This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Hat-trick habit: Tony Adcock notched up five hat-tricks at Colchester. Photo courtesy of PA
Here blogger Graeson Lait, from coludata.co.uk and coludaybyday.co.uk,
selects Colchester's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Roy McDonough (1981-83 & 1990-94)
Sent off 22 times in his career, 'Big Roy' was one of football's
hard men who could also play a bit, as 82 goals for the club would
suggest. He had two spells with the club, the second as
player-manager, winning the non-league double in 1992 and rewarding
long-suffering U's fans with their first-ever visit to the old
4. Vic Keeble (1947-52)
The U's first local lad made good, Keeble was sold to Newcastle in
1952 for a club record of £15,000, and went on to claim an FA Cup
winners' medal in 1955 alongside Jackie Milburn. He scored 84 goals
in 130 appearances, including a hat-trick on his debut aged just
17. A fine all-round sportsman, he also played a full game in goal
for the U's.
3. Kevin McCurley (1952-60)
McCurley's tally of 97 Football League goals still leaves him
fifth in the all-time goal list, and his tally of 29 in a single
season has only been bettered four times. Signed to replace
Newcastle-bound Keeble for £750 from Liverpool, where he hadn't
quite made the grade, his aerial prowess was his real strength.
2. Martyn King (1956-64)
King is the club's record Football League goalscorer with 131 to
his credit during his time with the club, though most came in a
five-year spell. He scored five hat-tricks and hit the back of the
net four times in a club record 9-1 win over Bradford City
alongside fellow striker Bobby Hunt in 1961. Between them they
scored more than 150 goals in three seasons to become the club's
most deadly strike duo.
1. Tony Adcock (1981-87 & 1995-99)
Another No9 with two spells at the club, 'Rooster' was a typical
fox-in-the-box striker, sniffing out goalscoring opportunities.
With five hat-tricks under his belt he is the club's all-time
leading goalscorer with 149 goals to his name. His prowess led him
to a place in the Hall of Fame not just at Colchester but at
And the worst…
Adrian Coote (2001-03)
Signed for a club joint-record fee of £50,000 from Norwich, the
former Northern Ireland international scored just four times in 36
appearances across nearly two years at the club. The burden of
expectation in the face of the record fee was just too much and he
eventually ended up in non-league football.
Follow Graeson on Twitter @Laitty