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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1959-60 South East Counties League

After 38 years with the Hammers as a player and trainer Billy Moore has officially retired on pension although he has by no means completely severed his connections with the club, and for the present will be helping the Hammers by continuing to assist with the First Team at its matches.

Newcastle-born Billy signed amateur forms for Sunderland during 1913 and gained five England caps before turning pro for the Wearsiders a year later; he was transferred to Upton Park in 1922. As our regular inside-left he appeared in the 1923 F.A. Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers at Wembley and subsequently gained a full England cap versus Sweden. Billy's playing-career ended in 1931 and he then became Reserve Team Trainer as assistant to Charlie Paynter, stepping  up to the First Team post when Charlie was made Secretary-Manager.

 

ARSENAL : South East Counties League

London Colney

2 - 4 (Beesley 2)

22 August 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Bickles, W. Dicks, Adams, Peters, Maxted, White, Beesley, Hugo, Dear

Both Roger Hugo and Mick Beesley hit the woodwork before the Young Gunners went two up by converting a free-kick and a penalty, and although Beesley headed home Bernie Maxted’s pass the opposition scored again before the interval. The same combination reduced our arrears after an hour’s play to put us in with a chance, but five minutes from time Arsenal made the final score 4-2.

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : South East Counties League

Town Ground

3 - 1 (Hall 2, Dear)

29 August 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Picking, Adams, Cunningham, Clarkson, Hall, Dear, White, Cheesewright

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : South East Counties League

(Away)

0 - 3

5 September 1959

ARSENAL : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

2 - 1 (Hugo, Hall)

12 September 1959

Palmer, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, White, Sinfield, Cunningham, Patten, Hugo, Hall, Wright, Cheesewright

Our Colts scored a very good 2-1 victory over Arsenal Colts in the South East Counties League at Wanstead. In a keen exciting tussle two of the Hammers' new triallists emerged very creditably. Sydney Palmer (from Uxbridge) made only one mistake (leading to a 55th minute Arsenal goal), but apart from that he showed some excellent form ; in the front line Michael Wright (a Newmarket youngster) was also impressive. Following a corner by John Patten in the 28th minute Roger Hugo put us ahead, and the latter also had a hand in the winning goal scored by Roger Hall ten minutes from the end.

SOUTHEND UNITED : South East Counties League

Wanstead

5 - 1 (Maxted 4, Wright)

26 September 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Picking, Hall, Cunningham, Hugo, Boyce, Maxted, Wright, Griffin

Trainer: Wally St Pier

No programmes issued for HOME games played at Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Dicks, Adams, Cunningham, Patten, Hall, Cotter, Hugo, Armstrong

59_10_06 WHU v. Bexleyheath & Welling SJFC 1

LUTON TOWN : South East Counties League

Away

3 - 4 (Cunningham, Hugo, Wright)

3 October 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Picking, Presland, Cunningham, Patten, Hugo, Dear, Wright, Cheesewright

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Southern Junior Floddlight Cup (First Round)

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Maxted 2, Brooks, [og])

6 October 1959

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Brooks

Maxted

Boyce

Dear

MILLWALL : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

0 - 0

10 October 1959

Barr, O'Mahoney, Peters, Picking, Bickles, Cunningham, Cheesewright, Ratcliffe, Hall, Bennison, Hugo

A 4-0 victory over Bexleyheath & Welling Colts qualified us for the Second Round if the Southern Junior Floodlight Cup.

The margin did not flatter us, and it could well have been more with greater urgency in the attack and finshing. Bernard Maxted (deputising for the injured Mick Beesley) score two goals and he harrassed a visting defender sufficiently to earn an "own goal" award. Mick Brooks was our ther scorer. Ron Boyce was probably our best player on the night, for he put in considerable work both in defence and attack. The inclusion of four young professionals in our line-up gave us a big stamina advantage, but this was to some extent offset by the fact that several of our team are still in the 15 and 16 year-old groups.

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (Final)

Stamford Bridge

1 - 0 (Smillie [pen])

14 October 1959

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Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Moore

Hurst

Woodley

Cartwright

Beesley

Smillie

Scott

(1958-59 Final deferred from last season)

59_10_14 Chelsea v. WHU SJFC 58-59 Final

Our Colts won the Southern Junior Floodlight Cup for the third successive time when they defeated Chelsea Colts at Stamford Bridge in the 1958-59 Final on Wednesday 14 October. The delay in playing off last season's Final had been caused through a congestion of fixtures at the end of the campaign, but only those players eligible last season could play on this occasion.

A single goal decided the issue, Andy Smillie converting a penalty for hands in the 15th minute, but in general the greater experience of the Hammers was the decisive factor, for we had an all-pro side in action against a Blues' team consisting of five pros and six non-pros.

The fact that a complete XI of teenage professionals represented the Hammers is a tribute to our Youth Section, and bears testimony to the excellent work by Bill Robinson, Wally St. Pier and their colleagues in this part of the Upton Park organisation. We can truly say that the fruits of our labours are now most evident, and the First Team appearances of John Cartwright, Harry Cripps, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Andy Smillie and Derek Woodley are eloquent proof that these youngsters are making the grade when they play with more experienced players, although (as mentioned in Reserve Team reports) it does sometimes tell against them when they are collectively opposed to XIs of older players.

SOUTHEND UNITED : South East Counties League

Away

3 - 4 (Picking 2, Mahoney)

17 October 1959

Barr, Presland, Sandlin, Picking, Hall, Cunningham, Patten, Morris, Mahoney, Reynolds, Cheesewright

ETON MANOR : FA Youth Cup (First Round)

The Wilderness

6 - 1 (Boyce 3, Maxted 2, Woodley)

17 October 1959

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

White

Hurst

Peters

Woodley

Boyce

Maxted

Hugo

Dear

In the F.A. Youth Cup we repeated last season's win over Eton Manor with a 6-1 margin in the First Round at The Wilderness.

Enforced changes from our regular line-up meant a lack of cohesion in the opening period, and when the Manor scored after seven minutes it seemed we might have a difficult time. However we levelled the scores after a quarter-of-an-hour, led by 2-1 at half-time and settled the issue by scoring again immediately after the interval.

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CHELSEA : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

0 - 2

24 October 1959

Barr, O'Mahoney, Burkett, Picking, Bickles, Peters, White, Brooks, Reynolds, Hugo, Cheesewright

CRYSTAL PALACE : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

2 - 6 (Hugo 2)

31 October 1959

Barr, Sandlin, Cunningham, White, Hall, Cheesewright, Patten, Picking, Dear, Hugo, Armstrong

SOUTHEND UNITED : FA Youth Cup (Second Round)

Roots Hall

11 - 1 Woodley 5, Beesley 2, Boyce 2, Brooks 2)

9 November 1959

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Peters

White

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

FULHAM : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

5 - 4 (Dear 2, Hall, Higgins, [og])

14 November 1959

Caskey, Presland, Cunningham, Picking, Bickles, White, Higgins, Maxted, Hall, Hugo, Dear

ARSENAL : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup (Second Round)

Highbury

2 - 1 (Beesley, Woodley)

17 November 1959

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Peters

Pickering

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

59_11_17 Arsenal v. WHU SJFC2

Although one down at half-time the Hammers rallied in the second half for a 2-1 victory and a place in the Semi-Final. Our goals came through centres by Brian Dear, Derek Woodley netting the first and Mick Baesley getting up very well to head in the decider.

BRENTFORD : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

1 - 1 (Cunningham)

28 November 1959

Caskey, Presland, O'Mahoney, Picking, Bickles, Cunningham, Maxted, Hall, Reynolds, Hugo, Cheesewright

LEYTON ORIENT : South East Counties League Cup (Second Round)

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

2 - 1 (Cunningham, Hall)

5 December 1959

Caskey, Claridge, Busby, Picking, Bickles, Main, Patten, Cunningham, Hall, Russell, Cheesewright

WATFORD : South East Counties League

Away

4 - 0 (Hall 2, Maskell 2)

12 December 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Picking, Bickles, White, Patten, Hugo, Hall, Maskell, Cheesewright

WATFORD : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

5 - 1 (Hall 2, Cunningham, Dear, Maxted)

19 December 1959

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Busby, Norden, Bickles, Picking, White, Cunningham, Maxted, Hall, Dear

MILLWALL : South East Counties League

Greenwich

0 - 3

2 January 1960

Dickie, Sandlin, Busby, Cannon, Waddington, Picking, Patten, Smith T., Hall, Cunningham, Cheesewright

CRYSTAL PALACE : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Selhurst Park

5 - 0 (Beesley 3, Boyce, Brooks)

6 January 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

60_01_06 Crystal Palace v. WHU FAYC3

The greater experience of our youngsters was most decisive and we were very comfortable winners by 5-0. the scorers being Mike Bccsley (2) and Michael Brooks in the first half (the latter with a header from a perfect cross-pass by Beesley) and Ron Boyce (2) after the interval. The Palace could not match our skill, and the only real doubt about us gaining the victory was when fog threatened to cause an abandonment.

FULHAM : South East Counties League

Hayes

5 - 6 (Reynolds 4, O'Mahoney)

16 January 1960

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Sandlin, Cannon, Waddington, Picking, Patten, Reynolds, Hall, Hugo, Cheesewright

PORTSMOUTH : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

5 - 0 (Cartwright 2, Hugo 2, Hall)

23 January 1960

Caskey, Sandlin, Wadham, Norden, Cunningham, Main, Patten, Hugo, Reynolds, Hall, Cheesewright

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

14 - 1 (Harris 5, Cheesewright 3, Hall 3, Gray 2, Reynolds)

30 January 1960

Caskey, Sandlin, Busby, Picking, Waddington, Cunningham, Gray, Reynolds, Harris, Hall, Cheesewright

ARSENAL : FA Youth Cup (Fourth Round)

Highbury

3 - 0 (Woodley 2, Hurst)

2 February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

60_02_02 Arsenal v. WHU FAYC4

Both teams took some time to become accustomed to the extremely heavy conditions and it was not surprising that there was no score at half-time between evenly-matched teams, although there were one or two narrow escapes. Arsenal were unfortunate to be "ten men" throughout the second-half through an injury to their inside-right, and this together with the Hammers' superior stamina proved decisive. Swinging the ball about brought quick results, and after 53 minutes Paddy O'Mahoney took the ball upfield to start a move that ended with Geoff Hurst netting a grand 20-yard drive. The issue was virtually settled with 19 minutes to go when Derek Woodley put us two up and our right-winger rounded off a good evening with a "solo" four minutes from time for a 3-0 victory that took us into the last eight of the tournament.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : South East Counties League

Cheshunt

2 - 2 (Cartwright, Hall)

6 February 1960

Caskey, Hinton, Cunningham, Picking, Waddington, Main, Wiltshire, Hugo, Reynolds, Hall, Cheesewright

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

2 - 2 (Wright 2)

13 February 1960

Caskey, Prescot, Cunningham, Picking, Smyth, Main, Wright, Hugo, Reynolds, Hall, Cheesewright

PORTSMOUTH : South East Counties League

Away

0 - 5

20 February 1960

Dickie, Picking, Busby, Norden, Thomson, Cunningham, Gray, Reynolds, Harris, Nelson M., Cheesewright

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlight Cup Semi-Final

Stamford Bridge

2 - 3 (Beesley, Woodley) after extra time

1 March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

60_03_01 Chelsea v. WHU SJFC Semi-Final

LEYTON ORIENT : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

2 - 5 (Hall, Nelson)

5 March 1960

Barr, Sandlin, Busby, Picking, Cunningham, Hugo, Gray, Morris, Maxted, Nelson, Hall

BRISTOL CITY : FA Youth Cup (Fifth Round)

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Woodley 2, Brooks)

7 March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

We failed to reach the Final for the first time in the five seasons of this competition - after being 2-0 up in seven minutes and being forced to extra time. Derek Woodley gave us a first-minute lead and Mike Beesley added the second, but from thence onwards we were foiled by a superb goalkeeping display from Peter Bonetti - a slightly-built youngster of Swiss parentage who made some amazing saves. An "own goal" 21 minutes after the interval reduced Chelsea's arrears and Bobby tambling got the equaliser 12 minutes later. A 25-yard free-kick by Albert Murray after eight minutes of extra time decided the issue.

60_03_07 WHU v. Bristol City FAYC 5

LUTON TOWN : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

1 - 8 (Patten)

12 March 1960

Barr, Pook, Sandlin, Norden, Cox, Farmer, Patten, Morris, Sparkes, McDermid, Hall

CHELSEA : South East Counties League Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Boyce)

14 March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

60_03_14 WHU v. Chelsea SECLC Semi-Final

A single goal by Ron Boyce in the 56th minute of a very closely-fought game was enough to take the Young Hammers into the Final in which they will meet Arsenal Colts on 30 April. Martin Peters lobbed the ball into the Blues' penalty-area and Boyce hit it on the volley to beat goalkeeper Peter Bonetti. However, this was no fault of the visiting custodian who again put on a sterling display that equalled his showing when Chelsea beat us by 3-2 after extra time a couple oi weeks ago in the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup Semi-Finai.

The 2,400 spectators saw the Hammers play the better soccer in this latest meeting of our sides, but Chelsea's more direct down-the-middle efforts kept our defence on their toes and Frank Caskey had plenty of work to get through between our sticks.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : South East Counties League

Green Silley Weir, Wanstead

3 - 0 (Hall, Morris, Reynolds)

19 March 1960

Barr, Sandlin, Busby, Main, Pook, Hall, Patten, Morris, Reynolds, Wright, Hawkins

BRISTOL CITY : FA Youth Cup (Fifth Round Replay)

Ashton Gate

2 - 3 (Beesley, Hurst)

22 March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Dear

60_03_22 Bristol City v. WHU FAYC5R

BRENTFORD : South East Counties League

Griffin Park

0 - 3

26 March 1960

Line-up unknown

CHELSEA : South East Counties League

Away

3 - 0 (Dear, Hugo, Morris)

2 April 1960

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Wadham, Picking, Bickles, Hall, Patten, McVeigh, Dear, Morris, Hugo

LEYTON ORIENT : South East Counties League

Away

2 - 2 (Morris, O'Mahoney)

9 April 1960

Crampton, O'Mahoney, Busby, Norden, Smythe, Main, Wright, Morris, Wells, Cunningham, Roach

ARSENAL : South East Counties League Cup (Final)

Highbury

2 - 3 ( ? ) Goalscorers unknown

30 April 1960

Line-up unknown

60_04_30 Arsenal v. WHU SECL Final 1958-59 SECL 1960-61 SECL Season 1959-60

CLAPTON JUNIORS : Andrews Cup (Final)

Upton Park

6 - 3 ( Harris 3, Nelson 2, Young)

26 April 1960

Dickie

Cannon

Busby

Presland

Thomson

Smith

Gray

Young

Harris

Nelson

Lugg

 

60_04_26 WHU v. Clapton Juniors Andrews Cup 59_11_09 Southend United v. WHU FAYC2