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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1944-45 The War Years : Football League South

Manager: Charlie Paynter

WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 1944

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League South

White Hart Lane

2 - 2 (Foreman, Wood)

26 August 1944

Att: 14,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Jones

Deans

Bridon

Lewis

Thomas R.

Fenton E.

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

31 July 1944

 

PETER EUSTACE (1970-1972) Born this day Stockbridge, Yorkshire

 

Bought from Sheffield Wednesday for a then Hammers' record fee of £90,000 the signing on 5 January 1970 helped pave the way for Martin Peters to leave two months later for Tottenham Hotspur. Eustace made his debut against his former employers at Hillsborough 5 days later in a 3-2 victory. A brilliant, creative wing-half on the verge of full international honours with Wednesday, he could not reproduce the same form at West Ham and was allowed to rejoin the Hillsborough club at a reduced fee after only two years at Upton Park (part of which he spent on loan to Rotherham United and his former club). Appointed to the position of Team Manager at Hillsborough in October 1988. Later managed Leyton Orient. After leaving Football, Eustace worked as a pub landlord in Hope, Derbyshire.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League South

The Valley

2 - 3 (Corbett, Fenton)

2 September 1944

Att: 4,000

Gregory

Deans

Jones

Burke

Barrett

Corbett N.

Burnett

Macaulay

Foreman

Fenton E.

Lewis

WATFORD : Football League South

Vicarage Road

3 - 3 (Fenton, Foxall, Brown [og])

9 September 1944

Att: 3,842

Medhurst

Lewis

Bicknell

Corbett N.

Barrett

Attwell

Woodgate

Fenton E.

Hubbard

Foreman

Foxall

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League South

Loftus Road

1 - 0 (Goulden)

16 September 1944

Att: 8,000

Gregory

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Foxall

Robinson

Dodds

Goulden

Wood

Before a ball had been kicked, manager Charlie Paynters' preparations’ for the new season were compounded when in August 1944 the south-west corner of the Boleyn Ground was struck by a flying bomb, blowing the roof off the West and South Bank Stands along with a section of offices. More importantly the club lost most of its documented history to that point. The devastation dictated the Hammers were now forced to play their first 14 fixtures on their oppositions' enclosures.

South Bank - Bomb damage West Stand - Bomb damage

South Bank

West Stand

20 September 1944

 

JOHN CHARLES (1963-1970) Born this day Canning Town, London

 

One of the first black players to really "break-through" in London Soccer, "Charlo", as he was affectionately known, was a good full-back and always strove to live up to one of the most famous names in football! He captained the West Ham Youth Cup-winning side of 1963, won England Youth honours and made his League debut along with Martin Britt and Johnny Sissons against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park,  a 0-1 defeat on the 4 May 1963. John had to wait until March 1965 before making another Football League appearance - in a 4-0 defeat against Blackburn at Ewood Park! He had, however previously played in two League Cup ties versus Swindon Town in 1963-64. It wasn't until the 1965-66 season that he finally established himself in the side, scoring his first goal in a League Cup tie at Grimsby, appearing in 25 First Division matches and playing in both legs of Hammers' unsuccessful European Cup Winners' Cup Semi-Final clash with Borussia Dortmund. After missing almost the whole of the 1969-70 campaign through injury, John shocked the Hammers faithful with his decision to quit football and join his father-in-law as a greengrocer.

21 September 1944

 

DUDLEY TYLER (1972-1973) Born this day Salisbury, Wiltshire

 

Signed for £25,000, a record at the time for a non-League player, largely on the strength of his performance against Hammers for Southern League Hereford United during their historic F.A. Cup run of 1971-72. His rise to stardom was even more remarkable, taking into account a "hole in the heart" operation while he was still a junior player. Made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns which ended in a 0-0 draw on the 12th August 1972. Dud's brief sojourn at the Boleyn was made memorable despite the shortness of his stay. His return to Edgar Street and his former club was sweetened when they celebrated their newly-won League status with a thrilling F.A. Cup victory over West Ham in 1973-74 (after a draw at Upton Park). After retiring from professional football, he joined non league Malvern Town, eventually becoming player-manager, followed by stints at Westfields and Pegasus Juniors in Hereford, both playing and managing. He worked as a salesman for a plastics company.

PORTSMOUTH : Football League South

Fratton Park

3 - 1 (Dodds, Dunn, Macaulay)

23 September 1944

Att: 16,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Corbett W.

Lewis

Woodgate

Macaulay

Dodds

Goulden

Dunn

26 September 1944

 

ALAN STEPHENSON (1968-1972) Born this day Chesham, Buckinghamshire

 

Alan Stephenson began his football career as an amateur after hearing that trials were being held at Selhurst Park. The tall centre-half made his Palace debut at the age of 17, against Bradford Park Avenue in March 1962. In season 1963-64 he forced his way into the Third Division promotion side and made the defensive position his own over the following four campaigns. In May 1966 Ron Greenwood tried unsuccessfully to bring him to the Boleyn Ground. However, the West Ham manager persisted with his interest in the stylish defender and finally got his man in March 1968, but not before some bartering took place. The ‘Eagles’ put a £100,000 price tag on his head, the Hammers offered £90,000 and a further £10,000 if he gained an England cap. With the clubs unable to agree terms Greenwood withdrew his interest in the player which prompted Palace to drop their valuation to £80,000 and Stephenson duly signed, a then, record fee for the Selhurst Park club. Despite an impressive pedigree the England Under-23 defender failed to solve the problems at the heart of Hammers' defence which had prevailed from the time of Ken Brown's departure in 1965, but he still managed to rack up an impressive 118 appearances over five seasons. During the 1971-72 season he was loaned out to Fulham where he chalked up 10 appearances. At the end of the campaign a £35,000 fee took him to Portsmouth, making 98 league outings for the Fratton Park side before moving to South Africa, to play for Durban City. After hanging up his boots he coached with Leyton Orient, ran a public house in Colchester, and later worked as an education and welfare officer with Essex County Council.

27 September 1944

 

DENNIS BURNETT (1965-1967) Born this day Bermondsey, London

 

Constructive defender. Always performed capably when drafted into the side. Enjoyed 24 League outings in 1965-66, the most he managed in any one season. Made his initial League debut along with Jimmy Bloomfield against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 0-3 reverse on the 2 October 1965. Dennis won a Football League Cup Runners-up medal the following year. Joined Millwall for £15,000 in 1967 and had a second spell at The Den after two seasons at Hull City, before finishing his League life with Brighton & Hove Albion.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football League South

Goldstone Ground

1 - 0 (Dodds)

30 September 1944

Att: 6,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Attwell

Woodgate

Macaulay

Dodds

Goulden

Dunn

ALDERSHOT : Football League South

Recreation Ground

3 - 2 (Dodds, Foreman, Wood)

7 Octover 1944

Att: 4,500

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Wilson

Attwell

Lewis

Hall

Wood

Dodds

Goulden

Foreman

LUTON TOWN : Football League South

Kenilworth Road

4 - 3 (Wood 2, Dodds, Dunn)

14 October 1944

Att: 5,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Dunn

Dodds

Wood

Bell

 

 

With Upton Park still out of action because of "doodle bug" damage, we travelled to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town for our eighth successive away fixture in the Football League (South). We won by the odd goal in seven to take our points tally up to twelve from eight games, in another of those uninhibited war-time encounters where everyone (even the losers!) had an enjoyable afternoon. It was the fifth win in a row for the Hammers. We led by 3-1 at half-time, and the 5,000 fans saw an exciting second half. Our goals were netted by Jack Wood 12), Dick Dunn and Jock Dodds; we contributed an "own goal" to Luton's trio, Daniel and Woolhead being their men on target.

ARSENAL : Football League South

White Hart Lane

3 - 0 (Dodds, Goulden Scott [og])

21 October 1944

Att: 7,800

Medhurst

Jones

Lewis

Macaulay

Fenton E.

Corbett N.

Woodgate

Dunn

Dodds

Goulden

Wood

 

 

We defeating Arsenal by 3-0. Both teams were "away" that day, as the match took place at White Hart Lane - Highbury being closed to soccer as the military were in occupation there. The highest attendance of the day - 27,800 - saw a sparkling display from our team. Jock Dodds again featured among our scorers, with Len Goulden and an "own goal" adding to our score (we led 2-0 at the interval).

MILLWALL : Football League South

The Den

3 - 0 (Foreman 2, Woodgate)

28 October 1944

Att: 5,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Dunn

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

 

CLAPTON ORIENT : Football League South

Leyton Stadium

3 - 0 (Dodds 2, Ludford)

4 November 1944

Att: 10,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Wilson

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Dunn

Dodds

Goulden

Ludford

 

5,000 fans were at The Den to see us play Millwall in a war-time Football League South fixture. After a goalless first half George Foreman scored twice and Terry Woodgate once to bring us a three-nil victory. It was our seventh successive win - all on opponents' grounds as we were still "bombed out" from Upton Park.

FULHAM : Football League South

Craven Cottage

7 - 4 (Dodds 3, Ludford 2, Fenton B., Goulden)

11 November 1944

Att: 10,359

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Wilson

Fenton E.

Corbett N.

Small

Fenton B.

Dodds

Goulden

Ludford

 

By this time our team had got well-used to playing away from home. With the Boleyn Ground still out of action because of bomb-damage, we paid our eleventh successive visit to an opposing ground. This time it was Clapton Orient, and a 3-0 score brought our eighth successive victory, taking us to 18 points out of a possible 22.

A visit to Craven Cottage in the war-time Football League (South). This was our 12th successive away fixture as the blitzed Boleyn Ground was still out of action, but it resulted in our ninth successive win. A remarkable game, seen by a 10,359 attendance. The half-time score was 3-2 in our favour, and we ended as 7-4 winners. Potts (2), Arnold and Lowe netted for the home side; our scorers were George Ludford ("guesting" from Spurs) - he got three, Jock Dodds (another "guest") who hit a couple, Ted Fenton and Len Goulden.

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League South

The Dell

1 - 2 (Dodds)

18 November 1944

Att: 14,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Macaulay

Fenton E.

Corbett N.

Woodgate

Dunn

Dodds

Goulden

Ludford

Southampton 2, West Ham United 1. An insignificant score-line in those days, but a notable one for this war-time competition. It marked the end of a run of ten matches without defeat for the Hammers, being our thirteenth successive away fixture. Doodle-bug damage was the reason for our absence from Upton Park, but repairs were under way and we hope to resume home fixtures a fortnight later.

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football League South

Selhurst Park

0 - 3

25 November 1944

Att: 11,600

Medhurst

Bicknell

Lewis

Wilson

Small

Attwell

Woodgate

Bainbridge

Dunn

Goulden

Wood

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League South

Upton Park

0 - 1

2 December 1944

Att: 25,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Lewis

Woodgate

Macaulay

Dodds

Goulden

Wood

CONTINUE 2

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League South

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Foreman, Woodgate)

9 December 1944

Att: 9,500

Medhurst

Jones

Lewis

Corbett N.

Corbett W.

Wilson

Woodgate

Fenton E.

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

Our long absence from Upton Park was coming to an end. Due to bomb-damage we played our first 14 Football League (South) fixtures away from home, leaving just one away engagement still to be met (against Chelsea on Christmas Day), On this date we were at Selhurst Park, where 11,600 turned up for our game against Crystal Palace. The 3-0 scoreline indicates that the Glaziers had much the better of the exchanges; they were two up at the interval, and their goalscorers are listed as Jones, Summerfield and Kurz. However, our record over the 14 games was splendid. Won 9, drawn 2, lost 3, goals 36-23. An away total which would be championship form in a normal season.

The eagerly-awaited re-opening of the Boleyn Ground took place with a match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Football League (South). The flying-bomb which fell in the preceding August had put us out of action for nearly four months; but thanks to the tremendous efforts of our then-Chairman, Mr W. J. Cearns, supported by the superlative endeavours of manager Charlie Paynter, groundsman Dan Woodards, general assistant Tommy Williamson and trainer Billy Moore, much of the damage to the South Bank area was patched up sufficiently for the safety regulations of that time. We had secured 20 points from 14 away games and Spurs had 22 from a similar number of home-and-away encounters. Our "welcome home" was attended by 25,000 fans, but in the event it proved somewhat of an anti-climax as we lost 0-1, the second-half goal being netted by Gilberg.

WATFORD : Football League South

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Goulden 2, Wood 2, Barrett [pen], Foreman)

16 December 1944

Att: 7,000

Medhurst

Jones

Lewis

Macaulay

Barrett

Wilson

Woodgate

Dunn

Foreman

Goulden

Wood

Two goals by which we gained the points were netted each side of half-time; Terry Woodgate got the first from a rebound after shots by him and Ted Fenton had been blocked. The second, six minutes after the change of ends, was unusual insofar that George Foreman intercepted a lobbed back-pass to Sanders in the Charlton goal and it was headed it in past the stranded keeper.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League South

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Foreman 3, Woodgate)

30 December 1944

Att: 9,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Jones

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Dunn

Foreman

Wood

Lewis

CHELSEA : Football League South

Stamford Bridge

25 December 1944

CHELSEA : Football League South

Upton Park

26 December 1944

MATCH POSTPONED

Fog and Frost : rearranged for 19 May 1945

MATCH POSTPONED

Fog and Frost : rearranged for 2 April 1945

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EUSTACE Peter EUSTACE Peter & Steve CHARLES John STEPHENSON Alan BURNETT Dennis BURNETT Dennis & Steve TYLER Dudley & Steve TYLER Dudley STEPHENSON Alan & Steve