A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 55_12_17 WH Boys v. Norwich Boys

1955-56 Friendlies

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

DICK John practice match 55_08_06 First Practice

Upton Park

3 - 3

6 August 1955

 

CLUB COLOURS:

Moore 2, Roberts [og]

 

Chiswick

Bond

Ginnaw K.

Johnstone

Nelson

Lansdowne

Franklyn

Moore

Stone R.

Foan

Nash S.

BLUES:

McDonald 2, Stroud

 

Rhodes (Gregory)

Wright

Kinsell

Smith J.

Roberts P.

Obeney

King N.

Adams W.

Stroud

Pyke (Blackburn)

McDonald

 

55_08_13 Second Practice

SECOND PRACTICE MATCH :

Club Colours v. Blues

John Dick scores for Club Colours in practice match

AVELEY

Hough, Fenn, Barraclough, Crokett, Swann, Round D., Baker, Winters, Jackson, Mitchell, Milton

Mill Field

1 - 3 (Mitchell)

20 August 1955

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Ted Fenton Trophy

Bexley

4 - 1 (Lundstrum C. 2, Geddes, Lewis)

20 August 1955

Maguire G.

Marshall K.

Howe A.

Neale D.

Roberts P.

Smith J.

Harrison R.

Geddes J.

Lundstrum C.

Hughes C.

Lewis D.

GERMAN YOUTH CLUB : Junior Match

Bryant & May Country Club

3 - 3 (Harrison, Barrick, Smith)

24 August 1955

Maguire G., East, Marshall, Kirkup, Roberts P., Smith J., Harrison R., Geddes J., Barrick, Hughes C. , McDonald

DAGENHAM : Romford Charity Cup Semi-Final

Victoria Road

2 - 3 (Chapman, Fenn)

5 September 1955

F.A. AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL XI : Amateur International Trial Match

55_09_26 WHU v. FA Amateur XI 01

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Tucker 3, Dick, Hooper, Lawrence)

26 September 1955

Att: 9,000

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Sexton

Allison

O'Farrell

Musgrove

Hooper

Lawrence

Dick

Tucker

West Ham faced a team billed as an FA Amateur International XI. This time a stronger West Ham XI won the Upton Park match 6-1. The 9,000 attendance was the largest of the four matches against top amateur opposition.  According to the Stratford Express match report (September 30, 1955) “The England Amateur XI, after a promising first half, were completely run off their feet by West Ham, who cracked home six goals and could have added to their score.”  Despite being routed, the England team took the lead after 17 minutes before West Ham led 2-1 at half time.  A West Ham forward, Ken Tucker, scored a hat trick.  The other three goals were scored by W.Lawrence, the Barnet amateur who made a guest appearance for the Hammers, Harry Hooper and John Dick.  

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DISTILLERY (Ireland)

55_10_17 WHU v. Distillerty Friendly 01

Upton Park

7 - 5 (Dare 4, Dick, Hooper [pen], Moore)

17 October 1955

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Johnstone

Allison

Sexton

Hooper

Moore

Dare

Dick

Tucker

MILLWALL

55_10_31 Millwall v. WHU Friendly

The Den

4 - 2 (Dare 2, Hooper, Moore)

31 October 1955

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Sexton

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Andrews

Dare

Moore

Tucker

There was a sparse attendance of just over 4,000 on a very cold evening at the Den when we met Millwall in a friendly.

A comfortable 4-2 win was the outcome of a game in which we held the upper hand from start to finish and there was no doubt this margin could have been greater had our XI extended themselves for the whole of the 90 minutes.

Hooper put us ahead soon after the start and then Dare added two more from the right-winger's openings to put us 3-0 ahead. Unfortunately some feeling crept into the game after this, but it calmed down following the Lions reducing of the arrears with a penalty (although we were of the opinion that an indirect free-kick for obstruction would have been a more just award). However, with a little over a quarter-of-an-hour to go Moore made it 4-1 and five minutes later a header gave Millwall their second and final tally.

With almost the last kick of the match Malcolm Allison sustained an ankle-sprain.

S.K. RAPID (Vienna)

55_11_15 WHU v. SK Rapid Friendly 01

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Dare)

15 November 1955

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Sexton

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Andrews

Dare

Dick

Tucker

CRYSTAL PALACE

55_11_21 Crystal Palace v. WHU

Selhurst Park

1 - 2 (Dick)

21 November 1955

Att: 4,238

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Sexton

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Andrews

Dare (Moore)

Dick

Tucker

KAIERSLAUTERN (Germany)

56_04_11 WHU v. Kaiserslautern

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Blackburn 2)

11 April 1956

Att: 23,000

The 23,000 who were here on Wednesday evening saw a most entertaining exhibition of soccer, and the reception accorded to the Kaiserslautern team at the end of the 90 minutes indicated the satisfaction of the spectators. The colourfully-clad Germans showed us that the reports of their prowess were well-founded, and their clever touches and skilful play contributed much to the evening's pleasure.

However, it could be fairly said that for a large part of the game the Hammers also put up a splendid show, and several combined movements had our opponents in a defensive tangle there was no question that the two goals were the finest of the game, and Alan Blackburn proved his versatility by cracking the first home with his left foot from 25 yards and agilely heading the second from Mike Grice's cross pass.

Unfortunately the same could not be said for any of Kaiserslautern's four tallies, as in all cases they should have been prevented. However, such are the vagaries of soccer, and as a result we finally succumbed by a 4-2 margin when we ought to have at least been credited with a draw.

The " stars " of the visiting side were very much in the ascendant, and the performances of Eckel, the Walter brothers and Schmitt all had the hallmark of top-class about them. Eckel was described very fittingly by one of our players as " a human dynamo," and his well-taken goal proved what a fine attacking half-back he is; the Walters showed their fraternal understanding and ability to manoeuvre in a confined space; whilst Schmitt, although off the field for ten minutes with an injury, returned to play on the left-wing (and headed a goal) to prove the German national coach's views about his ability to put up international performances at other positions than full-back.

COLCHESTER UNITED : Pearson Charity Cup

56_05_02 Colchester United v. WHU Pearson Charity

Layer Road

2 - 1 (Goalscorers Unknown )

2 May 1956

Att: 4,664

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

EAST HAM BOYS v. WEST HAM BOYS : Corinthian Shield First Round

Upton Park

? - ?

15 November 1955

WEST HAM BOYS v. DAGENHAM BOYS

English Trophy Third Round

Upton Park

1 - 0

26 November 1955

WEST HAM BOYS v. NORWICH BOYS

English Trophy Fourth Round

Upton Park

9 - 2 (Mercer 4, Harvey 2, Heather, Lawrence, Norcott)

17 December 1955

WEST HAM BOYS v. SALFORD BOYS

English Trophy Fifth Round

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Heather 2, Mercer)

17 January 1956

56_01_17 WH Boys v. Salford 01

ESSEX BOYS v. HERTS BOYS :

Upton Park

5 - 0

26 March 1956

LONDON v. DORSET : Inter-County Football Championship (Final)

Upton Park

? - ?

5 May 1956

56_05_05 London v. Dorset 01

NEWS CHRONICLE CHALLENGE CUP

London Federation of Boys' Clubs v. Dorset Association of Boys' Clubs

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Grice

Foan

Blackburn

Dick

Dare

 

 

EAST LONDON BOYS v. WOOD GREEN & DISTRICT BOYS

Corinthian Shield Final

Upton Park

? - ?

25 April 1956

WEST HAM BOYS v. EAST HAM BOYS

Directors Cup

Upton Park

? - ?

30 April 1956

LEYTON YOUTH CLUB v. CHADWELL ROVERS

London Minor Cup Final

Upton Park

? - ?

2 May 1956

55_08_20 Bexleyheath v. WHU

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

55_11_26 WH Boys v. Dagenham Boys

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

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BATA SPORTS : Annual Charity Match

Bata Sports Field, East Tilbury

? - ? (Score unknown)

4 May 1956

56_05_04 Bata Sports v. WHU 56_04_25 East London Boys v. Wood Green

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Season 1955-56 1954-55 Friendlies 1956-57 Friendlies

Rhodes

Swann

Cooper D.

Crockett

Walker J.

Smith

Chapman

Pyke

Fenn

Matthews

Franklyn

 

WH Boys v. Norwich

Clark

Winkworth

Cripps

Newell

Proctor

Crosley

Lawrence

Mercer

Heather

Norcott

Harvey

WH Boys v. Salford

Match Reports courtesy of Colin Norcott

Gregory

Bond

Cooper

Parker

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Sexton

Dare

Matthews

Musgrove

Upton Park

4 - 1

13 August 1955

55_09_05 Dagenham v. WHU Romford Charity Cup

CLUB COLOURS:

Dick 2, Andrews, O'Farrell

 

Taylor

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Hooper

Bennett

Dare

Dick

Musgrove (Andrews)

 

BLUES:

Tucker

 

Gregory

Bond

Hallas

Parker

Brown

Lansdowne

Wragg (Stroud)

Moore (Matthews)

Sexton (Blackburn)

Foan (Smith R.)

Tucker

 

 

Although they had no Metropolitan League engagement our " B " Team did not go fixtureless, as they visited Aveles F.C . for a friendly match. This game was aranged as a "try-out " for both sides, especially as ex-Hammer Ron Wilson has now taken over as coach to the Southern Essex side who won the London League championship last season. Ron is fortunate in being offered a post which should prove lucrative to him in mam ways, for he has charge of a splendid side which is most enthusiastically supported by a following which has built up a very fine ground in the centre of the L.C.C.. estate, and which has materially progressed up the ladder from the more minor leagues of which it was a member in the immediate post-war period. A goal by Mitchell held the score to 1-1 at the interval, but the homesters brought on four substitutes for the second half and this helped them to a 3-1 win.

Our Colts' XI began the 1955-56 season by winning a Cup. This was the Ted Fenton Trophy which has been put up for annual competition between our Colts and Bexleyheath and Welling Colts.

 

Our scorers were Lundstrum (2), Geddes and Lewis. It was one each at half-time but the Hammers were convincingly on top after the interval.

The Colts' continued their programme with a match against German Youth Club side, meeting their Under-18's at the Bryant & May Country Club, Woodford, in an evening game that formed the second half of a "double header" (the Spurs' Juniors played the German Juniors prior to our engagement). The German team were toring England and used the country club as a headquarters, they started by beating Arsenal Colts 4-2.

In a most enthusiastic game six goals were scored, and the sharing of these reflected the equal abilities of the sides - Harrison, Barrick and Smith each netted one tally for us.

0427A SK Rapid Vienna

Billy Dare scores for the Hammers