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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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Upton Park

2 - 2 (Bennett, Hooper)

8 January 1954

Att: 21,000

1954-55 Football League : Division II

DARE Billy arrives at Upton Park 1953-54 First XI 1955-56 First XI Season 1954-55

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

 

Meadow Lane

1 - 5 (Hooper [pen])

1 January 1955

Att: 20,290

Taylor

Bond

Kinsell

Malcolm

Brown

Bing

Hooper

Bennett

Blackburn

Dick

Andrews

55_01_01 Notts County v. WHU

PORT VALE : FA Cup (Third Round)

Taylor

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

Bing

Hooper

Bennett

Blackburn

Dick

Andrews

Vale Park

1 - 3 (Hooper)

10 January 1955

Att: 12,410

PORT VALE : FA CUP (Third Round Replay)

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Blackburn

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

15 January 1955

LIVERPOOL : Football League Division II

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Sexton 3, Dick 2, Bennett)

5 February 1955

Att: 18,154

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Sexton

Dick

Musgrove

Eastville

4 - 2 (Dick 3, Hooper)

22 January 1955

Att: 24,787

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football League Division II

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Sexton

Dick

Musgrove

55_01_08 WHU v. Port Vale FAC3 01 55_01_10 Port Vale v. WHU FAC Replay

Notts County’s record win against the Hammers was highlighted by Jimmy Jackson's feat in scoring four of the goals. The victory hoisted the Magpies’ to only four points behind the Division Two leaders in what was to be their most successful season during the 1950's. West Ham proved to be by no means poor opponents but our defence was opened up unmercifully and Jackson beat centre half Ken Brown at almost every turn. With the goals in the seventh, 16th and 51st minutes to clocked up his hat-trick. The Hammers’ had chances mainly through the brilliance of Harry Hooper, but failed to trouble the Magpies until we were awarded a penalty for handball by Ron Wylie in the 53rd minute. Hooper scored but then Jackson made it 4-1 after 75 minutes after 'keeper George Taylor had pushed aside a shot from Gordon Wills. Finally, Albert Broadbent converted a pen¬alty award, two minutes from the end.

A 2.15 p.m. kick-off against Port Vale, a period when floodlights could not be used for F.A. Cup ties. 21,000 were here to see the two Second Division sides compete for a place in the Fourth Round. The first half-hour went all our way, and goals by Les Bennett (20 mins) and John Dick (27 mins) gave us all a comfortable feeling. Nevertheless, the Valiants' wingers - Colin Askey and Dickie Cunliffe - were giving problems to our defence; and after Cunliffe reduced the margin with a 38th minute reply the visitors snatched another some 30 seconds prior to the interval through centre-forward Stan Smith (a 22-year-old factory worker who came into the team a few days previously as a replacement for an injured colleague). Our XI were very hesitant in the second half; a robust defence kept Port Vale well in the game, and that - added to the non-award of what most considered to be a deserved penalty for the Hammers - ensured there being no further scoring and a replay at Vale Park two days later.

West Ham made three changes from the first game two days earlier. Out went John Bond, Doug Bing and Jimmy Andrews; in came George Wright, Frank O'Farrell and Malcolm Musgrove. Port Vale kept the same XI, and there were 12,410 fans to see the battle in a quagmire as it rained incessantly. The home side made a good start, Cunliffe beating three defenders in the ninth minute before scoring. Hammers got back into the game, and seven minutes prior to the interval Harry Hooper took the ball along the bye-line and passed it into the path of Dick; Johnny also beat three opponents and banged the ball into the net, only to have the "goal" disallowed when the referee and a linesman considered that another Hammer was interfering with play! Nobody in the Vale XI appealed against our apparent equaliser. We never recovered from that set back, as Leake scored Vale's second a couple of minutes before half-time and then Hooper went off injured for ten minutes after the interval. Smith ploughed through the sludge to make it three-nil with four minutes to go; and the only consolation we had was when Hooper converted a 20-yard free-kick that literally slithered past goalkeeper Ray King. Port Vale's reward was a visit to Spurs in the Fourth Round, but their run ended at White Hart Lane.

11 January 1955

JOE GALLAGHER (1983) Born this day Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Emergency signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he was at loggerheads with the Molineux management over a difference of opinion. Already in the reserves despite being one of the club's highest paid players, his contract was cancelled by the club, citing his failure to turn up for an official team photograph, though the player believes this was an excuse for cutting costs and was given a free transfer. Signed a short-term contract with the Hammers on 6 December 1982 and drafted into the side following the suspension of Alvin Martin. Made his debut against Coventry City at Upton Park in a 0-3 defeat on the 11 December 1982. On 4 August 1983 after making 11 appearances in the claret and blue the experienced professional joined former Hammer John Bond's multi-million pound Burnley squad for £300,000. Later had a short period with Halifax Town before going on to manage several non-league clubs in the Midlands including Atherstone United, and had a spell as community liaison officer with Birmingham City. He later worked for Land Rover and part-time for the Press Association, and had also been involved in corporate hospitality at Birmingham City matches. In 2012, Gallagher was one of seven former players elected to Birmingham City's Hall of Fame.

55_01_15 WHU v. Liverpool - Postponed 01 55_01_22 Bristol Rovers v. WHU 55_02_05 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 01

MATCH POSTPONED

Snow : rearranged for 26 April 1955

An impressive attendance figure of 24,787 was recorded for our Second Division fixture v Bristol Rovers at Eastville - both teams were only holding middle-of-the-table positions! It was a good day for the Hammers, with John Dick netting a hat-trick along with a Harry Hooper strike in the 4-2 victory.

27 January 1955

BILLY DARE signs from BRENTFORD for £5,000

 

West Ham United made TV history by signing on the player in front of the sports programme cameras. Billy Dare, transferred from Brentford and viewers saw Ted Fenton hand over the player's signing on fee of 10 £1 notes!

 

The Hammers paid the Bees £5,000 — and never regretted the deal as Billy helped West Ham to promotion a couple of seasons later.

The Hammers were half-a-dozen points behind the leaders - Luton Town - but Argyle were only two off the bottom with 17 points from 27 games. Nevertheless, it drew a 19,000 gate. It turned out to be a disaster day for the Devonians. John Dick (9 mins) and Dave Sexton (15 mins} set us on the road to victory, but the visitors got back into the reckoning as Davis scored on the stroke of half-time. Unfortunately, right-half and skipper Neil Dougall had to go off within five minutes of the restart, so Argyle were reduced to 10 men for the remaining 40 (there were no substitutes then). That proved too much of a handicap, and Sexton went on to complete his hat-trick with counters in the 60th and 72nd minutes. Between Dave's last two goals Dick netted another, and there was every effort on our players' behalf to "gift" John another, as it would have made it a third hat-trick in succession for him. It was left for skipper Les Bennett to make it 6-1 in our favour five minutes from the end.

Vale Park

1 - 1 (Hooper [pen])

12 February 1955

Att: 18,154

PORT VALE : Football League Division II

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Sexton

Dick

Musgrove

55_02_12 Port Vale v. WHU 55_02_24 WHU v. Doncaster Rovers 01

DONCASTER ROVERS : Football League Division II

6 February 1955

AVRAM GRANT (14th Manager) Born this day Petah Tikva, Israel

 

Clubs/nations managed: Hapoel Petah Tikva, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, Israel, Chelsea, Portsmouth, West Ham United and Partizan Belgrade.

 

Avram Grant was appointed as West Ham United manager on a four-year contract on 3 June 2010, becoming the second non-British man to take charge at the Boleyn Ground after Italian predecessor Gianfranco Zola.

7 February 1955

BRIAN MOORE signs from DISTILLERY FC for £3,000 plus floodlight friendly for the Irish club

Upton Park

0 - 1

24 February 1955

Att: 4,373

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Sexton

Dick

Musgrove

We played a re-arranged Second Division fixture v Doncaster Rovers on a Thursday afternoon, and only just over 4,000 turned up in appalling weather conditions (prob¬ably our smallest-ever gate at Upton Park for a League game). The match report included this extract: " Snow covered the major portion of the pitcht and with further snowfalls during the game the play ing-surface churned up into ankle-deep mud that made close-passing very hazardous. Consequently many good moves broke down, and it was left to a penalty-area slip-up to bring about the only goal of the match"... Doncaster got that one !

Lowest ever League attendance for a home game (4,373)

GEOFF HALLAS and BILLY DARE both make their Hammers debut against LEEDS UNITED at Upton Park

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bennett, Foan)

5 March 1955

Att: 19,664

Taylor

Wright

Hallas

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Foan

Dare

Musgrove

55_03_05 WHU v. Leeds United 01 55_03_12 Stoke City v. WHU 55_03_19 WHU v. Middlesbrough 01 55_03_26 Birmingham City v. WHU

STOKE CITY : Football League Division II

Victoria Ground

2 - 0 (Musgrove 2)

12 March 1954

Att: 20,500

Taylor

Wright

Hallas

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

13 March 1955

YILMAZ ORHAN (1976-1977) Born this day Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and of Turkish parentage, Yilmaz came to England and attended Clissold Park Comprehensive School, Hackney. “Spotted” by ex-Hammers’ player Terry Matthews playing for local side Averley F.C., and in addition to First Team appearances for the Athenian League club he represented Essex County Youth. He subsequently played in the Hammers’ youth teams, and was signed as a professional on 16th February 1973. Made his First Division debut against Queens Park Rangers on the 24th January 1976 in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park. Yilmaz failed to get on the scoring-list in his nine senior outings. Left the Hammers for Team Hawaii of the North American Soccer League in April 1977. Later played for Houston Hurricane and San Diego Sockers before joining a host of American clubs playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League between 1980 and 1987.

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dare, Musgrove)

19 March 1955

Att: 22,313

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

A Division II fixture brought Middlesbrough to Upton Park for the first time in 23 years. Having conceded the points to them at Ayresome Park earlier in the season by 6-0 we were thirsting for revenge, and goals by Billy Dare and Malcolm Musgrove in the first quarter-hour led us to hope that we would completely erase that defeat. However, that was the end of our scoring, but although Mitchell made it 2-1 thirteen minutes from time we were worthy winners by the final whistle.

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

St Andrews

2 - 1 (Dick, Musgrove)

26 March 1955

Att: 19,132

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League Division II

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Dick, Dare, Hooper, Musgrove)

2 April 1955

Att: 24,023

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

55_04_02 WHU v. Ipswich Town 01 55_04_08 WHU v. Fulham 01 55_04_09 Luton Town v. WHU 55_04_11 Fulham v. WHU 55_04_16 WHU v. Rotherham United 01 55_04_23 Bury v. WHU 55_04_26 WHU v. Liverpool 01 55_04_30 WHU v. Lincoln City 01 55_05_02 Nottingham Forest v. WHU

FULHAM : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dick, Musgrove)

8 April 1954

Att: 34,238

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

The Hammers were perched in fourth place in the table as they welcomed Ipswich Town to the Boleyn Ground. The hosts started at a fast pace and after 23 minutes took the lead when a five-man move ended with John Dick sweeping a left-foot drive into the net. Nine minutes later. West Ham netted again when Harry Hooper squared the ball to Billy Dare whose curling shot found the top corner. After 25 minutes, the Hammers went further ahead when Hooper raced in to score. More came when Man of the Match Dare sent the ball to Malcolm Musgrove and his tow shot found the net. The match ended 4-0 but sadly the promotion attempt fell away badly as the side failed to win any of the final seven games of the season.

The Hammers were in London derby action on this day in 1955 when Fulham made the journey across the capital to the Boleyn Ground. The 1954-55 campaign was entering its final straight and this Good Friday meeting with the Cottagers was the first of two in three days over the Easter weekend. Ted Fenton’s side were a goal down inside four minutes as Fulham took the lead when Bedford Jezzard drove home. West Ham were soon level when John Dick converted Harry Hooper's cross and then went ahead through Malcolm Musgrove's memorable run and shot, which undoubtedly stunned Cottagers centre-half and future West Ham and England manager Ron Greenwood! Jezzard hit a post as Fulham tried to rally during an entertaining second half, but the home side held on to win with a 2-1 margin.

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

Kennilworth Road

0 - 2

9 April 1955

Att: 27,148

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

FULHAM : Football League Division II

Craven Cottage

0 - 0

11 April 1955

Att: 21,616

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

ROTHERHAM UNITED : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Dick)

16 April 1955

Att: 24,056

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

When John Dick scored three minutes before half-time we appeared well set for victory, but twelve minutes after the resumption Farmer levelled the scores. From then on there was really only one team in it, as the Hammers faded out of the reckoning and conceded a further goal to Farmer seven minutes from time. Our subsequent programme notes commented upon the fact that the Northerners played it very calmly afterwards, and made no attempt to kick aimlessly info touch despite the value placed on the points by both sides being involved in promotion.

BURY : Football League Division II

Gigg Lane

1 - 4 (Dick)

23 April 1955

Att: 8,746

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

LIVERPOOL : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 3

26 April 1955

Att: 9,448

Taylor

Wright

Hallas

Malcolm

Allison

Parker

Hooper

Sexton

Dare

Bennett

Musgrove

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 1

30 April 1955

Att: 10,201

Taylor

Wright

Hallas

Malcolm

Allison

Parker

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

Our last home match of the season. Not a great occasion, because our chances of promotion had gone and Lincoln City had already ensured their safety in the Second Division for another season. It wasn't much of a game either!, as the Imps scored the only goal 10 minutes from time to collect the spoils from a typical "tail ender".

1 May 1955

 

FRANK O’FARRELL 4th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

NETHERLANDS International Friendly Dalymount Park, Dublin 1-0

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

City Ground

1 - 1 (Andrews)

2 May 1955

Att: 5,825

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

Parker

Foan

Moore

Dare

Dick

Andrews

BRIAN MOORE makes his Hammers debut against NOTTINGHAM FOREST at the City Ground

Two days after losing to Lincoln City at the Boleyn Ground we regained some of our pride by going to the City Ground at Nottingham and drawing 1-1 with Forest. That made our final record for 1954-55: played 42, won 18, drawn 10, lost 14, goals 74-70, points 46, we finished eighth. Luton Town and Rotherham United tied at the top with 54 points, one ahead of Leeds United. Ipswich Town and Derby County were the tailenders and relegated.

25 May 1955

 

FRANK O’FARRELL 5th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

NORWAY International Friendly Bislett Stadion, Oslo 3-1

26 June 1955

 

MERVYN DAY (1973-1978) Born this day, Chelmsford, Essex

 

Mervyn Day signed apprentice forms with the Hammers on 1 March 1973 and made his debut between the sticks in the 3-3 draw with Ipswich Town at Upton Park 27 August 1973. Such was the impact this brilliant custodian made on breaking into West Ham's First XI that he prompted the normally reticent Ron Greenwood to declare: "This is the England goalkeeper for the next ten years." Alas, Day never quite lived up to that heady expectation and his sad departure from Upton Park was not helped by media exposure, which seemed to blow up any little mistake out of all proportion. While with the Hammers Mervyn gained England Under-23 caps (5), F.A. Cup Winners medal 1975, European Cup Winners' Cup Runners-up medal 1976. Also recipient of P.F.A. "Young Player of the Year" award in '75. It cost Leyton Orient a cool £100,000 to take him to Brisbane Road in July 1979, where he performed with distinction. After a short spell with Aston Villa he went to Leeds United and helped them to the Second Division Championship in the 1989-90 campaign. After the arrival of John Lukic from Arsenal, Day stayed on as part of the coaching set-up at Elland Road. Later became player-manager of Carlisle United before taking up a coaching role with Alan Curbishley at Charlton Athletic. In December 2006 Curbishley was appointed West Ham manager and Day joined him as his assistant at Upton Park. Later took up scouting roles with Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion, in July 2014 he was appointed head of recruitment at West Bromwich Albion  where he stayed for a year. Day is now International Scout at Bristol City Football Club.

ORHAN Yilmaz GALLAGHER Joe DAY Mervyn & Steve DAY Mervyn 0391 Port Vale (H) 54-55 0397 Leeds United (H) 54-55 FOAN scoring

Albert Foan scores