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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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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.

Manager: ??

61_09_02 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

4 - 4 (Barrett 2, Hugo, Gray)

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

2 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 (Starkey, Hugo)

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 Lyall, Hugo, Starkey, og)

2 December 1961

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road Ground

3 - 3 ( ? )

9 December 1961

62_01_06 Metropolitan Police v. WHU Metro

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

4 - 3 (Britt 2, Starkey, Dear)

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 (?)

17 February 1962

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 3 (Hugo 3)

24 February 1962

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

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

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

No programmes issued for West Ham's Home League games at Apotted Dog Ground and Chadwell Heath

CRAWLEY TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 3

17 March 1962

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