A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1963-64 Football Combination (Division One)

The structure of the Combination has been slightly amended this season, and the former Saturday Section is now Division I and the Mid-Week Section has become Division II; promotion and relegation will come into effect at the end of the season's fixtures.

63_08_24 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

63_08_31 Luton Town v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

63_09_14 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Reserves

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

63_09_21 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 63_09_28 WHU v. Northampton Town Reserves

NORTHAMPTON TOWN : Football Combination

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Football Combination

63_10_05 Peterborough v. WHU Reserves

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

63_10_10 WHU v. Charlton Athletic LCC1

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

63_10_12 WHU v. Crystal Palace Reserves

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

63_10_15 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

63_10_21 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU LCC2

NOTTS COUNTY : Football Combination

63_10_26 WHU v. Notts County Reserves

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

63_11_02 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

63_11_09 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves

ARSENAL : Football Combination

63_11_16 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves

SHREWSBURY TOWN : Football Combination

63_11_23 WHU v. Shrewsbury Town Reserves

MANSFIELD TOWN : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

63_12_07 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves

SORRY NO IMAGE

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

63_12_21 WHU v. Luton Town Reserves

SORRY NO IMAGE

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

63_12_28 Nottingham Forest v. WHU Reserves CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Sealey 3, Bond)

24 August 1963

Leslie

Bond

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Sealey

Britt

Sissons

Hugo

Kenilworth Road

3 - 3 (Bennett, Sealey, [og])

31 August 1963

Leslie

Presland

Bond

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Britt

Sealey

Dryden

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Britt 5)

14 September 1963

Leslie

Presland

Bond

Bovington

White

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Scott

White Hart Lane

1 - 1 (Sealey)

21 September 1963

Leslie

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Redknapp

Sealey

Britt

Sissons

Scott

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Bickles, Dawkins, Dear [pen], Sissons)

28 September 1963

Leslie

Presland

Bond

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Brabrook

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

Dear

London Road

1 - 3 (Hurst)

5 October 1963

Leslie

Presland

Bond

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Brabrook

Bennett

Britt

Hurst

Dear

Upton Park

2 -1 (Dear 2)

10 October 1963

Dickie

Presland

Bond

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Brabrook

Hurst

Britt

Sissons

Dear

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Britt 3, Dryden)

12 October 1963

Leslie

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Dryden

Dear

Portman Road

3 - 2 (Bennett, Charles, Dear)

19 October 1963

Leslie

Presland

Kirkup

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Scott

Bennett

Dear

Sissons

Dryden

White Hart Lane

2 - 3 (Dear, Scott)

21 October 1963)

Leslie

Kirkup

Kitchener

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Scott

Bennett

Dear

Sissons

Dryden

Upton Park

8 - 1 (Dear 2, Scott 2, Sissons 2, Bennett, Redknapp)

26 October 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Kitchener

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Sissons

Scott

Home Park

2 - 1 (Byrne, Kirkup)

2 November 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Kitchener

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Byrne

Sissons

Scott

Upton Park

2 - 6 (Hugo, Redknapp)

9 November 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Bovington

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Hugo

Scott

Highbury

1 - 3 (Dear)

16 November 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Kitchener

Bovington

Lansdowne

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Sissons

Scott

Upton Park

7 - 3 (Byrne 4, Bovington, Dear [pen], Sissons)

23 November 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Kitchener

Bovington

Bickles

Dawkins

Dear

Bennett

Byrne

Sissons

Scott

Field Mill

2 - 3 (Dear 2)

30 November 1963

Dickie

Burnett

Presland

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Sissons

Scott

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Dear, Hugo)

7 December 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Hugo

Sissons

Scott

Ninian Park

2 - 5 (Bennett, Hugo)

14 December 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Hugo

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Dear 2, Bennett, Britt, Hugo)

21 December 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Bovington

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Britt

Hugo

Dryden

City Ground

1 - 1 (Hugo)

28 December 1963

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Britt

Hugo

Dryden

The 4-2 win by our Reserves over Cardiff City Reserves at Upton Park was a triumph over adversity, as we ended the game with nine men. With the score at 1-1 we in turn had John Lyall and Roger Hugo helped from the field, and neither was able to resume.

The star among our scorers was Alan Sealey, who netted a hat-trick, but it would be unfair to particularly single him out in a grand team-work performance.

A through ball from Brian Dear brought him his first goal to give us the lead, but the Bluebirds then equalised before half-time and took the lead when we were depleted by two players. An amazing rally was sparked off when a John Bond free-kick was well-placed into the corner of the net, and the City then paid dearly as the result of two further infringements; Sealey scored from the penalty spot to again put us in front, and the last goal was probably the best of the match; Bond flicked the ball from a free-kick to John Sissons, whose shot rebounded from a defender for Sealey to really crack it home.

We were pleased to see our Reserves gain a point from their visit to the Kenilworth Road Ground against Luton Town Reserves, though it was not altogether a satisfactory game. The Hammers were a little ragged during the first half and at one time were 3-1 down, but they rallied after the interval to force a 3-3 draw thanks to an "own goal" ten minutes from time.

After the home side had opened the scoring. Peter Bennett took a good through pass and rounded the advancing 'keeper to put us on terms; but we were then put under considerable pressure by the Hatters who deservedly built up what looked to be a commanding lead.

However, Alan Sealey chipped home the ball just inside the far post to put us back in the running, and heartened by this success our side had more of the play and generally deserved their point.

After having a blank Saturday on September 7th without a fixture, our Reserves resumed their Football Combination programme with a home game against Bristol Rovers Reserves.

As Martin Britt scored all our five goals it was obviously a personal triumph for the 17-year-old centre-forward of our Colts' XI. But in singling him out for praise we must not forget the significant fact that three others of his forward-line colleagues are also in the same age-group, and between them the youthful Hammers' attack gave the Rovers' rearguard a harrowing time.

We also bad another youngster at centre-half, and 18-year-old amateur Billy White gave a very pleasing performance in his Combination debut. He is another product of our Youth Section, and has progressed through the Junior and Colts Teams.    

We led by 4-0 at the interval against the Rovers, who scored their only reply after we had added our fifth, our second-string thereby took their total points to five out of a possible six and are holding a useful spot in the table.

The Combination side had a very good game, and it was not until seven minutes from time that the Spurs snatched the equaliser. Our goal came midway through the first half when a good ball from Trevor Dawkins found John Sissons ; the latter moved upfield and his shot hit the goalkeeper to rebound to Alan Sealey who made no mistake with a first-time drive from 20 yards.

We were breaking very quickly from defence into attack with the wing-halves moving up into the forward surge, and the North Londoners had a hard time trying to counter our tactics. As aforementioned, they finally did so, and it was all in all a fair result from which we got a great deal of satisfaction.

A 4-2 victory over Northampton Town Reserves at Upton Park last Saturday enabled our Reserves to retain their undefeated record in the Football Combination, where they have eight points from the five games to date.

Against the Cobblers our side played extremely well and it was not until fairly late in the second half that the visitors got into the game. Trevor Dawkins was one of our stars, and he opened the scoring with a terrific first goal.

This was added to by John Sissons (who had a very good opening 45 minutes) and we went in two goals up at the interval. A penalty conversion by Brian Dear made it three before the Midlanders scored their first, and then Dave Bickles came upfield to get our fourth before Northants scored again.

 

A 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic in the First Round of the London Challenge Cup at Upton Park.

A first-half injury caused Geoff Hurst to leave the field, and we were" ten men" from thence until the final whistle. Brian Dear had already put us two up with a brace of goals, but for the remainder of the time it was a very uphill fight for the Hammers.

Nevertheless there was a fair amount of excitement for the 4,200 spectators on what proved to be a good evening for watching football. We now visit Tottenham Hotspur in the Second Round.

We took the lead in the first half when Peter Brabrook made a right-wing move to lay back the ball for Geoff Hurst to score. This was somewhat against the run of play, but the Midlanders came back to equalise before the interval and then scored twice in the second half to notch a deserved 3-1 win. It was our first Combination defeat of the season, and but for the brilliance of Lawrie Leslie would have been by an even larger margin.

A youthful side (including six of our present Colts Team) did battle with Crystal Palace Reserves at Upton Park, and after being a goal in arrears at half-time came back with a second-half rally to win by 4-1.

The margin of our victory was perhaps a little flattering because the game was not especially a good one, and the main reason for our victory was the extra determination and the willingness to "chase it" during the last 45 minutes. John Dryden got our equaliser, after which Martin Britt snapped up three of his few chances to gain personal satisfaction with a hat-trick that rewarded his persistence. The Palace also had several youngsters on view, but they were reinforced by the presence of "veterans" in Roy Little and Stewart Imlach (ex-Notts Forest and Coventry City), and it was pleasing to see our lads triumph to maintain their challenge to the leaders.

We started with two quick goals, the first coming from Peter Bennett, who opened a very hardworking display by converting Tony Scott's centre. Almost directly from the kick-off Brian Dear made an interception, and headed downfield in determined fashion to score another good goal.   Although somewhat shaken by these early reverses the Blues survived to fight back with a goal each side of the interval, but we were to blame for having allowed them to get on top.   However, the Hammers then rolled up their sleeves once more, and during a spell of pressure John Charles fastened on to the ball 30 yards out, to drive home the winner with but five minutes left to play.

These were XI's of reserve strength, although the majority of players in both teams have had League experience. Perhaps it was a little more of this on the Spurs' side (plus ground advantage) which tipped the scales, although the Hammers were by no means disgraced in a game which ended 3-2 in the North Londoners' favour. Despite the poor weather there was a lot of good football, and our team emerged with credit against the club which leads the Football Combination table.

Brian Dear collected a through ball to put us ahead with a good effort, and a brilliant display by Lawrie Leslie kept the home side at bay until they equalised before half-time. But the Spurs were not to be denied, and after the interval they got two more before Tony Scott banged the ball home in a goalmouth melee that helped to a rousing finish.

When the Midland Magpies visited us last season they conceded eleven goals without reply, and on this occasion it looked as if we would exceed that total. We were four up in a quarter-of-an-hour, had made it 8-1 by half-time (the visitors' goal came from a rebound off one of our players) and came out storming in the second-half. The County's reply was to set up a defensive system consisting of nearly every player in the side, and they held us scoreless for the last period. Our goals came from Brian Dear, Tony Scott and John Sissons (two each), Peter Bennett and Harry Redknapp.

On a heavy ground we were a goal down early on, but equalised when Joe Kirkup banged home a pass from Johnny Byrne after a goalmouth scrimmage. The score remained at 1-1 until two minutes from time when Eddie Bovington crossed the ball to Byrne, who beat his opponent to net the winner.

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A very disappointing game in which Leicester opened the scoring and Harry Redknapp equalised to put us on terms for the last time. The Blues got their margin up to 3-1 by half-time and added a further three after the interval before we got another to make the final score 2-6 against us; the Hammers second goal came from Roger Hugo.

Our Reserves came back to form in defeating Shrewsbury Town Reserves by 7-3 at Upton Park in a Football Combination fixture. The Shropshire club had made a good start to the season with a goal average of 31-19 in 13 games, but on this occasion they were completely overwhelmed in the first half, and went in at half-time five goals in arrears. We got another soon after the resumption, but then eased off somewhat for the team from the Gay Meadow Ground to rally and make the score look rather more respectable.

Our Reserves gained an early lead in their Football Combination fixture v Cardiff City Reserves at Ninian Park, Roger Hugo being the scorer. We more than held our own to maintain this lead until about ten minutes from the interval when the Bluebirds equalised, but our defence sadly fell away after the resumption and the opposition took the lead and built the advantage up to 4-1 before Peter Bennett again found the net on our behalf. Cardiff came back, however, and scored yet again to gain both points by a 5-2 margin.