In issuing their Third Handbook the Directors look back with pleasure upon the record of last season's play, and they may be pardoned for indulging in a little self satisfaction at the achievement of winning the London Championship Competition, and also obtaining fourth position in the Southern League, in the second year of the Company's existence. Such results are highly encouraging to them and to all interested in the welfare of the Company.
In engaging the team to do duty in the ensuing season the Directors have l»een guided by the experience gained in previous years, and from a glance at the names of the players, the football enthusiast will see that only first-class players of recognised ability and wide spread reputation have been engaged. Various changes from last season were necessary, new faces replace old ones, and the Directors are convinced that it is only by a progressive policy that support of the West Ham enthusiasts can be retained, and thus they have endeavoured to get together a team of players that it is to be hoped will prove equal to any, and superior to most, in the kingdom.
A perusal of the List of Fixtures will show that many attractive matches have been arranged, and it now remains for the sport-loving public of West Ham to accede that support to the Company, which is necessary to maintain a team capable of giving men high-class expositions of the game of football as they, the public, desire.