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Doug arrived at West Ham as a 19 year old triallist from Possilpark YMCA in the summer of 1966 and he must have impressed as he signed professional terms in August. We cannot find the story behind the trial, perhaps Doug had been inspired by West Ham’s win of the 1966 World Cup a few weeks earlier and decided this was the club for him. He was a winger who spent a couple of seasons with the Hammers before leaving at the end of 1967-68 season.

 

 

Born: Edinburgh September 22, 1946. Doug died on January 9, 2013 aged 66.

 

 

Notable moments in his brief West Ham career included:

 

Doug Eadie (1946 - 2013)

by Roger Hillier

Factfile

Doug Eadie

Eadie Orient

Extract: Minutes of Board Meeting held on Wednesday 6th September 1967

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Two Division I appearances at the end of 1966-67 season

 

 

A London Challenge Cup winners medal in November 1967

A final first XI appearance which co-incided with Billy Bonds’ first when Doug came on as substitute for Bonds.

1966-67  Third Team to First Team

Doug’s first appearance in claret and blue was playing in the Metropolitan League game against Stevenage Town at Broadhall Way on Saturday August 20, 1966 in a 5-0 win.  The “A” team that afternoon was:

First Team Baptism

Towards the end of his first season Doug’s future with the Hammers was looking very bright. In April he made his first XI debut in a friendly and in the following month his league debut.

In same Team as World Cup Winning Trio

A month later on May 9, 1967 Doug made his league debut against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. When he arrived at West Ham less than a year earlier, did he expect to be playing in the same side as three of England’s 1966 World Cup winning XI?  The team that Tuesday evening was:

The Doug Eadie / Billy Bonds Connection

The Monday evening after the Manchester City league match, Doug returned to Upton Park to sit on the bench in Ken Brown’s Testimonial game.  West Ham fielded a strong XI against a select XI and in the Hammers’ team was new signing Billy Bonds. This was Bonds very first appearance in a West Ham shirt and he played for the first half before being withdrawn and substituted by Doug.

1967-68 Loan to Orient FC & Cup Triumph

After progressing to making his league debut in his first season, Doug must have held high expectations for his second season.  Unfortunately stiff competition for the left wing spot from Johnny Sissons kept Doug in the reserves and in September he was loaned to Division III neighbours, Orient FC.  

Brisbane Road in September 1967

The loan term was supposed to stretch to the end of November 1967. But after playing a couple of league games for Orient, Doug returned early to West Ham.  The Orient experience must have been a baptism of fire as both matches were comprehensive away defeats to Reading (2-4) on September 2 and three days later to Walsall (0-5).  For whatever reason the loan spell ended early and on Wednesday September 20, Eadie was back in the Hammers line up for the Football Combination fixture against Leicester City Reserves. Unusually, Doug played on the right wing in the Filbert Street 1-1 draw.

London Challenge Cup Victory

A highlight of the season would have been the London Challenge Cup triumph. Doug played in all four of the ties including the final.  On Monday November 20, 1967 under the Upton Park floodlights and in front of a 10,790 home crowd, a predominantly reserve West Ham XI beat non-leaguers Dagenham 3-1 to win the cup for the first time since April 1957.

For the rest of the season Doug continued to play for the reserves with the first team door team remaining closed. So after two Division I and 54 reserve team games (10 goals), Doug was released by the club in early May 1968.

 

Colin Mackleworth

Frank Lampard

Billy Kitchener

Paul Heffer

George Andrew (David James)

Trevor Brooking

Dennis Walker

Keith Miller

Karl Minor

Trevor Hartley

Doug Eadie

The above line up was very experienced as all had or would go on to play for the Hammers in Division I. Within weeks of joining the Hammers Doug found himself playing alongside a trio of the Hammers from the previous year’s winning European Cup Winners Cup XI (Burkett, Dear and Sealey).

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Stevenage Town 0 - 5 West Ham United

Broadhall Way : August 20, 1966

Hartley, Minor 2, Brooking, Walker

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Nine of the above “A” team XI progressed to make their league debut with West Ham, and a 10th, David James, did so with Torquay United.

A week later on Saturday August 27 and he progressed to make his reserve team debut in the Football Combination Cup game versus Fulham Reserves at the Boleyn Ground.  Eadie narrowly missing out on a hat-trick with a brace in West Ham’s 4-1 win. Brian Dear and Peter Bennett scored the other two.  The reserve team facing Fulham was:

Alan Dickie

Eddie Presland

Jack Burkett

Trevor Dawkins

Dave Bickles (Alan Sealey)

Bobby Howe

Harry Redknapp

Jimmy Bloomfield

Brian Dear

Peter Bennett

Doug Eadie

West Ham United 4 - 1 Fulham

Upton Park : August 27, 1966

Eadie 2, Dear, Bennett

Crossed Hammer

The first team debut arrived on Wednesday April 5, 1967 when Doug joined a couple of the 1966 World Cup winners to wear the number 11 shirt in the friendly against Shrewsbury Town at Gay Meadow was in Aid of the Shropshire World Cup Commemoration Appeal Fund. The team in the 4-1 victory, with Bobby Moore scoring a couple, was:

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Colin Mackleworth

Dennis Burnett

Jack Burkett

Martin Peters

Paul Heffer

Ron Boyce

Harry Redknapp

Trevor Dawkins

Peter Bennett

Bobby Moore

Doug Eadie

 

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 4 West Ham United

Gay Meadow : April 5, 1967

Peters, Bennett, Moore 2

A 2-0 home defeat meant it was not as memorable as Doug would have wished but his second league appearance four days later was an improvement. In the season’s final league game at home to Manchester City Doug made a significant contribution to the 1-1 draw. He would have been satisfied to have supplied the cross for Martin Peters’ 38th minute headed goal but disappointed to have failed to score in a one on one with Manchester City’s goalkeeper following a Geoff Hurst pass.  

Jim Standen

Dennis Burnett

John Charles

Eddie Bovington

Dave Bickles

Bobby Moore

Martin Peters

Ron Boyce

Geoff Hurst

Alan Sealey

Doug Eadie

West Ham United 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Upton Park : May 9, 1967

Jim Standen

John Charles

Bill Kitchener

Martin Peters

Dave Bickles

Bobby Moore

Alan Sealey

Ron Boyce

Trevor Hartley

Geoff Hurst

Doug Eadie

West Ham United 1 - 1 Manchester City

Upton Park : May 13, 1967

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Colin Mackleworth

Frank Lampard

Bill Kitchener

Eddie Bovington

Paul Heffer

Bobby Howe

Tim Clements (Bob Glozier)

Trevor Brooking

Peter Bennett

Trevor Hartley

Doug Eadie

Peters

Clements 2, Bennett

West Ham United 3 - 1 Dagenham

Upton Park : November 20, 1967

"Youngsters Hartley and Eadie impressed in the first half, particularly Eadie, who gave Peters the chance to score and added a brashness and youthful determination that has been missing from the home front line for much of the season."

Eadie with Ball

Jim Barrett talks tactics with a group of Colt players at Chadwell Heath in August 1967 including Doug Eadie with the ball

Eadie Joins Orient

Extract: West Ham United programme versus Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th September 1967

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Doug’s final appearance in claret and blue was a Football Combination game away at The Dell against Southampton on Wednesday May 8, 1968.

Stephen Death

Barry Simmons

Steven Knowles

John Cushley

Stuart Morgan

Eddie Bovington

Doug Eadie

Peter Bennett

Tony Carr

Roger Cross

Trevor Hartley (Keith Miller)

 

Southampton 2 - 0 West Ham United

The Dell : May 8, 1968

WHU Spurs Report Report Eadie Man City LCC Winners

The team that Monday evening was:

The victorious Hammers' team taken in the dressing room after the game against Dagenham:

Back row: Bob Glozier, Colin Mackleworth, Eddie Bovington, Bobby Howe,

Doug Eadie (holding cup), Bill Kitchener.

Front row: Trevor Hartley, Paul Heffer, Trevor Brooking, Peter Bennett, Frank Lampard,

Tim Clements (standing)

The London Challenge Cup Winners: 1967-68

Final Game in Claret & Blue - May 8, 1968

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September 22, 1946

 

 

Possilpark YMCA

 

 

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