A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1958-59 Football League : First Division

59_03_28 Arsenal v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

59_02_28 Birmingham City v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

59_01_03 Aston Villa v. WHU 59_01_10 Tottenham v. WHU FAC3

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

59_01_17 WHU v. Luton Town 59_01_31 WHU v. Nottingham Forest

LUTON TOWN : Football League First Division

Upton Park

17 January 1959

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League

Stamford Bridge

2 - 3 (Keeble 2)

7 February 1959

Att: 52,968

CANTWELL Noel v. Chelsea 01 CANTWELL Noel v. Chelsea 02 59_02_07 Chelsea v. WHU

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League

KEEBLE Vic v. Blackburn

Ewood Park

2 - 1 (Keeble, Musgrove)

21 February 1959

Att: 17,163

59_02_16 WHU v. Blackpool 59_02_21 Blackburn v. WHU

BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division

59_02_16 WHU v. Blackpool

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League

59_03_07 Match photo 59_03_07 WHU v. WBA

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith

Lansdowne

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Dick 3)

7 March 1959

Att: 30,157

59_02_28 Birmingham City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

West Ham United's inside-left John Dick falls in the goalmouth after slamming home his team's third goal and completing his own hat-trick against West Brom's Ray Potter, Albion's Don Howe is also pictured

Image courtesy of Susan Dick wife of John Dick

59_03_14 Burnley v. WHU 59_03_21 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Divsion

59_03_27 WHU v. Newcastle United 59_03_28 Arsenal v. WHU

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

NOEL DWYER makes his Hammers debut against BOLTON WANDERERS at Upton Park

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

59_03_30 Newcastle United v. WHU 59_04_04 WHU v. Everton

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

EVERTON : Football League First Division

59_04_04 WHU v. Everton 59_04_06 WHU v. Arsenal SFC Semi-Final 59_04_08 WHU v. Colchester United EPC Semi-Final

We took a long while to make up an XI to meet Colchester United in the Semi-Final of the Essex Professional Cup at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday evening, but finally decided upon this team: Rhodes, Bond, Smith, Pyke, Brown, Lansdowne, Wragg, Obeney, Dare, Hills, Grice.

The match was played before a 2,200 attendance on another wet evening, but there were seven goals to brighten up the conditions. The Hammers actually netted three of them (through John Bond, Mike Grice and David Hills), but as another was an "own goal" by Colchester's left-back we gained a 4-3 victory in a game of swaying fortune. We now meet Leyton Orient in the Final, the O's having won by 3-1 at Clacton on the same day.

COLCHESTER UNITED : Essex Professional Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Bond, Grice, Hills, [og])

8 April 1959

Rhodes

Bond

Smith

Pyke

Brown

Lansdowne

Wragg

Obeney

Dare

Hills

Grice

ARSENAL : Southern Floodlight Cup (Semi-Final)

The Final was deferred to next season :

21 September 1959

59_04_11 Leicester City v. WHU 59_04_13 WHU v. Luton Town

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

LUTON TOWN : Football League First Division

59_04_18 WHU v. Preston North End 59_04_20 WHU v. Manchester City

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

59_04_20 WHU v. Manchester City 59_04_25 Leeds United v. WHU

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

59_02_07 Chelsea v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

1957-58 First XI 1959-60 First XI Season 1958-59 59_01_10 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

Villa Park

2 - 1 (Cantwell, Dugdale [og])

3 January 1959

Att: 29,334

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Smillie

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

White Hart Lane

0 - 2

10 January 1959

Att: 56,252

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Smillie

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

5 - 3 (Dick 2, Keeble 2, Woosnam)

31 January 1959

Att: 26,769

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Dick)

16 February 1959

Att: 28,417

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

St Andrew's

0 - 3

28 February 1959

Att: 19,910

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Smillie

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Turf Moor

0 - 1

14 March 1959

Att: 17,311

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Bond 2, Dick, Obeney)

21 March 1959

Att: 27,722

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Dick, Musgrove, Obeney)

27 March 1959

Att: 34,619

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

Highbury

2 - 1 (Dick 2

28 March 1959

Att: 52,291

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

St James' Park

1 - 3 (Obeney)

30 March 1959

Att: 20,911

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Bond, Dick, Grice)

4 April 1959

Att: 28,266

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

 

Upton Park

0 - 2

6 April 1959

Att: 2,200

Dwyer

Kirkup

Nelson

Malcolm

Brown

Moore

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Lyall

Musgrove

Filbert Street

1 - 1 (Bond)

11 April 1959

Att: 23,725

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Bond

Keeble

Smillie

Musgrove

 

Upton Park

0 - 0

13 April 1959

Att: 26,784

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Obeney

Bond

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

1 -1 (Dare)

18 April 1959

Att: 21,129

Dwyer

Kirkup

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Bond

Dare

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Dick 2, Grice 2, Cantwell)

20 April 1959

Att: 23,516

Dwyer

Kirkup

Bond

Malcolm

Brown

Moore

Grice

Smith J.

Cantwell

Dick

Musgrove

Elland Road

0 - 1

25 April 1959

Att: 11,257

Dwyer

Kirkup

Bond

Malcolm

Brown

Moore

Grice

Smith J.

Cantwell

Dick

Musgrove

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Noel Cantwell and Ernie Gregory foil a Chelsea attack

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

JOHN LYALL makes his Hammers debut against ARSENAL in the Southern Floodlit Cup at Upton Park

Seventh-placed Hammers were now back in the First Division travelled to relegation-threatened Leicester City-Inside forward Johnny Dick was missing as he was away playing for Scotland against England, meaning full-back John Bond moved to the forward line at Filbert Street During the early stages, West Ham goalkeeper Noel Dwyer was called upon to make some excellent saves before Leicester finally went ahead through Tommy McDonald on 35 minutes. The Hammers recovered after half-time and equalised with 27 minutes remaining when Bond's mis-hit shot bobbled past Dave Maclaren. Late on, Vic Keeble suffered a knee injury and was forced to hobble around, but West Ham held on to grab a point in front of 23,725 spectators.

There was less than a minute left for play when John Connelly scored the only goal of the game to give Burnley a 1-0 League victory at Turf Moor. Up till then our defence had successfully resisted all the Lancastrians' efforts, and their covering was top-rate, especially as in the early stages Ernie Gregory had sustained a knock on the knee that handicapped his movements. Unfortunately this rearguard action proved fruitless inasmuch as our forwards could not relieve pressure on their colleagues by keeping the ball in the homesters' half. The Hammers' attack never functioned well, and actually two of the best shots of the game came from Noel Cantwell (a 40-yarder that skimmed the bar) and Andy Malcolm (who hit the woodwork). The generally ineffectual efforts of the Burnley front line to pierce our defence brought a "slow handclap" from the 17,311 attendance on several occasions, and it can be fairly said that the game was by no means an inspiring one. A draw might have been a fair result, but as we defeated Burnley here by a somewhat fortunate only goal earlier in the season the "profit and loss account" of our 1958-59 meetings with them was reasonably balanced.

59_04_06 WHU v. Arsenal 1958-59 Table

MATCH POSTPONED

Bad weather - Pitch unfit : rearranged for 13 April 1959

5 April 1959

 

NOEL CANTWELL 12th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

CZECHOSLOVAKIA European Championship Qualifier Dalymount Park, Dublin 2-0

Bolton Wanderers were the visitors to the Boleyn Ground for a thrilling Division One fixture. Right-back John Bond had been moved to centre forward for this game due to an injury to Vic Keeble and the Hammers started well when Bond set up Harry Obeney to score on 37 minutes. Bolton equalised on 44 when Dennis Stevens scored from six yards, but the Hammers went in front again a minute into the second half when Andy Malcolm lobbed the ball to Bond, who outpaced everyone and slipped the ball past the Bolton goalkeeper. John Dick made it 3-1 before Ray Parry finished past Noel Dwyer to reduce the deficit to one goal. Bond added his second with a rasping drive to make it 4-2 before Fred Hill set up a frantic finale with Bolton's third, but the Hammers held on.

11 April 1959

 

JOHN DICK first Hammer to represent SCOTLAND

ENGLAND LXIV British Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 0-1

15 April 1959

GEOFF HURST signs professional forms

16 April 1959

DEREK WOODLEY signs professional forms

28 April 1959

BILL LANSDOWNE Jnr. (1978-1981) Born this day Epping, Essex

 

A live-wire young striker who was well-schooled by his father who also played for the Hammers! Billy made his League debut when he came on as a substitute against Wrexham in a Second Division clash at Upton Park 28th April 1979 with a 1-1 score line. Scored a celebrated "hat-trick" to end the League Cup marathon with Southend United in 1979 and  Transferred to Charlton Athletic in July 1981 making 32 appearances and scored 4 goals before moving on to Gillingham. Lansdowne Jnr. later had a spell playing in Sweden for Kalmar FF, and was top scorer in the Swedish league during the 1985 season, scoring ten goals. Between 1983 and 1988 he clocked up 122 games, scoring 38 goals for Kalmar.

13 May 1959

NEIL ORR (1982-1987) Born this day Greenock, Scotland

 

Son of the Scottish international and Greenock Morton player, Tommy Orr, who followed his father to Cappielow Park in 1975 and over the next seven years the midfielder played in 196 league games. On the recommendation of fellow Scot, Ray Stewart, the Hammers signed him on the 9 January 1982 for £400,000. Orr made his West Ham debut in the 0-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 27 January 1982. The Scotland Under-23 international was a prominent member of the Hammers most successful league side making 36 appearances in season 1985-86. After playing in the first game of the 1987-88 season he was the subject of a surprisingly out of the blue transfer, and after playing in 175 games for the east London club he returned to Scotland on 25 August to join Hibernian for a £123,000 fee. He spent six seasons at Easter Road playing in 167 league games. In 1995 he dropped down a division to sign for St Mirren where he made 29 league appearances before leaving in 1995 to join Queen of the South where he played in seven league games. In 1997 he joined Edinburgh University, first as a player then head coach and later manager. After five years he was appointed as youth development officer with the Scottish Football Association. Today Neil later relocated to work in Australia as a technical director for Valentine FC, a National Premier League club.

10 May 1959

 

NOEL CANTWELL 13th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

CZECHOSLOVAKIA European Championship Qualifier Tehelne Pole, Bratislava 0-4

A Monday evening, and our last home game of the first season back in Division One. The Hammers rounded it off in tremendous style, defeating Manchester City 5-1. In the continuing absence of injured Vic Keeble, Noel Cantwell moved up to centre-forward and scored once; John Dick and Mike Grice put two apiece past Bert Trautmann. Dick's pair enabled him to beat his 26-in-a-season post-War Hammers’ record which he had previously shared with Bill Robinson.