A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 53_04_22 Dagenham District v. South Eastern

1952-53 Friendlies

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

SECOND PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

DAGENHAM BRITISH LEGION

BLACKBURN ROVERS

PORTSMOUTH : Belgian, Dutch & British Flood relief Fund

HARLOW TOWN

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : First Floodlit Match at the Boleyn Ground

LETCHWORTH TOWN

ST. MIRREN (Scotland)

SWANSEA TOWN

ST. AUSTELL XI

Upton Park

? - ?

29 April 1953

WEST HAM BOYS v. EAST HAM BOYS

Upton Park

3 - 1

8 November 1952

WEST HAM BOYS v. CHELMSFORD BOYS

J.T. Clark Cup Final

Upton Park

6 - 0

18 April 1953

DAGENHAM LEAGUE v. S.E. London League

Myrtle Shield Final

Upton Park

? - ?

22 April 1953

WEST HAM BOYS v. LUTON BOYS : Cully Shield

53_01_31 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 52_08_05 First Practice 52_08_16 Second Practice 52_08_16 WHU B v. Dagenham British Legion

Upton Park

5 - 8

9 August 1952

Upton Park

4 - 1

16 August 1952

Glebe Road Ground

7 - 0 (Saunders 4, Stanley 2, Salt)

16 August 1952

Our "B" Team had a fiendly fixture against Dagenham British Legion, of the London League winning by 7 - 0. Scorers were Pat Saunders (a former East Ham Grammer School centre-forward) with four goals to his credit, outside-left Bill Stanley (2) and inside-left Ken Salt.

This was a most encouraging start and we have high hopes of the fourth-string in their Metropolitan League campaign

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Andrews)

31 January 1953

Att: 5,500

The friendly fixture against Blackburn Rovers was disappointing in several ways. Initially the poor weather kept the attendance down to a spare 5,500 and this detracted from the "atmosphere" usually attendant at First Team fixtures.

Secondly the standard of play rarely reached a high level, and this led to the missing of golden opportunities by both sides. There was, however, some compensation at seeing three good goals: Tommy Briggs gave a glimpse of his class when he gathered a through pass in the 30th minute to net with a good shot and Jimmy andrews' equaliser from 20 yards just after half-time wasa strong effort against the wind; but the best goal was undoubtedly the last (scored three minutes from time), and although the ball had a following wind to help it into the net there was a gasp of astonishment at the power that little Bobby Crossan put behind his well-directed drive that literally left Ernie Gregory powerless.

Gregory, Wright, Bond, Parker, Allison, O'Farrell, Woodgate, Barrett, Kearns, Gazzard, Hooper

Antwerp

1 - 2 (Gazzard)

14 February 1953

Att: 10,000

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The Hammers party departed for Antwerp on Friday 13 February, to meet Portsmouth in a match in aid of the Belgian, Dutch and British Flood Relief Funds. The Fund was set up after the major disaster which struck the Costal areas of Britain and the Low Counties; Pompey and ourseleves played by filling a vacant Saturday, caused by elimination from the F.A. Cup.

The occasion provided several of our chaps with their first experience of air travel, and about eight with their first journey abroad. Our party consisted of the team, together with Johnny Gregory. Tommy Moroney and George Taylor as travelling reserves, plus Trainer Billy Moore and Ted Fenton and Eddie Chapman as officials.

They left on Friday morning, lunched on the plane and arrived at Antwerp about 5 p.m. (Continental time); after settling in at the hotel most of the party spent the evening at the cinema. Saturday was spent in visiting the Mayor at the Town Hall (where each club presented him with a souvenir plaque) and the match was played in the afternoon. The teams returned home by plane on Sunday, the Hammers arriving back at Upton Park about 2 p.m.

 

The Portsmouth line-up:

Uprichard; Stephen. Ferrier; Scoular. Flewin, Dickinson; Harris, Phillips, Henderson, Reid, Gaillard.

 

A bus strike unfortunately kept away many potential spectators, but there was nevertheless a 10,000 attendance; among these were many troops, and we were greeted by several shouts of " Up the Hammers " from Londoners.

The game was very even throughout, and although both sides were all out to win this did not prevent them from playing some entertaining soccer. Pompey went ahead in the first half when Henderson netted with an overhead kick from close in. and they added to their lead after the interval when Reid followed up a long punt by Stephen to score from 10 yards. However, the Hammers reduced the margin mid-way through the second-half with the best goal of the match. Gerry Gazzard cutting in to score from 20 yards with a grand shot. Unfortunately an injury to Malcolm Allison shortly afterwards brought necessary rearrangements to our line-up, and we could not record an equaliser, Pompey gaining the day by 2-1.

Green Man Playing Fields

2 - 0 (Burdon, Petchey)

28 February 1953

Chiswick, Chapman, Nelson, Bing, Cooper, Belcher, Lill, Petchey, Hawkins, Burdon, Gold

Not having an Eastern Counties League fixture we sent a team to Harlow to meet the local Spartan League side in a friendly fixture.

Although our team had much the better of the play, they did not go ahead until halfway through the second half when George Petchey scored. George also had a hand in the second goal when Peter Burdon ran on to his pass to crack home a "first timer" and give us a clear two goals' victory

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Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

Bing

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Andrews

Hooper

53_04_16 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Barrett, Dixon)

16 April 1953

Watkins, Ling, Walker, Cox, Nelson, Belcher, Burdon, Johnston, Arnott, Matthews, Noakes

Baldock Road

2 - 1 (Johnston, Anott)

18 April 1953

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We sent a team to meet Letchworth in a friendly fixture, the team consisting of a mixture of amateurs from our "B" Team and professionals. The Hammers won by 2-1, Johnston and Arnott being the scorers. Arnott is a centre-forward from the Beckenhgam area, and he showed up well against the Hertfordshire club, who have applied for admission to the Eastern Counties League for next season

53_04_20 WHU v. St Mirren Friendly

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Dixon 2, Hooper)

20 April 1953

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Moroney

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Andrews

Hooper

Penzance

3 - 2 (Dixon, Gazzard, Barrett)

28 April 1953

St Austell

7 - 3 (Gazzard 2, O'Farrell, Dixon, Allison, Southren, Gunning)

29 April 1953

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WEST HAM BOYS v. EAST HAM BOYS : Directors Cup

Upton Park

0 - 4

7 April 1953

53_04_18 WH Boys v. Chelmsford Boys

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

53_04_28 Swansea Town v. WHU SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

CLUB COLOURS

(Stroud 3, Burdon 2)

 

Chiswick

Cooper

Nelson

Malcolm

Walker

Noakes

Bing

Burdon

Stroud

Rickard

Hooper

 

BLUES

(Dixon 3, Tucker 2,

Gregory 2, Southren)

 

Turner

Bond

Marks

McGowan

Nelson

Armstrong

Southren

Gregory

Dixon

Petchey

Tucker

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CLUB COLOURS

(Hawkins, O'Farrell,

Woodgate, Gazzard)

 

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Hawkins

Gazzard Andrews

 

 

 

BLUES

(Gregory)

 

Taylor

Devlin

Bond

McGowan

Brown

Moroney

Hooper

Gregory G.

Kearns

Petchey

Gunning

 

 

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Moroney

Allison

McGowan

Southren

Barrett

Kearns

Foan

Andrews

 

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Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Flood Relief Team Airport

THE HAMMERS' PARTY

At top of steps:

John Bond, George Taylor, Terry Woodgate (holding hat),

John Gregory, Jim Barrett Jnr.

 

On steps: Gerry Gazzard, George Wright, Eddie Chapman

Harry Hooper, Billy Moore

 

Front: Frank O'Farrell, Ted Fenton, Ernie Gregory,

Malcolm Allison, Fred Kearns, Derek Parker

Season 1952-53 1951-52 Friendlies 1953-54 Friendlies

Line-up unknown

Line-up unknown