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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 23rd October at 10:00am

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37 Websters Way : Rayleigh : Essex SS6 8JQ

 

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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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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."

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February

24

Matchday in History

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January

7

Matchday in History

1979

WEST HAM UNITED v. OLDHAM ATHLETIC

Football League Second Division

 

A home game with Oldham Athletic in the Second Division. The Latics belied their lowly placing in the early stages but West Ham took the lead on 21 minutes.

The goal stemmed from a John McDowell free kick, David Cross leapt to head the ball down and Pat Holland hooked the ball past Oldham keeper Peter McDonnell. Just a minute from half time Phil Parkes who was making his debut made a great save to keep out a header from Alan Young.

In the 59th minute the Hammers made it two. Trevor Brooking curled in a centre which young centre-half Alvin Martin headed in.

Eight minutes from time Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson headed in Brookings centre to score his 19th league goal of the season.  

The 3-0 victory kept the Hammers in fourth place and on course for promotion.

 

West Ham United line-up: Parkes, McDowell, Brush, Curbishley, Martin, Bonds, Holland, Devonshire, Cross, Brooking, Robson.

 

 

1991

WEST HAM UNITED v. MILLWALL

Barclays League Division Two

 

League leaders West Ham attracted an attendance of 20,503 to the Boleyn Ground for the much awaited London Derby with fierce rivals Millwall.

The atmosphere was electric with the Hammers on top early on. The ground erupted on 16 minutes when Ian Bishop drove in a cross and Frank McAveenie nodded home from eight yards.

A minute from half time and the Lions levelled when Jon Goodman lashed a shot past Ludek Miklosko. Early in the second half Stuart Slater fired in a low drive which goalkeeper Brian Horne parried to McAvennie who slotted home from a tight angle.

On the hour mark the Hammers increased their lead when McAvennie crossed to the near post and Trevor Morley diverted a header past Horne. The 3-1 win left the fans in ecstatic mood as “Bubbles” echoed around the ground.

 

West Ham United line-up: Miklosko, Breacker, Parris, Gale, Bishop, Hughton, Keen, McAvennie, Slater, Potts, Morley, Allen (Gale).

 

 

1993

BOBBY MOORE (Born April 12, 1941 - Died February 24, 1993)

 

On this day the whole nation was stunned when it was announced that Bobby Moore had died aged 51. The former West Ham and England captain passed away after a courageous two year fight against cancer.  There has never been a player more respected  and dearly loved  throughout the football world. In the week leading up to the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, hundreds of floral tributes , messages and assorted memorabilia were laid at the club’s main gates and forecourt.

On the Saturday there were nearly 25,000 inside the ground to pay their last respects.

Before the kickoff, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, accompanied by Ron Greenwood, carried  to the centre spot a giant number six shirt composed of claret and blue flowers.

The teams came out, heads bowed, for a meticulously observed minutes silence. As a tribute to Moore the West Ham team lined up numbered 1 to 12, missing on the day was the number six shirt.  

Unlike the Bubbles in West Ham’s song, the memory of Bobby Moore will never fade and die.

 

 

 

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February

30

Matchday in History

Matchday Tribute to Harry Kinsell

West Ham United

v.

West Bromwich Albion

Hammers' Trophy Cabinet

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 Statue

BOBBY MOORE

Born: 12 April 1941 - Died: 24 February 1993 (aged 51)