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1950-51 Friendlies

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

50_08_10 First Practice Match 01 50_08_12 Second Practice Match 01

SECOND PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

50_09_18 WHU v. Arsenal Paynter

DEAL TOWN

The Charles Ground

4 - 4 Wade, Johns, Noakes, Burks)

19 August 1950

Chiswick

Bond

Kearns

Malcolm

Howe

Noakes

Southren

Petchey

Johns

Wade

Burks

ARSENAL : Charles Paynter Testimonial

Upton Park

? - ?

10 August 1950

Upton Park

3 - 4

12 August 1950

A Creditable Performance

Against this strong Kent League club our youngsters showed up really well, and the home followers were full of praise for their efforts, especially when the Hammers were 3-0 up at half-time. Unfortunately for us Peter Chiswick sustained a shoulder injury that kept him off the field for nearly half-an-hour and although Freddy Kearns made a gallant deputy, the homesters' made it 3-2 before Peter returned.

The Town went further ahead to lead by 4-3, but a last rally by our lads brought an equaliser from Ken Burks who had also been absent at the same time a Chiswick and returned to limp along the wing. Our other goals were scored by Don Wade, Stan Johns (making his first appearance since transferring from South Liverpool) and Alf Noakes.

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Gazzard, Robinson, Johns)

18 September 1950

Att: 18,000

Charlie Paynter was told he could have a Testimonial game on his retirement after 50 years with West Ham United. During his career at Upton Park Charlie had done virtually every job at the Club and almost single-handed kept football alive during the dark days of the Second World War. Known throughout the game for his firm, but fair handling of players, Charlie gained international recognition when he was selected to take charge of the England team for their match against Scotland in 1924. It was the first time the two countries had met at the new Wembley Stadium and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Charlie was no stranger to Wembley having been West Ham's trainer a year earlier in the famous "White Horse Final" against Bolton Wanderers. Then in 1940 Charlie was back at Wembley as manager of the West Ham side that won the Football League War Cup. Charlie's Testimonial against Arsenal attracted a crowd of 18,000 and saw the Hammers win 3-1.

Guest programme

TROWBRIDGE TOWN

Woodmarsh

2 - 4 (Chapman 2)

2 December 1950

51_02_10 WHU v. Charlton Athletic Friendly 01

CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Upton Park

1 - 5 (Parker)

10 February 1951

Att: 15,500

BANGOR CITY

51_04_21 Bangor City v. WHU Friendly

Farrar Road

2 - 1 (Betts, Foan)

21 April 1951

LEYTON ORIENT : Wally Pullen Benefit

51_04_23 Leyton Orient v. WHU Pullen Benefit

Osborne Road

3 - 3 (Barrett, Chapman, Betts)

23 April 1951

PENZANCE A.F.C. & DISTRICT XI

51_05_01 Penzance v. WHU Friendly 51_05_12 WHU v. Royal Standard Club Liegeois

ROYAL STANDARD CLUB LIEGEOIS (Belgium)

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Barrett, Moroney, Woodgate)

12 May 1951

CLAPTON : Festival of Britain

50_11_25 London v. Glasgow

LONDON BOYS v. GLASGOW BOYS

Upton Park

1 - 2

25 November 1950

51_04_21 West Ham Boys . Sheffield Boys

WEST HAM BOYS v. SHEFFIELD BOYS

Diamond Jubilee Celebration Match

Upton Park

0 - 0

21 April 1951

WEST HAM BOYS v. ILFORD BOYS

Sun Shield (Final)

Upton Park

1 - 1

2 May 1951

Old Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 2 (Gazzard, Robinson)

16 May 1951

1950-51 Charlie Paynter Teamgroup

Charlie Paynter with the West Ham United and Arsenal players

Penzance v. WHU Teamgroup

West Ham United party:

Paynter, Woodgate, McGowan, Devlin, Gazzard, Paker, Gregory, Kearns, Walker, Forde, Moroney, Andrews, Moore

Mennaye Fields

6 - 0 (Gazzard 2, Barrett 2, Robinson, Hooper)

1 May 1951

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Parsons

Johns

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Forde

Kinsell

Parker

Niblett

Cater

Woodgate

McGowan

Robinson

Gazzard

Betts

Taylor

Wright

Kinsell

Moroney

Niblett

Jackman

Hooper

Barrett

Chapman

Foan

Betts

Gregory

Forde

Kearns

Moroney

Andrews

Parker

Devlin

McGowan

Walker

Gazzard

Woodgate

Taylor

Devlin

Forde

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

The friendly match gave us the opportunity to experiment, for with no League points at stake we were able to re-arrange our XI that met Charlton Athletic’s full First XI in an interesting friendly that was played under conditions that were not really conducive to skilful play. But, despite these adverse circumstances, the 15,500 present were fully entertained and, in addition to some good soccer, they saw half-a-dozen goals. To ourselves it was a disappointment that of these tallies only one was credited to the Hammers, but although our side were prepared to admit that victory went to the team that earned it.

As usual, the entire receipts of the Practice Matches will be devoted to a number of charities, both local and national, so your admission fees are indeed in a very good cause

 

Once more the gates of Upton Park have been opened for the preliminary public “pipe-opener” of another soccer season, and as usual we are pleased to welcome our patrons to view some of the players at our disposal at the commencement of another campaign. These practice matches are, of course, but the termination of a period of intensive training which has taken place during the past couple of weeks or so in order to get our XI’s fighting fit. From now on the training will follow the more usual week-by-week routine, with next week’s efforts culminating in our opening League game.

For our Second Practice Match we field somewhat different sides from those which played here on Thursday, and have thus given the opportunity for the majority of our professional staff to appear before our patrons prior to the opening League fixtures. We again anticipate an interesting afternoon, which although not containing the incentive of point-collecting should nevertheless have exciting periods – for a goal always brings forth the most interesting part of any game from the viewpoint of the general onlooker, even though it be in a practice game. True, goals count for little in a match such as is played here this afternoon, but at the same time they prove that keenness to score is ever-present at any game.

Proceeds of Practice Matches

51_05_02 WH Boys v. Ilford Boys

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

The game was played at Mennaye Fields, Penzance (now the home of Penzance & Newlyn R.F.C.) to raise funds for the Penlee Ground appeal.

West Ham United played a Penzance & District XI as opposed to just Penzance A.F.C. the host side being made up of players from every Senior Club from St. Just to Falmouth. Former Penzance player and now Mayor (Ald. Thurstan T. Lane, J.P.) will kick-off the match

At the invitation of Leyton Orient we met them in a match for the benefit of Wally Pullen at Osborne Road and opposed an Orient side that was of League strength. After Jimmy Barrett had put us ahead, Eric Betts converted a penalty to make the score 2-0 in our favour at the interval. The Orient rallied, leveled the score and then took the lead, but Eddie Chapman again leveled it up at 3-3 with a header four minutes from time to bring honours even in a pleasing display of soccer. The fact that Wally Pullen scored one of the Orient’s goals could have been small consolation to him for the small attendance which numbered approximately 2,500

50_09_18 WHU v. Arsenal Paynter Test WHU v. Arsenal Paynter Guest

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

SLUG Programme 51_05_16 Clapton v. WHU Festival of Britain

Taylor, Bond, Kearns, Jackman, Nelson, Noakes, Hooper, Johns, Chapman, Petchey, Betts

CLUB COLOURS

(Robinson 2, Foan)

 

Gregory

Forde

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Barrett

Robinson

Foan

Betts

 

 

BLUES

(Johns 3, Gazzard)

 

Taylor

Armstrong

Kearns

Malcolm (Howe)

Bradly

Jackman

Southren

Gazzard

Johns

Wade

Tucker

 

Season 1950-51 1949-50 Friendlies 1951-52 Friendlies 50_08_19 Deal Town v. WHU Friendly

Peters

Wright

Devlin

Cater

Niblett

Jackman

Southren

Williams

Chapman

Foan

Betts

MARCH TOWN - "A" Team

GER Ground

? - ?

14 April 1951

51_03_14 March Town v. WHU

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

This "A" team friendly match against March Town at their GER Ground was quickly arranged because of some issues surrounding a cancelled United Counties League fixture between March Town and Wisbech Town.