A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1919-20 Football League : Division II

In the spring of 1919 the Football League decided to extend the Second Division, and West Ham's successful application at the League's annual meeting in Manchester along with Coventry City, Rotherham County & South Shields ensured that another significant step had been taken in the development of the club, from its inception less than two decades previously. Extensive alterations and improvements had been made to the ground which could now hold up to 30,000 spectators. The 'new era' for the Hammers began on Saturday, August 30 when we entertained Lincoln City at Upton Park before a crowd of 20,000 who witnessed Jimmy Moyes score West Ham’s first ever league goal in the 1-1 draw. The spectators had paid £1,300 to see this momentous occasion. Making his debut was goalkeeper Ted Hufton, who went on to play 402 games for the club. There was a shock in the next fixture at Barnsley as the Hammers were beaten 7-0. Centre-forward Syd Puddefoot was the man in form as he scored twice in the 4-1 victory in the return game with Lincoln City. He then scored a goal in four successive matches. One feature of this season was that in the majority of cases clubs played each other at home and away on successive Saturdays. After the debacle at Barnsley the defence improved and there were many low-scoring games. At home Grimsby and Leicester were beaten 1-0, followed by 2-0 victories against Coventry and Bristol City.

In the FA Cup, after a 0-0 draw at Southampton the Saints were beaten 3-1 in the replay. The next round brought Bury to the Boleyn and with Syd Puddefoot scoring a hat-trick the Lancashire club were beaten 6-0. Puddefoot followed this up a week later with another hat-trick in the 3-1 home win over Port Vale. The goals then dried up as none were scored in the next four league games leading up to the FA Cup tie at Tottenham. Spurs were unbeaten at home and the Hammers unsurprisingly bowed out of the cup, losing 3-0 before a crowd of 47,646. There was some revenge a week later in the league game at the Boleyn. This occasion saw West Ham beat Tottenham 2-1, with Puddefoot scoring both goals. Dan Bailey contributed to the goal tally as he scored in six out of the next seven games, and leading scorer Puddefoot grabbed four more in the 5-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Being the club’s first season in the league, it was an excellent effort to finish seventh.

 

Manager: Syd King

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

The match was something of an anti-climax. West Ham were disappointing in the first half although we improved after half time. The massive proportions of Lincoln's centre forward Egerton were conspicuous as he frequently forced his way through the home defence. It was as a result of his efforts that Lincoln City gained the lead. He eluded the Hammers' rearguard only to be brought down in the penalty area by right back Cope. From the resulting penalty, inside left Chesser made no mistake to give the visitors the lead after 45 minutes.

The second half found the West Ham forwards more in evidence with the left wing pairing of Morris and Bradshaw providing several good openings for their England international centre forward Puddefoot whose thrilling dashes were worthy of a better fate. West Ham's rally was finally rewarded after an hour, when Bradshaw passed to Robert Morris who swung over a centre. Jim Moyes met it with a smart twist of his head that put the ball well out of the reach of goalkeeper Blakey. Newspaper reports said it was the only contribution Moyes made to the afternoon's proceedings, but the former Dundee player earned himself an eternal place in Hammers' history as the scorer of our first-ever League goal. That was the only goal Jim Moyes ever scored in the 'claret and blue' as he subsequently only made one other appearance before disappearing off the Upton Park scene.

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

Two days later West Ham travelled to Oakwell for an evening meeting with Barnsley before a crowd of 5,600. It finished in disaster - 7-0 to Barnsley.

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

Six changes were made for the visit to Sincil Bank five days later and although Lincoln City took the lead in the opening minute, the Hammers' settled down and forgot the problems of a few days previously. Right winger Dick Leafe, a native of Lincolnshire, and left winger James Palmer, a triallist from Newcastle, proved to be the support Syd Puddefoot had been lacking.

After 17 minutes the Hammers' centre forward equalised and within a minute of the resumption put us in front. With the Hammers' half backs proving impassable and the inside forwards creating further opportunities, our dominance began to tell.

The crowd of 6,000 then saw Frank 'Bronco' Burton convert a penalty which safely put the points out of the home side's grasp. With five minutes to go, George Butcher crowned a workmanlike performance at inside right with a goal to put the result beyond all doubt.

165 BURTON Frank

Frank "Bronco" Burton - a vital goal on his Football League debut at Lincoln

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Moyes)

30 August 1919

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Lane

Fenwick

McCrae

Smith D.

Moyes

Puddefoot

Morris

Bradshaw

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

ROTHERHAM CITY : Football League Division II

ROTHERHAM CITY : Football League Division II

STOKE CITY : Football League Division II

STOKE CITY : Football League Division II

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League Division II

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League Division II

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

FULHAM : Football League Division II

FULHAM : Football League Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League Division II

BRISTOL CITY : Football League Division II

BRISTOL CITY : Football League Division II

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League Division II

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19_08_30 WHU v. Lincoln City

Programme wrongly dated September