A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1944-45 The War Years : Football League South

Season 1944-45 1943-44 First XI 1945-46 First XI

PORTSMOUTH : Football League South

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Woodgate 2, Goulden, Wood)

6 January 1945

Att: 9,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Dunn

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football League South

Upton Park

5 - 4 (Bainbridge 2, Foreman 2, Medley)

13 January 1945

Att: 5,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Ferrier

Corbett N.

Barrett

Wilson

Whitchurch

Bainbridge

Foreman

Goulden

Medley

The game against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Boleyn Ground attracted an attendance of 5,000 fans. The Albion scored first and then Ken Bainbridge equalised. However defensive slip-ups saw Brighton lead 4-1 at the interval. Just 25 minutes from time an amazing comeback took place. Les Medley a guest player from Tottenham Hotspur scored before George Foreman netted twice and Bainbridge added another to give the Hammers a 5-4 lead. To add to the excitement, Brighton were awarded a penalty but thankfully this was saved by goalkeeper Harry Medhurst. The 5-4 victory moved the Hammers up to fourth place in the table.

ALDERSHOT : Football League South

Upton Park

8 - 1 (Foreman 4, Goulden 3, Dunn)

20 January 1945

Att: 4,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Macaulay

Fenton E.

Corbett N.

Woodgate

Dunn

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

ALDERSHOT : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Recreation Ground

3 - 1 (Goulden, Wood, Woodgate)

3 February 1945

Att: 5,000

Medhurst

Banner

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Wood

Foreman

Goulden

Whitchurch

We opened our League Cup (South) group schedule with an away fixture v Aldershot. The Shots team at that time included many well-known guest stars, but two goals by Len Goulden and one from Tony Woodgate countered the Soldiers' solitary one scored by Brooks.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Goulden)

10 February 1945

Att: 21,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Henley

Foreman

Goulden

Buchanan

Len Goulden headed home in the first half to bring us victory, with 21,000 vociferous fans there to see a great game and lots more "locked out" due to capacity restrictions. Spurs sustained their first away defeat for nearly a year, and desperately strove to maintain their record. Two minutes from time Ted Fenton was laid out unconscious in the middle of the field and a press report tells us that the ball once bounced on his prone body but play never stopped. They made 'em tough in those days! Our star was the goalkeeper Harry Medhurst, then an Army sergeant.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Loftus Road

1 - 1 (Macaulay)

17 February 1945

Att: 17,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Whitchurch

ALDERSHOT : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Goulden 3, Woodgate)

24 February 1945

Att: 10,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Banner

Woodgate

Macaulay

Foreman

Goulden

Whitchurch

West Ham United swamped Aldershot at Upton Park by four clear goals to make it seven points from the first four games in our War time qualifying group. Len Goulden and Charlie Whitchurch each netted twice against the 'Shots’.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Upton Park

0 - 4

3 March 1945

Att: 29,838

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Whitchurch

1 March 1945

 

BOBBY FERGUSON (1967-1980) Born this day Ardrossan, Scotland

 

Signed for the then-record fee of £65,000 for a goalkeeper from Scottish club Kilmarnock, after winning a string of international caps with the Rugby Park club. Making his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1967-68 season, Bobby managed to amass a surprisingly large total of appearances, considering he twice lost his First XI spot for lengthy periods to Peter Grotier and later Mervyn Day. "Fergie" began the 1978-79 term between the sticks, but was initially replaced by Day and then the arrival of Phil Parkes, in February 1979, effectively spelled the end of his Hammers' career. Bobby received £20,000 from his testimonial game versus Southampton in 1981.He also played five times for Sheffield Wednesday while on loan to the Yorkshire club in 1973. Went to Australia with his wife Greer and joined Port Elizabeth F.C. An excellent golfer and the owner of a marine complex.

Tottenham Hotspur damaged our prospects of qualifying for the League South Cup semi-final by defeating us 4-0 at White Hart Lane in a group match. Spurs were deserving winners, but according to Charlie Paynter's programme write-up the eventual margin was rather flattering to the North Londoners.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Cup (South) Group 3

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Goulden 2, Whitchurch 2, Small)

10 March 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Dunn

Small

Goulden

Whitchurch

CHELSEA : Football League Cup (South) Semi-Final

White Hart Lane

1 - 2 (Townsend)

17 March 1945

Att: 35,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Dunn

Townsend

Macaulay

Whitchurch

War-time soccer, and the biggest "gate" of the season for Hammers - the League South Cup semi-final v. Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Injuries had hit us hard, Len Goulden, George Foreman, Stan Foxall, Sam Small and Dai Jones being absent from our regular line-up; we were therefore especially grateful that Brentford lent us Len Townsend at the last minute. But the dice continued to be loaded against us, the Pensioners winning 2-1 after being two up at half-time. The Blues went on to beat Millwall in the Final.

MILLWALL : Football League South

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Wilson 2, Woodgate)

24 March 1945

Att: 8,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Bainbridge

Small

Wilson

Whitchurch

Millwall, finalists in the League South Cup, visited Upton Park for a League game. It was typical of war-time soccer that they included four guest players - Quintnn (Birmingham), Ludford (Tottenham Hotspur), Spence (Chelsea) and Williams (Aberdeen). West Ham United won 3-1, Ron Wilson scoring twice and Terry Woodgate once.

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League South

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Thomas)

31 March 1945

Att: 8,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Wilson

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Parker

Thomas D.

Goulden

Whitchurch

CHELSEA : Football League South

Stamford Bridge

4 - 3 (Whitchurch 2, Goulden, Mallett)

2 April 1945

Att: 23,827

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Wilson

Ridyard

Lewis

Woodgate

Mallett

Whitchurch

Goulden

Pritchard

FULHAM : Football League South

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Chapman, Fenton, Whitchurch)

14 April 1945

Att: 8,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Chapman

Goulden

Whitchurch

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League South

Upton Park

3 - 5 (Hall, Lewis, Small)

21 April 1945

Att: 12,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Small

Hall

Wilson

Goulden

Whitchurch

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football League South

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Small 3, Hall, Woodgate)

28 April 1945

Att: 6,257

Taylor

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Small

Goulden

Whitchurch

ARSENAL : Football League South

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Small)

5 May 1945

Att: 9,000

Taylor

Corbett N.

Lewis

Hunt

Fenton E.

Wilson

Hopkins

Hall

Small

Goulden

Woodgate

The Hammers' line-up included two "guests" from Brentford Hunt and Hopkins, as by then several of our Service players had gone overseas - although of the team on that day George Taylor, Norman Corbett, Ted Fenton and Terry Woodgate were all in the Army. Arsenal's side included Cliff Bastin at inside-forward. The respective centre - forwards scored the goals in the 1-1 draw in front of 9,000, both coming after the interval. Sam Small scored for the Hammers.

 

LUTON TOWN : Football League South

Upton Park

9 - 1 (Hall 3, Whitchurch 3, Cheetham 2, Corbett)

12 May 1945

Att: 5,000

Taylor

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Cheetham

Goulden

Whitchurch

CHELSEA : Football League South

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hall, Whitchurch)

19 May 1945

Att: 10,000

Taylor

Bicknell

Smith

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Small

Goulden

Whitchurch

Our final home game in the Football League South. There were 18 teams competing, but each club only played 15 at home and away to make a total of 30 matches. The first half was goalless. Hall and Whitchurch got our goals after the interval, Hurrell replying for the Blues, The gate was 10,000. Our 2-1 victory over Chelsea made our end-of-season record: won 22, drew 3, lost 5, goals 96-47, points 47, Spurs were champions with 52 points.

 

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Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

45_02_17 QPR v. WHU 01 45_02_24 WHU v. Aldershot 01 45_03_03 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 01 45_03_10 WHU v. QPR 01 45_03_17 Chelsea v. WHU League South Cup Semi-Fina 45_03_24 WHU v. Millwall 01 45_03_31 WHU v. Clapton Orient 01 45_04_02 Chelsea v. WHU 01 45_04_14 WHU v. Fulham 01 45_04_21 WHU v. Southampton 01 45_04_28 WHU v. Crystal Palace 01 45_05_05 WHU v. Arsenal 01 45_05_12 WHU v. Luton Town 01 45_05_19 WHU v. Chelsea 01 45_02_03 Aldershot v. WHU