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U's Induct Long Serving Duo

Foley and Allinson join Hall of Fame

23 February 2019

Two of Colchester United's most influential players were inducted into the club's Hall of Fame at Saturday's Former Player Dinner at the JobServe Community Stadium.

With a total of 723 first team appearances between them, Steve Foley and Ian Allinson are worthy inclusions to the Hall of Fame, and their inductions were greeted with warm applause in front of over 150 on Saturday evening.

Steve's impact on local football extends far beyond Colchester United, of course, but he first made his name at Layer Road after coming through the youth ranks to be given his debut by Dick Graham.

He first appeared aged 18 in the 3-0 win against Exeter City and scored on his debut.

He went on to score 56 goals in the next ten years and was twice involved in promotion seasons - 1973/74 and 1976/77, leaving the club in the summer of 1981.

Steve returned five years later, though, joining the youth team coaching staff, as an assistant to boss Roy Massey.

He took over as youth team boss from Massey and, after a brief stint at Watford, he returned back to Layer Road.

Steve stepped up to be caretaker boss in 1988 when Roger Brown was sacked, looking after team affairs until Jock Wallace's arrival in January 1989.

He was twice more caretaker before moving to Norwich City with Mike Walker, first with the Canaries reserves, then as Academy assistant director. He stepped up to the first team with Nigel Worthington and left the Norfolk club in 2006.

Ipswich was his next port of call and Steve has made a wide ranging impact on East Anglian football, also assisting the local non-league season, most recently with Needham Market.

Our second inductee, Ian Allinson, also came through the youth ranks to make his debut in April 1975 against Preston.

Given the Young Player of the Year award in 1974/75, he stepped up to the first team and was a regular alongside Steve in the promotion winning side of 1976/77, scoring against Bradford to secure the promotion slot in the final game of the season.

It was the 1981/82 season that Ian's reputation began to flourish, scoring goals a plenty with Roy McDonough, Kevin Bremner and Tony Adcock.

He went on to score 43 goals across two seasons and his form earned a move to Arsenal, where he scored 10 times in 27 league games in his second season at Highbury.

He then went on to sign for Luton Town before he was reunited with Steve Foley in 1988/89 as he helped the club's rescue bid against relegation to the Conference.

After leaving the U's midway through the following season, Ian joined Baldock, before managing Stotfold, Harlow, Boreham Wood and, more recently St Albans.

Congratulations to both Steve and Ian and our sincere thanks go to both for their contribution to the club.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2006/07: 
Micky Cook, Tony English, Brian Hall, Mark Kinsella, Peter Wright

2007/08: Tony Adcock, Dick Graham (Manager), Bobby Hunt, Vic Keeble, Martyn King, Reg Stewart

2008/09: The remaining members of the 'Leeds 1971' team: Bobby Cram, Ray Crawford, Brian Garvey, Brian Gibbs, John Gilchrist, John Kurila, Brian Lewis, Mick Mahon, Dave Simmons, Graham Smith

2009/10: Percy Ames, Mick Packer, Mike Walker

2010/11: Bob Curry, Kem Izzet

2011/12: John Fowler, Roy McDonough, Steve McGavin

2012/13: David Gregory, Steve Leslie

2013/14: Joe Dunne, Nicky Smith

2015/16: Duncan Forbes, Karl Duguid

2018/19: Ian Allinson, Steve Foley


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