1945–46 Colchester United F.C. season
1 August - 31 May
|FA Cup||4th Qualifying Round|
|Southern League Cup||Semi-finalists|
|Top goalscorer||League: |
|Highest home attendance||5,200 (Chelmsford City)|
|Lowest home attendance||2,665 (Swindon Town Reserves)|
|Average home attendance||3,854|
It had been the determination of former Colchester Town player Syd Fieldus along with a couple of Directors that had kept the club alive but dormant during the War years. Fieldus was appointed Secretary-Manager and attended the first post-War Southern League meeting in the summer of 1945. Initially it was decided that an East and West League be formed to reduce travelling in a time when rationing was still in force. However at the eleventh hour the League opted for a single all-South division when a number of mainly eastern clubs dropped out. Colchester almost quit themselves, which would have seen the club slipping down the non-League ladder, but the Supporters Club stepped in and pledged to fund the average £50 required for away travel to the likes of Cardiff, Worcester and Hereford.
Fieldus, liaising with Major Dai Rees, forged a strong relationship with the Garrison and as United only had four contracted players the Colchester team was complimented by servicemen of varying degrees of ability. So much so that 81 players were used to complete just 31 Southern League and Cup matches. It was permissible, and not uncommon, for that season only that players could be registered right up until kick-off time. Football was back on its feet and Fieldus urged the board to appoint a full-time manager for the 1946-47 season.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Southern League Results Summary
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goals difference; Pts = Points
Southern League Results
Southern League Cup
Southern League Cup
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