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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1959-60 Metropolitan League 'A'

HASTINGS UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Pilot Field

1 - 1 (Brett)

22nd August 1959

Rhodes

Cripps

Burkett

Obeney

Hurst

Bovington

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

Although the Hammers showed the better soccer, lack of shooting ability caused them to be in arrears at half-time, the homesters netting from a free-kick after Brian Rhodes had been adjudged to have handled outside the penalty-area. However, we levelled the scores five minutes from time when Ron Brett scored his first goal in our colours, Tony Scott making the final pass after good work on the left wing.

WINDSOR & ETON : Metropolitan League

Stag Meadow

4 - 2 (Beesley 3, Woodley)

26th August 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Obeney

Lansdowne

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hills

Scott

 

The match was personal triumph for Mick Beesley who netted a “hat-trick” in a 4-2 win (after we had led by 2-1 at half-time).

All three were well-taken efforts, especially the first which was a typical “Vic Watson type” header from a beautiful cross-pass by Tony Scott after the left-winger had made a fine run. On the other wing Derek Woodley also shone, and he netted the first Hammers’ score when sheer speed took him past the home defence. The margin might have been greater, for we missed a penalty-kick.

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Hanbury Park

0 - 1

29th August 1959

Gregory

Cripps

Lyall

Hurst

McClinton

Busby

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hugo

Boucherau

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round)

The Eyrie

2 - 0 (Beesley, Lyall [pen])

5th September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

McClinton

Hurst

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Maxted

Dear

 

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Josephs Road Ground

0 - 2

9th September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Maxted

Dear

 

At the age of 18 Eddie Bovington was the senior member of the side and on the score of experience the homesters could be expected to win. They did so by 2-0, but it was no easy win. This youthful Hammers' team put on a very classy display, and in the words of Bill Robinson who watched the game: " If they always played like that, we'd have no complaints."

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kingsway

1 - 5 (Beesley)

12th September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Maxted

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Boyce

Dear

 

Dunstable were the better side in front of goal, but our own forwards did not have a great deal of fortune; they twice had the ball in the net but had goals disallowed, whilst two of the Town's tallies had a semblance of offside about them but still counted. Although only one goal up at half-time Dunstable went further ahead and ended with a 5-1 margin that was not a true reflection of the play. Mick Beesley scored our goal.

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 4 (Beesley, Boyce)

14th September 1959

Reader, Cripps, Burkett, Bovington, Bickles, Hurst, Woodley, Boyce, Beesley, Obeney, Dear

In a hard game Chelsea went two up early in the game, but the Hammers reduced the arrears prior to the interval and then drew level after the resumption. It was then again the Pensioners' turn to shine, and they made certain of victory with two further goals. Our scorers were Mick Beesley and Ron Boyce.

The Metropolitan League is now in its eleventh season. Canterbury City joined the league prior to the start of the season as new entrants the League now has a membership of twenty clubs.

Home games played at Spotted Dog Ground : NO PROGRAMMES

Manager: ??

59_08_22 Hastings United v. WHU Metro 59_09_05 Bedford Town v. WHU M Pro Cup

Much credit goes to our defence for keeping the homesters scoreless, for although we led by 1-0 at the interval we did not have anywhere near as much of the play as after the resumption when our forwards were more in the game. Mick Beesley netted our first-half goal and when the same player was fouled in the second half John Lyall made no mistake from the penalty-spot.

59_09_12 Dunstable Town v. WHU Metro

CANTERBURY CITY : Metropolitan League

Kingsmead Stadium

3 - 0 (Hills, Brooks, Woodley)

26th September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Lansdowne

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hills

Dear

 

59_10_10 Dartford v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Grovelands

3 - 1 (Smillie 2, Brett)

30th September 1959

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

 

HEADINGTON UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round)

Manor Road

1 - 3 (Boyce)

3rd October 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

McClinton

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Boyce Maxted

 

FULHAM "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 5 (Lansdowne, Smillie)

5th October 1959

Reader, Cripps, Lyall, Bovington, Bickles, Lansdowne, Wragg, Cartwright, Brett, Smillie, Scott

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

4 - 2 (Hills 2, Brooks, Maxted)

10th October 1959

Gregory

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Hurst

Maxted

Boyce

Brooks

Hills

Dear

 

FULHAM "A" : Metropolitan League

Craven Cottage

3 - 2 (Brett 2, Bovington)

26th October 1959

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Moore

Hurst

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Dear

 

59_10_26 Fulham v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Grovelands

4 - 1 (Brooks 2, Boyce, Beesley)

31st October 1959

Mountford

Peters

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Lansdowne

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Scott

 

60_01_30 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 3 (Cook)

2nd November 1959

Reader, Cripps, Burkett, Bovington, Hurst, White K., Woodley, Brooks, Cook, Boyce, Scott

CANTERBURY CITY : Metropolitan League

Kingsmead Stadium

1 - 1 (Scott [pen])

7th November 1959

Mountford

Peters

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Brooks

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Scott

Dodgson

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Second Round)

Hove Stadium

2 - 1 Boyce, Beesley)

14th November 1959

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Brooks

McClinton

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Scott

Brett

 

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

2 - 0 (Brett, Dear)

28th November 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Brooks

McClinton

Peters

Brett

Boyce

Beesley

Scott

Dear

 

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Away

2 - 4 (Dear 2)

5th December 1959

Reader

O'Mahonsy

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Peters

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Scott

Dear

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

1 - 2 (Brett)

12th December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Peters

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Brooks

Dear

 

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Josephs Road Ground

1 - 9 (Boyce)

19th December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Brooks

McClinton

Peters

Wragg

Boyce

Bleanch

Beesley

Hills

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

3 - 2 (Hills 2, Boyce)

28th December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hurst

Scott

Boyce

Bessley

Hills

Dear

 

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Stadium

0 - 0

2nd January 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Maxted

Brooks

Bessley

Hugo

Dear

Abandoned half-time

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

8 - 2 (Beesley 3, Bovington, Peters, Boyce, Scott, [og])

9th January 1960

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Peters

Wragg

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Scott

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Hanbury Park

2 - 2 (Peters, Brooks)

23rd January 1960

Reader

Burkett

O'Manoney

Peters

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Maxted

Brooks

Dear

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

2 - 4 (Griffiths, Brett)

30th January 1960

Reader

Cripps

Maxted

Bovington

Lansdowne

Hills

Wragg

Cartwright

Griffiths W.

Brett

Hugo

60_01_30 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro Back 60_02_13 Dartford v. WHU Metro

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League

Hendon

0 - 8

6th February 1960

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Maxted

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Brett

Brooks

Dear

DARTFORD : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

2 - 3 (Boyce, Dear)

13th February 1960

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Brooks

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Bleanch

Brett

Dear

WINDSOR & ETON : Metropolitan League

Stag Meadow

3 -1 (Brett 2, Hills)

20th February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Brooks

Bickles

Peters

Maxted

Boyce

Brett

Hugo

Hills

60_03_19 Dunstable Town v. WHU Metro

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

2 - 3 (Brett, Boyce)

27th February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Brooks

Bickles

Hills

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Healer

Dear

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

2 - 2 (Woodley, Maxted)

12th February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Picking

Bickles

Peters

Woodley

Brooks

Maxted

Hugo

Dear

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kingsway

0 - 2

19th March 1960

Gregory

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Bickles

Cunningham

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hugo

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

0 - 3

26th March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Maxted

Boyce

Bleach

Brooks

Hugo

60_03_26 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro 60_03_26 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro Back

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League Profesional Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Woodley, Smillie)

28th March 1960

Gregory

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Hills

Woodley

Boyce

Bleanch

Smillie

Dear

60_03_28 WHU v. Luton Town MLPC Semi-Final

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

3 - 2 (Hills 2, Obeney)

6th April 1960

Dwyer

O'Mahoney

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Burkett

Woodley

Obeney

Bleanch

Hills

Hugo

60_04_23 Chelsea v. WHU Metro Final

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

0 - 0

9th April 1960

Caskey

Cripps

Burkett

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Patten

Brooks

Dear

Hills

Hugo

HASTINGS UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Pilot Field

0 - 4

11th April 1960

Dickie

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hills

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

1 - 4 (Bleanch)

13 April 1960

Dickie

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hills

Dear

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

1 - 3 (Woodley)

15 April 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Thompson M.

Burkett

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hills

Dear

HEADINGTON UNITED : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 5

18 April 1960

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Cunningham, Burkett, Bickles, Hall, Patten, Gray, Harris, Hugo, Roach

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

6 - 3 (Dear 3, Blench, Hugo, Obeney)

20 April 1960

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Hurst

Bickles

Hall

Woodley

Obeney

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League Profesional Cup (Final 1st leg)

Stamford Bridge

1 - 4 (Bleanch)

23 April 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Burkett

Hall

Bleanch

Brooks

Dear

Cunningham

Hugo

HEADINGTON UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Manor Road Ground

4 - 1 (Brett 2, Dick 2)

28 April 1960

Gregory

Cripps

Hills

Bovington

Lansdowne

Obeney

Scott

Brett

Bleanch

Dick

Hugo

60_05_02 WHU v. Chelsea MLPC Final

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Final 2nd leg)

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Brett 2, Cartwright, Woodley)

2 May 1960

Gregory

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Lansdowne

Obeney

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Dear

Won 5 - 4 on agg:

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

4 - 3 (Obeney 2, Blench, Scott)

4 May 1960

Reader

Kirkup

Cripps

Bovington

Lansdowne

Hurst

Woodley

Bleanch

Brett

Obeney

Scott

1958-59 Metro 1960-61 Metro Season 1959-60

The star of this game was veteran goalkeeper Ernie Gregory who made several top-rates saves from a dangerous forward-line led by the experienced Mike Tracey. However, the whole team deserves credit for the 2-1 victory against a heavier-built side, and there was no doubt that they had the edge in a hard-fought game which provided a high standard of play despite the rainy weather which made conditions unpleasant.

Johnny Cartwright put Derek Woodley away in the ninth minute and our right-winger cut in and shot the ball into the roof of the net on the run. A defensive lapse let in the Hatters a minute before the interval, but seven minutes after the restart Woodley made another solo dash and ended with a shot that the opposing 'keeper could only parry and Andy Smillie followed up to net the rebound.

After a goalless first half we went three up through goals by David Hills (2) and Harry Obeney, but the home side fought back well to reduce the arrears and we had to keep well in the game to gain a 3-2 victory. John Lyall made a welcome return after his recent absence due to injury and came through well, while Derek Woodley was one of our best attackers altough not among the scorers.

After a goalless first half we went three up through goals by David Hills (2) and Harry Obeney, but the home side fought back well to reduce the arrears and we had to keep well in the game to gain a 3-2 victory. John Lyall made a welcome return after his recent absence due to injury and came through well, while Derek Woodley was one of our best attackers altough not among the scorers.

59_09_26 Canterbury City v. WHU Metro 59_11_07 Canterbury City v. WHU Metro

Image courtesy of Dave Morgan

Image courtesy of Dave Morgan