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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1906-07 Western League : Section B

West Ham United 1906-07

Western League Champions

West Ham United competed in Section B of the Western League along with Millwall, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Section A: teams included Brentford, Bristol Rovers, Chelsea, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Reading. Both Fulham and the Hammers finished top of their respective sections (each with 15 points from 10 games), and in the play-off at Stamford Bridge we won by the only goal.

Back row: William Wildman, George Kitchen, Syd Hammond

Middle row: Tom Robinson (Trainer), Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy, Len Jarvis, Syd King (Secretary)

Front row: David Lindsay, William Grassam, Harry Stapley, Lionel Watson, Fred Blackburn

Season 1906-07 1906 Rough Play in the South

The Manchester Courier

30 October 1906

PORTSMOUTH : Western League

Fratton Park

3 - 3 (Kitchem [pen], Watson, [og])

3 September 1906

Att: 3,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Gardner

Blythe

Piercy

Allison

Lindsay

Grassam

Stapley

Watson

Blackburn

PORTSMOUTH : Western League

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Bridgemen, Piercy, Winterhalder)

12 September 1906

Att: 5,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Taylor

Allison

Piercy

Jarvis

Featherstone

Lindsay

Bridgeman

Kemp

Winterhalder A.

MILLWALL ATHLETIC : Western League

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Kitchen [pen])

17 September 1906

Att: 5,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Gardner

Allison

Blythe

Jarvis

Lindsay

Grassam

Stapley

Watson

Blackburn

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Western League

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Kemp 2, Winterhalder 2, Grassam)

8 October 1906

Att: 5,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Hammond

Allison

Piercy

Jarvis

Featherstone

Lindsay

Grassam

Kemp

Winterhalder A.

SOUTHAMPTON : Western League

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Bridgeman 2, Blackburn)

29 October 1906

Att: 2,500

Kitchen

Wildman

Gardner

Allison

Piercy

Jarvis

Lindsay

Grassam

Bridgeman

Watson

Blackburnr A.

SOUTHAMPTON : Western League

The Dell

1 - 0 (Bridgeman)

5 November 1906

Att: 2,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Gardner

Allison

Piercy

Horn

Featherstone

Kemp

Bridgeman

Blackburn

Winterhalder A.

MILLWALL ATHLETIC : Western League

North Greenwich

3 - 0 (Kemp 2, Winterhalder)

19 November 1906

Att: 1,500

Kitchen

Wildman

Gardner

Allison

Piercy

Horn

Featherstone

Grassam

Bridgeman

Kemp

Winterhalder A.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Western League

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Winterhalder 4, Stapley 2)

26 December 1906

Att: 5,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Hammond

Allison

Piercy

Jarvis

Lindsay

Grassam

Stapley

Watson

Winterhalder A.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Western League

Home Park

0 - 3

29 March 1907

Att: 6,000

Kitchen

Gardner

Taylor

Woodards

Blythe

Jarvis

Lindsay

Kemp

Watson

Blackburn

Winterhalder A.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Western League

White Hart Lane

0 - 4

8 April 1907

Att: 600

Clark

Wildman

Gardner

Allison

Piercy

Horn

Featherstone

Kemp

Grassam

Blackburn

Winterhalder A.

STAPLEY Harry Western League Championship medal 1906-07 1906-07 Western League

FULHAM : Championship Decider

Stamford Bridge

1 - 0 Grassam

15 April 1907

Att: 10,000

Kitchen

Wildman

Hammond

Allison

Piercy

Jarvis

Lindsay

Grassam

Stapley

Watson

Blackburn

 

WEST HAM’S BRILLIANT WIN

The football season is dying hard in London, and nearly ten thousand people witnessed the Western League Championship match at Stamford Bridge, the gate realising £269. The weather was trifle  muggy, but the game was splendidly contested and although Went Ham only beat Fulham by a goal their victory was of a most decisive character. The Southern League champions played Thorpe at left back in place of Charlton, otherwise both clubs placed their full strengthen in the field.

The teams were capitally matched in the first half, but after the interval the Fulham defence was sorely pressed. West Ham’s luck was, however, clean out, and they everything but score goals, shot after shot being charged down, and it was not until two minutes before time that the East-Londoners’ dash and thrust were rewarded. Fulham were very clever, but their cleverness was no match for their sturdy opponents, who broke up their combination so effectively that in the second half the few Fulham attacks came from the wing men. On the other hand, the West Ham forwards were always dangerous when they got away, and only Fryer’s magnificent Judgment and resource kept them from piling up a heavy score. Blackburn and Watson simply made hacks of Collins and Ross, and the latter has never had such a bad time since joined the club. His methods were scrupulously fair, and towards the close appeared to give up trying to stop Blackburn and turned him over Collins’s, care. Stapley’s dashes down the centre were most thrilling, and once in the first half he got clean through the defence and had Fryer helpless, but his shot struck the bottom the post screwed away. Watson had plenty of time to score from the rebound, but kicked wild, and sent the ball in the direction of the corner flag. Again Stapley got through, but Fryer twice fisted out at close range in superb style, the second time while he was on the ground. Kingaby repeatedly beat Jarvis for speed on the Fulham right, his centres were not often accurate, though once Kitchen just reached a high shot and tipped the ball over bar. Freeman looked all over a scorer on one occasion, but after dribbling through lost control of the ball.

The second half opened in desultory fashion, but after a time West Ham simply overran their opponents. A fine centre by Blackburn was snapped up by Grassam, who shot hard at goal. The ball jumped out of Fryer’s hands over his shoulder, but the goalkeeper managed to  hook the ball out in marvellous style. Another shot from Watson struck Thorpe on its way to the net and was diverted over bar, and it seemed as though Fulham were to escape, but two minutes before time Blackburn slung across a long centre, and Lindsay returned to Grassam. The latter shot straight for goal, and Fryer threw himself the direction which the ball was taking. This time the leather struck Morrison, and to Fryer's chagrin the ball went into the other side the net. Thus West Ham gained their first championship by a goal to love.

 

Fulham:

Fryer, Ross, Thorpe, Collins, Morrison, Goldie, Kingaby, Freeman, Hamilton, Hogan,  Threlfall

Referee: T. Howcroft

Division One of the Western League was split into two sections of six clubs, with the winner of each section playing each other in a Championship decider. Fulham won Section A and West Ham United won Section B, with West Ham winning the decider 1–0. Fulham left the league at the end of the season as they were elected to the Football League for 1907–08.