A Pictorial History



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1924-25 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

The fixture-schedule system was changed from this season onwards, thus avoiding the "home - and - away" sequence of matches between the same two clubs on successive Saturdays

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League First Division

Cartoon v. Preston North End

Cartoon v. Preston North End

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

24_09_08 WHU v. Newcastle United 01

Image Courtesy of Tim Parish

Cartoon v. Leeds United

Cartoon v. Leeds United

BIRMINGHAM : Football League First Division

To add some firepower to the Hammers attack inside-forward Stan Earle was bought from Arsenal. There was only one defeat in the first eight games and Earle scored the goals in 1-0 victories against Blackburn and Arsenal. However, only one win followed in a further nine games, culminating in a 5-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers. In December Sunderland were beaten 4-1 at home, with Billy Moore scoring twice against his old club. Vic Watson also scored two goals in that game, which started him on an amazing run where he scored in ten successive league games, a club record that still stands.

London rivals Arsenal were the visitors at home in the FA Cup, and after a goalless first game the teams also drew 2-2 in the replay. The second replay took place at Stamford Bridge and a single goal from George Kay put the Hammers through. Round two saw West Ham win 2-0 away to Nottingham Forest to set up a home tie with Second Division Blackpool, but after a 1-1 draw at the Boleyn the Hammers crashed 3-0 in the replay.

A few days later West Ham found themselves losing 5-1 at half-time at Burnley. In a remarkable comeback, goals from Jennings, Moore and Watson gave the Hammers hope, but Burnley held out to win 5-4.  In March London neighbours Arsenal were beaten 2-1 away followed by a 1-1 draw at Tottenham. There was a good ending to the season as in successive home games Sheffield United were beaten 6-2 followed by a 4-1 win against Everton. Only two games were lost at home but with only three away wins the team finished in 13th place, the same as the previous campaign.

24_08_29 Essex County Chonicle

Essex County Chronicle

29 August 1924


West Ham United


24_09_13 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 24_09_22 Sheffield United v. WHU 24_11_08 WHU v. Birmingham City 01 24_11_15 WBA v. WHU 24_12_06 WHU v. Notts County 24_12_27 Preston cartoon

1 : Football League First Division

30-Aug Preston North EndH  1-025,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonJenningsRuffellJennings

STANLEY EARLE and SAMUEL JENNINGS both make their Hammers debut against PRESTON NORTH END at Upton Park


06-Sep Blackburn RoversA  1-025,000Ewood Park:HampsonHendersonYoungTresadernKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonJenningsRuffellEarle


08-Sep Newcastle UnitedH  0-020,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungTresadernKayCadwellEdwardsEarleGibbinsWatsonRuffellx


10 September

RON WILSON (1946-1947) Born this day Sale, Cheshire


13-Sep Huddersfield TownH  0-030,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungTresadernKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonJenningsRuffellx


17-Sep Newcastle UnitedA  1-425,000St James' Park:HampsonHendersonYoungTresadernKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonJenningsRuffellWatson


20-Sep Aston VillaA  1-130,000Villa Park:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellWatson


22-Sep Sheffield UnitedA  1-110,000Bramell Lane:HampsonHendersonHorlerCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellWatson


27-Sep ArsenalH  1-035,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonHorlerCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellEarle


04-Oct Manchester CityA  1-345,000Maine Road:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellEdwardsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellCookson [og]


11-Oct BuryH  1-115,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellCowperEarleWatsonMooreRuffellYoung

PETER COWPER makes his Hammers debut against BURY at Upton Park 1-1


18-Oct Nottingham ForestA  1-218,000City Ground:KaineHendersonYoungCarterKayBishopCowperJenningsWatsonMooreRuffellJennings

WILLIAM KAINE makes his Hammers debut against NOTTINGHAM FOREST at the City Ground 1-2


23-Oct Clapton OrientLondon Challenge Cup First Round:H  4-1Upton Park:KaineHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellCowperEarleCampbellMooreRuffellCampbell 3, Moore


25-Oct BurnleyH  2-018,000Upton Park:KaineHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellYewsWatsonCampbellMooreRuffellMoore, Ruffell


30 October



01-Nov Leeds UnitedA  1-214,000Elland Road:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellYewsWatsonCampbellMooreRuffellWatson


08-Nov Birmingham CityH  0-130,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsWatsonCampbellMooreRuffellx


8 November

DANNY McGOWAN (1948-1954) Born this day Dublin, Eire


10-Nov ArsenalLondon Challenge Cup Second Round:H  4-1Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungCaterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellEarle, Moore, Watson, Young


15-Nov West Bromwich AlbionA  1-416,000The Hawthornes:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellWatson


22-Nov Tottenham HotspurH  1-128,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonHebdenCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellWatson


24-Nov Queens Park RangersLondon Challenge Cup Semi-Final:N  1-1Stamford Bridge:HampsonHendersonHebdenCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonMooreRuffellKay


29-Nov Bolton WanderersA  0-525,977Burnden Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonJenningsRuffellx


06-Dec Notts CountyH  3-018,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsJenningsWatsonWilliamsRuffellWilliams 2, Watson


08-Dec Queens Park RangersLondon Challenge Cup Semi-Final Replay:N  3-0Millfields Road Ground, Clapton

Orient:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsJenningsWatsonWilliamsRuffellWatson 3


9 December

VIC NIBLETT (1950-51) Born this day Frimley


13-Dec EvertonA  0-115,000Goodison Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsJenningsWatsonWilliamsRuffellx


15-Dec Clapton OrientLondon Challenge Cup Final:N  2-1White Hart Lane:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopCarterCadwellYewsMooreWatsonWilliamsThompsonThompson, Watson


20-Dec SunderlandH  4-120,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsMooreWatsonWilliamsRuffellMoore 2, Watson 2


25-Dec Cardiff CityH  3-227,000Upton Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsMooreWatsonWilliamsRuffellKay, Moore, Watson


26-Dec Cardiff CityA  1-230,000Ninian Park:HampsonHendersonYoungBishopKayCadwellYewsMooreWatsonWilliamsRuffellWatson


27-Dec Preston North EndA  2-315,000Deepdale:HampsonHendersonYoungCarterKayCadwellYewsEarleWatsonWilliamsRuffellWatson, Williams