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1961-62 Metropolitan League "A"

The Metropolitan League is now in its thirteenth season. Three new clubs joined the league prior to the start of the season Bexleyheath & Welling Reserves, Rainham Town and Woodford Town. Four clubs resigned Luton Town 'A', Hastings United Reserves, Dunstable Town and Haywards Heath who joined the Sussex County League, the league now has a membership of seventeen clubs for this campaign.

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61_09_02 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

4 - 4 (Barrett 2, Gray, Hugo)

19 August 1961

Herbert

Presland

Smith A.

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Gray

Barrett

Britt

Harris

Hugo

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan Professional Cup (First Round 1st leg)

Angel Ground

2 - 9 (Dear, Wedge)

2 September 1961

Jonscher

Presland

Smith T.

Dawkins

Waddington

Charles

Lloyd

Starkey

Wedge

Hugo

Dear

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Snakes Lane

4 - 0 (Gray 2, Peters, Wedge)

6 September 1961

61_09_23 Didcot Town v. WHU Metro

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Manor Ground

2 - 8 (Starkey, Wedge)

9 September 1961

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

0 - 1

16 September 1961

Dickie

Davis

Smith T.

Ford

Presland

Charles

Bennett

Barrett

Wedge

Hugo

Dryden

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road Ground

3 - 2 (Lloyd 2, Dear)

23 September 1961

Herbert

Davis

Smith T.

Malcolm

Presland

Charles

Gray

Barrett

Lloyd

Starkey

Dear

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan Professional Cup (First Round 2nd leg)

Angel Ground

6 - 1 (Barrett 3, Lloyd, Hugo, Dear)  lost 8-10 agg

25 September 1961

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Malcolm

Bickles

Peters

Starkey

Barrett

Lloyd

Hugo

Dear

 

61_09_25 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro 61_10_28 St Neots Town v. WHU Metro

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Joseph's Road

3 - 4 (Barrett 2, Hugo)

30 September 1961

Dickie

Presland

Davis

Malcolm

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Barrett

Lloyd

Hugo

Dear

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Angel Ground

2 - 3 (Hugo, Starkey)

7 October 1961

Dickie

Presland

Davis

Ford

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Barrett

Lloyd

Hugo

Dear

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

1 - 1 (Britt)

21 October 1961

Dickie

Davis

Burkett

Ford

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Barrett

Britt

Sissons

Dear

 

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

3 - 2 (Dear 2, Sissons)

23 October 1961

Dellow, Presland, Burkett, Peters, Bickles, Charles, Starkey, Barrett, Britt, Sissons, Dear

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

0 - 2

28 October 1961

Dickie

Davis

Smith T.

Ford

Presland

Charles

Woodley

Boyce

Barrett

Sissons

Hugo

 

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

1 - 3 (Starkey)

4 November 1961

Dickie

Davis

Smith T.

Ford

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Barrett

Britt

Sissons

Hugo

 

61_11_11 Bexleyheath & Welling v. WHU Metro

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

4 - 4 (Dear 2, Starkey, Britt)

11 November 1961

Howlett

Davis

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Starkey

Britt

Sissons

Barrett

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

1 - 4 (Dear)

18 November 1961

Dickie

Davis

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Starkey

Britt

Sissons

Hugo

 

At The Eyrrie the Eagles took a two-goal lead midway through the first half which was reduced by Brian Dear before the interval. The second half again found the homesters having more of the play and they piled on pressure to gain a 4-1 margin before the finish.

61_11_18 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro 61_12_02 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

4 - 0 (Hugo, Lyall, Starkey, [og])

2 December 1961

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road Ground

3 - 3 (Dear 2, Britt)

9 December 1961

62_01_06 Metropolitan Police v. WHU Metro

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

4 - 3 (Britt 2, Dear, Starkey)

16 December 1961

Dickie

Davis

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Starkey

Britt

Sissons

Barrett

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

4 - 3 (Hugo 2, Dryden, Sissons)

23 December 1961

Howlett

Smith T.

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Deri Park

0 - 1

26 December 1961

Howlett

Davis

Lyall

Barrett

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

 

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

8 - 5 (Hugo 5, Dear 2, Lyall)

30 December 1961

Dickie

Davis

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

3 - 0 (Britt, Charles, Sissons)

6 January 1962

Dickie

Davis

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

5 - 1 (Dear 3, Hugo, Britt)

13 January 1962

Dickie

Davis

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

62_01_20 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro

CRAWLEY TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

3 - 2 (Barry 2, Dear)

20 January 1962

Dickie

Presland

Davis

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Barry

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Manor GRound

2 - 2 (Britt, Dryden)

27 January 1962

Howlett

Presland

Davis

Dawkins

Bickles

Barrett

Dear

Barry

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

 

62_04_14 WHU v. Rainham Town Metro

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

7 - 1 (Dear 4, Barry, Britt, Dryden)

3 February 1962

Howlett, Presland, Davis, Dawkins, Bickles, Barrett, Dear, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 0 (Barry 3, Sisssons, [og])

10 February 1962

Herbert, Dawkins, Davis, Starekey, Bickles, Charles, Dear, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

 

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 5 (Barry 2, Britt, Dryden, Sissons)

17 February 1962

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 3 (Hugo 3)

24 February 1962

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 1 (Bennett, Dawkins, Dryden, Sissons, Starkey)

24 March 1962

Dickie, Long, Smith T., Dawkins, Lansdowne, Barrett, Bennett, Starkey, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

 

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 2 (Britt)

31 March 1962

Dickie, Long, Smith T., Dawkins, White, Howe, Bennett, Starkey, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

 

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Upton Park

0 - 2

14 April 1962

Dickie

Presland

Davis

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Bennett

Starkey

Britt

Barker

Dryden

 

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 3 (Barrett)

21 April 1962

Dickie, Barrett, Burkett, Dawkins, Presland, Charles, Dear, Hugo, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

 

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

2 - 3 (Barrett, Woodley

20 April 1962

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Barrett

Britt

Hugo

Dear

62_04_20 Dartford v. WHU Metro

West Ham played with 10 men after 5 minutes as goalkeeper Jonscher went off injured

Dickie

Davis

Smith

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Gray

Coulter

Wedge

Hugo

Dear

Herbert

Presland

Davis

Dawkins

Waddington

Charles

Gray

Starkey

Wedge

Hugo

Dryden

Dickie

Davis

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Dear

Starkey

Britt

Sissons

Hugo

Rhodes, Jones, Presland, Dawkins, Bickles, Charles, Dryden, Corfield, Britt, Sissons, Hugo

1960-61 Metro 1962-63 Metro Season 1961-62

Our "A" Team had a disappointing second half against Tonbridge Reserves in the Second Round of the Metropolitan League Challenge Cup at the Angel Ground last Saturday. They were two up at the interval through goals by John Starkey and Roger Hugo, but ended with a 2-3 score against them. Defensive blunders accounted for the homesters' goals, and although there was a semblance of offside about two of them this cannot be given as an excuse for letting slip such a good first-half advantage.

 

We visited Bedford Town Reserves at The Eyrie, the Hammers' defence looked very good in this game, and we were pleased to see Jack Burkett again in our colours after an injury which has kept him inactive for some time. The exchanges were interesting from start to finish, but after a goalless first half Martin Britt gave us the lead - only for the home side to gain the equaliser for a final 1-1 draw.

Arsenal "A" provided the opposition at the Spotted Dog Ground. After being level at 2-2 at the interval we went on to gain a deserved 3-2 victory, Brian Dear (2) and John Sissons getting our goals.

61_12_30 Eastbourne v. WHU Metro

The "A" Team had already gained their Metropolitan League point before the First Team and Reserves had started, for they had travelled to London Colney to meet Arsenal "A" in a morning game.

Three goals down in eight minutes, the Hammers looked like being swamped, but made a great rally to level the scores before half-time through Jimmy Barrett (2) and Roger Hugo. The Gunners regained the lead in the second half, but Peter Gray got another equaliser near the end for the game to end in a 4-4 draw and a well-merited point for our youngsters.

Two of our new apprentices, Trevor Dawkins and Martin Britt, made their debut in this game, and we had good reason to be pleased with their display, Dawkins in particular catching the eye with his keen defensive play and prompting of attacks.

Our "A" Team met with mixed fortunes in two of their recent Metropolitan League games, beating Woodford Town at Snakes Lane by 4-0 on September 6th, but losing 2-8 to Oxford United Reserves at Headington three days later.

Against Woodford play went practically all one way - towards the Woodford goal - and in general our defence had little to do. This gave our half-backs the opportunity to put on pressure, and Martin Peters rounded off a splendid show with one goal; Peter Gray got two of the others and Graham Wedge the fourth. Inside-left Coulter, from Ireland, gave a useful performance.

For the visit to the Oxford ground we did not have a great deal of luck coming our way, for after hitting the woodwork three times before the homesters scored their first goal, the Hammers lost the services of Peter Gray in the 20th minute through a twisted knee and ankle. This handicap, added to the fact that we were conceding a vast amount of weight and experience, gave the opposition a big advantage, and they  cashed in to the full. John Starkey and Graham Wedge were our scorers, but the best of our XI was 15-year-old John Dryden

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CRAWLEY TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 3

17 March 1962

Dickie, Presland, Smith, Dawkins, Bickles, Charles, Dear, Starkey, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

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Dickie

Davis

Lyall

Dawkins

Bickles

Smith

Dear

Starkey

Britt

Sissons

Barrett

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Howlett, Presland, Davis, Dawkins, Bickles, Charles, Dear, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

The non-acceptance of good chances against St Neots Town has cost our "A" Team the chance of Metropolitan League points, for although our approach-work was excellent the lack of a final punch has given opposing defences an easier time than they were entitled to.

The Bedfordshire club had an easy task in retaining their leadership against a Hammers' team. The Saints netted in the 30th and 62nd minutes of a game that lacked thrills and incidents.

Our visit to Newbury Town last brought no better a result, for we went under by 3-1, having 75 per cent of the game and 25 per cent of the goals. It is true that John Sissons was unfortunate with some efforts and only some useful saves and desperate defence by the Berkshire amateurs in the later stages kept us at bay, but we should have scored more than the one goal which John Starkey netted after Sissons' good work.

Although the ground was very heavy there was plenty of excellent football when we opposed Bexleyheath & Welling Reserves on November 11th. Individually our defence played quite well, but loose marking on occasions plus a penalty-kick led to the Heath getting some easy goals. However, at the other end our forwards were making the most of good approach-work; Brian Dear was always dangerous and finished off with two good goals whilst Martin Britt's hard work was rewarded with a last-minute goal that made it a 4-4 draw; John Starkey was our other scorer.

For three-quarters of the game Tonbridge had only ten men, but aided by splendid goalkeeping they kept us down to a 1-0 margin at half-time (this was an "own goal"). However we netted three times in ten minutes to settle the issue soon after the second-half started, John Lyall, Roger Hugo and John Starkey being our scorers; John LyaU's goal was a splendid " solo," and it was good to see him fit again after his second absence this season through injury. Tonbridge fought well to the end, and Alan Dickie had to make several good saves in order to retain a "clean sheet."

We were well on top in the opening stages and took a well-deserved lead in the 20th minute when Brian Dear opened the score after good work by John Sissons. Robust and resolute tackling brought the Town back into the game and aided by bad defensive lapses they led by 3-2 at half-time, Martin Britt having netted our second. We were under handicap throughout the second-half owing to an injury to Trevor Dawkins, but a tightened defence plus determination in the forward-line enabled Dear to equalise five minutes from the end after more good work by Sissons.

Martin Britt got our first goal, and although Newbury equalised against the run of the play the same player put us into a 2-1 lead before the interval. Soon after the resumption John Starkey made it 3-1 but was injured at the same time; he was out of the game from then on and for a time the "ten men" were hard pressed, the homesters quickly drawing level. However Alan Dickie and his fellow-defenders put up a stalwart rearguard effort, and were rewarded when Brian Dear broke away to net a deserved winner.

In a  game of seven goals we emerged as winners  by  the odd  one, Roger Hugo netting two and John Dryden and John Sissons getting one

apiece for a 4-3 win.

An enthusiastic crowd saw this "local derby" against newcomers to the Metropolitan  League, the homesters gaining the spoils by the only

goal.

The score in this game looked more like a rugger result, as we won by 8-5. It is impossible to describe all the exchanges, but the Hammers' "hero of the game" was Roger Hugo, who scored five times; two other goals came from Brian Dear and John Lyall got the odd one.

Against the bottom-of-the-Ieaguers we had things very much our own way, and with Martin Britt, John Charles and John Sissons each scoring

once we had an easy 3-0 victory.

A  hat-trick for Brian Dear  and a goal each  to   Roger Hugo  and Martin Britt brought us our second win in a fortnight at Eastbourne, the score this time being 5-1.

Although Crawley made a good fight of this, the Hammers gained a 3-2 victory, Peter Barry (2) and Brian Dear scoring our goals. Crawley are having quite a successful season, and are now in the Semi-Final of the League Challenge Cup (thanks to a 4-2 win at Tonbridge), so our young side's performance was most creditable.

Although a draw was a fair result it took a last-minute penalty for Oxford to level the scores. A combination of good defensive work by the Hammers and indifferent finishing by the homesters kept the first-half scoreless, but each side got two goals after the interval, Martin Britt and John Dryden netting for the Hammers. This was a great improvement on our 2-8 defeat on the same ground earlier this season.

One of our stars was Dave Howlett, an Army apprentice whose goal-keeping led to him being recommended to us by Maurice Edelston.

This was our first game at  our new Chadwell Heath Ground and it was marked by a splendid 7-1 victory. Brian Dear hit the headlines with another  four goals to bring his Metropolitan League total to 19, and Peter Barry, Martin Britt and John Dryden got one each in an easy win.

This game was played in the morning at the request of the Seasiders. It resulted in a very easy win for our youngsters, the 5-0 margin being gained through a hat-trick by Peter Barry, one goal from John Sissons and an "own goal" by a visiting defender.

This was a real " thriller " against the third-place club, and both sides in turn contributed a fair share to the excitement of a high-scoring duel that finally ended in a 5-5 draw. The Hammers* goals came from Peter Barry (2), Martin Britt, John Dryden and John Sissons.

Included in our XI was Brian Rhodes (making his first appearance since being injured whilst playing for our Reserves at Northampton on January 20th) and two young "triallists." Our third-stringers met with some surprisingly strong opposition from a team near the foot of the table, and had to fight hard for a 3-3 draw. Roger Hugo got another hat-trick to bring his Metropolitan League tally to 17 goals for this season, and he was naturally the "star of the game" in which several more of our very young side distinguished themselves against experienced opposition.

The XI which we fielded comprised our Colts' side which was due to play Portsmouth Colts on the following Monday. However, they were not able to make a lot of impression on the opposition, and the Crawley side (which hopes to enter the Southern League next season) proved to be comfortable 3-0 winners.

In a comfortable 5-1 win. Trevor Dawkins, Peter Bennett, John Starkey, John Sissons and John Dryden each scored a goal.

The more experienced visitors took advantage of a young defence to gain a 2-1 success, Martin Britt getting our only goal.

With no League or Combination fixture arranged for the Boleyn Ground we took the opportunity of staging a Metropolitan League game at Upton Park against Rainham Town.

Having beaten us on their Deri Park ground by 1-0 on Boxing Day our Essex rivals were eager to secure the "double." They did so by a 2-0 margin, a success brought about by keenness which overcame the somewhat indecisive efforts of our own XI.

Our "A" Team concluded its Metropolitan League fixtures during the Easter week-end with two games against championship-contending Dartford Reserves.

The first of these took place on Good Friday at the Watling Street Ground.

Jim Barrett and Derek Woodley each got a goal for the Hammers, but the home side just edged home by a 3-2 margin.

For the return at our Saville Road Ground on the following day we made changes in our line-up, which comprised: Dickie, Barrett, Burkett, Dawkins, Presland, Charles, Dear, Hugo, Britt, Sissons, Dryden.

 

Once more the greater experience of the Kent club proved the decisive factor, and although Jim Barrett again got a goal the score this time was 3-1 in favour of the opposition. Our final position in the Metropolitan League table is eighth out of the 17 clubs — a creditable place taking into consideration that the majority of the teams we have fielded have consisted mainly of teenagers who were still available for our Youth Team.