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1958-59 Football Combination

LEYTON ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Dick 2, Musgrove 2)

20 October 1958

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Moore

Pyke

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

There was a 5,500 attendance for the L.F.A. Cup (Second Round) tie v Leyton Orient, weather conditions being ideal. The game they saw was one of spasms, for between a few bright spells there were periods of sporadic play that had little "bite." In midfield the O's were not far behind the Hammers in skill, but they faded at the edge of the penalty area on most occasions and could therefore only score one goal to our four.

We went into the lead after two minutes' play when John Dick netted from close in after an excellent downfield move, and the same player scored another very good goal ten minutes from time with a well-placed header. Foster equalised the first tally when he followed up a rebound from the bar, but this was nullified when Malcolm Musgrove twice cut in (63 and 72 mins.) to register with angled shots.

ARSENAL : London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Obeney 4)

3 November 1958

In their two earlier matches in this season's competition Arsenal used a considerable number of their recognised First Team players, while we introduced three of the current League side in the Second Round v Leyton Orient. Subsequently the Gunners' management expressed their intention of again using First Team players for the Semi-Final, bearing in mind that some would not be available owing to the Scotland - Ireland international last Wednesday; in view of this we considered that our Semi-Final team should also be of comparable strength, and therefore publicised the fixture on those lines, expressing the view that spectators would see a virtual First XI fixture at Reserve Team prices.

Arsenal forwarded their team to our printers and this was received by the first post on Monday morning ; the line-up contained six of the team that played Newcastle United last Saturday. In reply we decided to use the same players that defeated Bolton Wanderers, except that Noel Cantwell was omitted in order that Johnny Lyall could play with a view to gaining further experience. The Official Programme then went to press at approximately 10 am.

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Dare)

23 August 1958

Ninian Park

4 - 2 (Dare, Moore, Newman, Smillie)

27 August 1958

58_08_30 Cardiff City v. WHU Reserves 58_09_06 WHU v. Luton Town Reserves 58_09_13 WHU v. Nottingham Forest Reserves 58_09_20 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 58_09_27 WHU v. Brighton Reserves

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

MILLWALL : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

LEYTON ORIENT : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

58_10_04 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 58_10_08 Millwall v. WHU LCC1 58_10_11 Leyton Orient v. WHU Reserves 58_10_18 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 58_10_20 WHU v. Leyton Orient LCC2

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

Moore

Nelson

Allison

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Newman

Scott

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Kirkup

Moore

Nelson

Allison

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Newman

McDonald

 

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Moore

Nelson

Pyke

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Newman

Scott

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Kirkup

McDonald

Pyke

Allison

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Hayward

Cartwright

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

Moore

Kirkup

McDonald

Pyke

Smillie

Cartwright

Fenn

Scott

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

Moore

Kirkup

McDonald

Lansdowne

Obeney

Cartwright

Fenn

Scott

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

McDonald

Kirkup

Pyke

Wragg

Fenn

Dare

Lansdowne

Brooks

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Hayward

Kirkup

Pyke

Lansdowne

Wragg

Fenn

Dare

Smith J.

McDonald

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Hayward

Cartwright

Kirkup

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Obeney

Scott

 

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

Moore

Kirkup

Pyke

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Cartwright

Scott

 

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Dare, Scott, Wragg)

6 September 1958

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Smillie)

13 September 1958

Stamford Bridge

1 - 4 (Cartwright)

20 September 1958

Upton Park

0 - 2

27 September 1958

White Hart Lane

0 - 5

4 October 1958

The Den

2 - 1 (Smith J. 2)

8 October 1958

Leyton Stadium

2 - 1 (Dare, Cartwright

11 Octoner 1958

 

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Pyke)

18 October 1958

Under better conditions than on the previous night 4,870 spectators saw an evenly-contested game in which we gained a narrow victory by 2-1. There was no score in the first half, but after the interval John Smith countered the lions solitary tally to qualify us to meet Leyton Orient in the Second Round

58_08_23 WHU v. Portsmouth Reserves

Portsmouth Reserves avenged their First XI's League defeat at Fratton Park by winning their Football Combination engagement on the same day at Upton Park. The score of 2-1, the margin of success being mainly due to the greater experience of the visitors.

A centre by Doug Wragg after 12 minutes' play was converted by Billy Dare, but less than a minute later Chapman equalised with an angled shot. The Hammers retaliated strongly, and Brown drew several bursts of applause with good saves from our forwards. It was rather against the run of play that Crawford gave the Blues the lead in the minute before half-time via the upright.

When play resumed the surface continued to give both sides trouble in controlling the ball, but although the Hammers' attack maintained a high standard of approach work they could not again penetrate the Blues' rearguard. However, our somewhat youthful line-up was not disgraced and the 3,500 spectators had a good value.

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FULHAM : Football Combination

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Moore

Cartwright

Pyke

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Lansdowne

Scott

 

Craven Cottage

0 - 0

25 October 1958

58_10_25 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 58_11_01 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 58_11_03 WHU v. Arsenal LCC Semi-Final 58_11_08 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Pyke

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Curry

Fenn

Obeney

McDonald

 

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Curry, Fenn)

1 November 1958

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Pyke

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Fenn

Obeney

McDonald

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Pyke

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Fenn

Obeney

McDonald

 

Portman Road

1 - 4 (Obeney)

8 November 1958

Sometime after this we received a telephone call from Highbury, informing us that the team originally notified had been altered, and that the Gunners' line-up would be the same as that which played in the Combination game here last Saturday. We were therefore faced with the alternative of similarly amending our own XI or of fielding the original selection of First XI strength against a Reserve Team. We carefully weighed the pros and cons and decided that it was not reasonable to take the risks involved in the latter step, and revised our selection accordingly. It was, of course, too late to make the necessary alterations in the Programme, as inevitable confusion would have resulted from printing some with one set of teams and the remainder with the altered XI's ; this accounted for the multitude of changes that it was necessary to announce over the public-address system.

To those of the 10,500 who attended the fixture under a misapprehension we can only tender our sincerest apologies and the assurance that if Arsenal had kept to their original intentions we would have done the same; we trust that our explanation will provide them with some solace if they were disappointed. Unfortunately the force of circumstances made our decision inevitable, and left us with insufficient time for full publicity coverage that would have enabled those who wished to do so to cancel their visit, although details of the final line-ups did appear in the evening press (these being much the same as for Saturday's Combination fixture).

Fortunately, however, the game itself provided the highest grade of "value for money," and there will be no complaints from any of the spectators here today if this afternoon's encounter contains as many thrills. It would, perhaps, be unfair to the other 21 players to describe it as "Harry Obeney's match," but it was undoubtedly the Hammers' youthful inside-left who received a very large portion of the applause for a quartet of wonderful goals that put us ahead by 4-3 at the finish. Two of these were conversions of crosses from the right wing by Doug Wragg, and the other couple were speedily-taken opportunities when he eluded opposing defenders in the penalty-area ; however, it will be the last one that will be most easily recalled - a diving header that went in as the referee was ticking off the seconds before the final whistle.

After being one down the Gunners missed a penalty (for hands) before equalising, but we led 3-1 after 29 minutes ; Arsenal again levelled the scores with 20 minutes to go and it was pulsating stuff that reached a crescendo with the goal that qualified us to meet Tottenham Hotspur in the Final on 1st December.

SWANSEA TOWN : Football Combination

Rhodes

Cooper

Lyall

Moore

Lansdowne

Obeney

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Smith J.

McDonald

 

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Dare, Lyall, Smillie)

15 November 1958

58_11_15 WHU v. Swansea Town Reserves 58_11_22 Bristol Rovers v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Pyke

Moore

Obeney

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Cartwright

Scott

 

Eastville

3 - 2 (Dare, Smillie, Wragg)

22 November 1958

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

Rhodes

Krkup

Hayward

Moore

Lansdowne

Pyke

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Smith J.

Scott

 

Upton Park

0 - 2

29 November 1958

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Challenge Cup (Final)

Rhodes

Bond

Cantwell

Malcolm

Brown

Nelson

Grice

Woosnam

Keeble

Dick

Musgrove

White Hart Lane

1 - 3 (Grice)

1 December 1958

58_12_01 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU LCC Final 58_12_06 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 58_12_13 WHU v. Leyton Orient Reserves Postponed 58_12_20 Portsmouth v. WHU Reserves 58_12_27 WHU v. Charlton Athletic Reserves

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

Rhodes

Kirkup

Hayward

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Woodley

Smith

Pyke

Smillie

Scott

 

Filbert Street

0 - 3

6 December 1958

LEYTON ORIENT : Football Combination

Upton Park

13 December 1958

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

Dwyer

Kirkup

Lyall

Lansdowne

Nelson

Pyke

Wragg

Curry

Dare

Obeney

McDonald

 

Fratton Park

2 - 2 (Dare, McDonald)

20 December 1958

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

Dwyer

Kirkup

Lyall

Moore

Nelson

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Dare

Curry

Scott

 

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Dare, Moore, Nelson)

27 December 1958

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit Ground : rearranged for 21st April 1959

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

58_11_29 WHU v. Birmingham City Reserves