A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1955-56 South East Counties League

ROMFORD : F.A. Youth Cup (Second Round)

Brooklands

4 - 1 (Fenn 3, Barrick)

5th November 1955

Rhodes, East, Swan, Pyke, Roberts, Lewis, McDonald, Lundstrum, Fenn, Smith J., Barrick

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Our Colts visited Romford Colts in the Second Round of the F.A. Youth Cup at the Brooklands ground. The Hammers were inclined to be rather casual until their opponents took the lead in the first half, but once stirred into action they won fairly comfortably by a 4-1 margin, after holding a 3-1 interval lead. The most notable feature of the game was a " hat-trick " by Fenn, our other scorer being Barrick.

WATFORD : F.A. Youth Cup (Third Round)

Vicarage Road

1 - 0 (Fenn)

10th December 1955

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Hamblyn

McDonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

Our Colts paid their second visit to the Vicarage Road Ground within the space of six days when they opposed Watford Colts last Saturday. This was in a Third Round tie of the F.A. Youth Cup, and our XI was out to repeat their previous success against the Hertfordshire club in the Southern Floodlight Tournament.

Owing to non-availability of some players the Hammers' line-up showed changes from that which gained the earlier victory, although we again came through safely (this time by the only goal) the game was not so good as the earlier meeting which ended 5-3. However the 1,500 attendance had an entertaining afternoon despite the gusty wind spoiling some of the movements. Fenn scored midway through the second half and our defence was quite adequate to the task of helping to maintain the advantage to the end.

The Hammers are now in the last 16 of the competition, and they will go into a draw which embraces an equal number of clubs from the North and the South, among whom our opponents will come from clubs such as Bristol City, Luton Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Briggs Sports, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlit Cup (Final)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (McDonald)

3rd January 1956

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Obeney

Mcdonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

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 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'.

CHELSEA : F.A. Youth Cup (Fourth Round)

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Fenn)

8th February 1956

Rhodes

Howe A.

Marshall

Pyke

Roberts

Obeney

Macdonald

Lundstrum

Fenn

Smith J.

Barrick

This F.A. Youth cup game was played before a 1,500 attendance, after being postponed nine days earlier through the ground being unfit. With the exception of a change at outside-right for Chelsea, the teams were the same as those which met in the final of the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup on 3rd January.

 The Young Pensioners won that earlier clash by 2-1 and they completed a double by secring a 3-1 nargin in this second meeting. However, it was unanimously agreed that lost chances cost us the verdict on this occasion, as from the territorial point of view we had more of the play than our opponents (indicated by our 10-4 margin of corner-kicks).

 All three of the Chelsea goals came from opportunist efforts. The first in the opening minute, was the outcome of a long pass to the right winger, who raced away to the goal-line and pulled the ball into the centre for Allen to side-foot it home. Right winger Baker also had a hand in the other two, as on each occasion he sent in a shot from an angle which Rhodes could pnly parry, and Nicholas (40 mins) and Allen (74 mins) added the finishing touch.

 Despite the disappointment of having a first minute goal against them, our youngsters were on equal terms in the fifth minute, Fenn lobbing the ball over the advancing goalkeeper's head after good approach work by Obeney and Barrick. From thence onwards until the visitors again went ahead the Hammers were on top, Obeney and Pyke opening up the play with some excellent through-passes. However, we failed to capitalise on these, even to the extent of missing a glorious opportunity to equalise after the interval and consequently paid the penalty.

READING : Southern Floodlit Cup (Semi-Final)

Elm Park

3 - 1 (Dare, Grice, Dick)

4th April 1956

Att: 5,000

Gregory

Bond

Cooper

Bennett

Nelson

Parker

Grice

Foan

Dare

Dick

Wragg

The Semi-Final of the Southern Floodlight Cup at the Elm Park Ground found the following lineups taking the field: Reading: Jones; McLaran, Smith; Penford, Davies, Leach; Wheeler, Cross, Kirkup, Forrester, Quinlan. West Ham United: Gregory; Bond, Cooper. Bennett, Nelson, Parker; Grice, Foan, Dare, Dick, Wragg. This was Fred Cooper's debut in the First XI and he did very well.

 Before an attendance of about 5,000 there was a first-minute shock for us, as Forrester put the home side in front after a clever move. It took us another 24 minutes to equalise, but the end of a very good downfield swoop (prompted by Bennett) found Dare giving the finale.

 Nine minutes after the interval Grice opened his scoring account for the Hammers, and from thence onwards we remained well on top. The Biscuitmen made gallant efforts to stem the tide, but a further tally by Dick sealed tfieir fate with five minutes to go. We have now to meet Aldcrshot in the Final on a ground and date to be arranged.