A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1922-23 Football League : Division II

Manager: Syd King

The Hammers began the season with high hopes of achieving promotion to the First Division. With this in mind there were new signings made. Inside-forward Billy Moore came from Sunderland in addition to wingers Dick Richards and Billy Charlton. It was a disastrous start, with West Ham winning just three of their opening 14 matches with Billy Moore scoring twice against Rotherham in a 4–0 victory and Vic Watson doing the same in a 2–0 win against Blackpool. After losing 3–1 at Leeds on 4 November the Hammers went on an amazing run where they only lost one game in 36 league and cup matches. Unlike previous seasons, the team were winning away games. Watson scored a hat-trick at Coventry in a 3–1 victory, Billy Moore scored three at Leicester in a remarkable 6–0 win, then in successive away matches Vic Watson scored six goals in total as Crystal Palace were beaten 5–1 followed by a 5–2 win against Bury.

On the final day of the season West Ham were top of the league on goal difference from Leicester City and Notts County. The Hammers were at home to Notts County, while Leicester played Bury. At the Boleyn Ground it was a tense affair as County scored after seven minutes and held on to win 1–0. There was dejection at Upton Park until the news came through that Leicester had also lost 1–0. Then there were joyous scenes as the supporters celebrated promotion to the First Division.

The FA Cup also brought fame as the Hammers reached the final, which was the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. In earlier rounds Hull City, Brighton, Plymouth and Southampton were beaten to set up a semi-final against Derby County at Stamford Bridge. Before a crowd of 50,795, Derby were overwhelmed as the Hammers won 5–2 with two goals each from Billy Moore and Billy Brown, and one from Jimmy Ruffell. The FA Cup final with Bolton Wanderers was to become famous for events off the pitch rather than the game itself. Thousands of fans climbed the gates to get in and descended on the pitch. There were chaotic scenes as police and officials tried to control the crowds and clear the area, with the now-legendary ‘white horse’ prominent in the proceedings. The match itself was ruined as a spectacle as on occasions the crowd around the touchline spilled on to the pitch. The Bolton team handled the conditions better, scored after two minutes and eventually won 2–0. In any event it had been an excellent campaign in winning promotion and taking part in the first ever Wembley Cup Final.

 

BRADFORD CITY : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Watson)

26 August 1922

Att: 27,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Horler

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Charlton

Crossley

Watson

Moore

Richards

DERBY COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

0 - 0

28 August 1922

Att: 16,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Charlton

Crossley

Watson

Moore

Richards

BRADFORD CITY : Football League Divsion II

Valley Parade

1 - 0 (Ruffell)

2 September 1922

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Bishop

Kay

Tesadern

Charlton

Burgess

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

DERBY COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Baseball Ground

1 - 2 (Moore)

4 September 1922

Att: 9,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Charlton

Burgess

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

ROTHERHAM COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Moore 2, Ruffell, Watson)

9 September 1922

Att: 14,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Allen

Bishop

Tresadern

Charlton

Robinson

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

ROTHERHAM COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Millmoor

2 - 2 (Robinson, Watson)

16 September 1922

Att: 9,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Charlton

Robinson

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

STOCKPORT COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

0 - 1

23 September 1922

Att: 5,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Charlton

Robinson

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

STOCKPORT COUNTY : Football League Divsion II

Edgeley Park

1 - 2 (Moore)

30 September 1922

Att: 6,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Charlton

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Crossley)

7 October 1922

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Carter

Kay

Tresadern

Bishop

Allen

Watson

Crossley

Moore

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Divsion II

The Dell

0 - 2

14 October 1922

Att: 7,000

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Brown

Carter

Tresadern

Richards

Watson

Williams

Crossley

Moore

BLACKPOOL : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Watson 2)

21 October 1922

Att: 8,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

CHELSEA : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

Stamford Bridge

3 - 1 (Moore, Ruffell, Watson)

23 October 1922

Att: ?

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

BLACKPOOL : Football League Divsion II

Bloomfield Road

1 - 4 (Moore)

28 October 1922

Att: 14,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Divsion II

Elland Road

1 - 3 (Moore)

4 November 1922

Att: 12,000

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

CLAPTON ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Watson 2, [og])

6 November 1922

Att: ?

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

0 - 0

11 November 1922

Att: 5,000

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Moore

Watson

Crossley

Ruffell

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Watson)

18 November 1922

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Thirlaway

Watson

Brown

Moore

Ruffell

CRYSTAL PALACE : London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)

White Hart Lane

1 - 2 (Moore)

20 November 1922

Att: ?

Hufton

Hebden

Henderson

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Watson

Brown

Moore

Ruffell

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League Divsion II

Lea Bridge Road

2 - 0 (Watson 2)

25 November 1922

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

SOUTH SHIELDS : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Moore)

2 December 1922

Att: 15,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

SOUTH SHIELDS : Football League Divsion II

Horsley Hill

0 - 0

7 December 1922

Att: 7,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

Blackpool v. WHU

GEORGE HORLER, WILLIAM CHARLTON, CHARLES CROSSLEY, WILLIAM MOORE and DICK RICHARDS all make their Hammers debut against BRADFORD CITY at Upton Park

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League Divsion II

Molineux

4 - 1 (Brown 2, Moore, Watson)

16 December 1922

Att: 10,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Watson)

23 December 1922

Att: 15,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League Divsion II

Old Trafford

2 - 1 (Brown, Moore)

25 December 1922

Att: 17,500

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League Divsion II

Upton Park

0 - 2

26 December 1922

Att: 20,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Brown

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Divsion II

Hghfield Road

3 - 1 (Watson 3)

30 December 1922

Att: 14,000

Hufton

Henderson

Young

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Richards

Crossley

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

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SECOND-HALF

22_08_28 WHU v. Derby County 22_10_07 WHU v. Southampton 22_11_18 WHU v. Clapton Orient 01 22_12_02 WHU v. South Shields 22_12_23 WHU v. Wolves 22_12_26 WHU v. Manchester United

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DICK BURGESS makes his Hammers debut against BRADFORD CITY at Valley Parade

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