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1940-41 The War Years : Regional League South

THE LONDON WAR CUP

The London War Cup was an English football competition held with the aim of helping to fill the gaping hole left in English football by the FA Cup's cancellation. Although called the London War Cup, teams from across the south of England took part. It was one of several competitions held to provide football matches to entertain the public while the major competitions were suspended; another included the Football League War Cup which West Ham United won the previous season.

41_05_17 Arsenal v. WHU

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : South Regional League

BRENTFORD : South Regional League

FULHAM : South Regional League

WATFORD : South Regional League

ARSENAL : Football League War Cup (Third Round ~ 1st leg)

READING : London War Cup "B" Division

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football League War Cup (Second Round ~ 2nd leg)

NORWICH CITY : Football League War Cup (First Round ~ 1st leg)

ARSENAL : London War Cup "B" Division

MILLWALL : London War Cup "B" Division

Medhurst

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Barrett

Fenton

Foxall

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Fenton

Savage (Guest)

Foxall

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

 

Medhurst

Bicknell

Savage (Guest)

Small

Barrett

Corbett N.

Foxall

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Barrett

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Wood

Hobbis

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Barrett

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis

Medhurst

Bicknell

Banner

Small

Corbett N.

Lewis

Foxall

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis

The Den

2 - 1 (Foreman, Goulden)

4 January 1941

Att: 2,500

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Bicknell)

25 January 1941

Att: 5,000

Carrow Road

1 - 2 (Barrett)

15 February 1941

Att: 4,555

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Small 3)

8 March 1941

Att: 6,000

Upton Park

0 - 1

15 March 1941

Att: 14,000

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hobbis)

22 March 1941

Att: 4,000

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Foreman, Foxall)

14 April 1941

Att: 2,000

Upton Park

0 - 1

26 April 1941

Att: 3,000

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Small, Foreman, Hobbis)

3 May 1941

Att: 3,000

ARSENAL : London War Cup "B" Division

Highbury

0 - 3

17 May 1941

Att: 7,365

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Corbett N.

Barrett

Lewis

Foxall

Chapman

Foreman

Small

Hobbis

Loftus Road

5 - 1 (Foreman 3, Foxall, Goulden)

31 May 1941

Att: 2,000

Manager: Charlie Paynter

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Regional League South

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Regional League South

40_09_07 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane

3 - 2 (Fenton 2, Barrett)

31 July 1940

Att: 5,000

Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Barrett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Small

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Goulden)

7 September 1940

Att: 3,000

LUTON TOWN : Regional League South

(Fixture not played)

Kenilworth Road

14 September 1940

LUTON TOWN : Regional League South

Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Chapman

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Barrett, Fenton, Small)

21 Septmber 1940

Att: 500

CLAPTON ORIENT : Regional League South

Leyton Stadium

3 - 3 (Foxall 2, Goulden)

28 Septmeber 1940

Att: 500

CHELSEA : Regional League South

40_10_05 Chelsea v. WHU

Stamford Bridge

1 - 1 (Goulden)

5 October 1940

Att: 2,000

MILLWALL : Regional League South

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Upton Park

3 - 2 (Fenton, Foreman, Foxall)

12 October 1940

Att: 1,000

40_10_12 WHU v. Millwall

MILLWALL : Regional League South

The Den

2 - 2 (Foreman, Lewis)

19 October 1940

Att: 600

SOUTHEND UNITED : Regional League South

Upton Park

11 - 0 (Foreman 4, Foxall 3, Barrett, Fenton, Goulden, Macaulay)

26 October 1940

Att: 5,000

SOUTHEND UNITED : Regional League South

New Writtle Street

1 - 3 (Foxall)

2 November 1940

Att: 1,000

BRENTFORD : Regional League South

Upton Park

9 November 1940

POSTPONED (Played 3rd May 1941)

BRENTFORD : Regional League South

Griffin Park

2 - 0 (Corbett, Goulden)

16 November 1940

Att: 400

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Regional League South

40_11_23 WHU v. Charlton Athletic

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Foreman 2, Fenton, Foxall)

23 November 1940

Att: 500

Medhurst

Corbett N.

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Woodgate

Macauley

Small

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Small

Fenton

Phypers (Guest)

Foxall

Foreman

Goulden

Chapman (Guest)

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Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Small

Macaulay

Chapman (Guest)

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Lewis (Guest)

Walker R.

Barrett

Small

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Chalkley

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Small

Chapman (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Savage (Guest)

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Barrett

Small

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Regional League South

The Valley

2 - 1 (Foreman, Foxall)

30 November 1940

Att: 300

Conway

Bicknell

Savage (Guest)

Fenton

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Chapman (Guest)

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

CHELSEA : Regional League South

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Foreman 2, Barrett, Foxall, Goulden, Macaulay)

7 December 1940

Att: 1,000

Conway

Bicknell

Savage (Guest)

Fenton

Barrett

Corbett N.

Small

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

CLAPTON ORIENT : Regional League South

40_12_14 WHU v. Clapton Orient

FULHAM : Regional League South

ARSENAL : Regional League South

40_12_25 WHU v. Arsenal

FULHAM : Regional League South

40_12_28 WHU v. Fulham 41_01_11 WHU v. Millwall WC

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Foreman)

28 December 1940

Att: 2,500

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Barrett

Fenton

Macaulay

Yorston (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Foreman 3, Fenton, Goulden)

14 December 1940

Att: 1,200

Conway

Bicknell

Chalkley

Savage (Guest)

Barrett

Corbett N.

Small

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Bicknell

Chalkley

Savage (Guest)

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Chapman (Guest)

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

MILLWALL : London War Cup "B" Division

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Barrett

Fenton

Foxall

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Foreman, Hobbis)

11 January 1941

Att: 3,500

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London War Cup "B" Division

Gregory

Bicknell

Savage (Guest)

Barrett

Walker R.

Green

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Fenton

Hobbis (Guest)

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Foreman, Foxall, Small)

8 February 1941

Att: 5,200

41_01_25 WHU v. Asrenal 41_02_08 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur WC

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London War Cup "B" Division

White Hart Lane

2 - 1 (Fenton, Small)

1 February 1941

Att: 4,690

Medhurst

Bicknell

Savage (Guest)

Small

Barrett

Green

Foxall

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

NORWICH CITY : Football League War Cup (First Round ~ 2nd leg)

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Barrett

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Foreman 2, Barrett, Small)

22 February 1941

Att: 5,500

41_02_22 WHU v. Norwich City WC

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football League War Cup (Second Round ~ 1st leg)

Medhurst

Bicknell

Chalkley

Green

Barrett

Corbett N.

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Macaulay

Hobbis (Guest)

New Writtle Street

1 - 2 (Foxall)

1 March 1941

Att: 3,500

41_03_08 WHU v. Southend United WC 41_03_15 WHU v. Arsenal WC 41_03_22 WHU v. Reading WC

ARSENAL : Football League War Cup (Third Round ~ 2nd leg)

READING : London War Cup "B" Division

CLAPTON ORIENT : London War Cup "B" Division

41_04_12 WHU v. Clapton Orient

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Highbury

1 - 2 (Foreman)

29 March 1941

Att: 12,500

Elm Park

1 - 4 (Wood)

5 April 1941

Att: 5,069

Medhurst

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Foxall

Wood

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Upton Park

8 - 1 (Foreman 2, Small 2, Chalkley, Corbett N., Foxall, Goulden)

12 April 1941

Att: 3,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Waller (Guest)

Barrett

Corbett N.

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

41_04_14 WHU v. Watford

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Waller (Guest)

Barrett

Small

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

CLAPTON ORIENT : London War Cup "B" Division

Medhurst

Bicknell

Chalkley

Collier

Waller (Guest)

Lewis

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Leyton Stadium

3 - 2 (Foreman 2, Small)

19 April 1941

Att: 1,000

41_04_26 WHU v. Fulham

Hobbins (Guest)

Corbett N.

Chalkley

Waller (Guest)

Barrett

Small

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

41_05_03 WHU v. Brentford

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Waller (Guest)

Walker R.

Lewis (Guest)

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Macaulay

Hobbis (Guest)

READING : South Regional League

Hobbins (Guest)

Bicknell

Chalkley

Barrett

Walker R.

Lewis (Guest)

Foxall

Small

Foreman

Goulden

Penny (Guest)

Elm Park

1 - 1 (Barrett)

10 May 1941

Att: 6,000

CHELSEA : South Regional League

41_05_24 WHU v. Chelsea

Hobbins (Guest)

Lewis (Guest)

Chalkley

Macaulay

Whittaker (Guest)

Small

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Nieuwenhuys 2, Foxall)

24 May 1941

Att: 2,500

Hobbins (Guest)

Bicknell

Walker C.

Small

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

MILLWALL : South Regional League

Upton Park

0 - 3

2 June 1941

Att: 3,500

Gregory

Bicknell

Walker C.

Small

Waller (Guest)

Lewis (Guest)

Foxall

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Hobbis (Guest)

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : South Regional League

Hobbins (Guest)

Bicknell

Chalkley

Barrett

Joy (Guest)

Lewis (Guest)

Chapman (Guest)

Nieuwenhuys (Guest)

Foreman

Small

Foxall

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Foreman, Small)

7 June 1941

Att: 2,100

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Foreman 2, Chapman, Foxall)

25 December 1940

Att: 9,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Fenton

Barrett

Corbett N.

Chapman (Guest)

Yorston (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Craven Cottage

2 - 1 (Foreman, Osborne)

21 December 1940

Att: 1,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Chalkley

Small

Barrett

Fenton

Chapman (Guest)

Osborne (Guest)

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Chalkley

Lewis (Guest)

Ferris (Guest)

Barrett

Corbett N.

Small

Fenton

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

Conway

Chalkley

Savage (Guest)

Fenton

Barrett

Lewis (Guest)

Chapman (Guest)

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Foxall

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41_02_01 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU WC 41_03_29 Arsenal v. WHU Season 1940-41 1939-40 Abandoned 1941-42 First XI

Our war time Regional League South home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on September 7th 1940 was abandoned after 80 minutes because of an air-raid warning. Unfortunately for the Hammers the result  stood.

41_03_01 Southend United v. WHU FLC

Fixture was played at Chelmsford City's New Writtle Street stadium due to Southend's evacuation from Roots Hall

Image courtesy of John Northcutt

Fixture was played at Chelmsford City's New Writtle Street stadium due to Southend's evacuation from Roots Hall

Fresh from lifting the inaugural Football League War Cup in June 1940, West Ham United enjoyed a successful 1940-41 campaign in the War League South.

With the Second World War raging, the Football League competitions had been halted to save on resources, with a regional tournament replacing them. The Hammers, who welcomed a number of guest players into their ranks to compensate for the loss of players to the Armed Forces, adapted well to the temporary arrangements.

The 1940-41 campaign had seen West Ham score some eye-catching victories, including an 11-0 home win over Southend United in October 1940, a 6-2 success against Chelsea two months later and an 8-1 victory over Clapton Orient in April 1941. The main goalscorer in all three games was Alec George Foreman, who scored four times against Southend and twice apiece against Chelsea and Orient.

In all, Foreman would finish the season with an impressive 24 goals in just 23 league matches. Three of them came in a 5-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers on this day in 1941, when a 2,000-strong crowd also saw Joseph Stanley Foxall and Len Goulden find the net.

Foreman would score his final goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat by Rangers in the reverse fixture on 7 June 1941 - the last game of the season. The prolific forward would total 188 goals in just 234 appearances for the Hammers, but the hostilities meant that just nine of those appearances and two goals have made the first-team record books.

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41_06_07 WHU v. QPR

West Ham United have never completed a league season any later than they did on this day in 1941, when the Second World War-affected campaign ended with a home fixture against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 7 June.

West Ham United prepared for the home game still in with a chance for the Regional League ‘South’ title.

The Hammers knew, however, that they would have to overcome their west London rivals at the Boleyn Ground to overhaul leaders Crystal Palace on goal average.

This task proved impossible as the visitors won a thrilling match by the odd goal in five, with the prolific ‘Alec’ George Foreman and Sam Small on target for the hosts.

Foreman's goal was his 34th in 39 games that season, but it was not enough to hold off the Hoops in front of a brave crowd of just 2,100.

There were 34 clubs competing in 'South' Division that season with the final league positions decided on goal average, however, hostilities left many fixtures unfulfilled.

Crystal Palace finished the campaign in top spot with a goal average of 1.96 from 27 played, West Ham United were runners-up with a goal average of 1.79 from 25 games played.

15 March 1941

ANDY SMILLIE (1958-1961) Born this day Ilford, Essex

 

The former Ilford schoolboy won representative honours with London and England Schoolboys before joining the ground-staff at Upton Park in 1956. Andy Smillie made his initial claret and blue appearance for the ‘A’ team in a the Metropolitan League fixture at Hanbury Park against Haywards Heath, 18 August 1956. The youngster got his Hammers career off to the perfect start by scoring on his debut in the 2-1 win. Programmes notes record that he scored a fine goal to equalise and both he and Harry Cripps worked hard in their first appearance and showed that they have extremely good prospects ahead of them. Smillie signed professional forms in June 1958 after adding three England Youth caps to his earlier honours. His senior first team appearance came in the semi-final of the Essex Professional Cup against Southend United at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory on 10 March 1958, and went on to make his First Division debut nine months later at White Hart Lane in the 4-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day, a result that helped Ted Fenton’s side to finish sixth in the top-flight that season. Smillie contested a first-team slot with John Dick and netted three goals in 20 First Division games before being sold to Crystal Palace for £10,000 in June 1961, and later joined Scunthorpe United for a similar fee in July 1963. He was reunited with Ted Fenton at Southend United in September 1964 and featured in successive promotion challenges, scoring 29 goals in 164 League outings while at Roots Hall before moving to Gillingham in October 1968. Subsequently playing for Folkestone and Ferndale

1 April 1941

TONY SCOTT (1959-1965) Born this day Edmonton, London

 

An orthodox right-winger with a penchant for scoring goals. North London born, he escaped the Tottenham scouting net to join the Upton Park ground-staff in 1957; quickly making his way through the junior ranks and 12 appearances for England Youth. Had his League debut against Chelsea at Upton Park along with John Lyall in a 4-2 victory on the 6 February 1960. Partnering Phil Woosnam on the right wing, Scott played 97 games for West Ham, scoring 19 goals, before moving to Aston Villa for £25,000 and renewing his partnership with Woosnam at Villa Park. He went on to make 57 appearances and score five goals for the Midlanders until his departure in September 1967. He then joined Torquay United, where he played under former Hammer Frank O'Farrell and linked up with his old teammate John Bond. Scott followed Bond, who went on to become manager of Bournemouth, in July 1970. Bournemouth, who also had ex-Hammer Ken Brown as coach, finished runners-up in Scott's first season. He made a total of 61 League appearances, scoring six goals. He moved to Exeter City in June 1972 and managed two goals in 51 League appearances before being forced to retire though injury in May 1974.

12 April 1941

BOBBY MOORE (1958-1973) Born this day Barking, London

 

Bobby Moore OBE, West Ham United's most famous player and England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain was born on 12 April 1941. The central defender made 646 league and cup appearances for the Hammers, scoring 27 goals. Born in Barking, Moore made his debut for his local club in a 3-2 win over Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground as a 17-year-old on 8 September 1958. It was the start of a glittering career that is remembered by Football fans the world over. As a West Ham player, Moore lifted the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965. A year later, he was back at Wembley to complete an unforgettable hat-trick by lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy following England's 4-2 victory over West Germany. Moore would go on to star at the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico before moving to Fulham, for whom he played against the Hammers in the 1975 FA Cup final. Following his retirement, Moore moved first into management and then into the world of broadcasting before his life was cut short by cancer in February 1993. He was just 51.

23 April 1941

EDDIE BOVINGTON (1960-1967) Born this day Edmonton, London

 

Joined the Hammers ground-staff at the start of the 1957-58 season, records indicate he made his first claret and blue appearance playing for the Colts in the annual ‘Ted Fenton Trophy’ match against Bexleyheath & Welling at their Park View Road ground in the 6-3 victory on 24 August 1957. Two of his team mates that afternoon were future first team players Tony Scott and Derek Woodley. Eddies first competitive match was against Portsmouth Colts in a 2-1 South East Counties League victory at the Royal Marines Ground on 7 September 1957. ‘Bov’ progressed through the ranks to make his ‘A’ team debut in the London Mid-Week and Metropolitan League fixtures. On 7 April 1958 and stepped up to make his Reserves Football Combination debut at home to Luton Town in a 3-0 win at Upton Park. Playing alongside Bobby Moore, Eddie was a member of the FA Youth Cup side that lost out 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers in the 1959 two-legged Final. The disappointment was soon forgotten as he signed his first professional contact in May 1959. He made his senior Hammers debut in the First Division against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 18 April 1960 in a 5-3 defeat. For Eddie it would be another 18 months before he made his second appearance in December 1961. ‘Bov’ was in and out of the side over the next two seasons. The dependable wing-half made the position his own when manager Ron Greenwood reinstated to the side after the Boxing Day 1963 debacle when the Hammers lost 8-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers. He brought much needed stability to the side and his performance against Manchester United in the 1964 FA Cup Semi-final clash at Hillsborough, when he man-marked Bobby Charlton, was one of the highlights of his career. Eddie made a total of 138 League appearances for West Ham, scoring a single league goal against Nottingham Forest on 26 October 1966 at Upton Park. He made another 46 senior appearances for the Hammers in other competitions, including the 1964 FA Cup Final and eight European Cup Winners Cup matches. His only cup goal was against Cardiff City, in a 5-2 home win on 20 December 1965 in the League Cup semi-final. At the end of the 1968-69 campaign, aged just 28, he retired from the game, resisting the temptation of playing in the lower leagues to go into the rag trade.

29 April 1941

HARRY CRIPPS (1957-1959) Born this day Dereham, Norfolk

 

Harry Cripps joined West Ham in September 1958 as a junior on the ground staff. That season he was a regular in the youth team and was a member of the side that reached the FA Youth Cup Final where they lost to Blackburn Rovers. He later established himself in the reserve side but only made one first team appearance  in the 1-0 victory in the Southern Floodlight Cup against Millwall 13 October 1959. Eight months later he signed for the Lions in June 1960 and it was in south London that his career blossomed. He played a major role in Millwall’s successive promotion seasons of 1964-65 and 1965-66 helping the Lions back to Division Two. In 14 seasons at the Den he played in a total of 447 games scoring 40 goals. He was transferred to Charlton Athletic in October 1974 and played 20 games in their promotion from the Third Division. Later he was assistant manager at Charlton, Barking and Southend United. After retiring as a player he worked for Royal London Assurance before his untimely death in December 1995 aged 54.

The arrival and departure of players, many of whom served in the Armed Forces, meant managers had to chop and change their starting Xls on a weekly basis. In addition, clubs benefited from the presence of 'Guest' players, who turned out for the local side while stationed in the locality. One such player was an right full-back R. Savage, who played nine matches for West Harn United during the Second World War. The first of those came against Southend United on 26 October 1940, when the Hammers thrashed the Shrimpers 11-0 in front of 5,000 fans. Alec George Foreman scored four goals, while Joseph Stanley Foxall netted a hat-trick.