A Pictorial History



Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1906-07 Southern League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

Syd King managed to bring in some useful looking players for the 1906-07 season. This included the Scottish international, David Lindsay, an outside right from from Heart of Midlothian. King also signed two defenders, Archie Taylor (Brentford) and Bill Wildman (Everton).

It was a good start to the season as the Hammers came away from Tottenham after a 2-1 triumph. At home the Hammers were again in command, beating Swindon 2-0 and Luton Town 5-1 with Lionel Watson claiming a hat-trick. In September there were two goals from Billy Grassam in a 3-0 home win over Leyton. A week later he scored a hat-trick at Portsmouth – but unfortunately the home side scored four. The away form improved, with creditable draws at Plymouth, Reading and Gillingham. During November there was an excellent 4-1 victory at Fulham in which Lionel Watson grabbed a hat-trick to inflict Fulham’s first home defeat of the season. The Christmas period brought two further wins at home: Southampton were beaten 1-0, followed by a satisfying 4-2 triumph against London rivals Tottenham. Young Arthur Winterhalder scored a hat-trick, with Harry Stapley adding the other goal.

In the FA Cup, First Division side Blackpool were the visitors and went away beaten 2-1. In the next round Everton, another First Division side, proved too strong for the Hammers as they won 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground. There was a big crowd of 16,000 for the visit of Millwall. It was a disappointing day as the visitors won 1-0, which left the Hammers in sixth place in the table. After this there was a five-match unbeaten run including home victories over Queens Park Rangers (2-1), and Portsmouth (3–0). Now up to third in the league, the Easter period brought further wins against Reading at home (2-0), and a 3-2 win at Southampton. The final home game of the season was against Fulham, who had already been crowned champions. The home faithful ended the season on a high as the Hammers won 4-1 to finish fifth in the table.