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On This Day

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Monday 23rd October at 10:00am

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When Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914, it had a negative effect on association football; in some countries competitions were suspended and players signed up to fight. However, the Football League continued with the 1914-15 season. Most football players were professionals and were tied to clubs through one-year renewable contracts. Players could only join the armed forces if the clubs agreed to cancel their contracts.


On 6 September 1914, author Arthur Conan Doyle made a direct appeal for footballers to volunteer for service. Many players heeded the calls, and a special Football Battalion was formed, as part of the Middlesex Regiment. The regiment was led by Frank Buckley, who later estimated that over 500 of the battalion's original 600 men had died. There were over 5,000 men playing professional football in Great Britain in 1914, and of those, 2,000 had joined the military services.


‘theyflysohigh’ highlights the plight of eight players associated with the Hammers who gave their lives while serving their country.




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1893 James Carr : Born this day Maryhill, Glasgow


His first club was Watford where he made his Southern League debut aged 16 in 1913. After 15 league appearances for them he joined West Ham in 1914.  He made his debut for the Hammers in a home game against Swindon Town in September 1914. His time at the Boleyn Ground was short as he only played in 9 games scoring one goal.  During World War 1 when in the Army he guested for Kilmarnock and Portsmouth, Carr then joined Reading in 1919 where he was a regular  in the side for four years making a total of 121 League and Cup games and scoring 7 goals. In June 1923 he moved on to Southampton for three seasons making 86 appearances scoring 10 goals.  He was released in 1926 and spent one season with Swindon Town playing in 7 games and scoring 1 goal. He later became the proprietor of the Red Lion Hotel in Southall, Middlesex.  James Carr died in June 1980 aged 86.




Carling Premiership


West Ham were in 7th place when they entertained Everton at the Boleyn Ground in the Carling Premiership. In the Toffee's side that day were ex Hammers Don Hutchison,Slaven Bilic and David Unsworth. On 19 minutes a cross from Marc Keller floated over goalkeeper Thomas Myrhe’s head and went in off the far post. It was a fluky goal but more should have followed but Ian Wright was the main culprit missing two easy chances. The Hammers failure to extend their lead looked to have cost them in the 70th minute when Danny Cadamarteri claimed an equalizer. Three minutes later Trevor Sinclair met Kellers cross with a diving header past Myrhe to give the Hammers the lead. After that Julian Dicks and Eyal Berkovic went close to scoring and the game finished with West Ham winning 2-1. England manager Glen Hoddle watching from the stands would have been impressed with the display from young Rio Ferdinand.


West Ham line-up: Hislop, Pearce, Ferdinand, Dicks, Keller, Lampard, Sinclair, Berkovic, Hartson, Wright, Lomas.




First Division


The home game with Newcastle United in the First Division brought an attendance of 18,679 to the Boleyn Ground.  The visitors were on an unbeaten run of six games and in their line up had ex Hammer Paul Goddard. The Magpies were on top in the first half with the pace of the Brazilian Mirandinha and the skills of Gascoigne causing problems. Two minutes into the second half Liam Brady threaded the ball through for Stewart Robson to score from six yards. A feature of the match was the midfield battle between Billy Bonds and Gascoigne with our Billy coming out on top. In the 81st minute Mirandinha grabbed an equalizer for Newcastle with a right foot drive from the edge of the area. A minute later the fans went wild as Paul Ince crashed a blistering 25 yarder high into the net. The 2-1 victory saw the Hammers move up to tenth place in the table.


West Ham line-up: McAlister, Bonds (Hilton), Parris, Strodder, Stewart,,Keen, Brady, Dickens,

Ince, Cottee, Robson.


Matchday in History




Matchday in History

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John Northcutt's

'On This Day'

A Castle on Green Street

Part One : 1904-1966

A Castle on Green Street

Tony Hogg is pleased to announce that his alternative history on West Ham United's 112 year tenure at the Boleyn Ground is finally ready to be printed.


Tony has crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. His script has been proof-read and has just gone through the design stage.


His eagerly awaited publication will be out in the New Year.


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"But back to the harsh realities of post-war Britain and the East End in particular, where, in not too distant Hornchurch, there had been a bus strike on VE Day.


Rationing, which would continue into the 50s, meant there were shortages of almost everything, especially anything which began with ‘B’, like beer, bacon, bananas and bread.


Ironically, Winston Churchill, who had won the war in most minds, proceeded to lose the election in a landslide to Labour’s Clement Attlee.


At the microcosm which was the Boleyn Ground, beerless, but not cheerless, life went on."

A couple of extracts from the book:

"So the final shots were about to be played out of this, West Ham’s most successful, unsuccessful season of all time.


It was the most exhilarating, exasperating, frustrating and downright infuriating in the club’s rich history.

With just two matches to go, the season fizzled out in anticlimax, with disappointing defeats at Stoke (1-0) and Leicester (2-1, Byrne). The team failed to better their points total of the previous campaign.


There would be no silverware for the West Ham players to hold aloft and parade through the teeming, banner bedecked streets of East London this year.


But there would be gold for a chosen three of their number, called to do battle on a higher stage, where immortality awaited them."

87_12_19 WHU v. Newcastle United 98_12_19 WHU v. Everton CARR James