10 years of decline at Colchester United

Jamie Cureton, celebrating a goal at Hull City, was a star of the U's Championship campaign of 2006-

Jamie Cureton, celebrating a goal at Hull City, was a star of the U's Championship campaign of 2006-07

It has been quite a dramatic fall from grace, over the last 10 years for Colchester United.

Disappointment for the U's defence, and Tom Eastman in particular, after the Yeovil equaliser during

Disappointment for the U's defence, and Tom Eastman in particular, after the Yeovil equaliser during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Huish Park

The U’s ended the 2005-06 season in 10th spot in the Championship, the highest finish in the Essex club’s history, and one that is unlikely to be eclipsed for many, many years.

Since then, the U’s have gradually slithered down the Football League rankings, suffering two relegations over the last 10 years.

They currently sit second-from-bottom in League Two, which equates to 90th in the Football League ladder, as opposed to 30th just over 10 years ago.

Below we plot the U’s decline.

Yeovil's Tahvon Campbell scores the winner to sink Colchester late in the game at Huish Park on Satu

Yeovil's Tahvon Campbell scores the winner to sink Colchester late in the game at Huish Park on Saturday


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2006-07

Finish: 10th in Championship

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Football League position: 30th

Manager: Geraint Williams

Leading scorer: Jamie Cureton, 23 (league)

Appearance makers (over 40, all comps): Cureton. Wayne Brown, Karl Duguid, Kem Izzet. Kevin Watson, Chris Iwelumo, Pat Baldwin.

Main new signings: Cureton, Johnnie Jackson, Kevin McLeod

Average home attendance: 5,486 (Layer Road)

2007-08

Finish: 24th in Championship (relegated)

Football League position: 44th

Manager: Geraint Williams

Leading scorer: Kevin Lisbie, 17

Appearance makers (over 40): Dean Gerken, Jackson, Clive Platt, Izzet, Lisbie.

Main new signings: Teddy Sheringham, Platt, Mark Yeates, Chris Coyne, Lisbie, Dean Hammond.

Average home attendance: 5,508 (Layer Road)

2008-09

Finish: 12th in League One

Football League position: 56th

Manager: Geraint Williams, Kit Symons (caretaker), Paul Lambert (from Oct)

Leading scorer: Mark Yeates, 12

Appearance makers (over 40): Hammond, Platt. Izzet, Yeates, Baldwin, David Perkins, Scott Vernon.

Main new signings: Matt Heath, Perkins, Steve Gillespie, Marc Tierney, Matt Lockwood

Average home attendance: 5,084 (Weston Homes Community Stadium)

2009-10

Finish: 8th in League One

Football League position: 52nd

Manager: Lambert, Joe Dunne (caretaker), Aidy Boothroyd (from Sept)

Leading scorer: Kevin Lisbie, 13

Appearance makers (over 40): Ben Williams, Magnus Okuonghae, Platt, Izzet, Lisbie, Anthony Wordsworth, Tierney, John White.

Main new signings: Okuonghae, David Fox, Ashley Vincent, John-Joe O’Toole, Ian Henderson.

Average home attendance: 5,529 (WHCS)

2010-11

Finish: 10th in League One

Football League position: 54th

Manager: John Ward

Leading scorer: Ian Henderson, 10

Appearance makers (over 40): Vincent, Izzet, Andy Bond, Kayode Odejayi, Henderson, Perkins, David Mooney, Wordsworth,

Main new signings: Brian Wilson, Bond, Lloyd James, Ben Coker.

Average home attendance: 4,223 (WHCS)

2011-12

Finish: 10th in League One

Football League position: 54th

Manager: John Ward

Leading scorer: Anthony Wordsworth, 13

Appearance makers (over 40): Okuonghae, Bond, Odejayi, Henderson, Wilson, Wordsworth.

Main new signings: Tom Eastman, Michael Rose, Duguid, Martin Rowlands.

Average home attendance: 3,865 (WHCS)

2012-13

Finish: 20th in League One

Football League position: 64th

Manager: Ward, Joe Dunne (from Sept)

Leading scorer: Jabo Ibehre 8

Appearance makers (over 40): Okuonghae, Wilson, Gavin Massey

Main new signings: Clinton Morrison, Ibehre, Marcus Bean, Freddie Sears

Average home attendance: 3,530 (WHCS)

2013-14

Finish: 16th in League One

Football League position: 60th

Manager: Joe Dunne

Leading scorer: Freddie Sears, 12

Appearance makers (over 40): Wilson, Sam Walker, Okuonghae, Craig Eastmond.

Main new signings: Eastmond, Sanchez Watt, Ryan Dickson, Walker, Dominic Vose

Average home attendance: 3,631 (WHCS)

2014-15

Finish: 19th in League One

Football League position: 63rd

Manager: Joe Dunne, Tony Humes (from Sept)

Leading scorer: Freddie Sears, 10

Appearance makers (over 40): Walker, Eastman, Massey, Geirge Moncur.

Main new signings: Sean Clohessy, Moncur, Kaspars Gorkss, Dean Gordon, Chris Porter, pictured left.

Average home attendance: 3,782 (WHCS)

2015-16

Finish: 23rd in League One (relegated)

Football League position: 67th

Manager: Humes, Richard Hall, John McGreal, Wayne Brown (all caretakers), Kevin Keen (Dec to Apr), David Wright, Steve Ball (both caretakers)

Leading scorer: George Moncur, 12

Appearance makers (over 40): Joe Edwards, Alex Gilbey, Massey, Moncur, Eastman.

Main new signings: Marvin Sordell, Richard Brindley, Matt Briggs, Owen Garvan, Nicky Shorey, Darren Ambrose

Average home attendance: 4,299 (WHCS)

2016-17

Current position: 23nd in League Two

Football League position: 90th

Manager: John McGreal

Current leading scorer: Chris Porter, 4

Main new signings: Luke Prosser, Doug Loft, Denny Johnstone, Craig Slater, Kurtis Guthrie, Brennan Dickenson. Average home attendance: 3,040 (WHCS)

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