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361= Ronald CATER ... (1946 - 1950)

Born: 22 February 1922, Fulham, London

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Upton Park 5 January 1946

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date: June 1951

Appearances: 63 (gls 0) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Died: 23 November 2004 (aged 82)

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Born: 15 January 1921, Barking, London

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Upton Park 5 January 1946

Transferred: READING

Date: June 1950

Appearances: 80 (gls 16) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

Died: 23 June 2011 (aged 90)

Born: 12 November 1912 Hove, Sussex

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Upton Park 5 January 1946

Transferred: Retired - Player/Manager Margate

Appearances: 50 (gls 11) Cup: 6 (gls 3)

Died: 7 November 1994 (aged 81)

Born: 16 May 1922, Lode, Cambridgeshire

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Born: 21 March 1920, Wigan, Lancashire

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Born: 23 December 1919, Easington, County Durham

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Date: 2 March 1938

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Craven Cottage 9 September 1946

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Born: 7 May 1915, Whitwell, Northumberland

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Born: 17 January 1914, Brinington Common, near Chesterfield

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Born: 10 November 1921, Stratford, London

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Born: 10 September 1924, Sale, Cheshire

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Born: 9 November 1923, Worthing, Sussex

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Born: 6 March 1921, Aldershot, Hampshire

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Date: 20 January 1947

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Upton Park 8 February 1947

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Joined the ground-staff as a 15-year-old pre WW2, and was in the Essex Regiment and RA from April 1939. A utility defender who played as an amateur for Leytonstone before joining Hammers. Although he was born in West London, Ron turned out for East Ham Boys as well as the London side as a youngster and was also a member  of the same Army team as 16 other Hammers. Made his initial Hammers debut along with Almeric Hall, and Ken Bainbridge in an F.A. Cup 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Upton Park on the 5 January 1946, Ron made his Football League bow against Plymouth Argyle in a 1-3 defeat at Home Park on the 31 August 1946. He took the same short journey as so many other former Hammers when he left the club to join Leyton Orient in June 1951, only played 4 games for the "O's".

361= Ken BAINBRIDGE ... (1946 - 1950)

Almeric George Hall was a clever inside-forward who had seen service with Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United and Bradford City before the war. Almer made his initial Hammers debut in the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Upton Park in an F.A. Cup match on the 5th January 1946 and his League debut was in the opening fixture of the 1946-47 campaign against Plymouth Argyle in a 1-3 defeat at Home Park 31 August 1946. He later became something of an institution as manager of Kent League side Margate when he retired from playing. Almer vacated his post with the seasiders after 34 years at Hartsdown Park; he signed a host of former Hammers, including: Alan Blackburn, Peter Chiswick, David Hills, Fred Kearns, Albert Foan and Ken Tucker. Almer's three decades with the Kent club must constitute something of a record, and  he certainly earned the tag "Mr. Margate".

361= Almeric HALL ... (1946 - 1948)

A prominent member of West Ham United's senior side in the immediate post-war period, made his initial Hammers debut in the claret-and-blue in a 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Upton Park in an F.A. Cup match on the 5th January 1946. Ken's League debut was against Millwall at the Boleyn in a 3-1 victory, which was gained over the south of the river visitors on the 21st September 1946. This speedy winger was a handful for his opponents and not averse to having a crack at goal, he scored on nine seconds in a 2-1 win over Barnsley, the quickest recorded goal at Upton Park, in a Second Division game on August 29, 1949. His scoring exploits became even more pronounced when transferred to Reading and later Southend United, where he ended his League career.

364. Ken WRIGHT ... (1946 - 1949)

Making his war-time debut while on leave from the RAF, in the No. 5 shirt as a guest in the 6-1 victory over Crystal Palace, Ken was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic deeds during the war while in the R.A.F. he joined West Ham from Cambridge City as an amateur. Ken's first outing in a competitive match for the Hammers came on 10th November 1945 in a League South fixture at Southampton, when he scored in a 3-3 draw, playing at inside-left, finished the season with five goals from five games, but due to the transitionary, regionalised nature of the competition, the statistics were never registered in official Football League records. Just as they had in the third and final match of the truncated 1939-40 season. Ken signed pro forms in 1946. A forward with an eye for goal, his long awaited recorded Hammers debut came against Leicester City in a disappointing 0-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 7th September 1946. He played only six more matches that campaign,  scoring his solitary goal in a 2-1 defeat at  Coventry City. Maintained a good scoring ratio during his four seasons at the Boleyn.

365= George TAYLOR ... (1946 - 1955)

One of Charlie Paynter's many signings from Midland Gainsborough Trinity, made his Hammers debut in the 2-3 defeat at Craven Cottage against London rivals Fulham on the 9th September 1946. The career of goalkeeper George at Upton Park was mainly as understudy to Ernie Gregory, although he did make 38 appearances in 1954-55 when the latter missed the whole season through injury. It was his reliability as a deputy which made Hammers reluctant to release him. His sound displays aroused the interest of other clubs, but every time he was set for a move Ernie was injured and George had to step in to fill the breach. He played 231 games for the Reserves in the Football Combination. He was nearing the veteran stage when he eventually left the Boleyn, seeing out his playing days with Southern League Sittingbourne.

365= Richard DUNN ... (1946 - 1948)

An inside-forward who joined the club from Ferryhill Athletic on 2 March 1938, he was one of many players who had their careers decimated by Word War 2, in which he served for over six years in the Essex Regt. and R.A. In between his duties he turned out for West Ham in Regional football playing in 45 games and scoring 26 goals. In September 1944 he was a spectator at a game between Reading and Tottenham Hotspur. The London side turned up short of players and  he was called upon to make a guest appearance for Spurs in the 0-0 stalemate. When the conflict ended he made his debut for the Hammers along with goalkeeper George Taylor in the 2-3 defeat at the hands of London Rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on the 9 September 1946. He spent two seasons at West Ham making 11 league appearances and scoring two goals. In August 1947 he was transferred to Hartlepool where he spent one season playing in 14 games and scoring two goals.

367. Derek PARKER ... (1946 - 1956)

This popular player just failed to qualify for the exclusive "200 club," with Hammers, his appearances in the claret and blue adding up to 199 in the League. Made his Hammers debut in the 3-1 victory over London rivals Millwall at Upton Park on the 21st September 1946. Originally an inside-forward but later converted to half-back, he also made over 250 Combination appearances for the reserves. Derek returned to his home town in March 1957 to play for Colchester United when Ben Fenton (then manager at United) persuaded his brother Ted to release him to assist in the Essex club's eventually unsuccessful promotion drive from the old Third Division South. Derek went on to make 130 League appearances at Layer Road.

368= George SADLER ... (1946)

George joined the Hammers prior to the outbreak of WW2, along with goalkeeper George Taylor from Gainsborough Trinity. Served with his colleagues in the Essex Regt. T.A. and Royal Artillery. George made only the one appearance in Hammers colours, at centre-half against Southampton in a 2-4 defeat at The Dell on the 7th December 1946. George had to be content with that solitary Second Division outing, there being a glut of defenders at the club at that time. They included: Charlie Bicknell, Arthur Banner, Steve Forde, Johnny McGowan and Ernie Devlin. Transferred to Southern League Guildford where he came under the managership of another ex-Hammer, Archie Macaulay. Hammers provided the opposition to the Surrey club at his benefit in 1954.

368= Joe PAYNE ... (1946 - 1947)

A former Derbyshire coalminer previously with Bolsover Colliery and Bigglewade Town. Joe Payne a name indelibly imprinted in the record books for his ten goals for Luton Town in his first appearance at centre-forward against Bristol Rovers in the old Third Division South in April 1936. Joe Joined Chelsea in March 1938, he managed 36 League games for the Stamford Bridge club (21 goals) before war interrupted his career. Signed for West Ham in December 1946, but had his brief spell at the Boleyn beset with injury problems. Made a scoring debut for Hammers in a 2-4 defeat against Southampton at The Dell on the 7th December 1946 in which George Sadler also made his debut. Joe later ended his League days at Millwall but retired through injury without making a first team outing at the Den although he made a comeback with St. Worcester City in 1952.

370= Ernie GREGORY ... (1946 - 1959)

Ernie actually joined the ground-staff in 1936, one year before that other great club servant, Eddie Chapman. Catching the attention of Charlie Paynter when he appeared for the West Ham Boys team which met Preston in the English Trophy Final at the Boleyn Ground, it proved to be the beginning of an association that lasted a record-breaking 50 years. Although this great goalkeeper first appeared for Hammers in their Mid-week League team in 1938, it was another eight years before he made his League debut due to serving in the Essex Regt. and R.A. during WW2, against  Plymouth Argyle in a 4-1 victory at Upton Park on the 28th December 1946. A regular member of the 1958 promotion side, he received the Football League Long-service statuette when he retired from playing in 1960. He then became coach to the Reserves and later the First-team, specialising in the arts of goalkeeping. Also helped with general coaching and team administrator. Ernie received a special award for 50 years service.

A useful player who could fill any of the defensive duties, but was most at home at wing-half. Made his debut in the troubled 1946-47 season, which saw the resumption of normal League matches for the first time since 1938-39 and Hammers fighting off the threat of relegation to the Third Division (South). Made his Hammers debut along with Ernie Gregory against Plymouth Argyle in a 4-1 victory at Upton Park on the 28th December 1946. Managed two further appearances in 1947-48 season, although he was retained for the following season, Ron did not appear for the First XI again. A keen photographer, Ron was recognised as the club's unofficial 'snapper' the short time he was at Upton Park. Afterwards coached Hornchurch and Upminster, Aveley and Barking.

370= Ron WILSON ... (1946 - 1947)

Born: 6 March 1920, Gateshead

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Date: June 1946

Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

White Hart Lane 17 May 1947

Transferred: DARLINGTON

Date: February 1954

Appearances: 70 (gls 0) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

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Born: 21 January 1924, Moston

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Debut: MANCHESTER CITY

Maine Road 24 May 1947

Transferred: SOUTHEND UNITED

Date: May 1948

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Born: 3 March 1920, Margate

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Born: 10 November 1923, Cork, Eire

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372. Eric PARSONS ... (1947 - 1950)

373. Frank NEARY ... (1947)

Horold Frank Neary began his footballing career with Finchley and was nicknamed "The Brown Bomber". Signed from Queens Park Rangers on 20 January 1947 for a £4,000 fee to replace Joe Payne. Scored two goals on his Hammers debut against Newport County at Upton Park in a 3-0 victory on the 8 February 1947, Frank scored 15 times in only 14 Second Division appearances in his first season. Possessor of a fearsome shot, he went on a tour of the London clubs after playing only three times for Hammers the following season, moving to Leyton Orient in November 1947, 78 games 44 goals, Queens Park Rangers again, 18 games 5 goals, and finally Millwall 123 games, 50 goals.

374. Ernie DEVLIN ... (1947 - 1954)

Signed as a junior for Hammers. Given the affectionate nickname of "Rabbit" by the Upton Park patrons, for the way he used to hare down the touchlines, made his West Ham debut in the 0-4 defeat against Leicester City at Filbert Street on the 4th January 1947, this flying outside-right was sold to London rivals Chelsea in November 1950 for £23,000 - a huge fee for those days. An ever-present member of the Pensioners' First Division Championship side of 1954-55, he later moved to Brentford where he pushed his total League appearances to over the 400 mark, despite sustaining a broken leg while at Griffin Park. He set up a successful sign-writing business when he retired from playing.

Affectionately nicknamed "Joe" by the Upton Park faithful, this whole-hearted full-back was immensely popular with the fans - mainly because of his "never-say-die" attitude. Making his League debut with the long - defunct Gateshead in his native North-East, he was transferred to Hammers in 1946, and made his West Ham debut against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in a 0-0 draw on the 17th May 1947. Had to wait a further two years before gaining a regular place in the senior side. A bad knee injury hampered his career and he ended his time at the Boleyn captaining the Combination team, before transferring to Darlington in 1953-54.

Born: 2 October 1925, London

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Born: 13 September 1919, Cramlington, Northumberland

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Born: 5 June 1926, Tottenhan, London

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Born: 25 May 1921, Hebburn-on-Tyne, Northumberland

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375. Don TRAVIS ... (1947 - 1948)

Don holds the unique record of being the only Hammer to score four goals on both his Reserve and First XI debuts! To chart his amazingly chequered career we must go back to 1940, when he played for the first of his twelve clubs whilst still an amateur at the age of 15 ... Blackpool. His "apprenticeship" with the Seasiders was disrupted when he was called up for National Service with the Army in 1944, serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery. It was around this time that he played for Plymouth Argyle, and was saddled with the nickname "Sailor" after being wrongly reported as being in the Navy by the local press! Wanted or not, the name stuck! He made his initial appearance for West Ham in a Combination match against Chelsea Reserves in September 1945, and scored his quartet. No sooner had Charlie Paynter signed him for Hammers than he was whisked away and posted to Scotland with his unit, where he made guest appearances for St. Mirren and Cowdenbeath. It was whilst on leave in February 1946 that Don made his first team bow against Plymouth Argyle in a League South match, due to the regionalised nature of the competition, the statistics were never registered in official Football League records. He also scored again the following match against Portsmouth, seemingly saving it up for the Navy towns! A long posting to the Middle East followed, and on his return he found competition for the number 9 shirt. Despite this he made his Football League debut for Hammers against Manchester City in a 0-2 defeat at Maine Road on the 24th May 1947 and playing another four Second Division appearances and scoring heavily for the Reserves, he was somewhat surprisingly transferred to Southend United at the end of 1947-48. He played only once for the Essex club, however, before beginning a transfer trail across Northern England, taking in spells with Accrington Stanley, Crewe, Oldham, Chester and Oldham again. He returned South for one last taste of glory with Southern League Yeovil in 1959.

376. Jack YEOMANSON ... (1947 - 1951)

An immediate predecessor of George Wright, both at Margate and West Ham. Jack signed for the Irons from Margate September 1946 and made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1947-48 campaign against Bradford at Valley Parade in a 1-4 defeat on the 23rd August 1947, it was Jack who set the high standards for his successor to follow. It would be a toss-up between these two fine full-backs to find who gave West Ham the best service; certainly Jack's 106 League appearances spread over four seasons were invaluable in helping Hammers through the tricky post-war period, and he did achieve something his replacement never managed...he scored a goal!

377. Tommy MORONEY ... (1947 - 1953)

Another member of the considerable Irish contingent assembled at Upton Park in the immediate post-WW2 period. Tommy was signed by manager Charlie Paynter from Cork United in May 1947 whilst still an amateur. Made his Hammers debut in a 1-1 draw against Millwall at the Den on the 1st September 1947. Although an established wing-half, he also played in the forward-line occasionally before injury problems began to erode his First Team outings. Moved back to Eire with Evergreen United, later becoming manager of the other major club of his native city - Cork Hibs. Won 13 Eire caps between 1948 and 1951.

378. Ken TUCKER ... (1947 - 1956)

Ken's career had a sensational if somewhat unusual beginning in that he scored a "hat-trick " on his League debut against Chesterfield at Upton Park in a 4-0 victory on the 4th October 1947, and then did not score again for another four years (in 14 appearances during that period). A fast, powerful winger signed from Finchley F.C. his scoring exploits in the Reserves (73 goals in 191 matches) finally won him a regular First Team recognition in 1955-56. His success when scoring 15 in 37 appearances was due largely to his decision to change from part-time to full-time training. Ken transferred to Notts County in March 1957, and later joined the enclave of ex-Hammers at Margate just after WW2.

Born: 8 November 1924, Dublin, Eire

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Born: 11 May 1923, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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Born: 3 August 1923, East Ham, London

Signed:  ROMFORD

Date: 1937

Debut: COVENTRY CITY

Upton Park 13 September 1948

Appearances: 7 (gls 3)

Died: 8 August 2002 (aged 79)

Born: 12 June 1921, Torphichen, Scotland

Signed: BLACKPOOL

Date: 20 October 1948

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379= John William STEPHENS ... (1947)

One of two footballing brothers who played for East Cramlington and Leeds United before the war, Signed by manager Charlie Paynter from the manager's own home-town club, Swindon Town where he scored 25 times in 47 matches, Bill suffered what must be the fastest-ever injury to a club player in a competitive match when he broke his left leg five seconds after the kick-off of an Eastern Counties League match at Bury St. Edmunds on the 22nd April 1949 - his second leg-break in successive seasons. Made his Hammers debut in the 3-0 victory over Fulham at Upton Park on the 13th December 1947, he was shaping up well at centre-forward before his first mishap in 1947-48 when he made 23 First Team appearances (scoring seven times). Bill had only one more senior outing after that and was transferred to Cardiff City in December 1950; but never made the League side at Ninian Park.

379= Don WADE ... (1947 - 1951)

A maker, rather than a taker of goals, this inside-forward was born near the Tottenham ground. It was West Ham who signed him as a professional, however, after he had played for Spur's juniors and Edware Town. Prominent in Army football, he made his Second Division baptism in 1947-48 against Fulham after his demobilisation in a 3-0 victory at Upton Park on the 13th December 1947. An all-round sportsman, he also played on the wing on occasions. Moved to Bedford Town after his service with Hammers.

381. Eric ARMSTRONG ... (1948 - 1953)

A Whole-hearted wing-half who was mostly a reserve team player, but inspired everyone with his devotion to the game. Signed from Cramlington Welfare F.C. after service in the Royal Navy in WW2, he had played for East Northumberland Boys before progressing to senior soccer. A member of the Combination Championship side of 1947-48, making his Football League debut against Doncaster Rovers at Upton Park which resulted in a victory by a 2-1 scoreline on the 24th January 1948. His one other appearance in the claret-and-blue came 5 years later in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United at Layer Road in which he scored in the 3-2 victory on the 13th November 1952. He turned his attention to coaching Hammers' junior sides and became coach of Harwich & Parkeston F.C. in 1954. Spent over a decade as the Essex club's manager until his untimely death in 1969.

382. Danny McGOWAN ... (1948 - 1954)

Skilful Eire international inside-forward, who converted to wing-half when competition for the inside-berths increased. Signed from League of Ireland club Shelbourne, after being recommended by their manager and pre-war Hammer, Charlie Turner. Danny arrived at Upton Park at the same time as two of his fellow countrymen, Johnny Carroll and Fred Kearns. Made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1948-49 campaign against Luton Town in a 2-2 draw at Upton Park on the 21st August 1948. Completed six seasons at the Boleyn until his transfer to Southern League Chelmsford City in 1954. Three Eire caps in 1949.

Born: 4 April 1919, Whitburn, Durham

Signed: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Date: January 1949

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Transferred:  Youth Team Manager

Appearances: 101 (gls 60) Cup: 8 (gls 4)

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Born: 20 August 1927, Colchester, Essex

Signed: CRYSTAL PALACE

Date: 11 August 1948

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Debut: BLACKBURN ROVERS

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Died: 21 November 2017, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex (aged 90)

Born: 15 March 1925, Cinderford, Gloucestershire

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Born: 8 November 1927, Dublin, Eire

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Date: May 1948

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383. Johnny CARROLL ... (1948 - 1949)

One of the lesser-known of the considerable Irish contingent in the immediate post-war period at Upton Park, this centre-forward joined the club at the same time as fellow compatriots Danny McGowan and Fred Kearns. Signed from Limerick, he made his League debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 30th August 1948. He made another four Second Division appearances in season 1948-49, without managing to get his name on the scoresheet.

384. Eddie CHAPMAN ... (1948 - 1949)

385. George DICK ... (1948 - 1949)

One of the longest serving members on the club payroll. He took up the position of Club Secretary when he retired from playing in 1956, and added the title of Chief Executive in 1979. Blooded in war-time soccer by Charlie Paynter when he was only 16, Eddie had to wait until 1948 before making his League debut in the Second Division against Coventry City at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 13 September 1948, after being de-mobbed by the army (where he served in the R.E.) A man with a multitude of memories, he once scored five goals in a 7-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in a Combination fixture just after WW2, and was the recipient of the Football League long-service award in 1978. Retired from the club in June 1986.

George White Dick was signed by Charlie Paynter from the then star-studded Blackpool in an attempt to solve a goalscoring problem. A member of the Tangerines' Cup Final side of 1948, Dick was signed from the Bloomfield Road club on 20 October 1948 for £5,500, making his first appearance in the claret-and-blue against Luton Town at Upton Park in a 0-1 defeat 30 October 1948. He went on to record another 14 outings that season, but the hoped-for goals didn't materialise, indeed it was against Leeds United on 27 December before he scored his only goal for West Ham in the 3-1 victory at Elland Road. He later regained his goalscoring touch on his travels with Carlisle United, 52 appearances and 23 goals, Stockport County 25 starts and 12 goals and finally Workington recording 16 strikes in 56 games. Dick also coached on the continent with Racing Club Ghent (1953-1955), Boldklubben and Galatasaray. George tragically died in a motor accident in Carlisle September 1960.

386. BillI ROBINSON ... (1949 - 1951)

Bill came to Upton Park from Charlton Athletic in January 1949, after playing in a reserve match there the week before his transfer. Seven days later he scored on his debut against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in a 1-2 defeat on the 15th January 1949. Held Hammers post-war scoring record with 26 goals in 40 League games in 1950-51, until John Dick surpassed him in 1957-58. A pre-war professional with Sunderland (with whom he once scored three goals in four minutes against Manchester United). Appointed full-time organiser of the Youth Section when he retired from playing at the end of 1952-53, he was largely responsible for making it one of the finest in the country before being promoted to Assistant Manager in November 1957. Bill became manager of Hartlepool United in November 1959.

387. Derek JACKMAN ... (1948 - 1951)

Derek Jackman signed professional forms for Crystal Palace in March 1945 having played for the Glaziers second string before the Second World War. Transferred from the south London club to West Ham United for £500 on 11 August 1948. The squad player made a scoring debut for the Hammers in a Football Combination  4-1 win over Ipswich Town on 23 August. In his first season he went on to make 34 Combination and Cup appearances and scored 7 goals. Jackman made a solitary appearance for the first team in the Second Division victory over Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on 5 March 1949. An uncompromising wing-half, his 9 first team appearances were sparsely spread over three seasons, his last being a 1-2 home defeat against Brentford on 2 September 1950. Later signed for Chelmsford City.

388. Gerry GAZZARD ... (1949 - 1953)

The original "Pirate of Penzance!" This likeable West-countryman was discovered playing as an inside-forward for Penzance F.C., but turned out on 20 occasions as an orthodox winger for the County of Cornwall XI. Signed professional for Hammers 12th May 1949, he made his West Ham debut in the opening fixture of the 1949-50 campaign against Luton Town at Kennelworth Road in a 2-2 draw on the 20th August 1949. Gerry had 38 appearances in his first season, and was one game short of being an ever-present the next season. Troubled by cartilage injury, he transferred to Brentford after losing his place to Johnny Dick, and finally played out the remainder of his career back at Penzance as a reinstated amateur with the Pirates.

389. Fred KEARNS ... (1949 - 1954)

390. Jim BARRETT Jnr. ... (1950 - 1954)

Born: 5 November 1930, West Ham, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: February 1949

Debut: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Ewood Park 22 April 1950

Transferred: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

December 1954

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Appearances: 85 (gls 24) Cup: 6 (gls 2)

Individual honours: Essex Professional Cup (1951)

Died: 20 Cotober 2014, Haverhill, Suffolk (aged 83)

 

This likeable Irishman enjoyed a chequered career at Upton Park. Signed from Shamrock Rovers as a full-back, he found brief fame and international recognition when switched to the centre-forward berth! Made his Hammers debut in the 1-1 draw with Chesterfield at the Boleyn on the 8th October 1949. His unexpected success earned him a full cap for Eire v. Luxembourg in 1954. He was transferred to Norwich City in the summer of that same year.

James Guy “Jim” Barrett was the son of the the illustrious "Big" Jim Barrett. Junior made a good impression at the Boleyn in the early fifties, making his Hammers debut in the 0-2 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 22nd April 1950. Sold for a substantial fee to Nottingham Forest at Christmas 1954, he was the Midlanders' top scorer in 1956-57 and played a big part in their rise to the First Division. After a short spell with Birmingham City he returned to the fold as a player-manager of Hammers "A" team until 1968, when he left again to serve under another ex-Hammer Ben Fenton at Millwall.

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