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1945-46 The War Years : Football League South

Manager: Charlie Paynter

45_08_25 Birmingham City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League South

ARSENAL : Football League South

45_08_27 WHU v. Arsenal

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League South

45_09_01 WHU v. Birmingham City 01

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League South

45_09_08 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 01

ASTON VILLA : Football League South

45_09_10 WHU v. Aston Villa 01

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League South

45_09_15 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

BRENTFORD : Football League South

45_09_22 Brentford v. WHU

BRENTFORD : Football League South

45_09_29 WHU v. Brentford 01

CHELSEA : Football League South

45_10_06 WHU v. Chelsea 01

CHELSEA : Football League South

45_10_13 Chelsea v. WHU

MILLWALL : Football League South

MILLWALL : Football League South

45_10_27 WHU v. Millwall 01

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League South

45_11_03 WHU v. Southampton 01

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League South

45_11_10 Southampton v. WHU

DERBY COUNTY : Football League South

45_11_17 Derby County v. WHU

DERBY COUNTY : Football League South

45_11_24 WHU v. Derby County 01

LEICESTER CITY : Football League South

45_12_01 WHU v. Leicester City 01 45_12_08 Leicester City v. WHU

LEICESTER CITY : Football League South

COVENTRY CITY : Football League South

45_12_15 Coventry City v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : Football League South

45_12_22 WHU v. Coventry City 01

LUTON TOWN : Football League South

45_12_25 WHU v. Luton Town 01

LUTON TOWN : Football League South

45_12_26 Luton Town v. WHU

ASTON VILLA : Football League South

45_12_29 Aston Villa v. WHU CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

For 1945-6, Hammers found themselves in a more familiar 22-cIub Football League South, comprising pre-war First and Second Division clubs. Their longest journeys were to Plymouth, Nottingham and Derby and they gained 27 of their 51 points away from home in finishing a respectable seventh.

Nine pre-war players were in the side for the opening game, against Birmingham, and there was a special welcome for Charlie Walker, back home after a long spell in the Far East with the RAF. Joe Cockroft, though, would not return; he decided to remain with Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he had guested during the war. Before the season started, Len Goulden was transferred to Chelsea; and in March, George Foreman joined Tottenham. Before the end of the season, Charlie Walker left to manage Margate, and at the final whistle, Ted Fenton took up a similar post at Colchester United, then in the Southern League.

The FA Cup was re-started on a home and away basis up to and including the quarter-finals and Hammers received a plum draw against Arsenal. Some 35,000, the largest Upton Park crowd since January 1939, saw the first-leg when the Gunners were shattered by four goals in the first 30 minutes. Hammers' eventual 6-0 lead gave Arsenal an impossible task in the second leg. In the fourth round, a 65,000 crowd at Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea win 2-0. The return at Upton Park began in a hailstorm and the gates closed on a 31,000 crowd. After only eight minutes they saw former Hammers favourite, Len Goulden, break his collar-bone, but Chelsea held on and Almeric Hall's goal was not enough to save West Ham. The final match of the season was against Arsenal at White Hart Lane on 4 May 1946. After seven years of war time football, everyone connected with the game could now look forward to a return to normality.

St Andrews

1 - 0 (Bicknell)

25 August 1945

Att: 30,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Fenton E.

Foreman

Small

Whitchurch

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Whitchurch)

27 August 1945

Att: 25,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Small

Whitchurch

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Foreman 2, Whitchurch)

1 September 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Macaulay

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Foreman)

8 September 1945

Att: 26,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Fenton E.

Woodgate

Macaulay

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Foreman)

10 September 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Fenton E.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

White Hart Lane

3 - 2 (Macaulay 2, Hall)

15 September 1945

Att: 34,778

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Hall

Macaulay

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Griffin Park

1 - 1 (Hall)

22 September 1945

Att: 19,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker R.

Attwell

Fenton E.

Wilson

Hall

Macaulay

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

0 - 2

29 September 1945

Att: 23,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Attwell

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Foreman, Whitchurch

6 October 1945

Att: 25,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Attwell

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Stamford Bridge

2 - 1 (Bicknell [pen], Hall)

13 October 1945

Att: 45,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Hopkins

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

The Den

0 - 0

20 October 1945

Att: 32,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

 

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Foreman, Hall, Wood

27 October 1945

Att: 25,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Small 3)

3 November 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Fenton E.

Small

Wood

Whitchurch

The Dell

3 - 3 (Foreman, Woodgate, Wright)

10 November 1945

Att: 17,000

Medhurst

Walker R.

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Fenton E.

Wilson

Woodgate

Wood

Foreman

Wright

Whitchurch

Baseball Ground

1 - 5 (Hall)

17 November 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Wilson

Woodgate

Hall

Small

Foreman

Whitchurch

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Small 2)

24 November 1945

Att: 28,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Fenton E.

Woodgate

Dunn

Small

Wood

Whitchurch

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Macaulay, Small)

1 December 1945

Att: 20,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Fenton E.

Woodgate

Macaulay

Small

Wood

Wright

Filbert Street

1 - 4 (Woodgate)

8 December 1945

Att: 12,345

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Harris

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Small

Wright

Whitchurch

Highfield Road

5 - 2 (Hall 2, Wright 2, Woodgate)

15 December 1945

Att: 11,719

Medhurst

Bicknell

Cater

Small

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wright

Wood

Upton Park

6 - 3 (Foreman 2, Wright 2, Wood, Woodgate)

22 December 1945

Att: 14,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Cater

Small

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Wright

Wood

Upton Park

3 - 4 (Fenton E., Foreman, Woodgate)

25 December 1945

Att: 10,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Cater

Powell-Besens

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Bainbridge

Whitchurch

Villa Park

2 - 2 (Bainbridge, Cummings [og])

29 December 1945

Att: 30,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Small

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Bainbridge

Whitchurch

30 September 1945

JOHN SISSONS (1963-1970) Born this day Hayes, Middlesex

 

John Sissons became the youngest player to score in an F.A. Cup Final at Wembley in 1964. His career looked certain to rocket into the international

arena the following year when he returned to the twin towers as a vital part of Hammers' victorious European Cup Winners' Cup side; but despite gaining

ten England Under-23 appearances, Sissons never won a full cap. Originally an inside-left in his formative years with Middlesex and England Schoolboys,

he was successfully converted to outside-left by Ron Greenwood after making his senior debut against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park in May 1963.

One of the most-feared wingers in the League when on song, his form inexplicably waned towards the end of his time at the Boleyn.

Transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, he made 115 League appearances for the Hillsborough club before moving on again to join forces with his former

team-mate John Bond at Norwich. He managed only 17 games for the Canaries, however, and ended his League days with Chelsea, making a further

10 outings in the 1974-75 campaign.

SISSONS John

7 October 1945

TREVOR DAWKINS (1964-1966) Born this day Rochford, Essex

 

Great things were expected of this highly-talented and creative wing-half by his manager and mentor, Ron Greenwood, but the player failed to win a regular place in the First Team. Made his Hammers debut at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion on the 19 April 1965 in a 2-4 defeat. Transferred to

Crystal Palace, where he met up with fellow ex-Hammer Dave Bickles and Eddie Presland, he ended his League life at Brentford.

DAWKINS Trevor

24 November 1945

GEORGE ANDREW (1967) Born this day, Glasgow, Scotland

 

Young Scot who arrived on trial at Upton Park via Glasgow junior side Possilpark Y.M.C.A. in September 1963. One of several players tried in the

centre-half position as a replacement for Ken Brown, he made the first of only two League appearances at home to Sunderland in February 1967.

After a short spell at Crystal Palace, he joined Southern League Romford and found his true niche at Brooklands.

ANDREW George

22 December 1945

BOBBY HOWE (1966-1971) Born this day Chadwell St Mary, Essex

 

A model professional and a fine wing-half, Bobby served the club well during his five years in First-team contention. A former Essex Schools star,

he actually signed full pro in December 1962 and was a member of the club's Youth Cup winning side the following year.

He made his League bow as substitute against Southampton in September 1966, and joined up with former Hammer and then Bournemouth

manager, John Bond, when he left the Boleyn.

HOWE Bobby

Town Ground

4 - 1 (Bicknell, Foreman, Small, Woodgate)

26 December 1945

Att: 14,000

Medhurst

Bicknell

Walker C.

Cater

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Woodgate

Hall

Foreman

Small

Bainbridge

45_10_20 Millwall v. WHU