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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1958-59 Football League : First Division

58_08_18 WBA v. WHU 58_08_23 Portsmouth v. WHU 58_08_25 WHU v. Wolverhampton 58_08_30 WHU v. Aston Villa 58_09_03 Wolverhampton v. WHU 58_09_06 Luton Town v. WHU 58_09_08 WHU v. Manchester Utd 58_09_13 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 58_09_17 Manchester United v. WHU 58_09_20 WHU v. Chelsea 58_09_27 Blackpool v. WHU 58_10_04 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 58_10_11 WHU v. Birmingham City 58_10_13 WHU v. Charlton SFC Post 58_10_25 WHU v. Burnley 58_10_27 WHU v. Charlton SFC 58_11_01 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 58_11_08 WHU v. Arsenal Woosnam debut 58_11_15 Everton v. WHU 58_11_22 WHU v. Leicester City 58_11_29 Preston North End v. WHU 58_12_06 WHU v. Leeds United 58_12_13 Manchester City v. WHU 58_12_15 WHU v. Fulham SFC2 58_12_20 WHU v. Portsmouth 58_12_25 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 58_12_26 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 58_11_08 WHU v. Arsenal

Debut programme signed by Phil Woosnam

NELSON Andy v. Leicester

This action lead to Leicester's third goal

58_09_08 WHU v. Manchester United

PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

LUTON TOWN : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

BOBBY MOORE makes his First team debut against MANCHESTER UNITED at Upton Park

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division

Bloomfield Road

0 - 2

27 September 1958

Att: 32,662

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Southern Floodlit Cup (First Round)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

Blackpool away

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Southern Floodlight Cup (First Round)

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

EVERTON : Football League First Division

PHIL WOOSNAM makes his Hammers debut against ARSENAL at Upton Park

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

58_09_20 WHU v. Chelsea

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

FULHAM : Southern Floodlight Cup (Second Round)

ANDY SMILLIE makes his Hammers debut against TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR at White Hart Lane

PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

Upton Park

13 October 1958

58_10_04 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 58_10_11 WHU v. Birmingham City 58_10_25 WHU v. Burnley 58_11_08 WHU v. Arsenal 58_12_06 WHU v. Leeds United 58_12_20 WHU v. Portsmouth

Manager: Ted Fenton

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Finlayson, Stuart, Harris, Slater, Wright, Flowers, Deeley, Broadbent, Henderson, Mason, Horne

58_09_06 Luton Town v. WHU

Fratton Park

2 - 1 (Dick, Keeble)

23 August 1958

Att: 40,470

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Dick, Smith J.)

25 August 1958

Att: 37,487

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

7 - 2 (Dick 2, Keeble 2, Musgrove 2, Lansdowne)

30 August 1958

Att: 30,263

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Molineux

1 - 1 (Grice)

3 September 1958

Att: 53,317

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Kenilworth Road

1 - 4 (Keeble)

6 September 1958

Att: 25,715

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Dick, Musgrove, Smith J.)

8 September 1958

Att: 35,672

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Moore

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

City Ground

0 - 4

13 September 1958

Att: 30,307

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Moore

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Old Trafford

1 - 4 (Bond)

17 September 1958

Att: 53,276

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Grice

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Dick, Grice, Keeble, Smith J.)

20 September 1958

Att: 31,127

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Wragg

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Grice

Upton Park

6 - 3 (Keeble 4, Cantwell, Woods [og])

4 October 1958

Att: 25,280

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Musgrove)

11 October 1958

Att: 29,139

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

 

The Hawthorns

1 - 2 (Keeble)

18 October 1958

Att: 36,878

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Nelson)

25 October 1958

Att: 29,387

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Musgrove 3, Dick 2)

27 October 1958

Att: 8,500

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Cartwright

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Burden Park

2 - 0 (Dick, Grice)

1 November 1958

Att: 31,067

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Smith J.

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

0 - 0

8 November 1958

Att: 37,871

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Goodison Park

2 - 2 (Bond [pen], Dick)

15 November 1958

Att: 40,819

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

0 - 3

22 November 1958

Att: 23,244

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Deepdale

1 - 2 (Dick)

29 November 1958

Att: 19,438

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Dick, Keeble)

6 December 1958

Att: 22,022

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Maine Road

1 - 3 (Dick)

13 December 1958

Att: 22,250

Gregory

Kirkup

Bond

Malcolm

Brown

Cantwell

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

3 -1 (Bond [pen], Keeble, Woosnam)

15 December 1958

Att: 4,500

Rhodes

Kirkup

Bond

Smith J.

Brown

Hurst

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

6 - 0 (Keeble 2, Dick, Musgrove, Smith J. Woosnam)

20 December 1958

Att: 21,316

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dick, Keeble)

25 December 1958

Att: 26,178

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

White Hart Lane

4 - 1 (Bond, Dick, Keeble, Henry [og])

26 December 1958

Att: 43,817

Gregory

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Smith J.

Grice

Smillie

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

A momentous day in the history of the Club, having secured their place at the top table of English football with a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough four months earlier. West Ham United captain Noel Cantwell led the Hammers to First Division victory at Fratton Park against Portsmouth 2-1. In the 37th minute Andy Malcolm wrong-footed their defence with a perfect pass to John Dick. The lanky Scot’s shot was pushed onto an upright by Uprichard and through the confusion Vic Keeble stole in to stab the ball over the line. Five minutes into the second-half Musgrove and Grice combined for Dick to make it 2-0. Portsmouth did pull one back but the Hammers were worthy winners.

West Ham United went goal crazy, with Aston Villa their victims in an early-season Division One fixture. Ernie Gregory's goal was breached twice, but it was not to matter as the Hammers stuck seven in Nigel Sims' net at the other end. Three home players notched braces - Vic Keeble, Malcolm Musgrove and John Dick - with Billy Lansdowne also on target. The Hammers were second in the table following this win, their third in a row, as they returned to top division Football in creditable style with a sixth place finish whilst the Villans were relegated after finishing 21st.

The Hammers were still carrying the momentum from winning the Division Two title the previous season when they welcomed Manchester United to the Boleyn Ground. West Ham were seventh in the table, but climbed to the summit with this thrilling 3-2 win over the Red Devils. This was their fourth win from six starts at the beginning of the season and was achieved thanks to goals from John Smith, John Dick and Malcolm Musgrove. It meant the majority of the 35,672 crowd went home happy with the Hammers dreaming of glory. Their form remained good throughout the season, especially at home, where they won 15 of 21 home games, ending up sixth in the table.

After four successive defeats, the Hammers returned to form by beating Portsmouth 6-0 at the Boleyn Ground in Division One. Within seven minutes, Phil Woosnam converted Andy Malcolm's pass to score his first league goal for the Club. On 37 minutes, a header from John Dick provided a chance for Vic Keeble to score and five minutes later Keeble scored again after the Pompey goalkeeper failed to hold a drive. Just before the interval Malcolm Musgrove made it four after following an upfield lob from John Bond. West Ham rounded off the scoring with two headers in the second half. Dick converted Mike Grice's centre for the fifth and John Smith headed home from a corner to round off an excellent performance.

Football on Christmas Day was a regular occurrence up to the late 1950s, and the Hammers' last involvement on this day resulted in a derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham were back in the top flight after a 26-year absence and a good festive period ensured their push towards a top-half finish was maintained. VIc Keeble and John Dick were on target as the Hammers overcame their north London visitors 2-1. The sides faced off again the very next day, and again West Ham were triumphant, and this time by a 4-1 scoreline.

The Hammers travelled to White Hart Lane for the second of back-to-back Tottenham derbies on Boxing Day 1958. Having won 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Christmas Day, West Ham inflicted further pain on the north Londoners just 24 hours later. The winning scoreline was 4-1 this time as a Ron Henry own goal supplemented strikes from John Bond, Vic Keeble and John Dick. West Ham enjoyed a fruitful return to the top flight that season, finishing sixth in the table just a year after securing promotion.

The nos. 7, 8 and 9 of the Chelsea team which played at Upton Park that day were all eventu¬ally transferred to the Hammers. Peter Brabrook and Jimmy Greaves each scored once, but like Ron Tindall they were on the losing end of a 4-2 score.

22,022 were present as the Hammers lost this First Division match to Leeds United at Upton Park by 2-3. The visitors were two up inside nine minutes and added another ten minutes after half-time. John Dick (77 mins.) and Vic Keeble (89) reduced the arrears to give the score line some respectability but overall the Peacocks were worthy winners.

There were 40,470 inside Fratton Park as the Hammers kicked off the new season against Portsmouth. Roared on by 7,000 fans, goals from Dick and Keeble gave West Ham a 2-1 win. Two days later the gates were closed at Upton Park as the Hammers welcomed league champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was an exciting tussle, with the Hammers winning 2-0. Now enjoying life back in the First Division, Aston Villa were crushed 7-2 in the next home game. The euphoria was then forgotten with three away games ending in defeats at Luton, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, the team conceding four goals in each match. The home game with Manchester United attracted great excitement as the Hammers raced into a three-goal lead before two goals from United made the contest more even. The 3-2 victory saw the debut of 17-year-old Bobby Moore, who was destined for greater achievements.

After Blackburn Rovers were beaten 6-3 at home there followed a period of six games without a win. This all changed during the Christmas period as Portsmouth were thrashed 6-0 at home and on Christmas Day rivals Tottenham were beaten 2-1. In the return with Tottenham on Boxing Day the Hammers triumphed again, winning 4-1.

West Ham were back at White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in the FA Cup, but on this occasion they lost 2-0. There were further away defeats but at home the goals were flowing, Johnny Dick scoring twice against Nottingham Forest in a 5-3 thriller and going one better to score a hat-trick in the 3-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion. As an experiment, full-back John Bond was moved to centre-forward and this brought success as he scored twice against Bolton Wanderers in the 4-3 home win. The final home game against Manchester City saw Dick and Grice score two apiece in a 5–1 win. It had been an excellent campaign and it was a fine achievement to finish in sixth place.

1958-59

West Ham United

1958-59

8 September 1958

HARRY CRIPPS signs professional forms

5 October 1958

 

NOEL CANTWELL 11th REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

POLAND International Friendly Dalymount Park, Dublin 2-2

MATCH POSTPONED

Continual rainfall during the weekend : rearranged for 27 October 1958

26 November 1958

 

PHIL WOOSNAM 4th Hammer to represent WALES

ENGLAND Home Championship at Villa Park, Birmingham 2-2 (2 caps)

11 December 1958

CHRIS HUGHTON (1990-1992) Born this day Forest Gate, London

 

After spending two months on loan, Chris joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur - the club he joined as a boy and where he had spent all of his career. While at the Spurs he earned 51 international caps, made 297 League appearances and scoring 12 goals. With injury limiting his opportunities at White Hart Lane, Chris was glad to resume first team football when Billy Bonds brought him to Upton Park after regular left-back Julian Dicks was sidelined by knee injury. "Chrissey" reluctantly left West Ham when his first team outings were limited after "Dicksy" resumed his usual role in the side, he joined another London club - Brentford, until he retired from the game due to injuries, when he then took-up coaching, which allowed him to stay in the game he so loved. Later joined the coaching staff at Tottenham Hotspur. He joined Newcastle United as first team coach in 2008, and following their relegation, Hughton as caretaker manager took charge of their first season in the Championship, before being announced as permanent manager in October 2009. Hughton was later appointed manager of Championship club Birmingham City in June 2011, a year later he was in charge at Norwich City. Parted company with the Carrow Road club in April 2014 and took up the reins at Brighton & Hove Albion in December 2014 and Nottigham Forest in 2020.

The week-end rain made playing conditions difficult but there was some good football in our Southern Floodlight Cup Second Round tie against Fulham. When we twice hit the crossbar in the opening minutes most of the 4,500 attendance must have thought that we were in for another unlucky evening, and even wnen we looked certain to score in the 25th minute George Cohen punched the ball off the line. However, John Bond successfully took the spot-kick to put us ahead and we held a 1-0 interval lead. Vic Keeble headed home Malcolm musgrove's centre in the 79th minute, and four minutes later the game was virtually settled when our left-winger again cut down to the bye-line to lay back a ball that Phil Woosnam side-footed home. The visitors scored through Docherty five minutes from time, but we were comfortable 3-1 victors.

The Hammers welcomed champions Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Boleyn Ground. Ted Fenton's side had won at Portsmouth on the opening day of the season, but Wolves were expected to sweep West Ham aside on their visit to east London. A bumper crowd of 37,487 turned out to see a visiting XI that included England internationals Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, Peter Broadbent and Eddie Clamp. However, it was the home side who provided the star turns in the shape of John Smith and Scotland forward John Dick, who both scored in a deserved 2-0 victory.

Vic Keeble was the Hammers' hero, with two goals either side of half-time, his side to record a resounding 6-3 win. However, only someone given to flights of fancy could have suggested at half-time that West Ham would romp away with this match between the First Division's two newest members. Indeed, on the evidence of the first 45 minutes, the London club were fortunate to be 2-1 ahead. How then was it that such an astonishing change of fortunes took place? An unhappy mistake by Matt Woods, the Blackburn centre-half, almost as soon as the teams took to the field again, set West Ham on the victory path. Gathering an ill-directed opposition clearance 1 5 yards out, Woods completely misjudged both his goalkeeper's position and the strength of the pass-back, and sent the ball speeding well out of Leyland's reach and into the net. Until then Blackburn had played the more adroit football, with the forwards interchanging position and using the open spaces to the obvious embarrassment of the home defenders. The character of this goal removed all the assurance from their play. West Ham surged on to 6-1 lead before, until, in the last ten minutes, Blackburn, aided by some friendly marking, salvaged some pride with two late goals. There was no doubting that Keeble was the star of the show. The West Ham centre-forward, scored four times, the first two beautifully executed from passes by John Dick -the first a left footed volley and the second a diving header, met almost at mud level. The Hammers' other score came from left back Noel Cantwell, who slipped upfield almost unnoticed to steer home a John Bond free-kick.

The first Saturday in November saw the Hammers travelling to Bumden Park, the home of Bolton Wanderers who had also won the F. A. Cup the previous May. Any latecomers amongst the 31,000 crowd missed the opening goal which was scored in the first minute. England international goalkeeper Eddie Hopkinson could only parry John Dick's fierce drive and winger Mike Grice followed up to net the rebound, and provide a "shock" from which the home side never recovered. The goal settled the visitors and they were generally quicker on the ball and had the better of the exchanges although Nat Lofthouse, Bolton's powerful international centre-forward, did give the West Ham defenders some anxious moments. Five minutes after the interval. John Smith sent Grice away down the wing and when he centred Dick, moving quicker than the defenders, coolly pushed the ball into the net. The Hammers' defence was then called upon to show their mettle and Ernie Gregory made several good saves as well as having the woodwork intervene on two occasions to deny Bolton. Ken Brown finally blunted the Lofthouse threat but it was captain Noel Cantwell who gained star rating holding the defence together and helping out in attack.

All London was eagerly awaiting Saturday 8th November when Arsenal were due at Upton Park. This was to be the first encounter in the Football League between the two clubs since the Hammers had been relegated in 1932.

Hammers' manager Ted Fenton grabbed even more of the headlines that week when he signed Welsh international Phil Woosnam from local rivals Leyton Orient for £30,000. At the time, only three British players had been valued higher in the transfer market and the signing went some way to disprove the theory that West Ham were wary of venturing into the transfer market and spending "big" money.

Although the game ended goalless, everybody amongst the 38,250 attendance agreed that it had been an interesting match. West Ham had the better of the first half with Woosnam fitting into his midfield role and prompting a number of attacking moves with some excellent passes. The deep defensive cover that the Gunners adopted in the opening period eventually gave way to a more attacking stance in the second half, but it was not until the 63rd minute that goalkeeper Ernie Gregory was forced to make a save. In the final twenty minutes, Arsenal proved why they headed the table by nearly scoring on a couple of occasions only to be denied by the woodwork and the Hammers' 'keeper who was ably assisted by "man-of-the-match" centre-half Ken Brown. It proved to be a day when defences dominated.

A crowd of over 40,000 packed into Goodison Park seven days later and saw a game of missed chances in the mud. John Dick opened the scoring after eight minutes but Everton equalised a quarter-of-an-hour later. The Toffeemen's 'keeper Bert Dunlop saved from Mike Grice and Vic Keeble but was beaten by Andy Malcolm's hooked shot only to see a team-mate save it with his hands. A John Bond special from the spot restored the Hammers' lead a minute before the interval. With both sides slipping and sliding in the mud several chances "went-a-begging" with Hammers' Vic Keeble being the biggest offender. The Merseysider's equaliser came from a long pass down the middle which split the visitors defence - in which Ken Brown had another impressive game - and, although Ernie Gregory punched away their first effort, he was unable to stop the home side's next which went in at the far comer to give a share of the spoils.

The visit of lowly Leicester City - only one place off the bottom - was considered by most to be the best home "banker" of the day. However, as so often happens to "certs" this particular one did not come off and the "Filberts" crashed home three long range efforts in the first half which earned them their initial away win of the season. Try as the Hammers' might they could not break down a solid defensive performance by the Midlanders in the second half which saw their goalkeeper Dave McLaren in particular fine form.

 

The month finished on a particularly low note for the Hammers with their visit to Deepdale. Preston North End were at that time in fifth place in the table. Making a good start, West Ham took the lead after 14 minutes when John Dick scored from close range. Keeping up the pressure West Ham then hit the bar but were unable to add to their scoreline, although creating a number of openings. The Northerners got back into the game with a penalty just after half-time which gave them renewed heart. When it looked like the spoils would be shared the home side scored with a disputed header four minutes from time with the Hammers' protesting vehemently that one of their defenders had been pushed in the back before the goal was scored. Having now established themselves in the division, West Ham were to prove in the coming months that they were no "newly promoted, early season" wonders who fizzled out later on in the campaign but had leamt from their setbacks whilst playing the attractive football that had made them so many new friends.

This was Joe Kirkup’s full Football League debut game, and he acquitted himself well in a game where the run of the ball went against the Hammers nearly all the time. However, the main honours of the match finally went to the diminutive Colin Barlow, who netted a hat-trick. No doubt helped by a new ball after the original got stuck in the roof. City’s trio of goals had arrived in an 18-minute spell during the second half, the pre-interval period being goalless. For the first (51 mins) Barlow nipped in to collect a faulty clearance at close range, the second five minutes later was from Ray Cheetham’s through-pass after the wing-half had made a good downfield run, and for teh third (69 mins) he side-footed Fagan’s centre from close in to put his side in a virtually unassailable position. Had fortune smiled upon us a little in the first half we could have clinched the issue early on instead of getting a lone consolation goal three-minutes from time by John Dick.

GEOFF HURST makes his Hammers debut against Fulham, his League bow however will be 1 year and 3 months later