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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1962-63 Metropolitan league 'A'

The 'A' Team will be using our Savill Road Ground at Chadwell Heath for its home Metropolitan League games this season, and will therefore have a regular programme of fixtures instead of the spasmodic one experienced in past seasons when they had to play most games on their opponents' pitches. Two new clubs joined the league prior to the start of the season Gravesend & Northfleet Reserves and Kettering Town Reserves. The two clubs they replaced with Brighton & Hove Albion 'A' and Newbury Town who joined the Hellenic League at the end of last season.

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

1 - 3 (Dryden)

18th August 1962

Dickie

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Bickles

Smith T.

Bennett

Barrett

Britt

Barker

Dryden

Several of our Youth Section were among the following "A" Team line-up which started the season with a Metropolitan League match against Dartford Reserves at the Watling Street Ground: Dickie, Presland, Kitchener, Dawkins, Bickles, T. Smith, Bennett, Barrett, Britt, A. Barker, Dryden.

 Dartford are last season's champions of the competition, and they got away to a good start against our less-experienced side with a 3-1 win ; John Dryden was our scorer. However our youthful " lightweights " did well, and we were satisfied with their display.

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

7 - 0 (Sissons 2, Barry 2, Bennett 2, Bickles [pen])

22nd August 1962

Dickie, Presland, Smith T., Dawkins, Bickles, Charles, Bennett, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

The visit of Woodford Town to our Savill Road Ground at Chadwell Heath, the Hammers' XI consisting of: Dickie, Presland, T. Smith, Dawkins, Bickles, Charles, Bennett, P. Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden.

Although our young side had the better of the exchanges it was not until the 37th minute that they went ahead, a surprise shot from the wing by John Sissons catching the 'keeper out of position. Within three minutes we got two more goals, Peter Barry cutting inside to left-foot the ball home and Sissons getting another after a move that took the ball from our own penalty-area via Alan Dickie, Trevor Dawkins, John Charles and John Dryden.

Peter Bennett made it 4-0 from Charles' centre halfway through the second half and the score remained that way until the last five minutes or so when Dave Bickles (penalty), Bennett and Barry added further tallies to complete a 7—0 rout.

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

0 - 2

25th August 1962

Dickie

Presland

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Barrett

Dryden

Against Arsenal "A" the home side seemed to have the benefit of greater experience and proved good winners by 2-0, but in general we could not claim to be so impressive as we might have been.

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (Britt 2, Barry, Sissons)

29th August 1962

Dickie, Burnett, Wach, Dawkins, Bennett, Charles, Redknapp, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

On Wednesday, 29th August we were hosts to the Metropolitan Police at our Savill Road Ground, Chadwell Heath. The full-backs on this occasion were Dennis Burnett (a graduate from our junior side) and another amateur - Richard Wach, a Polish triallist; the full side comprised: Dickie, D. Burnett, R. Wach, Dawkins, Bennett, Charles, Redknapp, P. Barry, Britt. Sissons, Dryden.

We had gained a two-goal lead by the interval, but it was not until late in the second half that we finally established our superiority. There was a tendency to over-elaborate on passing, but eventually the more direct method paid off. Our scorers were Martin Britt (2), Peter Barry and John Sissons.

Manager: ??

62_08_18 Dartford v. WHU Metro 62_09_01 Guildford City v. WHU MLC Cup1

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (First Round)

Joseph's Road Ground

3 - 4 (Barrett, Britt, Dryden)

1st September 1962

Mackleworth

Presland

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Barrett

Britt

Barker

Dryden

KETTERING TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Rockingham Road

3 - 8 (Barry 3)

8th September 1962

Mackleworth

Howe

Wach

Dawkins

Presland

Charles

Bennett

Barry

Britt

Barker

Dryden

62_09_08 Kettering Town v. WHU Metro

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Headington

2 - 0 (Britt, Hugo)

15th September 1962

Dickie

Presland

Smith T.

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Bennett

Barry

Sealey

Britt

Hugo

62_11_17 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro Cup

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 0 (Barry 2, Bennett)

22nd September 1962

Ferrier, Presland, Howe, Dawkins, Tindall, Charles, Bennett, Barry, Britt, Barrett, Dryden

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

1 - 1 (Dryden)

26th September 1962

Ferrier

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Tindall

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Barrett

Dryden

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round 1st leg)

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Bennett, Dryden, Britt)

29th September 1962

Dickie, Dawkins, Howe, Bovington, Tindall, Boult, Redknapp, Bennett, Britt, Barrett, Dryden

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 3 (Bennett, Britt, Dryden)

6th October 1962

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Barry 2, Bennett)

20th October 1962

Grainger, Presland, Kitchener, Barrett, Bickles, Howe, Bennett, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

Our "A" Team scored a very good victory in their Metropolitan League match against Oxford United at Headington on September 15th, the following XI winning by two clear goals: Dickie, Presland, T. Smith, Dawkins, Bickles, R. Howe, Bennett, P. Barry, Sealey, Britt, Hugo.

This was Alan Sealey's first appearance in our colours since his injury received in the League match v Leyton Orient on September 1st; he came through the test in a satisfactory way and showed plenty of dash in the middle. The defence was especially sound, Eddie Presland and Dave Bickles each catching the eye with steady play. Martin Britt and Roger Hugo got our goals which brought a deserved victory.

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

2 - 3 (Britt 2)

27th October 1962

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Bennett

Barry

Britt

Barrett

Dryden

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

3 - 5 (Barrett, Britt, Hugo)

3rd November 1962

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Barrett

Bennett

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Presland)

10th November 1962

Mackleworth, Burnett, Presland, Dawkins, Barrett, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round 2nd leg)

The Eyrie

0 - 4

17th November 1962

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Barrett

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Barry 3, Britt)

24th November 1962

Mackleworth, Burnett, Presland, Dawkins, Bickles, Howe, Redknapp, Barry, Britt, Bennett, Dryden

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 2 (Barry 3, Barratt, Dryden)

1st December 1962

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Needham, Presland, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Barry, Barrett, Dryden

KETTERING TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 4 (Bennett, Barrett)

8th December 1962

Mackleworth, Burnett, Presland, Needham, Bickles, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Barry, Barrett, Dryden

62_12_21 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

3 - 1 (?)

21st December 1962

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Barrett

Bennett

Hugo

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Joseph's Road Ground

2 - 0 (?)

26th December 1962

63_04_13 Rainham Town v. WHU Metro

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

1 - 1 (Redknapp)

27th February 1963

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Charles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

10 - 0 (Britt 4, Dryden 3, Barrett, Bennett, Howe)

9th March 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Archer, Lansdowne, White, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Britt, Barrett, Dryden

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

1 - 1 (?)

16th March 1963

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

2 - 4 (Redknapp, Dear)

18th March 1963

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 4 (Barrett)

23 March 1963

BEXLEYHEATH & WELLING : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 0 (Barrett 2,  Randall 2)

30th March 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Kitchener, Howe, White, Archer, Redknapp, Bennett, Barrett, Gadston, Randall

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

2 - 0 (Bennett, Gadston)

6th April 1963

Leslie

Burnett

Kitchener

Lansdowne

White

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Gadston

Barrett

Archer

GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 1 (Barrett 4, Redknapp)

12 April 1963

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Lansdowne, White, Wallace, Redknapp, Gadston, Barrett, Howe, Archer

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Deri Park

2 - 1 (Barrett, Hugo)

13th April 1963

Leslie

Burnett

Presland

Lansdowne

White

Howe

Dear

Bennett

Barrett

Hugo

Dryden

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (Dawkins, Dear, Hugo, Dryden)

15th April 1963

Leslie, Burnett, Presland, Dawkins, Bickles, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Dear, Hugo, Dryden

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 3 (Rhodes 2)

20th April 1963

Leslie, Burnett, Kitchener, Stables, White, Lansdowne, Redknapp, Gadston, Rhodes, Barrett, Archer

GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET : Metropolitan League

Stonebridge Road

2 - 0 (Gadston, Hoy)

24th April 1963

Dickie

Porter

Archer

Needham

White

Wallace

Ackerman

Gadston

Rhodes

Lillington

Hoy

Grainger, Jones, Howe, Dawkins, Presland, Boult, Bennett, Barry, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Lansdowne

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Hugo

Dryden

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Lansdowne, Porter, Redknapp, Bennett, Barrett, Howe, Randall

1961-62 Metro 1963-64 Metro Season 1962-63

No programmes issued for West Ham's Home League games at Chadwell Heath