A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1947-48 Football League : Division II

Manager: Charlie Paynter

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE : Football League Division II

Park Avenue

1 - 4 (Walker)

23 August 1947

Att: 15,000

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Banner

Walker R.

Woodgate

Parsons

Neary

Wright

Bainbridge

47_08_23 Bradford Park Avenue v. WHU 47_08_25 WHU v. Millwall

MILLWALL : Football League Division II

JACK YEOMANSON makes his Hammers debut against BRADFORD at Park Avenue

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

MILLWALL : Football League Division II

47_08_30 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 47_09_01 Millwall v. WHU

TOMMY MORONEY makes his Hammers debut against MILLWALL at The Den

DONCASTER ROVERS : Football League Division II

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League Division II

47_09_06 Doncaster Rovers v. WHU 47_09_08 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Division II

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League Division II

47_09_13 WHU v. Southampton 47_09_15 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

BURY : Football League Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

47_09_20 Bury v. WHU 47_09_27 WHU v. Coventry City

CHESTERFIELD : Football League Division II

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

47_10_04 WHU v. Chesterfield 47_10_11 Newcastle United v. WHU

KEN TUCKER makes his Hammers debut against CHESTERFIELD at Upton Park

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League Division II

47_10_18 WHU v. Birmingham City 47_10_25 WBA v. WHU

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football League Division II

47_11_01 WHU v. Barnsley 47_11_08 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

BRENTFORD : Football League Division II

47_11_15 WHU v. Luton Town 47_11_22 Brentford v. WHU

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

47_11_29 WHU v. Leicester City 47_12_06 Leeds United v. WHU

FULHAM : Football League Division II

47_12_13 WHU v. Fulham

BILL STEPHENS and DON WADE both make their Hammers debut against FULHAM at Upton Park

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE : Football League Division II

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

47_12_20 WHU v. Bradford 47_12_26 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 47_12_27 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday

SECOND-HALF

CONTINUE 2

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Woodgate)

25 August 1947

Att: 25,741

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Banner

Walker R.

Woodgate

Parsons

Neary

Wright

Bainbridge

We were undoubtedly handicapped by the loss of Ken Bainbridge before half-time. Any team with ten men is bound to be somewhat disjointed, although this does not entirely account for missed opportunities. Also, although local derby games usually provide exciting soccer, the reverse is sometimes the case, the atmosphere overcoming ability. Monday's game was one of the latter occasions. Both the Lions and the Hammers had their chances to bag both points, but most people who saw the match seem to agree that a sharing of them was the most satisfactory result in the long run, even if we did leave our equaliser till well into the second half.

The Hammers found themselves losing 3-0 after 30 minutes at Bradford Park Avenue on the opening day, and were finally beaten 4-1. Two tough home and away clashes with Millwall followed, which both ended 1-1. It was a memorable debut for left-winger Ken Tucker as he scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 home win against Chesterfield. The following week at Newcastle there were 55,767 to see the Hammers narrowly lose 1-0, after which there was an unbeaten run of seven games. West Ham were sixth in the league when they faced Sheffield Wednesday in two Christmas encounters. The Yorkshire club proved too strong, winning 5-3 at home and beating the Hammers 4-1 in the return at Upton Park.

The FA Cup brought an away tie with Blackburn Rovers where the teams drew 0-0. The Lancashire side won the replay 4-2 after extra time. On their travels there were excellent 1-0 victories for West Ham at Coventry City and at league leaders Birmingham City. But at home both West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United won 2-0 to leave the Hammers in eighth place. The Easter fixtures gave the Hammers a double over Cardiff City, where Bill Stephens scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win at Ninian Park. On Easter Monday he scored again in the 4-2 win at the Boleyn Ground. In April it was a disaster at Chesterfield, with the home side scoring three goals in the final six minutes to give them a 6-0 victory. The season ended with a run of three undefeated games to leave the Hammers in sixth place with a mostly settled side. Four players – goalkeeper Ernie Gregory, defenders Steve Forde and Norman Corbett, together with forward Eric Parsons – were ever-present.

Monday night at Upton Park; kick-off 6 p.m. Division II, West Ham v. Spurs. We had already played two local derbies that season - home and away draws v. Millwall - and both with a 1-1  score. It went the same way on this occasion, Eric Parsons being our scorer.  The visiting XI  included  some  great " names " of that era many of whom went on to further fame- -Ted Ditchburn, Vic Buckingham, Bill Nicholson, Ron Burgess, Freddie Cox, Len Duquemin, Les Bennett (later a Hammer) and Cliff Jones.

A George Proudlock goal secured both points and lifted the Hammers to sixth place in the table with twelve points from tem games. West Bromwich Albion were leaders and in second place were Bradford Park Avenue (with Ron Greenwood as their centre-half).

After losing here by 5-0 the previous season, Chesterfield were hoping to do better on this occasion. Statistically, they did so, as this time the margin in our favour was only 4-0. Ken Tucker made his League debut, and put his name into our record books by recording a hat-trick.

We played a lot of good Football in the Second Division fixture at St. James's Park, but Newcastle United took the points with a solitary goal which arose through a collision between Dick Walker and Ernie Gregory. The ball dropped at the feet of Milburn, and " Wor Jackie" did not miss opportunities like that! Also, Eric Parsons was injured with an ankle-knock, so our run of six games without defeat was at an end. 55,767 saw the game.

Tight defences dominated the exchanges at Upton Park, and a goalless draw with Birmingham City was the almost inevitable result. Indeed, the man of the match was the referee - B. Mervyn Griffiths - who earned special praise in our subsequent report as giving one of the finest exhibitions seen here for many a day!

Our 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns v. West Bromwich Albion was considered as fortuitous by some press reports, but it was noteworthy as our third successive victory on the Throstles' ground courtesy of two goals by Ken Wright.

Leicester City were the visitors at Upton Park, and rather surprised the fifth-placed Hammers by forcing a 1-1 draw. We retained our unbeaten home record thanks to a last-minute goal, but really would have been unlucky to lose. Making his debut at centre-forward in our line-up was Ron Wilson (a former wing-half). Although World War II had been over for some two-and-a-half years, we were still not able to obtain permission to replace the roofs on our stands which had been "blitzed." Nowadays, the Safety Acts can hardly be implemented quickly enough!

We comfortably defeated Fulham 3-0 in the Second Division at Upton Park, our goal-scorers being Tommy Moroney, Eric Parsons and Ken Wright. With 25 points from 21 games we were placed sixth in the table after beating the Cottagers.

Sheffield Wednesday "went nap" at Hillsborough, winning 5-3 and registering the highest score to date against us in the 1947-48 season. It was obviously an end-to-end game! More bad luck befell us on the following day, when we played the return at Upton Park.

After losing 5-3 a day earlier to the Sheffield club. This time around the score in Wednesday's favour was 4-1. John Stephens score the Hammers’ consolation goal.

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Parsons, Hutchinson [og])

30 August 1947

Att: 19,416

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Cater

Walker R.

Corbett N.

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Hall

Wood

The Den

1 - 1 (Small)

1 September 1947

Att: 15,961

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Parsons

Hall

Small

Proudlock

Wood

Belle Vue

0 - 1

6 September 1947

Att: 21,198

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Parsons

Hall

Small

Proudlock

Wood

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Parsons)

8 September 1947

Att: 25,732

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Hall

Proudlock

Wood

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Hall, Wood)

13 Septembert 1947

Att: 20,709

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Parsons

Hall

Neary

Wood

Wright

White Hart Lane

2 - 2 (Parsons, Wood)

15 September 1947

Att: 33,415

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Parker

Parsons

Travis

Proudlock

Wood

Gigg Lane

2 - 1

20 September 1947

Att: 17,488

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Proudlock

Wood

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Proudlock)

27 September 1947

Att: 27,087

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Proudlock

Wood

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Tucker 3, Proudlock)

4 October 1947

Att: 25,888

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Proudlock

Tucker

St James' Park

0 - 1

11 October 1947

Att: 55,767

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Proudlock

Tucker

Upton Park

0 - 0

18 October 1947

Att: 32,228

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Proudlock

Wright

The Hawthorns

2 - 1 (Wright 2)

25 October 1947

Att: 37,764

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Wright

Tucker

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Moroney, Small)

1 November 1947

Att: 27,877

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Wright

Tucker

Home Park

1 - 1 (Parsons)

8 November 1947

Att: 29,477

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Travis

Wright

Wood

Upton Park

0 - 0

15 November 1947

Att: 30,535

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Travis

Wright

Wood

Griffin Park

1 - 1 (Small)

22 November 1947

Att: 24,105

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Small

Hall

Tucker

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Woodgate [pen])

29 November 1947

Att: 22,860

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Wilson

Small

Wright

Elland Road

1 - 2 (Wright)

6 December 1947

Att: 21,866

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Banner

Walker R.

Woodgate

Parsons

Wilson

Wright

Wood

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Moroney, Parsons, Wright)

13 December 1947

Att: 27,332

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

Upton Park

0 - 0

20 December 1947

Att: 24,412

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker R.

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

21 December 1947

PAUL HEFFER (1967-1969) Born this day Upton Park, London

 

Born within earshot of the "Upton Park Roar," this tall, commanding centre-half had his promising career cut short by injury. Paul, signed as a professional in August 1965, made his senior debut along with Bill Kitchener against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 18 March 1967 in a 0-1 defeat. Was granted a Testimonial by the club when it became clear he had to give up the game. Heffer is now part of the Youth coaching set up with the Hammers.

Hillsborough

3 - 5 (Corbett, Parsons, Woodgate)

26 December 1947

Att: 37,557

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Banner

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Wright

Wade

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Stephens)

27 December 1947

Att: 28,480

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett N.

Banner

Small

Woodgate

Parsons

Stephens

Moroney

Wade

HEFFER Paul HEFFER Paul & Steve