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Flashback : 'Those Southern League Days'

Flashback : 'Those Southern League Days'
'Lucky Colchester gain a double'

4th March 1950

Colchester United 2 Hereford United 0

The Bulls' last Southern League match against Colchester was two months prior to the election of the Essex club to the Football League in June 1950.

Colchester were fighting it out with Merthyr Tydfil for the title at the time whereas the Bulls were badly needing the points to avoid having to apply for re-election. The Essex club had already won 3-2 at Edgar Street with the help of an own goal after Jimmy Duggan had twice been on target for United and were favourites to complete the double.

United, however, in spite of their low rating in the table had not conceded a double in the seven months since the start of the season and had every intention of retaining that record.

The Bulls lined up:
Jock Latham, Charlie Thompson, Ellis Corbett, Paddy Woods, George Tranter, Jock McCall, Billy Dymond, Les Hennessy, Brian Woodward, Jimmy Duggan and Roy Chapman.

Colchester played the more direct football but did not dominate the game by any means. Territorially the Bulls had the better of the exchanges but were never allowed to look really dangerous.

Indeed, the Colchester defence with the second best defence in the league gave nothing away.

However, the forwards who had scored 90 goals in 30-odd matches were kept in check by a superb Hereford rearguard.

Player-manager George Tranter gave an unblemished display at centre-half and Ellis Corbett was a solid back whose speed was an invaluable asset.

Up front Les Hennessy had a good first half but it was Billy Dymond who almost earned the Bulls a point with some tremendous efforts which were magnificently saved.


Hopefully, there won't be a repeat of that 1950 scoreline on Saturday when the two clubs meet in League One - a far cry from those 'Southern League Days'.

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Writer:Colin Green
Date:Monday December 1 2008
Time: 1:47PM

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