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1908-09 Western League : Division One (B)

MILLWALL : Western League Division One (B)

Clark, Shreeve, Taylor, Yenson, Young, Jarvis, Ashton, Shea, Foster, Brown, Blackburn

 

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Shea)

7 September 1908

Att: 4,000

The club opened their Western League season at home to Millwall.  In front of a crowd of 4,000 the 'Dockers' won 3-1, with Shea scoring the Hammers' goal. Would this be another poor Western League campaign?

The return Western League fixture with Millwall took place at Greenwich. With several changes to the side, would there be an improvement? No is the answer. Two-nil to Millwall.

MILLWALL : Western League Division One (B)

Greenwich

0 - 2

Date ?

BRENTFORD : Western League Division One (B)

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Dyer)

21 September 1908

08_09_21 WHU v. Brentford

Having played and lost against Brentford in the Southern League two days earlier, both teams met one another again on the Monday in the Western League, but the line-ups were distinctly different. There was only a small crowd in attendance at the Boleyn ground. Those that stayed away were obviously already fed up with the earlier performances of the club, whatever league it was, but at least those that were there witnessed a victory. James Dyer opened his account for the club in a single goal victory. Walter Miller played his first game at centre-forward, but did not impress.

 

One of the West Ham supporters in front of the grandstand did not exactly impress the referee either, as the game was stopped for the official to rebuke the man who had been making insulting remarks regarding some of the 'man in the middle's' decisions.

 

When Plymouth came to town for a Western League match it must have been difficult for the 2,000 hardy souls present to drum up any enthusiasm for this competition, especially as the Argyle went away with both points after Alf Harwood had a 'misunderstanding' with 'keeper Clark, which led to a really soft goal for the opposition.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Western League Division One (B)

Upton Park

0 - 1

Date ?

Danny Shea then added to his Western League total when he scored the winner against Brentford to give the Hammers the double over the West London side in this competition, but it was not a lot to get excited about as the opposition were heading for the 'wooden spoon' anyway.

BRENTFORD : Western League Division One (B)

Griffin Park

1 - 0 (Shea)

Date ?

08_12_15 Southern Echo

SOUTHERN ECHO

15 December 1908