A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 53_09_19 Margate v. WHU Friendly
54_05_01 London v. Manchester

1953-54 Friendlies

53_08_08 First Practice

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

53_08_15 Second Practice 53_10_05 WHU v. Sunderland

SECOND PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

Upton Park

5 - 1

8 August 1953

Upton Park

2 - 4

15 August 1953

MARGATE

YARDLEYS : Opening of Lights

Away

1 - 7 (Arnott)

19 September 1953

Bell

Ling

Eirera

Leach

Nelson

Standley

Lill

Armstrong

Arnott

Blackburn

Burdon

 

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Snaresbrook

16 - 2 (Goalscorers unknown)

26 September 1953

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SUNDERLAND : Floodlight Match

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Dixon, Sexton)

5 October 1953

Att: 27,000

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

Bing

Woodgate

Sexton

Dixon

Dick

Andrews

 

HEARTS of MIDLOTHIAN (Scotland) : Floodlight Match

Upton Park

7 - 0 (Andrews 2, Sexton 2, Gazzard, Parker, Stroud)

19 October 1953

Att: 19,000

53_10_19 WHU v. Hearts

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

Bing

Southren

Stroud

Gazzard

Sexton

Andrews

 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Floodlight Match

Loftus Road

4 - 2 (Parker, Sexton 2, Dick)

2 November 1953

Att: 4,000

(First-ever Floodlit Friendly on Opponents ground)

53_11_02 QPR v. WHU

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Woodgate

Sexton

Dick

Andrews

 

HORNCHURCH & UPMINSTER : A Team

Hornchurch Stadium

2 - 4  (Goalscorers unknown)

27 February 1954

54_02_27 Hornchurch v. WHU

Away

1 - 2 (Woodgate)

6 March 1954

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BISHOP STORTFORD : A Team

ST MIRREN (Scotland) : Floodlight Match

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Dixon 2, Parker)

22 March 1954

Att: 17,000

Chiswick

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

McGowan

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Foan

Andrews

 

 

 

54_03_22 WHU v. St Mirren Friendly

SERVETTE (Switzerland) : Floodlight Match

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Arnott 3, Barrett, Dick)

6 April 1954

Att: 20,000

54_04_06 WHU v. Servette

GUILDFORD CITY : George Sadler Benefit

Joseph's Road

2 - 4 (Dixon, Musgrove)

26 April 1954

 

54_04_26 Guildford City v. WHU Sadler

OLARIA (Brazil) : Floodlight Match

Upton Park

0 - 0

27 April 1954

54_04_27 WHU v. Olaria

Chiswick

Bond

Kinsell

Malcolm

Allison (Barrett) (Cooper)

O'Farrell

Hooper

Sexton

Dixon

Foan

Tucker

 

Hornchurch Stadium

5 - 0 (Sexton 3, Barrett 2)

8 May 1954

BOB FREEMAN'S XI : Special Charity Match

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

BARKING v. CLAPTON

Essex Thameside Trophy (1st Round Replay)

Upton Park

? - ?

7 December 1953

53_12_07 Barking v. Clapton 54_04_26 West Ham Boys v. Walthamstow Boys

WEST HAM BOYS v. PORTSMOUTH BOYS

English Trophy (Fifth Round)

Upton Park

2 - 1

16 January 1954

WEST HAM BOYS v. WALTHAMSTOW BOYS : Corinthian Shield (Final)

Upton Park

? - ?

26 April 1954

LONDON FEDERATION of BOYS' CLUBS v. MANCHESTER & DISTRICT FEDERATION of LADS' CLUBS

National Association Boys' Clubs (Final)

Upton Park

? - ?

1 May 1954

WEST HAM BOYS v. COLCHESTER BOYS

English Trophy (Fourth Round)

Upton Park

8 - 1

3 May 1954

WEST HAM BOYS v. CHELMSFORD BOYS

English Trophy (Third Round)

Spotted Dog Ground

7 - 0

5 December 1953

WEST HAM BOYS v. HULL BOYS

English Trophy (Quarter Final Replay)

Upton Park

3 - 0

27 March 1954

Chiswick

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

Bing

Hooper

Barrett

Arnott

Dick

Andrews

Chiswick

Bond

Kinsell

Parker

Brown

O'Farrell

Hooper

Blackburn

Dixon

Dick

Musgrove

54_05_08 Bob Freeman v. WHU

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53_12_05 West Ham Boys v. Chelmsford Boys 54_01_16 West Ham Boys v. Portsmouth Boys 54_03_27 West Ham Boys v. Hull Boys

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Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

WEST HAM BOYS v. COLCHESTER & NORTH EAST ESSEX BOYS : Johnson Cup (Final)

Upton Park

5 - 1

19 December 1953

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53_12_19 West Ham Boys v. Colchester Boys

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Season 1953-54 1952-53 Friendlies 1954-55 Friendlies

Late arrivals among the 20,000 attendance here for our floodlight match against Servctte F.C. of Switzerland found that they had missed the opening scoring, for we gained a 2-0 lead within the first six minutes. A Barrett-Hooper move ended with a pass to Arnott, who smartly back-heeled for Dick to crash the ball home with his left foot from 15 yards in the second minute; then a short corner from Andrews left Bing to cross the ball into the goalmouth where Arnott headed it in. Our third goal came in the 19th minute after a Barrett-Hooper move, when the goalkeeper failed to hold the ball and "Johnny-on-the-spot" Arnott netted his second. Recovering somewhat from these early reverses Servette came more into the picture, and after Mazzena had swung the ball across the field Duret hit it smartly on the turn to score when the ball glanced off Kinsell's head into the net.

There was some more interesting soccer after the interval, and the Continentals promised to reduce the lead until Arnott headed home from Hooper's corner seven minutes after half-time; but when after a good movement Arnott laid up the ball for Barrett to make it 5-1 from close range, we were very much on top.

A couple of days after the end of teh 1953-54 camapign we sent a team to Joseph's Road to play Guildford City. The occasion was a match against the city club (of the Southern League) for a match in aid of ex-Hammer George Sadler's benefit. George had as team-manager his former army colleague Archie Macawlay (a great inside-forward who played in our 1940 War Cup-winning XI at Wembley, and who later went on to League club managership).

We lost 4-2 that evening (half-time 1-1), Dixon and Musgrove scoring our goals.

CLUB COLOURS

(Wragg 3, Dick 2)

 

Chiswick

Bond

Cantwell

Bing

Brown

Belcher

Southren

Matthews

Wragg

Dick

Gunning

 

BLUES

(Malcolm)

 

Rhodes

Nelson

Cooper

Malcolm

Walker

Noakes

Woodgate

Johnstone

Blackburn

Kenny J. (Sexton)

Andrews

 

 

CLUB COLOURS

(Gazzard 2)

 

Taylor

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Sexton

Dixon

Gazzard

Andrews

 

 

 

BLUES

(Hooper, Kearns, Woodgate, Allison [og])

 

Chiswick

Devlin

Cantwell

Bing

Brown

McGowan

Woodgate

Matthews

Kearns

Kenny J.

Musgrove (Hooper)

 

Line-up unknown

Davis

Cooper

Hallas

Johnstone

Walker

Belcher

Lill

Matthews

Woodgate

Kenny

Gunning

Clish

Standley T.

Cooper

Johnstone

Walker

Belcher

Wragg

Kenny

Woodgate

Gunning

Burdon

Line-up Unknown

First Away Floodlit

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WEST HAM BOYS v. WEST LONDON BOYS

English Trophy (Sixth Round

Upton Park

3 - 2

27 February 1954

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

54_02_27 WH Boys v. West London Boys

Having no Metropolitan League fixture on this date we sent the "B" Team to meet Kent League club Margate in a friendly.

 

A goal by Arnott was our reply to the Seasiders" two in the first half and we were more than holding our own. However, Aimer Hall gave his team a "pep talk" at half-time that made them a distinct menace to our defence after the interval and they ended up as very comfortable winners by 7-1, experience of professional soccer being a most decisive factor.

Monday evening's floodlight game against Sunderland, for the "pink night-shirted" colours of the First Divisioners appeared but infrequently in our half for the opening period of a game attended by nearly 27,000.

It is true that the Wearsiders lacked the services of Ford and Daniel for this match but we could fairly claim that we deserved our 2-0 success (as was substantiated by press correspondents). Throughout the game the little extra zest of our chaps gave them an edge on the star-studded visitors, and it was fitting that the best move of the match should bring us the lead with but a minute to go before the interval; Sexton's shot that finished off a six-pass effort between himself, Dixon and Woodgate was a real bar-scorcher and he had several similar efforts in a good display. The same three players plus Bing brought about the move that led to Dixon adding the second tally after 82 minutes (amid frantic appeals for offside) to round off a tussle that was at times "patchy" but most times chockful of interest.

However, by no means all the good moves were confined to the Hammers, and it took some stout work by our defence (and Ernie Gregory in particular) to prevent the Northerners from scoring. Their classy approach-work showed the ability of several of their XI to great advantage, and their inside-forwards provided some delightful touches.

Naturally the pre-match announcements of changes in the visiting team caused a certain amount of disappointment, for there were many who hoped that Ford and Daniel would be appearing. However, the calls of International duty against England this afternoon necessitated Sunderland leaving these two Welshmen out of their side and there was no alternative. Nevertheless, the opportunity was provided for Shackleton to come into the XI,"and our opponents still had plenty of attraction with six Internationals, one Football League "cap" and an F.A. XI member in the team!

Our "B" Team had no Metropolitan League fixture, so we accepted the invitation of Yardleys F.C. to provide the opposition at the opening of their new ground at Snaresbrook. Unfortunately our XI proved far too strong, winning by 16-2.

Monday evening's floodlight game against Hearts provided an amazing contrast in the display of our First XI, and it was difficult to reconcile their performance against the Scottish League runners-up with that in recent Football League games.

To the 19,000 attendance it appeared likely from the opening 20 minutes" play that we would be det'eated. for the Edinburgh side held the upper hand in mid-field and mounted repeated attacks. However, their finishing failed to bring the results merited by their splendid approach-work, and we came into the game during the next ten minutes or so. It was then that the Scots suffered three hammer-blows from which they never recovered, Parker, Andrews and Gazzard ali netting with good drives within less than three minutes—and we went in at half-time leading by 3-0.

Although Hearts had lost Gumming with a bruised shin just before half-time, he was replaced by substitute Neilsen. and they came out after the interval with determination to fight back and get some goals. However, this was speedily forestalled when Andrews headed home Southren's corner within two minutes of the restart, and further goals by Stroud and Sexton (2) completed our 7-0 success.

We had our first away "floodlight friendly" when we visited Loftus Road on Monday evening to play Queens Park Rangers. Throughout the game we were the better side, although at one time the Rangers threatened to get on top when our XI based up during the second-half; however, even though the homesters equalised we were able to pull out that little extra in the closing stages, and proved comfortable winners. Derek Parker opened the scoring and Dave Sexton put us two up mid-way through the first-half, our opponents making it 2-1 before half-time through a goal by former Hammer Bert Hawkins. Hurrell equalised for the West Londoners after the breather, but we made it 4-2 at the final whistle through further tallies by John Dick and Sexton. It was a pleasing feature to see that all our goals came through powerful shots.

A less pleasing aspect was the attendance. This was only a little over 4,000, due possibly to the fact that the morning newspapers were not acquainted with the fact that the match was taking place and the typical November-evening weather.

In a hard-fought friendly the enthusiasm of the Urchins was largely responsible for their 4-2 success, although our own XI showed some fine football that might well have brought them victory had not an injury to Cooper after ten minutes' play meant a re-arrangement of our side for the greater part of the game.

In an interesting game against the Delphian League club we lost by 2-1. Woodgate being our scorer.

Nearly 17,000 were present for last Monday evening's floodlight fixture with Scottfsh visitors St. Nlirren, and although they did not sec a game i/uite so exciting as when the Saints visited us previously there was nevertheless plenty to occupy their attention.

The tact that we gained an early lead gave our chaps something "in hand" after the first 20 minutes, pixon converting through passes from Andrews and Foan (in the 10th and 20th minutes) in line fashion with left-foot drives; but nevertheless the Scots never gave up trying, and they could perhaps count themselves a little unfortunate in not drawing level at one stage in the second-half when a goal was disallowed for offside.

Apart from the enthusiastic tactics of centre-forward Stewart (whose efforts merited him a goal) the main interest in the visiting team was concentrated upon the long-kicking of right-back Lapsiie. His efforts bore fruit throe minutes after the interval when from a free-kick for offside he punted the ball for a distance of 70 yards into our nenalty-area for Anderson to follow it up and score from close range.

Thirteen minutes from the end Parker appeared to have made the issue safe when he netted from eight yards out after combining well with Dixon and Southren, but had Neiison's line shot met with its due reward instead of hitting the angle of the bar and upright, the closing ten minutes might have been even more interesting than they actually proved to be, for neither side let up at even that late stage.

Still, altogether it was an interesting evening, aided by the fine weather which came as a very welcome chance from the adverse conditions of late.