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1959-60 Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Brett 2)

19 September 1959

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

There was an attendance of 1,700 at Upton Park for the Combination fixture v Chelsea Reserves. There was a tremendous improvement in the Hammers' display as compared with the previous week, for they were much quicker on the ball and played very good soccer; indeed the Pensioners were over-run during the first quarter-of-an-hour. Failure to finish off good moves and goal-line clearances kept the final score down to 2-1 in our favour, but it could well have been larger. Ron Brett rounded off a good afternoon by netting both our goals.

59_08_29 WHU v. Leicester City 59_09_05 Southend United v. WHU Reserves

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

Ashton Gate

0 - 4

8 September 1959

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LEYTON ORIENT : Football Combination

59_09_12 WHU v. Leyton Orient 59_09_19 WHU v. Chelsea

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

59_09_26 Southampton v. WHU Reserves 59_10_03 WHU v. Birmingham City

Upton Park

0 - 4

29 August 1959

Roots Hall

3 - 0 (Brett, Hills, Scott)

5 September 1959

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Wragg)

12 September 1959

The Dell

1 - 5 (Wragg)

26 September 1959

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Brett 3, Lansdowne [pen])

3 October 1959

Dean Court

0 - 5

10 October 1959

Rhodes

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Scott

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC : Football Combination

59_10_10 Bournemouth v. WHU Reserves 59_10_12 WHU v. Hendon LCC 59_10_17 WHU v. Nottingham Forest

HENDON : London Challege Cup (First Round)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

WIMBLEDON : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

59_10_19 WHU v. Wimbledon LCC 2 59_10_24 Portsmouth v. WHU Reserves 59_10_31 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

SWANSEA TOWN : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

59_11_07 Brighton v. WHU Reserves 59_11_14 WHU v. Swansea Town 59_11_21 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC : Football Combination

59_11_28 WHU v. Luton Town 59_12_05 Nottingham Forest v. WHU Reserves 59_12_12 WHU v. Bournemouth

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

59_12_19 WHU v. Bristol City Reserves 59_12_26 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Brett 2)

12 October 1959

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Brett)

17 October 1959

Upton Park

0 - 3

19 October 1959

Fratton Park

2 - 5 (Brett, Smillie)

24 October 1959

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Smillie, [og])

31 October 1959

Goldstone Ground

1 - 5 (Keeble)

7 November 1959

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Keeble 2, Cartwright, Hills, Smillie, Wragg)

14 November 1959

Portman Road

3 - 3 (Cartwright, Keeble, Hurst)

21 November 1959

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Keeble)

28 November 1959

City Ground

2 - 2 (Wragg 2)

5 December 1959

Upton Park

0 - 2

12 December 1959

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Cartwright 2)

19 December 1959

White Hart Lane

1 - 4 (Wragg)

26 December 1959

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Lansdowne

Wragg

Brooks

Brett

Obeney

Hills

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Grice

Boyce

Brett

Smillie

Musgrove

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Lansdowne

Moore

Woodley

Cartwright

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Hurst

Lansdowne

Moore

Woodley

Cartwright

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Hurst

Lansdowne

Moore

Wragg

Boyce

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Lansdowne

Moore

Wragg

Cartwright

Beesley

Smillie

Scott

Rhodes

Kirkup

Burkett

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Scott

 

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Dick

Scott

Rhodes

Kirkup

Burkett

Hurst

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Scott

 

Gregory

Kirkup

Lyall

Hurst

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

Gregory

Cripps

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Wragg

Smillie

Brett

Hills

Scott

Gregory

Cripps

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Lansdowne

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Hills

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Higgins

Smillie

Hills

 

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Lansdowne

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

Reader

Kirkup

Lyall

Hurst

Lansdowne

Moore

Woodley

Cartwright

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

Mountford

Kirkup

Lyall

Hurst

Lansdowne

Moore

Wragg

Cartwright

Keeble

Smillie

Hills

 

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Bovington

Lansdowne

Hurst

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

 

The evening match against Hendon in the First Round of the London F.A. Cup attracted a 2,200 attendance to Upton Park.It did not turn out to be an exciting encounter, and it was only on rare occasions that our amateur opponents threatened our goal; they had two or three off-target drives, but no really good shot was on the mark.

Two goals by Ron Brett decided the issue in our favour. The first came after 12 minutes when inter-passing between Andy Smillie and Tony Scott ended with Smillie centreing for our centre-forward to head home from ten yards; the second was made by Scott who crossed the ball along the ground for an easy conversion from very close in.

Of our defenders Harry Cripps put in some constructive play and the Hendon forwards made little headway against a rearguard which constantly left them standing in offside positions.

The London Challenge Cup (Second Round) tie v. Wimbledon drew a 3,350 attendance to Upton Park.

The Dons got away to a flying start when Williams netted with a hard angled shot  after seven  minutes,  and  their tails were definitely up after our equaliser was disallowed for offside with two detenders standing on the  line. The tide continued to go against us when  Malcolm  Musgrove got a hard knock as he ran in to shoot, but the decisive counter came three minutes after the interval when Reynolds goal was  registered  despite a linesman's flag going up for offside. After that our team could do little right and three minute from time Reynolds added to our discomfort by taking advantage of a mix-up 30 yards from goal to go on and make it 3-0.

On the balance of play the South Londoners definitely deserved their victory and they now meet Tooting & Mitcham  in the Semi-Final.

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Although the Hammers played so well at Southend the Bristol City Reserve side excelled that performance when we visited them on Tuesday evening at Ashton Gate. The West Countrymen put on a show that even amazed their own supporters, and it speaks volumes for their display when we record that virtually no spectator left before the final whistle. Against this form our own second-string was unable to prevent the homesters winning by 4-0, but we nevertheless earned a generous share of the applause given at the end. Of our players, Joe Kirkup was particularly outstanding.

Apart from the points at stake our main interest was in the "match test" undertaken by John Dick whose leg injury had kept him out of our First Team line-up; John preferred to have a test under competitive conditions rather than one in a "practice run-out," and the wisdom of his decision was proved when he decided he was not yet fit enough for consideration to play at White Hart Lane on the following evening.

After having the ball in the net twice in the first ten minutes our Reserves allowed the initiative to pass to Birmingham City Reserves in their Combination fixture here last Saturday. The Blues thus took a 3-1 lead and kept it until a quarter-of-an-hour from time when attacks inspired by Doug Wragg enabled our second-string to rally to a 4-3 victory after a most exciting second half. Ron Brett netted a good hat-trick and Bill Lansdowne scored our other goal from a penalty.

For the second season in succession Nottingham Forest Reserves notched a 4-1 Combination victory at Upton Park when they visited us last Saturday. The entire Hammers' XI must share the blame for this defeat as the forwards had enough chances to gain us a half-time lead and the defence failed to cope with a lively Forest attack in the second half. However, we cannot be top harsh upon our youngsters in this matter, for when the entire line-up is giving away some years to their opposite numbers there is a greater margin of experience to be overcome ; it therefore seems likely that we must expect some adverse results in this competition until the perseverance with our youth policy reaps its final reward.

After a run of defeats our Reserves returned to winning vein when they beat Arsenal Reserves by 2-1 in a Football Combination fixture at Upton Park. Our youngsters produced the form of which we know they are fully capable, and good team-work was the main feature; the forwards were much improved and in a solid defence Brian Rhodes gave a useful display. We have only to maintain this standard to quickly move to a more comfortable position in the table.

Our goals came through the Gunners' centre-half (passing back to an untenanted goal) and Andy Smillie's successful conversion of a penalty-kick.

The Football Combination fixture at the Goldstone Ground versus Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves was lost by 5-1 against a very strong Brighton side, our scorer being Vic Keeble. Defensive mistakes accounted for the major portion of the Albion's goals, and we can make no other comment than to say that it was a most disappointing display from the Hammers in general.

Visiting Ipswich Town Reserves at the Portman Road Ground The outstanding and most pleasing feature of the match was the splendid fighting spirit of the Hammers who deservedly gained a point after being in arrears, for Ipswich led at 2-0 and 3-2. Geoff Hurst and John Cartwright each netted once to put us on level terms for the first time and Vic Keeble came through with his fourth goal in three games to again even it up.

The past two games have amply proved that the increasing experience being gained by our young players is bringing its advantages, and there is every indication that we can draw away from the lowly position in which we found ourselves earlier on.

After a heavy defeat a week earlier our Reserves slammed bottom-of-the-table Swansea Town Reserves by 6-1 at Upton Park .

A well-taken goal by David Hills within half-a-minute of the start put us on the victory trail, and we were five up at half-time. Doug Wragg laid back a pass for John Cartwright to net the second, Vic Keeble made it 3-0 and a "solo" by Wragg brought the fourth; Andy Smillie's counter just before the interval meant that all our forwards had scored a goal apiece. An inclination by our team to take it easy in the second half brought the Swans back into the game with a goal, but we then again hit our stride and Vic Keeble's header finished them off.