Colchester United v Carlisle United, nostalgia: Tony English bags brace in U’s win from 24 years ago

The headlines from the U's home win over Carlisle, from 24 years ago

The headlines from the U's home win over Carlisle, from 24 years ago - Credit: Archant

Colchester United reporter, Carl Marston, recalls a U’s 2-1 home win over Carlisle United from 24 years ago, on November 27, 1993:

Roy McDonough’s Colchester team, in their second season back in the Football League, ended a run of five straight defeats with this welcome Saturday success over the Cumbrians at Layer Road, in front of a crowd of 2,316.

Tony English was the star-man, bagging a brace, the second of these goals arriving in the nick of time.

The home side suffered a double setback at the start of the afternoon.

First choice keeper John Keeley was ruled out with a suspected broken ankle, having tumbled down the stairs at his Canvey Island home on the morning of the match.

And Rod Thomas then fired Carlisle into a fifth minute lead via a long-range shot past deputy keeper Nathan Munson.

Back-up keeper Munson was making only his third appearance in the Football League.

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But English came to his side’s rescue, firstly by heading home a 43rd minute equaliser, after Roy McDonough’s initial effort had thudded back off the bar.

Up against former West Ham keeper Mervyn Day, the U’s searched for a second-half winner and it finally arrived in the 88th minute. Steve Ball (current U’s assistant manager) saw his free-kick blocked, but English was on hand to ram home the loose ball.

U’s team (November 27, 1993): Munson, Betts, Roberts Kinsella, English, Cawley, Ball, Brown, McDonough, McGavin, Smith. Subs: Abrahams, Richardson & Schultz.

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