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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1963-64 Metropolitan League : Division I

There have been a few changes to the Metropolitan League this season, although a few clubs have left the competition (Crawley Town, Gravesend & Northfleet and Didcot Town) there have been five new entrants Cambridge City Reserves, Charlton Athletic 'A', Chelmsford City Reserves, Romford Reserves and Tottenham Hotspur 'A'. As a consequence there are now two Divisions, and as we ended in fifth place in the 1962-63 campaign we are in Division I.

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Bennett 3)

24 August 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Presland, Dawkins, White, Lansdowne, Redknapp, Bennett, Barrett, Dryden, Gray

Peter Bennett scored all three of our goals which gave us a 3-1 margin over the Southern League club's second-string. We were one up until Chelmsford equalised before half-time, and it was quite an even contest until the game was marred by two visiting players being sent off. After that it became very easy for us.

63_08_28 Guildford City v. WHU Metro

There were nine of last season's F.A. Youth Cup winning side on view in this game, and they played havoc with opposition which included several professionals with Football League and Southern League experience.

 

We built up a 3-0 lead by half-time through goals by John Dryden, Martin Britt and Harry Redknapp ; Redknapp made a very good run to get his, and Britt's was a "classic," as he chested down a 'long pass and volleyed the ball into the net before it hit the ground. Britt got another after the interval, and although Guildford fought back to net once we were worthy 4-1 victors.

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Joseph's Road Ground

4 - 1 (Britt 2, Dryden, Redknapp)

28 August 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrews

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Manager: Jim Barrett

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (First Round)

Shortlands

3 - 1 (Burnett, Gray, Lansdowne)

31 August 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Stables

White

Lansdowne

Redknapp

Dawkins

Barrett

Howe

Gray

63_09_28 Romford v. WHU Metro

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

8 - 1 (Dryden 3, Sissons 2 [1 pen], Bennett 2, Britt)

4 September 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, White, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Britt, Sissons, Dryden

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

2 - 2 (Britt, Dryden)

7 September 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

White

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

This fixture was a First Round tie of the Metropolitan League Challenge Cup, and we made progress in the competition through a 3-1 victory against another XI which contained very experienced performers.

We fielded three amateurs, all of who did very well, and one of them - Peter Gray - equalised an early Saints' goal. Bill Lansdowne then put us in front before half-time and Dennis Burnett came upfield in the second half to finish off a fine move with the decisive goal.

The score-line of 8-1 in our favour is an adequate enough summary of this one-sided contest, where we completely outclassed an XI which had won two of its first three games. Johnny Dryden led our scorers with a hat-trick, and the remainder came from Johnny Sissons (2, one a penalty). Peter Bennett (2) and Martin Britt. It was 5-0 at half-time.

Martin Britt and John Dryden each got one goal in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw. The Gunners were fielding a stronger-looking side than they had done in their opening games, but we gave as good as we received.

GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET : Metro League Professional Cup (First Rd 1st leg)

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

14 September 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrew, Howe, Hoy, Gadston, Lillington, Bustard, Dryden

This First Round tie of the Metropolitan League Professional Cup produced a rather surprising result, we limiting them to a solitary goal, but a lack of punch in the forward-line failed to produce the necessary counter-tallies on our behalf.

A newcomer to the side was J. Bustard, who comes from the same youth club as centre-half George Andrew.

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Manor Ground

0 - 5

21 September 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Archer

Lansdowne

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Bennett

Lillington

Bustard

Dryden

ROMFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Brooklands

4 - 2 (Dryden 2, Howe 2)

28 September 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Lyall

Lansdowne

White

Howe

Hoy

Smith T.

Barrett

Herbage

Dryden

BEXLEY UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

0 - 1

5 October 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Lansdowne

White

Lyall

Redknapp

Herbage

Barrett

Howe

Dryden

63_10_05 Bexley United v. WHU Metro

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Deri Park

3 - 3 (Barrett, Gadston, Hoy)

12 October 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Lyall

Needham

White

Lansdowne

Hoy

Gadston

Barrett

Howe

Archer

63_10_12 Rainham Town v. WHU Metro 63_11_30 Guildford City v. WHU Metro Cup

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Barrett)

19 October 1963

Dickie, Burnett, Kitchener, Needham, Lansdowne, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Barrett, Gadston, Archer

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

0 - 3

26 October 1963

Mackleworth

Burnett

Archer

Dawkins

Lansdowne

James

Hoy

Smith T.

Hugo

Herbage

Dryden

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

3 - 0 (Herbage 2, Hugo)

2 November 1963

Mackleworth

Presland

Archer

Dawkins

Lansdowne

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Hugo

Herbage

Dryden

CRAWLEY TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

6 - 3 (Barrett 2, Dryden, Hoy, James, Smith T.)

9 November 1963

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrews, James, Hoy, Smith T., Barrett, Herbage, Dryden

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2 (Howe, Hugo)

19 November 1963

Mackleworth, Burnett, Archer, Needham, Presland, Howe, Hoy, Smith T., Hugo, Herbage, Dryden

BEXLEY UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 3 (Burnett, Hoy)

23 November 1963

Mackleworth, Burnett, Presland, Lansdowne, White, Howe, Hoy, Herbage, Hugo, Smith T., Dryden

GUILDFORD CITY : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup

Joseph's Road Ground

0 - 5

30 November 1963

Mackleworth

Lansdowne

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Hoy

Herbage

Barrett

Smith

Dryden

ROMFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Dryden, Hoy)

7 December 1963

Mackleworth, Burnett, Lansdowne, Dawkins, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Hoy, Smith T., Dryden

GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET : Metro League Professional Cup (First Rd 2nd leg)

Stonebridge Road

2 - 4 (Herbage, Smith) : lost 2-5 on agg

14 December 1963

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Lansdowne

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Hoy

Herbage

Dryden

63_12_14 Gravesend v. WHU Metro Cup

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Snakes Lane

1 - 3 (Herbage)

26 December 1963

63_12_26 Woodford Town v. WHU Metro

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR "A" : Metropolitan League

Cheshunt

0 - 3

28 December 1963

64_01_11 Dartford v. WHU Metro

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 4 (Bennett, Dryden, Smith)

4 January 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Lansdowne, Howe, Redknapp, Smith T., Britt, Bennett, Dryden

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

3 - 1 (Hugo 2, Needham)

8 January 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Lyall

Needham

Andrew

Dawkins

Redknapp

Smith T.

Hugo

Bennett

Dryden

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

4 - 1 (Dawkins, Herbage, Hoy, Lansdowne)

11 January 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Lansdowne

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Hoy

Herbage

Stockley

64_01_18 Cambridge City v. WHU Metro

CAMBRIDGE CITY : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

1 - 6 (Dawkins)

18 January 1964

Mackleworth

Lansdowne

Howe

Dawkins

Andrew

James

Redknapp

Smith T.

Sealey

Herbage

Lillington

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

6 - 3 (Sealey 2, Herbage 2, Kitchener, Smith)

25 January 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Lansdowne, Howe, Redknapp, Smith T., Britt, Bennett, Dryden

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

1 February 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Smith T., Barrett, Herbage, Dryden

64_02_08 Chelmsford City v. WHU Metro

CHELMSFORD CITY : Metropolitan League

New Writtle Street

2 - 5 (Burnett 2)

8 February 1964

Hadlow

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Lansdowne

Burnett

Howe

Barrett

Herbage

Dryden

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

15 February 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, Lansdowne, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Smith T., Harris, Herbage, Dryden

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 0 (Smith 2, Herbage, Howe, Scott)

29 February 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Needham, Andrew, Lansdowne, Herbage, Smith T., Harris, Howe, Scott

64_04_06 Charlton Athletic v. WHU Metro 64_04_11 St Neots Town v. WHU Metro

KETTERING TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Rockingham Road

0 - 4

7 March 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Barrett

Needham

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Harris

Dryden

Scott

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

7 - 0 (Dear 3, Hugo, Presland, Scott, Sealey)

11 March 1964

Dickie, Burnett, Presland, Lansdowne, Bickles, Charles J., Sealey, Smith T., Dear, Hugo, Scott

KETTERING TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 5 (Dryden)

27 March 1964

Hadlow, Needham, Kitchener, Lansdowne, Andrew, James, Herbage, Lynn, Barrett, McArthur, Dryden

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Smith)

14 March 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, Lansdowne, Andrew, James, Redknapp, Smith T., Harris, Howe, Herbage

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Kitchener, Lansdowne, [og])

21 March 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrew, Lansdowne, Redknapp, Smith T., Holmes, Howe, Scott

With several of their " regulars" absent, our "A" Team over the holidays had an unhappy time, losing both fixtures. On the Saturday they went under by 1-5 to Kettering Town Reserves at Chadwell Heath, John Dryden being the scorer of our goal.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 2

29 March 1964

Hadlow, Needham, Kitchener, Hartley, Lansdowne, Gardiner, Stables, Herbage, Harris, Dryden, James

There were several changes in the team for Monday's game against Charlton Athletic "A" on the same ground. Despite a certain amount of inexperience the team did well, and held the championship-challenging Athletic to a two-clear-goals margin.

CAMBRIDGE CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Harris Stables, [og])

4 April 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, Lansdowne, Andrew, James, Stables, Herbage, Harris, Gadston, Barrett

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Metropolitan League

The Valley

2 - 6 (Herbage, Smith T.)

6 April 1964

Mackleworth

Harrison

Kitchener

Needham

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Smith T.

Harris

Walker

Dear

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

4 - 2 (Herbage 3, Stables)

11 April 1964

Hadlow

Burnett

Kitchener

Needham

Andrew

Lansdowne

Stables

Herbage

Harris

Gadston

James

CRAWLEY TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

4 - 2 (Herbage 2, Harris, Smith)

18 April 1964

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

4 - 1 (Dear 3, Hugo)

27 April 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Lansdowne

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Bennett

James

Dryden

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Needham

Lansdowne

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Gadston

Herbage

James

1962-63 Metro 1964-65 Metro Season 1963-64 64_04_27 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro 64_04_18 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro 63_10_12 Rainham Town v. WHU Metro back

This was a most unsatisfactory game in which decision after decision went against us, the  only one in our favour apparently being when we kicked-off after the interval!    

We eventually lost by the only goal (scoredin the first half) and prefer to add no further comment.

In a ding-dong struggle we were twice in arrears (0-1 and 1-2) before gaining the lead, only for the Essex amateurs to net with a penalty two minutes from time. Our goals came from Roddy Hoy, Joe Gadston and Jim Barrett.

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Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Lansdowne

Andrew

Charles J.

Redknapp

Smith T.

Harris

Herbage

Howe

 

RAINHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Deri Park

1 - 1 (Lansdowne)

23 April 1964

Hadlow

Needham

Kitchener

Hartley

Lansdowne

Howe

Stables

Herbage

Harris

Lillington

James

Home Fixture played Away

Mackleworth

Lansdowne

Presland

Hartley

Bickles

Charles J.

Stables

Smith T.

Harris

Hugo

Dear

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Oxford United Reserves are having a very good season in the Metropolitan League, and from their early results it looks as if they are a shade above their class in the competition; this is due to them fielding a full Reserve side, whereas the remaining four League clubs in Division I can usually only put out a third-string. This difference of experience was particularly noticeable in this game, and the easy 5-0 margin in the home side's favour was reflected by the score. The youngsters in our XI tried hard enough, but just couldn't cope with the opposition.

We included two newcomers to our "A" Team - Roddy Hoy from our Colts' XI and Tony Smith (a triallist from the  North-East). In addition, John Lyall made his first appearance since he was injured in a Combination game on the opening day of the season. All did quite satisfactorily and contributed their part in a 4-2 win. All the scoring came in the second half, and we led 3-0 before Romford got their goals; our fourth settled the issue in a deserved win. Among our rearguard Dennis Burnett and Bobby Howe showed up well; Howe scored a couple of goals in the bargain, and John Dryden rounded off a useful performance by getting the other two.

We held a half-time lead thanks to a goal scored by Jim Barrett, but after the interval the opposition came more into their own, and their big, strong side forced an equaliser to bring a 1-1 draw.

Roger Hugo returned to our colours after being put with an injury for some time. He came through his test successfully, but like the remainder of our attack was unable to penetrate the amateurs' defence, and the Sussex side had an easy 3-0 win.

We did not have much difficulty in winning this one, as Tonbridge were a poor side on the day. Roger Hugo got one goal and came through well in his second game after injury, and Alan Herbage opened his scoring account in the competition with a well-taken couple.

The Sussex club included half-a-dozen First Team players, and our youngsters showed up very well to win by 6-3 after leading 2-0 at the interval. "Veteran" Jim Barrett led the scoring line with two goals, while John Dryden, Roger Hoy, David James and Tony Smith got one each.

Although we were originally fixed to meet Eastbourne United in a Metropolitan League fixture last Saturday the match had to be re-arranged, so we played Bexleyheath United Reserves at Chadwell Heath instead. We had hopes that our "A" Team would continue its recent run of success, but they were foiled by a 3-2 margin. Hammers' goals came from Dennis Burnett and Roger Hoy

Having lost the first leg at Chadwell Heath by 0-1 we had ground to make up, and in this we proved unsuccessful as a 4-2 margin on this occasion made it a 5-2 aggregate for the Essex club. We might have fared better had the City fielded their usual Metropolitan League line-up, but as they were without a Southern League fixture the home club turned out (with one exception) a team of First XI strength. This proved too much for our youngsters who fought gallantly against a team of much greater experience. Tony Smith and Alan Herbage got our goals.

Eight of our present F.A. Youth Cup team were in the line-up for this fixture against the usefully-placed Bedfordshire club, and they put a lot into a free-scoring game which ended 4-3 in favour of the opposition. Tony Smith, Peter Bennett and John Dryden each scored one for the Hammers, but two " own goals " contributed to our final downfall.

Two goals by Roger Hugo and one by Terry Needham helped the Hammers to a 3-1 victory over the all-amateur Police XI, but the game brought us little joy insofar that after scoring Needham had to retire from the game with a split lip that necessitated eight stitches following contact with an opponent's boot, while Johnny Lyall was also forced to quit the field—leaving us with nine men at the final whistle.

This was a greatly-improved performance by a team which included nine teenagers, and we were in control practically throughout to gain a convincing 4-1 victory over the Kent club. Trevor Dawkins, Alan Herbage, Roger Hoy and Bill Lansdowne each got one goal.

Alan Sealey's second game after injury proved most successful, and he took his two goals in good fashion whilst moving well. Other counters by Alan Herbage (2), Bill Kitchener and Tony Smith brought our talk-up to half-a-dozen, in a high-scoring game that ended with the Hammers on the right end of a 6-3 score.