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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1939-40 London Junior Football Combination

With the Armed Services continuing to make heavy demands upon the playing staff of football clubs, both amateur and professional. The game was seen by the Government as a national assset and moral booster, to this end the London Junior Football Combination was set up, with a series of games taking place against other London clubs, Clapton Orient, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers.

 

A match programme from March 1940 reported ...

"Next season there may be even reserve team matches. The players have got to be found somewhere, so it seems youth (and a very youthful youth at that) will have to be recruited to carry on, so if there are any among you between the ages of 16-19, all positions, who to put it in ordinary terms, 'Fancy their chances,' we ask them to write to The Secretary, West Ham United F.C., Boleyn Ground, Green Street, E.13, giving full particulars, i.e, height, weight, age, position, present team, schoolboy and other experience".

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Junior Football Combination

MILLWALL : London Junior Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Junior Football Combination

MILLWALL : London Junior Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Junior Football Combination

40_05_18 WHU v. QPR Reserves 40_05_13 WHU v. Millwall Reserves

CRYSTAL PALACE : London Junior Football Combination

CLAPTON ORIENT : London Junior Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Junior Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : London Junior Football Combination

FULHAM : London Junior Football Combination

CLAPTON ORIENT : London Junior Football Combination

FULHAM : London Junior Football Combination

Shepards Bush

6 - 1 (Chapman 4,   ??,   ??)

13 April 1940

Away

5 - 0

?? April 1940

Shepards Bush

0 - 3

11 May 1940

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Webber 2, Chapman, Dowsett, Exton, Fuller)

13 May 1940

English

Lewis

Pope

Bricknell

Collier

Fuller

Quickenden

Exton

Chapman

Webber

Dowsett

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Chapman)

13 May 1940

Selhurst Park

3 - 3 (Stratton 2, Chapman)

22 May 1940

Away

? - ?

27 May 1940

Upton Park

0 - 1

1 June 1940

Upton Park

? - ?

3 June 1940

Upton Park

? - ?

4 June 1940

Upton Park

? - ?

6 June 1940

Craven Cottage

? - ?

7 June 1940

Our Junior London Combination XI made its debut at Shepherds Bushand secured a brilliant 6-1 victory. Eddie Chapman, as captain and centre-forward, gave a spirited exhibition and contributed four of teh goals.

Season 1939-40 1938-39 Reserves 1940-41 London Junior

Match details and images from this period is sketchy and images are far from complete, if you can help fill-in any missing gaps we would love to hear from you...

40_06_01 WHU v. Charlton Athletic Reserves