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1923 FA Cup Finalists Front BLUE 1923 FA Cup Finalists Back BLUE

West Ham United gave this Nine carat gold medal to their assistant trainer to commemorate reaching the F.A. Cup final and winning promotion to the First Division in the same year 1923.


The medal which is inscribed: "F.A. Cup Finalists 1923, members of 1st Div, Football League" and on the reverse "West Ham United", was presented to Frank Piercy, who captained the Irons in their trail-blazing non-league days before becoming assistant to trainer Charlie Payner.


Altogether, Piercy spent more than 20 years with West Ham after joining the Hammers from his home town club, Middlesbrough, in 1904 - the year in which the Irons left their old Memorial Recreation Ground in Canning Town and moved into their new gleaming new stadium, the Boleyn Castle, later Boleyn Ground.


Between 1904 and 1911, tough-tackling defender Piercy, a former blacksmith, made 214 Southern League appearances for the Hammers. For four years betweeen 1907 and 1911 he was West Ham's captain.


He was banned for four weeks in 1907 after a fight with Swindon Town star, Charlie Bannister, who was also banned for six weeks for starting the fight. Piercy was in trouble again later that season when he tackled a Millwall player who "left the field in an unconscious state".


Injuries forced Frank to quit playing in 1912, and he became West Ham's assistant trainer. He was with the club when they were admitted to the Football League in 1919 and when, in 1923 they reached the first-ever F.A. Cup final staged at the newly built £800,000 Wembley Stadium.


Born: Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees July 6, 1880. Frank died June 5, 1931 aged 50


Members of 1st Division

Football League

West Ham United medal commemorating promotion to Division One and F.A. Cup final appearance in 1923.

The obverse with enamel club crest and inscribed


the reverse inscribed WEST HAM UNITED

Glass Shelftop Frank Piercy

In 1931 for the first and only time in the club’s history, West Ham United posthumously awarded a testimonial game for one of their loyal servants.

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