A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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Upton Park

2 - 0 (Robinson, Moroney)

7 May 1951

1950-51 Football League : Division II

51_02_24 QPR v. WHU

CARDIFF CITY : FA Cup (Third Round)

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

51_01_06 WHU v. Cardiff City FAC 3 51_01_13 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League Division II

51_01_20 Southampton v. WHU

HARRY KINSELL makes his Hammers debut against BLACKBURN Rovers at Upton Park

STOKE CITY : FA Cup (Fourth Round)

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

51_02_27 Stoke City v. WHU FAC4 51_03_03 WHU v. Bury

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Division II

51_02_17 Sheffield United v. WHU 51_02_24 QPR v. WHU 51_02_03 WHU v. Barnsley

BURY : Football League Division II

LEYTON ORIENT : Essex Pro Cup (Semi-Final)

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

51_03_10 Leicester City v. WHU

Brisbane Road

0 - 0 (aet)

5 March 1951

Taylor

Kearns

Kinsell

Jackman

Allison

Moroney

Hooper

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

LEYTON ORIENT : Essex Pro Cup (Semi-Final Replay)

51_03_17 WHU v. Chesterfield 51_03_12 WHU v. Leyton Orient EPC Semi Replay

CHESTERFIELD : Football League Division II

SWANSEA TOWN : Football League Division II

51_03_23 WHU v. Swansea Town 51_03_26 Swansea Town v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Division II

51_03_24 Coventry City v. WHU

SWANSEA TOWN : Football League Division II

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League Division II

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League Division II

51_03_31 WHU v. Manchester City 51_04_07 Preston North End v. WHU

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

51_04_14 WHU v. Notts County

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League Division II

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

51_04_21 Grimsby Town v. WHU 51_04_28 WHU v. Birmingham City

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

51_05_05 WHU v. Cardiff City 51_05_07 WHU v. Southend Essex Pro Final

SOUTHEND UNITED : Essex Pro Cup (Final)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Barrett, Gazzard)

6 January 1951

Att: 26,000

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Robinson 2 [1 pen])

13 January 1951

Att: 22,667

The Dell

2 - 2 (Gazzard, Robinson)

20 January 1951

Att: 21,167

Victoria Ground

0 - 1

27 January 1951

Att: 48,500

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Gazzard 2, Robinson 2)

3 February 1950

Att: 16,781

Bramall Lane

1 - 1 (Robinson)

17 February 1951

Att: 19,384

Loftus Road

3 - 3 (Woodgate 2, McGowan)

24 February 1951

Att: 21,444

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Robinson 2)

3 March 1951

Att: 19,652

Filbert Street

0 - 1

10 March 1951

Att: 22,779

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Gazzard 2, Hooper 2, Parker, Robinson)

12 March 1951

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Gazzard, Robinson)

17 March 1951

Att: 15,878

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hooper)

23 March 1951

Att: 25,385

Highfield Road

0 - 1

24 March 1951

Att: 21,894

Vetch Field

2 - 3 (Hooper, Robinson)

26 March 1951

Att: 16,240

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Barrett, Woodgate)

31 March 1951

Att: 21,533

Deepdale

1 - 0 (Barrett)

7 April 1951

Att: 32,043

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Robinson 2, Gazzard, Hooper)

14 April 1951

Att: 23,226

Blundell Park

1 - 0 (Gazzard)

21 April 1951

Att: 10,674

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Kinsell [pen])

28 April 1951

Att: 12,396

Upton Park

0 - 0

5 May 1951

Att: 17,942

Taylor

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

Moroney

Hooper

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Devlin

Forde

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

WHU v. Cardiff City FAC3

Gregory

Kearns

Forde

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Kearns

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Kinsell

Forde

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Hooper

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Southren

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Southren

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Southren

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Southren

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Jackman

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Walker

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

McGowen

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Gregory

Forde

Yeomanson

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

1949-50 First XI 1951-52 First XI Season 1950-51

1 January 1952

 

HARRY KINSELL signs from READING for £5,250 fee

The fantastically-named Gerry Gazzard was West Ham's FA Cup third-round hero at Upton Park in this thrilling struggle. Jimmy Barrett's goal was equalised within seconds, not a Hammer touching the ball from the re-starting kick-off. However, the Welsh club was only on level terms for ten minutes, as at the end of a series of corner-kicks. The Gloucestershire-born inside forward Gazzard hit a first-timer into the visitors' net.

Blackburn Rovers were our guests at Upton Park, but we proved to be over-generous hosts by losing 2-3. The Rovers took an unexpected two-goal lead, but Hammers fought back with a couple from Bill Robinson (the second a penalty). However, we failed to make the most of our remaining opportunities and Joe Harris marked a memorable league debut, scored the winner for the Lancashire club.

HARRY HOOPER makes his Hammers debut against BARNSLEY at Upton Park

A Division Two fixture against Barnsley at Upton Park with Danny Blanchflower in the visitors' line-up at right-half. The Hammers' included 17-year-old Harry Hooper - making his League debut. Bill Robinson and Gerry Gazzard scored two apiece in the first half-hour, but Barnsley netted twice in reply. It was described as a delightful game, the only regret being that the weather kept the attendance down to 16,781.

7 February 1951

MICK McGIVEN (1973-1977) Newcastle-on-Tyne, Tyne & Wear

 

Nicknamed "Capper" by the fans this popular Geordie helped to shore up the Hammers' rearguard when Bobby Moore departed from Upton Park. Started his senior footballing career with Sunderland with whom he had 113 League games and scored 9 goals. The Geordie defender was signed from Sunderland for £20,000 after an initial period on loan from the Wearsiders in November 1973. He had the toughest possible debut baptism against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat at Anfield on the 1 December 1973, but came through with flying colours. Went on to make 56 first team appearances in the claret and blue before dropping into the Hammers Combination side and becoming a vital member of the senior coaching staff from 1977 until January 1990. Under new manager Lou Macari his was clearly disillusioned with the new regime at Upton Park and Chelsea managed by Bobby Campbell were quick to snap up his services. Later he teamed up again with John Lyall at Ipswich Town, helping them to Premier League status. He returned to Chelsea where he has performed a variety of roles with the reserves and first-team, and currently is a match observer and scout for the Stamford Bridge club.

McGIVEN Mick & Me McGIVEN Mick

24 February 1951

CLYDE BEST (1969-1975) Somerset, Bermuda

 

The 17-year-old Best arrived from his native Bermuda in 1968. The burly centre-forward who picked up a silver medal in the Pan-American games the previous year in Winnipeg, Canada with a performance that alerted the Boleyn Ground scouts. A great striker and a firm favourite of Hammers fans at a time when few black players performed at the highest level. Deceptively fast for his size, he possessed a lethal shot and fearsome heading ability. Best signed professional forms on 18 April 1969 and made his League bow against Arsenal at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on 25 August of the same year. Scored the first of 58 goals in the League cup 4-2 win over Halifax Town the following month. Over the next seven seasons he made 221 appearances in claret and blue. A full Bermudan international, he later played in the North American Soccer League for Tampa Bay Rowdies and Portland Timbers after transferring from the Hammers to the Florida - based club in February 1976. Best also had a spell in the Dutch Eredivisie for Feyenoord during 1977-78 before returning to North America and the ‘indoor game’ first with Cleveland Force then Portland Timbers, Toronto Blizzard and finally Los Angeles Lazers. After his playing days were over he decided to stay and live in America, where he became a successful businessman running his own cleaning company. For a brief period in the early 1990s he was an assistant coach for the San Diego Sockers before coaching the Bermuda national team from 1997 to 1999.

BEST Clyde BEST Clyde & Me

MALCOLM ALLISON makes his Hammers debut against LEYTON ORIENT at Brisbane Road

 

GEORGE WRIGHT makes his Hammers debut against LEYTON ORIENT at Upton Park

Birmingham City maintained their record of being unbeaten at Upton Park since the resumption of football after the war, by gaining a 2-1 victory, but how they did it is a story of mishaps and missed chances. After a terrific start by the Hammers in which we should have taken the lead within the first few minutes. Fate decrees it would all end in misfortune, as the ball just wouldn’t run right for us. The visitors broke away to score the first goal and, despite on onslaught by the home side, they maintained their superiority till half-time, aided by good goalkeeping and a missed penalty by Bill Robinson. A second surprised goal brought them a 2-0 lead and although Harry Kinsell converted his spot-kick it ended with the points favouring the away side at the final whistle.

6 May 1951

GEORGE COWIE (1982-1983) Born this day Buckie, Scotland

 

When Cowie was appointed captain of the Scottish Youth XI in 1978, West Ham United had the unique distinction of having the skippers of Scotland and England among their apprentice ranks - Paul Allen winning the equivalent honour for England. After gaining honours in schools football with North of Scotland the young defender joined his local side Buckie Rovers from where he signed for West Ham United in July 1977. Made a full pro just over a year later, he had his First Division debut on 13 April 1982, coming on as substitute for Jimmy Neighbour against Ipswich Town at Portman Road in a 2-3 defeat. Despite proving himself a valuable squad member, George was allowed to transfer to Hearts in 1983, where he was later joined by another former Hammer in striker Sandy Clark; and the pair became involved in the quest to bring the first Premier League Championship to Edinburgh but ended as runners-up.

COWIE George

24 May 1951

KEITH COLEMAN (1973-1977) Born this day Washington, County Durham

 

A solid competent full-back signed from Sunderland for £20,000 after a period on loan from the Roker club. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-1 defeat by Burnley at Upton Park on the 6 October 1973. Had to be content to share the full-back berths with John McDowell and Frank Lampard, often deputing when either were injured. Won European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal in 1976, and later signed a two year contract with K.V. Mechelen of the Belgian Second Division in July 1977. Joined Darlington where he made 25 appearances in the 1979-80 season, later moving into non-league football with Hendon before retiring.

30 May 1951

 

TOMMY MORONEY 10th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

NORWAY International Friendly Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo 3-2

COLEMAN Keith KINSELL Harry 51_03_05 Leyton Orient v. WHU EPC SF

Image courtesy of Simon Lord