A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1920-21 Football League : Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

21_01_01 WHU v. Coventry City

Upton Park

7 - 0 (Puddefoot 4, Leafe 2, Bishop)

1 January 1921

Att: 8,000

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : FA Cup (Third Round)

Hillsborough

0 - 1

8 January 1921

Att: 49,125

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

 

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League Division II

Millfields Road

1 - 0 (Bishop)

15 January 1921

Att: 20,000

Hampson

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

 

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (James)

22 January 1921

Att: 27,000

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

Elland Road

2 - 1 (Carter, Puddefoot)

29 January 1921

Att: 15,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Puddefoot 3 [1 pen])

5 February 1921

Att: 23,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

BURY : Football League Division II

Gigg Lane

0 - 1

12 February 1921

Att: 10,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

BURY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 1

19 February 1921

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

21_02-19 WHU v. Bury

BRISTOL CITY : Football League Division II

Ashton Gate

0 - 1

26 February 1921

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

Bailey

Puddefoot

James

Young

BRISTOL CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Puddefoot)

5 March 1921

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Simmons

Bailey

Puddefoot

James

Young

21_03_05 WHU v. Bristol City

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

Oakwell

1 - 1 (Puddefoot)

12 March 1921

Att: 13,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Simmons

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

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BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (James, Gittens [og])

19 March 1921

Att: 18,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Simmons

Bishop

Watson

James

Young

21_03_19 WHU v. Barnsley

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NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 2

29 March 1921

Att: 25,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Allen

Simmons

Watson

James

Young

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Puddefoot 2, Leafe)

26 March 1921

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

21_03_26 WHU v. Nottingham Forest

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

Meadow Lane

1 - 1 (Puddefoot)

28 March 1921

Att: 22,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

City Ground

0 - 1

2 April 1921

Att: 22,000

Hampson

Lane

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Watson

Leafe

James

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ROTHERHAM COUNTY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Leafe)

9 April 1921

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Lane

Lee

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

Cowell

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

21_04_09 WHU v. Rotherham County

PORT VALE : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Robinson)

23 April 1921

Att: 15,000

Hufton

Hart

Cope

Allen

Woodards

Tresadern

Leafe

Robinson

Puddefoot

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James

PORT VALE : Football League Division II

Recreation Ground

2 - 1 (James, Watson)

30 April 1921

Att: 12,000

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Allen

Bishop

Tresadern

Leafe

Robinson

Watson

James

Young

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SOUTH SHIELDS : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Puddefoot, Walker [og])

2 May 1921

Att: 15,000

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Allen

Bishop

Tresadern

Gatland

Robinson

Puddefoot

Watson

James

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21_05_02 WHU v. South Shields

SOUTH SHIELDS : Football League Division II

Horsley Hill

0 - 0

7 May 1921

Att: 15,000

Hampson

Hebden

Cope

Allen

Kay

Palmer

Calladine

Robinson

Puddefoot

Brown

Young

1919-20 First XI Season 1920-21 1921-22 First XI

TOMMY HAMPSON makes his Hammers debut against CLAPTON ORIENT at Millfields Road

15 January 1921

 

KEN BAINBRIDGE (1946-1949) Born this day Barking, Essex

 

A prominent member of Hammers senior side in the immediate post-war period, made his initial Hammers debut in the claret-and-blue in a 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Upton Park in an F.A. Cup match on the 5th January 1946. Ken's League debut was against Millwall at the Boleyn in a 3-1 victory, which was gained over the south of the river visitors on the 21st September 1946. This speedy winger was a handful for his opponents and not averse to having a crack at goal, he scored on nine seconds in a 2-1 win over Barnsley, the quickest recorded goal at Upton Park, in a Second Division game on August 29, 1949. His scoring exploits became even more pronounced when transferred to Reading and later Southend United, where he ended his League career.

BAINBRIDGE Ken

WILLIAM JAMES makes his Hammers debut against CLAPTON ORIENT at Upton Park

6 March 1921

 

FRANK NEARY (1946-1947) Born this day Aldershot, Hampshire

 

Neary began his footballing career with Finchley and was nicknamed "The Brown Bomber". Signed from Queens Park Rangers to replace Joe Payne, Scored two goals on his Hammers debut against Newport County at Upton Park in a 3-0 victory on the 8 February 1947, Frank scored 15 times in only 14 Second Division appearances in his first season. Possessor of a fearsome shot, he went on a tour of the London clubs after playing only three times for Hammers the following season, moving to Leyton Orient, 78 games 44 goals, Queens Park Rangers again, 18 games 5 goals, and finally Millwall 123 games, 50 goals.

NEARY Frank

HERBERT COWELL makes his Hammers debut against ROTHERHAM COUNTY at Upton Park

ROTHERHAM COUNTY : Football League Division II

Millmoor

0 - 2

18 April 1921

Att: 10,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

Robinson

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

 

LESLIE ROBINSON makes his Hammers debut against ROTHERHAM COUNTY at Millmoor

JOE HART makes his Hammers debut against PORT VALE at Upton Park

WILLIAM GATLAND makes his Hammers debut against SOUTH SHIELDS at Upton Park

3 May 1921

 

HARRY KINSELL (1951-1956) Born this day Cannock, Staffordshire

 

Already an experienced England international defender when he arrived at the Boleyn from Reading for £5,250. Harry had also seen service with West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers, as well as guesting during war-time with Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough and Blackpool. His signing was another shrewd venture into the transfer market by manager Ted Fenton, who had been a colleague in the England Team. Harry made his West Ham debut in the 2-3 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 13 January 1951. He gave Hammers five seasons yeoman service, often captaining the side, before being given a free transfer to Southern League Bedford Town.

KINSELL Harry

JACK HEBDEN, JOHN CALLADINE and WILLIAM BROWN all make their Hammers debut against SOUTH SHIELDS at Horsley Hill

25 May 1921

 

ERIC ARMSTRONG (1946-1953) Born this day Hebburn-on-Tyne, Northumberland

 

A Whole-hearted wing-half who was mostly a reserve team player, but inspired everyone with his devotion to the game. Signed from Cramlington Welfare F.C. after service in the Royal Navy in WW2, Armstrong had played for East Northumberland Boys before progressing to senior soccer. A member of the Combination Championship side of 1947-48, making his Football League debut against Doncaster Rovers at Upton Park which resulted in a victory by a 2-1 scoreline on the 24 January 1948. His one other appearance in the claret-and-blue came 5 years later in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United at Layer Road in which he scored in the 3-2 victory on the 13 November 1952. He turned his attention to coaching Hammers' junior sides and became coach of Harwich & Parkeston F.C. in 1954. Spent over a decade as the Essex club's manager until his untimely death in 1969.

ARMSTRONG Eric

12 June 1921

 

GEORGE DICK (1948-1949) Born this day Torphichen, Scotland

 

George White Dick was signed by Charlie Paynter from the then star-studded Blackpool in an attempt to solve a goalscoring problem. A member of the Tangerines' Cup Final side of 1948, making his first appearance in the claret-and-blue against Luton Town at Upton Park in a 0-1 defeat on the 30 October 1948. He went on to record another 14 outings that season, but the hoped-for goals didn't materialise, indeed it was against Leeds United on 27th December before he scored his only goal for West Ham in the 3-1 victory at Elland Road. He later regained his goalscoring touch on his travels with Carlisle United, 52 appearances and 23 goals, Stockport County 25 starts and 12 goals and finally Workington recording 16 strikes in 56 games. Dick also coached on the continent with Racing Club Ghent (1953-1955), Boldklubben and Galatasaray. George tragically died in a motor accident in Carlisle September 1960.

DICK George 21_04_23 WHU v. Port Vale 21_04_16 Rotherham County v. WHU