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24 June 2015

The facts and figures from Essex's leading football club.

Colchester United Football Club Full Name:

Previous Name: None

Nickname: The U's (previously The Oystermen) 

Year Formed: 1937 

Turned Professional: 1937 

Home Stadium: Weston Homes Community Stadium (Was: Layer Road (1937-2008)

Record Attendance: 
- Layer Road: 19,042 v Reading, November 1948 (Match abandoned due to fog)
- Weston Homes Community Stadium: 10,064 v Norwich City, January 2010 (England U19s v Germany U19s: 9,692)

First League Game: L0-3 v Yeovil, August 1937 (Southern League), D0-0 v Gillingham, August 1950 (Football League)

Record League Victory: 9-1 v Bradford City (h, Division Four), December 1961 

Record Cup Victory: 9-1 v Leamington (h, FA Cup First Round), November 2005

Record Defeat:  0-8 v Leyton Orient (a, Division Four), October 1988

Record Cup Defeat: 0-7 v Preston North End (a, FA Cup Third Round), January 2010

Most League Points (two for a win): 60, Division Four (1973/4)

Most League Points (three for a win): 81, Division Four (1982/3)

Most League Goals: Martyn King - 131 between 1959 and 1965 

Highest League Goalscorer in season: Bobby Hunt - 37 in 1961/2 

Most League Goals in a match: Four, scored by Bobby Hunt (v Bradford City, December 1961 and v Doncaster Rovers in April 1962), by Martyn King (v Bradford City, December 1961), Bobby Svarc (v Chester City, November 1973) and Chris Iwelumo (v Hull City, November 2006) 

Most Capped Player: Whilst at club: Chris Coyne, 7 caps for Australia. U's players with international caps in whole career: Craig Forrest who collected 56 Canadian caps, closely followed by Allan Hunter (53 Northern Ireland caps) and Teddy Sheringham (51).

Most League Appearances: Micky Cook, 613 between 1969 and 1984

Youngest League Player: Lindsay Smith at 16 years 214 days when he appeared at Grimsby Town on 20th April 1971

Record Transfer Fee Received: £2.5m from Reading FC for Greg Halford, January 2007

Record Transfer Fee Paid: Undisclosed six figure sum for Steven Gillespie, July 2008

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