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 8 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)   No programme issued

22 December 1900

Memorial Grounds - Match Abandoned 70mins due to Fog (losing 0-2)

Rearranged: 21 March 1901 (won 1-0)

 

 

1901-02

WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN (First XI)   No programme issued

2 September 1901

Memorial Grounds - Match Abandoned 78mins due to bad light (drawing 1-1)

Rearranged: 30 September 1901 (won 4-2)

1932-33

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

PORTSMOUTH (Reserves)

26 December 1932

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

Rearranged: 13 February 1933 (won 6-0)

SECOND WORLD WAR PERIOD

CLAPTON ORIENT (First XI)

15 January 1944

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 10 April 1944

 

1946-47

NEWPORT COUNTY (First XI)

14 December 1946

Upton Park - Fog, Visibility insufficent

Rearranged: 19 April 1947

 

 

SWANSEA TOWN (Reserves)

6 January 1947

Upton Park - Heavy fall of snow

Rearranged: 3 March 1947

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (First XI)   No Programme Issued

22 February 1947

White Hart Lane - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 17 May 1947

 

 

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves : Combination Cup)

22 February 1947

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 27 May 1947

 

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED (First XI)  Not Seen One!

8 March 1947

St James' Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 26 May 1947

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves : Combination Cup)

8 March 1947

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 10 May 1947

1947-48

CHESTERFIELD (First XI)

21 February 1948

Saltergate - Snow, Players set off for match only to run into a

belt of snow in Derbyshire

Rearranged: 7 April 1048

1948-49

GRIMSBY TOWN (First XI)

27 November 1948

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

Rearranged: 12 February 1949 (won 1-0)

1950-51

IPSWICH TOWN (Eastern Counties League)

4 December 1950

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

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

 

 

SOUTHEND UNITED (London Mid-Week League)  Not seen one!

21 December 1950

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 3 May 1951

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)  Not seen one!

12 February 1951

Upton Park - Inclement weather

Rearranged: 9 April 1951

 

 

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves : Combination Cup)

17 February 1951

Upton Park - Inclement weather

Rearranged: 16 April 1951

 

 

PORTSMOUTH  (Reserves : Combination Cup)

7 April 1951

Upton Park - Burst of terrible weather just before kick-off

Rearranged: 24 April 1951

1951-52

BRENTFORD (First XI)

29 March 1952

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

Rearranged: 21 April 1952 (draw 1-1)

 

 

ALDERSHOT (Reserves : Combination Cup)

29 March 1952

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 30 April 1952

1952-53

CHELSEA (Reserves)

6 December 1952

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

Rearranged: 4 March 1953 (lost 0-2)

1953-54

STOKE CITY (First XI)

2 January 1954

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

Rearranged: 12 April 1954 (draw 2-2)

 

 

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN (Eastern Counties League)

30 January 1954

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

Rearranged: 22 April 1954 (won 1-0)

1954-55

LIVERPOOL (First XI)

15 January 1955

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 26 April 1955

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves) Not seen one!

15 January 1955

Stamford Bridge - Snow

Rearranged: 27 April 1955

 

 

DARTFORD RESERVES (Metropolitan League) Not seen one!

15 January 1955

Watling Street - Snow

Rearranged: 27 April 1955

1955-56

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves)

27 December 1955

Leyton Stadium - Unfit state of the ground

Rearranged: 16 February 1956

 

 

HOLBEACH UNITED (Eastern Counties League)

14 January 1956

Carters Park - Extremely Unfavourable weather in Lincolnshire

Rearranged: 11 February 1956

 

 

 

BURY (First XI)

4 February 1956

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 19 March 1956

 

 

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (Reserves)

4 February 1956

Goldstone Ground - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 30 April 1956

1956-57

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI) Not seen one!

12 December 1957

City Ground - Six inches of Snow

Rearranged: 15 April 1957

 

 

SWANSEA TOWN (Reserves)

26 December 1956

Upton Park - Foggy Conditions

Rearranged: 8 April 1957

 

 

WATFORD (Reserves)

23 February 1956

Upton Park - Heavy Rain

Rearranged: 16 April 1957

1958-59

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Southern Floodlight Cup)

13 October 1958

Upton Park - Continual rainfall during the week end

Rearranged: 27 October 1958

 

 

LEYTON ORIENT (Reserves)

13 December 1958

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 21 April 1959

 

 

HEADINGTON UNITED (Metropolitan League)

10 January 1959

Upton Park - Inclement weather

Rearranged as an AWAY fixture 30 March 1959

 

 

LUTON TOWN (First XI)

17 January 1959

Upton Park - Bad Weather, Pitch Unfit

Rearranged: 13 April 1959

 

 

LUTON TOWN (Reserves)

17 January 1959

Kenilworth Road - Bad Weather, Pitch Unfit

Rearranged: 27 April 1959

1959-60

WEST BROMWICH ALBION (First XI)

13 February 1960

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

Rearranged: 9 March 1960

1960-61

CLUB COLOURS v. WHITES (Practice Match)

11 August 1960

Upton Park - Cancelled at the last moment

(not re-arranged)

 

 

 

BURNLEY (FIrst XI)

26 November 1960

Turf Moor - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged: 18 April 1961

 

 

 

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

26 November 1960

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 9 March 1961

1962-63

FULHAM (First XI : FA Cup Third Round)

14 January 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 31 January 1963

 

 

 

FULHAM (First XI : FA Cup Third Round) SUPPLEMENT issued

31 January 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 4 February 1963

 

 

 

BLACKBURN ROVERS (First XI)

Rare Programme printed but not issued

9 February 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 4 May 1963

 

 

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Reserves)

16 February 1963

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 13 May 1963

1964-65

MANSFIELD TOWN (Reserves)

6 March 1965

Upton Park - Poor ground conditions

Rearranged: 8 April 1965

 

 

NORWICH CITY (Reserves)

20 March 1965

Upton Park - Waterlogged Pitch

Rearranged: 26 April 1965

1965-66

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (FA Youth Cup)

8 December 1965

White Hart Lane - Ground Unfit

Rearranged game on 14 December 1965

Abandoned after 78 minutes due to Fog (losing 1-2)

 

 

Rearranged 21 December 1965 at White Hart Lane but was rained off and

switched to Spurs training ground at Cheshunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves)

18 December 1965

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 22 January 1966

Note: The rearranged game would also fall victim to a postponement

 

 

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

27 December 1965

Villa Park - Match Abandoned 30 minutes (Frozen Conditions)

Rearranged: 7 February 1966

 

 

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

28 December 1965

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 5 March 1966

 

 

CHELSEA (Reserves)

22nd January 1966

Upton Park - Weather conditions

Rearranged: 7 February 1966

 

 

BRENTWOOD TOWN (Metropolitan League Pro Cup Third-Round)

22 January 1966

The Hive - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged: 12 March 1966

 

 

LEICESTER CITY (First XI)

26 February 1966

Filbert Street - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged: 9 May 1966

 

 

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

26 February 1966

Upton Park - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged: 7 May 1966

1967-68

WEST BROMWICH ALBION (First XI)

14 November 1967

Upton Park - Unfit Pitch due to continual rain

Rearranged: 11 December 1967

 

 

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (Reserves : Combination Cup)

9 December 1967

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 30 December 1967

 

 

SUNDERLAND (First XI)

13 January 1968

Upton Park - Poor Ground conditions

Rearranged: 24 April 1968

1924-25

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Reserves)

13 September 1924

The Valley - Match Abandoned referee collapsed on field and died

Rearranged: 3 January 1925

 

 

 

 

 

ARSENAL (First XI)

10 January 1925

FA Cup First Round

Upton Park - Dense Fog prevented the start of the match

Rearranged: 14 January 1925

 

There are many examples of matches being Abandoned due to bad light, only confirmed matches will be listed.

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 22 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 programmes are added to this section. 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@btinternet.com

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

Both Home and Away fixtures in the Metropolitan League 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

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.

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 15 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 against Liverpool, the Reserves Combination game at Chelsea, the "B" teams Metroplolitan fixture at Dartford, The Colts v. Arsenal and the 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 the coast 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.

1961-62

BLACKBURN ROVERS (First XI)

30 December 1961

Ewood Park - Bad Weather

Rearranged: 28 March 1962

CONTINUE

1936-37

ASTON VILLA (First XI)

12 December 1936

Upton Park - Match Abandoned Fog 83 minutes (winning 2-0)

Rearranged: 26 April 1937 (won 2-1)

36_12_12 WHU v. Aston Villa Post

Aston Villa 12 December 1936

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

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

60_02_13 WBA v. WHU (Post)

West Bromwich Albion

Rare postponed programme

1930-31

PORTSMOUTH (Reserves)

26 December 1930

Upton Park - Referee deemed the pitch unfit to play

Rearranged: 2 March 1931

1966-67

STEVENAGE TOWN (FA Youth Cup)

9 December 1966

Broadhall Way - Reason ???

Rearranged: 19 December 1966

 

 

30_12_26 WHU v. Portsmouth Postponed

Boxing Day reserve games against Portsmouth were postponed in 1930 due to an unfit pitch and two-years later to fog

West Ham United v. Aston Villa

Football to the majority of people was a shadow game. Fog reduced visibility on nearly all the grounds to a few yards, and frost spoiled the games as test of skills. So bad were the conditions that attendances were far below standard, the average being under 14,000. One match was not started and four others were abandoned.

Referee dies WHU v Arsenal post Millwall post

1943-44

1944-45

CHELSEA (First XI)

25 December 1944

Stamford Bridge - Fog and Frost

Rearranged: 2 April 1945

 

 

 

CHELSEA (First XI)

26 December 1944

Upton Park - Fog and Frost

Rearranged: 19 May 1945

 

 

 

LUTON TOWN (First XI)   Not Seen One!

27 January 1945

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged: 4 May 1945

47_01_06 Postponed Swansea Town

FINCHLEY (First XI - Opening Lights)

10 October 1962

Summers Lane - Abandoned 25 mins due to Fog

Rearranged: 13 November 1962

 

 

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI)

26 December 1962

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 22 April 1963

47_01_06 WHU v. Swansea Town Reserves Postponed

Swansea Town Reserves

6 January 1947

48_02_21 Chesterfield v. WHU Postponed 48_02_21 Chesterfield v. WHU Postponed Vn2

Chesterfield Official Programme

21 February 1948

Chesterfield Supporters Club

21 February 1948

50_12_04 WHU v. Ipswich Town ECL 01

This Eastern Counties League game against Ipswich Town on 4 December 1950 was abandoned after 80 minutes due to snow

52_03_29 Brentford v. WHU - Abandoned

Snow caused the Brentford game at Griffin Park to be abandoned at half-time, the Aldershot Combination Cup game at Upton Park was a non-starter

54_01_30 Great Yarmouth Town v. WHU ECL

The Hammers were losing 4-1 when snow caused the match to be abandoned in the second-half. West Ham won the rearranged game 1-0

55_01_15 WHU v. Liverpool - Postponed 01

Liverpool

15 January 1955

56_02_04 WHU v. Bury Postponed 01 59_01_10 WHU v. Headington United Metro Postponed 56_12_26 WHU v. Swansea Town Reserves Post 01

Foggy conditions on Boxing Day  1956 caused the postponment against Swansea Town

Both Christmas Day and Boxing Day matches against Chelsea fell to Fog and Frost conditions

Postponed 1968-1993