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Doug Bing was one of manager Ted Fenton’s early signings when he joined West Ham on New Year’s Day 1951 in a £1,000 transfer deal from Margate. During his four years with the Hammers he was very much a squad player rather than a first team regular. As a right winger and later as a left half he made a total of 36 competitive first team appearances, netting three goals, plus he played in several of the club’s early floodlit friendlies against international club sides.
Despite making spasmodic appearances in the first team, his West Ham career included some notable highs. Doug played in
Extract: Minutes of Board Meeting held on Tuesday 1st February 1955
Extract: Minutes of Board Meeting held on Tuesday 26th April 1955
1954’s surprise FA Cup 3rd round 4-0 thrashing of the top first division side Huddersfield Town.
Upton Park’s inaugural floodlit game in April 1953 as second division West Ham beat first division Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly.
1954’s Football Combination Cup Final victory and he was a member of the squad which clinched the Football Combination League for the first time in the Hammers’ history in 1953-54.
Born: Broadstairs October 27, 1928, Doug died on February 5, 2013 aged 84.
League Debut in 1951-52
The team for Doug’s first three games in claret and blue was unchanged and was:
George Taylor, George Wright, Harry Kinsell, Tommy Moroney, Malcolm Allison, Frank O’Farrell, Doug Bing, Jim Barrett Jnr, Bert Hawkins, Gerry Gazzard, Terry Woodgate.
Unfortunately, Doug’s claret and blue tenure coincided with the club’s dismal Division Two struggle in the early 1950s. His 10 league appearances in his first season only included two wins. After playing his last league game of the season on October 27, 1951 against Leicester City, when he scored his third and the Hammers’ final goal, he had to wait over 18 months for his next league appearance.
Move to Left Half in 1952-53
Competition for the left wing spot from Tommy Southren and Terry Woodgate kept Doug in the reserves. When the next first team opportunity arose it was as the left half replacement for Frank O’Farrell. In mid April 1953 O’Farrell was called up for Eire international duty which gave Doug the window to step up for a couple of first team matches. The first of these was the inaugural floodlit game at Upton Park, the friendly against first division Tottenham Hotspur, and the second in the following weekend’s league game. For the final league game of the season on May 1, Doug was again recalled to the first team, this time as Tommy Southren's replacement on the right wing.
Doug’s Best Season - 1953-54
This was probably Doug’s best season in terms of first team appearances. Albeit as stand in for Frank O’Farrell, his total of 12 league games and all three of the club’s FA Cup matches against first division opposition were his highest in a single season.
1954-55 Season – Last League game in Claret & Blue
Struggling for a regular first team place restricted Doug’s games to five in this his last football league season. The season started well for Doug as he again stood in for Frank O’Farrell for the season’s first four league matches. However, O’Farrell’s return meant Doug had another long wait for his fifth of the season and final league game on January 1, 1955 away at Notts County in a resounding 5-1 defeat. This final claret and blue league appearance was four years to the day of his joining the club.
Bing's Second Divison playing record 1951-52 season
Bing's Second Division playing record 1952-53 season
Bing made his league debut on Saturday September 1, 1951 in the 1-1 draw with Hull City at Boothferry Park. This game was the start of a decent run of Division Two league games for Doug as he played in 10 out of the next 11 Division Two games. In his second appearance the outside-right made his mark by scoring the first of his three Hammer goals in the 2-2 home draw with Swansea Town.
Bing's Division Two & FA Cup playing record 1953-54 season
The team that Saturday afternoon, which only included three from Doug’s debut three and half years earlier, was:
George Taylor, John Bond, Harry Kinsell, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Doug Bing, Harry Hooper, Les Bennett, Alan Blackburn, John Dick, Jimmy Andrews.
At the beginning of February 1955, as Bing's father was taken ill, the Board of Directors allowed the player to live and train on a temporary basis at his former club Margate. By April '55 he was placed on the open transfer list and left West Ham in July to rejoin Margate where he enjoyed mixed fortunes with the Kent League side.
Bing's Division Two & FA Cup playing record 1954-55 season
1954 FA Cup Career Highlight
One of the highlights of Doug’s career was being a member of the team which comprehensively beat first division side Huddersfield Town 4-0 in 1954’s 3rd round tie at Upton Park. This was a significant achievement for the Hammers as Huddersfield finished the season in 3rd place in Division One. The team’s reward for this outstanding result was a home tie against another first division outfit, Blackpool. Again Doug was in the team which drew at home but lost the replay 3-1 at Broomfield Road. The unchanged team for the three FA Cup ties was:
Ernie Gregory, George Wright, John Bond, Andy Malcolm, Malcolm Allison, Doug Bing, Harry Hooper, Tommy Dixon, John Dick, Dave Sexton, Jimmy Andrews.
West Ham United v. Huddersfield Town
FA Cup Third Round
9th January 1954
West Ham United v. Port Vale
FA Cup Third Round
8th January 1955
Essex Professional Cup & London Challenge Cup
Bing's career included three appearances in the Essex Professional Cup. Two of these were the semi-final ties in 1952-53 and 1954-55 seasons. Unfortunately for Doug despite being in the team which defeated Colchester 3-2 in the 1954-55 semi-final, the final was held over to August of the following season just after Doug had left the club.
In his four seasons with the club Doug also made several appearances in the London Challenge Cup (LCC). In the 1950s this cup competition was attributed with more importance than in the 1960s, and match reports would often appear in the national press. The advent of the Football League Cup reduced the significance of the LCC. One of Doug’s appearances in this competition was the 1954-55 final against Arsenal. On December 6, 1954 Doug was unusually in the XI at left half as the Hammers drew 1-1 with Arsenal. He didn’t figure in the replayed final three months later.
Arsenal v. West Ham United
London Challenge Cup Final
6th December 1954
Floodlit Friendly Appearances including First Ever Upton Park Floodlit Match
During his four year claret and blue tenure Doug played in several of the floodlit friendlies manager Ted Fenton arranged against attractive club sides from home and abroad. Just before the first of these Bing returned to his former Hartsdown Park club in April 1952 as Margate triumphed 5-3.
In the following season, 1953-54, Bing played in the Upton Park friendly victories over first division Sunderland (2-0), the Scots Heart of Midlothian (7-0), and Servette from Switzerland (5-1).
A year later Bing was in the side for the opening floodlit fixture at Upton Park against FA Cup semi-finalists Tottenham Hotspur. The Hammers rose to the occasion to record a 2-1 victory.
Gazzard 2, Andrews
Hartsdown Park : April 28 1952
Margate 5 - 3 West Ham United
The team that historic evening was:
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Upton Park : April 16 1953
First Floodlight Match
West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
5th October 1953
Heart of Midlothian
19th October 1953
6th April 1954
In West Ham team for First Competitive Floodlit Game
In his four years at Upton Park he notched up 37 Combination reserve team appearances and over the same period an astonishing 40 games in Cup competitions for the second string. This included a couple of notable achievements.
The first was his role as a member of the reserve team squad which accomplished the double in 1953-54 as Football Combination League Champions and Cup Winners. This was the first time the club won the reserve league and cup, which was no mean feat as the club had to wait 24 years to repeat the Combination League win in 1977-78
The second achievement was a place in the side which played in the club’s very first competitive game under floodlights, the Combination Cup tie against Fulham Reserves on Monday September 7, 1953. In a high scoring game in front of an 8,000 attendance the following strong reserve team won 9-1
Harry Kinsell (captain)
Goals courtesy of Kearns 4, Gazzard 2, Foan 2, Malcolm 1:
West Ham United 1953-54
Football Combination Champions and Cup Winners
First competitive game under Floodlights
Doug was one of three players to have appeared in the inaugural floodlit game versus Tottenham Hotspur and then five months later in this first competitive floodlit fixture. The other two players were Harry Kinsell and Harry Hooper. One of his final appearances in claret and blue was on April 4, 1955 as a member of the XI which comprehensively beat an FA Amateur XI 1-0. Three weeks later Doug’s claret and blue career closed as he was placed on the transfer list.
Return to Margate FC
In his second spell at Margate he played 39 games (1 goal) in 1955-56 and 26 games (2 goals) in the following season. This included a couple of appearances in the FA Cup against football league side Walsall in November 1955.
Unfortunately Doug suffered a series of injuries which meant missing all of 1957-58 season and eventually forced him to retire from playing in January 1959. Including 14 games for Margate prior to joining the Hammers, Bing made a total of 79 appearances and scored seven goals for the Hartsdown Park club.
His younger brother, Tommy, also played for a football league club and Margate. Tommy played a single league game in October 1957 for Tottenham Hotspur.
Extract: Minutes of Board Meeting held on Tuesday 2nd January 1951
In the following year, a week after what turned out to be Doug’s final West Ham league appearance on January 1, 1955, he played in the 3rd round home tie against Port Vale. Having built a two goal lead the Hammers let the lead slip and disappointedly settled for a draw. Manager Ted Fenton made three changes to the team for the replay including Frank O’Farrell’s return for Doug. The home tie against Port Vale was Doug’s final first XI match. The team for the drawn tie with Port Vale was:
George Taylor, John Bond, Noel Cantwell, Andy Malcolm, Malcolm Allison, Doug Bing, Harry Hooper, Les Bennett, Alan Blackburn, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.
Doug's final first team appearance
Combination Cup match v Fulham Reserves – September 7, 1953
Les Griffiths (Trainer), Ken Horrigan, Vic Pilcher, George Wright, Ron Johnson, Jack Roberts, Ron Wilson,
Bob Wainwright (Ass Trainer), Ron Sturgess
Doug Bing, Almer Hall (Player-Manager), Des Cross, George Proudlock, Jackie Wood
MARGATE FC 1950-51
Doug Bing (bottom left) lines-up with no less than five ex-Hammers in this Margate XI team picture from 1950-51. Ex-Hammers are George Wright (1951-1957), Ron Wilson (1946-1947), Almer Hall (1946-1948), George Proudlock (1938-1947) and Jackie Wood (1937-1948)
West Ham United 1953-54
BROADSTAIRS YOUTH CLUB 1946
Doug Bing (front and Centre)
DOUG BING'S SCRAPBOOK
"Many thanks to Doug's son, Steve, for permission to post many of the images of his father"
West Ham United 1951-52
Birmingham City v. West Ham United October 20, 1951
Back row: H. Hooper Snr., D. Parker, K. Wright, G. Taylor, H. Kinsell, F. O'Farrell, T. Moroney
Front row, D. Bing, J. Gregory, B. Hawkins, G. Gazzard, T. Woodgate, M. Allison
Bill Perry Blackpool left- winger shotting unsuccessfully during the fourth round FA Cup January 30, 1954
October 27, 1928
4 FA Cup
3 Essex Professional Cup
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