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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1929-30 Football League : First Division

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

West Ham United displayed excellent form in their opening League- match with the Rovers at Blackburn, and but for some defensive weakness towards the end of the game they would have extracted the full points from the home team instead of drawing at three goals each. During three parts of the game they played such good football that with about 20 minutes left, they led by three goals to one, but the Rovers rallied fiercely, and the Hammers' defenders wavered, allowing the home team to draw level. Nevertheless, it was an excellent performance to gain a point on a ground where they have invariably been defeated.

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

West Ham, although beaten by Birmingham 4-2 at St. Andrew's, played excellent football and provided the home side with a keen struggle. The football throughout was of high quality, and West Ham held their own for three parts of the game. Bradford headed a fine goal for Birmingham ten minutes from the commencement, but five minutes later West Ham drew level, when a quick passing movement caught the home defence napping, and Watson shot the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Bradford, however, restored the lead for Birmingham after Hufton had repelled a shot from Bond, but once again Watson brought the scores level, when he beat the defence and scored almost from the goal line. Bradford, who was in good form for Birmingham, scored a third goal for them, and Barkas converted a penalty kick given against Wade to give the home side the victory in a capital game

Manager: Syd King

WHU v. Derby County - Jim Barrett

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Jim Barrett making an interception

Ten goals were scored in the first two home games as both Middlesbrough and Newcastle United conceded five. New signing inside-left John Ball came from Bury and scored twice in both matches. He was on form and went on to score eight goals in his first ten games. Centre-forward Vic Watson was also prolific as he scored twice in the 3–1 victory at Leeds United and grabbed a hat-trick in a 5–2 home win against Aston Villa in early December. Huddersfield Town won both games over the Christmas period and these came in a run of five successive defeats.

There was a comfortable 4–0 home win against Notts County in the FA Cup, and the next round saw another win, 4–1 against Leeds United, Vic Watson scoring all four goals. Round five brought another home tie, with local rivals Millwall the visitors. The in-form Watson scored twice in a 4–1 victory. Sadly the cup run ended in the quarter-finals again as Arsenal won 3–0 at the Boleyn Ground. A week later at the same venue Arsenal were beaten 3–2, with that man Watson again scoring twice. To add to his goal tally he scored another hat-trick in the 3–0 home win against Leeds. How the Leeds defenders must have feared Vic Watson. Last season he scored seven league goals against them and this season he netted five league goals and four in the FA Cup.

The campaign ended with three home victories and a good 3–2 win at Aston Villa, where Watson yet again claimed a hat-trick. A position of seventh in the table was a vast improvement and was due to the amazing scoring of Vic Watson, who scored 42 league goals and eight in the FA Cup.

Ewood Park

3 - 3 (Ball, Watson, Jones [og])

31 August 1929

Att: 21,817

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

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Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

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St Andrews

2 - 4 (Watson 2)

4 September 1929

Att: 13,301

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwel

lYews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

5 - 3 (Ball 2, Ruffell 2 [1 pen], Watson)

7 September 1929

Att: 22,760

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Ball 2, Yews 2, Watson)

9 September 1929

Att: 15,536

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Pollard

Ruffell

Anfield

1 - 3 (Watson)

14 September 1929

Att: 29,087

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BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

0 - 1

16 September 1929

Att: 13,265

WILLIAM WADE and JOHN BALL both make their Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Ewood Park

19 September 1929

PETER CHISWICK (1954-1956) Born this day Plaistow, Essex

 

This fine goalkeeper signed professional forms for West Ham United in July 1947 after he had appeared as an amateur with Colchester United as well as the Hammers. Peter Chiswick his initial debut against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup at Upton Park which ended 1-1 on the 23 April 1953. He had to wait until the 6 February 1954 before making his League baptism at home to Leeds United in a 5-2 victory. His ten-years at the Boleyn were partially interrupted by National Service. Gillingham made an offer to us when he was placed on the transfer-list, and he joined the Third Division (South) club down in Kent in July 1956. He later joined the ever-growing colony of ex-Hammers under Almer Hall at Southern League Margate, before being appointed manager-coach to Barking F.C. where his experience as a P.T. teacher (in the R.A.F.) and a fully-qualified F.A. coach stood him in good stead.

WALTER POLLARD makes his Hammers debut against LIVERPOOL at Anfield

20 September 1929

BILL NELSON (1950-1955) Born this day Silvertown, London

 

Bill Nelson made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Victor Niblett and Frank O'Farrell in the 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Upton Park in the Essex Professional Cup 28 September 1950. Although he made only two Second Division appearances for Hammers, the first in which he was a member of the team which recorded a rare 2-1 victory against Liverpool in their Anfield fortress on the 4th September 1954, and the other a 1-1 draw, two days later at Upton Park against Hull City. Transferred to London rivals Queens Park Rangers in 1955 for an initially agreed fee of £700, reduced to £600. Nelson later moved to Southern League outfit Guildford City.

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Hodgson

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Barrett, Ruffell)

21 September 1929

Att: 26,601

JIM WOOD makes his Hammers debut against DERBY COUNTY at Upton Park

25 September 1929

JOHN CAMPBELL joins CLAPTON ORIENT

West Ham United career: (1923-1929), Appearances: 29, Goals: 11

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Hufton

Hodgson

Earl

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Ball, Watson)

28 September 1929

Att: 20,695

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division

Hufton

Hodgson

Earl

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Blundell Park

2 - 2 (Ball, Watson)

5 October 1929

Att: 15,542

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LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

St Pier

Barrett

Cox

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Watson)

12 October 1929

Att: 23,525

WALLY ST PIER makes his Hammers debut against LEICESTER CITY at Upton Park

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

St Pier

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Maine Road

3 - 4 (Ball, Ruffell, Yews)

19 October 1929

Att: 34,568

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PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

0 - 1

26 October 1929

Att: 20,493

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Highbury

1 - 0 (Watson)

2 November 1929

Att: 44,828

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EVERTON : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Ruffell 2, Watson)

9 November 1929

Att: 24,801

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Elland Road

3 - 1 (Watson 2, Milburn [og])

16 November 1929

Att: 18,582

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20 November 1929

 

JAMES RUFFELL 6th ENGLAND cap

WALES Home Championship Stamford Bridge, London 6-0

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Watson)

23 November 1929

Att: 18,753

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Wood

Turf Moor

1 - 1 (Barrett)

30 November 1929

Att: 16,640

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SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Watson)

7 December 1929

Att: 16,456

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

St Pier

Barrett

Yews

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Burnden Park

1 - 4 (Watson)

14 December 1929

Att: 16,456

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ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Robson

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Upton Park

5 - 2 (Watson 3, Gibbins, Ruffell)

21 December 1929

Att: 14,624

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Robson

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Gibbins, Watson)

25 December 1929

Att: 28,390

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Hufton

Wade W.

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Robson

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell

Leeds Road

0 - 3

26 December 1929

Att: 21,657

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BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

Hufton

Hodgson

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Robson

Watson

Ball

Ruffell

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Ruffell, Watson)

28 December 1929

Att: 23,901

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SECOND-HALF

29_09_07 WHU v. Middlesbrough 29_09_09 WHU v. Newcastle United 29_09_16 WHU v. Birmingham City 29_09_21 WHU v. Derby County 29_09_28 WHU v. Manchester United 29_10_12 WHU v. Leicester City 29_10_26 WHU v. Portsmouth 29_11_09 WHU v. Everton 29_11_23 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday 29_12_07 WHU v. Sunderland 29_12_21 WHU v. Aston Villa 29_12_25 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 29_12_28 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers CHISWICK Peter NELSON Bill CAMPBELL John WADE William BALL John POLLARD Walter WOOD Jimmy ST PIER Wally