A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 48_02_21 Chesterfield v. WHU Postponed Vn2

1947-48 Football League : Division II

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

BLACKBURN ROVERS : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

BLACKBURN ROVERS : F.A. Cup (Third Round Replay)

DONCASTER ROVERS : Football League Division II

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Division II

BURY : Football League Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

CHESTERFIELD : Football League Division II

48_01_03 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 48_01_10 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU FAC3 48_01_17 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers FAC3 48_01_24 WHU v. Doncaster Rovers

ERIC ARMSTRONG makes his Hammers debut against DONCASTER ROVERS at Upton Park

48_01_31 Southampton v. WHU 48_02_07 WHU v. Bury 48_02_14 Coventry City v. WHU 48_02_21 Chesterfield v. WHU Postponed

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League Division II

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football League Division II

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

CHESTERFIELD : Football League Division II

BRENTFORD : Football League Division II

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

FULHAM : Football League Division II

48_02_28 WHU v. Newcastle United 48_03_06 Birmingham City v. WHU 48_03_13 WHU v. WBA 48_03_20 Barnsley v. WHU 48_03_26 Cardiff City v. WHU 48_03_27 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 48_03_29 WHU v. Cardiff City 48_04_03 Luton Town v. WHU 48_04_17 Leicester City v. WHU 48_04_24 WHU v. Leeds United Season 1947-48 1946-47 First XI 1948-49 First XI

MATCH POSTPONED

Snow : rearranged for 7 April 1948

 

Players set off for match only to run into a belt of snow in Derbyshire

Saltergate

21 February 1948

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

Supporters Club

During the summer of 1947 the supporters club asked Chesterfield FC if it might produce the official programme for the coming season. The club were unimpressed with the idea, but the supporters club went ahead anyway, and produced one of what you have for every first-team game in 1947-8.

 

When the game was played on April 7th the supporters club sold the one for February but added an insert. Unfortunately I have no information on what exactly the insert comprised of.

The opening match of the New Year was away v. Nottingham Forest. The Midlanders were lowly-placed in Division II with only 19 points from 25 games; we had 26 from the same number of matches. However, Forest survived until half-time, because we missed so many opportunities and Sam Small was injured after 20 minutes to reduce us to a virtual "ten-man team." The Reds gained the upper hand after the interval, ending 2-1 ahead to secure needed points. Terry Woodgate scored Hammer’ consolation goal.

A visit to Ewood Park, to play Blackburn Rovers of the First Division. Because war-time restrictions were still in force, extra time was played in this match when the first 90 minutes ended scoreless. The additional half-hour brought no more goals, so we met Rovers at Upton Park in the replay on the following Saturday (mid-week games were still "out"). Once more it went to extra time, Eric Parsons and Bill Stephens got our goals, but Rovers scored first during the additional 30 minutes, and then added another to win 4-2.

Bottom dogs Doncaster Rovers came to Upton Park and did surprisingly well to lose only by 2-1. There was not a great deal of interest from our angle, as we were occupying a middle-of-the-table position with 26 points from 25 games - too far behind for promotion chances. A 17,082 attendance saw a double strike from No. 7 Eric Parsons.  

The Second Division fixture against Bury at Upton Park was a scrappy affair, but we eventu¬ally won by 2-0 with goals from Steve Forde and Terry Woodgate to improve our position in the table from 9th to 8th.

A 1-0 victory at Highfield Road against Coventry City took us to within four points of the runners-up spot. A goal by Ken Wright gave us an out¬side chance of promotion, although by then Birmingham City had almost made certain of winning the cham¬pionship.

Promotion-contenders Newcastle United were the visitors. They were in third place, two points behind Cardiff City with a game in hand. A remarkable first half, that ended by the referee blowing his whistle as Bill Stephens' shot was on its way to the net-split-second timing! The Magpies’ breathed again, went in on level terms, then scored twice in three minutes to take away the points by a 2-0 margin.

West Bromwich Albion were outside - chance contenders for promotion when they came to Upton Park for this Second Division fixture. They strengthened their challenge with a 2-0 win, but the game turned on an early incident in an interesting duel. A Hammers' shot hit the bar, bounced down on the line, and from the ensuing scramble Albion broke away to take the lead. The victory proved of little worth, as W.B.A. faded in the closing stages of the campaign and finished below us in the final table.

After successive 1-0 away wins against Coventry City and Birmingham City, we travelled to meet Barnsley in another Second Division fixture. Leading scorer Eric Parsons netted his ninth goal of the season to put us ahead, and it seemed to the Oakwell fans that we would complete a treble. Unfortunately Aimer Hall was injured in the 35th minute, and took no further active part in the game, as he was not able to run. So it was virtually ten men that faced the Yorkshiremen for the concluding hour; they did very well to hold out until seven minutes from time, when the homesters snatched a late point by equalising.

34 years prior to this date we had beaten Chesterfield by 8-1 in the F.A. Cup (it still stands as our record for the competition). On this day the Spireites took long-awaited revenge when they slammed us 6-0 at the Recreation Ground in a Second Division fixture, scoring three goals in the last six minutes. Enough said!

26 January 1948

KEITH MILLER (1968-1970) Born this day Lewisham, London

 

A tough-tackling wing-half who was signed fom Isthmain League club Walthamstow Avenue on 31 August 1965. Miller’s first appearance in a claret and blue shirt came in the Metropolitan League fixture against Charlton Athletic at the Woolwich Stadium 15 September 1965 in a 2-1 reverse. Made the first of only 3 senior appearances for the first XI when coming on as a substitute for John Sissons against Ipswich Town in the 2-2 draw at Portman Road on the 23 November 1968. A regular in the reserve side and made a total 113 Combination and cup appearances. With his first-team opportunities extremely limited it was not until his move to Third Division Bournemouth in July 1970 that he was guaranteed regular League football.

30 May 1948

 

TOMMY MORONEY 2nd Hammer to represent REPUBLIC of IRELAND

SPAIN International Friendly Estadio Olimpico de Montjuic, Barcelona 1-2

City Ground

1 - 2 (Woodgate)

3 January 1948

Att: 26,141

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Small

Wade

Ewood Park

0 - 0

10 January 1948

Att: 32,500

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Hall

Stephens

Wade

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Parsons, Stephens)

17 January 1948

Att: 30,000

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Cater

Corbett N.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Stephens

Wade

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Parsons 2 [1 pen])

24 January 1948

Att: 17,082

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Cater

Corbett N.

Armstrong

Parsons

Dunn

Travis

Wade

Woodgate

The Dell

1 - 3 (Wright)

31 January 1948

Att: 20,039

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wade

Wright

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Forde, Woodgate)

7 February 1948

Att: 19,247

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

Highfield Road

1 - 0 (Wright)

14 February 1948

Att: 24,851

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

Upton Park

0 - 2

28 February 1948

Att: 33,788

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Cater

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

St Andrews

1 - 0 (Dunn)

6 March 1948

Att: 43,709

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Dunn

Wade

Upton Park

0 - 2

13 March 1948

Att: 25,170

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Parsons

Dunn

Stephens

Proudlock

Woodgate

Oakwell

1 - 1 (Parsons)

20 March 1948

Att: 18,905

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Hall

Wright

Ninian Park

3 - 0 (Stephenns 3)

26 March 1948

Att: 41,700

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wrigh

tWade

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Stephens)

27 March 1948

Att: 22,102

Gregory

Cater

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Parker

Dunn

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Wright 2, Parsons [pen], Stephens)

29 March 1948

Att: 31,667

Gregory

Cater

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Yeomanson

Wright

Kenilworth Road

0 - 0

3 April 1948

Att: 15,059

Gregory

Cater

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Yeomanson

Wright

Recreation Ground

0 - 6

7 April 1948

Att: 11,914

Gregory

Cater

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Yeomanson

Wade

Upton Park

0 - 1

10 April 1948

Att: 21,471

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wade

Wright

Filbert Street

3 - 1 (Hall, Wade, Woodgate)

17 April 1948

Att: 25,156

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Hall

Wade

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Parsons, Woodgate)

24 April 1948

Att: 13,549

Gregory

Yeomanson

FordeCorbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wade

Bainbridge

Craven Cottage

1 - 1 (Hall)

1 May 1948

Att: 15,798

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Hall

Bainbridge

48_04_07 Chesterfield v. WHU 48_04_07 Chesterfield v. WHU - Insert

Insert

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

48_04_10 WHU v. Brentford 48_05_01 Fulham v. WHU 377 MORONEY Tommy - Eire