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1957-58 Football League : Division II

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

Manager: Ted Fenton

57_11_02 WHU v. Huddersfield Town

Fulham:

Black, Lawler, Langley, Stapleton, Lampe, Edwards, Watson, Bentley, Dwight, Haynes, Stevens

57_08_24 WHU v. Lincoln City 01 57_08_26 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 57_08_31 Bristol Rovers v. WHU

A campaign that was to end in triumph got away to an insignificant start. 18,907 saw the home fixture against Lincoln City, from which we gained a 2-2 draw, thanks to Malcolm Allison converting a penalty-kick two minutes after the interval. The Imps had gone ahead by 2-1 a minute before that. Billy Dare scored our opening goal.

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Dare, Allison [pen])

24 August 1957

Att: 18,907

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

Ewood Park

1 - 2 (Dare)

26 August 1957

Att: 18,845

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

Eastville

3 - 2 (Dare 3)

31 August 1957

Att: 26,110

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Dare)

2 September 1957

Att: 24,009

Rhodes

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Pyke

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

 

57_09_02 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 01 57_09_07 WHU v. Derby County 01 57_09_09 WHU v. Sheffield United 01

DERBY COUNTY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Cantwell, Smith J.)

7 September 1957

Att: 18,995

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

Upton Park

0 - 3

9 September 1957

Att: 21,746

Rhodes

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Pyke

Grice

Lewis

Dare

Blackburn

Musgrove

 

SWANSEA TOWN : Football League Division II

Vetch Field

2 - 3 (Dare, Smith J.)

14 September 1957

Att: 19,352

Rhodes

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Smith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

57_09_14 Swansea Town v. WHU 57_09_16 Sheffield United v. WHU 57_09_21 WHU v. Fulham 01

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

Bramall Lane

1 - 2 (Dare)

16 September 1957

Att: 7,7102

Rhodes

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Allison

Grice

Dare

Neville

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

FULHAM : Football League Division II

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Dare 2, Cantwell)

21 September 1957

Att: 23,855

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Pyke

Wragg

Dare

Neville

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT : Southern Floodlight Cup (First Round)

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Dick)

23 September 1957

Att: 10,000

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Pyke

Wragg

Dare

Neville

Dick

Musgrove

 

57_09_23 WHU v. Leyton Orient SFC1 01 57_09_28 Barnsley v. WHU 57_10_05 WHU v. Leyton Orient 01

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

Oakwell

0 - 1

28 September 1957

Att: 12,182

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Wragg

Dare

Neville

Dick

Musgrove

 

LEYTON ORIENT : Football League Division II

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Lansdowne, Lewis, Smith)

5 October 1957

Att: 25,990

Gregory

Bond

Cooper

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smiith J.

Lewis

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

The Valley

3 - 0 (Dare, Musgrove, Smith)

12 October 1957

Att: 30,437

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smiith J.

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

DONCASTER ROVERS : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Keeble)

19 October 1957

Att: 23,855

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Dare

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

57_10_12 Charlton Athletic v. WHU 57_10_19 WHU v. Doncaster Rovers 01 57_10_28 Rotherham United v. WHU

ROTHERHAM UNITED : Football League Division II

Millmoor

2 - 1 (Bond [pen], Dick)

26 October 1957

Att: 8,971

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League Division II

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Musgrove 2, Cantwell, Dick, Keeble)

2 November 1957

Att: 21,525

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

57_11_02 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 01 57_11_09 Grimsby Town v. WHU 57_11_16 WHU v. Stoke City 01

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League Division II

Blundell Park

2 - 1 (Dick, Smith)

9 November 1957

Att: 12,088

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

STOKE CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Keeble 3, Dare, Dick)

16 November 1957

Att: 23,171

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

BRISTOL CITY : Football League Division II

Ashton Gate

1 - 1 (Dick)

23 November 1957

Att: 22,305

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

57_11_23 Bristol City v. WHU 57_11_30 WHU v. Cardiff City 01 57_12_07 Liverpool v. WHU

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Dick)

30 November 1957

Att: 23,954

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

LIVERPOOL : Football League Division II

Anfield

1 - 1 (Dick)

7 December 1957

Att: 34,030

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League Division II

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bond [pen], Musgrove)

14 December 1957

Att: 20,737

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Dare

Newman

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

57_12_14 WHU v. Middlesbrough 01 57_12_21 Lincoln City v. WHU 57_12_25 WHU v. Ipswich Town 01 57_12_26 Ipswich Town v. WHU 57_12_28 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 01

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

Sincil Bank

6 - 1 (Dick 2, Keeble 2, Musgrove, Newman)

21 December 1957

Att: 8,384

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Dare

Newman

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League Division II

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Newman)

25 December 1957

Att: 25,515

Gregory

Bond

Cooper

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Dare

Newman

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League Division II

Portman Road

1 - 2 (Bond)

26 December 1957

Att: 21,899

Gregory

Bond

Wright

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Lewis

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Smith 3, Keeble 2, Dick)

28 December 1957

Att: 28,095

Gregory

Bond

Wright

Malcolm

Brown

Pyke

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

 

After taking three points from the opening trio of games, we played Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on a Monday evening. Rovers had beaten us by 2-1 at Ewood Park in the previous week, and they were happy to return home with another point after a 1-1 draw. It was a close thing, however, as the referee was reaching for his whistle to blow for full time when Roy Vernon lobbed the ball over the advancing Brian Rhodes for the equaliser - from what looked like an offside position. It was Brian's League debut, and he did well in deputising for Ernie Greg¬ory who was out of action with a back injury: our "regular "Reserve team" keeper Bob Wylie was also unavailable with knee trouble. Our scorer was Billy Dare who had netted in each of the four opening games of the season.

BRIAN RHODES makes his Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Upton Park

The Rams had been newly-promoted after three seasons in the Third Division, and 18,955 turned up to see their return to Upton Park. There were no really "big" names in the visiting line-up, but they shook us when outside-left Gordon Brown scored after 18 mins. Within ten minutes John Smith and Noel Cantwell put us ahead, and the score remained that way until the end.

21,746 turned up for a Monday night clash with Sheffield United. Tommy Hoyland, a product of local soccer, got a hat-trick for the Blades scoring in the 20th, 55th and 88th minutes.

 

BILLY NEVILLE makes his Hammers debut against SHEFFIELD UNITED at Bramall Lane

Our first local derby of the season was against west Londoners Fulham, The two Roys - Bentley and Dwight - scored a goal each in the space of a minute, after Billy Dare had given us the lead, but Dare and captain Noel Cantwell put us back in front with 20 minutes to go. 23,855 were there to see  Andy Malcolm do his famous "blotting out" performance on Johnny Haynes.

2 October 1957

NOEL CANTWELL 8th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap DENMARK World Cup Qualifier Idraetsparken, Copenhagen 2-0

 

BOBBY MOORE ENGLAND YOUTH debut versus NETHERLANDS in Amsterdam 3-2

VIC KEEBLE makes his Hammers debut against DONCASTER ROVERS at Upton Park

Although this was to prove our promotion season, we were on this Saturday modestly-placed in the table with a dozen points from the same number of games. The match against Doncaster Rovers at Upton Park turned out to be another draw, Vic Keeble's 58th-minute goal being cancelled out three minutes later by Eddie McMorran. 20,216 saw a game marred by the visiting team's time-wasting and "spoiling" tactics. A very benevolent Preston-based referee completely overlooked this by not allowing any additional time, and our subsequent match-programme opinionated that he was obviously eager to catch his train back north!

The 2-1 win at Rotherham United catapulted the Hammers’ from 12th in the table to eighth. The Millmoor victory was the springboard to finishing the campaign as champions come seasons end. Alias only 8,971 turned up to see a game in which the first two goals came from penalties. John Bond equalised with ours, and John Dick hit the winner about 20 minutes from time.

Progress to promotion continued with a 5-2 home win against Huddersfield Town. It was a sparkling second-half performance, as at half-time the count was 1-1, Vic Keeble being our scorer. Noel Cantwell made it 2-1, a couple from Malcolm Musgrove and one from John Dick completing our nap-hand.

West Ham United won 2-1 at Grimsby Town, making eleven points gained out of a possible twelve in six games. We were one down at half-time, but John Smith (48 mins) and John Dick (60 mins) put us in the lead. The gate was 12,088. A programme-note at this time referred to the appointment of Albert Walker as Assistant Trainer, in succession to Harry Hooper (Snr.), who had taken the managerial post at Halifax Town.

Floodlights still being "optional" and only being used by agreement with the visitors, our Second Division match v. Cardiff City at Upton Park kicked-off at 2.15 p.m. Nevertheless, 23,954 came along to see the game, and most were expecting us to hold the lead we gained when John Dick headed home Billy Dare's centre in the 58th minute. We probably would have done so if a shot by Bill Lansdowne had gone into the Bluebirds’ net - or even outside. As it was, it rebounded from the post, and City were able to quickly transfer the ball to the other end to equalise with only 30 seconds left on the clock.

With 24 points from 20 games, we occupied fifth place in Division II, four points in arrears of Liverpool with a game in hand. Middlesbrough had opted to play under floodlights, and there were 20,737 present to see us win by 2-1. The goals came in a twelve-minute spell; Noel Cantwell's own goal in the 63rd minute put 'Boro in front, but Malcolm Musgrove equalised eleven minutes later and John Bond followed with the decider from the penalty-spot in the next minute. It was our eleventh successive game without defeat.

There had been a 25,515 gate here on Christmas Day, the match ending in a 1-1 draw; Billy Rees scored for Town in the eleventh minute and Mick Newman levelled it up with a flying header three minutes from time.

Boxing Day at Portman Road to play Ipswich Town in the return Second Division match, the first match ended 1-1 less than 24 hours earlier. On this occasion an own goal put Town ahead after 18 minutes, the shot by Brian Siddall being deflected en route to our goalmouth. The same player headed his team two up, but we reduced the arrears as John Bond's shot from 35 yards was also deflected home. The Hammers forced 15 corners in the second half, but Alf Ramsey's squad held on to win despite being reduced to ten men when Siddall was carried off with a groin injury six minutes from time.

The Hammers, lying third in the Second Division table, were hosts to Bristol Rovers. It was a good day for 18-year-old Johnny Smith as he netted a first half hat-trick to earn himself the match ball. The home fans amongst the 28,095 present had been shocked when Peter Hooper put Rovers in front in the seventh minute, with Vic Keeble equalising just a minute later. Then came Smith's three fine goals to give West Ham a 4-1 interval lead. On 53 minutes Vic Keeble scored after a centre from Malcolm Musgrove, and nine minutes later a Musgrove cross was headed home by Johnny Dick to make the final score 6-1.

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

29 September 1957

LES SEALEY (1996-1997) Born this day Bethnal Green, London

 

Sealey joined Coventry City as an apprentice in 1976 and spent the next five years at the Midlands club before joining Luton Town in 1983. In December

1989 he was loaned to Manchester United and signed on a permanent basis, and was their regular goalkeeper throughout the 1990-01 season. Turned

down a further one-year contract at Old Trafford and instead signed for Aston Villa. Lost his place to Nigel Spink and was loaned out to Birmingham City

during the opening weeks of the 1992-93 season before returning to Manchester United on a free transfer, this time as understudy to Peter Schmeichel.

It meant his last four appearances for United were a Cup Winners Cup Final, two League Cup Finals and an FA Cup Quarter Final. At the end of the season

he was given a free transfer and Joined Blackpool, but within six-months he had left Bloomfield Road and returned to the Premiership with the Hammers in November 1994 as understudy to Ludek Miklosko. This nomadic 'keeper who bizarrely made his League bow for the Hammers' as an outfield substitute against Arsenal at Highbury in a 0-1 reverse 16th September 1995. With Ludo a firm fixture between the sticks, "The Cat" was confined to the bench before moving to Third Division club Leyton Orient on a free transfer in May 1996. In December 1996, the 39-year-old returned to Upton Park just five months later

in exchange for 47-year-old England international Peter Shilton who had been training with the Hammers but was desperate to make his 1000th Football League appearance. Les made two further outings his last first-team appearance on the final day of the 1996-97 season, fittingly against Manchester Unite

at Old Trafford. He came on as substitute for Ludek Miklosko. He was loaned out to Bury but didn’t make a first-team appearance. Upon his return to the Boleyn he made the transition to goalkeeping coach at the Boleyn. Sealey was still employed as goalkeeping coach when he died of a heart attack on

19th August 2001 at the age of 43.

It was a moderate beginning to the campaign with just three wins in the first ten games. Billy Dare was on form, scoring a hat-trick at Bristol Rovers in the 3–2 victory, and two more against Fulham at home as the Cottagers were beaten by the same score. In October there was a fine 3–0 win at leaders Charlton Athletic and more good news followed when days later West Ham signed centre-forward Vic Keeble from Newcastle. Keeble scored on his debut in the 1–1 home draw with Doncaster Rovers and soon set up a useful partnership with Johnny Dick. The team were now starting to put together an unbeaten run as Huddersfield Town lost 5–2 at the Boleyn and a Vic Keeble hat-trick helped the Hammers beat Stoke City 5–0 at home. At Lincoln City in December Keeble and Dick both scored twice in the 6–1 victory. After a run of 13 games undefeated the Hammers were finally beaten 2–1 by Ipswich Town on Boxing Day at Portman Road. Two days later Bristol Rovers faced the backlash as West Ham thrashed them 6–1 at home, with John Smith claiming a hat-trick.

First Division Blackpool were the visitors in the FA Cup and, bang in form, Hammers sent them home beaten 5–1 with a hat-trick from Vic Keeble. The next round brought Third Division Stockport County to Upton Park. The Cheshire club put up a brave fight, finally losing 3–2 to put West Ham through to the fifth round where they faced Fulham at home. In an exciting tie it was the Cottagers who went through, winning 3–2. Returning to the league, after Swansea were beaten 6–2 at home there was a good 4–1 win at neighbours Leyton Orient. Now favourites for promotion, the Hammers stormed to victory at home to Rotherham United, winning 8–0 with Johnny Dick scoring four. Fellow promotion candidates Charlton and Liverpool both drew at Upton Park before the final day brought a trip to Middlesbrough. Dick, Keeble and Musgrove were the scorers in a 3–1 win and West Ham were Second Division champions. They had scored 101 league goals and would be returning to the First Division after an absence of 25 years.

We continued en route to eventual promotion by winning 3-2 in front of a 26,000 attendance. Bill Lansdowne headed Billy Dare's corner for our half-time lead, then Eddie Lewis made it 2-0. Johnston reduced the O's arrears, but John Smith also headed home Eddie Lewis's centre to restore our balance. Ron Heckman hit a 30-yarder to keep the game alive, but as we had two shots strike the woodwork, it could well have been a larger margin.

SEALEY Les

Almost before the majority of the 10,000 attendance had settled down, Johnny Dick scored the goal that put us into the Second Round of this season's Southern Floodlight Cup competition. A quick through pass found our inside-left unmarked just outside the penalty-area, and his left-foot shot went into the far top corner of the Orient net. The remaining 89 minutes proved exciting in spasms, and both goalmouths had several narrow escapes. Each 'keeper made some good  saves but it was mainly off the mark shooting which meant that the game ended without addition to the  1-0 score.

Leyton Orient:

George, Eagles, Willemse, Facey, Carey, McMahon, Smith, Woosnam, Julians, Johnston, Andrews

0530 Bristol City (A) 57-58