A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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Postponements and Abandonments - Procedures for

Re-Arrangement and Refunds

 

28.1 In the event of any League Match not being played owing to Football Association Cup Matches, weather or other causes over which neither Club has any control or being ordered to be replayed it shall be played on a date to be mutually arranged, but at the earliest reasonable opportunity. Both Clubs shall notify the Executive of such arrangements within seven days of the postponement being identified, for the approval of the Executive. Any League Match not so arranged shall have its date fixed by the Executive.

 

28.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 28.1, the Executive reserves the right at any time to reschedule a League Match after consultation with and consideration of representations from the Clubs involved.

 

28.3 Every Club must have a publicly stated policy regarding ticket refunds or other arrangements for abandoned Matches.

 

28.4 When a League Match is postponed or abandoned the Visiting Club shall be entitled to receive from the Home Club out of the gate of either game, one set of travelling and/or hotel expenses (at the rate and as determined by the Executive from time to time) necessarily incurred by a party not exceeding twenty four and which in the opinion of the Executive are caused solely by the postponement or abandonment. This amount shall be a charge against the gate when calculating the 3% Pool under Article 67.2. A Club shall only be entitled to claim hotel expenses where it would be necessary or desirable for the Visiting Club to leave its headquarters before 9am on the day of the match, alternatively, not be possible to arrive back at its headquarters within five hours travelling time, including a stop of not more than 30 minutes, of the conclusion of the League Match.

Postponed & Abandoned  ...

Snow Match Postponed

West Ham United were due to make the long trip to play Newcastle United in a Division 2 fixture on the 8th March 1947. However the match was called off because of a frozen pitch but Newcastle forgot to tell the Hammers. West Ham spent £77 travelling to St James Park, when they arrived at the ground the place was deserted!

Football League Rule 28 ...

Doubt if this Rule applied back in the 1946-47 season .....

1900-01

MILLWALL ATHLETIC (First XI)

22nd December 1900

Memorial Grounds - Match Abandoned 70mins

Rearranged 21st March 1901

 

 

1901-02

WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN (First XI)

2nd September 1901

Memorial Grounds - Match Abandoned 78mins due to bad light, score 1-1

Rearranged 30th September 1901

1932-33

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

PORTSMOUTH (Reserves)

26th December 1932

Upton Park - Match Abandoned: Fog (losing 1-2)

Rearranged 13th February 1933 (Won 6-0)

SECOND WORLD WAR PERIOD

1943-44

CLAPTON ORIENT (First XI)

15th January 1944

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 10th April 1944

 

 

1944-45

CHELSEA (First XI)

25th December 1944

Stamford Bridge - Reason ????

Rearranged 2nd April 1945

 

 

1944-45

CHELSEA (First XI)

26th December 1944

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 19th May 1945

 

 

1944-45

LUTON TOWN (First XI) NOT SEEN ONE!

27th January 1945

Upton Park - Reason ????

 

1946-47

NEWPORT COUNTY (First XI)

14th December 1946

Upton Park - Fog, Visibility insufficent

Rearranged 19th April 1947

 

 

SWANSEA TOWN (Reserves)

6th January 1947

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 3rd March 1947

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (First XI)  NO PROGRAMME PRODUCED

22nd February 1947

White Hart Lane - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 17th May 1947

 

 

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves : Combination Cup)

22nd February 1947

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 27th May 1947

 

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED (First XI) NOT SEEN ONE!

8th March 1947

St James' Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 26th May 1947

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves : Combination Cup)

8th March 1947

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 10th May 1947

1947-48

CHESTERFIELD (First XI)

21st February 1948

Saltergate - Snow, Players set off for match only to run into a belt of snow in Derbyshire

Rearranged 7th April 1048

1948-49

GRIMSBY TOWN (First XI)

27th November 1948

Upton Park - Fog : Abandoned 50 minutes (losing 1-2)

Rearranged 12th February 1949 (won 1-0)

1950-51

IPSWICH TOWN (Eastern Counties League)

4th December 1950

Upton Park - Match Abandoned 80 minutes: Snow (losing 1-2)

Rearranged - Spotted Dog Ground 2nd May 1951 (lost 1-4))

 

 

SOUTHEND UNITED (London Mid-Week League) NOT SEEN ONE!

21st December 1950

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 3rd May 1951

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves) NOT SEEN ONE!

12th February 1951

Upton Park - Inclement weather

Rearranged 9th April 1951

 

 

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves : Combination Cup)

17th February 1951

Upton Park - Inclement weather

Rearranged 16th April 1951

 

 

PORTSMOUTH  (Reserves : Combination Cup)

7th April 1951

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 24th April 1951

1951-52

BRENTFORD (First XI)

29th March 1952

Griffin Park - Match Abandoned Snow 45 minutes (draw 1-1)

Rearranged 21st April 1952 (draw 1-1)

 

 

ALDERSHOT (Reserves : Combination Cup)

29th March 1952

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 30th April 1952

1952-53

CHELSEA (Reserves)

6th December 1952

Upton Park - Match Abandoned Fog 55 minutes (losing 0-1)

Rearranged 4th March 1953 (lost 0-2)

1953-54

STOKE CITY (First XI)

2nd January 1954

Upton Park - Match Abandoned Fog 83 minutes (winning 4-1)

Rearranged 12th April 1954 (draw 2-2)

 

 

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN (Eastern Counties League)

30th January 1954

Wellesley Recreation Ground - Match Abandoned Snow during second-half (losing 1-4)

Rearranged 22nd April 1954 (won 1-0)

1954-55

LIVERPOOL (First XI)

15th January 1955

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 26th April 1955

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves) NOT SEEN ONE!

15th January 1955

Stamford Bridge - Snow

Rearranged 27th April 1955

 

 

DARTFORD RESERVES (Metropolitan League) NOT SEEN ONE!

15th January 1955

Watling Street - Snow

Rearranged 27th April 1955

1955-56

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves)

27th December 1955

Leyton Stadium - Unfit state of the ground

Rearranged 16th February 1956

 

 

HOLBEACH UNITED (Eastern Counties League)

14th January 1956

Carters Park - Extremely Unfavourable weather in Lincolnshire

Rearranged 11th February 1956

 

 

BURY (First XI)

4th February 1956

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 19th March 1956

 

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (Reserves)

4th February 1956

Goldstone Ground - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 30th April 1956

1956-57

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI) NOT SEEN ONE!

12th December 1957

City Ground - Six inches of Snow

Rearranged 15th April 1957

 

 

SWANSEA TOWN (Reserves)

26th December 1956

Upton Park - Foggy Conditions

Rearranged 8th April 1957

 

 

WATFORD (Reserves)

23rd February 1956

Upton Park - Heavy Rain

Rearranged 16th April 1957

1958-59

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Southern Floodlight Cup)

13th October 1958

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 27th October 1958

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves)

13th December 1958

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 21st April 1959

 

 

HEADINGTON UNITED (Metropolitan League)

10th January 1959

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 30th March 1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUTON TOWN (First XI)

17th January 1959

Upton Park - Bad Weather, Pitch Unfit

Rearranged 13th April 1959

 

 

LUTON TOWN (Reserves)

17th January 1959

Kenilworth Road - Bad Weather, Pitch Unfit

Rearranged 27th April 1959

1959-60

WEST BROMWICH ALBION (First XI)

13th February 1960

The Hawthorns - Postponed on the morning of the game. Day before, eight inches of snow fell in West Bromwich

Rearranged 9th March 1960

1960-61

CLUB COLOURS v. WHITES (Practice Match)

11th August 1960

Upton Park - Cancelled at the last moment

(not re-arranged)

 

 

 

BURNLEY (FIrst XI)

26th November 1960

Turf Moor - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged 18th April 1961

 

 

 

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

26th November 1960

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 9th March 1961

1962-63

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI)

26th December 1962

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 22nd April1963

 

 

 

FULHAM (First XI : FA Cup Third Round)

14th January 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 31st January 1963

 

 

 

FULHAM (First XI : FA Cup Third Round) 

31st January 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged X

 

 

 

FULHAM (First XI : FA Cup Third Round) SUPPLEMENT

31st January 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 4th February 1963

 

 

 

BLACKBURN ROVERS (First XI) NOT ISSUED

9th February 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 4th May 1963

 

 

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Reserves)

16th February 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 13th May 1963

1964-65

MANSFIELD TOWN (Reserves)

6th March 1965

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 8th April 1965

 

 

NORWICH CITY (Reserves)

20th March 1965

Upton Park - Waterlogged Pitch

Rearranged26th April 1965

1965-66

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (FA Youth Cup)

8th December 1965

White Hart Lane - Ground Unfit

Rearranged 14th December 1965 - Abandoned 78 minutes 1-2 (Fog)

Rearranged 21st December 1965 - Rained off at White Hart Lane and switched to Cheshunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves)

18th December 1965

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 22nd January 1966

(Note: the rearranged game would also fall victim to a postponement)

 

 

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

27th December 1965

Villa Park - Match Abandoned 30 minutes (Frozen Conditions)

Rearranged 7th February 1966

 

 

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

28th December 1965

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 7th February 1966

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves)

22nd January 1966

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 7th February 1966

 

 

BRENTWOOD TOWN (Metropolitan League Pro Cup Third-Round)

22nd January 1966

The Hive - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 12th March 1966

 

 

LEICESTER CITY (First XI)

26th February 1966

Filbert Street - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged 9th May 1966

 

 

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

26th February 1966

Upton Park - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged 7th May 1966

1967-68

WEST BROMWICH ALBION (First XI)

14th November 1967

Upton Park - Unfit Pitch due to continual rain

Rearranged 11th December 1967

 

 

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (Reserves : Combination Cup)

9th December 1967

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 30th December 1967

 

 

SUNDERLAND (First XI)

13th January 1968

Upton Park - Poor Ground conditions

Rearranged 24th April 1968

1924-25

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves)

13th September 1924

The Valley - Match Abandoned referee collapsed on field and died

Rearranged 3rd January 1925

 

 

ARSENAL (First XI)

10th January 1925

Highbury - Reason ????

Rearranged 23rd March 1925

 

We believe there are many examples of matches being Abandoned due to bad light, Only confirmed matches will be listed, if you can help please email  theyflysohigh@fsmail.net

Football was virtually put on ice between late December 1962 and March 1963 as ferocious blizzards, drifting snow that reached 25 feet and regular temperatures of -20c made it the worst winter in football history and the coldest since weather records began. The number of postponements even exceeded the great white-out of 1947.

The severe conditions actually began on 22nd December 1962, but worsened on Boxing Day when snow fell heavily in the south of England. 19 of the 46 Football League games were postponed that day with another three abandoned. "Football cut in half" screamed the Mirror headline the following morning

Groundsmen 02 44_12_25 Chelsea v. WHU 01 Post

Please Note:

Programme illustrations, if we have them will be shown on their respective page within the Programme Index for that particular season. A few token ones will be added to enhance the list.

It will be assumed that a Programme exists, unless otherwise noted.

 

If you can help expand the "West Ham United Knowledge Bank" with any omissions or corrections we would be pleased to hear from you. We are especially after confirmation of why a game was called off.   Please email: theyflysohigh@fsmail.net

Under-soil heating at Upton Park was still just a pipe dream

Both Home and Away fixtures in this competion were normally played on the oppositions enclosure. A few Token HOME matches were played either at Upton Park or The Spotted Dog Ground. The Headington United postponed match reverted to the Manor Ground, Oxford.

60_08_11 First Practice Match 65_12_08 Tottenham v. WHU FAYC 2 Post 65_12_08 Tottenham v. WHU FAYC 2 Report Snow 05

From the late 1920s right through to the 1963-64 season the Hammers held Public Practice Matches at Upton Park before the start of each season.

The 'Pipe-opener' served a two-fold purpose. First and foremost it gave the opportunity to raise funds for local and other deserving charities. The second so that fans can see the preliminaries to the upcoming campaign. The occasion was also used to run the rule over players who are "on trial" for possible places in the senior team.

Although the accent on "practice without injury" during these games it is always a natural thing for the players to "take it easy" when going into tackles, but this is usually compensated for by more goals scored.

The games are normally billed as REDS v. BLUES, or CLUB COLOURS v. WHITES and CLUB COLOURS v. BLUES.

 

ALL of these Practice Match programmes from the period are considered RARE.

 

This one in particular is hard to obtain, due to the fact the match was due to be played on a Thursday evening and was Cancelled at the last moment.

Can you add any further information?

The Bury match was postponed because of a frozen playing surface. An interesting point of note however surrounded the rearrange game. Following an agreement by our Lancashire opponents to play the match by floodlight on 19 March 1956 a further postponment was threatened owing to the proposed banning of floodlight fixtures by the Players' Union. The difficulty was overcome and the fixture took place, to become the first League game played at the Boleyn Ground under "Floodlights".

The weekend of 15th January 1955 was very nearly a "lost week-end", for only the Hammers "A" Team was able to complete its fixture. Games postponed that day included the First Team v. Liverpool, Reserves v. Chelsea, "B" Team v. Dartford, Colts v. Arsenal and Juniors v. Briggs Minors. Unfit grounds due to heavy snowfall caused all the cancellations.

The "A" Team had a prolonged journey to Yarmouth Town for their Eastern Counties League fixture which they arrived late, the kick-off having to be delayed. However, the weather conditions at Yarmouth were more favourable than those met en route, and although the ground was treacherous with a hard top surface and soft underneath there was no snow to provide a further handicap.

Match Postponed 02

1961-62

BLACKBURN ROVERS (First XI)

30th December 1961

Ewood Park - Bad Weather

Rearranged 28th March 1962

CONTINUE

1936-37

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

12th December 1936

Upton Park - Reason: ????

Rearranged 26th April 1937

36_12_12 WHU v. Aston Villa Post

WHU v. Aston Villa 12th December 1936

63_01_31 WHU v. Fulham FAC3 63_01_31 WHU v. Fulham FAC3 - Leaflet

Supplement to the Fulham 31st January 1963 programme,which also fell victim to the weather

60_02_13 WBA v. WHU (Post)

Rare programme

1930-31

PORTSMOUTH (Reserves)

26th December 1930

Upton Park - Referee deemed to pitch unfit to play

Rearranged 2nd March 1931 (Won 5-2)

1966-67

STEVENAGE TOWN (FA Youth Cup)

9th December 1966

Broadhall Way - Reason ???

Rearranged 191th December 1966