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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1963-64 South East Counties League

London Youth Cup - Same Cup new name

The London Youth Cup is the trophy which our Colts Team won last season by beating Chelsea Colts in the Final; It was then known as as the London Minor Cup, but since the change of name of the parent body to "London Youth Football Association" it has been re-named.

ARSENAL : South East Counties League

Manager : ?

NO Programmes were issued for the Home games played at Chadwell Heath

London Colney

1 - 1 (Gadston)

24 August 1963

Mackleworth

Porter

Archer

Needham

Andrew

James

Allix

Herbage

Lillington

Gadston

Hoy

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 0 (Gadston 2, Lillinton)

31 August 1963

Mackleworth, Porter, Archer, Needham, Andrew, James, Hoy, Herbage, Lillington, Gadston, Allix

We visited the London Colney ground of Arsenal Colts for our first South East Counties League match of the season.

The Hammers took the lead in the tenth minute when after a spate of clever inter-passing Joe Gadston stabbed the ball into the corner of the net. We looked like holding the advantage until the end, and might well have done so had not the ball trickled into our net after Colin Mackleworth had apparently parried it safely away for a corner. We came back in attack and had good efforts by Gadston and Allix repelled, but in general the 1-1 draw was a fair result overall.

Centre-half George Andrew from Scotland fitted well into our defensive pattern and had a good game.

At no time did the Hammers look like losing this game, and it was not until Colin Mackleworth was injured in the closing stages that the Spurs got into the picture. A goal by Joe Gadston put us on the way to victory in the seventh minute, and a solo effort by Graham Lillington who retained possession and forced his way through from outside the penalty-area after half-an-hour's play made it 2-0 at half-time. Plenty of good passing and understanding made our performance a fine display of team-work, and we set the seal when Gadston converted from the penalty-spot a minute from time after a foul on the injured Mackleworth (who was by then on the right-wing).

ORIENT : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (Gadston 2, Lillington 2)

7 September 1963

Mackleworth, Porter, Archer, Needham, Stables, James, Hoy, Herbage, Lillington, Gadston, Allix

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : South East Counties League

Away

1 - 3 (Hay)

14 September 1963

Mackleworth

Porter

Abbott

Needham

Archer

James

Hay

Herbage

Sprately

West

Allix

A very enthusiastic match with plenty of vim and vigour. With two previous victories to their credit it was obvious that the O's were likely to provide strong opposition, and that we deservedly beat them 4-2 was a most creditable performance. A well-taken shot on the run by Joe Gadston opened the score in the 13th minute, and this was the only goal of the first half. Orient equalised within four minutes of the restart, but we were ahead again through Gadston two minutes afterwards; a further equaliser after 57 minutes' play came from the opposition, but two more well-taken goals by Graham Lillington (76 and 84 minutes) made the issue safe.

After their previous good performances this was a disappointing display by the Hammers. With some newcomers in the side they never really struck up a rhythm throughout the game on a narrow pitch, but full marks go to the Athletic for a fast and spirited show. The Reds took the lead in the 19th minute and from then on for the rest of the first half were well in command, netting a second goal before the interval. Another soon after the restart virtually settled the issue, but we did manage a late rally and Roddy Hay scrambled home a "consolation" to make the final score 3-1.

CRYSTAL PALACE : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 3 (Gadston, ? , ? )

21 September 1963

Mackleworth, Needham, Porter, Wylde, Stables, James, Allix, Harris, Hoy, Gadston, Hay

The Palace included four players in their side with Reserve Team experience, and their strong and robust style did not help us to settle down easily; however, we did succeed in getting the only goal of the first half. After the interval the Young Glaziers went ahead, and although we again drew level they then made it 3-2. The score stayed that way until two minutes from the end, when Joe Gadston forced his way through to bring the final equaliser.

ARSENAL : South East Counties League Cup (First Round)

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

28 September 1963

Mackleworth, Needham, Archer, Stables, Andrew, James, Hay, Harris, Lillington, Gadston, Allix

SOUTHAMPTON : South East Counties League

Upton Park

10 - 1 (Redknapp 3, Sissons 3, Britt 2, Bennett, Dryden)

30 September 1963

Att: 3,300

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Hoy)

5 October 1963

Mackleworth, Needham, Archer, Stables, Andrew, James, Hoy, West, Lillington, Gladston, Allix

This game had all the earmarks of a draw from the early stages, as neither team appeared penetrative and the attacks were generally well held by the defences. Arsenal gave our rearguard a few anxious moments soon after the start and the situation was reversed in the closing minutes, but a tricky wind caused many errors of judgement. The Gunners were well served by goalkeeper Black, but although a goalless 90 minutes brought extra time the additional play was a mere formality.

Our under-18 Colts' Team resumed the cup trail last Monday evening when they met Southampton Colts in the First Round of the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup at Upton Park, and their performance before an attendance of 3,300 showed that once again they must be reckoned among the favourites in this season's competitions. Nine of the 1962-63 regular side are available, and in this particular game the places of Dennis Burnett and John Charles (both ineligible on the age-limit) were taken by George Andrew (our recent professional signing) and Terry Needham. Both newcomers played a useful part in our team's 10-1 victory, but the "star" of the evening proved to be Harry Redknapp, who not only scored a personal hat-trick in the first half (14, 38, 39 mins.), but also bedevilled the Saints' defence time and time again after the interval.

It was unfortunate for the Hampshire club that one of their players was injured early on (although he was able to return), but this made virtually no difference in the long run as in the second half alone we hit the woodwork four times. The visitors' 'keeper - Peter Higgins - gave a very courageous display (sustaining some hard knocks in the process), but could do nothing to prevent the Hammers from scoring at more or less regular intervals. Johnny Sissons also got a hat-trick (39. 46, 50 mins.) and the other goals came from Martin Britt (28, 86 mins.), Peter Bennett (63 mins.) and John Dryden (88 mins.).

MILLWALL : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 2 ([og])

12 October 1963

Mackleworth, Porter, Ackerman, Wylde, Stables, James, Allix, West, Lillington, Main, King

ARSENAL : South East Counties League Cup (First Round Replay)

London Colney

1 - 3 (Porter [pen])

19 October 1963

Mackleworth

Bates

Porter

Stables

Andrew

James

Harris

Hoy

Lillington

West

Allix

FULHAM : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 4 (Needham [pen], ? )

26 October 1963

Skeels, Bates, Porter, Needham, Andrew, Stables, Allix, Gadston, Lillington, West, Smithson

BRENTFORD : South East Counties League

Griffin Park

2 - 1 (Lillington, ? )

2 November 1963

Hadlow

Bates

Porter

Needham

Stables

James

Hoy

Gadston

Lillington

Allix

Rusden

WATFORD : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Archer, Lilligton)

9 November 1963

Hadlow, Bates, Ackerman, Porter, Stables, Archer, Allix, Gadston, Lillington, Hartley, Smithson

BRENTFORD : London Youth Cup (First Round)

Griffin Park

6 - 1 (Herbage 4, Bennett, Dryden)

12 November 1963

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

James

Redknapp

Herbage

Bennett

Gadston

Dryden

BRENTFORD : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

7 - 0 (Sprately 3, Gadston 2, Archer, Porter)

23 November 1963

Hadlow, Needham, Porter, Stables, Andrew, James, Allix, Gadston, Sprateley, Archer, Main

CHELSEA : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 2

30 November 1963

Hadlow, Bates, Porter, Needham, Stables, James, Allix, Lillington, Sprately, Gladston, Hartley

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Southern Junior Floodlit Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

5 - 3 (Sissons 4, Britt)

2 December 1963

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

BEXLEY UNITED : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (McArthur 2,  ? , ? )

7 December 1963

Skeels, Bates, Porter, Needham, Stables, Gardner, Harris, McArthur, Schartau, James, Allix

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : South East Counties League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Gadston, Main, McArthur)

14 December 1963

Hadlow, Levett, Porter, Stables, James, Stockley, Allix, McArthur, Gadston, West, Main

FULHAM : FA Youth Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Bennett, Dryden, Redknapp)

18 December 1963

Att: 2,200

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Sissons

Dryden

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : South East Counties League

Cheshunt

0 - 3

21 December 1963

?

LEYTON ORIENT : South East Counties League

Away

0 - 3

28 December 1963

 

Hadlow

Tumbridge

Porter

Lillington

Stables

Harris

Hartley

Schartau

West

Allix

Stockley

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SECOND-HALF

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Top-of-the-Table Rangers (with nine points from five games) nearly sustained their first defeat, as it was not until three minutes from time that they got the equaliser to make the final score 1-1; even though it was a good shot that gained the opposition a point, the Hammers were to blame for allowing the scorer to get in too close before making a tackle, and it was a disappointment not to win. Due credit must go to both sides in a spirited game ; we could have gained a more decisive half-time margin with a little more determination in front of goal (a Q.P.R. defender diverted Roddy Hoy's shot for our tally), and Rangers deserved their point in a determined second-half rally.

There were three newcomers in the side, but even allowing for this lack of experience the standard was not very high. Our solitary goal came just before the interval when a Lions' defender put through his own goal to equalise the one they had scored eight minutes after the start. We had control in midfield and Lillington battled hard " up front" - only to find the task beyond him due to little support and the fact that we had two " passengers " on both wings for most of the second half. Millwall's winning goal came after 63 minutes' play.

During the opening stages the Hammers produced some pretty, accurate but rather ineffectual football, but although in control did not display much urgency. Although assisted by two defensive errors, Arsenal took the lead against the run of the play with goals in the 13th and 16th minutes. After the interval there was more vim and vigour from the Hammers, but although they could well have equalised earlier it was not until the 26th minute that Porter reduced the arrears with a penalty. In the closing quarter-of-an-hour the Gunners' stamina was a telling factor and they scored again to win 3-1.

This match was a credit to both teams and clubs. There was some fine, intelligent football with Fulham the more decisive and direct. Early exchanges were in West Hani's favour, but an eleventh-minute goal for Fulham gave them more purpose and drive, and they went further ahead in the 16th minute ; neither goal was indicative of the run-of-play. A penalty award, converted by Needham, put West Ham back in the picture, but shortly before the interval Fulham increased their lead. In the second half Fulham scored in the third minute. Nevertheless West Ham were still very much in evidence and the defence was more efficient. A final late rally from West Ham brought them one goal and some near misses. Considering the strength and experience of the Fulham side this was a most encouraging performance by the young Hammers,

Although we led 1-0 at the interval we did not have a very good first half as Brentford Colts missed a penalty and hit a post whilst we were holding this advantage. However an interval discussion on tactics brought the desired results, and we dominated the last 45 minutes to gain a 6-1 victory. Alan Herbage marked his first appearance in the " senior" line-up by getting four goals, with Peter Bennett and John Dryden adding the others. Brentford's bad luck continued when their left-back sustained a hair-line fracture of the left leg when they were four goals in arrears, but they were already well beaten by then.

Our Colts gained a clear-cut win, but against poor opposition. It was strange that the Hammers should score only once during the first 20 minutes, for they produced a brilliant display of soccer that had their opponents bemused; we then switched to more open play and got three more before half-time. The second half took a similar pattern, and it was again rather late before we recommenced scoring to make the final tally 7-0. Sprately got a hat-trick, Gadston (2), Archer and Porter being the other scorers.

We moved several youngsters from our Junior Team into our Colts XI for the South East Counties League fixture against the lowly-placed Brighton & Hove Albion. Main got our first goal in the eighth minute, driving home from close range after cutting in from the wing; good approach work ended in another for Gadston twelve minutes later. There was quite a lot of "pattern weaving" after the resumption, but the Hammers moved the ball around well and 16 minutes after the resumption McArthur made it 3-0. The Seasiders made a late rally to net eight minutes from time and leave the final tally at 3-1.

 

A 2,200 attendance saw our under-18's gain a 3-0 victory through goals by Peter Bennett, John Dryden and Harry Redknapp. It was a comfortable win, but the margin might have been greater had we taken more of the chances we made against a less-experienced side. The Fulham Colts' team are well-placed in the South East Counties League, but as we had nine full professionals in the line-up and all but two of the team have Combination experience the Cottagers were no real match for our lads.