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Charlie Paynter 1932 - 1950 ...

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Part 2 :  331. Jim Holmes to 360. Cliff Hubbard

331. Jim HOLMES ... (1936)

Born: Skelmersdale, Lancashire

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A powerful pivot signed from Sheffield United, made his West Ham debut in the Second Division clash with Blackpool in a 0-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road on the 5th September 1936; his second and last senior appearance in the claret-and-blue came four days later in a 3-5 defeat at Newcastle United. He found himself on the "not retained" list at the end of the season and joined Reading.

344. Archibald MACAULAY ... (1937 - 1946)

Born: Falkirk, Scotland 30/07/1915

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Charlie Paynter signed this volatile Scot from Glasgow Rangers in 1937 where he won a Scottish Cup medal in 1935-36 and a Scottish League Championship medal a year later. Archie soon made his presence felt at the Boleyn Ground making his Hammers debut in the opening fixture against Aston Villa at Villa Park in a 0-2 defeat on the 28th August 1937. Like so many other players of this period. Archie had his career interrupted by the war, although he did win a Football War Cup medal in 1940. After he had seen  service with the Essex Regiment Territorial’s and hostilities had ceased, the former Sergeant-Major PTI, found it difficult to settle, and was transferred to the then more glamorous First Division Brentford in October 1946. He then moved on to Arsenal, winning a string of Scottish caps and playing for Great Britain v The Rest of the World in 1947. Archie finished his playing days with Fulham, later going into management, first with Guildford and then guiding Norwich City to the F.A. Cup Semi-Finals when they were still a Third Division club in 1959; he was one of the first managers to implement the 4-3-3 system and generally regarded as being tactically ahead of his time. After leaving the Canaries he joined Scottish First Division club Dundee in an administrative capacity and was connected with Liverpool F.C. in 1970. Later taking charge of West Bromwich Albion (1961-1963) and Brighton and Hove Albion (1963-1968) respectively before retiring from the game. Later became a traffic warden.

332. Tudor James MARTIN ... (1936)

Born: Caerau, Wales 20/04/1904

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Born: Newport, Gwent, Wales. 21/09/1912.

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Tudor had the amazing experience of scoring a "hat-trick" on his League debut for Hammers at St. James's Park against Newcastle United and ending up on the losing side, the Magpies winning the 9th September 1936 encounter by 3-5. At home in the centre-forward position or at inside-left, Hammers signed the goalscoring Welshman from Swansea Town, and rarely has a West Ham player made such a sensational start. Goalscorers then were not at the premium they are today, and on 16 February 1937 Tudor was allowed to join Southend United who were playing at the Southend Stadium, Grainger Road in those days. Formerly with West Bromwich Albion, Newport County (where he scored 29 goals in 36 matches), Wolverhampton Wanderers (60 goals when they won the Central League Championship) and Swansea Town (who he joined in July 1932).

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333. Fred DELL ... (1936 - 1938)

Born in Dartford, Frederick Dell joined his hometown club Dartford. The towering six-footer was signed from the Kent non-League side in January 1936 for £1,350. The inside-right made his initial Second Division appearance for the Hammers in a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on the 14 September 1936. Making only one more First Team outing that season and a further two in 1937-38, all four games were played away from the Boleyn Ground. Dell moved to Doncaster Rovers in 1938 along with Albert Walker in exchange for Rovers Arthur Banner. He made a total 33 appearances in league and cup games and scored 16 goals beforethe outbreak of the Second World War and he left to join the forces.

334= Arthur “Jack” WEARE ... (1936 - 1938)

A fine custodian, Jack began his career with Lovells Athletic before signing professional forms for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1933-34 season, after playing 42 games and conceding 86 goals. Joined St. Mirren in August 1936 and transferred to West Ham within a matter of weeks. Made his West Ham debut in the 4-1 victory over Leicester City at Upton Park on the 26th September 1936. A healthy 35 Second Division outings in 1937-38; but the following season the agile Welshman lost the First Team spot to Herman Conway and Harry Medhurst, who each made 21 appearances in the last pre-war League programme. After the war Jack played a further 141 games for Bristol Rovers before retiring.

334= Charlie WALKER ... (1936 - 1939)

Reckoned in the club handbook for 1938-39 to be one of the best left-backs to don the claret-and-blue, Charlie signed from Arsenal in 1936 after finding his First Team opportunities limited at Highbury by the outstanding presence of England captain Eddie Hapgood. He had no selection worries at Upton Park, and soon settled down to form a memorable full-back partnership with Charlie Bicknell. Made his Hammers debut in the 4-1 victory over Leicester City at Upton Park on the 26th September 1936. Walker and Bicknell missed only two matches between them in the last pre-war season of 1938-39, and were on duty at Wembley in June 1940 when West Ham annexed the Football League War Cup.

336. David CORBETT ... (1936)

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Born: Denaby, Yorkshire 08/02/1913

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Born: Tynemouth 03/11/1902

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Born: Washington, 17/07/1915

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Like his younger brother Norman, David was a tough-tackling right-half in the true Scottish tradition. Making his Hammers debut in the 3-3 draw at Carrow Road against Norwich City on 10th October 1936, he made a further three Second Division appearances before Christmas; but that proved to be his sum total of senior outings.

337. William GUEST ... (1936)

A collier who played part-time for Denaby United, Bill joined Hammers as a left-winger from the Yorkshire club in March 1936. In an era when the club had such luminaries as Jimmy Ruffell, Stan Foxall and Johnny Morton available as flank players, he found it difficult to hold down a regular Second Division place making the first of only 3 appearances for the club, the first being against Coventry City in a 0-4 defeat at Highfield Road on the 24th October 1936, in his second outing he scored the only goal against Doncaster Rovers at Upton Park a week later, his final game for West Ham was a crushing 0-5 defeat at the hands of London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage. He transferred to Birmingham City. After WW2 he saw service with Blackburn Rovers 22 games, and Walsall 5 games.

338. William ADAMS ... (1936 - 1937)

He began his career with Sunderland Colliery and then Guildford City before transferring to Southampton. Bill made a sensational start in West Ham's colours when he scored against his old club Southampton, in Hammers' 2-0 victory at The Dell on the 21st November 1936 - quite a feat for a right-half! He had a slow start at the Dell - after making his debut in 1927, he had to wait over three years until his next first team outing. But once in the Saints side, he went on to make 205 League and Cup appearances and was appointed captain. However, he was destined for only a brief stay at Upton Park, transferring to Southend United in January 1937.

339. Tommy GREEN .. (1936 - 1939)

Tom began his career with Droitwich Spa and then Droitwich Comrades before joining West Bromwich Albion whom he also guested for during WW2. A scheming inside-forward, Tommy made his Hammers debut in a 1-2 defeat against Bradford City on the 5th December 1936 in the shadow of the Main Stand which burnt down with such tragic consequences in 1985. Signed from West Bromwich Albion, he returned to Bradford on Christmas Day to do battle with the City's other footballing denizens, the now defunct Park Avenue, scoring his first goal for West Ham in a 1-2 defeat. Providing invaluable cover for both the inside-forward berths, Tom remained at Upton Park until 1939, when he joined Coventry City.

340. Sam SMALL ... (1937 - 1948)

Signed from Birmingham F.C. in the days before they had adopted the "City", Sam was an unselfish, hard-working centre-forward who served the club well, both before the war and after. Indeed, you could add "during" to that statement, as it was Sam who scored the all-important goal in Hammers 1-0 Football League War Cup win against Blackburn Rovers at Wembley in 1940. Made a sensational start to his Hammers career by scoring two goals on his debut against Bury at Upton Park in a 5-1 victory on the 23rd January 1937. Described in the club's 1939-40 handbook as "one of the nicest chaps in the game," he would have undoubtedly made an even bigger impression at the Boleyn but for the outbreak of hostilities. Transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion in March 1948 he made 38 League appearances without scoring for the Seasiders.

341. Robert BLACK ... (1937 - 1938)

A rugged right-half, Bobby made his Second Division debut in the claret-and-blue against Nottingham Forest in a 2-2 draw at Upton Park on the 6th February 1937; he made one more first team appearance the following season before moving onto near-neighbours Clapton Orient.

342. Jack KIRKALDIE ... (1937 - 1939)

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Born: Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland 23/06/1919

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Born: 2 December 1909, Newport, Gwent, Wales

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A former rugby player, Jack was discovered in Warwickshire junior football by Southend United scout Syd Gibson after converting to soccer. When Syd joined the Upton Park ground staff he subsequently recommended the speedy winger to Hammers, who in turn promptly signed him from the Shrimpers. Although facing stiff opposition for the right-wing spot from Johnny Morton and Stan Foxall, he made his Second Division baptism at the Boleyn in the 4-0 victory over Southampton on the 27th March 1937. His solitary goal during his Hammers' career came against those other distinguished wearers of the claret-and-blue Aston Villa at Villa Park the following month. Only six First team appearances in 1937-38 and a paltry two the next campaign made him unsettled; with the result that he transferred to Doncaster Rovers in April 1939, after his 18 goals for Irons' Reserves had alerted the Yorkshire club to his potential. Alas, after participating in the false start of the truncated 1939-40 season, Jack found himself playing war-time football along with fellow ex-Hammers Albert Walker and Fred Dell at Belle Vue. He returned to Rovers with the resumption of normal football in 1946, and made his mark with 16 goals in 51 appearances during the immediate post-war period.

343. Norman CORBETT ... (1937 - 1950)

Long-throw expert and one of three footballing brothers associated with the club. Had it not been for the war it was generally thought that "Norrie" would have emulated his brother Willie (who guested for Hammers during hostilities and won full Scottish International honours). Made his Hammers debut in the concluding fixture at Upton Park against Sheffield United in a 1-0 victory on the 1st May 1937. Represented the Football Combination against Belgian opposition and won a Football League War Cup medal-even though he did not appear in the 1940 Final against Blackburn Rovers at Wembley; having played in enough earlier rounds to qualify for the honour. Whilst a youngster he had skippered Falkirk when they won the Scottish Schools trophy, and also played for Scotland Boys and Scotland Juniors. He signed professional for Hearts at the age of 15, then joined Hammers in April 1937. His WW2 service as T.A. volunteer with the Essex Regt. in 1939 ended with the rank of Sergeant-Major PTI. After 1950 he continued playing in the Reserves and became an F.A. coach, later joining Clapton F.C. Unfortunately, illness brought his eventual retirement from the game.

345. Benny FENTON ... (1937 - 1939)

Brother of the famous former West Ham player and manager Ted Fenton, Ben followed in Ted's footsteps as a West Ham, Essex and London schoolboy representative player, and joined him in West Ham United's League side before WW2. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw at Upton Park against London rivals Fulham on the 9th October 1937. Ben served in the same T.A. unit as his Hammers' colleagues, but had not been retained by the Hammers at the end of the 1938-39 season. Mainly playing at outside-left with West Ham, Ben converted to wing-half when football resumed in 1946 and served Millwall, 18 games 7 goals, Charlton Athletic, 264 games 22 goals and Colchester United, 103 games 16 goals as a defender; he later managed all three in turn as well as Leyton Orient.

346. Rod WILLIAMS ... (1937 - 1938)

Born: Connahs Quay, Clwyd, Wales 03/03/1914

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Born: Canning Town, London 23/10/1919

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Born: 29 August 1914, South Kirby, Yorkshire

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Born: Oakengates, Shropshire 23/03/1920

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Born: West Ham, London 01/03/1914

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Born: Stubswood, Northumberland 19/09/1919

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Roderick, as he was christened, played for Sutton United, Epson Town, Uxbridge Town, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Exeter, where he scored 36 goals, before transferring to Reading. Joined the Hammers from the Elm Park side on 10 November 1937 and made his initial appearance in a 0-0 draw with Coventry City on the 13 November 1937 at the Boleyn Ground, and proved an able stand-in for Sam Small. This robust centre-forward cracked five goals in nine Second Division appearances for West Ham in the 1937-38 season - underlining the availability of goal scorers in those days. On 23 September 1938 he transferred to near-neighbours Clapton Orient , and was the O's top scorer with 17 goals in 1938-39.

347. Bill ROBERTS ... (1937)

Hammers signed this rugged Welsh defender from Irish club Newry Town along with team-mate Paddy Peters after the pair had impressed in an international friendly against Olympique de Marseille at Upton Park in October 1936. The pair signed professional forms the following week, and although Peters was not retained at the end of the season Bill made a solitary Second Division appearance against Burnley in a 1-0 victory at the Boleyn on the 27th November 1937. In the summer of 1939 he transferred to Crystal Palace.

348. Charlie TURNER ... (1938 - 1939)

Charlie left Irish football to join Stalybridge Celtic and then moved to Leeds United before teaming up with Southend United in the close season 1935 and played 110 League and Cup matches for the Shrimpers. West Ham signed this experienced Eire international centre-half from Southend United for extra defensive cover following the retirement of Jim Barrett. Made his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Upton Park in a 1-0 victory on the 12th February 1938. Although he was mainly understudy to Dick Walker during his two seasons at Upton Park, he was capped five times by the Republic of Ireland over the same period to add to the nap hand he had already gained while with the Shrimpers. In the summer of 1939 Charlie transferred to Hartlepools United and after WW2 he returned to Eire to manage League of Ireland club Shelbourne.

349. John “Jackie” WOOD ... (1937 - 1948)

Edward John "Jackie" Wood was an outstanding outside-left with an eye for scoring goals, this colourful character was also a great practical joker who along with Dick Walker and "Big Jim" Barrett, symbolised the happy spirit that existed at the Boleyn in the late forties. Jackie was connected with the club as a youngster, but as there was no youth policy in those days, he went into amateur soccer with Leytonstone - winning an England cap in the process. Having signed professional in 1937, "Jackie" made his Hammers debut in a 0-4 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 23rd February 1938. Like so many other players of his generation Jack's career was badly disrupted by WW2 when called up with the Essex Regt. in 1939. "Timber" as he was known at the club, returned for the 1946-47 season, and made a fair total of First Team appearances in the immediate post-war years to add to the ten already gained before hostilities; although by this time he had converted to inside-forward. In October 1949 he transferred to Leyton Orient, where he made a further ten League appearances.

350. Steve FORDE ... (1938 - 1951)

Yet another player who had his playing career badly disrupted by the Second World War. Started his youth football career playing right-back for Comar Road Old Boys in a junior league, and whilst there he was spotted by Sheffield Wednesday. The Hillsborough club converted him into a cente-half before transferring him to Wolverhampton Wanderers. His stay at Molineux was short-lived and joined Rotherham United in January 1933. Stephen Forde arrived at the Boleyn Ground on 5 January 1937 for a reported £3,000. His long-awaited first-team debut was against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-3 defeat at Upton Park on the 2 April 1938, he looked set for a long run in the First XI, but circumstances decreed otherwise. He did, however, play in the victorious War Cup Semi-Final against Fulham which saw Hammers through to Wembley. It was after demobilisation that the tough Yorkshireman showed his true worth, turning in some sterling performances and being ever-present in 1947-48. One of the finest full-backs to appear for the club in the immediate post-war period. His last appearance for the first team came on Boxing Day 1951 in a 6-1 reverse against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Steve played out the remainder of the 1951-52 season in the Hammers' Eastern Counties and London Mid-Week league sides before retiring from the professional game at the end of the season. He later managed Penzance F.C. in the Western League.

351. Reg ATTWELL ... (1938 - 1946)

Tough-tackling wing-half. Signed from Denaby United, served with the Essex Regt. and R.A. through WW2, during which he guested with Burnley. His debut was against Sheffield United at Brammall Lane in a 1-3 defeat on the 23rd April 1938, he had to wait another 8 years because of the War, to add just 4 more appearances. Reg made a big name for himself when transferred to the Turf Moor club. Son of a former Shrewsbury player, Reg played 244 games for the Lancastrians (including a 1947 Cup Final appearance) and scoring 9 goals before moving to Bradford City in 1954, where he played 24 games.

352. Harry MEDHURST ... (1938 - 1946)

Although he became a Hammers' pro in 1936, this capable custodian between the sticks had to wait a further two years before making his League debut against Fulham  in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park on the 24th December 1938. He finished that season with 21 League games under his cap and started the next as first-choice 'keeper, only for war to interrupt his promising start. Harry reached the rank of Sergeant PTI, having served with the Essex and R.A. from 1939 to 1946. When things had returned to normal and full League soccer resumed at Upton Park in 1946, the club found itself with a glut of goalkeepers, so Harry was transferred to Chelsea in exchange for "Ten-goal" Joe Payne, after making a further three Second Division appearances. Harry enjoyed great success at Stamford Bridge and returned there after his playing days as trainer and eventually, head coach to the First Team.

353. George FOREMAN ... (1939 - 1946)

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This former England and Walthamstow amateur was shaping up well at centre-forward when WW2 broke out. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw away to Plymouth Argyle on the 25th March 1939. The highlight of his fragmented time with the club must surely have been the Football League War Cup Final at Wembley in 1940. It was from a shot by George, which the Blackburn 'keeper fisted out, that Sam Small scored the only goal to take the Cup to Upton Park. George's war-time playing record was second to none. He scored a staggering 154 goals in 156 Football League South and London League appearances and a further 34 goal haul in 46 various cup competitions. Transferred to Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 15 goals in 37 matches in 1946-47.

354. George PROUDLOCK ... (1939 - 1948)

One of the multitude of professionals who had their League careers disrupted by WW2, in which he served in the Essex Regt. and then R.A. in North Africa. Scored on his League debut against Millwall at the Den in a 2-0 victory on the 27th March 1939. George returned to Upton Park after hostilities had ceased and normal football activities resumed in 1946-47. Signed from Northumberland amateur side Amble F.C. in 1937, the clever inside-forward made a small but valuable contribution to West Ham's immediate post-war fortunes before transferring to Workington.

355. John ("Terry") WOODGATE (1939-1953)

A local product, this flying forward was equally at home on either wing. Actually making his Second Division debut before the war against Bradford Park Avenue on Good Friday 1939 in a 0-2 defeat at Upton Park, Terry won a regular place in the first team after the Armistice, having served for more than six years in WW2 with the Essex Regt. and R.A. The experience he had gained guesting for many clubs during the war-time period kept him in good stead for the Second Division campaigns that followed. The emergence of Harry Hooper and Malcolm Musgrove as regular First-team contenders prompted his transfer to Peterborough United in March 1954.

356. Reg GORE ... (1939)

Came into the side which faced Bradford at Park Avenue and scored in a 2-1 victory on the 11th April 1939, this useful left-winger won the right to keep his place for the remaining four fixtures of the 1938-39 campaign on the strength of that display. Big for a winger, he joined West Ham from his local works side, Frickley Colliery.

357. Dick BELL ... (1939)

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This Scottish inside-forward scored on his League debut for the Hammers against West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory on the 15th April 1939 in what was to be his first and last First team appearance. Signed from Sunderland in 1937, he was one of the few to be able to claim the 100% record: played one, scored one. Joined the Essex Regt. T.A. in April 1939, and saw war service with the R.A. known to his Army mates as "Brindie".

358. Arthur BANNER ... (1939 - 1948)

A strong, sturdy full-back who was one of quite a number of players who managed to play for the club before, during and after the war. Originally signed from Doncaster Rovers before hostilities of the Second World War broke out. He signed for West Ham in 1938 in an exchange deal that saw Fred Dell and Albert Walker heading for Belle Vue. Banner made his Hammers debut in the 2-0 victory over Southampton at The Dell 22 April 1939. He saw Army service in the Essex Regt. and R.A. attaining the rank of sergeant. In 1948 he moved to east London neighbours Leyton Orient. Later leaving the Brisbane Road club to became player-manager of Sittingbourne F.C. in Kent, and later coached Ilford F.C. to the Amateur Cup Final in 1958.

359= Stanley BURTON ... (1939)

Signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers five days after playing for them in the 1939 F.A. Cup Final against Portsmouth at Wembley, he became the first player in history to appear in a Final and play for another club before the end of the season. Making his West Ham debut along with Cliff Hubbard against Manchester City at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory on the 6th May 1939, it was destined to be his first and last officially recognised League appearance, although he did play a handful of games at the beginning of the following season before League Football was scrapped because of WW2. A dashing winger, he was affectionately nicknamed "Dizzy" by the Wolves fans.

359= Cliff HUBBARD ... (1939)

Previously with Scunthorpe United (1932-33), this centre-forward was signed from Hull City for a £3,000 fee  towards the end of the 1938-39 campaign after scoring 60 goals in 182 League appearances for the Tigers. He emulated the feat of Dick Bell before him by scoring on his solitary Second Division appearance for the Hammers. He earned his 100%, one-game, one-goal distinction with a brilliant display against Manchester City at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory in the final fixture of 1938-39 on the 6th May. An extremely versatile player who had appeared in every position including goal for Hull City, he was strongly tipped for a regular place in the First Team when League Football was suspended in September 1940. When the war ended he was in his mid-thirties, his playing days at a high level over. After spells with Ransom & Marles (Newark), Goole Town and Worksop Town, 1960 Hubbard was trainer-coach at the latter club for two years.

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