1945–46 Colchester United F.C. season

1945–46 Colchester United F.C. season

Colchester United
1945–46 season
Manager England
1 August - 31 May
Southern League 8th
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

The 1945–46 season was Colchester United's third consecutive full season in the Southern Football League and the first season since the end of World War II hostilities.

Season Review

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.

No. Position Player
–– Wales DF
–– England DF
–– Northern Ireland DF
No. Position Player
–– England MF
–– England FW
–– England FW

Player Info


Transfers In

Transfers Out

Loans In


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

Source: 1945-46 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Southern League Cup

Source: 1945-46 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

FA Cup

Source: 1945-46 Season Colchester United Results - coludata.co.uk

Squad statistics




FA Cup

Southern League Cup


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