TODAY is the 30th anniversary of Colchester United's FA Trophy triumph at Wembley Stadium.

Roy McDonough's side beat Witton Albion 3-1 to complete a magnificent non-league double back on May 10, 1992.

Fresh from thrashing Barrow 5-0 to clinch the Conference title eight days earlier, Colchester lifted the Trophy.

Having beaten Kingstonian, Merthyr Tydfil, Morecambe, Telford and Macclesfield on their way to Wembley, the U's were in the final.

A total of 22,000 U’s fans travelled to North London to see if Colchester could overcome Witton, who had ended their Trophy dreams at the quarter-final stage the year before with a 2-0 win at Layer Road.


It took Colchester just five minutes to take the lead.

Player-manager McDonough flicked on a long Paul Roberts throw and American Mike Masters nipped in to score.

Albion fought back strongly but on 20 minutes, the U’s then made it 2-0.

Jason Cook’s pass found Mark Kinsella, although his cross eluded Steve McGavin, winger Nicky Smith was on hand to score.

Witton’s mood changed and several bad fouls were committed, and bookings ensued for both teams.

Just before the hour mark Coathup scored from a Lutkewitch cross to make it 2-1.


Masters hit the post before Cook reacted to a challenge and was sent off.

However McGavin scored again in injury-time, to seal the U's win.

Skipper Tony English lifted the trophy aloft, as the U’s completed a historic non-league double.

Colchester's double-winning squad of 1992 were reunited last Saturday at a special event at Colchester Town Hall, to mark the 30th anniversary of their triumph.