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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1956-57 Friendlies

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

Upton Park

2 - 0

9 August 1956

SECOND PRACTICE MATCH : Club Colours v. Blues

Upton Park

2 - 2

11 August 1956

CLUB COLOURS:

Dick, Tucker

 

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

O'Farrell

Grice

Foan

Dare

Dick

Tucker

BLUES:

Musgrove, Stroud

 

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Lansdowne

Wragg

Matthews

Stroud

Blackburn

Musgrove

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Ted Fenton Trophy

Park View Road

5 - 0 (Goalscorers unknown)

22 August 1956

SPARTAK PRAHA / DUKLA PRAHA FC Combined (Czechoslovakia)

Prague

2 - 1 (Dick, Smith J.)

22 May 1957

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Pyke

Brown

Allison

Dare

Smith J.

Lewis

Dick

Musgrove

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Itinerary Card issued to players:

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

56_08_09 WHU v. First Practice Match 01 56_08_11 WHU v. Second Practice Match 01 56_08_22 Bexleyheath Colts v. WHU Juniors Fenton C

DAGENHAM

Victoria Park

? - ?

3 September 1956

56_10_22 WHU v. Invited All Star XI Test 01

AN INVITED ALL STAR XI : Geoff Hallas and Brian Moore Testimonial

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Upton Park

3 - 3 (Fenn 2, Dick)

22 October 1956

Att: 18,000

GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Stonebridge Road

4 - 2 (Fenn, Grice, McDonald, Stroud)

16 February 1957

57_03_21 WHU v. Sparta Prague Friendly 01

SPARTA PRAGUE (Czechoslavakia)

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Allison [pen], Dare, Lewis)

21 March 1957

DAGENHAM : Goodwill Match

Victoria Road

7 - 1 (Smith 2, Stroud 2, Brown, Lansdowne, Matthews)

2 May 1957

BATA SPORTS : Annual Charity Match

Bata Sports Field, East Tilbury

6 - 0 (Goalscorers unknown)

9 May 1957

57_05_22 Sparta - Dukla v. WHU Friendly 57_05_22 Sparta - Dukla v. WHU Friendly Back 1957 Tour of Czecho-Slovakia SLUG Programme

West Ham United in Czecho-Slovakia 1957

Hallas & Moore

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smith

Fenn

Dick

Musgrove

The testimonial match was notable for the senior debut of a West Ham youth player and the quality players in the opposing All Stars XI. The match report described the opposition as “the cream of England’s football – the programme read like a “Who’s Who” of the game” as many of the game’s big names turned out for the invitational XI. This included Jimmy Scoular, Cliff Holton, Roy Paul and Trevor Ford. Also in the side were a couple of ex-Hammers, Harry Hooper and Eric Parsons, and Hammer to be, Vic Keeble. There may not have been points or another cup round at stake, but the Hammers fielded a very strong XI.  Nine of the West Ham team had played in the Division Two fixture against Bristol Rovers (October 20) two days earlier.

Despite the impressive opposition it was a 17 year old youth team player, George Fenn, who turned in the star performance. On his senior debut George scored the last two of West Ham’s three goals. His first in the 36th minute gave West Ham a 2-1 lead and his second in the 67th minute again give the Hammers the lead. Second Division West Ham’s first goal was a 19th minute equaliser by John Dick.

 

All three of the All Star XI’s goals came from players with a West Ham connection. John Dick’s future strike partner, Vic Keeble (Newcastle), scored the game’s first after 12 minutes, Harry Hooper (Wolverhampton Wanderers) scored in the 46th minute and Eric Parsons (Chelsea) score an equaliser with 12 minutes to go.

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Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Allison

Smith

Grice

Dare

Lewis

Dick

McDonald

SLUG Programme

Youth Tournament Dortmund, Germany

BRNO (Czechoslovakia)

Brno

0 - 2

25 May 1957

Gregory, Wright, Cantwell, Pyke, Brown, Allison, Dare, Smith J.,

Lewis, Dick, Musgrove

OSTRAVA (Czechoslovakia)

Ostrava

1 - 1 (Dare)

28 May 1957

Gregory, Wright, Cantwell, Lansdowne, Brown, Allison, Grice, Smith J.,

Dare, Neville, Musgrove

 

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BRESOV (Czechoslovakia)

Bresov

1 - 2 (Musgrove)

30 May 1957

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Brno

Czech Tour Scrapbook

1957 Czech Tour Ostrava 03 1957 Czech Tour Ostrava 02 1957 Czech Tour Ostrava 01 57_01_26 West Ham Boys v. Swindon Boys 56_10_10 WHU v. Southend United EPC Final

LEYTON ORIENT v. SOUTHEND UNITED

Essex Professional Cup (1955-56 Final) Deferred from last Season

Upton Park

1 - 0

10 October 1956

WEST HAM BOYS v. SWINDON BOYS

English Trophy (Sixth Round)

Upton Park

5 - 2

26 January 1957

57_02_02 England v. Luxembourg

ENGLAND v. LUXEMBORG

Youth International Match

Upton Park

7 - 1

2 February 1957

WEST HAM BOYS v. WIGAN BOYS

English Trophy (Seventh Round)

Upton Park

4 - 0

23 February 1957

57_02_23 West Ham Boys v. Wigan Boys

EAST HAM BOYS v. EAST LONDON BOYS

Sun Shield (Final)

Upton Park

2 - 0

6 April 1957

57_04_06 East Ham Boys v. East London 57_04_24 London Boys v. West Germany Boys 01

LONDON BOYS v. WEST GERMANY BOYS

Schoolboy International

Upton Park

? - ?

24 April 1957

HAMPSHIRE v. SHEFFIELD

 

Upton Park

? - ?

Date ??

Wyllie

Wright

Cooper

Malcolm

Walker (Brown),

Lansdowne

Stroud

Matthews

Smith

Obeney

Musgrove

57_04_20 Youth Tournament Dortmund 57_04_20 Youth Tournament Dortmund Team page

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Team page featuring a very young Bobby Moore signature

As a result of the Sparta club’s visit to Upton Park last March, we were invited to visit the Continent at the end of the season to play the famous Czecho-Slovakian club and other teams in the course of an eleven-day tour.

The Hammers’ party consisted of 15 players together with three Directors (Mr. R.H. Pratt, Dr. O. Thomas and Mr. W.F. Cearns), manager Ted Fenton and trainer Billy Moore. The party left London Airport on Tuesday 21st May and flew to Prague via Brussels to open a four-match programme.

 

Although labelled as “Sparts” the home club’s XI included six players from Dukla Praha F.C., and this combination of the two best clubs in Czecho-Slovakia was a “tough nut” for our first game. However, we took the lead in ten minutes through Smith and another goal by Dick put us two up at the interval. The opposition replied once in the second-half, but we were good winners by 2-1

After the good soccer shown in our opening game this match was rather disapponting. Robust exchanges did not give our XI the chance to settle down, and we received our first defeat by 0-2

Although improving inthis game, the Hammers missed several opportunities of clinching victory and had to be satified with a 1-1 draw through a goal by Dare

This game was played near the Russian border, and the enthusiasm shown by the local people was amazing. We were the first British club to play in that area, and the ground was packed even before we arrived; in fact, many who could not get in were perched in the trees around the enclosure.

The locals appreciated the fine display by the Hammers, and they were surprised to find that English Division II soccer was of such a high standard.

 

An excellent goal by Musgrove kept the score at 1-1 until the closing seconds, but a “ten men in the goalmouth” efforst by Bresov enabled them to force a 2-1 victory amid wild excitement!

 

We returned home via Paris and arrived back in London on Friday 31st May after a mosy enjoyable trip. Generally good “gates” made the tour a finanial success, and we shall certainly hope to return to the Continent in the not-too-distant future

 

57_05_02 Dagenham v. WHU back 1956-57 Pearson Cup Medal 57_05_01 Colchester United v. WHU Pearson Charity

COLCHESTER UNITED : Pearson Charity Cup

Layer Road

4 - 3 aet (Musgrove, Neville, Cantwell, Lewis)

1st May 1957

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Pyke

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith

Lewis

Dick

Musgrove

 

Malcolm Pyke's Charity Cup Winners Medal

1956-57 Youth W Germany Dortmund

Bobby Moore, Harry Cripps, Brian Goymer, Roy Walker, Bert Howe, John Lyall

 

Andy Smillie, George Fenn, Terry McDonald, Colin Norcott, Charlie Rowlands

 

West Ham United Colts in Dortmund, Germany

1957 Team Group touring Czech

West Ham United Touring Team to Czecho-Slovakia

M. Allison, J. Bond, N. Cantwell, R. Wyllie, E. Gregory, W. Lansdowns, M. Pyke, K. Brown

W. Dare, M. Grice, E. Lewis, J. Smith, M. Musgrove, W. Neville

Every member of the touring West Ham party received this unusal Anvil as a memento of their visit

Many thanks to Philip Gormley for providing the following information:

 

From the Wigan Boys team Barton, Phillipson and Bradshaw went on to represent Lancashire Boys.

John Barton int he Wigan goal made his debut for Preston North End - as a 16 year-old, which came by way of all the club's senior keepers being unavailable; and he became a major part in a real 'Boys Own' story.

Wyllie, Wright, Cantwell, Lansdowne, Brown, Allison, Grice, Lewis, Dare, Dick, Musgrove

 

 

Season 1956-57 1955-56 Friendlies 1957-58 Friendlies

WEST HAM BOYS v. ILFORD BOYS

Divisional Final of the English Trophy

Upton Park

3 - 3

1 December 1956

57_05_09 Bata Sports v. WHU

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

56_12_01 WH Boys v. Ilford Boys

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

CLUB COLOURS:

Goalscorers unknown

 

Rhodes

Wright

Cooper

Parker (Obeney)

Nelson (Procter)

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smith T.

Stroud (Banfield)

Foan

Musgrove

 

 

2nd-half subs also included

Rowlands, Banfield, Mercer, Lyall

 

BLUES:

 

 

Goymer (Maguire)

Swiney

Hayward (Cripps)

Johnstone

Brown (Walker)

Obeney (Byers)

Fenn

Harvey

Blackburn

Smith J.

McDonald

 

 

The Practice Matches

The Public Practice Matches provided a couple of interesting games.

The first (on Thursday evening) was interesting from the clubs viewpoint inasmuch as they tried out several amateurs and young professionals in conjunction with senior members of the staff.

The XI's which lined-up for the kick-off were considerably altered during the second half.

An attendance of nearly 2,000 saw the Colours win by 2-0, but the result could hardly be considered a reflection of the merits of the respective sides because of the amendments that were made.

 

 

Saturday afternoon's match was probably the more interesting of the two from the spectator's angle, nearly 4,000 seeing provisional First and Reserve XI's line-up which were unchanged throughout.

 

Ken Tucker put the Colours ahead, but Malcolm Musgrove equalled the scores before the interval. Roy Stroud made it 2-1 for the Blues in the second half and a goal by John Dick brought the final tally to 2-2 in an even tussle. There were several exciting incidents, and a pleasing feature was the good showing of our new goalkeeper Bob Wyllie who made a promising debut before our own followers.

 

Proceeds of our two Practice Matches will again be given to charity this season, and as in the past several deserving organisations (both local and national) will benefit by your attendance.

Line-up unknown

LONDON UNIVERSITY

Motspur Park

4 - 1 (Banfield 2, Felice, Lewis)

1 September 1956

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Farmer B., Howe A., Marshall K., Kirkup J., Proctor E., Lyall J., Lewis D., Smillie A., Banfield T., Lewis C., Felice F.

Line-up unknown