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February

25

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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LEST WE FORGET

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.

 

FRANK COSTELLO, WILLIAM KENNEDY, FRANK CANNON, WILLIAM KIRBY, SYDNEY HAMMOND, ARTHUR STALLARD, FREDERICK GRIFFITHS and  WILLIAM JONES.

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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."

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January

7

Matchday in History

1959

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.

 

2007

MANCHESTER UNITED v. WEST HAM UNITED

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).

 

 

 

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February

30

Matchday in History

Matchday Tribute to Harry Kinsell

West Ham United

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West Bromwich Albion

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1958-59

Southern Junior Floodlight Cup Final

1945

WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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Hammers' Trophy Cabinet

1912-13

Pocket Watch

Presented to Danny Shea January 1913

By the Directors of the

WEST HAM UNITED FOOTBALL Co Ltd

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.

VIC KEEBLE

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.

 

 

'On This Day'

1919

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August

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First-ever Football League match