A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1963-64 South East Counties League

CHELSEA : South East Counties League

Hendon

0 - 3

4 January 1964

Hadlow

Needham

Porter

Stables

Andrew

Herbage

Gadston

Lillington

West

Enright

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PORTSMOUTH : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 2 (Enright)

11 January 1964

Hadlow, Bates, Porter, Needham, Stables, James, Allix, West, Lillington, Enright, Main

LEYTON ORIENT : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Brisbane Road

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

20 January 1964

Att: 5,600

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

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LUTON TOWN : South East Counties League

Stockingston Road

0 - 6

25 January 1964

Hadlow

Levett

Ackerman

Stables

James

Porter

Allix

Gadston

Lillington

Stockley

Main

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CRYSTAL PALACE : South East Counties League

Purley

1 - 1 (Greest)

8 February 1964

Skeels

Stables

Porter

Lillington

James

Stockley

Greest

Gadston

Enright

Walker

Allix

ARSENAL : FA Youth Cup (Fourth Round)

Highbury

1 - 2 (Britt)

10 February 1964

Att: 3,862

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

LUTON TOWN : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Greest)

15 February 1964

Hadlow, Stables, Porter, Stockley, James, Lillington, Greest, Gadston, Enright, Walker, Allix

LEYTON ORIENT : Southern Junior Floodlit Cup (Semi-Final)

Brisbane Road

3 - 2 (Britt 2, Dryden)

17 February 1964

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Herbage

Dryden

MILLWALL : South East Counties League

Greenwich

1 - 4 (Allix)

22 February 1964

Skeels

Stables

Porter

Westlake

James

Stockley

Greest

Herbage

Lillington

Gadston

Allix

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : South East Counties League

Loftus Road

0 - 4

24 February 1964

Hadlow

Stables

Porter

Needham

Westlake

Hartley

Enright

Herbage

Holmes

Gadston

Allix

PORTSMOUTH : South East Counties League

Fratton Park

1 - 4 (Lillington)

29 February 1964

Hadlow

Stables

Ackerman

West

Blake

Enright

Stockley

Lillington

????

Gadston

Allix

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Gadston)

7 March 1964

Hadlow, Harrison, Ackerman, Stockley, James, Lillington, Stables, Gadston, Holmes, Lynn, Allix

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlit Cup (Final 1st-leg)

Stamford Bridge

0 - 2

11 March 1964

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Herbage

Dryden

BEXLEY UNITED : South East Counties League

Hospital Ground

2 - 2 (Enright, Stables)

14 March 1964

Hadlow

Bates

Ackerman

Stockley

Lillington

Hubbard

Stables

Gadston

Schartau

Enright

Allix

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Youth Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

7 - 0 (Britt 3, Sissons 2, Bennett, Dryden)

18 March 1964

Att: 1,500

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

FULHAM : South East Counties League

Craven Cottage

2 - 2 (Gadston, Herbage)

21 March 1964

Hadlow

Bates

Ackerman

Lillington

James

Hartley

Stables

McArthur

Gadston

Herbage

Allix

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : South East Counties League

Hove Stadium

1 - 6 ( ? )

11 April 1964

ARSENAL : London Youth Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Britt 2, Sissons)

13 April 1964

Att: 5,000

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Herbage

Sissons

ARSENAL : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 8

18 April 1964

Line-up Unknown

CHELSEA : Southern Junior Floodlit Cup (Final 2nd leg)

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Britt)

20 April 1964

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Herbage

Sissons

LEYTON ORIENT : London Youth Cup (FInal)

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Britt, Howe)

28 April 1964

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Britt

Bennett

WATFORD : South East Counties League

Cassiobury Park

0 - 3

25 April 1964

Line-up Unknown

1962-63 SECL Season 1963-64

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Our exit from the F.A. Youth Cup at Highbury was a somewhat inglorious one, as we threw away a game in which we had chances enough to win. Arsenal Colts did not have a great deal to offer in the way of constructive football but they had the vital factor of determination, and after levelling our goal they got another three minutes from time to settle the issue in their favour.

Some over-robust tackling brought knocks that required the trainer's attention to our inside-forward trio, but although these slowed us down lor a time we went in front in the 62nd minute ; a throw-in from John Sissons was moved on with a nice pass from Bobby Howe for Martin Britt to left-foot the ball home from 10 yards' range. Eight minutes later an unnecessary foul brought the Gunners a free-kick which left-half Clark headed home for the equaliser. Another header from inside-forward Jenkins ended our grip on the trophy which we so gloriously gained last season.

It was undoubtedly the poorest showing given by our full Colts Team this season, and the large proportion of Hammers' fans among the 3,862 spectators had cause for disappointment at seeing a match which lacked much of the good football which we have come to expect from our under-18 champions.

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The Colts quickly redeemed themselves when they visited the Brisbane Road Ground to meet Leyton Orient in the Semi-Final of the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup, as during the first half they played extremely well and built up a two-goal lead; Martin Britt got both these, the first by means of a good header from Trevor Dawkins' centre and the second with a strong shot on the turn.

In the second half the O's put on a lot of pressure and the exchanges got a little heated. There was overmuch robustness and too little football, and before long Leyton had equalised through Price and Lambert. However, the Hammers pulled together again, and amid great excitement we built up a splendid move that ended with John Dryden running on to the final pass to net a last-minute decider.

With John Sissons away on First Team duty Alan Herbage came into the team at inside-left; he had a very good first half and proved a capable deputy.

64_02_24 QPR v. WHU SECL 64_03_11 Chelsea v. WHU SJFC Final 64_03_18 WHU v. Tottenham LYC 64_03_21 Fulham v. WHU SECL 64_04_13 WHU v. Arsenal LYC Semi-Final 64_04_20 WHU v. Chelsea SJFC Final 64_04_28 Leyton Orient v. WHU LYC Final

5,000 spectators saw our Colts defeat Arsenal Colts by 3-1 in the Semi-Final of the London Youth Cup at Upton Park. The easy manner in which our youngsters gained victory only emphasised the fact that we could well have still been in the F.A. Youth Cup had not we allowed the Young Gunners to get away with a 2-1 margin in the fourth Round of the national competition at Highbury last February.

After a tenth-minute goal by Martin Britt we again let the advantage slip nine minutes before teh interval when Arsenal equalised. But within a minute og the resumption Britt connected witha grand header, and with 20 minutes to go again nodded the ball to John Sissons who netted from close in. The Gunners’ tackling was a bit robust at times, but our superior skill was the decisive factor. The vacancy in our regular forward-line due to John Dryden’s enfprced absence has been filled by Alan Herbage, and the newcomer fitted in well with his colleagues on this occasion. We are now at home to Leyton Orient Colts in the Final.

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1964-65 SECL

Chelsea's greater experience and stamina was one of the decisive factors of this game (they were all "full-timers" against our largely-amateur XI), but it was not this alone which gave them a 3-0 margin, for throughout they played with vim and vigour and backed it with determination and forcefulness. The early exchanges were even and we might well have gone ahead, but after the first goal (at the end of half-an-hour's play) we showed little thrust, even with the " Hendon slope " in our favour for the second half.

A rebound that was directed straight into our net gave Pompey a ninth-minute lead, and the visitors maintained pressure that brought out good saves from Hadlow. Nevertheless, the goalmouth at the other end was not without incident, and after several near misses Enright levelled the scores and led us to hope for a win - only for the Blues to get the decisive counter five minutes from time and take the points from a rather disappointing game.

The Hammers eventually won by 5-2, after a game in which errors and mishaps were mixed with a spate of very good soccer from our team. During the course of overcoming a very robust opposition we were awarded two penalty-kicks (which we missed), conceded another penalty (which was converted) and had a goal given against us after the referee had apparently stopped play for an offside decision; Johnny Sissons had a personally eventful evening, scoring two goals, hitting the post once, having a penalty saved and then suffering a nose-bleed after a collision! John Dryden (2) and Martin Britt completed our scoring—and we made further progress in our efforts to retain the trophy.

On a difficult top surface it was a question of errors being the decisive factor, and it was one of these that brought the Town their first goal , however, exchanges remained pretty even up to the interval. The second half brought the "avalanche," for within nine minutes of the restart defensive blunders put us three goals in arrears, and another scoring rush in the last eight minutes made the final tally 6-0, a score that was not really a true reflection of the game.

On a difficult top surface the Hammers attacked coolly and purposefully right from the first whistle, and after several near misses took the lead on the half-hour through Peter Greest (playing his first game for us). We were still in the lead at the interval and with the slope in our favour looked certain to add to this advantage. But in a breakaway the Glaziers levelled the scores and the points were thus shared in a 1-1 draw. This was a good constructive performance, but we did not press home our advantage, and a few minutes from time Palace nearly scored a goal which would have robbed us of a deserved point.

This was an exciting game with a high standard of play, and it was pleasing to see our youngsters avenge their recent 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Hatters by scoring the only goal of the game. This came from Greest after 12 minutes' play in the second half, although prior to that we had many promising moves break down in front of goal. A great save by 'keeper Billy Hadlow in the closing minutes highlighted the ability of our settled, confident defence.

This was a game best forgotten as there was little or no cause to be pleased with the Hammers' play against a Millwal! side which has produced so little throughout the season. Although three down at the interval our team had enough chances to draw level, especially after Ron Allix scored in the eighth minute of the second half; instead we faded further to lose 4-1.

The Rangers proved much too strong for us in this game, and their well-drilled, enthusiastic side showed that they have a distinct chance of making a lot more progress in the F.A. Youth Cup (they are still in the last eight of the competition). The Hammers fought hard, and although losing 4-0 gave the home side several anxious moment, the exchanges being far from " one-way traffic." Particularly pleasing was the display of left-half Trevor Hartley, a Holloway Schools player making his Colts' debut.

Ten minutes after the start Ken West (playing his first game at right-half) was carried off and did not return to the fray; this left us at "ten men" for the rest of the game. Graham Lillington got our only goal and two great efforts of his were just off target, otherwise the score would .have been much closer, especially as it was not until the closing minutes that Pompey pushed their advantage up to 4-1.

We had three trialists in our side ; George Harrison and Billy Lynn (both from the north) acquitted themselves well, whilst Stables (usually a defender) was indeed a success on the right-wing. After a goalless first half it seemed likely that we would be more likely to win, as there was a strong wind in our favour. However, some slack marking led to the visitors scoring first; but we were always in the game, and wing-runs by Stables often had the opposing defence in trouble. After 28 minutes of the second half Gadston levelled the tally, but although there was no further score it was a wonder how the Charlton goal survived the last quarter-of-an-hour.

Our senior Colts Team visited Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 11th March to play Chelsea Colts in the first leg of the Final of the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup. We did not play John Sissons in this game owing to the proximity of our F.A. Cup Semi-Final.

A goal in each half ended this leg 2-0 in favour of the Young Pensioners. An eighth-minute goalmouth scramble resulted in Wilks netting from a rebound and the second tally came when McCalliog headed home a free-kick.

In the last 20 minutes or so the strong, robust Bexley side pounded through the mud and put tremendous pressure on the Hammers' defence; they scored two goals in this period to level the scores and force a 2-2 draw, but we nearly pulled off a victory — only to be foiled when the ball rebounded from an upright.

Enright (27 mins.) and Stables (53 mins.) were our scorers; the first came from a fine move upfield and the second from a fierce angled drive.

These were the  main features of a very creditable performance on a treacherous top-surface.

Exactly a week after their defeat at Stamford Bridge our Colts secured a resounding victory in another knock-out tournament; this time it was the London Youth Cup which occupied our attention, and the match which took place at Upton Park last Wednesday was a Second Round tie.

Our youngsters' determination to atone for their previous set-back was underlined when both Martin Britt and John Sissons requested permission to play in this game, rather than to take a likely place in the First Team at Leicester on the same evening. We were therefore able to field our recognised strongest line-up.

Our opponents Tottenham Hotspur Colts must have deeply regretted this decision, because Britt scored a hat-trick and Sissons two goals in a 7-0 victory. It took 12 minutes for Britt to put us ahead, and another goal from the same player right on the interval virtually finished the Spurs. The North Londoners attempted to keep a man tight on Sissons throughout the game, but he eluded him on many occasions and ,the second half became something of a rout. Peter Bennett and John Dryden each got one goal, so Harry Redknapp was the only forward not to score; but our right-winger led the opposition a real dance, and he played a considerable part in "laying on" opportunities for his colleagues. It snowed almost throughout the 90 minutes' play, and this unpleasant weather helped to keep the attendance down to a mere 1,500.

We gained a moral victory even though only collecting one point from our visit to Craven Cottage where we met Fulham Colts. Against a side containing several apprentices we fielded only two of our apprentices and nine amateurs.

Gadston got our first goal six minutes after the start with a first-time shot from Stables' centre but we missed three good chances before Fulham equalised, and then went in arrears from a penalty right on half-time. 18 minutes of the second half had passed when Herbage made the scores level again, and although we continued to have the better of the play it remained at 2-2 until the finish.

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