Gallery: Memories of Colchester United’s first Wembley trip, 20 years ago

IT is 20 years to the day since Colchester United won the FA Trophy following their first ever visit to Wembley on May 10, 1992.

The U’s, with player-manager Roy McDonough in charge, beat Witton Albion 3-1 in the final, thanks to goals from Mike Masters, Nicky Smith and Steve McGavin.

That completed a famous non-league double for the Essex club. Just eight days earlier they had clinched the Conference title to return to the Football League after a two-year absence.

A crowd of 27,806 witnessed the U’s Wembley success, with an estimated 23,000 U’s fans roaring on their team to victory.

There were early goals from Masters and Smith inside the first 20 minutes, and a third from McGavin in stoppage time.


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The U’s finished the game with just 10 men, due to Jason Cook’s sending-off in the last 10 minutes, which denied him a winners’ medal.

However, unused substitute Eamonn Collins gave away his medal to Cook before the players did a lap of honour around the pitch.

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