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

Away

16 - 2

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

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

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. HULL BOYS

English Trophy (Sixth Round

Upton Park

3 - 2

27 February 1954

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