A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1956-57 Football Combination

LEYTON ORIENT : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

MILLWALL : Football Combination

NORTHAMPTON TOWN : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football Combination

BROMLEY : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

BRIGGS SPORTS : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)

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BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

ALDERSHOT : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Blackburn, Matthews)

18 August 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Lansdowne

Obeney

Walker

Smith J.

Wragg

Matthews

Stroud

Blackburn

Musgrove

Carrow Road

1 - 0 (Stroud)

25 August 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Lansdowne

Obeney

Walker

Smith J.

Wragg

Matthews

Stroud

Blackburn

Musgrove

Kenilworth Road

2 - 0 (Smith R. 2)

29 August 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Lansdowne

Brown

Obeney

Fenn

Matthews

Smith R.

Smith J.

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Tucker)

1 September 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Lansdowne

McDonald

Obeney

Fenn

Smith J.

Tucker

Home Park

1 - 1 (McDonald)

3 September 1956

Wyllie

Lansdowne

Cooper

Johnstone

Nelson

Obeney

Fenn

Smith J.

Harvey

Tucker

McDonald

The Den

0 0

8 September 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Matthews

Blackburn

Smith J.

McDonald

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Tucker 2, Blackburn, Matthews)

15 September 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Foan

Blackburn

Matthews

Tucker

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Wragg 2, Johnstone, Matthews. Smith R., Tucker)

17 September 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Smith R.

Bleanch

Matthews

Tucker

Highbury

0 - 3

22 September 1956

Wyllie

Bond

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Smith R.

Stroud

Matthews

Tucker

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Stroud 3)

29 September 1956

Wyllie

Bond

Cooper

Pyke

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Matthews

Stroud

Foan

Tucker

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Tucker 2, Stroud)

1 October 1956

Wyllie

Bond

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Smith R.

Stroud

Foan

Tucker

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Blackburn, Johnstone, Tucker)

6 October 1956

Wyllie

Nelson

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Fenn

Foan

Stroud

Blackburn

Tucker

Vicarage Road

1 - 1 (Tucker)

13 October 1956

Wyllie

Bond

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Stroud

Blackburn

Smith R.

Tucker

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Blackburn 2, Matthews, Stroud, Tucker [pen])

15 October 1956

Wyllie

Bond

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Parker

Wragg

Stroud

Blackburn

Matthews

Tucker

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Dare, Tucker [pen], Smith R.)

20 October 1956

Wyllie

Wright

Cooper

Malcolm

Brown

Johnstone

Grice

Stroud

Dare

Smith R.

Tucker

Portman Road

1 - 1 (Fenn)

27 October 1956

 

Wyllie

Wright

Cooper

Malcolm

Brown

Johnstone

Grice

Stroud

Fenn

Smith R.

McDonald

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dare 2)

29 October 1956

Wyllie

Wright

Cooper

Malcolm

Brown

Johnstone

Grice

Dick

Dare

Smith J.

Tucker

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Foan)

3 November 1956

Rhodes

Wright

Cooper

Morley

Brown

O'Farrell

Grice

Stroud

Blackburn

Foan

Tucker

Stamford Bridge

1 - 0 (Blackburn)

10 November 1956

Rhodes

Wright

Cooper

Parker

Brown

O'Farrell

Grice

Matthews

Wragg

Blackburn

McDonald

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Blackburn 2, Brown [pen])

17 November 1956

Wyllie

Wright

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

O'Farrell

Dare

Stroud

Blackburn

Matthews

Grice

56_08_18 WHU v. Leyton Orient Reserves 01 56_08_29 Luton Town v. WHU Reserves 56_09_01 WHU v. Fulham Reserves 01 56_09_03 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves 56_09_08 Millwall v. WHU Reserves 56_09_15 WHU v. Northampton Town Reserves 01 56_09_17 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle Reserves 01 56_09_22 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 56_09_29 WHU v. Southend United Reserves 01 56_10_01 WHU v. Bromley LCC1 01 56_10_06 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 01 56_10_15 WHU v. Briggs Sports LCC2 56_10_20 WHU v. Portsmouth Reserves 01 56_10_27 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 56_10_29 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur LCC Semi-Final 0 56_11_03 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Reserves 01 56_11_10 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 56_11_17 WHU v. Aldershot Reserves 01 56_11_24 Brentford v. WHU Reserves 56_12_01 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves01 56_12_15 Leyton Orient v. WHU Reserves 56_12_22 WHU v. Norwich City Reserves 01 56_12_26 WHU v. Swansea Town Reserves Post 01

Bob Wyllie and Harry Obeney were making their Combination debuts for the Hammers, and veteran Dick Walker took over at centre-half at short notice when the defence was re-shuffled owing to Cooper's elevation to the First Team. The O's included several who played in their championship side last season, as well as ex-Hammer Jimmy Andrews in the outside-left position.

We were a goal in arrears within five minutes of the start, but equalised a minute later through Matthews to share a 1-1 interval score. Then little over a quarter-of-an-hour after the resumption Blackburn put us ahead, the game ended with the 2-1 margin in our favour. Our young wing-halves showed up very well and Lansdowne also put up a solid performance in an un-accustomed position

The Carrow Road opposition was not as strong as usual, and but for a first-rate display by goalkeeper Nethercott they would have conceded more goals than the solitary tally by Stroud during the first half. From our own aspect it was a pleasing game, but it could have been a better spectacle had the Norwich side been of a higher calibre.

Throughout the 90 minutes our superiority was clearly marked, and there was no doubt that we deserved the points that came our way.

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Leyton Orient:

Groombridge, Bishop, Nichols, Cini, McMahon, McKnight, Smith, Facey, Julians, Rossiter, Andrews

This was the meeting of two teams with 100 per cent records, and it was the Hammers who emerged as the only Combination side with full marks from all games to date. The success was very well-earned and all credit was due to our entire XI.

The very young forward-line gave the Hatters' defence "the runaround" in the second-half and Roy Smith scored both goals; the first was a volley from the 18-yard line and the second an extremely good header following a cross-pass by Fenn.

Fulham:

Macedo, Wilson, Cohen, Lambden, Greenwood, Edwards, Barton, Watson, Noyce, O'Connor, Key

For the game aginst Bromley in the L.F.A. Cup we fielded what was, in effect, our Reserve Team.

The Kent amateurs put up a gallant resistance for the first half, and strove valiantly to keep us at bay. Apart from a goal by Tucker in the 26th minute they succeeded in holding us till half-time, but the tide went completely against them after the breather. An injury to their left-half made the struggle still greater, but it was obvious that even with a completely fit XI our visitors would have been overwhelmed by a more experienced side.

Stroud (58 mins.) and Tucker (73 mins.) made it 3-0 for us by the finish, but during the last quarter-of-an-hour we were toying with the opposition in a way which made it rather an uninteresting finish for the 1,650 spectators who braved the constant rain which made travelling to the match a miserable procedure.

 

We are now in the Second Round, the draw for which is:

Briggs Sports or Fulham v West Ham United

56_10_13 Watford v. WHU Reserves

There were nearly 6,000 spectators present on an evening that was very clear but somewhat windy and with a threat of rain. The game they saw was a most exciting one, and there could be no complaint about the quality of the soccer served up. Each side in turn had narrow escapes, for both hit the opposition's woodwork on a couple of occasions, and play moved swiftly from end to end. However, in the main it was the Hammers who were in the ascendant, and we could rightly claim a merited victory.

There was a distinct similarity between our two goals, Dare being the scorer each time. The first came after half-an-hour when he took a through pass and lobbed it over the advancing goalkeeper; the second (70 mins.) resulted from Wyllie's tremendous goal-kick, for the ball sailed on the wind well into the Spurs' penalty-area for the centre-forward to again head it home past the oncoming custodian.

We appeared to be well on top then, but the Lillywhites fought back well to reduce the arrears with eight minutes to go, Duquemin scoring with a strong shot that he hit on the turn as the ball came over from the right wing. This put renewed effort into the North Londoners, but our defence proved fully capable in keeping them out, Wyllie being particularly daring in his clearances.

We now meet Millwall in the Final on a date and ground to be arranged, the Lions having defeated Arsenal by the only goal in the other Semi-Final.

BRENTFORD : Football Combination

Griffin Park

1 - 2 (Stroud)

24 November 1956

Gregory

Hayward

Cooper

Johnstone

Nelson

Morley

Dare

Stroud

Blackburn

Foan

Grice

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Stroud)

1 December 1956

Gregory

Nelson

Cooper

Obeney

Brown

Morley

Dare

Stroud

Wragg

Blackburn

Grice

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Goldstone Ground

2 - 2 (Blackburn, Smith J.)

8 December 1956

Gregory

Wright

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Morley

Grice

Wragg

Dare

Smith J.

Blackburn

LEYTON ORIENT : Football Combination

Leyton Stadium

0 - 0

15 December 1956

Gregory

Hayward

Cooper

Johnstone

Brown

Morley

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Matthews

Blackburn

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Blackburn 2, Stroud 2)

22 December 1956

Gregory

Wright

Cooper

Parker

Brown

Johnstone

Grice

Smith J.

Stroud

Foan

Blackburn

SWANSEA TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

26 December 1956

FULHAM : Football Combination

Craven Cottage

0 - 0

29 December 1956

Gregory

Wright

Cooper

Parker

Brown

Johnstone

Wragg

Newman

Blackburn

Foan

Tucker

MATCH POSTPONED

Foggy Conditions : rearranged for 8 April 1957

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