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Part 4 : 187. Edward Hufton to 226. William Brown

187= Edward HUFTON ... (1919 - 1932)

Born: 25 November 1892, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Signed: SHEFFIELD UNITED

Fee: £350

Debut: LINCOLN CITY

Upton Park 30 August 1919

Transferred: WATFORD

Appearances: 371 Cup: 31

International: England (6 caps), England Trials (2 caps)

Individual honours: FA Cup runners-up (1923)

Died: 2 February 1967 (aged 74)

Signed by Sheffield United from local works side Atlas & Norfolk in 1913, Ted seized the first team spot and acquitted himself well enough to prompt the Blades to transfer their regular goalkeeper. Ted joined the Coldstream Guards during WW1. Made the first of 64 war-time guest appearances for West Ham, paving the way for his eventual transfer when hostilities ceased, for a fee of £350. Irons' first season in the newly-formed Second Division were memorable ones for Ted, and it was around this time that he acquired the nickname "Penalty King", by saving 11 out of 18 spot-kicks. International recognition followed in the Cup Final and promotion year of 1923, but Ted had to decline due to injury. So his international debut was delayed to the following year, when he won the first of six caps, being the only goalkeeper to play for England while with West Ham, a record that was broken in 2001 when David James signed for the Hammers. The veteran keeper lost his place to George Watson, and was granted a free transfer at the end of the 1932-33 season, joining Watford for a brief spell.

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Born: 10 December 1892, Rotherham, Yorkshire

Signed: GRIMSBY TOWN

Debut: LINCOLN CITY

Upton Park 30 August 1919

Transferred: NEWPORT COUNTY

Appearances: 26 (gls 0)

Died: 1948

Born: Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire  23/10/1894

Signed: SUTTON TOWN

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

Transferred: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Appearances: 19 (gls 0)

Born: Bridge of Weir, Scotland 02/09/1894

Signed: CLYDE

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

Transferred: BURY

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

Born: Ayrshire

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Fife, Scotland

Signed: DUNDEE

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

Transferred: CLACKMANNAN

Appearances: 2 (gls 1)

Born: Coppull

Signed: BLACKBURN ROVERS

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

Transferred: FLEETWOOD

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Born: Lancashire 1986.

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Upton Park 30th August 1919

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

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Signed: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

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Debut: BARNSLEY - Oakwell 1st September 1919

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Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Born: Liverpool 25/11/1893

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Debut: BARNSLEY - Oakwell 1st September 1919

Transferred: SOUTHPORT CENTRAL

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Born: Aberdeen

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Sincil Bank 6th September 1919

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187=  Alf LEE ... (1919 - 1921)

Began his career with Rotherham County. Transferred from Grimsby Town in time to participate in Hammers' first-ever Football League match against Lincoln City on the opening day of the 1919-20 season in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park, he understudied regular full-backs Billy Cope and Frank "Broncho" Burton. Moved on to Newport County in 1921. Described as "a deceptive player in that he might give an impression of lacking concentration and then found difficult to outwit. His speciality, a clean kick. Could also play half-back."

187= Harry LANE ... (1919 - 1921)

A schoolmaster signed from Sutton Town, Harry made his Second Division bow as a right-half in the 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Upton Park  on the 30th August 1919; later showed his versatility by switching to the centre-forward position and then right-back. He later transferred to London rivals Charlton Athletic in 1921. Joined Queens Park Rangers in July 1922.

187= James McCRAE ... (1919 - 1921)

Hammers signed this stubborn Scottish defender from Clyde, and he settled down to claim a regular place during the 1919-20 season, totalling 35 League and four F.A. Cup outings in the club's first campaign as a Football League outfit. Making his debut against Lincoln City in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on the 30th August 1919. Usually employed at left-half, he made another 15 Second Division appearances the following season before moving on to Bury.

187= David SMITH ... (1919)

A right-winger who came from Stewarton and played in Hammers' first-ever Football League match against Lincoln City at Upton Park on the 30th August 1919... his one and only appearance in the First Team.

187= James MOYES ... (1919 - 1920)

Earned himself an eternal place in Hammers' history when he scored the club's first-ever Football League goal on his debut against Lincoln City in the opening game of the 1919-20 season at Upton Park 30th August in a 1-1 draw. Signed from Dundee, he made only one other League appearance - also at the Boleyn against Rotherham County in a match West Ham won 2-1 (and had Jack Tresadern sent off).

187= Robert MORRIS ... (1919 - 1920)

After making his debut in Hammers' first-ever Football League match against Lincoln City at Upton Park on the 30th August 1919, he made only two more appearances that season in a 0-7 thrashing at Barnsley and a 1-0 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane. Had originally joined West Ham from Preston North End.

187= Harry BRADSHAW ... (1919 - 1920)

Originally a winger, Harry converted to wing-half with Iron's. Made his Hammers debut in the opening game in West Ham's Football League bow against Lincoln City at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on the 30th August 1919. Harry won his greatest honour outside football when he was awarded the Military Medal while serving as a brigade runner in France during WW1. Signed professional forms for the 1919-20 season, he was also a member of the club's relay-team which won the Professional Footballers' 4 x 400 yards at Stamford Bridge, in an era when such races were a popular part of the entertainment at sports meetings.

195= Horace BIGGIN ... (1919)

Embarked on his League career with the Hammers in an infamous 0-7 defeat at the hands of Barnsley at Oakwell on the 1st September 1919 from the inside-right position; switched to the right-wing for his only other First Team appearance a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Upton Park on the 4th October the same campaign.

195= Tommy GREEN ... (1919)

A left-winger signed by manager Syd King from Southport, Tommy was an unfortunate debutante in the record 7-0 hammering at Barnsley on  the 1st September 1919, but was switched to inside-left for his only other two Second Division outings against Rotherham County and versus Stoke City both games played at Upton Park.

197= William JOHNSON ... (1919)

A Scotsman from Aberdeen, Bill made his first appearance in Hammers' colours along with Albert Murray and James Palmer in a cracking 4-1 victory over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on the 6th September 1919, and was on duty at right-half again two days later versus Barnsley at the Boleyn  when the Yorkshiremen spoiled his second, and what was to prove to be his last League outing, by winning 0-2.

197= Frank MURRAY ... (1919)

Born: Dundee

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Sincil Bank 6th September 1919

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Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Shared in the delight of Hammers' first-ever League victory, against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on the 6th September 1919; turned out again in the inside-left position two days later in a match which saw Barnsley triumph 2-0 at Upton Park.

197= James PALMER ... (1919 - 1921)

Born: London

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Debut: LINCOLN CITY - Sincil Bank 6th September 1919

Transferred: WORKINGTON

Appearances: 13 (gls 1)

Born: Manchester 21/09/1891

Signed: DISTILLERY

Date: July 1919

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Debut: BARNSLEY - Upton Park 8th September 1919

Transferred: STOCKPORT COUNTY

Appearances: 237 (gls 15) Cup: 22 (gls 2)

Born:  Berkshire

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Debut: STOKE CITY - Victoria GRound 27th September 1919

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Appearances: 7 (gls 1)

Born:  Leicester 25/10/1896

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Debut: STOKE CITY - Victoria GRound 27th September 1919

Transferred: HALIFAX TOWN

Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Darvel

Signed: HURLFORD

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Debut: BIRMINGHAM CITY - St Andrews 25th October 1919

Transferred: PETERBOROUGH CITY

Appearances: 4 (gls 0)

Born: 2 July 1895, West Ham, London

Signed: Juniors

Debut: BIRMINGHAM CITY

Upton Park 1 November 1919

Transferred: LINCOLN CITY

Date: 1923

Appearances: 80 (gls 5) Cup: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 21 October 1969 (aged 74)

Born: Dundee, Scotland

Signed: DUNDEE

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Debut: BIRMINGHAM CITY - Upton Park 1st November 1919

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Appearances: 1 (gls 1)

Born: West Ham, London 19/10/1900

Signed: GREEN SILLEY WEIR

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Debut: FULHAM - Craven Cottage 22nd November 1919

Transferred: FULHAM

Appearances: 136 (gls 1) Cup: 19 (gls 0)

This left-wing flyer made his debut in the claret-and-blue in a fine 4-1 win at Lincoln City on the 6th September 1919, and went on to make a dozen Second Division appearances that season. Jim scored his only goal as a West Ham player against Grimsby Town in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park on the 18th October 1919. He made only one more League outing the next season before transferring to Workington.

200. George KAY ... (1919 - 1926)

This fine centre-half was one of the first former West Ham players to make a mark in football management and could justifiably claim to be the pioneer behind the famous West Ham managerial "Academy". Formerly with Bolton Wanderers, George recorded another "first" when he became the only Englishman ever to captain an Irish League team during his spell with Belfast Celtic. Taking over the team captaincy from Billy Cope for the eventful 1922-23 season. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-2 defeat by Barnsley at Upton Park on the 8th September 1919. George led the Irons to Wembley and promotion to the First Division during his initial campaign as skipper. George's consistency during Hammers first six seasons in the Football League made him among the first to reach the 200 appearance mark for the club. One of the few members of Hammers' Cup Final side not to win an international cap, he was considered to be extremely unfortunate by the football reporters of the day in that respect. Undaunted, he picked up the managerial reins with Southampton when he retired from playing after a spell with Stockport. Liverpool asked him to fill the manager's job at Anfield. Appointed in 1936, he had to wait until after the war for his first success with the Liverpudlians. George was afflicted by ill-health in the late Forties, and was a sick man when the 'Pool reached their first Wembley Final in 1950 against Arsenal. Although confined to his sick-bed during the two days prior to the game, he still proudly led his players on to the Wembley turf for presentation to His Majesty The King. George Kay retired from football in February 1951 on medical advice, and sadly passed away in April 1954.  

201= Cyril TURNER ... (1919 - 1921)

This right-back made his Hammers debut against Stoke City at the Victoria Grounds on the 27th September 1919 in a 1-2 defeat; he was again on duty when the Potters visited the Boleyn Ground for the return fixture the following week, when a 1-1 draw went some way to avenging the earlier defeat on the Staffordshire club's enclosure. The legendary Syd Puddefoot was the Hammers marksman on both occasions. It was Cyril who was the unlikely goalscoring hero in the next match, however, when deputising at centre-forward for "Puddey" (who was either injured or more likely on international duty) he scored the only goal of the game against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

201= Cecil PHIPPS ... (1919)

His only League appearance in Hammers colours came against Stoke City at the Victoria Ground on the 27th September 1919 when West Ham went down 1-2 to the Staffordshire club, Cyril Turner also made his debut in the same fixture.

203. John WOODBURN ... (1919 - 1920)

A right  or centre-half signed from Hurlford, he made his Second Division debut in a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at St. Andrews on the 25th October 1919. Completed a quartet of League appearances that season before being transferred to Peterborough and Fletton United.

204= Percy ALLEN ... (1919 - 1923)

Percy Allen was born a stone’s throw from the Boleyn Ground on 2 July 1895, one month before Thames Ironworks took to the field in the club’s historic first match against Woolwich Arsenal at the Hermit Road ground. Allen was prominent in local junior football before turning professional with the Hammers in 1919. The wing-half made his Second Devision debut in a 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham City on 1 November 1919. He was a consistent member of the side in the first two seasons after the War and can count himself somewhat unlucky as he lost his place early in the 1922-23 of all seasons! He had complained to trainer Charlie Paynter of pains in the legs. A blood ailment that had lain dormant since his Army days had suddenly reappeared and by the time he was fit again, Syd Bishop had establish himself in the side and cemented his place in history when the team reached the first Wembley FA Cup Final in 1923. In May 1923 Allen was a member of the West Ham's squad that embarked on their second-ever Continental tour to Austria-Hungary at the end of their promotion winning Division Two campaign. Allen later saw service with Lincoln City, Northampton Town and Weymouth before retiring from the game to work for West Ham Corporation and later ran a newsagents in East Ham.

204= Robert ALLEN ... (1919)

A mysterious figure from Hammers' first League season who, according to the record books, came from Dundee and made only the one Second Division appearance - albeit a scoring one. His moment of glory came on the 1st November 1919 when he registered his team's tally from the centre-forward position in the 1-2 home defeat against Birmingham City, in which Percy Allen also made his Hammers debut.

206. George CARTER ... (1919 - 1927)

An East-ender born and bred, who first came to notice as a member of the West Ham Boys team which contested the Final of the Schools Shield with Sheffield Boys in 1914. He then progressed to his works team, where he combined his duties as an apprentice engineer with playing under the unlikely banner of Green Silley Weir in the London Munitions League. Before the end of World War One he became one of the early members of the R.A.F. Officer Training Corps, joining Hammers for their initial season of League Football in 1919-20. Made his Hammers debut against Fulham at Craven Cottage 22nd November 1919 in a 2-0 win, Puddefoot scoring both goals. Equally at home in any of the half-back positions, he often proved to be an invaluable deputy for such as Syd Bishop, George Kay or Jack Tresadern. A keen tennis player in his off-field moments, George was granted a well-deserved benefit by the club in 1925; just as he seemed set to stake a claim for regular First Team recognition he fell victim to a bad knee injury in a match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Despite having a cartilage operation and bravely signing on for the 1927-28 season, the incident effectively ended his first class football career at the end of that campaign and went to work for Messrs. Tate and Lyle until his retirement in June 1965.

Born: Hednesford 27/03/1896

Signed: PORTSMOUTH

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Debut: COVENTRY CITY - Highfield Road 6th December 1919

Transferred: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Appearances: 27 (gls 0) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

Born: Alexandria

Signed: MANCHESTER CITY

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Debut: CLAPTON ORIENT - Upton Park 4th March 1920

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Appearances: 15 (gls 0)

Born: Eastwood 05/11/1895

Signed: OLDHAM ATHLETIC

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Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - Upton Park 13th March 1920

Transferred: CHESTERFIELD

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Born: Crewe, Cheshire

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Debut: NOTTINGHAM FOREST - City Ground 5 April1920

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 12 February 1960 (aged 63)

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Debut: STOCKPORT COUNTY - Edgeley Park 26th April 1920

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0).

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Debut: STOCKPORT COUNTY - Edgeley Park 26th April 1920

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: 12 February 1894, Whitburn, Co. Durham

Signed: SOUTHEND UNITED

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Debut: STOCKPORT COUNTY - Upton Park 1st May 1920

Transferred: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Appearances: 124 (gls 3) Cup: 14 (gls 0)

Died: 31 January 1952, Whitburn, Co. Durham (aged 58)

Born: Blackwell

Signed: SHEFFIELD UNITED

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Debut: HULL CITY - Upton Park 28th August 1920

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 27 (gls 1)

Born: Bishop Middleham 1892

Signed: BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

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Debut: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS - Upton Park 6th September 1920

Transferred: HARTLEPOOLS UNITED

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Born: Girton, Cambridgeshire 10/11/1897

Signed: WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN

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Debut: CARDIFF CITY - Ninian Park 25th September 1920

Transferred: SOUTHAMPTON

Appearances: 462 (gls 298) Cup: 45 (gls 28)

Born: Stepney, London 1900

Signed: CRYSTAL PALACE

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Debut: BIRMINGHAM CITY - Upton Park 25th December 1920

Transferred: LEICESTER CITY

Appearances: 250 (gls 20) Cup: 25 (gls 0)

Born: Stockton 1892

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Debut: CLAPTON ORIENT - Upton Park 22ns January 1921

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Appearances: 54 (gls 7) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

207. Stephen SMITH ... (1919 - 1921)

In direct contrast to his fellow winger and contemporary D. Smith. Stephen had a good run in the First Team during Hammers' initial League season, made his Hammers bow against Coventry City at Highfield Road in a 0-0 draw on the 6th December 1919. Sydney made 23 Second Division appearances in 1919-20. Formerly with Portsmouth he made only one showing the following season, however, and three the next campaign before transferring to London rivals Charlton Athletic.

208. James CUMMING ... (1919 - 1920)

An outside-right signed from Manchester City. Made his Hammers debut in the Second Division at home to Clapton Orient 4th March 1920, totalled 10 appearances during West  Ham's first League season and a further five the following campaign without ever getting on the scoresheet.

209. Edgar SMITHURST ... (1920 - 1921)

Made his First Team debut in a stirring 2-1 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park on the 13th March 1920 - one of Spurs' rare defeats in a season which saw them run away with the Second Division title with a record 70 points. Ed had another League appearance that campaign, in Hammers' concluding fixture at home to South Shields. A right-winger, he played one more League game in 1920-21 before moving to Oldham Athletic.

210. Frank BIRCHENOUGH ... (1920)

Started his footballing journey with local side Haslington Villa. Goalkeeper Frank Birchenough made a solitary Second Division appearance in a 1-2 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 5 April 1920.

211= Vivian ROBERTS ... (1920)

Not much is known of this goalkeeper, other than that he made his one and only appearance in Hammers colours in the 0-1 defeat at the hands of Stockport County at Edgeley Park on the 26th April 1920. Thomas Stanley also made his Hammers debut in the same fixture.

211= Thomas STANLEY ... (1920)

A left-back signed from Liverpool. "Digger", as he was nicknamed by the Anfield fans, made his one and only appearance for the Hammers in a 2-1 defeat at Stockport County on the 26th April 1920...an experience shared by fellow debutante Viv Roberts, who also made his solitary Second Division appearance in that encounter with the Cheshire club.

213. Jack YOUNG ... (1920 - 1925)

Dashing left-winger who converted to full-back with considerable success. Signed for a sizeable - for those days - fee of £600. Made his Hammers debut in the concluding fixture of the 1919-20 campaign against Stockport County in a 3-0 victory at Upton Park 1st May 1920, his switch of positions brought the following comment in Jack's pen-picture in the programme for the 1923 F.A. Cup Final: "He played for Southend United at outside-left, and went to Upton Park as a forward; but displayed his aptitude as a defender, and well-earned the position he now occupies." By the mid-Twenties ill-health had eroded his First Division appearances, and he played his last game for West Ham at Elland Road against Leeds United on 19th September 1925 before transferring to Queens Park Rangers.

214. Jim SIMMONS ... (1920 - 1922)

Shares a unique and until now, unrecognised distinction with fellow early-century ex-Hammer, Billy Barnes, BOTH signed for the club from Sheffield United, and BOTH scored F.A. Cup Final goals for the Blades! Sometimes confused with predecessor of the same surname - "Chippy" Simmons, who was signed from West Bromwich Albion in 1904 - Jim was a nephew of the legendary Sheffield United goalkeeper Bill Foulke. Usually employed in the outside-right position, he realised every footballer's dream when he scored Sheffield United's first goal in their 3-0 1915 F.A. Cup Final victory against Chelsea at Old Trafford. Made his Hammers debut in the 1-1 draw with Hull City at Upton Park on the 28th August 1920. Jim was forced to retire from the game before Hammers reached their first Final in 1923.

215. George CROWTHER ... (1920)

An inside-left who made his Second Division debut in a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Upton Park on the 6th September 1920; he made only another two League appearances at home and away against West London rivals Fulham, to complete a hat-trick of senior outings. Later played for Hartlepool.

216. Victor WATSON ... (1920 - 1935)

Of all the great centre-forwards who have worn the number nine shirt for West Ham United over the years, Vic Watson stands out as the finest. Spotted playing for Wellingborough Town, he was duly signed for a £50 transfer fee in March 1920, to give cover for the then leader Sydney Puddefoot, later becoming as a big a star as the man he was to replace so dramatically when the latter signed sensationally for Falkirk. Vic made his debut against Cardiff City in a 0-0 draw on the 25th September 1920. Honours followed thick and fast, with his 22 League goals largely responsible for Hammers' promotion to the First Division, and five counters in the F.A. Cup contributing likewise to the club's appearance in the first Wembley Cup Final during that doubly - memorable 1922-23 season. Capped for England against Wales and Scotland. Notching over 200 goals during nine seasons in the top flight. The highlight of those gala years came on a rain-lashed afternoon in an unforgettable 8-2 thrashing of Leeds United at Upton Park on the 9th February 1929, when Vic scored six times against the hapless Yorkshiremen. Scored a club record 42 First Division goals the following season saw him back in an England shirt in 1930. The six-goal blast against Leeds apart, Vic scored four goals in a match on three separate occasions, and tallied an astonishing thirteen hat-tricks during his Hammers' career. Transferred to Southampton in 1935, he had one season with the Saints before retiring.  

217. Syd BISHOP ... (1920 - 1926)

After a humble beginning as a forward with Isthmian League Ilford F.C. and a spell with Crystal Palace reserves, Sydney Bishop rose to the pinnacle of his profession after signing for West Ham United in 1920. Born during the very year of the formation of West Ham United, he made a scoring debut against Birmingham City in the 1-1 draw at Upton Park, Christmas Day 1920. Syd was affectionately nicknamed "Sticks" by the Boleyn crowds in recognition of his slender frame. A member of the side which gained near immortality by appearing in the first Wembley Cup Final of 1923, Syd was one of the few "utility" players of his generation; playing in nearly every position for Hammers - including goal when Ted Hufton was injured on one occasion! It has been often said that the best half-backs are those who have had experience in the forward positions, gaining first-hand knowledge of the type of service the men up front need in the process. Syd's career certainly benefited from this drill. Well known as a big-occasion player, he was named as reserve for England versus Ireland at Liverpool in 1924, but was destined to wait until after he'd left Upton Park before gaining full international recognition. His departure from the Boleyn to Leicester City was regretted by many admirers long after he'd left; but there could be no denying that this great player had lost form during his last season with Hammers. Syd  returned to his beloved London to sign for Chelsea in 1928, with brain rather than brawn being his hallmark of his play. Injuries forced him to give up the game he so loved.

218. Tommy HAMPSON ... (1921 - 1925)

Born: Bury, Lancashire 02/05/1898

Signed: WALKER CELTIC

Debut: CLAPTON ORIENT - Millsfield Road 15th January 1921

Transferred: BLACKBURN ROVERS

Appearances: 70 Cup: 9

Born: ??

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Debut: ROTHERHAM CITY - Upton Park 9th April 1921

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Romford, Essex 02/05/1898

Signed: STIRLING ATHLETIC (Dagenham)

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Debut: ROTHERHAM CITY - Millmoor 16 April 1921

Transferred: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Appearances: 19 (gls 2)

Born: Bulwell, Nottinghamshire

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Debut: PORT VALE - Upton Park 23rd April 1921

Transferred: MILLWALL

Appearances: 1 (gls 0).

Born: Ilford, Essex

Signed: ILFORD

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Debut: SOUTH SHIELDS - Upton Park 2nd May 1921

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Castleford, Yorkshire 12/11/1900

Signed: BRADFORD CITY

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Debut: SOUTH SHIELDS

Horsley Hill - 7 May 1921

Transferred: FULHAM

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

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Debut: SOUTH SHIELDS

Horsley Hill - 7 May 1921

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Fencehouses Co Durham 22.08.1900

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Debut: SOUTH SHIELDS  

Horsley Hill - 7 May 1921

Transferred: CHELSEA

Appearances: 60 (gls 15) Cup: 11 (gls 5)

Died: 07.01.1985 (aged 84)

Signed from Walker Celtic as understudy to Ted Hufton, he made his Hammers debut in the 1-0 away victory over Clapton Orient on the 15th January 1921.  He proved to be a shrewd capture and an able deputy when the great man suffered a serious knee injury in 1923-24. Showing form far superior to his performances in the Reserves. Tommy took his chance literally with both hands, with the result that Ted was hardly missed. Later joined Blackburn Rovers.

219. William JAMES ... (1921 - 1922)

William came from Portsmouth for the 1920-21 season, making a scoring debut against Clapton Orient in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park 22nd January 1921. Bill made 18 League appearances, and played in 36 matches the following campaign before leaving the club. An inside - or outside-right, he was succeeded by Jimmy Ruffell.

220. Herbert COWELL ... (1921)

Herbert made his one and only League appearance in Hammers colours from the inside-right berth against Rotherham County on the 9th April 1921 at Upton Park when a Dick Leafe goal won the spoils for West Ham.

221. Leslie ROBINSON ... (1921 - 1924)

Often a top scorer in the Reserves, this clever inside-right served the club well during the early League seasons after arriving from Dagenham side Stirling Athletic, without being able to lay claim to regular first team place. Made his Hammers debut away to Rotherham City on the 16th April 1921 in a 0-2 defeat.  The comedian of the second-string, he had the honour of scoring their 100th goal in the London Combination in 1923-24. Les later joined Northampton Town and then Norwich City in June 1927, Thames in September 1928 and finally, Torquay United in July 1929.

222. Joseph HART ... (1921)

This right-back made only the one appearance in the claret-and-blue for West Ham against Port Vale in a 1-1 draw at the Boleyn on the 23rd April 1921, in Hammers second season as a Football League club. Later played for London rivals Millwall.

223=. William GATLAND ... (1921)

Bill made his solitary appearance in Hammers' colours in the 2-1 victory over South Shields at Upton Park on the 2nd May 1921, in which a Syd Puddefoot and an own goal secured the points for West Ham.

223= Jack HEBDEN ... (1921 - 1927)

This strong-tackling full-back joined Hammers from Bradford City in May 1921 in time to make his debut on the last day of the season, a 0-0 draw at South Shields on the 7th May 1921. After recovering from a bad injury sustained during the following campaign, Jack settled down to figure consistently in the First Division side during the mid-twenties and was appointed skipper in 1926-27. Leaving West Ham for Fulham in 1928, he later captained Thames F.C. who played at the old West Ham Stadium in Prince Regent Lane. Disbanded in 1933 because of crippling debts, Thames' problems were evident as early as 6th December 1930, when they sent out the smallest cheque ever received as a share of an away gate to Luton Town. The attendance for the Third Division South fixture was 469 and Luton's cheque was for 1s. 8d. But back to Jack. The demise of the Thames club effectively ended his League career, but he continued to play in local soccer and found employment at the Electricity Works in Nelson Street, East Ham.

223= John CALLADINE ... (1921)

This right-winger made his solitary League appearance alongside the great Jack Hebden and Billy Brown in a 0-0 draw in the final League game of the 1920-21 campaign against South Shields at their Horsley Hill enclosure 7th May 1921.

223= William BROWN ... (1921 - 1924)

A play-anywhere man when West Ham plucked him from local football in his native North-East, made his Hammers debut in the final fixture of 1920-21 season against South Shields in a 0-0 draw at Horsley Hill on the 7th May 1921. Billy eventually settled down in the inside-right position to partner Dick Richards in the 1923 F.A. Cup Final and promotion side. It wasn't until 1922-23 that he won a regular First Team place, and a month after appearing in Hammers' losing Wembley XI gained England honours as reserve against France. A year later he won his solitary full cap versus Belgium at the Hawthorns. Transferring to Chelsea shortly afterwards, he later played for Fulham and Hartlepool United.

214 SIMMONS Jim 215 CROWTHER George 216 WATSON Victor 217 BISHOP Syd 219 JAMES William 221 ROBINSON Leslie 223 GATLAND William 224 HEBDEN Jack 226 BROWN William 218 HAMPSON Tommy TEMPLATE GHOST

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213 YOUNG Jack 222 HART Joseph 202 PHIPPS Cecil 187 HUFTON Edward HAMPSON Tommy ALLEN Percy BROWN William 210 BIRCHENOUGH Frank 204 ALLEN Percy