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1930-31 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

30_10_18 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

Image courtesy of Tim Parish

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

The Hammers got off to a blistering start as nine goals were scored in home wins against Huddersfield Town and Liverpool. The Merseysiders crashed 7–0 to a rampant West Ham led by Vic Watson in sparkling form. After two goals against Huddersfield he scored four against Liverpool. The early promise was soon shattered as five days later the Hammers crashed 6–1 at Aston Villa and two days after that were beaten 3–0 at home by Middlesbrough. With Watson scoring in the next three games it was a huge blow when he got injured at Newcastle and missed the next four months of the season. In his absence Viv Gibbins did well and in October he was on hand to hit a hat-trick against Manchester United in a 5–1 home victory. Following that game there was a run of nine games unbeaten, ended by a 6–1 defeat at Sunderland. In early January Boleyn Ground customers were treated to ten goals as the Hammers and Aston Villa drew 5–5.

A week later the FA Cup hopes faded as Chelsea won 3–1 in a third-round tie at Upton Park. Flying winger Jimmy Ruffell scored a hat-trick against Grimsby Town but Grimsby went away with the points after winning 4–3.This was the start of a very poor run as the Hammers won only one game in the next ten fixtures; a disappointing final placing of eighteenth was achieved.

30_08_30 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 01 30_09_01 WHU v. Liverpool 30_09_08 WHU v. Middlesbrough 01

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Watson 2)

30 August 1930

Att: 18,023

Dixon

Earl

Cox

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Upton Park

7- 0 (Watson 4, Earle 2, James)

1 September 1930

Att: 11,682

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

WILF JAMES makes his Hammers debut against HUDDERSFIELD TOWN at Upton Park

West Ham United recorded an incredible 7-0 win over Liverpool. The Hammers defeated the Reds 4-1 at the Boleyn Ground the previous season, and they would go on to even better that result with a ruthless display. Vic Watson scored four of the goals and would go on to notch 14 in only 18 league games this season. Stan Earle also got in on the act with two goals, while Wilfred James' strike completed the Hammers' tally of seven.

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

Villa Park

1 - 6 (Watson)

6 September 1930

Att: 35,897

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 3

8 September 1930

Att: 13,597

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Watson 2, Earle, James

13 September 1930

Att: 31,334

Hufton

Earl

Barrett

Collins

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

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MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Ayresome Park

2 - 2 (James, Watson)

17 September 1930

Att: 14,778

Hufton

Earl

Barrett

Collins

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

St James' Park

2 - 4 (Earle, Watson)

20 September 1930

Att: 18,971

Hufton

Earl

Cox

Collins

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

James

Ruffell

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Gibbins, James, Watson)

27 September 1930

Att: 26,487

Hufton

Earl

Barrett

Collins

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division

Blundell Park

0 - 4

4 October 1930

Att: 14,423

Hufton

Earl

Barrett

Collins

St Pier

Cadwell

Evans

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

ARTHUR EVANS makes his Hammers debut against GRIMSBY TOWN at Blundell Park

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Gibbins 3, Barrett, Ruffell

11 October 1930

Att: 20,003

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

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BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Yews 2, Gibbins, Ruffell)

18 October 1930

Att: 22,114

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Highbury

1 - 1 (Pollard)

25 October 1930

Att: 51,918

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

James

Pollard

Ruffell

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SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Gibbins 2, Barrett, Earle)

1 November 1930

Att: 19,740

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

5 November 1930

JIM BARRETT Jnr. (1949-1954) Born this day West Ham, London

 

James Guy “Jim” Barrett was the son of the the illustrious "Big" Jim Barrett. Junior made a good impression at the Boleyn in the early fifties, making his Hammers debut in the 0-2 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 22nd April 1950. Sold for a substantial fee to Nottingham Forest at Christmas 1954, he was the Midlanders' top scorer in 1956-57 and played a big part in their rise to the First Division. After a short spell with Birmingham City he returned to the fold as a player-manager of Hammers "A" team until 1968, when he left again to serve under another ex-Hammer Ben Fenton at Millwall.

Died: 20 October 2014 (aged 83)

BARRETT Jim Jnr

BIRMINGHAM : Football League First Division

St Andrews

2 - 0 (Yews 2)

8 November 1930

Att: 20,171

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Norris

15 November 1930

Att: 16,612

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Norris

James

Ruffell

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Baseball Ground

1 - 1 (Gibbins)

22 November 1930

Att: 12,092

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Norris

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

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LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Ruffell 2)

29 November 1930

Att: 17,670

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Norris

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

Bramall Lane

3 - 1 (Earle, Gibbins, Ruffell)

6 December 1930

Att: 12,115

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

8 December 1930

GEOFF HALLAS (1954-1955) Born this day Lydgate, Oldham

 

Promising young full-back who had his career tragically terminated when he developed eye trouble. Signed from Warminster Town in March 1954, and made the first of his three appearances in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5 March 1955 along with Billy Dare. He was granted a joint testimonial by the club along with Brian Moore, who suffered a similar fate.

HALLAS Geoff

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Ruffell 2)

13 December 1930

Att: 19,875

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Norris

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Barrett

James

Ruffell

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Roker Park

1 - 6 (Gibbins)

20 December 1930

Att: 20,846

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Gibbins 2, James, Norris)

25 December 1930

Att: 27,718

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Gibbins

James

Harris

Norris

PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

Fratton Park

0 - 2

26 December 1930

Att: 25,442

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Robson

Gibbins

James

Harris

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Leeds Road

0 - 2

27 December 1930

Att: 13,830

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

Norris

Harris

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JIM HARRIS makes his Hammers debut against PORTSMOUTH at Upton Park

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Image courtesy of Andrew Conway

30_10_25 Arsenal v. WHU

West Ham United

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