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Early Years 1900 - 1902 ...

Player Pen Pictures and Autographs

1= Hughie MONTEITH ... (1900 - 1902)

Hughie began his career with one of Glasgow Celtic's nursery sides, Parkhead Juniors, and subsequently joined the famous Glasgow club. Staying at Celtic Park for just one season, he then moved south to join Loughboro Corinthians, and from there transferred to Bristol City for their first season as professionals, where he was regarded as one of the finest net-minders in the country. It was from the West Country club that the able custodian joined Hammers in the dawn of the Edwardian era, and at the very beginning of the existence under the banner of West Ham United Football Club from the discarded Thames Ironworks title for the first season in the Southern League. The goals against column totalled a miserly 28 in that initial campaign as professionals...a figure which didn't go unnoticed among Football League clubs as being mainly down to this popular 'keeper. His fine form led to his transfer to Bury - then a force to be reckoned with - and his appearance for the Shakers in the 1903 F.A. Cup Final at Crystal Palace against Derby County. The 6-0 scoreline in favour of the Lancastrians remains as a record margin of victory in a final.

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1= Walter TRANTER ... (1900)

Tranter came south as an amateur to Canning Town. He was in the losing team in the Final of the West Ham Charity Cup against West Ham Garfield at the old Spotted Dog Ground.Although he was troubled by rheumatism in his leg he captained the works team to the 1897-98 London League championship, the side only suffered only one defeat in 16 outings, scoring 47 goals and conceding 15.

The folowing season the 22 year-old played in all but two of the matches which saw the Ironworks confirmed as champions of the Second Division. In the play-offs to decide the overall title-holders between them and Cowes, winners of the South-West section, The Ironworks won 3-1 at Millwall Athletics ground, The Den. By June 1899 Walter had left for Chatham where he spent a year before returning to East London and the newly-formed West Ham United. Walter Roger Tranter made his Hammers debut in the opening Southern League game at the Memorial Grounds against Gravesend United, played in the first four games in that initial season, in which Hammers won two and lost two.

Born: 14 August 1874, Newcomnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Signed: BRISTOL CITY

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: BURY

Appearances: 53 Cup: 7

Died:

Born: 22 August 1874, Stockton-on-Tees

Signed: CHATHAM

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

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

Died: 1945

Born: 11 July, 1874 Dundee, Scotland

Signed: THAMES IRONWORKS

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Appearances: 53 (gls 0) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Died: 12 January 1933 (aged 58)

1= Charles CRAIG ... (1900 - 1902)

Born: 8 April 1877, Millwall, London

Signed: THAMES IRONWORKS

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: MILLWALL September 1901

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

Died: 1951

Born: 2 September 1878, Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland

Signed: MIDDLESBROUGH

Date: 1900

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

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

Died: ?, Canada

Born: 3 February 1877, Inverness, Scotland

Signed: INVERNESS THISTLE

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Appearances: 53 (gls 5) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Died: November 1952

Born: 3 December 1874, Masbrough, South Yorkshire

Signed: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Date: July 1900

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Appearances: 42 (gls 9) Cup: 6 (gls 1)

Died: 1953

Charles Craig came down from his native Dundee to work at the Thames Shipyard in the late 1890's, and became one of the first professionals with the fore-runners of West Ham United - Thames Ironworks. Charles made his Hammers debut in the first game of the 1900-01 campaign at the Memorial Grounds, a 7-0 victory against Gravesend on 1 September 1900. He tried a number of positions before settling down at left-back, partnering Dickie Pudan. One of the last playing links with the old Ironworks club was broken when Charlie transferred to Nottingham Forest in the Football League.

1= Charles DOVE ... (1900 - 1901)

Charles Ernest Dove attended Park School, East Ham, and later captained Plaistow Melville before having shorts spells with Upton Park and South West Ham. Joined the Thames Ironworks as a 16-year-old in 1894. The longest-serving of all Thames Ironworks players. Charlie also filled every position for Irons, including goal! Representing the home growth of local talent, he spent his early days with the Forest swift Club before becoming pro. His one game between the sticks came when he deputised for Tommy Moore and kept a clean-sheet in a 4-0 victory at Maidenhead (31.12.1898) a win which kept Irons on course for the Southern League Second Division championship that season. Original team member in the side which started the season off in the Southern League on the 1st September 1900, making 11 consecutive appearances before missing two League and 3 Cup games through injury, came back against Gravesend away 15 December 1900, playing only three more games, the last being a 0-1 home defeat in a qualifying F.A. Cup game. Charles transferred to those great rivals of the Edwardian era, Millwall in September 1901, but a knee injury in 1902-03 ended his first class career.

1= Luke "Lou" RAISBECK ... (1900)

Something of a utility player, "Lou" as he was known at West Ham performed in any of the half-back positions and also as a forward when the occasion demanded. A product of Scottish junior soccer with Slamanan, he graduated to the professional ranks with Airdrieonians and from the Diamonds moved south to another team with a sharp cutting edge, Sheffield United, in Blades' FA Cup-winning year of 1899. A period spent back in his native Scotland on loan to Third Lanark was followed by a further move to Middlesbrough. It was from Teesside that he moved to the Memorial Grounds in 1900. Lou made his debut in the Hammers initial opening Southern League game at the Memorial Grounds against Gravesend on the 1st September 1900, running out 7-0 winners. Lou kept his place for the second match, but they were to be his only Southern League games, he did however make two F.A. Cup appearances later the same season. Later played for Blackpool.

1= Roderick McEACHRANE ... (1900 - 1902)

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Born: 20 November 1878, Larbert, Scotland

Signed: PORT VALE

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: MANCHESTER UNITED

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

Died: 1943

Born: 20 February 1879, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland 20.02.1879

Signed: PORT VALE

Date: 1900

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY

Appearances: 13 (gls 5) Cup: 6 (gls 0)

Died:

Wing-half "Roddy" hailed from Inverness and came to Canning Town to work at the Thames Ironworks and play for the football team. He began his career with Inverness Thistle and if his workmates found his thick Scots accent was hard to understand, they were in no doubt about his intentions on the football field. He stood barely 5ft 6in tall, yet he was a splendid tackler and his consistent performances made him a great favourite at the Memorial Grounds. He was with the Irons when the club embraced professionalism and thus became one of the first paid players. In 1901-02, MacEachrane became the first Ironworks-Hammers player to make 100 appearances but at the end of the season he joined Woolwich Arsenal. He was a great asset to the Plumstead club and made an important contribution to their promotion to the Football League Division One in 1903-04. "Roddy" played his final senior game for Arsenal in 1913-14.

1= Fergus HUNT ... (1900 - 1902)

Hunt was captured from Woolwich Arsenal in the middle of the club’s transition from Thames Ironworks to West Ham United in July 1900 and made his Southern League debut in the opening game with Gravesend at the Memorial Grounds on the 1 September 1900, scoring one of the goals in the 7-0 victory, Fergus missed the following game a week later but went on to play in all the remaining games in Hammers historic initial Southern League campaign. Returned to Woolwich Arsenal in the summer of 1902.

Born: 30 April 1872, Stavely, Derbyshire

Signed: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: STOCKPORT COUNTY

Appearances: 14 (gls 2) Cup: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 16 September 1935 (aged 63)

Born: 25 February 1879, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Signed: GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY

Debut: GRAVESEND UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 1 September 1900

Transferred: GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY

Appearances: 14 (gls 2) Cup: 5 (gls 1)

Died: 23 January 1958 (aged 79)

Born: 18 October 1875, Stoke-on-Trent

Signed: MILLWALL ATHLETIC

Debut: MILLWALL ATHLETIC

East Ferry Road : 8 September 1900

Transferred: GRAYS

Appearances: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 1920

1= William GRASSAM (1900 - 1903 & 1905 - 1908)

Inside-forward Billy Grassam first played for junior club, Redcliffe Thistle, and later, Glasgow Maryhill. In the close season of 1899, Grassam came south to play for Port Vale but after one season in the Potteries moved to London for his first spell with Hammers. He scored four goals on his debut, against Gravesend in his new club's first game at the Memorial Grounds, and was a regular on the score-sheet thereafter. After three full seasons he signed for Manchester United but by 1905-06 was back in East London via spells at Glasgow Celtic and Leyton. His re-appearance in Hammers' colours had nothing like the impact of his first game back in September 1900 but he and Harry Stapley, who arrived with him, made a considerable contribution over the next couple of seasons.

1= James REID ... (1900 - 1901)

James made his Hammers debut in the opening Southern League game at the Memorial Grounds against Gravesend, scoring two goals in Hammers 7-0 victory. He scored in each of West Ham's next two matches to bring his tally to 4 in 3 games. All James's appearances for Hammers were made in their initial season in the Southern League.

1= Albert KAYE ... (1900 - 1901)

West Ham signed Kaye from Sheffield Wednesday and played all his matches for Hammers in their initial season in the Southern League, made his debut against Gravesend at the Memorial Grounds on the 1st September 1900. Albert scored the first of his two goals against Bristol City in a 1-2 defeat also at the Memorial Grounds. On leaving the Hammers Kaye joined Stockport County and later crossed the Irish Sea to play for a club in Belfast.

1= Frederick FENTON ... (1900 - 1901)

Fenton was bought from his home town club Gainsborough Trinity and played in the opening thirteen games of Hammers first season in the Southern League. Scored the first of his three goals against Watford at the Memorial Grounds in a 2-0 victory on the 13th October 1900, went on to make just one further appearance in West Ham's colours in March of the same campaign before transferring to Swindon Town and later to West Bromwich Albion. Frederick had the honour of scoring the club's first FA Cup goal under the banner of West Ham United v. Olympic 3 November 1900. After his brief stay with the Irons he returned to his roots with Gainsborough.

12= Thomas MOORE ... (1900 - 1901)

Born: 1876, Dundee, Scotland

Signed: DUNDEE then T.I.W

Debut: MILLWALL ATHLETIC

East Ferry Road : 8th September 1900

Transferred: GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY

Appearances: 52 (gls 1) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Memorial Grounds : 19 January 1901

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Appearances: 12 (gls 4) Cup: 1 (gls 1)

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Born: 1879, Stepney, London

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Debut: BRISTOL CITY

Memorial Grounds : 29 September 1900

Transferred: BRISTOL ROVERS

Appearances: 33 (gls 13) Cup: 2 (gls 2)

Died: 15 April 1924

Born: 29 July 1873, Chatham, Kent

Signed: NEW BROMPTON

Date: 1900

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

The Croft : 6 October 1900

Transferred: Retired - Secretary / Manager

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

Died: 12 January 1933 (aged 59)

Born: 11 November 1874, Poplar, London

Signed: WEST NORWOOD

Date: 1900

Debut: WATFORD

Memorial Grounds : 13 October 1900

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Appearances: 1 (0 gls)

Died: 1904

Born: 27 March 1880, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow

Signed: HAMILTON ACADEMICALS (Scotland)

Date: 1900

Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Eastville : 24 November 1900

Transferred: NOTTS COUNTY 1903

Appearances: 33 (gls 0) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Eastville : 24 November 1900

Transferred: BRENTFORD 1903

Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

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Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Latimer Road : 23 February 1901

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

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Born: 20 October 1874, Hanley, Staffordshire

Signed: GRIMSBY TOWN

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds : 1 December 1900

Transferred: DONCASTER ROVERS

Appearances: 41 (gls 14) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 1953

Born: June 1881, Canning Town, London

Signed: CLAPTON

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Debut: BRISTOL CITY

Memorial Grounds : 12 January 1901

Transferred: BRISTOL ROVERS

Appearances: 7 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 22 December 1956 (aged 75)

Nicknamed the "Dancing Dervish" because of his unorthodox methods in evading challenging forwards. Tommy played only four games in Hammers colours, making his initial debut against his former club Millwall in a 1-3 mauling by the Lions on the 8 September 1900, this and the 1-4 home defeat by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur did little to help him wrestle the first team spot away from the more experienced Hughie Monteith. Tommy was dispatched to little Essex side Grays and into football obscurity.

12= Robert ALLAN ... (1900 - 1903)

Made his Second Division debut in the second game of Hammers initial season in the Southern League, a 1-3 defeat at the hands of South London rivals Millwall. Robert went on to make 24 appearances that season. Scored his one and only goal away from the Memorial Grounds against Wellingborough Town on the 27 December 1901. Robert made his Thames Ironworks debut in a 3-1 reverse at Southampton in December 1889, playing at outside-right, played a total of 21 games scoring one goal under the Ironworks banner.

14. Fred CORBETT ... (1900 - 1901)

A leading light in Irons' first season under the new banner of West Ham United FC in the Southern League. Fred made his Hammers debut in the 1-2 defeat at the hands of Bristol City at the Memorial Grounds on the 29th September 1900, and went on to make 21 appearances in Hammers initial season. Scored his first goal away to Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory a week later. He continued to be a vital source of goals during his season and a half in the first XI. His best display was in a re-arranged game against Wellingborough Town 30 September 1901 after the first fixture was abandoned because of poor light due to the late arrival of the Northamptonshire club, Hammers won 4-2, with Fred scoring a hat-trick. Described as 'strong and determined', he later had successful spells with Bristol Rovers, Bristol City and Brentford.

15. Syd KING ... (1900 - 1932)

Syd King joined Thames Ironworks in the summer of 1899. Made his debut in the claret-n-blue against Swindon Town (away) on the 6th October 1900 in a 1-0 victory. Syd was a flamboyant character and  formed a well-known full-back partnership with Charlie Craig, King was destined to stay with Hammers for many years, and in 1902 he became Secretary. He made it a rule to maintain a good relationship with the press, being fully aware of the benefits that could result. When West Ham applied to join the Football League in 1919, they found support from the sporting papers readily forthcoming. King thus guided West Ham United from the Southern League and into the First Division of the Football League, as well as to the club's first ever F.A. Cup Final. In those golden Upton Park days of 1922-23, he realised many of his ambitions in the game, and having steered the Hammers into Division One, he kept them there for several seasons, and saw several of his team win full international honours.

16. George NEIL ... (1900)

A wing-half or full-back, George probably played more than was credited to him, but records were very sketchy at the time of his arrival from West Norwood in 1897. It is known that he first appeared in a Thames Ironworks XI in October 1897 v. Leyton in the London League and played regularly until the club turned pro in 1898. George however did make his one and only appearance in the Southern League in Hammers colours against Watford at the Memorial Grounds, a 2-0 victory on the 13th October 1900.

17= William KELLY ... (1900 - 1903)

This Scottish Junior international was signed from Scottish side Hamilton Academicals at the beginning of the century. A centre-half, he made his debut in Hammers initial season in the Southern League against Bristol Rovers on the 24 November 1900, in which Len Walker also made his first appearance, Bill kept his place in the team for the rest of that campaign, managing to clock up 19 appearances. He was first choice the following season when he missed only one game out of the first 13. After that he only managed another 2 games in the remaining time he was with the Boleyn club.

17= Len WALKER ... (1900)

Len made his one and only appearance in the colours of West Ham United, in the initial Southern League season, a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers at their Eastville enclosure on the 24 November 1900, a game which also saw William Kelly also make his debut in the claret-and-blue. Transferd to Brentford in 1903.

19. George RATCLIFFE ... (1900 - 1902)

20. Richard PUDAN ... (1901 - 1902)

Dickie, as he was affectionately known by patrons at the Memorial Grounds. Formerly with amateurs Clapton for the first half of season 1899-1900, he made the first of his seven League games against Bristol City on the 12th January 1901, during Iron's initial Southern League season in 1900-0, linking up with full-back partner Charlie Craig. He later transferred and had four years at Bristol Rovers, where he won a Southern League Championship medal in 1905. Transferring to Newcastle United, he played for the Tynesiders in the 1908 F.A. Cup Final. Left the Geordies in May 1909 for Leicester Fosse (now City) then playing in the Second Division of the Football League. He retired in 1910 to join Huddersfield Town as secretary/manager but returned to Leicester where he eventually became a Director at the Filbert Street club.

21. Frank TAYLOR ... (1901)

The youngest player in Thames Ironworks' last Southern League team, Frank took over the left-wing spot following the tragic death of England international Harry Bradshaw on Christmas Day, 1899. Made his Hammers debut in the 3-1 home victory over Swindon Town on the 19 January 1901. Kept his place for all but two of the remaining games in West Ham's opening campaign in the Southern League. Scored his first goal against Luton Town in the 2-0 victory on the 9th February 1901 at the Memorial Grounds.

22. PINDER (1901)

Born: 25 February 1880, Poplar, London

Signed: Old St Luke's

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Eastville : 7 September 1901

Transferred: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Appearances: 91 (gls 3) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 1918

Born: 8 February 1879, Hull

Signed: DONCASTER ROVERS

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Eastville : 7 September 1901

Transferred: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Appearances: 40 (gls 3) Cup: 2 (gls 1)

Died: 1940

Born: 14 January 1883, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire

Signed: STANLEY

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Debut: WATFORD

Memorial Grounds : 19 October 1901

Transferred: BOLTON WANDERERS

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

Died: 20 January 1944 (aged 61)

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Signed: OLD ST LUKES

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Debut: WATFORD

Memorial Grounds : 19 October 1901

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Appearances: 1 Cup: 1

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Born: 11 April 1874, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Signed: BURNLEY

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Debut: MILLWALL

Memorial Grounds : 26 October 1901

Transferred: BURNLEY

Appearances: 19 (gls 2)

Died: 1960

Born: 13 August 1868, Alverstoke, Hampshire

Signed: NEW BROMPTON

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Debut: LEYTON (FA Cup)

Millfields Road : 2 November 1901

Transferred: MILLWALL 1902

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

Died: 1952

Born: 26 August 1881, Brixton, London

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Debut: LEYTON (FA Cup)

Millfields Road : 2 November 1901

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Appearances: 31 (gls 1) Cup 2 (gls 0)

Died: 4 December 1954 (aged 71)

This left-back made his one and only Southern League appearance in the 2-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at Rangers' Latimer Road enclosure in Notting Hill on the 23 February 1901. His only other appearance in Hammers colours was in the F.A. Cup Qualifying game against Leyton in November the following season.

23= James BIGDEN ... (1901 - 1904)

James made his debut in the claret-and-blue in the 2-0 success over Bristol Rovers at Eastville on the 7 September 1901. A product of local football, he made the majority of his near 100 Southern League and F.A. appearances at wing-half, although he sometimes played at inside-forward. By 1906 Jim had moved across London to serve Woolwich Arsenal, then playing at the Manor Ground, Plumstead and with the assistance of two other ex-Hammers in MacEachrance and Satterwaite, helped the Gunners to oust his former club from that year's F.A. Cup in the first round.

23= William LINWARD ... (1901 - 1902)

Signed from Doncaster Rovers, Bill made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture against Bristol Rovers at Eastville in a 2-0 victory on the 7 September 1901 in which James Bigden also made his senior debut. Bill played all his appearances at outside-left in his ever-present in his one and only campaign during the 1901-02 season.

25= William YENSON (1901 - 1902 & 1908 - 1909)

Phillip Owen Yenson was an early-century Iron who made an F.A. Cup Final appearance, albeit a losing one, made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw away to Watford  on the 19 October 1901. After leaving the confines of the Memorial Grounds in 1902 Bill swapped his defensive duties for an attacking role on his departure to Bolton Wanderers, lining up in the centre-forward position for the Lancastrians in their 1904 Cup Final appearance against Manchester City at the Crystal Palace after scoring two of Wanderers' goals on the way to the Final. City's 1-0 victory prevented a remarkable hat-trick of Winners medals by players with West Ham connections; Bill's appearance having been preceded by those of Billy Barnes for Sheffield United in the 1902 Final at Crystal Palace (Billy joined Hammers the following season) and goalkeeper Hughie Monteith's appearance in Bury's record-breaking win in 1903. Bill rejoined the Hammers for the start of the 1908-09 campaign.

25= J. HITCHENS (1901)

Formerly with Old St. Lukes, this inside-left made only two appearances for Hammers First XI, his League debut along with Bill Yenson against Watford at Cassio Road in a 0-0 draw on the 19th October 1901, and a 1-0 F.A. Cup Qualifying Round victory over Leyton on the 2 November 1901 also away.

27. William JENKINSON ... (1901 - 1902)

Born: 20 May 1876, Islington, London

Signed: LEYTONSTONE

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Debut: LEYTON (FA Cup)

Millfields Road : 2 November 1901

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

Died: 5 December1955 (aged 79)

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Debut: LEYTON (FA Cup)

Millfields Road : 2 November 1901

Transferred: LUTON TOWN 1904

Appearances: 17 (gls 3) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

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William did not get off to the best of starts with the Hammers, as he was tried in three different positions in consecutive defeats. Formerly with Burnley, where he spent four years, made the first of 19 appearances for the Hammers in the 0-2 reverse at the Memorial Grounds against London rivals Millwall on the 26 October 1901. Later returned to Burnley.

Born: 1876, Penrhiwceiber, Wales

Signed: KETTERING TOWN

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Fee: Swap for Peter Kyle

Debut: SWINDON TOWN

Memorial Grounds : 14 December 1901

Transferred: ABERAMEN

Appearances: 15 (gls 0)

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28= Charles AMBLER ... (1901 - 1902)

This reserve team goalkeeper signed from New Brompton (Gillingham)  won a place in the limelight almost by default when an administrative mistake meant Hammers playing host to Spurs in a Southern League clash at the Memorial Grounds as well as receiving Leyton for an F.A. Cup third qualifying match. With the prospect of larger gate receipts from the meeting with the illustrious opponents from Tottenham, Hammers solved the problem by conceding home advantage in the Cup and sending their reserve XI to Leyton which West Ham won 1-0 on the 2 November 1901. Back at the Memorial Grounds the first team lost by the same margin - a result which prompted the West Ham management to rest the great Hughie Monteith from the post both he and his many admirers regarded as his by right. So Charles duly made his Southern League debut also against London opposition, this time Queens Park Rangers. There was to be no fairytale ending, however, as West Ham went down 2-1 at Rangers' Latimer Road enclosure 16 November 1901. After leaving Irons he joined Millwall in the summer of 1902.

28= Aubrey FAIR ... (1901 - 1907)

Aubrey made his Hammers debut against Leyton in an F.A. Cup 3rd Round Qualifying game in which West Ham won 1-0 on the 2 November 1901, his first League game came over a year later against Kettering Town in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds on the 6th December 1902. Aubrey was sufficiently well thought of to survive a purge on the playing staff in the close season of 1904 which saw himself, Tom Allison, Billy Bridgeman, Charles Cotton and Len Jarvis the only survivors of the previous season's squad. He was by no means a first team regular and failed to appear during the entire 1905-06 campaign. Spent over six years at the club, in which time he only managed to chalk-up 33 appearances for the senior side.

28= Robert McGEORGE ... (1901)

A right-half who came from amateurs Leytonstone, Bob made his Hammers debut along with Charles Ambler, Aubery Fair, Wallace and Peter Kyle against Leyton in an F.A. Cup 3rd Round Qualifying game in which West Ham won 1-0 on the 2nd November 1901. His only other appearance in the claret-and-blue was again in the Cup this time a 4th Qualifying game at home to Grays, but this time ended up on the wrong end of a 1-2 scoreline.

28= James WALLACE ... (1901 - 1903)

Born: 21 December 1878, Bishopbriggs, Dunbartonshire

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Debut: LEYTON (FA Cup)

Millfields Road : 2 November 1901

Transferred: KETTERING TOWN

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

Died: 1957

Born: 13 April 1879, Whitby, Yorkshire

Signed: ILFORD

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Debut: GRAYS UNITED

Memorial Grounds : 16 November 1901

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

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This inside-forward made his West Ham debut in an F.A. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round game, a 1-0 victory away to Leyton on the 2 November 1901, his only other appearance that season was a 0-3 away defeat at the hands of Reading on the 23rd of that same month, he had better luck the following campaign when he switched to the inside-left berth against Wellingborough Town in January 1903 and kept his place for the remainder of that campaign. Scored his first goal the very next game, in a 1-1 draw away to Bristol Rovers. Joined Luton Town with Billy Barnes in the close season 1904.

28= Peter KYLE ... (1901)

Peter made his Hammers debut in the F.A. Cup Qualifying tie against Leyton on the 2 November 1901 in a 1-0 away victory, only managed another two games in Hammers colours, a week later against London rivals Queens Park Rangers, losing 1-2, and the following week another F.A. Cup Qualifying game this time away to Grays 1-2. Transferred to Kettering Town in a straight swap for Welsh international full-back William Jones.

Born: 12 April 1878, Greenock, Scotland

Signed: SOUTHAMPTON

Date: December 1901

Fee: £20

Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Memorial Grounds : 21 December 1901

Transferred: PORTSMOUTH

Appearances: 4 (gls 2)

Died: 22 October1949 (aged 71)

33. Tommy WARD ... (1901)

Joined West Ham from London side Ilford, usually a centre-forward, Ward made his solitary appearance playing on the right-wing in the claret-and-blue, a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Grays, at the Memorial Grounds on the 16 November 1901 in an F.A. Cup 4th Qualifying Round game.

34. William JONES ... (1901 - 1902)

William became the first West Ham player to be capped for his country when he played for Wales v. England in 1902. Moved from Aberdare to Kettering Town in September 1901. Unable to settle with the Poppies, he was involved in a straight swap for West Ham's Peter Kyle in December 1901, making his West Ham debut in the 2-1 victory over Swindon Town at the Memorial Grounds on the 14th December 1901, Bill went onto record another 14 Southern League appearances at centre-half before returning to the valleys at the season's end to join Aberamen whom he helped steer to the final of the Welsh Cup in 1903. He left Aberamen to join a club named Rogerstone in 1904 and stayed until 1906.

35. Alex McDONALD ... (1901 - 1902)

A top-class goalscorer, centre-forward Alex began his career with Jarow before joining Everton in February 1900.  He made an explosive start at his next port of call, Southampton, whom he joined in May 1901, scoring five goals in five starts. Transferring to the Hammers in December the same year for the princely sum of £20, he was true to his nature on his debut v. Bristol Rovers scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at the Memorial Grounds on the 21st December 1901, but after that auspicious start he only managed another 3 games. Alex headed back to the south coast when he joined Portsmouth in March 1902. But he continued to move around, to Luton Town in 1905, Croydon Common 1907 and back to Luton in 1910.

1. Hughie Monteith to 35. Alex McDonald

Yenson Signature 025 YENSON William 016 NEIL George 032 KYLE Peter KYLE Peter 007 HUNT Fergus 008 GRASSAM William 013 ALLAN Robert 02 014 CORBETT Fred 012 MOORE Tommy TEMPLATE GHOST TEMPLATE GHOST TEMPLATE GHOST TEMPLATE GHOST 015 KING Syd 017 KELLY William 003 CRAIG Charles 004 DOVE Charles 009 REID James 019 RATCLIFFE George 020 PUDAN Richard 024 LINWARD William 023 BIGDEN James 027 JENKINSON William 028 AMBLER Charles 029 FAIR Aubrey 034 JONES William 035 McDONALD Alex Transfer 035 McDONALD Alex 011 FENTON Frederick 005 RAISBECK Luke

George was a winger, although he preferred to operate on the left flank. His career began with the local Stone Town in the North Staffs League, preceding a series of moves which saw him take in spells at Crewe Alexandra, South Shore and Sheffield United before joining Grimsby Town in May 1898. His time with the Mariners was spent during the club's move from Abbey Park in 1898 to Blundell Park the following year. In 1900 George was involved in another exciting new development transferring to West Ham United in their first year under that title. His West Ham debut was marked in sensational style scoring the only goal in Hammers 1-0 victory over Reading at Memorials Grounds on the 1st December 1900. He kept his place in the team and made 17 Southern League appearances in Hammers initial season. His goalscoring output remained steady, but not spectacular, and in 1902 he was transferred to Doncaster Rovers where he made 26 appearances in 1902-03.

031 WALLACE James 018 WALKER Len 030 McGEORGE Robert Autographs : Syd King PUDAN Richard DOVE Charles 010 KAYE Albert CRAIG Charles HUNT Fergus TRANTER Walter CORBETT Fred KING Syd RAISBECK Lou