2006/7 Fans Inductees

Thu 11 Jul 2013
Author: Matt Hudson
Flying winger Peter Wright in action

Flying winger Peter Wright in action

Cook and Wright get the inaugural nod.

Peter Wright and Micky Cook were the first Layer Road legends to be inducted into Colchester United's Hall of Fame.

Nominated during the course of this season by Layer Road supporters, the duo were then voted for by the rest of the Colchester United fans. 

Wright - a runaway winner - and Cook are the first elected heroes to take their place in the Hall of Fame to mark the U's 70th anniversary of becoming Colchester United and a professional football club.

Wright, 73 years-old at the time of his induction and winner of the Gazette's U's Player of the Century poll in 2000, is ecstatic to be voted as one of the inaugural stars for the Hall of Fame.

He said: "I'm absolutely overjoyed to have been chosen. I'm a local boy and I feel very humble and honoured.

"I love the football club and I love the town.

"When they finally pull the curtain down on Layer Road I will have very mixed emotions because I have so many happy memories of the ground."

Cook described his induction in the Hall of Fame as: "The ultimate accolade. 

"It's fantastic news, brilliant, something that gives me great pride and a massive shot in the arm following the sad news of my old skipper and team-mate Bobby Cram's untimely death last weekend.

"I joined Colchester before my 17th birthday and Bobby was a great influence in the early stages of my career.

"But I feel so lucky to have been adopted so wonderfully by Colchester and the supporters in all that time, because the boys of the last two or three seasons have done a magnificent job in taking the club to such a high level."

A dashing left-winger, who loved to cut in from the byeline and have a crack at goal, Wright was a £15,000 target of Birmingham City in October 1957 and a key member of the U's side that held mighty Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in an epic FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Layer Road just over a year later.

His electric pace made him a constant threat to fullbacks everywhere during his 13 years with the U's - all of them as a part-time professional.

Once described as the U's 'Greatest find since Vic Keeble', Wright signed at the tender age of 17, going on to score 99 goals in 463 league and cup appearances between 1951-64 in the old Division Three (South) later to become the Third Division.

A keen all-round sportsman, he made his U's debut in the 2-0 Division Three (South) defeat at Northampton in March 1952.

His last game was in the 1-0 defeat at newly-crowned Third Division champions Coventry City before a crowd of almost 37,000 at Highfield Road on the final day of the 1963/64 season.

Cook was a member of the famous 1971 squad that saw-off star-studded Leeds United after charismatic manager Dick Graham brought him to Layer Road from Leyton Orient as a teenager in 1969.

The speedy right-back made his U's debut as a substitute in a 4-2 Division Four defeat at Wrexham in October of the same year.

He went on to enjoy two promotions in 15 action-packed seasons.

A future captain and youth team manager, the enthusiastic Londoner went on to complete a club record 695 League and cup appearances, eclipsing goalkeepers Mike Walker (522) and Percy Ames (422), plus defenders John Fowler (443) and Brian Hall (359) along the way.

Sadly a persistent neck injury forced the otherwise super-fit Cook into premature retirement after his final appearance in the goalless away draw at Hartlepool on April 14 near the end of the 1983/84 season.

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