Colchester United

Layer Road

Main Stand And Clock End
Main Stand And Clock End
Popular Terrace
Popular Terrace
Layer Road End
Layer Road End
Clock End
Clock End
Layer Road External View
Layer Road External View
Layer Road End Away Fans Entrance
Layer Road End Away Fans Entrance
Colchester v Leeds United FA Cup 1971

Ground Opened: 1907
Ground Closed: 2008
Number of years ground open: 101* 
Last Competitive Game Played: Colchester United 1 Stoke City 0, Division One, 26th April 2008, ?Attendance 6,300.
Record Attendance: 19,072 Colchester United 1 Reading 1 FA Cup 1st Round, November 27th, 1948**
Floodlights first used:  v Grimsby Town, Division Three, 24th August 1959?
Club moved to the then called: Weston Homes Community Stadium in 2008
Distance from  to new stadium: 4.5 miles

* The ground was originally used by the Army and then Colchester Town Football Club. Colchester United took over the ground in 1937.

** The match was abandoned on 35 minutes due to fog. Reading won the rearranged game on the 4th of December 4-2. The attendance for that match was 13,371.

Originally this end was called the Spion Kop as it was once a sizeable open terrace.
(See Colchester v Leeds footage in main image carousel above).

Clock End

A closer look at the Clock End

A Closer Look At The Clock End

And in case you wondered why it was called the Clock End:

The Clock Above The Clock End

The Layer Road End Originally Had A Wooden Terrace
Fans would bounce up and down in it!

Layer Road End

A Closer Look
The fans were so close to the goal mouth you could almost reach out and touch the goal net.
This end was used to house away fans.

A Closer Look At The Layer Road End

The Main Stand was built in 1933

Main Stand

Apart from a central seated area it also had a covered terrace area towards the Clock End

Main Stand Covered Terrace Towards Clock End

Plus another separate covered terrace at the other side towards the Layer Road End

Covered Terrace Next To The Main Stand

A close up of the Main Stand seats

A Close Up Of The Main Stand Seats

The Popular or Barside Terrace

Popular Terrace

A Closer Look

Barside Terrace Close Up

The ground was redeveloped for residential housing, called Turnstile Square. Formed around a central grassed area, in which a bronze statue is present of former Colchester United Player Peter Wright. Peter was voted in a poll run by the local Evening Gazette newspaper as the Club's 'Player of the Century.' The statue was unveiled in 2015. Below is a video produced by Chris Cowlin and made publicly available on YouTube, showing what is on the site including the Peter Wright statue:

If you possess photos of the old Layer Road ground, which you would be happy to share with others via this website, or if you have any general feedback about this page, then please e-mail me at: [email protected].

Updated 16th March 2019



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