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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1955-56 Eastern Counties League

Manager: Bill Robinson (Asst. Trainer Harry Butler)

HARWICH & PARKESTON : Eastern Counties League

Royal Oak Ground

1 - 4 (Moore)

20 August 1955

Rhodes

Cooper

Hallas

Johnstone

Brown

Lansdowne

Franklyn

Moore

Blackburn

Matthews

McDonald T.

BURY TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Ram Meadow

1 - 1 (Walker)

27 August 1955

Rhodes

Cooper

Hallas

Smith J.

Nelson

Lansdowne

Chapman

Pyke

Walker

Smith R.

Franklyn

SUDBURY TOWN : Eastern Counties League Cuo (First Round)

Priory Stadium

0 - 1

3 September 1955

Chiswick

Chapman

Marshall

Cooper

Walker

Wragg

Franklyn

Pyke

Smith R.

Matthews

Smith J.

BRENTFORD : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (First Round)

Griffin Park

2 - 0 (Barrick, McDonald)

6 October 1955

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Roberts

Obeney

Hughes

Fenn

Pyke

Barrick

McDonald T.

Smith J.

EYNESBURY ROVERS : Eastern Counties League

Alfred Hall Memorial Ground

2 - 3 (Fenn, Wragg)

10 September 1955

Chiswick

Cooper

Hallas

Matthews

Walker

Lansdowne

Wragg

Pyke

Fenn

Smith J.

Franklyn

COLCHESTER UNITED RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

Layer Road

4 - 3 (Fenn 3, Matthews)

17 September 1955

Rhodes

Cooper

Chapman

Taylor

Nelson

Smith J.

Wragg

Smith R.

Fenn

Matthews

Franklyn

CHELMESFORD CITY RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

New Writtle Street

2 - 1 (Wragg 2)

24 September 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Marshall

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smith R.

Fenn

Smith J.

Franklyn

CAMBRIDGE UNITED RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

Abbey Stadium

1 - 1 (Wragg)

1 October 1955

Chiswick

Lnsdowne

Ginnaw

Parker

Nelson

Matthews

Wragg

Pyke

Fenn

Smith J.

Franklyn

BIGGLESWADE TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Fairfield

2 - 2 (Fenn, Lyall)

8 October 1955

Rhodes

Lansdowne

Ginnaw

Pyke

Nelson

Johnstone

Smith R.

Matthews

Fenn

Lyall

Franklyn

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Wellesley Recreation Ground

0 - 2

15 October 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Ginnaw

Johnstone

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Pyke

Harvey

Smith J.

Franklyn

COLCHESTER UNITED RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

Layer Road

0 - 3

22 October 1955

Taylor

Chapman

Ginnaw

Johnstone

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Franklyn

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

New Writtle Street

0 - 1

29 October 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Walker

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Pitt

Fenn

Smith J.

Franklyn

LUTON TOWN : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (Second Round)

Town Ground

7 - 3 (McDonald 2, Smith J. 2, Barrick, Fenn, Pyke)

2 November 1955

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Obeney

McDonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

PETERBOROUGH UNITED RESERVES : Eastern Counties League

London Road

0 - 3

5 November 1955

Taylor

Chapman

Kinsell

Reed

Walker

Lansdowne

Wragg

Johnstone

Harvey

Lyall

Franklyn

BIGGLESWADE TOWN: Eastern Counties League

Fairfield

3 - 1 (Fenn 2, Kinsell)

12 November 1955

Rhodes

Walker

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Johnstone

Fenn

Smith R.

Franklyn

CLACTON TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Old Road Ground

1 - 2 (Wragg)

19 November 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Matthews

Fenn

Smith R.

Franklyn

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Wellesley Recreation Ground

1 - 3 (Walker)

3 December 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

McDonald

Fenn

Walker

Smith R.

Franklyn

EYNESBURY ROVERS : Eastern Counties League

Alfred Hall Memorial Ground

2 - 4 (Foan, Reed)

10 December 1955

Maguire

Chapman

Walker

Byers

Nelson

Lansdowne

Reed

Franklyn

Wragg

Foan

Lyall

WATFORD : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (Semi-Final)

Vicarage Road

5 - 3 (Fenn 2, Lundstrum 2, McDonald)

13 December 1955

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Obeney

McDonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

MARCH TOWN : Eastern Counties League

G.E.R. Sports Ground

0 - 1

17 December 1955

Rhodes

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

McDonald

Smith J.

Walker

Blackburn

Barrick

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Eastern Counties League

London Road

0 - 2

24 December 1955

Rhodes

Walker

Chapman

Johnstone

Nelson

Lansdowne

McDonald

Wragg

Blackburn

Smith J.

Franklyn

MARCH TOWN : Eastern Counties League

G.E.R. Sports Ground

0 - 3

31 December 1955

Taylor

Walker

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Cooper D.

Lyall

Barrick

Smith J.

Franklyn

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (Final)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (McDonald)

3 January 1956

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Obeney

McDonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

HOLBEACH UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Carters Park

14 January 1956

GORLESTON : Eastern Counties League

Recreation Ground

1 - 2 (Barrick)

28 January 1956

Taylor

Pitt

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Johnstone

Fenn

Barrick

Walker

Smith J.

Lyall J.

STOWMARKET : Eastern Counties League

Cricket Meadow

4 - 2 (McDonald 2, Fenn, Walker)

4 February 1956

Taylor

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Smith J.

Fenn

Lundstrum

Walker

Barrick

McDonald T.

HOLBEACH UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Carters Park

1 - 1 (Smith)

11 February 1956

Chiswick

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Johnstone

Stroud

McCluskey P.

Fenn

Smith J.

McDonald T.

CLACTON TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Old Road Ground

1 - 0 (Fenn)

18 February 1956

Rhodes

Walker

Hayward T.

Pyke

Nelson

Johnstone

Stroud

McCluskey J.

Fenn

Smith J.

McDonald T.

SPALDING UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Sir Halley Stewart Field

1 - 0 (Fenn)

25 February 1956

Rhodes

Walker

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Lansdowne

Stroud

Harvey

Fenn

Smith J.

McDonald T.

SUDBURY TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Priory Stadium

2 - 3 (Smuth 2)

3 March 1956

Taylor

Walker

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Johnstone

Harvey

Bennett

Fenn

Smith J.

McDonald T.

HARWICH & PARKESTON : Eastern Counties League

Royal Oak Ground

3 - 0 (Kinsell [pen], McDonald, Pyke)

10 March 1956

Taylor

Chapman

Kinsell

Pyke

Nelson

Schroer

Franklyn

Fenn

Stroud

Walker

McDonald T.

HOLBEACH UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Carters Park

0 - 3

17 March 1956

Maguire

Chapman

Kinsell

Byers

Roberts P.

Lyall J.

Harrison R.

Lewis C.

Harvey

Walker

Crockett D.

LOWESTOFT TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Crown Meadow

0 - 1

24 March 1956

Taylor

Chapman

Rudd

Byers

Nelson

Lansdowne

Walker

Johnstone

Ward

Bennett

Crockett D.

NORWICH CITY : Eastern Counties League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 1 (Stroud 2)

26 March 1956

Rhodes

Wright

Cooper

Pyke

Walker

Bennett

Fenn

Smith R.

Stroud

Schroer

Wragg

STOWMARKET : Eastern Counties League

Cricket Meadow

4 - 6 (Fenn 2, Lyall, Wragg)

30 March 1956

Taylor G.

Pitt

Kinsell

Byers

Walker

Schroer

Wragg

Smith J.

Fenn

Lyall J.

Franklyn

SPALDING UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Sir Halley Stewart Field

1 - 4 (Schroer)

31 March 1956

Rhodes

Chapman

Marshall K.

Byers

Nelson

Schroer

Taylor

Crockett

Walker

Smith J.

Franklyn

GORLESTON : Eastern Counties League

Recreation Ground

1 - 2 (Lewis)

2 April 1955

Taylor G.

Chapman

Taylor J.

Kirkup

Nelson

Byers

Walker

Lewis

Harvey

Lyall Jas

Lyall J.

1954-55 ECL Season 1955-56 55_08_20 Harwich & Parkeston WHU ECL 55_09_03 Sudbury v. WHU ECL Cup 55_10_06 Brentford v. WHU SJFC 55_09_10 Eynesbury Rovers v. WHU ECL 55_09_17 Colchester United v. WHU ECL 55_09_24 Chelmsford City v. WHU ECL 55_10_01 Cambridge United v. WHU ECL 55_10_08 Biggleswade Town v. WHU ECL 55_10_15 Great Yarmouth v. WHU ECL 55_10_29 Chelmsford City v. WHU ECL 55_11_02 Luton Town v. WHU SJFC2 55_11_05 Peterborough United v. WHU ECL 55_11_12 Biggleswade Town v. WHU ECL 55_11_19 Clacton Town v. WHU ECL 55_12_03 Great Yarmouth v. WHU ECL 55_12_05 Watford v. WHU SJFC Semi Final 55_12_31 March Town v. WHU ECL 55_12_24 Peterborough United v. WHU ECL 55_12_07 March Town v. WHU ECL 56_01_03 WHU v. Chelsea SJFC Final 01 56_01_28 Gorleston v. WHU ECL 56_02_04 Stowmarket v. WHU ECL 56_02_11 Holbeach United v. WHU ECL 56_02_18 Clacton Town v. WHU ECL 56_03_03 Sudbury Town v. WHU ECL 56_03_10 Harwich & Parkeston v. WHU ECL 56_03_17 Holbeach United v. WHU ECL 56_03_31 Spalding v. WHU ECL

NORWICH CITY 'A' : Eastern Counties League

Carrow Road

2 - 2 (Kinsell [pen], Smith)

5 April 1956

Rhodes

Brown

Kinsell

Kirkup

Walker

Fenton A.

McDonald T.

Pyke

Fenn

Smith J.

Musgrove

CAMBRIDGE UNITED : Eastern Counties League

Abbey Stadium

4 - 2 (Lyall 2, Walker 2)

7 April 1956

Taylor

Kinsell

Marshall K.

Kirkup

Mower L.

Crockett D.

Franklyn

Lewis C.

Harvey

Walker

Lyall J.

LOWESTOFT TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Crown Meadow

0 - 8

14 April 1956

Maguire

Kinsell

Marshall K.

Johnstone

Mower L.

Fenton A.

Franklyn

Lewis C.

Walker

Crockett D.

Lyall J.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 'A' : Eastern Counties League

Cheshunt

1 - 1 (Banfield)

16 April 1956

Taylor

Chapman

Marshall K.

Walker

Procter E.

Kinsell

Fenn

Lewis C.

Banfield T.

Bennett

Mercer F.

SUDBURY TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Priory Stadium

0 - 5

21 April 1956

Maguire

Mower L.

Rudd J.

Byers

Roberts P.

Crockett D.

Franklyn

Reed A.

Lewis C.

Lyall J.

Mercer T.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 'A' : Eastern Counties League

Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 0 (Stroud)

23 April 1956

Goymer

Kinsell

Hayward

Pyke

Walker

Byers

Fenn

Bennett

Stroud

Lewis C.

McDonald T.

BURY TOWN : Eastern Counties League

Ram Meadow

0 - 2

28 April 1956

Goymer

Pitt R.

Roberts

Byers

Mower L.

Crocket D.

Reed A.

Mercer T.

Lewis C.

Lyall J.

Lewis D.

56_04_05 Norwich City v. WHU ECL 56_04_07 Cambridge United v. WHU ECL 56_04_21 Sudbury Town v. WHU ECL 56_03_24 Lowestoft Town v. WHU ECL 56_04_17 Lowestoft Town v. WHU ECL

MATCH POSTPONED

Extremely Unfavourable weather in Lincolnshire : rearranged for 11 February 1956

A most unwelcome shock was registered at Upton Park when Assistant Trainer Harry Butier telephoned from Harwich after the Eastern Counties League game, for he conveyed the news that our "A" Team had sustained a 4 1 defeat at the hands of last season's "wooden spoonists," We had sent a strong side to the East Sussex town, and had felt that the line-up would take at least one point from their opening game:

However, inexperience proved to he the decisive factor, and our very youns side, all 21 or under were well beaten, Moore reducing the margin at a late stage of the game.

The Hammers showed a 100 percent improvement on their display of the previous Saturday when they were well-beaten at Harwich, and more than contributed their share to an interesting afternoon.

Good goaikeeping kept our score down to 1-0 at half-time, this tally being notched by Walker with a shot from 20 yards after the opposing pivot had miskicked. Our forwards continued to shoot from all angles after the resumption and gave the home defence a hot time, but with 12 minutes to go Bury scored a rather fortuitous goal. Our defence allowed the ball to run over the bye-line for the referee to award a goal-kick; however, the linesman persuaded him to alter his decision to a corner-kick, and the swerving "inswinger" deceived our defence for the equaliser to deprive us of full spoils.

Our "A" Team match was in the First Round of the Eastern Counties League Cup against Sudbury Town at Priory Stadium.

The Suffolk club has been applying for admission to the E.C.L. for some seasons and achieved their ambition during last close-season when the size of the competition was increased. They are at present managed by ex-Crystal Palace player Wally Hanlon who (ills one of the forward positions. Others in the side include professionals Willy Jones dormer Ipswich Town), Ray Warne (Ipswich Town), l.en Cator (Tunbridge Wells) and Ron George (Colchester United) whilst the Suffolk County full-back Ken Smith has returned from Melford to his former club this season.

The game was not a very exciting one and we should have ensured a victory in the opening half by accepting our chances. However, the home side were just as remiss and it was a penalty-goal (for hands) 15 minutes from time that uave them a 1-0 win.

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There was a very sparse attendance at  this Eastern Counties League match against Eynesbury Rovers.

Altogether the  game was rather a  scrappy one and got little  satisfaction from a 3-2  defeat. Things never went right for our XI and the cards seemed stacked against them when Eynesbury took the lead  with a  twice-taken penalty the linesmen having adjudged that Chiswick

had moved too soon even though the referee at first gave no indication that he had seen any infringement. Fenn equalised to make it 1-1 at half-time, but two goals put the Rovers ahead after the interval (our   protests for "offside" on the first being turned down). Wragg reduced the arrears two minutes from time but we could not snatch a point despite the continuation of this late rally.

The spectators had full value for their money with seven goals scored in a very good game in which fortunes fluctuated throughout. A defensive mishap let in the homesters for a goal 20 minutes after the start, but Matthews made it 1-1 before the interval when he followed up to score after Franklyn's hard shot had been parried by the goalkeeper. The outstanding feature of the second half was a hat-trick by Fenn. whose performance was capped by three very good goals, the last coming ten minutes from time to give us a 4-3 win after we had led by 2-1 and 3-2 (only for our opponents to twice draw level). A mishap to Roy Smith caused him to change places with Wragg in the second half, but it worked rather to our advantage as the latter did extremely well at inside-forward.

Our "A" Team visited Chelmst'ord last Saturday to the City Reserves, who had lost their eight opening matches in the Eastern Counties League. When they departed they left behind a still-disappointed side who had yet again gone down to defeat.

The game had not been a very good one, but our third-string had proved more than adequate for the task despite the homesters taking the lead following a corner-kick in the 20th minute. The Hammers drew level about ten minutes before the interval when the goal-keeper fumbled the ball to present Wragg with an easy chance, but the winning goal by the same scorer was a very good effort that concluded a long run down the left wing after he had moved over from the other flank.

Our "A" Team continued their improved form in the Eastern Counties League by taking a point from the present runners-tip at Cambridge last Saturday, The game was played on a rather bumpy surface that was m somewhat poor condition, and the light ball was in consequence rather difficult to control; nevertheless some good football was seen, and altogether the result was a fair one.

The home side went ahead ten minutes after the interval when one of their forwards took advantage of a mis-placed back-pass to accept an easy opening. Our equaliser came about a quarler-of-an-hour later, Pyke initiating an opening for Wragg to net.

Although rated as a 100-1 on chance by Daily Mail reporter Doug Wilson. Chelsea Colts had a difficult job to force a 2—1 win here last Tuesday in the Final of the Southern Junior Floodlight Cup. Indeed, the visitors could consider themselves fortunate to gain the spoils in a game that provided first-rate football, despite the heavy mist spoiling the match as a spectacle for the 5,000 present.

First-time tackling by the Hammers' defence and a fine goalkeeping performance by Rhodes kept the much-vaunted Chelsea forward-line at bay until Nicholas equalised in the 64th minute, and it was an in-off-the-post shot by Allen three minutes from time that gained his side the day when he evaded Roberts for the first real chance he had.

At the other end our forwards gave the visiting goalkeeper several anxious moments, and Medlock brought off the save of the match when he turned a "blaster" from Smith round the post. McDonald hammered the ball home in the 20th minute after Barrick and Lundstrum had seen their efforts charged down, and the Hammers' front-line compared extremely favourably with their rivals'.

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1955-56 ECL

WEST HAM UNITED

Withdrew from the Eastern Counties League

at the end of the season

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56_04_02 Gorleston v. WHU ECL