A Pictorial History



Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1909-10 Southern League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

Frank Cannon from Queen's Park Rangers was one of West Ham's new arrivals. Syd King also brought in Bob Fairman who had experience playing for Birmingham City in the Football League and Tommy Caldwell, a speedy left-winger from Southend United.

It proved to be a good start as Exeter City were beaten 2-1 on the opening day followed by a 3-1 win at Norwich City. The team were overjoyed to win an away game at last and the fine form continued when Danny Shea scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 home victory over Brentford. Shea scored two more in the 3-0 away win at Reading and Tommy Caldwell grabbed a hat-trick as Bristol Rovers were beaten 5-0 at the Boleyn Ground.

The team were benefitting from having a settled side and the goals continued to flow. At home Plymouth Argyle were beaten 4-1 and Croydon Common suffered a 5-1 defeat. The man in form was Danny Shea, who scored twice in both games. December proved to be a poor month, with three defeats and two draws, but there was relief in January when Norwich City were thrashed 5-0 at home.

The FA Cup brought a home tie with Lancashire Combination side Carlisle United. The Hammers underestimated their opponents and the tie ended at 1-1. Carlisle, mindful of the extra revenue, requested that the replay be played at Upton Park. This time, West Ham played better, winning 5-0 with Fred Blackburn scoring twice. In the next round, away to Football League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Hammers were sensational, winning 5-1. George Webb scored a hat-trick and Shea claimed the other two. The cup draw then brought a trip across London to play Queens Park Rangers, where the Hammers forced a 1-1 draw. It was a disappointing replay, with the visitors winning 1-0 after extra time.

After this, the team’s league form suffered, with only one win coming in the next eight games. There was better fortune at Easter as Crystal Palace were beaten both home and away. April only brought one victory, though, and the season ended with a poor 5-0 defeat at Swindon Town. After being second in the table in November it was a disappointing finish that saw the team end up in ninth place.



PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Southern League First Division

09_10_23 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Shea 2, Webb 2)

23 October 1909

Att: 10,000