A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo Ronald Finch Team group 44_03_04 National Fire Service v. Norwegian Air Force

1943-44 The War Years : Friendlies

WATFORD

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Goalscorers unknown)

8 April 1944

CRYSTAL PALACE

Selhurst Park

1 - 4 (Bainbridge)

15 April 1944

MILLWALL v. QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League South

Upton Park

3 - 4

29 January 1944

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE v.  ROYAL NORWEGIAN AIR FORCE : Friendly

Upton Park

?  -  ?

4 March 1944

ROYAL NETHERLANDS FORCES v. ROYAL AIR FORCE

Inter-Allied Services Cup

Upton Park

1 - 6

26 February 1944

WEST HAM BOYS v. EAST HAM BOYS : Inter-District Match

Upton Park

?  -  ?

29 April 1944

TOOTING & MITCHAM v. WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE

London Senior Cup (Final)

Upton Park

3  -  4

13 May 1944

44_04_08 WHU v. Watford 44_04_29 WH Boys v. East Ham Boys

Followers of schoolboy football in the happier days before the war saw many fine games between East Ham and West Ham Boys played at the Boleyn Ground. But they were the days of English Schools Shield which attracted more than three hundred entries from all over the country; the Corinthian Shield which was the all-London Shield competed for by over forty associations; the Sun Shield (London Schools Junior Trophy); the West Ham Directors’ Cup and the Robert Johnson Cup.

 

So great have been the difficulties of war-time football in our schools that most associations have not been able to get going at all. The young Hammers, however, are doing their best to keep the schoolboy game alive and this season one competition, the Robert Johnson Cup (the Essex Inter-District Championship) has been restarted. In this East Ham Boys won their way to the final but then lost to Barking Boys by 2-1.

 

West Ham (represented by Plaistow Secondary School) and East Ham (represented by East Ham Grammar) reached the final of the Cook Cup, which is the all-Essex Individual Schools Championship, and West Ham proved the winners by 2-1. The proceeds all went to charity.

 

Both West Ham Boys and East Ham Boys visited Guildford to play Guildford Boys on behalf of the Prisoners of War Fund and between them raised over £100 for that good cause.

 

44_01_29 Millwall v. QPR FLS 44_02_26 Royal Netherlands Forces v. RAF 44_05_13 Tooting v. Walthamstow Avenue

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Did You Know....

The names of the Royal Norwegian Air Force team were withheld owing to Security Reasons

Season 1943-44 1942-43 Friendlies 1944-45 Friendlies

SCHOOLBOY FOOTBALL

Image courtesy of Janet Smith

Janet Smith was tracing her father’s family history with the surname "Finch" when she happened upon this website. Playing at outside-left for West Ham Boys and listed on the programme below was the name "Finch" and below the entry (Tollgate).  Janet confirms her dad indeed went to Tollgate School as did she and her family.

 

Having delved through her family album she has kindly sent in a photograph of her Dad, Ronald Finch who is proudly posing in a football team group - 3rd boy from the left top row with blonde hair. Ron Finch was born in 1935, he and his team mate's obviously won a competition shield. The line-up was probably taken in the school playground around the time of this Inter-District Match. However it’s doubtful if this is a West Ham Boys side as that team usually played in horizontal striped shirts.

 

Finch name

Gibbs

Chalkley

Watson

Bean

Nash

Lewis

Parsons

Bainbridge

Foreman

Goulden

Small

43-44 Crystal Palace friendly

WEST HAM BOYS v. EAST HAM BOYS : Inter-District Match

Upton Park

?  -  ?

20 May 1944

44_05_20 WH Boys v. East Ham Boys 44_04_15 Crystal Palace v. WHU

Within a few hours of hearing that Millwall's ground, 'The Den' had been bombed by enemy action which also resulted in their grand stand being burnt out.

 

The West Ham United Directors telephoned their east London neighbours inviting them to play the Lions' upcoming Football League South match at against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park.

Gibbs

Bicknell

Jones

Cater

Corbett N.

Lewis W.

Small

Dunn

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

ROYAL NETHERLANDS FORCES:  

(Unknown)

 

Brinkman

de vaan

Trip

Dieryck

Van de Wetering

Douma

Greve

Van Hout

Germans

Neuvenheim

Balster

 

 

ROYAL AIR FORDE:

(Unknown)

 

Streton

Mennie

Manderson

Thorpe

Joy

Whittaker

Gearing

Bacon

Turner

Stephenson

Finch

 

 

 

National Fire Service:  

(Unknown)

 

Wilson

Brown

Wheatland

Parkinson

Hewett

Hariman

Manktelow

Hall

Sewell

Fitzsimmons

Randall

 

ROYAL NORWEGIAN AIR FORCE:  

(Unknown)