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Part 2 : 86. George Kitchen to 144. Frank Curtis

99= William WILDMAN ... (1906 - 1907)

Born: 5 March 1880, Liverpool

Signed: EVERTON

Date: 1906

Fee:

Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

White Hart Lane 1 September 1906

Appearances: 39 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

TEMPLATE GHOST

Wildman played two seasons with his local Queens Road team before joining Everton. He had four seasons at Goodison Park before signing for Hammers in 1906. William made his first appearance in the claret-and-blue against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane a 2-1 victory on the 1 September 1906. Missed only one game in his first campaign at right-back in 1906-07. An unfortunate injury sustained in the second match of the 1907-08 season again against Spurs effectively ended his career for the Irons.

86= George KITCHEN ... (1905 - 1911)

Born: 6 May 1876, Fairfield, Derbyshire

Signed: EVERTON

Date: Summer 1905

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred: SOUTHAMPTON

Appearances: 184 (gls 5) Cup: 21 (gls 1)

Died: Jan - March 1937 Kingsclere

Born: 14 November 1879, Ballynafeigh, Down, Northern Ireland

Signed: EVERTON

Date: Summer 1905

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 21 July 1968, Belfast, Northern Ireland (aged 88)

Born: 17 July 1883, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

Signed: NELSON

Date:

Fee: Free

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Died: Jul - Sept 1937 Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

Born: 14 April 1881, Scotland

Signed: PORTSMOUTH

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 7 (gls 1)

Died: Unknown

Born: Perterhead 1882

Signed: MANCHESTER UNITED

Date: 1905

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred: ABERDEEN (Scotland)

Appearances: 10 (gls 3)

Died: Unknown

Born: Southport, Lancashire 1881

Signed: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Date: 15 May 1905

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred: BLACKPOOL

Date: Summer 1908

Appearances: 76 (gls 26) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

Died: Oct - Dec 1945, Blackpool, Lancashire

Born: 20 July 1878, Blackburn, Lancashire

Signed: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 2 September 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 218 (gls 24) Cup: 20 (gls 4)

Died: 13 March 1951, Ilford, London (aged 72)

Born: 13 May 1879, Kettering

Signed: WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN

Date:

Fee:

Debut: LUTON TOWN

Upton Park 16 September 1905

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 28 September 1946, Kettering (aged 67)

Goalkeeper George Kitchen arrived at Upton Park from Everton in 1905. He played for Stockport County, then in the Lancashire League, he signed for Everton in 1898 but made only three first team appearances in as many seasons before becoming established for the next three seasons. After Everton signed two well-known 'keepers, L.R. Roose (Stoke) and Billy Scott (Linfield), Kitchen collected his share of a benefit and joined Hammers, making his debut against Swindon Town on the 2nd September 1905 in a 1-0 victory - and scoring a goal. His late penalty ensured that Hammers, fielding seven new faces, started off the season on a right note. Kitchen was often quite superb in an otherwise 'leaky' West Ham defence. In 1906, in a Cup game at Woolwich, he played brilliantly in goal, denying a rampant home forward line, before scoring a penalty. A serious injury in a Cup match at Newcastle in 1908 almost ended his career but he bounced back to enjoy three more seasons with Hammers and two with Southampton, for whom he played between 1912-14. After his football career was over he became a golf professional.

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86= Alex McCARTNEY ... (1905)

Alexander Douglas McCartney began his senior football career with Distillery’s 1900-01 title winning side. It was after his move to Ulster that he first came to the notice of the Ireland selectors, winning his first two caps. The right-back joined Linfield at the tail-end of the 1902-03 campaign. In his first full season with Linfield he completed the clean-sweep of Irish League, Irish Cup, City Cup and Co. Antrim Shield. He retained his place in the Ireland team, playing at left-back in a win over Wales and a draw with Scotland, and won his first Inter-League cap in a 3-1 defeat by the Scottish League in Paisley. In 1904 he signed for Everton and, although he failed to make a first team appearance in two seasons at Goodison Park. McCartney was signed from Everton along with George Kitchen in the summer of 1905, making his West Ham United  debut in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town on the opening day of the 1905-06 season. Went on to record another 5 appearances for the Hammers, the last being against Watford in a 3-1 defeat in November before returning to Ireland to sign for Belfast Celtic.

McCartney then spent the 1908-09 season with Glentoran before finishing his senior playing career back with Linfield in the 1909-10 season. Capped 15 times for Ireland.

86= Harry HINDLE ... (1905)

Harry Hindle made only two first team appearances in his two seasons with Blackburn Rovers, but fared slightly better at the Boleyn Ground with three games. One of seven players to make their debut for West Ham against Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory on the 2 September 1905. Harold actually joined the Hammers from Lancashire Combination team Nelson, where he had gone after failing to break into Rovers' First Division side. He was also approached to join Second Division Grimsby Town, but Blackburn demanded a £75 transfer fee and the deal fell through. He was able to join Irons on a 'free' because their Southern League status put them outside the jurisdiction of the Football League.

86= William FORD ... (1905 - 1906)

William began his career in earnest with Scottish junior side The Rovers before signing for the then Scottish Northern League club, Arbroath. He later played for Hearts and Motherwell before moving south to join Portsmouth from where he transferred to Irons at the end of 1904-05. Bill was one of seven players to make their debut for West Ham against Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory on the 2 September 1905, in the opening fixture of 1905-06. Scored the only goal of his Hammers career against Reading in a 2-3 defeat at the Boleyn 28 October 1905.

86= Charles MACKIE ... (1905)

An inside-right or centre-forward, Chas, as he was better known, joined Manchester United from Aberdeen in the close season 1904, but had only one season with the Reds, playing in five Second Division matches, before joining Irons in 1905. Charles was one of seven players to make their debut for West Ham against Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory on the 2 September 1905, in the opening fixture of 1905-06. Scored his first goal for the Hammers against Plymouth Argyle in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park 14 October 1905. Rejoined Scottish side Aberdeen after leaving the confines of Upton Park.

86= Lionel WATSON ... (1905 - 1908)

Lionel Thompson Watson joined the Hammers on 15 May 1905 along with Harry Hindle and Fred Blackburn from Blackburn Rovers in the close season 1905. Watson was one of seven players to make their debut for West Ham against Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory on the 2 September 1905, in the opening fixture of 1905-06. Watson had a good scoring record with the Lancastrians prior to moving south, he maintained a similar scoring rate at Upton Park. Scored the first of his 27 goals for the Hammers against London rivals Queens Park Rangers in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park 2 December 1905. Moved back north to join Blackpool after leaving the Boleyn Ground. The 1911 Census records his profession as an auctioneer, living in Blackpool.

86= Fred BLACKBURN ... (1905 - 1913)

By a remarkable coincidence, Fred was born in Blackburn and played for the local heroes, Blackburn Rovers. He was capped three times for England between 1901 and 1904 and arrived at Upton Park in May 1905. A frustrating player whose clever ball skills were sometimes wasted by wild shooting, Blackburn played most of his career at outside-left although he begun as an inside-half with some success. Fred made his West Ham debut in the home game against Swindon Town on the 2nd September 1905 in a 1-0 victory, his final appearance was at Merthyr on the 18th January 1913 when Hammers were defeated 6-2. His service was rewarded in a joint benefit match with George Kitchen on the 7th January 1911, when Coventry provided the Southern League opposition at Upton Park. Fred Blackburn later spent some time in the Merchant Navy and in the early 1930's he was engaged as a coach by Barking F.C.

93= Herbert WINTERHALDER ... (1905 - 1906)

Signed for Kettering Athletic in 1895, and then Kettering Town, staying for three seasons with the Poppies. His form attracted the attention of Sheffield United for whom he signed. Herbert Tyrell Winterhalder then made the long journey to Plymouth Argyle in 1903-04. In 1904 he joined the ill-fated Wellingborough Town who folded in 1904-05 after suffering from lack of funds. West Ham was he next port of call. Herbert, who was unrelated to his namesake Arthur Winterhalder, made his West Ham debut in the 1-2 defeat at the hands of Luton Town at Upton Park on the 16 September 1905. His first team appearances were restricted to the following three games. When he retired from playing Winterhalder ran a photographic and art shop in his home town Kettering.

93= Henry WILKINSON ... (1905 - 1906)

Born: 30 April 1883, Bury, Lancashire

Signed: MANCHESTER UNITED

Date:

Fee: Free transfer

Debut: LUTON TOWN

Upton Park 16 September 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 14 (gls 2) Cup: 1 (0 gls)

Died: 2 September 1933, Bury, Lancashire (aged 50)

Born: 17 January 1885, Barking, London

Signed:

Date:

Fee:

Debut: WATFORD

Cassio Road 4 November 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 24 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 19 February 1955 Barking, London (aged 70)

Born: 15 September 1875, Cambuslang, Scotland

Signed: LEYTON

Date:

Fee:

Debut: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Upton Park 11 November 1905

Transferred:

Appearances: 24 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 29 April 1883, Southborough, Kent

Signed: WOODFORD TOWN

Date:

Fee:

Debut: PORTSMOUTH

Upton Park 23 December 1905

Transferred: GLOSSOP

Appearances: 71 (gls 39) Cup: 4 (gls 2)

Died: 29 April 1937, Glossop, Derbyshire (aged 54)

Born: Unknown

Signed: Heart of Midlothian (Scotland)

Date:

Fee:

Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

White Hart Lane 1 September 1906

Transferred:

Appearances: 50 (gls 4) Cup 2 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born:  Unknown

Signed:

Date:

Fee:

Debut:

Transferred:

Appearances: 3 (0 gls)

Died: Unknown

95. Arthur FEATHERSTONE ... (1905 - 1908)

A right-winger whose forte was making, rather than scoring goals. Won a number of medals as a youngster with the national school side, was a member of Barking St. Andrews, the winners of East Suburban League. Arthur made his Hammers debut in the away fixture against Watford, finishing up on the losing side 1-3 on the 4 November 1905. Scored his one and only goal for West Ham against Queens Park Rangers in a 3-0 victory on Boxing Day 1907. A keen athlete of some repute, he won the 100-yard sprint event at the Barking Athletics meeting seven out of eight. Christened Arthur James Featherstonhaugh, he was affectionately known as "Moppy".

96. James JACKSON ... (1905 - 1906)

Jackson was a major capture for West Ham when they signed him following his resignation as player/manager to Leyton. A big name with Woolwich Arsenal, whom he captained for four of the five seasons he was with them, he was strong, forceful defender who formed a fabled full-back partnership with another Scot, David Gardner, at Upton Park. His family emigrated to Australia when he was two years of age. Played for Scottish side Newton Thistle when he return to his native country in 1898. His displays soon drew the attentions of Glasgow Rangers, at the end of his first season joined Newcastle United. His fame spread further south culminating in his move to Woolwich Arsenal. "Jemmy" made his Hammers debut in the 2-0 victory at the Boleyn against Brighton and Hove Albion on the 11 November 1905, kept his place in the side for the concluding 24 fixtures of the 1905-06 campaign before leaving to join Glasgow Rangers.

97. Harry STAPLEY ... (1905 - 1908)

Centre-forward Harry Stapley was an amateur throughout his career. He became a teacher and worked in various parts of the country. He played for Bromley, Norwich CEYMS and Reading (no first team games) before, around 1904, leaving Reading Collegiate School for Woodford College in Essex. He became captain of Woodford Town before accepting an invitation to play for West Ham in 1905. Although he was small, slight and had no Southern League experience, Stapley prospered. He shunned the physical aspect of the game and instead relied on skill and guile. He was 22 when he made his Hammers debut, on the same day as Grassham returned to the club from Leyton, and scored the only goal of the game against Portsmouth 23 December 1905. Stapley's arrival meant that Hilsdon had to make way, although the new man's availability was governed by his teaching duties. Stapley won 15 England Amateur caps, five as a Hammer, and helped Great Britain win the first-ever Olympic football title in 1908. He ended each of his two and a half seasons at Upton Park as leading scorer and repeated that feat in four out of five seasons with Glossop.

99= David LINDSAY ... (1906 - 1908)

Came to Hammers from Heart of Midlothian in the close season 1906. Formerly with St Mirren, he was capped for Scotland v. Ireland in 1903. David made his League debut for West Ham along with William Wildman against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane on the 1 September 1906. Scored his first goal for the Hammers in a 5-1 victory over Luton Town at Upton Park 22 September 1906. Missed only one match on the right-wing during his first season and his accurate crosses led to many goals for his inside men, Stapley, Grassam and Watson.

101. James BLYTH .... (1906)

James Blyth made his Hammers debut against Norwich City at their Newmarket Road Ground 15 September 1906 which resulted in a 2-3 defeat. James is often confused with the similar sounding Joe Blythe who played four seasons earlier.

 

102. Fred KEMP ... (1906 - 1907)

Born: 11 November 1886, Tottenham, London

Signed: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Date:

Fee:

Debut: BRENTFORD

Upton Park 6 October 1906

Transferred:

Appearances: 11 (gls 0)

Died: Oct - Dec 1962, Ilford, London

Born: 20 January 1881, Airdrie, Scotland

Signed: Gainsborough Trinity

Date: May 1906

Fee:

Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Upton Park 15 October 1906

Transferred: CROYDON COMMON

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

Died: 22 February 1941, Airdrie, Scotland (aged 60)

Born: 1884, West Ham, London

Signed: TUNBRIDGE WELLS RANGERS

Date:

Fee:

Debut: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Home Park 10 November 1906

Transferred: CHELSEA

Date: May 1909

Appearances: 8 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 1919, West Ham, London

Born: 1888, East Ham, London

Signed:

Date:

Fee:

Debut: WATFORD

Upton Park 1 December 1906

Transferred:

Appearances: 13 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 7 April 1937, Fulham, London

Born: 21 May 1878, Sligo, Eire

Signed: BRISTOL ROVERS

Date:

Fee:

Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Upton Park 29 December 1906

Transferred: BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

Appearances: 17 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 13 October 1884, Oxford

Debut: LUTON TOWN

Kenilworth Road 20 January 1906

Transferred: EVERTON

Appearances: 18 (gls 6) Cup: 2 (gls 1)

Died: 28 April 1937, West Ham, London (aged 52)

Born: 18 November 1886, East Ham, London

Signed: HASTINGS

Date:

Fee:

Debut: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Goldstone Ground 23 March 1907

Transferred: Retired - West Ham trainer

Appearances: 118 (gls 3) Cup: 14 (gls 0)

Died: Oct - Dec 1964, Uxbridge

Born: 25 March 1885, Barking, London

Signed:

Date:

Fee:

Debut: FULHAM

Upton Park 27 April 1907

Transferred:

Appearances: 189 (gls 9) Cup: 16 (gls 1)

Died: 17 November 1946, Tottenham (aged 61)

Born: 28 November 1879, Dundee, Scotland

Signed: BRENTFORD

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 1 September 1907

Transferred:

Appearances: 59 (gls 0) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Died: 14 March 1966, Craignish, Scotland (aged 86)

103. William TAYLOR ... (1906 - 1907)

Frederick Frank Kemp played for his school team in North London before his family moved to Barking and took up with Ethelburgas and Barking St. Andrews. He spent one season with Newportonians before moving on to the Barking Victoria Club. Kemp made the big time with Woolwich Arsenal playing at inside-left. His Hammers debut was in the home game against Brentford on the 6 October 1906 in which Hammers recorded a 3-1 win over there London neighbours. He later reverted to the left-wing berth where he made his last appearance at Bristol Rovers on the 9 November 1907.

William grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and played for Dudley and Gainsborough Trinity from where he joined the Hammers in May 1906. Made the first of only 4 appearances for the Irons in a 0-1 reverse at the hands of Bristol Rovers at Upton Park on the 15th October 1906. Often confused with his namesake “Archie Taylor” who arrived at Upton Park the following season when William left the Boleyn Ground to join Croydon Common. Later played for Airdrie, Dunfermline Athletic, Newport County and Hartlepool United.

104. George HORN ... (1906 - 1908)

"Johnny" as he was better known played for Army and Navy (Anchor FC) and joined West Ham from Tunbridge Wells in 1906. Made his Hammers debut in the claret-and-blue in the away fixture against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park which ended in a 0-0 draw on the 10 November 1906. Said to be a "terror for his size" half-back George Samuel Horn went on to record just nine appearances for West Ham in his two seasons. Transferred to Chelsea in 1909.

105. Stanley BOURNE ... (1906 - 1912)

A distinguished amateur left-back whose commitment to the non-paid ranks resulted in only a somewhat meagre total of appearances for Hammers spread over six seasons. Stanley made the first of his 13 League appearances against Watford at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on the 1 December 1906. Stanley Cecil Bourne was notable amateur player, who rejoices in the distinction of having been the only footballer, other than a goalkeeper, to wear spectacles in professional football matches. Later changed his surname to Thorne.

106 David CLARKE ... (1906 - 1908)

Understudy goalkeeper to George Kitchen, David Clarke was thrown in at the deep end for the London derby with Tottenham Hotspur on the 29 December 1906 in a 4-2 victory at the Boleyn. Found himself back with the reserves the next week and had to wait until the following season before given an extended run in the side, after Kitchen was injured, he played in the last 15 games of the 1907-08 season. Deputising again Clarke was on the receiving end of a 6-0 drubbing at Northampton in what proved to be his last outing. He was previously with Bristol Rovers and Glossop. Moved to Bradford Park Avenue with James Dyer for the start of 1909-10. Later had a spell with Southend United.

98 Arthur WINTERHALDER ... (1905 - 1907)

A pupil of Oddessa Road School who represented West Ham Schools XI in February 1899. Strange as it may seem, Arthur was no relation to his namesake, Herbert Winterhalder, and the fact that these two players with such unusual names played on the same stage within four months of each other, seems to be just another of the amazing coincidences thrown up in the history of the game. Arthur Winterhalder made his Hammers debut against Luton Town in the 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road 20 January 1906. Scored his first goal for the Hammers away to Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw, in his second season 29 September 1906. His went on to record a scoring ratio of a goal every three games. Signed for Everton for the 1907-08 season.

107. Dan WOODARDS ... (1907 - 1921)

An outstanding wing-half at the height of his career, he won the nickname of "Dapper Dan" and "Beau Brummell," because of his smartly-groomed appearance. Woodards was signed from Hastings when the Hammers were competing in the Southern League, he made his initial Southern League appearance at the Goldstone Ground in a 0-2 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion on the 23 March 1907, he was still playing when the club entered the Football League in 1919, although mostly as Reserve team captain and coach. In later years the Boleyn Ground bore testimony to his fastidious nature when he was appointed Club Groundsman. The Luftwaffe rearranged his handiwork in August 1944, however, when a V1 landed on the south-west corner of his beloved Boleyn pitch. Dan was the only person at the ground when the missile exploded and caused a huge crater on the field. He was said to have been badly shaken by the blast and indignant at the damage done to his finely manicured playing surface. Hammers had to play all their matches away from Upton Park while emergency repairs were done, but amazingly, won nine consecutive matches, then lost 1-0 the Spurs on their return to the Boleyn Ground in December.

108. Tommy RANDALL ... (1907 - 1914)

Thomas Samuel Randall began his Upton Park career as an amateur inside-forward but the fans disliked his thoughtful slow approach to the game (called him "Old Mother Randall") and almost drove him out of football with their barracking. Then, at Charlie Paynter's benefit against Woolwich Arsenal on the 15 November 1906, the Hammers' trainer persuaded a disillusioned Randall to turn out at half-back as a personal favour. He was such a success in his new role that he was signed on as a professional for the princely sum of 30 shillings a week!. Randall had to wait until the final match of that season for his Southern League debut. Deputising for the sick William Grassam against champions Fulham, he scored to help a ten-man Hammers team complete a remarkable double over the Cottagers by 4-1 at Upton Park on the 27 April 1907. Infrequent appearances followed in 1907-08 and by November 1908 he had made only 12 first team appearances in three years at the club. He returned for a game at Northampton and, despite Hammers losing 6-0, retained his place. Polished displays saw him represent the Southern League five times and under his captaincy Hammers finished sixth and fourth in consecutive seasons. A serious knee injury restricted him to only five appearances in 1914-15 and his last game was at home to Plymouth Argyle 5 December 1914.

109. Archie TAYLOR ... (1907 - 1909)

Born: 7 September 1886, Swinhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Signed: ST MIRREN (Scotland)

Date:

Fee:

Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Upton Park 7 September 1907

Transferred: MIDDLESBROUGH

Appearances: 42 (gls 1) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 1955

Born: Date unknown, Aberdeen, Scotland

Signed: ABERDEEN (Scotland)

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

County Ground 14 September 1907

Transferred:

Appearances: 49 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 1885, Newmilnes, Ayrshire, Scotland

Signed: VALE OF LEVEN (Scotland)

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

County Ground 14 September 1907

Transferred: CHELSEA

Appearances: 19 (gls 4) Cup: 0 (gls 0)

Died:

Born: Unknown

Signed: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Date:

Fee:

Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Upton Park 21 September 1907

Transferred: COVENTRY CITY

Appearances: 6 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 16 April 1879, Bishop Auckland

Signed: LEEDS CITY

Date:

Fee:

Debut: READING

Elm Park 23 November 1907

Transferred: BISHOP AUCKLAND

Appearances: 12 (gls 0) Cup: 0 (gls 0)

Died: 19 July 1949, West Hartlepool (aged 70)

110. Robert YOUNG ... (1907 - 1908)

Archie Taylor joined the Hammers at the age of 27 from London rivals Brentford, making his first appearance in Hammers colours a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Swindon Town at Upton Park on the 1 September 1907. Went on to record a healthy 66 appearances in his two seasons with Irons. Archie moved to his home-town club Dundee in March 1909, but later returned south to join Barnsley where he filled the number two spot in the 1912 F.A. Cup Final for the Yorkshire club who defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a replay at Bramall Lane, after a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace. Later managed York City.

Joined Hammers from St. Mirren at the beginning of the season in which he came into the side for the second match of the 1907-08 campaign against Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn on the 7 September 1907 a 1-1 draw, in which Blackburn scored for the Hammers. Left-half, but being something of a utility man, filled all the defensive berths with the exception of goalkeeper during his two years at the Boleyn Ground. Played a total of 33 games in his first season, and managed to get his name on the score-sheet against Norwich City at the Boleyn in April 1908. First team outings were scarcer the following season, however, and a 6-3 defeat at Norwich 12 December 1908 signalled the end of his career in the claret-and-blue. Transferred to Middlesbrough, he stayed on Teesside until 1910 when he joined Everton for a massive (for those days) fee of £1,200.  

111= James GAULT ... (1907 - 1909)

A right-back of average height and weight, James joined the Hammers from Aberdeen and  made the first of his 49 West Ham appearances in the away fixture against Swindon Town in a 1-1 draw on the 14 September 1907 in a fixture which saw Hammers field a record six Scotsmen. Absent on only two occasions up to the end of that season, his appearances were greatly reduced the next campaign when he faced rivalry for the number two spot from Frederick Shreeve, who eventually won the battle. The Aderdonian's fate being settled after taking part in an unfortunate 6-0 defeat at Northampton Town. Syd King had earlier acclaimed him as being: "The best full-back in Scotland" Spent his formative years with Victoria Thistle and Abergeldie north of the border.

111= William BROWN ... (1907 - 1909)

Although mostly at home in the inside-left position, Billy appeared in all the forward berths for West Ham following his transfer from Vale of Leven, who were founder members of the Scottish League. Made the first of his 19 League appearances along with James Gault in the away fixture against Swindon Town a 1-1 draw on the 14 September 1907. Had to wait until the later stages of the campaign before he established himself in the side. His four goals for the claret-and-blue cause came in separate bursts of two, his first brace earning a 2-2 draw at the then professional Leyton, and his second helping towards a 4-2 home victory over Southampton. There was little success for him the next season, however; his two Southern League outings reflecting a sad fade-out. Beginning his football education with Newmilnes Juniors, he made a big step up with Partick Thistle before transferring to Vale.

113. Thomas LEE ... (1907 - 1908)

Thomas Lee was previously with Woolwich Arsenal and showed his versatility when transferred to the Irons, playing in three different positions in his first three games for West Ham, The first of his six Southern League appearances in the claret-and-blue came in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Upton Park on the 21 September 1907. Transferred to Coventry City, Lee played in the same side as E (Patsy) Hendren, the well-known England and Middlesex cricketer, but only had six outings with the Bantams.

114. Alfred HARWOOD ... (1907 - 1909)

Born: 6 November 1887, Wapping, London

Signed: MANOR PaRK ALBION

Date: 1907

Debut: NORWICH CITY

Newmarket Road 7 December 1907

Transferred: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Date: January 1913

Fee: £2,000

 

Resigns: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Transferred: FULHAM

Date: November 1920

Appearances: 195 (gls 112) Cup: 22 (gls 10)

Died: 25 December 1960 (aged 73)

Born: Unknown

Signed:

Date:

Fee:

Debut: SOUTHAMPTON

Park Royal Ground 21 December 1907

Transferred:

Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 1880, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire

Signed: CHELSEA

Date:

Fee:

Debut: LUTON TOWN

Upton Park 25 January 1908

Transferred: CROYDON COMMON

Appearances: 20 (gls 4) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 27 July 1928, Wolverton

Born: 23 May 1885, Blackburn, Lancashire

Signed: ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Date:

Fee:

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Upton Park 1 September 1908

Transferred:

Appearances: 226 (gls 23) Cup: 25 (gls 1)

Died: 28 July 1927, Harefield, Middlesex (aged 42)

Born: 24 August 1883, Blacker Hill, Barnsley

Signed: MANCHESTER UNITED

Date:

Fee:

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Upton Park 1 September 1908

Transferred: BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Died: Jan - Mar 1972, Crewe

Born: 19 November 1877, Rawmarsh, Rotherham

Signed: SUNDERLAND

Date:

Fee:

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Upton Park 1 September 1908

Transferred: SOUTHAMPTON

Date: March 1909

Fee: Exchange for Frank Costello

Appearances: 15 (gls 9)

Died: 5 February 1946, Huddersfield (aged 68)

Born: 31 July 1885, South Bank, North Yorkshire

Signed: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Date: Summer 1908

Fee:

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

1 September 1908 Upton Park

Transferred: BIRMINGHAM CITY

Appearances: 15 (gls 3) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 13 May 1949, Derby (aged 63)

Born: 6 April 1878, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham

Signed: WEST STANLEY

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Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Upton Park 12 September 1908

Transferred:

Appearances: 10 (gls 3) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 4 December 1962, Leytonstone, London (aged 84)

Born: 10 October 1882

Signed: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

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Debut: BRENTFORD

Griffin Park 19 September 1908

Transferred:

Appearances: 13 (gls 1) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Alfred James Harwood was a centre-forward with Fulham before transferring to the fore-runners of Leeds United - Leeds City - in May 1906, but stayed at Old Peacock Ground (now Elland Road) for just one season before joining the Hammers in the close season 1907. Converted to left-back and making the first of his 12 League appearances in the claret-and-blue against Reading in a 1-0 away victory at Elm Park on the 23 November 1907. Alf began his career with famous amateurs Crook Town, winning an F.A. Amateur Cup winners' medal in 1900-01. He then moved to Bishop Auckland with whom he gained a losers medal in the same competition in 1901-02. Represented the Northern League; Southern League (Division 2) two London League and West Yorkshire Cup medals. Alf was one of several Hammers' players affected by a wholesale clear-out of playing staff in the close season of 1909.

115. Danny SHEA ... (1907 - 1913 & 1920 - 1921)

Charlie Paynter discovered this brilliant inside-forward on the club's doorstep, playing Sunday morning football for the Builders Arms pub team in Stratford and also for Pearl United and Manor Park Albion. Daniel Harold Shea joined the Hammers in 1907 and made his Southern League debut against Norwich City at Newmarket Road in a 1-1 draw on 7 December 1907. A superb ball-player, hard to dispossess, he developed into a consistent goalscorer and became the leading light in West Ham's attack. His fine form didn't fail to catch the attention of Football League club's and after 179 Southern League appearances for Hammers, Blackburn Rovers duly broke the existing transfer record to take him to Ewood Park for £2,000 in 1913. It proved to be a shrewd transaction on Hammers part when, after winning two England caps and a First Division Championship medal while at Rovers, he returned South during the War years to make a further 73 appearances in the claret-and-blue as a guest player in the hastily-formed London Combination. He also had a spell with Nottingham Forest in 1918-19, and was in the side which defeated Everton in the Final of the Victory Shield. Although Danny went back to Blackburn with cessation of hostilities to win further England honours in two Victory Internationals against Scotland. Danny returned for a second spell at the Boleyn Ground. It proved to be an abortive reunion, however, for after 16 Second Division outings and a solitary goal to show for his efforts in 1920-21, he transferred to Fulham in November 1920 after a difference of opinion with the West Ham management. The move saw him regain some of his old form and he finished the following season as the Cottagers' second top scorer with 11 goals. But he continued to move around, first joining Clapton Orient, Coventry City and later Sheppey United.

116. ROBERTSON ... (1907)

Robertson made his solitary Southern League appearance in the claret-and-blue for West Ham in the 0-0 stalemate against Southampton at their Park Royal Ground on the 21 December 1907. Played in the centre-forward berth.

117. James FROST ... (1908 - 1909)

James Lewis Frost made his Hammers bow in the 1-0 victory over Luton Town at Upton Park on the 25th January 1908, it was the start of an uninterrupted 13-match run in the Southern League side which saw him get on the score-sheet against Portsmouth also at the Boleyn in a 2-1 victory on the 8th February 1908. Ironically, his last appearance for Hammers was also against the Hatters, but this time the scores were reversed. Previously with Northampton Town and Chelsea, he transferred with colleague Bill Yenson to play for Croydon Common in that club's first season in the First Division of the Southern League in 1909-10. Chelsea paid Northampton £350 for his transfer in the close season 1907, after he had spent six years with the Cobblers.

118= Herbert ASHTON ... (1908 - 1915)

Herbert made his Hammers baptism in the opening game of the 1908-09 campaign against Queens Park Rangers in the 2-0 win at the Boleyn on the 1 September 1908. Scored the first of his 24 goals for the Hammers in the 4-0 win against Luton Town at Upton Park on the 26th September 1908. An ever present in the 1909-10 season and only missed one game the following season. Ashton was a diminutive winger with clever ball-control whose partnership with Danny Shea was often compared with the famous Swindon pair of Jefferson and Fleming. Only one goal in his first 27 outings that first season underlined the fact that he was not a prolific scorer but his successful efforts always received an over enthusiastic reception from the Boleyn crowd. Indeed, as far as Hammers' fans were concerned, Ashton could do no wrong, even on bad days. His final appearance in a West Ham jersey was in May 1919, in a charity game against Arsenal at Upton Park. Herbert Ashton was that relatively scarce commodity - a player who people would flock to watch.

118= James DYER ... (1908)

Dyer was first choice for the starting line-up in the 1908-09 campaign, making his West Ham debut in the London Derby against Queens Park Rangers on the 1 September 1908 along with Herbert Ashton, Jack Foster and John Burton at Upton Park. Played in only two of the next three games to record a total of 3 appearances before transferring to Bradford Park Avenue.

118= Jack FOSTER ... (1908 - 1909)

Signed from Sunderland, centre-forward Jack made a scoring start in the opening fixture of the 1908-09 campaign against Queens Park Rangers in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park on the 1 September 1908. After his first 7 games he had chalked up 7 goals, Jack's exploits has caught the attention of Southampton, and he was soon back in red and white stripes again, this time down on the south coast. He was exchanged for Saints' Frank Costello and had began his League career with Stockport, moving to Watford in 1906 where his goal scoring feats had tempted Sunderland to part with £800 to take him to Roker Park. After only one goal in six appearances at the Dell, Jack transferred back to his native Yorkshire with Huddersfield Town in May 1909. He joined Castleford Town in 1910. West Ham were well aware of Jack's goal scoring capabilities when they signed him from the Wearsiders as he had scored all three goals for Watford v. Irons in the two Southern League fixtures in 1906-07.

118= John BURTON ... (1908 - 1909)

John Henry Burton signed for West Ham United from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1908, made his Irons debut along with Jack Foster, James Dyer and Herbert Ashton in the opening fixture of the 1908-09 campaign against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park a 2-0 victory on the 1 September 1908. Scored in his next game four days later in a 2-3 defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion. He went on to make 15 Southern League appearances that season. John had began his career with home town club Derby St. Andrews and stepped up to the town's premier club, Derby County in October 1896. Unable to win a regular place with the Rams, John moved south to join Chatham in 1898 and moved to Spurs in March 1901 after the Kent club had been forced to withdraw from the Southern League. In October 1906 moved to Preston North End and later Blackburn. Mostly a reserve at West Ham, he joined Cardiff City for the 1911-12. Later played for Southend United.

122. David WAGGOTT ... (1908 - 1910)

Signed from West Stanley (North Eastern League) after having previously had experience with Wednesday (then without the Sheffield). Waggott made his Hammers debut in the 0-1 defeat at the hands of London rivals Crystal Palace on the 12 September 1908 at the Boleyn. He had to wait until the end of that year for an extended run out in the first team squad, making 6 appearances, he also played in the concluding game of that campaign, and only managed a further two appearances the following season.

Born: 17 October 1887, Enfield, Middlesex

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Date:

Debut: PORTSMOUTH

Upton Park 10 October 1908

Transferred:

Appearances: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 27 April 1962, Falmouth, Cornwall (aged 74)

Born: 1882

Signed: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

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Fee:

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Park Royal Ground 17 October 1908

Transferred: BLACKPOOL

Appearances: 11 (gls 5) Cup 6 (gls 1)

Died: 1937

Born: 17 December 1882, Newhall, Derbyshire

Signed: MILLWALL ATHLETIC

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Debut: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Upton Park 24 October 1908

Transferred: DONCASTER ROVERS

Appearances: 65 (gls 4) Cup: 10 (gls 0)

Died: 1962, Halifax

Born: 29 May 1883, Plaistow, London

Signed: CUSTOM HOUSE FC

Date:

Debut: SOUTHAMPTON

25 December 1908 Upton Park

Transferred:

Appearances: 7 (gls 0) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 7 January 1963, Plaistow, London (aged 79)

Born: 31 May 1886, Barking, London

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Upton Park 6 March 1901

Transferred:

Appearances: 6 () gls)

Died: 9 December 1920, Romford, Essex (aged 34)

Born: 26 April 1882, Ladywell, Birmingham

Signed: SOUTHAMPTON

Date: March 1909

Fee: Exchange with Jack Foster

Debut: NEW BROMTON

Upton Park 6 March 1909

Transferred: BOLTON WANDERERS

Date: June 1909

Appearances: 12 (gls 3)

Died: 19 December 1914, France (aged 32)

Born: Unknown

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Debut: SOUTHEND UNITED

Upton Park 20 March 1909

Transferred:

Appearances: 2 (gls 1)

Died: Unknown

Born: 4 May 1887, Poplar, London

Signed: Wanstead

Date: August 1905

Fee:

Debut: LEYTON

Upton Park 9 April 1909

Transferred: MANCHESTER CITY

Date: July 1912

Appearances: 52 (gls 23) Cup: 10 (gls 9)

Died: 28 March 1915, West Ham, London (aged 27)

Born: 13 July 1883, Southampton, Hampshire

Signed: BIRMINGHAM

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1909

Transferred:

Appearances: 90 (gls 0) Cup 12 (gls 0)

Died: 28 May 1968, Abingdon, Berkshire (aged 84)

123. Patrick TIRRELL ... (1908 - 1909)

Patrick was signed from his local Southern League side Northampton Town. Patrick, also was known as Harry made his Hammers debut in the 0-1 away defeat at the hands of London rivals Brentford on the 19 September 1908, scored his one and only goal for West Ham in the 2-1 victory at Upton Park against Northampton Town a month later. Tirrell was part of a huge clear-out at the end of 1908-09 season.

124. Henry EASTWOOD ... (1908 - 1909)

Christened Hector John Eastwood this right-winger made his debut in the 3-1 victory over Portsmouth at Upton Park on the 10 October 1908 in which Jack Foster scored a hat-trick. It was a start of a five-match run in the first team which culminated in a 1-0 victory over Millwall at the Den. After leaving the confines of the Boleyn Ground West Ham he went first to Ilford, then in 1912 he played for Italian side Genoa, then Napoli. Later returned to England to play for Ilford again.

125. Walter MILLER ... (1908 - 1909)

Walter Miller joined Hammers as a 23-year-old centre-forward from Sheffield Wednesday in 1908-09 close season. Made the first of his 17 appearances in the claret-and-blue for West Ham in the 0-3 defeat against London rivals Queens Park Rangers at the Park Royal Ground on the 17 October 1908. Scored his first League goal against New Brighton in a 1-2 defeat later the same month. Left to join Blackpool for the 1909-10 season and scored 14 goals in 31 outings for the Seasiders.

126. Frederick SHREEVES ... (1908 - 1911)

Right-back Shreeves had the unusual distinction of scoring on his Hammers' debut from that position, although as a known penalty-taker, his goal which helped to secure a 2-1 win over Northampton Town at Upton Park on the 24 October 1908. Formerly with Millwall Athletic, he went on to form a regular full-back partnership with Bill Taylor that season, ending up with 19 Southern League appearances to his credit. The following term saw him with a new partner in Bob Fairman, and he missed only one match to complete his most successful season at Upton Park. Began his career at Burton United and joined Doncaster Rovers for the 1911-12 season.

127. George CHALKLEY ... (1908 - 1909)

Christened George Alfred Arthur Chalkley and joined West Ham as an amateur from Custon House FC. The centre-half played the first of a seven match run in the first team in a 1-0 Christmas Day win over Southampton 1908. Later played for Hastings and Southend United. His more famous brother Alf, played more than 200 games for the club between 1931-37. His final outing was a 0-1 reverse at Luton Town 30 January 1909.

128= CHARLES DAWSON ... (1909 - 1910)

Goalkeeper Dawson played all his games for Hammers as understudy to George Kitchen, got off to a bad start, making his West Ham debut along with Frank Costello in the 0-1 reverse at the hands of New Brompton at Upton Park on the 6 March 1909. In the 6 games he played, he was on the winning side just once.

128= Frank COSTELLO ... (1909)

Frederick Costello made his First Team debut along with Charles Dawson in the 0-1 defeat against New Brompton at Upton Park on the 6 March 1909. Scored on his second appearance for the Hammers against Swindon Town 2 days later also at the Boleyn in which Shea scored a hat-trick in West Ham's 4-2 victory. West Ham never lost a match in which Frank scored. Normally an inside-left, he played one of his dozen senior appearances at centre-forward against Millwall at Cold Blow Lane. A midlander by birth, Frank was also known as Frederick. Beginning his football life with the risqué named Soho Villa, he joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in September 1904, before a brief spell with Halesowen prior to joining Southampton in May 1907. Joined the Hammers in March 1909, as a straight exchange for Jack Foster who went to the Dell. He left the Boleyn Ground for Bolton Wanderers in June 1909 and later had spells with Nelson, Merthyr Town and Salisbury City. Frank died in France fighting for his country in World War One.

130. C. ATKINS ... (1909)

This centre-forward's brief flirtation with the first XI football saw him among the scorers in a 4-0 Boleyn Castle romp over Essex rivals Southend United on the 20 March 1909. His appearance in the following week's 1-3 reverse against Coventry City at Highfield Road proved to be his last Southern League outing.

131. George WEBB ... (1909 - 1911)

Strong and speedy with a fierce shot, George William Webb was an amateur international who also appeared in the full England team. Born in the East End, Webb was the stepson of George Hone, one of the early administrators of Thames Ironworks and a director of West Ham United. He went to school less than half a mile from Upton Park and in August 1905 took part in a pre-season trial, aged 18. Later that season he made his Southern League debut in a Division Two match against Reading, although his main obligations at that time were to Ilford Alliance F.C. Later he played for Wanstead, the main amateur club in the district. Webb, a toy manufacturer and freemason, remained an amateur throughout his career and his appearances were always restricted by his business commitments. In six years with Hammers he never played more than six matches in succession and George Shea once said that Webb led too crowded a life. He scored on his senior debut, against Leyton on the 9 April 1909 in a 1-0 victory at the Boleyn, but reserved his best displays for F.A. Cup games and internationals. He hit two of Hammers' five at Wolves in 1910 and all three against First Division Preston the following season. Illness ruled him out of the latter part of 1911-12 and he began the next season with Manchester City but after injury and then a financial dispute with City, he dropped out of League football.

Born: 21 August 1885, Bromley-by-Bow, London

Signed: NORWICH CITY

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1909

Transferred:

Appearances: 136 (gls 3) Cup: 10 (gls 0)

Died: 10 October 1966, Walthamstow, London (aged 81)

Born: 8 May 1887, Solihull, West Midlands, England

Signed: CREWE ALEXANDER

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1909

Transferred: WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Appearances: 15 (gls 5)

Died: 5 July 1954, Barnet Green, Worcestershire (aged 67)

Born: 10 June 1885, West Ham, London

Signed: SOUTHEND UNITED

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1909

Transferred: CLAPTON ORIENT

Date:

Appearances: 84 (gls 12) Cup: 12 (gls 1)

Died: 31 December 1967 Wickford, Essex (aged 82)

Born: 22 September 1885, Liverpool, England

Signed: PRESTON NORTH END

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Kenilworth Road 11 December 1909

Transferred: BELFAST CELTIC

Appearances: 17 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 23 February 1959, Blackpool (aged 73)

Born: 2 March 1885, Bethnal Green, London

Signed: NORWICH CITY

Date: May 1909

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Kenilworth Road 11 December 1909

Transferred: DONCASTER ROVERS

Appearances: 3 (gls 0 )

Died: 12 September 1965 (aged 80)

Born: East Ham, London 02/11/1883

Signed: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 18 December 1909

Transferred:

Appearances: 38 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Born:

Signed: CUSTOM HOUSE

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Fee:

Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Upton Park 20 April 1908

Transferred:

Appearances: 31 (gls 0)

Born: Hammersmith, LOndon 08/11/1885

Signed: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Upton Park 20 April 1908

Appearances: 3 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

132= Robert FAIRMAN ... (1909 - 1912)

Left-back Robert Samuel Fairman was signed from Birmingham in the close season of 1909-10 and made his First Team debut in the opening fixture against Exeter City in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park on the 2 September 1909. Robert Whiteman, Vincent Haynes and Thomas Caldwell also made their debuts the same day. It was the first of 90 first team outings - quite a run for those days - and he showed his versatility by switching to right-back when the need arose in his final season of 1911-12. Played in the Football League with Birmingham side relegated from Division One at the end of 1907-08. Stayed at St. Andrews for one season of Second Division football, when he scored one goal in 19 games, before moving south to Irons. Very dark skinned, he was most popular with the Upton Park patrons, Moved back to Brum in 1912, but was unable to command a regular place in the first XI.

132= Robert WHITEMAN ... (1909 - 1915)

Whiteman served with South Weald and Norwich City, and was by far the most successful of several signings made by the Hammers from the Norfolk club. Made his First Team debut at right-half against Exeter City in a 2-1 victory at the Boleyn in the opening day fixture on the 2nd September 1909 along with Thomas Caldwell, Vincent Haynes and Robert Fairman. Counting his 10 F.A. Cup outings and four appearances in the first war-time season, he made exactly 150 appearances for the club. A fine total for the times, and nearly all from the right-half berth. Described as "a consistent performer, a good interceptor with no frills" Played locally for Manor Park Albion before joining South Weald.

132= Vincent HAYNES ... (1909 - 1910)

A six-foot centre-forward signed from Crewe Alexander. Haynes made his First Team bow in the opening fixture of the 1909-10 campaign against Exeter City in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park on the 2nd September 1909. Scored in his second game for West Ham against Norwich City at The Nest in a 3-1 victory 2 days later. His five goals in 15 Southern League outings were a fair return, but he had George Webb to contend with as a rival for the number nine shirt. He subsequently lost the battle and after making his last appearance in a 0-5 defeat at Swindon in the final fixture of 1909-10 season, he was transferred to West Bromwich Albion.

132= Thomas CALDWELL ... (1909 - 1912)

A speedy left-winger signed from the infant Southend United, having previously been with Clapton Orient, In time for Hammers' opening fixture of the 1909-10 campaign against Exeter City winning 2-1 on the 2 September 1909, which also saw Robert Fairman, Robert Whiteman and Vincent Haynes make their debuts. Caldwell was paired on the wing with the immortal Danny Shea who scored many goals from his left-wing centres. Caldwell then proceeded to make 32 consecutive Southern League appearances before injury forced him out. His finest achievement during that run of success was a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Bristol Rovers at the Boleyn. Although his goalscoring output fell by half the next season, he was an ever-present throughout and scored a vital goal in a 2-1 FA Cup Third Round win over Manchester United in east London. After scoring his last Southern League goal for the Hammers against Queens Park Rangers on 2 March 1912, he made his final appearance in a 5-1 defeat at Millwall for a somewhat inglorious ending to what had been a successful three years in the claret and blue. Tommy was with the Royal Naval Air Service during World War One, and after leaving the Hammers played for Clapton Orient and Gillingham.

136= William LAVERY ... (1909 - 1911)

William John Lavery was transferred from Preston North End in 1909 where had appeared in 14 First Division matches in 1906-07, none in 1907-08 and eight in 1908-09. This right-back made his First Team bow against Luton Town in a 2-4 defeat at Kenilworth Road on the 11 December 1909, Edward Wagstaff also made his senior bow in the same fixture. His next appearance was at left-back in a 0-0 draw at Brentford, this was to be his last outing that season. The second game of the following season, saw him embark on an uninterrupted 14-match sequence back at his favourite right-back position. In all Bill made only 19 appearances in the claret-and-blue in his two campaigns. Although mostly a reserve at the Boleyn Ground due to the fine displays of Fairman and Shreeve, he later played in Ireland for Belfast Celtic.

136= Edward WAGSTAFF ... (1909 - 1910)

Formerly with Walthamstow Grange he joined South Weald in February 1907. Hammers signed this well built centre-half from Norwich City in May 1909. Edward Henry Wagstaff made only three appearances for the Irons, his debut was against Luton Town away on the 11 December 1909 in which he was on the losing side by 2-4, William Lavery also made his debut in the same match. Edward's other appearances were against Southampton 1-1 at Upton Park and seven days later at Croydon Common also a  game which finished all square at 1-1. Moved to Doncaster Rovers, then a Midland League club in the close season of 1910 before joining Sheffield Uited in April 1911. He later played for Halifax Town in 1912-13 before moving to Scunthorpe United & Lindsey United.

138. Frederick MASSEY ... (1909 - 1912)

Originally with Leyton, Fred played one Southern League game for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909 before transferring to West Ham where he was successfully converted to wing-half. Made his Hammers debut in the claret-and-blue in the 2-2 draw against Swindon Town at Upton Park on the 18th December 1909, he eventually went on to fill all three half-back positions and gave three seasons sterling service. He played two seasons at the then professional Leyton club before his move to Spurs in the summer of 1907.

139= John GEGGUS ... (1910 - 1912)

Jack, as he was better known made the first of his 31 League appearances between the sticks, in a game which also saw Frank Cannon made his debut in the New Year's Day fixture against New Brompton in a 2-2 draw at the Boleyn January 1910. Things didn't always go smoothly for the former Custom House custodian. In a Southern League match at Leyton in April 1912 Jack walked off the field with the hump after being on the receiving end of some disparaging remarks by his team's supporters. He was coaxed back on to the pitch and Hammers lost 3-1. Significantly, he was not on duty for the next match when his place was taken by Joe Hughes. He played only one more game in the first team, a 2-0 defeat at Coventry on the last day of the 1911-12 season. He later joined Gravesend.

139= Frank CANNON ... (1910)

Began his career at 15 with Hitchin Town in 1900 and spent seven seasons with the Hertfordshire club before his move to Queens Park Rangers. Represented Herts in numerous county matches between 1902-08 and won several gold medals while with Hitchin. Scored a hat-trick v. West Ham for Queens Park Rangers in a 4-0 Southern League win 20th April 1908, a performance which obviously prompted Irons to sign him, although he had part of a season with New Brompton before coming to Upton Park in 1909. Frank made his Hammers debut along with John Geggus in the New Year's Day fixture at Upton Park against New Brompton in a 2-2 draw January 1910, scored on his second outing against Norwich City in a 5-0 victory a week later, also at Upton Park. Assisted Fulham in the early part of 1914-18 war, but was to become yet another player with West Ham connections to perish tragically in that conflict in February 1916.

141. George BUTCHER ... (1910 - 1920)

Born: 25/10/1890

Signed: ST. ALBANS CITY

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Debut: WATFORD

Cassio Road 2 March 1910

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: 130 (gls 17) Cup:13 (gls 5)

Born: 1887

Signed: NORWICH CITY

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Debut: EXETER CITY

St James' Park 5 March 1910

Transferred:

Appearances: 6 (gls 0).

Born: 19 December 1887, Stepney, London

Signed: BARKING FC

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Fee:

Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace 28 March 1910

Transferred: CROYDON COMMON

Appearances: 3 (gls 3)

Died: July - September 1972, Waltham Forest, Essex (aged 84)

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Priestfield Stadium 2 April 1910

Transferred:

Appearances: 6 (gls 4)

George came from St. Albans City. He scored on his debut away to Watford 2nd March 1910, but was on the wrong end of a 1-2 scoreline. Managing 33 Second Division appearances during West Ham's initial Football League season of 1919-20, but played only the once in the following campaign. His weight of 11st. and height of 5ft.8ins. was just right for a nippy inside-forward, and also stood him in good stead when he became an amateur lightweight boxing champion of Hertfordshire. George left Upton Park in January 1921 for Luton Town, and had five years with the Hatters before retiring to carry on the family business of building artesian wells.

142. William SILOR ... (1910)

Previously having served Eton Mission, Leyton and Norwich City. Bill made his first appearance in Hammers colours in a 1-0 Southern League defeat against Exeter City at St. James's Park 5th March 1910 in the centre-forward position. Switched to the outside-left berth for his next outing v. Croydon Common, he remained there for a further four matches to bring his total appearances to a round half-dozen in the claret-and-blue.

143. Albert SCANES ... (1910)

Scanes was one of several number nines drafted in to deputise for England international George Webb, whose business commitments often prevented him from turning out for Hammers. Bert was signed from Barking FC and started his Hammers career in sparkling form scoring twice on his debut in a 4-2 victory against Crystal Palace at their south London ground on the 28 March 1910. The former Barking man was the most successful by far of that season's understudies with 3 goals from 3 games played, but his joy was short lived, he wasn't retained for the following campaign and moved to Croydon Common for 1911-12.

144. Frank CURTIS ... (1910)

This centre-forward made his first appearance as deputy to Albert Scanes in the away fixture against New Brompton which resulted in a 0-1 defeat for West Ham on the 2nd April 1910. He scored his first goal against Queens Park Rangers in a 3-3 draw at the Park Royal Ground on the 16th April 1910. His goals ratio was the same for both campaigns that he wore the claret-and-blue.

087 McCARTNEY Alex 141 BUTCHER George 142 SILOR William 143 SCANES Albert 144 CURTIS Frank 129 COSTELLO Frank 137 WAGSTAFFE Edward 140 CANNON Frank 139 GEGGUS John 138 MASSEY Frederick 136 LAVERY William 135 CALDWELL Thomas 134 HAYNES Vincent 133 WHITEMAN Robert 132 FAIRMAN Robert 088 HINDLE Harry 089 FORD William 090 MACKIE Charles 086 KITCHEN George 091 WATSON Lionel 092 BLACKBURN Fred 094 WILKINSON H 095 FEATHERSTONE Arthur 097 STAPLEY Harry 2 093 WINTERHALDER Herbert 98 WINTERHALDER Arthur (1) 099 WILDMAN William 100 LINDSAY David 102 KEMP Fred 104 HORN George 106 CLARK David 107 WOODARDS Dan 108 RANDALL Tommy

A slightly built outside-left "Snowball" as he was affectionately known by early-century Hammers' fans, was a steal from Second Division Manchester United who had put a £150 fee on his head but had to let him go to West Ham on a 'Free' as a Southern League club they were not bound by Football League rules. Signed for Manchester League club, Newton Heath, as an amateur and won a runners-up medal with them. Henry Wilkinson signed pro for Manchester United but was allowed to join Hull City who were at the time playing friendly matches, so again no fee was due. But when Hull joined the Second Division of the Football League they could not afford the £150 United wanted. So the former pattern maker at the iron foundry befittingly joined the Irons. Wilkinson made his Hammers debut against Luton Town along with Herbert Winterhalder in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 16 September 1905. Scored his first goal for West Ham in his 3rd game against Brentford in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park on the 30 September 1905. A former sprint champion, his speed served him well during his 15 Southern League appearances.

096 JACKSON James 101 BLYTH James 112 BROWN William WINTERHALDER Arthur WAGGOTT David BLACKBURN Fred 111 GAULT James 105 BOURNE Stanley 124 EASTWOOD Henry 109 TAYLOR Archie 110 YOUNG Robert 117 FROST James 103 TAYLOR William 113 LEE Thomas 114 HARWOOD Alfred 115 SHEA Danny 118 ASHTON Herbert 119 DYER James 120 FOSTER Jack 121 BURTON John 122 WAGGOTT David 123 TIRRELL Patrick

William GRASSAM ... (1905 - 1909)

Second Debut ... See No. =1

Born: 20 November 1878, Larbert, Scotland

Signed: MANCHESTER UNITED

Second Debut: PORTSMOUTH : Upton Park 23 December 1905

Transferred: BRENTFORD

Date: 1910

Total Appearances: 169 (gls 65) Cup: 10 (gls 3)

Died: 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA

William YENSON ... (1908 - 09)

Second Debut ... See No. =25

Born: 14 January 1883, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire

Signed: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Date: Summer 1908

Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Upton Park 1 September 1908

Transferred:

Total Appearances: 50 (gls 0) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Died: 20 January 1944, Ilford, London (aged 61)

125 MILLER Walter 126 SHREEVE Frederick 127 CHALKLEY George 128 DAWSON C 131 WEBB George TEMPLATE GHOST