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1935-36 Friendlies

SLUG Programme

West Ham United Club Tour in Switzerland 1936

Recorded by Mr A.C. DAVIS  (Director)

THURSDAY, MAY 28th

After a very enjoyable tour, and we wish to thank the following gentlemen for the time and trouble they took to make our stay in the several towns a pleasant one :-

 

Zurich: Dr. Scriker, Secretary of the International Football Federation; Mr. Gassman, Secretary, Swiss F.A.

Kreuzlingen: Mr. Sculer and Mr. Truniger.

Lucerne: Mr. Rieser Ellis.

Aarau: Mr. G. Werder and Mr. D. Peloni.

Lens: Messrs. Bucher, Brossard, Lerat, Marquilly and Beacourt.

PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

Upton Park

4 - 2

17 August 1935

Upton Park

4 - 4

24 August 1935

Conway

Chalkley

Walker A.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Morton

Conwell

Mangnall

Goulden

Ruffell

F.C. AUSTRIA (Austria)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Barrett, [og]

2 December 1935

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

WEST HAM BOYS v. CARDIFF BOYS

English Shield (5th Round 2nd Replay)

Upton Park

2 - 0

27 February 1936

SOUTHEND UNITED

Roots Hall

3 - 5 (Barrett, Mangnall, Ruffell)

1 January 1936

GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY : Reserve Friendly

Upton Park

4 - 4 (Foxall 4)

9 March 1936

CLAPTON : Reserve Friendly

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Foxall 3, Jones)

20 April 1936

36_05_09 West Ham Boys v. Preston Boys 36_02_27 West Ham Boys v. Cardiff Boys 36_03_28 Ilford v. Maidenhead

WEST HAM BOYS v. PRESTON BOYS

English Schools' Shield Competition Final

Upton Park

1 - 1 (aet)

9 May 1936

1936 Preston Scroll

Large scroll given to the West Ham Boys team by Preston Boys, by kind permission of the late great Ernie Gregory

ILFORD v. MAIDENHEAD UNITED

Amateur Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

4 - 1

28 March 1936

CASUALS v. ILFORD

FA Amateur Cup (Final)

Upton Park

2 - 0

2 May 1936

West Ham United were again in demand by foreign clubs who were keen to see them in different parts of the world. Invitations had been received from the United States of America, Soviet Russia, North Africa and Switzerland, and we decided to again accept the offer of the Kreuzingen F.C. to visit them, and play also in Zurich, Lausanne and Aarau.

The party, which included H. Conway, C. Bicknell, A. Walker, C. Walker, E. Fenton, J, Barrett, J. Cockcroft, J. Collins, J. Foreman, L. Conwell, P. Simpson, S. Foxall, L. Goulden,  J. Morton, J. Ruffell, C. Paynter, W. Cearns, F. Pratt and A. Davis, left Victoria Station on Monday, May 11th, at 11 p.m.

Canadian

TUESDAY, MAY 12th.

The Customs Office at Dunkerque afforded us our first experience of discourteous treatment from foreign officials. As we were only passing through France, we declared our cigarettes, which amounted to 1,500 they not only refused to pass them, but declined to allow duty to be paid, so we were forced to leave them behind,

The journey from Dunkerque was through uninteresting country for the most part, until we arrived at Metz, but from there onwards to the Swiss frontier we were passing through miles of vineyards, arriving at Basle about 4.15 p.m.

A very different reception was accorded our party by the Swiss Customs officials, and we were soon passed through to the train, which arrived at Zurich at 6.30 p.m., representatives of the Kreuzingen Club meeting us at the station..

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th.

Strolling by the lakeside, with its transparent waters, and a continuity of villages, wooded hills, green slopes, and the peaks of the Alps in the background, a magnificent panorama is constantly unfolding itself to the eyes. The Lake is 25 miles long, 2½ miles wide, and 450 feet deep, with an area of 33 square miles.

Some of our party visited the Zoo, which is very pleasantly situated on the hillside overlooking the town; most of the animals - and there are a very fine collection indeed - are in open paddocks, and are very clean.

The afternoon was a quiet one, as our first match of the tour was to be played during the evening against the Swiss National team. The kick-off was at 8.30 p.m., the game being played in floodlight. The teams were:

West Ham: H. Conway, C. Bicknell, A. Walker, E. Fenton, J. Barrett, J. Cockcroft, J. Morton, L. Conwell, P. Simpson, L. Goulden and J. Ruffell.

Switzerland: Schlegel, Weiler, Minelli, Muller, Jaicard, Baumgartner, Ciseri, Spagnoli, Monnard, Albi and Bickel.

The match was a try-out, to assist the Swiss F.A. in selecting a team to play Belgium at Basle; several changes in the Swiss team were made while play was in progress. Altogether 15 Swiss representative players took part in the game, which was very fast and pleasant. Goulden scored the only goal, so the "Hammers" won their first match of the tour.

Swiss National Team (Switzerland)

Conway

Bicknell

Walker A.

Fenton E.

Barrett

Cockroft

Morton

Conwell

Simpson

Goulden

Ruffell

 

Away

1 - 0 (Goulden)

13 May 1936

THURSDAY, MAY 14th.

All were out fairly early, and at 10.40 a.m. we entrained for Kreuzlingen; the journey was very pleasant, as a succession of streams, hills and valleys culminated in a magnificent view of the Rhine Falls at Neuhausen.

On arrival at Schaffhausen we had an hour to wait, so a walk was taken through the town. Entraining again at 1 p.m., we arrived at Kreuzlingen at 2.15 p.m., being met at the station by the officials of the local club.

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 15th.

A quiet morning spent mostly idling on the lakeside at Constance; after lunch a trip was made to Meersburg, an ancient German town on the west side of the Bodensee. We finished the day at the Apollo Cinema, with Laurel and Hardy and Schnozzle Durante in "Hollywood Party".

HollywoodParty Poster Gregorey postcard

F.C. KREUZLINGEN (Switzerland)

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Barrett

Cockroft

Foreman

Foxall

Simpson

Goulden

Morton

 

 

 

Away

2 - 0 (Foreman, Simpson)

16 May 1936

SATURDAY, MAY 16th.

Boating and swimming were indulged in, as the weather was glorious, and we paid a visit to the Deutshe Bank in Constance to buy registered marks, which make the English Pound full value; whereas by changing a Pound Note in Germany you only receive 12½ marks, which is less than two-thirds par value.

About 200 yards from the Helvetia Hotel (our headquarters) is the Frontier, with Swiss and German Customs guards. Passports are examined each time you go through, and you are only allowed to take a few Swiss francs with you and no foreign money at all; coming out of Germany you are allowed to bring only 10 marks.

After spending two or three days in the district one is impressed with the apparent cheerfulness and prosperity of the German people, anything in the way of depressed circumstances being conspicuous by its absence.

The afternoon was passed quietly, as we were playing our second game in the evening against Kreuzlingen F.C., again by floodlight. The kick-off was at 8.30 p.m., and the teams lined up as follows:-

West Ham United: Conway, Bicknell, Walker, Fenton, Barrett, Cockroft, Foreman, Foxall, Simpson, Goulden, Morton.

Kreuzlingen: Fuchs, Steinaur, Hasfeli, Plaff, Wagenhoffer, Hofsrettcr, Lemann, Plancherel, Anderegg, Korber and Robein.

The floodlighting of the ground was quite good, and a fine exhibition was put up by both teams, the Kreuzlingen goalkeeper especially giving a great display. The match ended in a win for the “Hammers" by 2-0, Foreman and Simpson scoring

SUNDAY, MAY 17th.

The weather was again very fine and another visit to Constance was made, in order to obtain a further supply of registered marks, and as these were required for expenses later in the day, one of the party had to stay behind with the money.

That the German authorities are keen to get foreign visitors is emphasised by the fact that they have booklets printed in English, which are given to you by the frontier guards, and in which the following invitation appears:-

"The State of Baden wishes to extend to you a hearty welcome. It expresses herewith the hope that your stay in our country will be a pleasant and agreeable one.

"According to traditional German hospitality, not only the tourist industry in all its various branches, but the entire people and all officials will do their utmost that every visitor, irrespective of nationality, will depart from Germany with the best impressions, and a wish -'Auf Wiedersehen’.

                                                      "ROBERT WAGNER,

                                                                     "Reichsstafthalter von Baden,”

 

 

After lunch we accompanied some of our Swiss friends to Constance for the Inter-State match between Dantzig and Baden, The new stadium is one of the best we have seen, and has been built in the country overlooking the lake.

The teams lined up and, after giving the national salute, the game started. Baden put up some fine football, and it looked an easy thing for them, but after half-time three snap goals by Danzig left the Baden team in arrears, and they were eventually beaten by 5-4.

After the game it was decided to walk through the woods to the ferry - only ten minutes' walk we were told, but after a good sharp walk we covered the ground in half an hour. The ferry landed us again at Meersburg.

Dinner was served on the terrace of the Wilder Mann Hotel, and, after a very pleasant day, we arrived back at Kreuzlingen about 10.30 p.m.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 18th.

We left at 10.40 a.m. for Lucerne, and several of our Kreuzlingen friends were at the station to bid us farewell, and, after photos had been taken, the train left to shouts of "Auf Wiedersehen".

We had to change at Zurich, so lunch was taken at the Sweizerhof Hotel; leaving there at 4 o'clock we arrived at Lucerne at 5.15 p.m. After dinner a visit was paid to the Casino, followed by walks on the promenades.

French War Memorial Aerial

TUESDAY, MAY 19th.

A lovely morning, and only three days to see what is called lovely Lucerne, pre-eminent among all Swiss towns for the beauty of its scenery; it is the capital of the canton of the same name.

The River Reuss, which flows through the lake, has its source in the St. Gothard and is crossed by seven bridges, two of which are very ancient. The heights of Pilatus and Rigi rise from the water's edge, a few miles from the town, forming, with the distant Engleberg Mountains, a panorama of surpassing beauty, which, viewed at sunset, will remain long in the memory of all visitors.

After lunch there was a trip on the lake, followed by a visit to Burgenstock, which boasts of having the highest lift in Europe (800ft. up the face of the cliff).

In the evening our Lucerne friends invited us to drive out to Kusnacht, a stop being made at the spot where unfortunate Queen Astrid of Belgium was killed.

The road is perfectly straight and has a good surface, so it is surmised that something caused the wheel of the car to mount the kerb (which is 8 inches high) and drop the other side, thus preventing the wheel being turned back. At the exact spot where the car left the road, there is an opening in the kerb; the car, out of control, must have shot round, Queen Astrid's head striking the tree. King Leopold was thrown out, and was found lying on the ground close to the water, in which the car was submerged.

After a stay of a few minutes at the tragic spot, we continued on to Kusnach, and there played a skittle game with a team of Swiss friends, and were beaten.

The teams were - West Ham: W. Cearns, J. Ruffell, C. Paynter, P. Simpson and H. Conway. Lucerne: Dr. Vogt, and Messrs. Reiser, Silly, Muller and Holz.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20th.

After lunch we left by motor coach for Engleberg, a very delightful drive; we were fortunate to arrive at the famous church while a service was in progress, and it was a musical treat.

Engleberg is a delightful place with its palatial hotels on the hillsides; on the opposite side of the valley is the rope railway to Trubsee, which is a lake 6,000 feet above sea-level.

Arriving at the mountain top snow was plentiful, and a very exciting afternoon was spent.

Aerial railway at Trubsee

THURSDAY, MAY 21st.

Leaving Lucerne by the 10.30 a.m. train, we arrived at Aarau at noon for the third game of the tour, the kick-off being at 6 p.m. The West Ham team was: Conway, Bicknell, C. Walker, Fenton, Barrett, Cockroft, Foreman, Collins, Foxall, Goulden and Ruffell.

The match was a good exhibition of football, the "Hammers" serving up some very fine stuff, and they ran out winners 4-2, the goals being scored by Foxall 2, Goulden  and Ruffell.

During the evening a visit was paid to the principal restaurant, where the stage was held by two Austrian girls, who were highly entertaining with a piano and drums, and singing songs in German, French and English.

AARAU (Switzerland)

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Barrett

Cockroft

Foreman

Collins

Foxall

Goulden

Ruffell

Away

4 - 2 (Foxall 2, Goulden, Ruffell)

21 May 1936

FRIDAY, MAY 22nd.

The officials of the Aarau Club were at the hotel early, desirous of taking us around in the couple of hours to spare before entraining at 12.40 p.m. for Lausanne, where we arrived just before 4 p.m.

In the evening a visit was made to the Apollo Theatre, where we saw Harold Lloyd and Minevitch and his Harmonica Band.

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 23rd.

The morning, dull and cold, was spent in looking around the town, the market being very novel; most of the produce for sale is laid on the sidewalks of numerous streets.

After lunch a visit was made to the Aviation Ground, where a flying circus was to give a display, but up to 4 p.m. they failed to put in an appearance. The evening was spent at the Cinema at the invitation of the proprietors, to see Charlie Chaplin in " Modern Times," and we were greeted on the screen with "Welcome, West Ham United." It is remarkable, after the terrific boost that the picture received while in London, that we could see it before general release in England, in a cinema with a seating capacity of only 220.

SUNDAY, MAY 24th.

Brilliant sunshine, and with the lake promenades looking beautiful and full of people, it provided distinct contrast to the previous day; boating was in favour with a number of our party.

After lunch a rest, and at 4 p.m. we left for the last game in Switzerland.

The teams lined up before a good crowd, and the West Ham team was: Conway, Bicknell, A. Walker, Fenton, Barrett, Cockroft, Morton, Conwell, Simpson, Goulden and Ruffell.

The heat had some effect on the "Hammers" forwards, who gave a very moderate display, and Lausanne eventually won by 1-0.

LAUSANNE (Switzerland)

Conway

Bicknell

Walker A.

Fenton E.

Barrett

Cockroft

Morton

Conwell

Simpson

Goulden

Ruffell

Away

0 - 1

24 May 1936

MONDAY, MAY 25th.

We had received an invitation from Messrs. Nestle Products, Ltd., to look over one of their chocolate factories, and at 9.20 a.m. Mr. Hay and Mr. Wilson of Nestle's arrived at the hotel to take our party to the Orbe factory, which is close to the French frontier.

The process of manufacture was explained in the various departments, and altogether our party had a lesson in food production that was very enlightening, as well as entertaining.

After going through the factory we were taken to the local hotel where Messrs. Nestle had provided lunch for the party. About 2 p.m. we left Orbe for a drive to Montreux, passing through Ouchy, Vevey and along the lakeside.

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 26th.

All about very early, as we were leaving Lausanne by the 6.23 a.m. train for Paris, where, after a rather tiring journey, we arrived at 2.10 p.m. After getting all our baggage transferred from the southern to the northern terminus, we set out to see some of the interesting sights of Paris, and visits were made to the Arc de Triumph and the Eiffel Tower, followed by a drive through the boulevards, etc. At 5.15 we left Paris for Lens, where we arrived at 8 p.m. being met at the station by the officials of the Lens F.C.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27th.

Today we were to be shown the various interesting sights of the town, which the War left without a wall standing, and which is now the most up-to-date mining district in Europe.

The officials of the local club arrived early after breakfast, and we were taken to the cokery, where 3,000 tons of coal are cooked every day for the extraction of ammonia; the whole process was explained, and later we went to one of the 18 pitheads which encircle the town; an invitation was extended to go down the pit, but this was not accepted. From the winding-house, we were taken to the general office of the Mines dc Lens, a magnificent building, standing in beautifully-laid-out grounds. Our party was welcomed by the Director-General, who made a very moving speech, emphasising the friendship of Britain and France, and concluding by saying that they had arranged for us to visit the battlefields during the afternoon, so that some of the horrors of war would be impressed upon the minds of the younger members.

After lunch, cars arrived, and we were driven to Arras, and visited the new Cathedral; continuing, visits were made to a German cemetery, where 15,000 were buried, and we were informed that those interred were only between 16 and 21 years of age.

Proceeding, we arrived at a British Cemetery, where 10,000 of our lads are buried; it is named Cabaret Rouge, and is beautifully kept. Less than two miles away is the French Cemetery, Notre Dame de Lorette, where over 39,000 dead are interred.

Continuing our journey, we arrived at Vimy Ridge, which is now a Canadian reserve and is to remain for ever as it was left at the conclusion of the War.

Our party was taken through the trenches, which are preserved and kept in good condition, and the Canadian Government are just completing a wonderful memorial which is to be unveiled by H.M, King Edward VIII in July, and upon the sides are names of the 60,000 Canadians who were killed.

Returning to Lens we arrived at the Stadium at 5.15 p.m., for the last game of the tour.

The kick-off was at 6 p.m., the West Ham team being: Conway, A. Walker, C. Walker, Fenton, Barrett, Cockroft, Foreman, Morton, Simpson, Goulden and Ruffell.

Our players were showing the effects of no training, and put up a very poor show, whilst the French team were very keen and fast, and Lens ran out winners by 3-2.

At 10.30 p.m. we entrained for London, arriving at 7.30 a.m. on….

RACING CLUB LENS (France)

Conway

Walker A.

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Barrett

Cockroft

Foreman

Morton

Simpson

Goulden

Ruffell

Away

2 - 3 (Simpson 2)

27 May 1936

West Ham and Lens players at the French War Cemetery, Notre Dame de Lorette

GUILDFORD CITY : Reserve Friendly

Blore

Tonner

Parker

Musgrave

Young

Walker R.

Bell

Dell

Fenton

Lewis

Guest

 

Joseph's Road Ground

5 - 3 (Bell, Dell, Fenton, Guest, Lewis)

18 April 1936

Conway

Chalkley

Walker A.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Simpson

Marshall

Mangnall

Goulden

Ruffell

West Ham United Reserves were due to play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the London Combination on the 18 April.  

Eagles home ground was being used for the Amateur Cup Final so the Hammers was left with a free date in the calendar and arranged this friendly with Guildford City.

36_04_18 Guildford City v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Season 1935-36 1934-35 Friendlies 1936-37 Friendlies

Directors copy

Tour of Switzerland

(left to right): Stan Foxall, Charlie Bicknell, Charlie Walker, Joe Cockroft, Larry Conwell (in front), Ted Fenton, Albert Walker, Len Goulden, John Morton

FC Austria:

Gartner, Fischer, Stotz. Swoboda. Medwith, Loser, Popek, Riegler, Nemec, Fiala, Dr. Schleger.

EAST HAM J.O.C. : Reserve Friendly

Upton Park

8 - 0 (Fenton 4, Wood 3, West)

21 April 1936

DAGENHAM TOWN : Reserve Friendly

Away

6 - 3 (Fenton 2, Lewis 2, Dell, Musgrave)

27 April 1936

PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

35_08_24 Practice Match 35_08_17 Practice Match 36_04_21 WHU v. East Ham JOC

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SORRY NO IMAGE

35_12_02 WHU v. FC Austria 35_12_02 WHU v. FC Austria Directors 01 36_03_09 WHU v. Gainsborough Trinity 36_04_20 WHU v. Clapton 36_05_02 Casuals v. Ilford 36_05_02 Casuals v. Ilford Directors

Directors copy

CLUB COLOURS:

Simpson 2, Foreman, Foxall

 

Conway

Chalkley

Walker A.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foreman

Foxall

Simpson

Goulden

Ruffell

 

BLUES:

Bell, Lewis

 

Blore

Inns

Parker

Collins

Walker R.

Musgrave

Young P.

Jones T.

Tippett

Lewis

Bell

 

 

CLUB COLOURS:

Simpson 2, Foxall, Ruffell

 

Conway

Chalkley

Walker A.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Morton

Foxall

Simpson

Goulden

Ruffell

 

BLUES:

Mangnall 2, Lewis, Musgrave

 

Blore

Tonner

Parker

Collins

Walker R.

Musgrave

Foreman

Jones T.

Mangnall

Lewis

Bell

 

Watson

Tonner

Dowen

Collins

Young

Musgrave

Foreman

Dell

Foxall

Fenton B.

Bell

Watson

Inns

Parker

Musgrave

Young

Walker R.

Jones

Dell

Foxall

Lewis

Bell

Anderson F.

Golder B.

Springett F.

Rawlings S.

Luchford R.

Moss V.

Holden

West W.

Fenton B.

Wood C.J.

Wilkinson R.

Blore

Inns

Dowen

Collins

Young

Walker R.

Jones

Dell

Fenton B.

Lewis

Musgrave