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Six of the XI that December afternoon would contribute to the Division II Championship triumph four seasons later.
Andy played 14 league games in his initial season of league football, replacing Derek Parker whose West Ham career was drawing to a close.
The first of Andy’s 21 FA Cup appearances was in January’s 3rd round home tie against Division I side Huddersfield Town. Now this result was memorable as the Hammers comfortably won 4-0 against the team who would finish third in the top tier.
The 1950s was a decade of fluctuating fortunes for West Ham. During these 10 years the club rose from the mediocrity of the lower half of Division Two to the heights of sixth place in the top tier. A player who made a significant contribution to that rise in the Hammers’ status was right half, Andy Malcolm.
Born: Upton Park, London May 4, 1933. Andy died December 26, 2013 aged 80
5th December 1953
Scottish League 1 - 1 Football League
Sammy Baird Brian Clough
Brown (Dundee), Grant (Hibernian), Caldow (Rangers), Turnbull (Hibernian), Toner (Kilmarnock), Mackay (Hearts), Hamilton (Hearts), Fernie (Celtic), Bauld (Hearts), Baird (Rangers), Auld (Celtic).
Hopkinson (Bolton Wanderers), Bond (West Ham), Shaw G. (Sheffield United), Malcolm (West Ham), Shaw J. (Sheffield United), Iley (Tottenham Hotspur), Wilkinson (Sheffield Wednesday), Quixall (Manchester United), Clough (Middlesborough), Greaves (Chelsea), Pilkington (Burnley)
Nostalgic Moments card issued in 2004
Memory Lane card issued in 2002
Fifth Place Match
Third / Fourth Place
International Youth Association Football Tournament
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship is an annual football competition organised by the sport's European governing body, UEFA. The competition has been held since 1948. It was originally called the FIFA junior tournament, until it was taken over by UEFA in 1955. In 1980, it was restyled the European Under 18 Football Championship, and as changes were made to player eligibility dates in 2001, the championship received its current name, and this name has been used since the 2002 championship. The contest has been held every year since its inauguration in 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was only held every other year.
Tottenham Hotspur 6 - 0 West Ham United
Eastern Counties League
White Hart Lane
15th January 1949
Match extract from subsequent West Ham programme
Football League : Division II debut
West Ham United 1 - 2 Notts County
London Mid-Week League debut
West Ham United 2 - 4 Southampton
9th October 1950
A group of Happy Hammers in the dressing room after clinching promotion at Middlesbrough
Back row: Malcolm Musgrove, Noel Cantwell, Ken Brown, Andy Malcolm, Vic Keeble
Front row: Andy Nelson, Ernie Gregory, Mike Grice
ANDY MALCOLM'S SCRAPBOOK
Andy signed professional in July 1950 and his claret and blue first team career spanned nine seasons before transferring to Chelsea in November 1961. In his distinguished career Andy played alongside many Hammer legends including: Harry Hooper, Frank O’Farrell, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Ken Brown, Noel Cantwell, Ernie Gregory, John Dick, Vic Keeble, Malcolm Musgrove, Phil Woosnam, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.
A season with the Pensioners was followed by three more with Queens Park Rangers.
During his West Ham career he made 321 competitive first team appearances. 283 of these in the football league, and a further 38 in the F.A., League, Southern Floodlight and Essex Professional Cups. As a defending half back rather than an attacking one, his goal tally was limited to four in the league.
His West Ham career included several highlights:
First West Ham player to gain an England Youth international cap in 1948
Member of the 1956 team which narrowly missed out on a FA Cup semi-final place
Ever present in West Ham’s 1957-58 Division Two Championship winning side
Winner of the first Hammer of the Year title in 1958
A Football League representative cap v Scottish League in October 1958
Essex Professional Cup Winners medal 1958-59
Southern Floodlight Cup Final runners-up medal in 1960
Another timely tackle this time against Ken Whitfield of Brighton & Hove Albion
Andy tackles Frank Wignall of Everton
The first West Ham notes on Andy refer to his three international youth caps when he played for England in April 1948’s International Youth Football Association Tournament. The 1970-71 West Ham Handbook lists Andy as having won three caps in this tournament, so by definition he must have played in all three of England’s games in the 1948 competition including England’s 3-2 final win over The Netherlands. This 1948 tournament was a forerunner of the European Youth Tournament, known as the “Little World Cup”.
Andy Malcolm cemented his place in Hammers' history in 1948 as the very first West Ham United Youth International player.
Records indicate that Andy made his debut for the “A” team on January 15, 1949 in an Eastern Counties League match away to Tottenham Hotspur. Though he wasn’t included in the programme’s team listing, a supporters pencilled team change confirms his place in the side and the subsequent match report refers to his first appearance in claret and blue.
1953-54 – First Team Debut Season
Despite turning professional in July 1950 Andy had to wait over three years for his first team debut. This was an Essex Professional Cup tie on October 22 1953 away to Colchester United. Despite a Harry Hooper goal it was not a memorable baptism as the Hammers lost 5-1. The team a mix of experienced and new faces was: Peter Chiswick, John Bond, Harry Kinsell, Andy Malcolm, Fred Cooper, Doug Bing, Harry Hooper, Terry Matthews. Fred Kearns, Albert Foan, Terry Woodgate.
Six weeks later, on Saturday December 5, 1953 and Andy made his league bow at home to Notts County. Again the result was not favourable as the Magpies won 2-1.
Football Combination debut
West Ham United Reserves 4 - 2 Portsmouth Reserves
31st August 1950
Foan 2, Wade, Betts
1954-55 – League Form Improves & Floodlit Friendlies
After West Ham lost three of the first four league games 5-2, Andy Malcolm was drafted back into the team and he retained his place for the remaining 38 matches. The Hammers final league position of 8th was a noticeable improvement on the previous season’s 13th position.
Floodlit Friendlies Against European Sides
One of manager Ted Fenton’s biggest influences on the club in the 1950s was his enthusiasm for the Hammers to experience playing against different footballing sides. Throughout the 1950s he successfully attracted many top European club sides to East London.
Andy Malcolm played in many of these floodlit affairs. Starting in April 1953 against the Brazilian side Olaria (0-0), and then in the autumn of 1954 through to the spring of 1955 West Ham enjoyed a long run of successful results. These included victories over VFB Stuggart (4-0 Oct 5, 1954), SC Wacker (3-1 Oct 19, 1954), SC Simmering (8-2 Feb 19, 1955), Holland Sports (0-0 March 25, 1955). Andy played in all of these matches and the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of AC Milan in December 1954.
1955-56 – FA Cup Quarter-Finalists
League form was not great as the Hammers slipped to finish 16th and injury restricted Andy’s appearances to 22 in the 1955-56 Division II campaign. But the disappointing league form was partly compensated by a good run in the FA Cup.
The Hammers six game campaign culminated in reaching the quarter-finals where they met North London Division I rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. After a memorable 3-3 draw at White Hart Lane, the Hammers lost the home replay 2-1. The total attendance for the two quarter-final matches was over 105,000! 36,000 crammed into Upton Park for the March 8 replay.
1957-58 – Division II Champions
After an absence of 26 years West Ham finally returned to English football’s top tier. This season’s league programme was probably Andy’s best with the club. Not only was he the club’s only ever-present but he was a constant and consistent driving force throughout the games. And he netted his first goals for the first team….and three of them! They were worth waiting for.
His first net was on September 14, 1957 away at the Vetch Field, Swansea Town. The game was in the middle of a three match losing streak, after which the team hit championship form to only lose four of the season’s remaining 32 league games.
Hammer of the Year - 1958
The records show that Andy is listed as the first recipient of the club’s Hammer of the Year title. This first title was the nomination by the journalist reporting as The Reaper in the local newspaper, The Stratford Express. While Andy did not receive a trophy at any awards event he is listed as the first winner. Subsequent year’s winners were voted for by supporters.
1958-59 Club’s Highest Placing in Division I
The first season back in Division I was memorable for the club and supporters. A fantastic start saw the Hammers momentarily topped the football league after winning four of their first six matches.
This exceptional early season form helped propel Andy and John Bond to the attention of the international selectors. Both of the players were selected to play for the Football League XI against their Scottish League counterparts on October 8, 1958.
The Hammers maintained form to eventually finish in 6th place, which equalled the club’s highest ever position from the 1926-27 season. Though in 1958-59 they finished with 48 points, two more than 32 years earlier.
110 Consecutive League Appearances
The late 1950s saw the pinnacle of Andy’s playing career: Hammer of the Year, a member of the Division II Championship winning side, and a Football League representative honour. To underline those achievements Andy also clocked an impressive 110 consecutive league appearances for the Hammers. This run commenced on August 24, 1957 in the season’s first game (home to Lincoln City 2-2) and ended on January 16, 1960 (away to Leeds United 0-3).
In the five seasons 1956-57 to 1960-61 inclusive, Andy only missed nine league matches as he played in 201 of the 210 games.
Essex Professional Cup Final Victory
A further honour won was a winner’s medal in 1958-59’s Essex Professional Cup tournament. The final was held over to September 21, 1959 as West Ham beat neighbours Leyton Orient at Upton Park. The goals by Ron Brett, John Dick, Noel Cantwell and an own goal gave the Hammers a 4-1 victory.
Noel Dwyer, Joe Kirkup, Noel Cantwell, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Geoff Hurst, Derek Woodley, Phil Woosnam, Ron Brett, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.
1959-60 – Runners-up medal in
Southern Floodlight Cup Final
Andy collected another cup final medal when he played in the 1959-60 season’s Southern Floodlight Cup (SFC) final against Coventry City on April 27, 1960. In front of a 16,921 Highfield Road crowd the Sky Blues emerged as victors by 2-1. John Cartwright netted West Ham’s consolation goal.
Andy played in all five of West Ham’s SFC ties in what was the competition’s last season before it was replaced by the Football League Cup.
Brian Rhodes, John Bond, Noel Cantwell, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Mike Grice, John Cartwright, Dave Dunmore, Andy Smillie, Malcolm Musgrove.
1961-62 - Last West Ham Season & Transfer to Chelsea
Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. And they did for Andy. The influencing factor was Ron Greenwood who took over as manager from Ted Fenton in April 1961. Greenwood was not such a big fan of Andy’s uncompromising style of play and he initially bought in Geoff Hurst at right half to replace him. Though later another tough tackler, Eddie Bovington, would take over the number four reigns.
Andy Malcolm's last league appearance for West Ham turned out to be the 3-2 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday October 28, 1961.
Despite being only one season away from a testimonial game, he left West Ham in a swap arrangement for Chelsea’s Ron Tindall and £11,000 cash in November 1961. After a year and 27 league appearances (plus one goal) for Chelsea, Andy moved on to Queens Park Rangers. At Loftus Road he made a further 84 league appearances and netted four goals before retiring from league football in 1964.
End of Season Tour 1959
Belgium, West Germany and in Holland where Andy is soaking up the sun at the team hotel in preperation for the game against Fortuna
The second goal was on February 22, 1958 in the 3-2 win at home to Bristol City. And the third net was in the Hammers’ April return to Wales to visit Cardiff City and take three points with a 3-0 victory.
One of four international caps won by Andy
F.A. Youth International
6th May 1950 Ireland v. England in Belfast
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Andy's funeral took place in South Africa January 10, 2014 with Hammers' fan Nigel Bands providing a super spray of flowers in claret and blue.
A first for the organist, the hymn, 'I'm forever blowing bubbles' was played to those in attendance.
Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur) in a tussle for the ball with Andy Malcolm (Chelsea)
Andy's Club blazier badge
Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller
ANDY LINES UP FOR A CAP
In 1966, he went to South Africa where he played for Port Elizabeth and then the Greek Port Elizabeth side Apollen FC, before returning in 1967 to play for Brentwood Town in the Southern League.
After retiring as a player, Andy became a landlord at two public houses in Essex, The Ship and Anchor in Maldon, and The Lion at Latchingdon.
He later emigrated to South Africa in 1986.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa and beyond
Queens Park Rangers
Known to his West Ham team mates as “Smiler” because
he rarely smiles on the field
100 yards flat = 12 seconds
440 yards flat = 65 seconds
Long jump = 15 ft 0ins
ENGLAND v. IRELAND
Old Trafford, Manchester 15th May 1948 (4 - 0)
West Ham’s second-string started their Football Combination Cup campaign with a 100 per cent home record that included victories in the Semi-Final and Final (both played at Upton Park).
Competition format in those days was based on home and away group matches.
The Hammers faced Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Portsmouth, Aldershot and Reading.
As group winners West Ham progressed to the Semi-Final stage, where we opposed Leicester City 3-1 in front of 9,400.
An impressive 20,800 attendance witnessed two goals from Harry Hooper and one a piece from Fred Kearns and Ken Tucker to secure a 4-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the 16th November 1953 final.
The team that played in both the semi-final and final were Peter Chiswick, John Bond, Harry Kinsell (Capt), Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Doug Bing, Harry Hooper, Albert Foan, Fred Kearns, Gerry Gazzard, Ken Tucker
With no "let up" the youngsters set about the task of completing the "double" by winning the Football Combination Division One title - a feat which had never previously been accomplished by one club in the same season.
As far as West Ham United was concerned, 1953-54 was largely a time for further encouragement of the younger element, and as a result the average age of the playing-staff at that time was the lowest in the history of the Club. Consequently it was our Reserve Team that stole the majority of the limelight that season.
Andy Malcolm's Football Combination Cup winners medal
Upton Park, London
May 4, 1933
21 FA Cup
2 League Cup
13 Southern Floodlit Cup
2 Essex Professional Cup
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