Looking Back At: Colin Treharne

Colin Treharne

Date of birth: 30.7.37, Born: Bridgend, Glamorgan, Height: 5ft 10in

Position: Goalkeeper, City appearances: League: 20, League Cup: 3, Total: 23

Although a surname beginning ‘Tre’ usually indicates a person of Cornish descent the name can also be a Welsh one, and Colin Treharne was born in Bridgend in South Wales, writes Malcolm Johnson. He did however spend most of his childhood in Yorkshire and as a youngster turned out for West Yorkshire League side Ferrybridge Amateurs.

Coming to the attention of Huddersfield Town, he played for their junior team before joining the army for his national service and it was whilst playing for a Royal Army Ordnance Corps team in the Notts Thursday League that he caught the eye of Mansfield Town. After being on the books of the Stags as an amateur he turned professional with them on leaving the army in December 1960.

After making his first team debut for Mansfield in 1961 Treharne did not miss a game for over two and a half seasons as they won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1963 and finished seventh in Division Three in 1964. Considered to have a safe pair of hands and highly rated by supporters, he played in a further 38 games for the Stags in the 1964/65 season before losing his first team place towards the end of the following season to former Leeds goalkeeper Alan Humphreys.

After making a total of 191 Football League appearances for Mansfield he was given a free transfer in the summer of 1966 and was signed for Lincoln City by player-coach Roy Chapman who had been his team mate in the Stags’ promotion-winning side three years earlier.

The 29-year-old made his Imps debut in the first game of the 1966/67 season giving a confident performance in a 2-2 draw at home to Newport County. He then kept a clean sheet as City progressed to the Second Round of the League Cup with a 1-0 win against Division Two side Hull City.

Despite further progress in the League Cup, with another Division Two side, Huddersfield also beaten at Sincil Bank City struggled in the league and Treharne earned few plaudits in a 4-0 home defeat by Southport. However, he followed this up with possibly his best performance in a City shirt as he almost single-handedly kept the margin of defeat down to 2-1 at Notts County. This was followed by another good performance at Brentford in a 2-2 draw but he was beaten five times as Leicester City ended the Imps’ cup run. With three goals conceded at home to Halifax and another five at Hartlepools Treharne then lost his place in the side to 21-year-old former Walsall youngster Dave Tennant, a fellow close-season signing.

Meanwhile, with City only off the foot of the table on goal difference Roy Chapman was relieved of his coaching duties and new manager Ron Gray had no option but to retain Tennant in the side as Treharne was now unavailable due to injury.

Following an FA Cup exit in a 4-3 home defeat to Scunthorpe Treharne was back in the side after an eight-game absence to play in the remarkable and unexpected 8-1 home victory over Luton Town at the beginning of December. Despite a home win over Chesterfield on New Year’s Eve defeats in other games put City bottom of the league, and although he was the only player singled out by Football Echo reporter Maurice Burton as playing to the best of his ability in a 1-0 home defeat to Rochdale in mid-January Treharne was left out of the side again.

Following the conceding of four goals for the second time in three home games Treharne returned to the side in place of Dave Tennant towards the end of April but after four more games a confident display in a 1-0 home defeat to Barnsley nevertheless turned out to be his last game in an Imps shirt as Ron Gray, with an eye on the future, played Tennant in a new-look side that pulled off an amazing 5-4 win at champions Stockport in the last game of the season.

In the close season it was the youthful promise of Dave Tennant that was preferred as a back-up to new goalkeeper John Kennedy so Treharne found himself released in a clear-out of the majority of the players who had been at the club before Ron Gray’s appointment as manager.

As with many of the players of the mid-1960s who joined City with a good playing record behind them, on leaving the club Colin Treharne was to spend the rest of his career in non-league football and went on to play for a series of clubs in the Midland League.

He was immediately snapped up by Ilkeston Town who had just finished in mid-table in the Midland League and within twelve months they had clinched the championship with Treharne keeping 18 clean sheets in 47 league and cup games. He won the praise of supporters for his agility, breathtaking saves, and also his alertness and speed off his line as he was particularly noted for his bravery at diving at forwards’ feet.

He did not miss a game for his first two seasons, in the second of which Ilkeston finished in 6th place, and only briefly suffered a loss of form early in the 1969/70 season, before playing his way back into it as a 7th place finish was recorded. By then he had gained the reputation of being one of the best goalkeepers in the Midland League and in the summer of 1970, he moved on to local rivals Heanor Town.

After a season with Heanor Treharne then moved on again to Boston FC and a year later joined Worksop Town, winning a second championship medal with them in the 1972/73 season.

In 1976, his final Midland League club was Scunthorpe-based Ashby Institute where for a time he was player-manager.

Having settled in North Hykeham with work in the frozen food business Colin Treharne’s final involvement in football was as manager of Lincolnshire League side Hykeham United. His Football League appearances came to a total of 211.

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  1. Sorry – it should say City were only off the foot of the table on goal AVERAGE when Roy Chapman ceased to be player-coach.

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