          Referee: Andy Penn
          6 November 2007 (2007-11-06)15 Colchester United 1–1 Plymouth Argyle Colchester
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 56' Report Norris Soccerball shade.svg 88'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,833
          Referee: Grant Hegley
          10 November 2007 (2007-11-10)16 Watford 2–2 Colchester United Watford
          15:00 GMT Johnson Soccerball shade.svg 4'
          King Soccerball shade.svg 64'
          Report Platt Soccerball shade.svg 20'
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 46'
          Stadium: Vicarage Road
          Attendance: 16,069
          Referee: Neil Swarbrick
          24 November 2007 (2007-11-24)17 Colchester United 1–2 Crystal Palace Colchester
          Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 69'
          Baldwin Red card.svg 8'
          Report Morrison Soccerball shade.svg 6', 74'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,856
          Referee: Paul Taylor
          28 November 2007 (2007-11-28)18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Colchester United Wolverhampton
          Elliott Soccerball shade.svg 32' Report Stadium: Molineux Stadium
          Attendance: 20,966
          Referee: Eddie Ilderton
          1 December 2007 (2007-12-01)19 Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Colchester United Sheffield
          Sodje Soccerball shade.svg 36' Report Sheringham Soccerball shade.svg 1'
          Elokobi Soccerball shade.svg 26'
          Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
          Attendance: 22,331
          Referee: Anthony Bates
          4 December 2007 (2007-12-04)20 Colchester United 2–3 Watford Colchester
          Platt Soccerball shade.svg 7'
          Connolly Soccerball shade.svg 28'
          Report King Soccerball shade.svg 40'
          O'Toole Soccerball shade.svg 42'
          Priskin Soccerball shade.svg 64'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,760
          Referee: Trevor Kettle
          8 December 2007 (2007-12-08)21 Cardiff City 4–1 Colchester United Cardiff
          Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 52'
          Whittingham Soccerball shade.svg 57'
          Hasselbaink Soccerball shade.svg 66'
          Virgo Soccerball shade.svg 70' (o.g.)
          Report Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 45'Stadium: Ninian Park
          Attendance: 11,006
          Referee: Rob Shoebridge
          15 December 2007 (2007-12-15)22 Colchester United 1–1 Norwich City Colchester
          K. McLeod Soccerball shade.svg 78' Report Granville Soccerball shade.svg 90' (o.g.)Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,560
          Referee: Mike Jones
          22 December 2007 (2007-12-22)23 Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Colchester United Shepherd's Bush
          15:00 GMT Buzsáky Soccerball shade.svg 27', 52'
          Stewart Yellow card.svg 82' Red card.svg
          Report Yeates Soccerball shade.svg 62'Stadium: Loftus Road
          Attendance: 12,464
          Referee: Dean Whitestone
          26 December 2007 (2007-12-26)24 Colchester United 1–1 Southampton Colchester
          Platt Soccerball shade.svg 47' Report Viáfara Soccerball shade.svg 19'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 6,157
          Referee: Jarnail Singh
          29 December 2007 (2007-12-29)25 Colchester United 0–2 Blackpool Colchester
          Report Vernon Soccerball shade.svg 26', 36'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,160
          Referee: P Armstrong
          1 January 2008 (2008-01-01)26 Charlton Athletic 1–2 Colchester United Charlton
          15:00 GMT Varney Soccerball shade.svg 45' Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 16' (pen.), 29'Stadium: The Valley
          Attendance: 21,508
          Referee: Clive Penton
          12 January 2008 (2008-01-12)27 Bristol City 1–1 Colchester United Bristol
          Sproule Soccerball shade.svg 33' Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 6'Stadium: Ashton Gate Stadium
          Attendance: 16,484
          Referee: Grant Hegley
          29 January 2008 (2008-01-29)28 Barnsley 1–0 Colchester United Barnsley
          Macken Soccerball shade.svg 45' Report Stadium: Oakwell
          Attendance: 9,246
          Referee: Nigel Miller
          2 February 2008 (2008-02-02)29 Colchester United 2–2 Sheffield United Colchester
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 46'
          Armstrong Soccerball shade.svg 64' (o.g.)
          Report Shelton Soccerball shade.svg 45'
          Carney Soccerball shade.svg 66'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,695
          Referee: Keith Hill
          9 February 2008 (2008-02-09)30 Burnley 1–1 Colchester United Burnley
          Cole Soccerball shade.svg 23' Report Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 38'Stadium: Turf Moor
          Attendance: 15,376
          Referee: Steve Bratt
          12 February 2008 (2008-02-12)31 Colchester United 2–1 Preston North End Colchester
          Vernon Soccerball shade.svg 68' (pen.)
          Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 88'
          Report Mellor Soccerball shade.svg 81'
          St Ledger Red card.svg 68'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,122
          Referee: Paul Taylor
          16 February 2008 (2008-02-16)32 Hull City 1–1 Colchester United Kingston upon Hull
          Campbell Soccerball shade.svg 64' Report Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 47'Stadium: KC Stadium
          Attendance: 15,664
          Referee: Peter Walton
          23 February 2008 (2008-02-23)33 Colchester United 1–2 Bristol City Colchester
          Platt Soccerball shade.svg 50' Report Adebola Soccerball shade.svg 52'
          McIndoe Soccerball shade.svg 58'
          Orr Yellow card.svg 79' Red card.svg
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,609
          Referee: Anthony Taylor
          1 March 2008 (2008-03-01)34 Colchester United 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Colchester
          Report Ebanks-Blake Soccerball shade.svg 30'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,989
          Referee: Iain Williamson
          4 March 2008 (2008-03-04)35 Plymouth Argyle 4–1 Colchester United Plymouth
          Ifil Soccerball shade.svg 11' (o.g.)
          Easter Soccerball shade.svg 57'
          MacLean Soccerball shade.svg 60'
          Sawyer Soccerball shade.svg 68'
          Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 64'Stadium: Home Park
          Attendance: 11,562
          Referee: Mick Russell
          8 March 2008 (2008-03-08)36 Crystal Palace 2–1 Colchester United Selhurst
          15:00 GMT Ifil Soccerball shade.svg 21' (o.g.)
          Watson Soccerball shade.svg 74'
          Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 23'Stadium: Selhurst Park
          Attendance: 13,895
          Referee: Phil Joslin
          11 March 2008 (2008-03-11)37 Colchester United 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday Colchester
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 4' Report Burtpn Soccerball shade.svg 18'
          Small Soccerball shade.svg 44'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,086
          Referee: Kevin Friend
          15 March 2008 (2008-03-15)38 Colchester United 1–1 Cardiff City Colchester
          Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 71' Report Parry Soccerball shade.svg 11'
          Hasselbaink Red card.svg 62'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,699
          Referee: Kevin Wright
          18 March 2008 (2008-03-18)39 Colchester United 1–3 Hull City Colchester
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 37' Report Campbell Soccerball shade.svg 20', 33'
          Folan Soccerball shade.svg 87'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,497
          Referee: Pat Miller
          22 March 2008 (2008-03-22)40 Norwich City 5–1 Colchester United Norwich
          15:00 GMT Otsemobor Soccerball shade.svg 6'
          Cureton Soccerball shade.svg 36', 53' (pen.), 87'
          Dublin Soccerball shade.svg 90'
          Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 41'Stadium: Carrow Road
          Attendance: 25,215
          Referee: Mark Heywood
          29 March 2008 (2008-03-29)41 West Bromwich Albion 4–3 Colchester United West Bromwich
          15:00 GMT Phillips Soccerball shade.svg 36'
          Brunt Soccerball shade.svg 39'
          Morrison Soccerball shade.svg 90'
          Bednář Soccerball shade.svg 90'
          Report Coyne Soccerball shade.svg 14'
          Elito Soccerball shade.svg 17'
          Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 76'
          Stadium: The Hawthorns
          Attendance: 20,433
          Referee: G Laws
          5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)42 Colchester United 2–0 Ipswich Town Colchester
          Vernon Soccerball shade.svg 29', 73' Report Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 6,264
          Referee: Andy D'Urso
          12 April 2008 (2008-04-12)43 Leicester City 1–1 Colchester United Leicester
          Hume Soccerball shade.svg 89' Report Lisbie Soccerball shade.svg 76'Stadium: Walkers Stadium
          Attendance: 22,719
          Referee: Neil Swarbrick
          19 April 2008 (2008-04-19)44 Colchester United 1–5 Coventry City Colchester
          Vernon Soccerball shade.svg 17' Report Best Soccerball shade.svg 48'
          Fox Soccerball shade.svg 51'
          Ward Soccerball shade.svg 78' (pen.), 90' (pen.)
          Doyle Soccerball shade.svg 80'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 5,836
          Referee: Colin Webster
          26 April 2008 (2008-04-26)45 Colchester United 0–1 Stoke City Colchester
          Report Cresswell Soccerball shade.svg 45'Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 6,300
          Referee: Kevin Friend
          4 May 2008 (2008-05-04)46 Scunthorpe United 3–3 Colchester United Scunthorpe
          Forte Soccerball shade.svg 15'
          Hayes Soccerball shade.svg 67', 82'
          Report McLeod Soccerball shade.svg 11', 48'
          Vernon Soccerball shade.svg 47'
          Stadium: Glanford Park
          Attendance: 5,554
          Referee: R Booth

          Football League Cup

          14 August 2007 (2007-08-14) 1st round Shrewsbury Town 1–0 (a.e.t.) Colchester United Shrewsbury
          Kempson Soccerball shade.svg 106' Report Stadium: New Meadow
          Attendance: 3,069
          Referee: Richard Beeby

          FA Cup

          5 January 2008 (2008-01-05) 3rd round Colchester United 1–3 Peterborough United Colchester
          Sheringham Soccerball shade.svg 43' (pen.) Report McLean Soccerball shade.svg 4'
          Boyd Soccerball shade.svg 46'
          Lee Soccerball shade.svg 73'
          Stadium: Layer Road
          Attendance: 4,003
          Referee: Andre Marriner

          Squad statistics

          Appearances and goals

          [6] [74]

          No.PosNatPlayerTotalChampionshipFA CupLeague Cup
          AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
          1 GK Flag of England.svg Dean Gerken 4204001010
          2 DF Flag of England.svg Danny Granville 20014+500010
          3 DF Flag of England.svg John White 2302101010
          4 MF Flag of England.svg Johnnie Jackson 4874671010
          5 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Coyne 1611610000
          6 MF Flag of England.svg Kevin Watson 70700000
          7 MF Flag of England.svg Karl Duguid 3903700+1010
          8 FW Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham 20411+831100
          9 FW Flag of England.svg Clive Platt 42834+780010
          10 MF Flag of England.svg Kemal Izzet 40135+41000+10
          11 FW Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Yeates 3182981010
          12 DF Flag of England.svg Pat Baldwin 28023+301010
          13 GK Ulster Banner.svg Aidan Davison 60600000
          14 FW Flag of England.svg Kevin McLeod 30421+741010
          15 FW Flag of England.svg Jamie Guy 1200+1100+1000
          17 MF Flag of England.svg Luke Guttridge 1605+901010
          18 DF Flag of England.svg Philip Ifil 2002000000
          20 FW Flag of Jamaica.svg Kevin Lisbie 431739+3171000
          22 MF Flag of England.svg Dean Hammond 13011+200000
          23 GK Flag of England.svg Mark Cousins 200+200000
          24 FW Flag of England.svg Scott Vernon 1758+950000
          27 MF Flag of England.svg Anthony Wordsworth 401+20000+10
          29 FW Flag of England.svg Tom Webb 1000000+10
          30 FW Flag of England.svg Medy Elito 1117+410000
          Players who appeared for Colchester who left during the season
          16 DF Flag of Cameroon.svg George Elokobi 1911711010
          16 DF Flag of England.svg Matt Heath 50500000
          18 DF Flag of England.svg Matthew Connolly 16213+320000
          19 DF Flag of Scotland.svg Adam Virgo 37130+611000
          21 DF Flag of Hungary.svg Béla Balogh 17010+700000
          25 FW Flag of England.svg Izale McLeod 200+200000

            Goalscorers

            [74]

            PlaceNumberNationalityPositionNameChampionshipFA CupLeague CupTotal
            120 Flag of Jamaica.svg FW Kevin Lisbie 170017
            29 Flag of England.svg FW Clive Platt 8008
            11 Flag of Ireland.svg WG Mark Yeates 8008
            44 Flag of England.svg MF Johnnie Jackson 7007
            524 Flag of England.svg FW Scott Vernon 5005
            68 Flag of England.svg FW Teddy Sheringham 3104
            14 Flag of England.svg WG Kevin McLeod 4004
            818 Flag of England.svg CB Matthew Connolly 2002
            95 Flag of Australia (converted).svg CB Chris Coyne 1001
            10 Flag of England.svg MF Kemal Izzet 1001
            16 Flag of Cameroon.svg FB/CB George Elokobi 1001
            19 Flag of Scotland.svg DF/FW Adam Virgo 1001
            30 Flag of England.svg WG Medy Elito 1001
            Own goals3003
            TOTALS621063

            Disciplinary record

            [75]

            NumberNationalityPositionNameChampionshipFA CupLeague CupTotal
            Yellow card.svgRed card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg
            10 Flag of England.svg MF Kemal Izzet 70000070
            19 Flag of Scotland.svg DF/FW Adam Virgo 60000060
            12 Flag of England.svg CB Pat Baldwin 21000021
            1 Flag of England.svg GK Dean Gerken 11000011
            4 Flag of England.svg MF Johnnie Jackson 40000040
            11 Flag of Ireland.svg WG Mark Yeates 40000040
            18 Flag of England.svg CB Matthew Connolly 11000011
            20 Flag of Jamaica.svg FW Kevin Lisbie 40000040
            7 Flag of England.svg MF Karl Duguid 30000030
            8 Flag of England.svg FW Teddy Sheringham 01000001
            9 Flag of England.svg FW Clive Platt 30000030
            14 Flag of England.svg WG Kevin McLeod 30000030
            15 Flag of England.svg FW Jamie Guy 20000020
            16 Flag of England.svg CB Matt Heath 20000020
            17 Flag of England.svg MF Luke Guttridge 20000020
            18 Flag of England.svg RB Philip Ifil 20000020
            21 Flag of Hungary.svg DF Béla Balogh 20000020
            2 Flag of England.svg FB Danny Granville 10000010
            16 Flag of Cameroon.svg FB/CB George Elokobi 10000010
            TOTALS5240000524

            Clean sheets

            Number of games goalkeepers kept a clean sheet. [76]

            PlaceNumberNationalityPlayerChampionshipFA CupLeague CupTotal
            11 Flag of England.svg Dean Gerken 1001
            13 Ulster Banner.svg Aidan Davison 1001
            TOTALS2002

            Player debuts

            Players making their first-team Colchester United debut in a fully competitive match. [77]

            NumberPositionNationalityPlayerDateOpponentGroundNotes
            8FW Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham 11 August 2007 Sheffield United Bramall Lane
            9FW Flag of England.svg Clive Platt 11 August 2007Sheffield UnitedBramall Lane
            11WG Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Yeates 11 August 2007Sheffield UnitedBramall Lane [78] [lower-alpha 1]
            17MF Flag of England.svg Luke Guttridge 11 August 2007Sheffield UnitedBramall Lane
            18CB Flag of England.svg Matthew Connolly 11 August 2007Sheffield UnitedBramall Lane
            2FB Flag of England.svg Danny Granville 14 August 2007 Shrewsbury Town New Meadow
            27MF Flag of England.svg Anthony Wordsworth 14 August 2007Shrewsbury TownNew Meadow
            29FW Flag of England.svg Tom Webb 14 August 2007Shrewsbury TownNew Meadow
            19DF/FW Flag of Scotland.svg Adam Virgo 18 August 2007 Barnsley Layer Road
            20FW Flag of Jamaica.svg Kevin Lisbie 18 August 2007BarnsleyLayer Road
            23GK Flag of England.svg Mark Cousins 18 August 2007BarnsleyLayer Road
            5CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Coyne 12 January 2008 Bristol City Ashton Gate Stadium
            18RB Flag of England.svg Philip Ifil 12 January 2008Bristol CityAshton Gate Stadium
            24FW Flag of England.svg Scott Vernon 2 February 2008Sheffield UnitedLayer Road [79] [lower-alpha 1]
            23MF Flag of England.svg Dean Hammond 23 February 2008Bristol CityLayer Road
            25FW Flag of England.svg Izale McLeod 1 March 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers Layer Road
            30WG Flag of England.svg Medy Elito 4 March 2008 Plymouth Argyle Home Park
            16CB Flag of England.svg Matt Heath 15 March 2008 Cardiff City Layer Road
            1. 1 2 Second debut for the club

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