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On This Day | U's Lift FA Trophy

Colchester United completed their historic non-league double on this day thirty years ago

10 May 2022

Colchester United were victorious at Wembley Stadium on this day thirty years ago, seeing off Witton Albion 3-1 to lift the FA Trophy.

Led by player manager Roy McDonough, the U's had won the Conference title a week earlier, holding off the challenge from Wycombe Wanderers to win the league on goal difference, meaning they would return to the Football League. 

And they were able to put the icing on the cake of an historic season with a Wembley win on this day in 1992.

Mike Masters gave the U's an early lead in front of the 32,000-strong crowd at the home of English football, nodding home in the fifth minute. The American was able to guide McDonough's flick on over the 'keeper and into the back of the net to set the U's on their way. 

Colchester United didn't have to wait long to get the second with Nicky Smith doubling the advantage for his side just before the twentieth minute. Kinsella's ball across the face of goal was just missed by McGavin, with Smith on hand at the back post to convert. 

Ten minutes after the break, Witton got a goal back, and it was Mike Lutkevich who nodded beyond Barrett to give the opponents hope in the game. And they might have thought they had a chance to get back into the contest when, with ten minutes to play, Jason Cook was shown a straight red card. 

But Steve McGavin put the game beyond doubt in the closing stages with a cool finish beyond the Witton Albion 'keeper, completing the victory for Colchester United. 

The full time whistle would blow just a few moments later, with the U's putting their name in the history books as only the second team at the time to complete the non-league double after Wealdstone. 

Colchester United starting XI: Barrett, Donald, Roberts, Kinsella, English, Martin, Cook, Masters, McDonough, McGavin, Smith. 

Subs: Bennett, Collins. 

Watch all the key action from the game below, and email in any pictures or videos you may have from the day to media@colchesterunited.net.


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