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1938-39 Football League : Division II

Manager: Charlie Paynter

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THE YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Friday December 16, 1938

Penalty Incident

CHELTENHAM CHRONICLE &

GLOCESTERSHIRE GRAPHIC

Saturday October 1, 1938

TRANMERE ROVERS : Football League Division II

The 1938-39 season kicked-off with three defeats which didn’t bode well for the rest of the campaign. A mid-week engagement at Maine Road was hardly a pleasant prospect, by the happy Hammers came away with a welcome 4-2 victory which was just the confidence needed as 15 goals were scored in the next three home games.  Coventry City were beaten 4-1 and a hat-trick from Archie Macaulay came in the 6-1 thrashing of Tranmere Rovers. Swansea Town were next to face the onslaught and with Small and Morton getting two goals each the Welsh team were beaten 5-2. Away form had improved this campaign and following a draw at Nottingham Forest and a 2-1 win at Luton there was a splendid 4-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

The FA Cup brought a 2–1 victory at Queens Park Rangers, after which a home tie with Tottenham followed. There were thrills and spills at the Boleyn Ground as Spurs took a 3-1 lead with 30 minutes remaining. But in that final period Stan Foxall scored twice for the Hammers to take the tie to a replay. There were 50,798 inside White Hart Lane for the replay, which in a hard-fought tussle ended 1-1. The second replay took place at Highbury and goals from Foxall and Macaulay gave West Ham a 2-1 win. The fifth round saw the Hammers travel to First Division Portsmouth, where two second-half goals gave the home side a 2-0 victory.

In the next ten league games the Hammers failed to score on seven occasions, but Nottingham Forest were beaten 5-0 and Norwich City were crushed 6-2 at Carrow Road.

The positives this season had been a decent cup run and winning seven games won on opponents’ grounds, despite their improved away form, scoring 13 more goals and accumulating two additional points than the previous season they ended their mediocre season two places lower in eleventh place.  

26 August 1938

PETER SHEARING (1960) Born this day Uxbridge, Middlesex

 

An experienced senior amateur goalkeeper with Uxbridge, Hayes, Kingstonian and Hendon, playing for the latter in the 1960 Amateur Cup Final at Wembley shortly before moving to Upton Park in June 1960, the Hammers’ making a £250 donation to secure his services. Shearing made his initial League appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in a 0-1 defeat on the 3 September 1960. He went on to make half-a-dozen First Division outings deputising for Brian Rhodes before returning to reserve team duty. Began a grand tour of the West Country clubs when transferred to Portsmouth, later taking in Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter again, Bristol Rovers and finally Gillingham. He assisted Fellow ex-Hammer Andy Nelson at Charlton Athletic when the latter was manager at The Valley, and also became a fully-qualified referee.

FULHAM : Football League Division II

Craven Cottage

2 - 3 (Macaulay 2)

27 August 1938

Att: 24,561

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Turner

Cockroft

Foxall

Wood

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

38_08_27 Fulham v. WHU 38_08_29 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 38_09_03 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Macaulay)

29 August 1938

Att: 15,222

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Turner

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Wood

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Fenton B., Morton)

3 September 1938

Att: 21,586

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Turner

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League Division II

Maine Road

4 - 2 (Foxall 2, Fenton B., Morton)

7 September 1938

Att: 20,351

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

38_09_07 Manchester City v. WHU

BURY : Football League Division II

Gigg Lane

1 - 1 (Small)

10 September 1938

Att: 12,090

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Fenton B. 2, Macaulay 2)

17 September 1938

Att: 23,411

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

BLAKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

Ewood Park

1 - 3 (Fenton B.)

19 September 1938

Att: 18,008

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

38_09_24 WHU . Tranmere Rovers 38_10_08 WHU v. Swansea Town 38_10_22 WHU v. Newcastle United

SORRY NO IMAGE

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Macaulay 3 [1 pen], Cockroft, Corbett, Foxall)

24 September 1938

Att: 20,549

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

CHESTERFIELD : Football League Division II

Recreation Ground

0 - 1

1 October 1938

Att: 11,503

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

SORRY NO IMAGE

SWANSEA TOWN : Football League Division II

Upton Park

5 - 2 (Morton 2, Small 2, Foxall)

8 October 1938

Att: 20,992

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Small

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

City Ground

0 - 0

15 October 1938

Att: 17,449

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Small

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

SORRY NO IMAGE

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Ancell [og])

22 October 1938

Att: 26,721

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Small

Macaulay

Fenton B.

Morton

22 October 1938

 

LEN GOULDEN 9th ENGLAND cap

WALES Home Championship Ninian Park, Cardiff 2-4

 

 

26 October 1938

 

LEN GOULDEN 10th ENGLAND cap

UEFA REST of EUROPE International Friendly Highbury Stadium, London 3-0

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League Division II

White Hart Lane

1 - 2 (Foxall)

29 October 1938

Att: 51,170

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Fenton B.

Morton

38_10_29 Tottenham v. WHU 38_11_19 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle

NORWICH CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Fenton B., Macaulay)

5 November 1938

Att: 22,038

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Fenton B.

Morton

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

Kenilworth Road

2 - 1 (Macaulay, Small)

12 November 1938

Att: 18,331

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Fenton B.

Morton

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Goulden, Macaulay)

19 November 1938

Att: 22,946

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

Bramall Lane

1 - 3 (Foxall)

26 November 1938

Att: 19,603

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Fenton B.

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

38_11_26 Sheffield United v. WHU 38_12_03 WHU v. Burnley 38_12_10 WBA v. WHU

BURNLEY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Morton)

3 December 1938

Att: 18,759

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League Division II

The Hawthorns

2 - 3 (Macaulay, Small)

10 December 1938

Att: 23,902

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Small)

17 December 1938

Att: 14,476

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

38_12_17 WHU v. Southampton 38_12_24 WHU v. Fulham 38_12_27 WHU v. Millwall

FULHAM : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Macalay)

24 December 1938

Att: 10,399

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

MILLWALL : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 0

27 December 1938

Att: 34,350

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Green

Goulden

Morton

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

Hillsborough

4 - 1 (Foxall 2, Morton, Small)

31 December 1938

Att: 29,081

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Corbett

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

HARRY MEDHURST makes his Hammers debut against FULHAM at Upton Park

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

SHEARING Peter SHEARING Peter & Steve 304 GOULDEN Len - England 38_12_28 FOXALL - Derby Evening Telegraph

DERBY EVENING TELEGRAPH

Wednesday December 28, 1939

38_09_19 Blackburn Rovers - Daily Mail Hull

THE DAILY MAIL, HULL

Monday September 19, 1939

38_12_29 Foxall - Western Daily Press & Bristol Mirror

WESTERN DAILY PRESS & BRISTOL MIRROR

Thursday December 29, 1939

38_09_10 Bury v. WHU

Image courtesy of Thomas Kern

Special Thanks to Dennis Lamb for access to his programme collection

38_09_17 WHU v. Coventry City

Image courtesy of Thomas Kern..

Image courtesy of Thomas Kern

38_11_05 WHU v. Norwich City 38_11_12 Luton Town v. WHU 38_12_31 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU