COLCHESTER United's non-league double-winning squad will be reunited on Saturday - 30 years on from their memorable triumph.

The Boys of 92 will be back together again this weekend as part of a special reunion at Colchester Town Hall, three decades on from the U's winning the GM Vauxhall Conference and FA Trophy.

James Bowdidge was Colchester chairman between 1991-92, when player-manager Roy McDonough led the club back to the Football League after a two-year absence.

He was not at the helm at Layer Road for long; but the 12 months of his chairmanship at Layer Road was a memorable time, in the club's history.

In an article in the official 'Boys of 92' brochure produced ahead of Saturday's big event, Mr Bowdidge said the double-winning season was a special time for everyone involved with Colchester.

He said: "As Chairman of Colchester United Football Club I couldn't have asked for a better season.

"We came close to winning the Conference and the FA Trophy the season before and new Player-Manager Roy McDonough was delighted to win them both and get the club back into the Football League - that's what we set out to do and that's what we achieved.

"It was absolutely fantastic. There was a great team spirit around the place. Everyone was involved and the fans were happy because we were winning."


A property developer and local farmer, Bowdidge took over as U's chairman when Jonathan Crisp left the club in the summer of 1991.

He left the role 12 months later with Colchester safely back in the Football League, with Gordon Parker taking over as chairman.

He said: "My grandfather, Harold Moore, was a former director and chairman of the club and he owned the Moores Coaches company.

"My grandad even enrolled me into the supporters club the day after I was born.

"Moore's coaches provided the transport for the team's away games and it was good to get the family involved again.

"People may not know that I bought outgoing owner and chairman Jonathan Crisp's shares for just a QUID.

"I had known and been acquainted with Jonathan in the business world for sometime, but I had no idea how time-consuming my new role was going to be.

"I was putting in too much time at the club. I had a business to run and I needed to start making some money.

"All good things had to come to an end, however, and I was in the middle of setting up a shares issue in the club when I handed over the reins to Gordon Parker.

"My season at the U's helm was nothing short of amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better time to be chairman!"

Colchester's non-league double-winning side will reunite to celebrate their glorious 1991-92 season, on Saturday night.

The Boys of '92 will be back together again for the club's 30th anniversary of their memorable league and cup double.

The event takes place at Colchester Town Hall.