A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1953-54 London Mid-week League

The London Mid-Week League has been enlarged since last season, and this will remain another stepping-stone for promotion from our junior sides.

1952-53 LMWL 1954-55 LMWL Season 1953-54 54_02_10 Southend United v. WHU LMWL 54_04_26 Fulham v. WHU LMWL

ARSENAL : London Mid-week League

Hendon

0 - 3

7 October 1953

Turner D.

Bond

Armstrong

Belcher

Nelson A.

Standley T.

Wragg

Walker

Blackburn

Matthews

Wright J.

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MILLWALL : London Mid-week League

The Den

3 - 0 (Kearns, Thompson, Tucker [pen])

14 October 1953

Clish

Walker

Bond

Johnstone

Nelson A.

Belcher

Wragg

Barrett

Kearns

Thompson D.

Tucker

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 0

19 October 1953

Clish

Armstrong

Bond

Lill M.

Robinson

Belcher

Wragg

Matthews

Noakes

Gunning

Newman

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CHELSEA : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 1 (Blackburn 2 [1 pen])

26 October 1953

Clish

Nelson B.

Thoms J.

Johnstone

Ruark A.

Belcher

Murrell D.

Matthews

Blackburn

Armstrong

Kelly B.

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WATFORD : London Mid-week League

Vicarage Road

5 - 1 (Clark 4, Wragg)

4 November 1953

Rhodes

Nelson B.

Cooper

Pattison A.

Walker

Belcher

Wragg

Matthews

Clark B.

Brennah J.

Gunning

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CHELSEA : London Mid-week League

Welsh Harp, Hendon

2 - 0 (Noakes, Woodgate)

10 November 1953

Clish

Nelson B.

Cooper

Johnstone

Walker

McGowan

Wragg

Woodgate

Noakes

Matthews

Lill M.

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 -  3

16 November 1953

Clish

Nelson B.

Monk P.

Johnstone

Standley T.

Noakes

Wragg

Leach B.

Hogg

Kenny J.

Blackburn

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Mid-week League

Cheshunt

2 - 2 (Dixon, Kenny)

26 November 1953

Chiswick

Standley T.

Armstrong

Johnstone

Walker

Noakes

Wragg

Barrett

Dixon

Kenny J.

Wright J.

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PORTSMOUTH : London Mid-week League

Fratton Park

0 - 1

2 December 1953

Clish

Standley T.

Armstrong

Johnstone

Nelson A.

Noakes

Figg B.

Barrett

Hogg

Blackburn

Musgrove

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Mid-week League

Loftus Road

2 - 0 (Blackburn, Musgrove)

9 December 1953

Clish

Standley T.

Armstrong

Johnstone

Nelson A.

Noakes

Wragg

Kenny

Arnott

Blackburn

Musgrove

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CRYSTAL PALACE : London Mid-week League

Selhurst Park

5 - 1 (Arnott 2, Blackburn 2, Musgrove)

16 December 1953

Clish

Ling J.

Cooper

Belcher

Walker

Noakes

Lill M.

Matthews

Arnott

Blackburn

Musgrove

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SOUTHEND UNITED : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 0

11 January 1954

Rhodes

Cooper

Hallas G.

Standley T.

Walker

Belcher

Wragg

Bird W.

Kenshole J.

Kenny J.

Musgrove

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SOUTHEND UNITED : London Mid-week League

The Stadium

3 - 2 (Blackburn, Musgrove, Rowlands)

10 February 1954

Rhodes

Ling J.

Ruark A.

Noakes

Walker

Wickers R.

Lill M.

Kenny J.

Blackburn

Rowlands S.

Musgrove

MILLWALL : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

5 - 0 (Musgrove 3, Cecil, Matthews)

15 February 1954

Clish

Cooper

Hallas G.

Armstrong

Walker

Belcher

Matthews

Cecil R.

Arnott

Gunning

Musgrove

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CRYSTAL PALACE : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

3 - 2 Johnstone 2, Foan)

1 March 1954

Clish

Standley T.

Armstrong

McGowan

Walker

Blackmore R.

Veitch A.

Applegarth R.

Johnstone

Foan

Gunning

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PORTSMOUTH : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 2 (Lill, Passmore)

8 March 1954

Rhodes

Standley T.

Armstrong

Anderson A.

Walker

Wickers

Lill M.

Johnstone

Passmore W.

Cecil R.

Bradbury T.

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ARSENAL : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 3 (Musgrove)

15 March 1954

Clish

Cooper

Hallas G.

Standley T.

Walker

Noakes

Matthews

Kenny J.

Johnstone

Blackburn

Musgrove

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Mid-week League

The Valley

1 - 1 (Blackburn)

24 March 1954

Clish

Ling J.

Hallas G.

Belcher

Walker

Wickers

Lill M.

Kenny J.

Arnott

Blackburn

Musgrove

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FULHAM : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 0 ([og])

29 March 1954

Taylor

Cooper

Hallas G.

Armstrong

Walker

Noakes

Burdon

Kenny J.

Johnstone

Dawson C.

Gunning

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

3 - 1 (Johnstone, Neville, Smith)

5 April 1954

Taylor

Armstrong

Hallas G.

Johnstone

Walker

Startford K.

Musgrove

Kenny J.

Smith J.

Neville D.

Wilson R.

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WATFORD : London Mid-week League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 1

12 April 1954

Clish

Nelson B.

Cooper

Belcher

Armstrong

Noakes

Foan

Bird W.

Kenshole J.

Doherly W.

Gunning

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FULHAM : London Mid-week League

Craven Cottage

2 - 3 (Matthews, Stroud)

26 April 1954

Webb D.

Cooper

Hallas G.

Noakes

Nelson A.

Belcher

Foan

Matthews

Stroud

Weymouth B.

Gunning

Although we played good football throughout, it was the Gunners who got the goals, though a couple might have been prevented but for defensive errors, and the final result of 3-0 looked a little lopsided.

One up at half-time we continued well on top during the second-half to run out as comfortable winners by 3-0 against a useful-looking home team. Our scorers were Kearns, Tucker from a penalty and D. Thompson who is at present in the Army at Warminster on National Service.

 

A greasy top-surface made conditions difficult for both sides, and this enabled the defences to keep the upper hand throughout. Neither XI seemed likely to score for most of the game, and it was no surprise when the teams shared the points in a goalless draw.

 

Shortly after the start Tommy Clish received a very bad knock on his thumb joint which necessitated him playing with it taped-up for the remainder of the game; although for most of the time he was literally making one-handed saves it was not until five minutes from the end that he was beaten. Meanwhile, during the first half we had twice penetrated the Chelsea defence, Alan Blackburn being the scorer on both occasions, one from a penalty so we gained the day after a tough tussle by 2-1.

This match was played on their ground at the Welsh Harp. Hendon, which they use for Metropolitan League and 'A Team fixtures and conditions were first-rate.

A goal from Woodgate put us one up at half-time and Noakes added our second after the interval.

Two down at half-time we found ourselves up against a very clever and resolute visiting team, and our prospects faded when Blackburn missed a penalty. The Rangers added a third before the finish to gain a deserved win.

This match was Jimmy Barrett's first appearance since he dislocated his shoulder some weeks ago, and we were pleased to see him quickly prove that he is quite fit again.

In an interesting garne against a strong Spurs' side we led by 2-1 at half-time, Dixon and Kenny each converting a centre from Wragg. We looked like retaining this margin until the homesters equalised five minutes from time to force a 2-2 draw.

This was Malcolm Musgrove's first appearance for the Hammers as a professional, having signed from Lynemouth Colliery. In a very even and interesting game the defences prevailed except for a Portsmouth goal during the second-half. There was some really fine soccer and we only just missed equalising in the closing stages. The Portsmouth XI includes some top-rate youngsters with a leavening of experience and it is easy to understand their excellent record in the Mid-Week League; our side did very well to hold them to 1-0.

Centre-forward John Arnott was having his first game for our "A" Team; he is from Lewisham, and has been doing very well in our Metropolitan League matches, and made a promising debut. We always looked winners in a most pleasing exhibition and only brilliant goalkeeping kept our margin down to 2-0, Both these goals came during the first half-hour; Musgrove scored the first, hitting the ball into the top left-hand corner from 30 yards range after cutting in from the wing and Blackburn added the second from the edge of the penalty-box after excellent approach work. As a result of this win we displaced the Rangers from second place in the Mid-Week League table.

It was apparent from the opening minutes' play that we were to prove far the better side and we had the points "in our pocket" when we went in with a 3-0 half-time lead. We continued on top through most of the second-half and won comfortably by 5-1. Blackburn had a good game at inside-forward (where he has had a number of games for us) and he scored two of our goals; amateurs Arnett (2) and Lill (1) scored the others.

In this side against the Shrimpers there were newcomers Geoff Hallas (now in the Army at Warminster), William Bird and John Kenshole Two youngsters from the West Country—17 and 16 respectively) and Kenny (who has played for us previously but is now in the Forces).

On an extremely heavy ground we were held to a goalless draw mainly through the efforts of the Shrimpers' goalkeeper who "played a blinder." A re-shufrle of our forward-line in the closing stages found us continuing to pierce the visitors' defence, but we were still held scoreless.

Newcomers to our colours were R. Wickers (from Storey Athletic) and S. Rowlands (of Pinehurst Y.C.. who recently played here against our Colts in the Youth Cup). Both did well, and Rowlands netted the second goal that gave us a 2-0 interval lead. Previously Musgrove had opened the scoring, but the Shrimpers fought back in the second half to level it up. However, with but five minutes to go Blackburn gained a very good goal that brought our team the points they deserved on a very muddy surface.

This was Geoff Hallas's first appearance for us as a professional on 6 Februray, and the Oldham-born left-back showed himself to be well on top of his job by holding the Lions' right-winger throughout the game. A hat-trick by Musgrove was the main feature of a one-sided game, for with Matthews and Cecil each scoring once we ran out winners by 5-0.

We tried three newcomers in this fixture; Blackmore is the son of Harry Blackmore, the former Bolton Wanderers' centre-forward, and comes from the Exeter district, whilst Veitch and Applegarth are both from Tommy Clish's former club - Wheatley Hill. In a game played under muddy conditions we took a 3-1 lead at the interval, Johnston (2) and Foan being the scorers, but the Glaziers reduced it to 3-2 in the second half and kept us at full stretch till the finish.

Newcomers in the side were Wickers (from Storey Athletic), Anderson (Lynemouth Colliery) and Passmore and Bradbury (both from Heaton. Derbyshire).

In a hard game against the present leaders of the competition our team showed up welt, and Passmore gave us the lead in the opening minutes. Our opponents (who included Stephen and several other professionals) came more into the picture before the interval and led by 2-1 at the change-over. However, a goal by Lill squared the score soon after half-time and though both teams fought keenly for the decider the score remained at 2—2 until the final whistle.

The points went to a stronger and faster Arsenal side, who gained a 1-0 half-time lead and went on to make this a 3-1 victory by the final whistle. Their goalkeeper made three very good saves in the second-half before Musgrove scored our only counter.

A goal by Blackburn in the first half seemed likely to give us victory, but with only two minutes to go the Robins equalised to force a 1-1 draw in an interesting game in which our youngsters showed to advantage.

Dawson was on trial from Lynemouth Colliery and showed up rather well on his first appearance in our colours.

The Cottagers had an all-professional side, and their stronger physique enabled them to hold the upper hand for much of the time. However, we took the lead in the first half when one of their defenders put through his own goal and held on to this narrow margin for the remainder of the game, thanks to the greater experience of our defence in a hard game.

Three more newcomers to our "A" Team; Smith is the Woodford Town centre-forward, Neville has played in our " B " Team and Wilson is a friend of Tommy Clish from our goalkeeper's former club - Wheatley Hill.

In an even game we accepted our chances better than the Athletic. A header from Smith and a good shot from outside the penalty-area by Nevill brought us goals before the interval for a 2-0 lead. The visitors reduced the arrears after the resumption, but Johnston came up and hit the ball on the volley in the closing stages to make the final score 3-1 in our favour.

In a spiritless game the young Watford side scored the only goal to gain the points.

Waymouth (from Barnet) was a newcomer to our colours, but one of our biggest interests in the game was the re-appearance of Roy Stroud who has been out for some weeks with a recurrence of his thigh injury; the special treatment he has been undergoing at the Charlton Athletic ground seems to be bringing effective results, for Roy came through the test very well and scored one of our goals. Our other scorer was Matthews, but these two tallies were not sufficient, and the Cottagers won by 3-2.