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Part 3 : 145. William Kennedy to 186. James Carr

145. William KENNEDY ... (1910 - 1912)

Born: 21 November 1890, Grays, Essex

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Debut: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Upton Park 5 November 1910

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Appearances: 21 (gls 10) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 13 October 1915 (aged 24)

TEMPLATE GHOST

William Kennedy came to West Ham from the club which was later to become known as Spurs "nursery", Northfleet and had also played for Grays. A schoolteacher by profession, he marked his Hammers debut in spectacular style, scoring a goal in Hammers 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Upton Park  on the 5 November 1910. His scoring ratio with the Hammers was one goal every other game, in the two seasons he was with the club. A knee injury sustained in a third round F.A. Cup replay with Middlesbrough, which effectively ended his first-class football career. Although not considered fit enough for the rigours of pro soccer, he was, however, given the all-clear to participate in the greatest conflict ever known to man - World War One - and subsequently lost his life serving the London Scottish Regiment in France.

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146. James ROTHWELL ... (1910 - 1914)

Born: Jul - Sept 1883, Crosby, Lancashirel

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Debut: BRENTFORD

Griffin Park 10 December 1910

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Appearances: 88 (gls 4) Cup: 11 (gls 0)

Died: Jul - Sep 1940 West Derby

Born: 22 June 1888, Rochford, Essex

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Upton Park 18 February 1911

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Appearances: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 15 April 1964, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (aged 75)

Born: 3 July 1890, Dover, Kent

Signed: BROMLEY

Date: 1910

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Debut: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Upton Park 4 March 1911

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

Died: 17 April 1972, Lawshall, Suffolk (aged 81)

Born: 21 September 1889, Woodford, Essex

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

County Ground 25 March 1911

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Appearances: 7 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 22 July 1959, Harold Wood, Essex (aged 69)

Born: 2 July 1880, Winchester, Hampshire

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Debut: SOUTHAMPTON

Upton Park 14 April 1911

Transferred: BRISTOL CITY

Date: August 1913

Appearances: 54 (gls 19) Cup: 8 (gls 4)

Died: 21 November 1969, Southampton (aged 89)

Born: 18 January 1888, Greenock, Scotland

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Debut: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Home Park 16 September 1911

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Appearances: 15 (gls 1)

Died: 23 September 1952, Leyton, London (aged 64)

Born: 16 April 1883, Ashford, Kent

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Debut: READING

Upton Park 23 September 1911

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Appearances: 29 (gls 0) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 28 January 1967 Winchester, Hants (aged 83)

Born: 4 June 1885, Shorditch, London

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Upton Park 7 October 1911

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Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 24 November 1956 Southend-on-Sea, Essex (aged 71)

Born: 27 June 1891, Willesden Green, London

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Debut: MILLWALL

Upton Park 4 November 1911

Transferred: CHELSEA

Appearances: 90 Cup: 15

Died: July - Sept 1966

Born: 31 August 1892, Manor Park, London

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Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Upton Park 2 March 1912

Transferred: SOUTHEND UNITED

Date: June 1914

Appearances: 17 (gls 2)

Died: 31 July 1972, Whitechapel, London (aged 69)

Rothwell didn't have the happiest debuts in the Hammers team trounced 0-3 at Brentford's Griffin Park on the 10 December 1910. Luckily the scoreline was reversed in the next fixture v. Leyton at the Boleyn which enabled Irons' new defender to settle into the side in the number two shirt. Scored his first goal for West Ham against Plymouth Argyle in a 4-0 victory on Boxing Day of the same year. He missed only one match to the end of the season which saw his team finish a respectable fifth in the Southern League. He remained more a less a regular in the side until the 1913-14 campaign.

147. Alf FROST ... (1911 - 1912)

Christened Alfred Frederick Walter Frost this centre-forward cum inside-forward joined the Hammers from Southend United. Made his first team baptism in the 2-0 Upton Park win over Luton Town 18 February 1911. Alf Frost made a total of only 4 appearances in the claret-and-blue, the last of which was against Coventry City in the final game of the 1911-12 campaign which resulted in a 0-2 defeat at Highfield Road.

148. Joe MIELLEAR ... (1911 - 1912)

Christened John Francis Meillear this outside-right signed from leading amateur club Bromley prior to the start of the 1910-11 season, he was listed under the heading of "Promising youngster" in that year's handbook. Sadly Miellear didn't live up to that expectation and made the first of only 3 Southern League appearances in the claret-and-blue against Northampton Town in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 4 March 1911. A regular member of the London League Section A side for the 1911-12 campaign who finished the season as section winners. Miellear won a play-off medal against Section B winners Crystal Palace a game which resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Hammers at The Den, home of London rivals Millwall on 29 April 1912.

149. Frank REDWARD ... (1910 - 1911)

This versatile defender was signed from Fulham along with team mate Fred Harrison and made his Hammers debut in the 1-4 defeat against Swindon Town at the County Ground on the 25 March 1911 - his sole appearance that season, made another 9 appearances before fading out of the game. Frank Edward Redward is often confused in the record books with George Redwood who also played at the same time. unlike Redwood, he fared better by making 10 starts for the Hammers.

150. Fred HARRISON ... (1911 - 1913)

Frederick Harrison signed from Fulham with team mate George Redwood. Harrison got off to a flying start in Hammers colours by scoring on his debut in the 4-1 victory over Southampton on the 14 April 1911. "Buzzy" as he was known was spotted playing on Southampton Common, a product of local Hampshire clubs Fitzhugh Rovers and Bitterne Guild, Fred scored five goals in consecutive Southern League games Wellingborough Town and Northampton Town at the Dell in 1902-03 and ended the season with 17 goals from just 13 matches. The following campaign he netted 27 times in 32 matches as Saints clinched the Southern League Championship and earned an England trial. In 1907 Fulham offered the huge sum of £1,000 to take him to Craven Cottage which was duly accepted. He had two-and-a-half seasons with the Hammers before transferring to Bristol City in August 1913.

151. Jack MORRISON ... (1911 - 1912)

This left-winger played his first game for West Ham in the 0-0 draw at Home Park on the 16 September 1911, scored his one and only goal for the Hammers in the 2-3 defeat against Northampton Town on the 2 December 1911 at the County Ground.

152. Victor GLOVER ... (1911 - 1912)

A sturdy left-back signed from Southampton as understudy to Jim Rothwell and Bob Fairman. Made his West Ham debut in the 5-0 victory over Reading at Upton Park on the 23 September 1911. He managed to hold onto the number three shirt for most of the season in the Southern League matches and was an ever present in Hammers' five-match F.A. Cup run that campaign. An architect's assistant during his early career as an amateur with Ashford, Hastings and St. Leonard's, he went to Saints on the recommendation of former player Jimmy Yates. He went straight into Southampton's side and made 174 Southern League and Cup appearances between 1906-11. He was made team captain at the Dell in 1909. After leaving the Irons Victor joined Boscombe in 1912.

153. George REDWOOD ... (1911)

George Edward Redwood was often confused in the record books with Frank Redward who played at the same time. George was signed from Fulham and only managed the three starts for the Hammers making his debut in the 0-0 draw against New Brompton at Upton Park 7 October 1911 and two further appearances in the Easter fixtures against Stoke City (home) and Swindon Town (away).

154. Joseph HUGHES ... (1911 - 1915)

Clifford Joseph Gwendy Hughes began with Tufnell Park and then South Weald, from where he joined Hammers. A whole succession of rival goalkeepers laid claim to Joe Hughes' jealously guarded position as the last line of Hammers' defence. The able custodian saw them all off. Making his League debut against Millwall in a 2-1 victory over their South London rivals on the 4 November 1911. Hughes was transferred to Chelsea, who he played for in WW1, but later transferred to Bolton Wanderers and played over 50 matches for the Trotters, he then returned to London to join fellow former Hammers Bailey, Burton and Lane at Charlton Athletic.

155. Frank BURRILL ... (1912 - 1914)

Inside-forward or left-half, described as a cool skilful dribbler Francis Burrill made his West Ham debut in the London derby against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park in a 3-0 victory over the men from West London on the 2 March 1912. Scored his first goal against Northampton Town in an away fixture at the County Ground in a 3-4 reverse on the 9 November 1912. Transferred to Southend United in July 1914 and later signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1920 where he gained an F.A. Cup Runners-up medal in 1921. Signed for Charlton Athletic in July 1923 and played for Walsall between May 1924 and May 1925.

Born: 25 September 1893, Leyton, Essex

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Debut: WATFORD

Upton Park 11 March 1912

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Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 3 December 1955, Whitechapel, London (aged 62)

Born: 18 March 1888, Cliviger, Lancashire

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Kenilworth Road 16 March 1912

Transferred: CROYDON COMMON

Appearances: 22 (gls 3)

Died: 8 August 1970, Cliviger, Lancashire (aged 82)

Born: 18 March 1889, Poplar, London

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Debut: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Upton Park 6 April 1912

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Died: March 1972

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Debut: STOKE CITY

Upton Park 20 April 1912

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

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Born: 24 February 1890, Deptford, London

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Appearances: 20 (gls 2) Cup: 0 (gls 0)

Died: 4 May 1963, Lewisham, London (aged 73)

Born: 24 December 1888, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1913

Transferred: BARROW

Date: June 1914

Appearances: 21 (gls 0)

Died: 15 January 1952, Chesterfield (aged 62)

Born: Oct - Dec 1884, Blyth, Northumberland

Signed: SUNDERLAND

Date: 1912

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1913

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Born: 22 May 1888, Hackney, London

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Debut: EXETER CITY

Upton Park 2 September 1913

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Appearances: 104 (gls 2) Cup: 8 (gls 0)

Died: 24 May 1917 (aged 29)

Born: 9 April 1893, Plaistow, London

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Upton Park 2 September 1913

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Appearances: 46 (gls 16) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

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156. George WALDEN ... (1912)

George Thomas Walden was an amateur throughout his career who made occasional appearances in West Ham's South Eastern League XI. Made only two showings in Hammers colours, his debut being made against Watford at Upton Park on the 11 March 1912, when West Ham went down by 3 goals to 1, and his final appearance on the 27th of the same month against Brentford away, this time he was on the winning side by 2 goals to 1. Later played for Clapton in their victorious F.A. Amateur Cup Final-winning team against Bishop Auckland in 1915.

157. Harold DAWSON ... (1912 - 1913)

Christened Jeremiah Dawson he started his footballing career with home town Rossendale in 1908 and later the same year signed for Mersey side club Everton. In March 1909 he moved on to Blackpool from where West Ham secured his services towards the end of the 1911-12 season. This outside-left made the first of his 22 Southern League appearances against Luton Town in a 1-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road on the 16 March 1912. Scored his first goal for the Hammers in the 6-2 thrashing of Bristol Rovers at Upton Park a week later 23rd March 1912. At the end of his first season he guested for Croydon Common in the close season and later returned on a more permanent basis in 1913.

158. George BELL ... (1912)

In an age when centre-forwards were expected to average a goal a game, George William McCall Bell was given two opportunities wearing the number nine shirt. Making his debut against Northampton Town in a 0-2 reverse at Upton Park on the 6 April 1912 and his second, also a defeat this time at the hands of Swindon Town, going down 1-3 at the County Ground on the 22 April 1912. George Bell was not given another chance in the first team. Sustained a serious knee injury in an Amateur Cup tie v. Ilford that ended his career in 1913.

159. T. BRADFORD ... (1912)

This outside-right made only the one appearance in the claret-and-blue for West Ham in the 0-0 draw against Stoke City at Upton Park on the 20 April 1912.

160. Jack MACKESY ... (1912 - 1923)

Evergreen stalwart who gave the Hammers unstinting service from the old Southern League days right through to the club's entry into League Football. Made his Hammers debut in the 3-1 defeat to Swindon Town at the County Ground 22 April 1912. Originally an inside-forward, Jack dropped back to half-back in later years, captained the reserves in the London Combination. Always hungry for the ball, he was awarded two benefits during his 13 seasons at Upton Park.

161= George IRVINE ... (1912 - 1914)

This tough defender could perform equally well at either right or left-back. George Wilson Irvine made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1912-13 campaign against Exeter City, along with Harry Forster, William Askew and Albert Denyer all showing well in a 4-0 victory at Upton Park on the 2 September 1913. Signed from Barrow, George Irvine made his last appearance in the 0-6 defeat at Watford 1 April 1914. Transferred to Barrow in June 1914.

161= Harry FORSTER ... (1912 - 1914)

Christened Harrison Forster, known to Hammers fans as Harry was signed from Sunderland and made his Hammers debut along with George Irvine, William Askew, and Albert Denyer in the opening fixture of the 1912-13 campaign against Exeter City in a 4-0 victory at Upton Park on the 2 September 1912. The left-bak played in 25 Southern League games that campaign in addition to four F.A. Cup ties, but lost his place after appearing in a 0-1 home defeat to Southend United 6 December 1914 when his place was taken by George Irvine.

161= William ASKEW ... (1912 - 1915)

Although relatively short for a centre-half, William Askew was a steady performer and became something of a fixture in the Hammers' defence in the season leading up to the outbreak of WW1. Made his Irons debut against Exeter City in a 4-0 victory on the opening day of the 1912-13 season on the 2 September. Scored his first goal for West Ham in the 5-0 victory over Stoke City on Christmas Day 1913. previously with Aston Villa and Norwich City he was an ever-present in the Southern League team 1913-14 and was only absent on only two occasions the following campaign. He continued to help the club in the initial war-time season by turning out 28 times in the London Combination and also underlined the seriousness with which this makeshift tournament was regarded by the players by managing to get sent off twice!

An amateur signed from Ilford for next to nothing by manager Syd King. Albert Edward C. Denyer made his Hammers debut along with George Irvine, Harry Forester and William Denyer in the opening fixture of the 1913-14 campaign against Exeter City in a 4-0 victory on the 2 September 1913. Scored his first two goals against Gillingham in a 4-0 victory also at Upton Park on the 2 November 1913. Albert finished third top scorer behind big names Danny Shea and George Hilsdon with a respectable tally of 12 goals in 33 appearances. Initially a centre-forward with Hammers, his form plummeted the following season when he played in several forward positions in an effort to rectify the situation. His strike rate was down to five from 17 games. Albert was the better-known of the two Denyer brothers and represented West Ham Boys in the final of the English Schools Shield in May 1907 at Sunderland. A pupil of Balham St. School, he and Frank were the first brothers to appear in the same team for Irons. He moved to Swindon Town in 1914 and had a long career with the Wiltshire club which extended into the 1920's.  

161= Albert DENYER ... (1912 - 1914)

165. Frank BURTON ... (1912 - 1921)

Born: 17 September 1890, Stockport, Lancashire

Signed: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Date: Summer 1912

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Debut: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Upton Park 12 October 1912

Transferred: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Date: May 1921

Appearances: 113 (gls 6) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 8 July 1967, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand

Born: 25 July 1888, Liverpool

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Debut: GILLINGHAM

Upton Park 2 November 1912

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Appearances: 74 (gls 12) Cup: 9 (gls 1)

Died: 22 March 1962, East Ham, London (aged 73)

Born: 29 March 1891, Upton Park, London

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Debut: MERTHYR TYDFIL

Penydarren Park 18 January 1913

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Died: 15 October 1946, Romford, Essex (aged 55)

Born: 15 September 1892, Bristol

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Debut: PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Home Park 8 February 1913

Transferred: WORKINGTON

Appearances: 10 (gls 0)

Died: April - June 1978, Barrow-in-Furness

Born: 17 October 1894, Limehouse, London

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Debut: NORWICH CITY

Upton Park 1 March 1913

Transferred: FALKIRK

Date: 8 February 1922

Fee: £5,000

Appearances: 180 (gls 95) Cup: 14 (gls 12)

Died: 2  October 1972, Essex (aged 77)

Frank James Burton was better-known by his nickname "Bronco"; Frank was a long-legged full-back whose looping gait and extraordinary on-field contortions apparently likened him to a cowboy's horse. Despite an unorthodox approach he was popular with the fans and formed a fine partnership with Jim Rothwell and later Billy Cope. Burton was signed from Queens Park Rangers in 1912 and made his Hammers debut on 5 October that year against Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park. He served with the Royal Fusiliers City of London regiment in the First World War and was hospitalised at Whitchurch in 1916, suffering from shrapnel wounds. The robust defender still managed to turn out in 40 war-time London Combination matches for the Hammers and he chalked up 64 Football League appearances and scored two goals in the club's first two League seasons. He gained a medal in 1-0 victory over Millwall in the London Professional Charity Fund Cup played at the Den 15 November 1920. He was succeeded by Jack Hebden after making the journey across the Thames to join Charlton Athletic in May 1921. He joined Grays in 1925 to become player-coach. And in 1927 he becomes head-coach of Real Oviedo in Asturia, Spain.

Born: 26 June 1893, East Ham, London

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Debut: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Upton Park 15 March 1913

Transferred: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Date: 1921

Appearances: 84 (gls 22) Cup: 10 (gls 5)

Died: April 1967 (aged 74)

Born: Boston, Lincolnshire 1891

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 6 September 1913

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Appearances: 94 (gls 40) Cup: 7 (gls 4)

Died: 9 May 1964, Ramsgate, Kent (aged 72)

Born: 28 May 1893, Blackburn, Lancashire

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Eastville 13 September 1913

Transferred: BRISTOL ROVERS

Appearances: 34 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 1 May 1956 (aged 62)

Born: 21 December 1882, Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham

Signed: GRIMSBY TOWN

Date: October 1913

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Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Upton Park 25 October 1913

Transferred: SOUTHEND UNITED

Date: June 1914

Appearances: 21 (gls 0)

Died: Jan – Mar 1973

166. Jack CASEY ... (1912 - 1915)

John Casey better known as “Jack” was signed from Bromley, where he had played a prominent role in the Kent club's run of success between 1908 and 1911. Made his West Ham debut in the outside-left position in the 4-0 victory over Gillingham at Upton Park on the 2 November 1912. Scored in his next game for the Hammers against Northampton Town in the away 3-4 defeat by the Cobblers a week later. Not one for grabbing the headlines, he nevertheless proved an invaluable asset up to WW1 and made a further 30 appearances during the conflict.

167. Harold CATON ... (1913 - 1915)

Christened Henry John Caton, an amateur player with the Barking Curfew club, Harold made his Hammers debut in the right-winger berth against Merthyr Tydfil in the abysmal 2-6 away defeat at the hands of the Welsh side 18 January 1913. But the Berkshire born winger was given another chance to shine in an altogether more fruitful journey west the next month, as a member of the side which brought the points back from Plymouth Argyle. Another call-up for the home encounter with Brentford brought his total of appearances for the season to three; the same figure he reached in 1913-14. A switch to the opposite flank enable him to more than double his appearance total in the last peace-time season, although he enjoyed his best campaign, appearance-wise, during the first war-time season, making 18 outings in the London Combination and Supplementary Tournament, in which he also scored his only goal at senior level.

168. Henry CARTER ... (1913)

While not being particularly big for a goalkeeper - he tipped the scales at a mere 11st and measured only 5ft 9ins in height when he joined West Ham as a 23 year-old from Barrow in 1912. Carter made his Hammers debut against Plymouth Argyle in the 2-0 victory at Home Park on the 8 February 1913. He was a competent 'keeper nevertheless, good enough, in fact, not to have been on the losing side in any of his 10 senior outings - an achievement which might constitute a club record. Despite his proud record, Carter was not retained at the end of the 1913-14 season and joined Workington.

169. Syd PUDDEFOOT ... (1913 - 1922 & 1932 - 1933)

A goalscoring legend whose sensational £5,000 transfer to Falkirk in 1922 became the most chronicled event involving an individual in the long history of West Ham United F.C. Discovered playing for London Juniors versus Surrey Juniors by manager Syd King, young Syd was brought on by Charlie Paynter and George Hilsdon and came up quickly through the ranks to become a force in the Southern League side. Made his first-team debut at home to Norwich City in a 2-1 victory on the 1 March 1913. Puddefoot was rarely out of the side and ten goals in four consecutive matches, in December and January, including three against Bristol Rovers and five in a Cup game against Chesterfield. Eventually, an ankle injury sustained in an abandoned game at Watford temporarily halted his progress. Following the disbandment of the Southern League for the duration of WW1 at the end of the 1914-15 season "Puddy" as he was affectionately known by the fans, made 126 appearances in the replacement war-time competition, the London Combination. When the Great War ended in 1918 he had his first taste of League football the following year when West Ham were elected to the enlarged Second Division. His 21 goals in 1919-20 led to his selection for two Victory Internationals for England against Scotland and Wales. A further 29 tallies in 1920-21 and 19 more up to February 1922, prompted Falkirk (who Syd had guested for during the war) to make their impertinent transfer bid, which was duly accepted. Puddefoot returned for a second spell in 1932.

170. Daniel BAILEY ... (1913 - 1921)

Daniel Bailey was signed from Custom House F.C. and took over Danny Shea's inside-right position when the latter transferred to Blackburn Rovers for a record £2,000 in 1913. Bailey made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw against Northampton Town at Upton Park on the 15 March 1913. He was a member of the side which went from the 1 January 1913 to September 6, that same year without defeat in the Southern League. WW1 badly disrupted his soccer career, but he returned from service in Egypt to take part in Hammers' entry into League Football. Later had a spell with Charlton Athletic.

171. Alfred LEAFE ... (1913 - 1922)

Better known as “Dicky”, began his career with Boston Town and along with elder brother Tom, a wing-half, signed amateur forms for Grimsby Town in May 1909. He made one appearance for the Mariners before returning to his home town club in 1910, but then signed for Sheffield United in November 1911. Dicky joined Hammers from the Blades in 1913 during the club's Southern League days. Scored two goals on his debut for West Ham against Swindon Town on the 6 September 1913 at Upton Park, but finished up on the losing side by 2-3. He quickly made his impact as a goalscoring forward, ending up leading marksman in 1914-15. Making only a handful of appearances in war-time competitions, he returned to the First Team following the election of the club to Division II of the Football League in 1919, his versatility proving an asset in the higher grade. Appointed Assistant Secretary when he retired from playing in 1922, he held the post up to the outbreak of WW2, when the management was forced to reduce the staff.

172. Thomas BRANDON ... (1913 - 1915)

Essentially a right-back, Tommy began his career with his home-town Blackburn Rovers at the age of 16. Represented Lancashire in inter-county matches and stayed loyal to his roots with South Liverpool until joining up with Hammers in the close season of 1913. Tommy made his League debut for the Hammers in the right-back position in the match against Bristol Rovers in the 2-1 victory at Eastville on the 13 September 1913. Unable to command a first team place after Hammers' elevation to the Second Division of the Football League. Brandon joined Bristol Rovers and then went back north to serve Hull City in June 1920. Transferring to Bradford in June 1922 and then onto Wigan Borough in 1925.

173. Thomas LONSDALE ... (1913 - 1914)

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

County Ground 27 December 1913

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Born: 7 February 1892, Desborough, Northamptonshire

Signed: PETERBOROUGH CITY

Date: Summer 1913

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Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Selhurst Park 28 February 1914

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: 7 (gls 0)

Died: Oct – Dec 1944, Luton

Born: 16 March 1890, Milton, Sittingbourne, Kent

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Debut: READING

Upton Park 23 March 1914

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Died: Oct – Dec 1959, Thanet, Kent

Born: 26 September 1890, Leytonstone, London, England

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Debut: WATFORD

Cassio Road 1 April 1914

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Appearances: 150 (gls 5) Cup: 16 (gls 0)

Died: 26 December 1959 (aged 69)

Born: Hamsterley, County Durham 26/03/1891

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Born: 31 July 1886, Iikeston, Derbyshire

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Date: June 1941

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Debut: GILLINGHAM

Upton Park 1 September 1914

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Died: 19 December 1959, Iikeston, Derbyshire (aged 73)

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Born: Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland 19/12/1893

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Date: June 1914

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Upton Park 26 September 1914

Transferred: READING

Appearances: 5 (gls 1)

Died: 1980 (aged 86)

After making his way with North-Eastern amateur clubs, West Auckland and the more famous Bishop Auckland, Thomas Stewart Lonsdale entered League football with Grimsby Town in 1908. A safe, reliable goalkeeper, Lonsdale joined the Hammers in October 1913. Taking over the first team spot from Joseph Hughes. Made his Southern League debut for the Irons in the 1-2 defeat against London rivals Crystal Palace at Upton Park on the 25 October 1913. All went well until January 1914, when Tommy was reported at a board meeting for "being absent without leave" The board's reaction was to fine him a week's wages and demote him to the reserve team. With the senior side in the middle of a seven-match winning run, it as some weeks before he regained his place, which he retained until the end of the season, when he transferred to Southend United in June 1914.

174. James GODDARD ... (1913)

A left-back who played his solitary appearance in the claret-and-blue against Swindon Town in a 1-4 defeat at the hands of the Wiltshire club on the 27 December 1913, in which Syd Puddefoot scored West Ham's goal. His place was taken the following match by Frank "Bronco" Burton, who held the position to the end of the season.

175. Alfred TIRRELL ... (1914)

A full-back transferred to Upton Park from Peterborough City (South Eastern League) during the close season of 1913. Alfred made his Southern League debut for the Hammers against Crystal Palace in a 2-1 away victory on the 28 February 1914, but did not figure in the West Ham line-up again until October of the following campaign, in which he played in another six matches. Turned out a few times during the war, mostly in 1918-19 when he was the most regular player with 30 appearances. Was still with the club when peace-time soccer resumed in 1919 but he didn't play in any first team matches that year. Transferred to Luton Town in the close season 1920.

176. W. BOURNE ... (1914)

This outside-left recorded just the one appearance in the Hammers First XI, in the fixture against Reading at Upton Park which resulted in a 0-0 draw on the 23 March 1914. William John Bourne first played for his local club, Sittingbourne, in the Kent League.

177. Jack TRESADERN ... (1914 - 1924)

An impertinent little fellow, he seems to steal the ball rather than win it in an honest, straight-forward fashion' - that was how the Daily Chronicle soccer correspondent summed up West Ham's dapper, terrier-like wing-half, Jack Tresadern on the morning of the 1923 F.A. Cup Final. "Tres" as  he was popularly known was a successful schoolboy footballer. From Harold Halse's old club, Wanstead, he became a regular with Barking after refusing an offer to follow in Halse's footsteps and join Southend United. In January 1913 he began to play occasional reserve team games for West Ham. Eventually he signed professional  forms and made his senior debut  in a 0-6 defeat at Watford on the 1 April 1914. Alf Fenwick and then Dan Woodards restricted his appearances to just six games before Tresadern joined the Royal Artillery. Lieutenant Tresadern made few wartime appearances for Hammers but won a regular place when peacetime football resumed and Hammers joined the Football League. In the wake of Hammers' 1923 Cup Final appearance, Tresadern, Watson and Moore were capped for England but then his club form slumped and in October 1924 he joined ailing Burnley. Later he became player-manager, then manager of Northampton. He also managed Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Plymouth, Hastings and Tonbridge.

178. Frank DENYER ... (1914)

Defender Frank joined his more illustrious brother for Irons' making his Hammers debut in the 0-2 defeat against Cardiff City on the 10th April 1914, and in the 1-1 draw the following day against Southend United at the tail-end of the season. And so ended his West Ham career. Like his more famous brother, Frank also began his career with Ilford.

179. Arthur STALLARD ... (1914 - 1915)

West Ham were tempted to accept an offer from Sunderland for Syd Puddefoot because they had an option on a promising young goalscorer from Charlton, once the Kent club were out of the F.A. Cup. They duly went out - 9-0 at Sunderland! - and Stallard signed pro for Hammers. Syd stayed, too, made his Hammers debut in the centre-forward position, and scoring in the fixture against London rivals Millwall at Upton Park which resulted in a 3-2 victory on the 14th April 1914. He had to wait until towards the end of the following season before claiming a regular first team spot for the last 11 matches of 1914-15, when Puddefoot switched to inside-right allowing Arthur the number nine jersey. The result was a sensation as Stallard took over the goalscoring mantle of his hero. He hit seven in 11 Southern League fixtures. Arthur scored 17 times in just 23 war-time fixtures to underline his rich promise.

180. Robert BEALE ... (1914)

Spending most of the 1913-14 season as understudy to regular first XI 'keepers Hughes and Lonsdale. As once perceived that one bad game at the beginning of a career can prove fatal for future prospects. For a goalkeeper just making his way in the game, the dangers are heightened and the debut or R. Beale proved to be the perfect example of this pitfall, playing in the concluding fixture of the 1913-14 campaign against Portsmouth a 1-5 defeat at Fratton Park 25th April 1914. This result ensured that the ill-fated custodian was to play no further part in the history West Ham.

181= Joseph WEBSTER ... (1914 - 1920)

A goalkeeper who had served the club from Southern League days. Made his Hammers debut in the opening game of the 1914-15 campaign against Gillingham at Upton Park on the 1st September in a 2-1 victory, which also saw the introduction of William Cope, George Speak, Alfred Fenwick and P. Wright. Joseph made two Second Division appearances as deputy for Ted Hufton, against Huddersfield Town and Port Vale respectively at Upton Park in season 1919-20. Previously with Ilford F.C. he later joined Stalybridge Celtic.

181= William COPE ... (1914 - 1922)

Billy was a robust full-back recruited by Hammers just before World War One. Cope's first senior club was Port Vale, whom he joined in 1904-05, and he spent three seasons with them before they resigned from the Football League Second Division. He joined Stoke in 1907-08 and played 25 times before that club also resigned from the League. Undaunted, Billy moved to Oldham Athletic, then embarking on their second season of League football, but never established himself at Boundary Park, averaging only about ten games a season between 1908 and 1914. In May 1914 he transferred to West Ham and made his debut at home to Gillingham at the start of the following season in a 2-1 victory on the 1st September 1914. A rugged player, Cope often fell foul of referees and was sent off at least twice, once with Oldham Reserves and once at Bristol City when he was playing for Hammers. His tally of wartime games for Hammers was exceeded only by Puddefoot and in 1919 he was made skipper, a position he held until the end of 1921-22. He lacked speed but kicked strongly, which was considered an admirable quality in the 1920's. His final game was against Blackpool at Upton Park on 29 April 1922 and at the age of 36 he moved to Third Division North club, Wrexham.

181= George SPEAK ... (1914 - 1915)

Import from Midland League Gainsborough Trinity, George started out with native Lancashire clubs Clitheroe Central and Darwen, and had a trial with Liverpool before joining Grimsby Town in May 1911. After a mere four games he transferred across Lincolnshire to join Trinity in July 1913 and spent 10 months there before transferring to Hammers in May 1914. George made his Hammers debut in the Full-back berth against Gillingham in the 2-1 victory at Upton Park in the opening fixture of the 1914-15 campaign on the 1st September. Joseph Webster, William Cope and Alfred Fenwick also made their debuts. He made three war-time outings the next season, but played most of his football during the conflict as a guest of Preston North End and joined the famous Lancashire club permanently for a £25 transfer fee in March 1919. Later played for Leeds United, winning a Second Division Championship medal in 1924.

181= Alfred FENWICK ... (1914 - 1919)

Beginning his career with Cragheart United in Co. Durham, he progressed to Football League status with Hull City. Joined the Hammers in the close season 1914. Made his Hammers debut along with George Speak and P. Wright in the opening day fixture of the 1914-15 campaign against Gillingham which resulted in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park on the 1st September 1914. Scored his only goal for West Ham in the 4-1 victory against Exeter City on the 2nd January 1915. Despite a tendency to neglect his defensive duties for frequent forays upfield, Alf was a fine utility player who filled all the rearguard positions. By 1918-19 he was guesting for Hartlepool United. Returning to Upton Park to make two appearances in the club's first Football League season, Alf was transferred to Coventry City in December 1919. Later played for Blyth Spartans in 1921.

181= Percy WRIGHT ... (1914 - 1915)

Wright made his Hammers debut in the outside-left position against Gillingham along with George Speak and Alfred Fenwick in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park in the opening fixture of the 1914-15 campaign on the 1st September. Scored his only goal against Bristol Rovers in a 4-1 victory also at the Boleyn. Previously with Sheffield Wednesday.

186. James CARR ... (1914 - 1915)

Began his football league career with Watford as a 16 year-old and had a spell with Clapton Orient before returning to the Hertfordshire club. Carr made his Hammers debut in the outside-left position in the 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at Upton Park 26 September 1914. His time at the Boleyn Ground was short as he only played in 9 games and scored his only goal against Plymouth Argyle in a 2-0 victory 5 December 1914. During World War 1 he guested for Kilmarnock and Portsmouth in between his duties in the army as a private. Carr then joined Reading in 1919 where he was a regular  in the side for four years making a total of 121 League and Cup games and scoring 7 goals. In June 1923 he moved on to Southampton for three seasons making 86 appearances scoring 10 goals.  He was released in 1926 and spent one season with Swindon Town playing in 7 games and scoring 1 goal. He later became the proprietor of the Red Lion Hotel in Southall, Middlesex.

181 WEBSTER Joseph 182 COPE William 183 SPEAK George 184 FENWICK Alfred 185 WRIGHT P 186 CARR James

George HILSDON ... (1912 - 1915) Second debut

084 HILSDON George HILSDON George Blue

Born: Bromley-by-Bow, London 10/08/1885

Signed: CHELSEA

Date: Summer 1912

Debut: WATFORD

Cassio Road 14 September 1912

Appearances: 69 (gls 24) Cup: 5 (gls 4)

Died: 10 September 1941 (aged 56)

After scoring over 100 goals in 160 appearances for Chelsea, Hilsdon returned to Upton Park in 1912, shortly after helping Chelsea to promotion for a second time. The high-spot of his second spell with Hammers came when he scored two goals in an F.A. Cup first-round, second replay, against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge; in the first replay two goals from Hilsdon had saved Hammers from defeat. War ended his League career but later played for Chatham in the Kent League.

174 GODDARD James 158 BELL George 145 KENNEDY William 146 ROTHWELL James 147 FROST Alf 148 MIELLEAR Joe 149 REDWARD 150 HARRISON Fred 151 MORRISON Jack 152 GLOVER Victor 153 REDWOOD George 154 HUGHES Joseph 155 BURRILL Frank 156 WALDEN George 157 DAWSON Harold TEMPLATE GHOST 160 MACKESY Jack 161 IRVINE George 162 FORSTER Harry 163 ASKEW William 164 DENYER Albert 165 BURTON Frank 166 CASEY Jack

Publications and websites often refer to Frank James Burton as being born in Mexico, this is untrue. However, it is likely that Burton’s father also called Frank, may have worked in Mexico.

 

Unfortunately it seems whilst Frank senior was working overseas the 1911 Census form back in the UK was submitted with misleading information. At the time of the 1911 Census, our Frank and his brother Barry were both boarding with a family in Wembley.

 

‘theyflysohigh’ has obtained a copy of Frank James Burton’s birth certificate which clearly states his place of birth as STOCKPORT, 17 September 1890.

 

'theyflysohigh' research

165 Burton certificate 167 CATON Harold 168 CARTER Henry 169 PUDDEFOOT Syd 170 BAILEY Daniel 171 LEAFE Richard 172 BRANDON Thomas 175 TIRRELL Alfred 176 BOURNE W 177 TRESADERN Jack 179 STALLARD Arthur 173 LONSDALE Thomas