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On This Day

in History

A One Day Sale of Sporting Memorabilia

Presented by Dave Alexander of Football Wanted

Monday 30th April 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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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."




Matchday in History




Matchday in History


NEIL ORR (1982-1987) Born this day Greenock, Scotland


Midfielder Neil Orr joined his home town club Greenock Morton in 1975 and over the next seven years he played in 196 league games, In January 1992 he joined West Ham for a fee of £400,000 and made his debut that month at Manchester United. He was a prominent member of the Hammers most successful league side making 36 appearances in season 1985-86.

After playing in 175 games for West Ham he returned to Scotland in 1987 to join Hibernian. He spent six seasons at Easter Road playing in 167 league games. In 1995 he dropped down a division to sign for St Mirren where he made 29 league appearances before leaving in 1995 to join Queen of the South where he played in seven league games.

In 1997 he joined Edinburgh University, first as a player then head coach and later manager. After five years he was appointed as youth development officer with the Scottish Football Association. Today Neil works in Australia as a technical director for Valentine FC, a National Premier League club.




FA Carling Premiership


The Hammers faced a tough task playing away to league champions Manchester United. West Ham needed to win to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Every Hammers player gave their all in the first half prompted by skipper Nigel Reo-Coker who gave a display of aggression and determination. On the stroke of half time Carlos Tevez shook off the challenge from former Hammer Michael Carrick and turned an eight yard shot beyond United keeper Edwin Van der Sar and into the net.

The goal was greeted by the West Ham fans as if it had won them and not United the Premiership title. United responded in the second half but the Hammers defended for their lives and clung on to a famous 1-0 victory. There were ecstatic celebrations from the travelling claret and blue army as they celebrated the side’s great escape at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.


West Ham United line-up: Green, Neill, Collins, Ferdinand, McCartney (Spector), Benayoun, Reo-Coker, Noble, Boa Morte, Tevez (Mullins), Zamora (Harewood).







Matchday in History

Matchday Tribute to Harry Kinsell

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Presented to Danny Shea January 1913

By the Directors of the


After 6 years service.

With Best Wishes for his Future Welfare

Charlie Paynter discovered this brilliant inside-forward on the club's doorstep, playing Sunday morning football for the Builders Arms pub team in Stratford and also for Pearl United and Manor Park Albion. Daniel Harold Shea joined the Hammers in 1907 and made his Southern League debut against Norwich City at Newmarket Road in a 1-1 draw on 7 December 1907.


1930 - 2018

'theyflysohigh' is sad to hear that Vic has passed away after a short illness.


A full a fitting tribute to our former striker will be prepare over the coming week.

Vic Keeble

Current unrest amongst the various Hammers' supporter groups and the board of directors at West Ham United has highlighted on social media channels aspects of the club’s history which can only be categorised as either a myth or a legend which has wrongly been handed down through the mists of time.


Social media debate has brought into question our heritage, many believe our predecessors the Thames Ironworks FC was formed in an amalgamation with Old Castle Swifts Football Club. A fair proportion think that the Boleyn Ground was named after Anne Boleyn the second wife of King Henry VIII. For others they are questioning why the castle was placed on the club crest in the first place.


Oh... and to throw in for good measure it is said that we won a race against Aston Villa and as a forfeit they handed over their shirts as payment.




JOHNNY BYRNE (1962-1967) Born this day West Horsley, Surrey


A goalscoring forward with silky skills he joined Crystal Palace in May 1956 and made his debut in October against Swindon Town.

His early years at Selhurst Park saw Palace struggle but their fortunes improved and in 1960-61 his 30 goals helped them win promotion from Division Four. He was the first Fourth Division player to be capped for England under-23 level and with the Eagles he won one full cap against Northern Ireland in November 1961.

After six seasons with the south London club, making 220 appearances and scored 95 goals he transferred to West Ham on 8 March 1962 for a record fee of £65,000. He made his debut at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday nine days later. Byrne became a great star at West Ham winning a FA Cup Winners medal in 1964 and named Hammer of the Year. He was now a regular in the England team and in his time at West Ham he gained ten caps. After six seasons at Upton Park where he made 205 appearances and scored 107 goals he returned to Crystal Palace in February 1967.

Now past his best he made a further 39 appearances before joining Fulham in March 1968. At Craven Cottage he played as a half-back, recording 19 games before moving to South Africa in June 1969 to sign for Durban City where he played in 69 league games and scored 22 goals.

He later became their manager and then in 1973 he joined Hellenic as manager where he spent 22 years with them before being sacked in October 1995. He died in Cape Town aged 60 in October 1999.



07_05_13 Manchester United v. WHU BYRNE Johnny ORR Neil

As a player Charlie Paynter started his footballing career with Victoria Swifts, a well-known local club of the 1890’s. On November 5, 1900 he signed as an amateur with the newly formed West Ham United Football Club to commence a memorable fifty years with the east Londoners.


In the days of the old Southern League and whilst playing in the claret and blue’s second team against Woolwich Arsenal at Plumstead in 1902 he sustained a serious knee injury which virtually ended his playing career.


When the Hammers moved from the Memorial Grounds to their new Boleyn Ground enclosure in 1904 he applied to be first team trainer, but he was turned down due to his young age. The Directors appointed him instead to take charge of the Reserve side as an assistant to head trainer Tom Robinson.


When Robinson retired in 1912 Paynter filled the vacant position with former player Frank Piercy becoming his assistant, a post in which he remained for nearly 20 years.


Charlie gained international recognition when he was selected to take charge of the England team for their match against Scotland in 1924. It was the first time the two countries had met at the new Wembley Stadium and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Charlie was no stranger to Wembley having been West Ham's trainer a year earlier in the famous "White Horse Final" against Bolton Wanderers.


In November 1932 he replaced the outgoing Syd King as first team trainer-manager and successively moved to the positions of secretary-manager and finally manager.


During his career at Upton Park he had done virtually every job at the Club and almost single-handed kept football alive during the dark days of the Second World War and was known throughout the game for his firm, but fair handling of players.


In June 1940 Charlie was back at Wembley as manager of the West Ham side that won the first war-time Football League War Cup against Blackburn Rovers. Paynter remained West Ham manager until his retirement in July 1950 when his successor Ted Fenton took over the reins at the Boleyn Ground a month later.


Charlie Paynter was awarded a well deserved testimonial match against the then FA Cup holders Arsenal in recognition of his 50 years service. On the 18th September 1950 a crowd of 18,000 saw the Hammers run out 3-1 winners with goals from Gerry Gazzard, Bill Robinson and Stan Johns.


A traditional white programme was issued for the game as well as a Directors / Guest issue, current valued at around £100

Charlie Paynter 50 years of service